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12
AUG
8am

The Week in Perspective

This week’s market rally came to a screeching halt in the US overnight and has followed through into Asia this morning but not before the JSE recorded its best day in a month yesterday.
Shares in MTN rose the most since January after the company said robust demand for its data and fintech services helped core profit rise by double digits in its half-year to end-June. But the juicy action was the TRP drying up Rains bid for a potential R40bn tie-up proposal with Telkom, ordering the mobile network operator to withdraw the announcement as it had not sought prior approval.
The slight easing of inflation readings this week had driven global stocks higher and capped a rising dollar , until a string of Fed speakers put paid to expectations of the central bank going slow on further policy tightening.
The S&P 500 closed down 0.07% and the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.58% overnight, though the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.08%.
In commodities, Brent is still on track to gain more than 4% this week, while Bitcoin , the leading cryptocurrency, shaved some overnight gains and lost 1.22% to trade at $23,916.

To put the week in perspective Michael Avery is joined by Warwick Lucas, Head of Galileo Securities; Annabel Bishop, Chief Economist: Investec & Raymond Parsons, Professor: School of Business and Governance at Northwest University
11
AUG
1pm

MTN reports double digit earnings growth

MTN has posted a neat 47% jump in interim headline earnings per share, as Africa’s largest mobile operator benefited from increased demand for its data and fintech services. Business Day TV unpacked the earnings report with Dobek Pater, Telcos Analyst at Africa Analysis.
11
AUG
1pm

Easing U.S inflation boosts rand

The South African rand has made a comeback. The local unit is trading near a 5-year high, mainly been driven by the softer-than-expected US inflation data. Business Day TV discussed the moves playing out in the currency scene with RMB’s Head of FX Execution Matete Thulare.
11
AUG
1pm

Is Transnet sustainable post its swing to profitability?

Transnet is back in the black after posting an annual profit of R5 billion, but the African Rail Industry Association says maintenance backlogs and a growing salary bill puts the rail parastatal's sustainability at risk. Business Day TV spoke to Mesela Nhlapho, ARIA CEO for more detail.
11
AUG
8am

Banking on dividends

Nedbank was the first out of the blocks yesterday with an eye-catching 81% increase in its dividends as all eyes are on local bank earnings this month.
Retail credit applications rejections are at an all-time high amidst historically high application levels. SA Banks are likely to continue to focus on originating secured credit considering stable asset prices in the residential housing market and increasing risks to unsecured credit portfolios as interest rates increase ahead of expectations.
Capital is not an issue for SA banks. Confidence and growth (or the lack thereof) are!

Michael Avery is joined by Nolwandle Mthombeni, Senior Banks Analyst at Intellidex & David Buckham, MD at Monacle
10
AUG
12pm

Nedbank lifts interim dividend by 81%

Nedbank has reported a 26% rise in half-year headline earnings per share, mainly driven by a strong showing by most of its units. The performance has translated into an 81% surge in the lender’s dividend to R7.83, which is above pre-pandemic levels. Business Day TV discussed the company’s half-year performance with CFO Mike Davis.
10
AUG
6am

Women in Private Equity

How do we mind the gap and fix the mix when it comes to gender and diversity in private equity?
Women are significantly underrepresented among the investment decision-makers at private equity and venture capital firms, as well as in the leadership of companies that receive this investment capital.
The finance industry says it wants more diversity at all levels, but private equity has proved stubbornly slow to change.
Women hold only 10 percent of all senior positions in private equity and venture capital firms globally.
Women made up about 12.7% of senior employees at North American private equity funds last year, less than half the finance industry average, according to research by Preqin and I can’t get my hands on the number for SA but I’m sure it’s in the ballpark. Even with junior levels close to gender parity, data show that few women move up the ranks. Firms are often tightly held partnerships with senior managers who oversee fund life cycles that can last more than a decade.
And while strides are being made in South Africa the pace is still quite slow.

Michael Avery is joined by Dinao Lerutla, Managing Partner at Maia Capital Partners (a debt impact investing boutique fund manager based in Johannesburg; Daniella Keet, Head of Private Equity at FNB Commercial; Janice Johnston, Chair of 100WF in SA (and a private equity professional) and Langa Madonko, board member at SAVCA
05
AUG
10am

OPEC+ agrees to small oil output hike

OPEC+ has agreed to raise its oil output goal by 100,000 barrels per day next month, marking one of the group’s smallest increases on record. Business Day TV spoke to Raymond Phillips, Commodities Trader at RMB for more detail on what the decision means for the oil market.
04
AUG
2pm

Are analysts seeing value in SA's banking sector?

Despite tepid domestic growth and the central bank's hawkish stance weighing on consumers’ pockets, South Africa's banks are performing well. Business Day TV spoke to Senior Banks Analyst at Intellidex, Nolwandle Mthombeni for her view on the sector.
04
AUG
1pm

Sappi delivers record Q3 earnings

Sappi has posted a strong third quarter performance, bolstered by strong global demand and pricing momentum. The paper and packaging company's earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amoritisation rose to a record $371 million from $145 million previously, and the firm expects the robust pricing and demand environment to continue into the next quarter. Business Day TV unpacked the performance with CEO Steve Binnie.

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