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21
JUN
3am

Afrimat Construction Index shows marginal annual improvement

Afrimat's Construction Index (ACI) for the first-quarter reflects the same disappointing trend evident in overall economic activity.

However, Economist Dr Roelof Botha, who compiles the index on behalf of Afrimat, says it's encouraging to note that the first-quarter ACI had improved on a year-on-year basis, which was better than the zero real growth recorded for the economy as a whole since the first quarter of last year.

Business Day TV caught up with Dr Roelof Botha to dig into the detail of the index.
21
JUN
3am

Capital raising in Africa dips due to fewer domestic listings

Capital raised by African issuers declined by 28% year-on-year to $341m in the first-half of 2019. The decline is attributed to the 80% drop in domestic capital raising in Africa - standing at only $85m from four Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). This is according to Baker McKenzie’s latest Cross-Border IPO Index.

Business Day TV sat down with Baker McKenzie's head of capital markets Wildu Du Plesis to find out if this trend is likely to continue.
20
JUN
3am

Peregrine writes down investment in Java Capital as deals dry up

Peregrine Holdings has written down the value of its investment in Java Capital by R100m as the corporate advisory house grapples with a slowdown in deal-flows in SA.

Java Capital’s attributable earnings in the year to end-March fell 60% to R15m because of “significantly reduced deal-flow in both the general corporate finance arena as well as in equity capital markets during the year”, Peregrine said.
The group bought 50% of Java Capital in 2014 for R205m.

Peregrine said on Thursday it made a profit of R523m in the year to end-March, a 24% decrease from the previous year.

Total revenue from continuing operations fell 10% to R1.6bn, even though assets under management grew by a fifth to R124bn.

Ongoing segmental headline earnings per share declined 7% to 152.9c “due to the significant drop in performance fees earned in Stenham and Peregrine Capital as well as earnings from Java Capital”.

Business Day TV spoke to Peregrine CEO Robert Katz about the group's annual financial results.
19
JUN
2am

Why Litecoin is the hottest cryptocurrency at the moment

While up until recently the buzz has been all about Bitcoin there's now a new kid on the block.

Litecoin is up about 340% so far this year which gives it a market value of about $8.3bn. The digital currency has grown at a rate which is more than double the pace of Bitcoin in 2019 and is not the seventh-largest digital asset.

Business Day TV caught up with eToro senior market analyst Mati Greenspan to find out about Litecoin's meteoric rise and whether the momentum can be sustained.
19
JUN
2am

Inflation accelerates slightly in May

Inflation accelerated slightly to 4.5% in May.

Measured by the annual change in the consumer price index (CPI), inflation accelerated from April’s 4.4% — but remained at the midpoint of the Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target band.

While petrol prices continued to rise in May by 54c/l, subdued food price growth and underlying inflation countered this.

Business Day TV spoke to Executive Chief Economist at Alexander Forbes Isaah Mhlanga to find out if the latest inflation print would be enough to convince the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates at its next MPC meeting.
19
JUN
2am

What to expect from #SONA2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday against a downbeat economic backdrop where business, market participants and ratings agencies will be tuned in for details about the head of state's plan for Eskom and SAA.

To preview what Ramaphosa is likely to present to the nation, Business Day TV spoke to political analyst Ralph Mathekga and Business Leadership SA COO Busi Mavuso.
18
JUN
2am

Alexander Forbes annual earnings edge lower

Financial Services Group, Alexander Forbes' annual earnings edged 1% lower as the company's savings and retirement divisions missed expectations and while the group addresses this short coming, its forging ahead with plans to exit its insurance business as part of its revised turnaround strategy. Alexander Forbes CEO Dawie de Villiers joined Business Day TV to discuss the group's latest financial results and whether the print has indicated that the group's turnaround strategy needs some tweaking.Click here to edit this text.
18
JUN
2am

Multichoice swings to loss in first set of full-year results

Following its unbundling from Naspers, Multichoice has released its maiden results reporting a headline loss due to foreign exchange losses, as well as the firm's decision in March to give additional equity to black investors at no cost.

Revenue ticked up 6% as subscribers numbers grew 12%.

Multichoice CEO Calvo Mawela spoke to Business Day TV about what the numbers suggest about where the company is headed.
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14
JUN
3am

What is the investment case for emerging markets?

According to Cannon Asset Managers the past decade has demonstrated that emerging markets offer economic growth, while developed markets offer earnings growth.

Chief executive at Cannon Asset Managers Adrian Saville joined Business Day TV to unpack this in more detail.
13
JUN
2am

SA business confidence stuck at a 2 year low

Business confidence is stuck at a two-year low. The RMB/ BER Business Confidence Index has flatlined at 28 points during the second quarter. Building, retail and wholesale trade businesses registered an improvement in sentiment while the confidence of manufacturers' and motor trade companies dimmed.

To find out if the index is simply a depiction of an economy stuck in a rut Business Day TV caught up with RMB Chief Economist Ettienne le Roux for a closer look at the detail.
13
JUN
2am

Where to from here for SA's gold miners?

Gold production in April fell by almost 19.7% year-on-year, data from Stats SA showed on Thursday.

The sector has been hard hit in recent months by strikes at gold mines led by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

Business Day TV sat down with Cobus Loots the CEO of gold miner, Pan African Resources to find out if the sector is poised for recovery.
13
JUN
2am

Mining sector contracts for sixth consecutive month

Mining production contracted 1.5% year-on-year in April, extending the sector’s fall to a sixth consecutive month.

Although this outcome spells a weak start to mining production for the second quarter, an improvement is expected to be seen in May and June, said FNB economist Matlhodi Matsei.

Factors likely to support recovery include improved electricity supply compared to the first quarter, as well as some normalisation in gold mining production following the end of the protracted strike at Sibanye-Stillwater, Matsei said in a note.

For some analysis on the current operating environment and whether the sector is likely to recover, Business Day TV spoke to mining luminary and Junior Mining Indaba chair Bernard Swanepoel for his take.

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