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19
MAR
3am

Gordhan to come up with a revival plan for Medupi and Kusile

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, along with Eskom Executives briefed the media on Tuesday on the current electricity supply challenges and while many of the issues can be attributed to State Capture, not having maintained aging power plants may have been the starting point.

Energy Analyst Ted Blom shares his perspective with Business Day TV about what the undertones of Tuesday’s briefing
suggests for the country's energy security given the plans to introduce stage 5 and 6 load shedding to
avoid a national blackout.
19
MAR
3am

Sasfin’s headline earnings soar to R80.5M

Financial services group, Sasfin released its interim results on Tuesday boasting a near 60% rise in earnings due to an improved credit loss ratio and a lower tax bill. Costs are however growing faster than income with the group's cost-to-income ratio deteriorating to 74% fromjust over 70%.

Sasfin CEO Michael Sassoon spoke to Business Day TV to give a for greater perspective on the numbers and what it means for the company's growth moving forward.
18
MAR
3am

How did gaming and leisure contribute R9m to Grand Parade Investments’ earnings

Grand Parade Investments delivered its half year numbers on Monday and reported a 16% rise in headline earnings. The rise in earnings was largely driven by an increase of over R9 million in contributions from the gaming and leisure assets, but the groups investments in the food sector lagged.

Grand Parade Investments’ Acting CEO Moshin Tajbhai spoke with Business Day TV about the company’s performance.
18
MAR
3am

Sun International continues to achieve growth, despite a weak economy

Resort hotel chain and casino group, Sun International released its annual results on Monday reporting a 7% rise in group revenue. Adjusted headline earnings is up 4% while adjusted headline earnings from continuing operations fell 3% with Sun City's income falling by the same margin. The group has taken the decision to reduce the value of this asset by R306 million after it fell into an operating loss the previous year.

Other operations that are under pressure include Carnival City, Boardwalk and Table Bay while Sun Dreams, Sun Slots and Time Square grew during the period.

Sun International CEO Anthony Leeming, speaks to Business Day TV about their latest results and what it means for the company's growth trajectory.
15
MAR
3am

What attributed to SA’s banks reporting profit in 2018

Despite the slow economy South Africa's big 6 banks scored high profits in 2018, with their return on equities’ (ROE)s in at their highest levels since the global financial crisis.

Ernest van Rooyen who is the Financial Services Africa partner at ‎Ernst & Young spoke with Business Day TV about their latest survey on the banking sector
14
MAR
3am

Exxaro rewards shareholders handsomely in 2018

Diversified miner, Exxaro reported its annual results on Thursday boasting record production, sales and exports from its coal mines which has helped lift overall earnings by 7%.

The company’s revenue is up 12% while the total dividend sits at R10.85 reflecting an increase of 55%. Head of Finance at Exxaro Riaan Koppeschaar, joins Business Day TV to talk about the company’s numbers, their short term strategy in supporting Eksom's turnaround plan and their longer term focus in pursuing offshore market opportunity.
14
MAR
3am

Metair posted a 19% rise in full year net profit

Metair, has reported a 19% increase in annual net profit on Thursday. This was fuelled by a strong contribution from its overseas acquisitions, particularly in Turkey, where Mutlu Aku managed to outperform the Turkish Lira currency weakness.

Metair CEO Theo Loock joins Business Day TV to discuss the company's full year performance.
14
MAR
3am

Why is the manufacturing sector likely to continue losing momentum

The manufacturing sector hardly recorded any growth in January, output was lifted by a tepid 0.3% year-on-year

when the consensus expectation was a rise of 1.2%. The introduction of a carbon tax, above inflation cost increases in water and other administered services may exacerbate the industry's current position.

Miyelani Maluleke, Economist at Absa spoke with Business Day TV about what the latest print suggests about the direction of the manufacturing sector moving forward
13
MAR
4am

Libstar declares its maiden dividend of 22c

Food producer Libstar Holdings has reported a 16% percent fall in full-year normalised earnings - hit by a writedown on its niche beverages business. Libstar Holdings CFO Robin Smith joins us in studio now with more of the detail behind its performance - which despite getting a mere "satisfactory" rating - has seen the group declare a maiden cash dividend of 22c a share. The payout comes despite what Libstar calls the toughest year its experienced since its inception 14 years ago.

The group, along with other players in the retail sector, is contending with low levels of consumer demand.
And it's thanks to acquisitions that it managed to lift revenue 12.5% during the period. Libstar expects the local economy to remain sluggish and says this is going to translate into a difficult first half for the company.
13
MAR
4am

MPACT’s full year revenue is up to R10.6bn

Packaging manufacturer Mpact's reported a 47% surge in underlying operating profit driven by an upgrade
of its Felixton paper mill, lower recovered paper prices and increased corrugated packaging sales.

The company expects further improvement in the paper business but warns that the introduction of a carbon tax and higher electricity prices will weigh in the short-term.

Mpact CEO Bruce Strong spoke to Business Day TV about the company’s numbers
13
MAR
4am

Internationalisation drives Growthpoint’s earnings

Internatinalisation is paying off for Growthpoint. The country's largest primary listed REIT reported a 5.9% rise in
interim distributable income largely driven by the company's investments in Australia and Central Eastern Europe
while the domestic market recorded no growth.

Growthpoint properties says it will have to rely on its international assets for growth. That's as the company expects little to no growth from its South Africa portfolio due to the weak economy. The news comes as the company released interim results on Wednesday and the numbers speak to the problem.

Vacancy levels in South Africa rose to 6.5% largely due to a spike in the office sector specifically but it's offshore portfolio managed to soften the blow and as a result distributable income during the period ticked up 5,9%.
This allowed the company to increase its dividend by 4.5% to 105.8 cents.

Growthpoint CEO Norbert Sasse talks to Business Day TV about the company’s financial results and international strategy.
12
MAR
3am

FirstRand says it will continue investing in long term strategies

Despite a challenging economic backdrop, First Rand has delivered a rise in interim profit. The financial services group's normalised earnings grew 7% during the period. That is thanks to what it calls 'impressive' results from the group's retail and commercial banking unit - FNB. Earnings at FNB jumped 13% due to strong growth in customers, transactional volumes, advances and deposits.

Looking ahead, FirstRand says its businesses are in good shape and it's executing an appropriate strategy to drive growth and deliver superior returns to shareholders. For the interim period, a dividend of R1.39 has been declared - reflecting growth of 7%.

FirstRand’s CEO, Alan Pullinger joins Business Day TV to reflect on the numbers that were released on Tuesday and what it means for that long-term growth strategy.

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