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05
SEP
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Ramaphosa must act, says FirstRand CEO

FirstRand CEO Alan Pullinger has warned that the SA economy is flat lining and has pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa to act urgently on “structural reforms” or there could be no escape route out of the economic crisis.
The comments come alongside the release of the group's annual results.
FNB's strong performance has helped lift First Rand's full-year profit by 5%. The company's corporate and investment bank, car finance and treasury units are however some of the pressure points weighing on earnings but the group sees underlying growth momentum in FNB, RMB and Aldermore. Alan Pullinger, CEO of First Rand joined Business Day TV to give a greater perspective on the annual performance.
04
SEP
2am

Momentum Metropolitan flags economic risks

Insurer, Momentum Metropolitain has seen a 53% spike in normalised headline earnings and that's thanks to cost cutting and new business growth. The company is aware that cost cutting can only do so much and says that it will focus on revenue growth moving forward but the group has warned that its bracing itself for single digit growth next year as the outlook on the economy remains dim. Business Day TV caught up with the company's CEO, Hillie Meyer for a closer look at the numbers.
04
SEP
2am

Discovery ploughs money into new businesses

Discovery's annual earnings have fallen by 12% and that's as costs of its newly launched bank weigh. But it HAS ALSO helped see new business premium income grow 13%. And the company says it has plans to scale back on new business spend moving forward. Looking at 'old business', Discovery Health is still managing double digit profit growth and Insure saw a doubling of profits while life has come under some pressure. Company's CEO, Adrian Gore joins us for greater perspective on the results and what it suggests for the group's growth moving forward.
04
SEP
2am

Core businesses boost Libstar's half-year earnings

Libstar's reported revenue up 4.6% for the half year - fuelled by organic revenue growth as demand for baked goods increased and spice exports took off. That's further translated into a 12.4% jump in normalised headline earnings per share. Business Day TV spoke to CFO Robin Smith for more of detail on their numbers.
03
SEP
2am

DRDGold rewards shareholders as new tailings project investment bears fruit

DRDGold's decision to withhold its final 2018 dividend, after paying a 5c interim one, to invest in the Far West project is now paying off threefold. That's with its having declared a 20c per share dividend for the 2019 FY - on the back of revenue up 11%... and Post-tax profit shooting to R78.5m from R6.5m a year earlier. Business Day TV caught up with the company's CEO Niel Pretorius for more on their strategy.
03
SEP
2am

Why roads down under led to a plunge in profit for WBHO

Construction group, WHBO is battling down under. The company has posted a 16% rise revenue but cost overruns at a roads project in Australia has offset gains from its African and UK operations leading to a 56% plunge in operating profit. Company's Chair, Mike Wylie joined Business Day TV for greater perspective on the numbers and what it suggests for a business in an ailing sector.
03
SEP
2am

SA's economy rebounds in second quarter

The economy has dodged a technical recession. That's as the country's GDP expansion outpaced analyst expectations with a rebound of 3.1% in the second quarter. The bulk of the heavy lifting has come from the mining sector which registered grew of over 14%. Business Day TV sat down with Citadel's Chief Economist Maarten Ackerman to discuss the rebound in greater detail.
02
SEP
2am

Bidvest eyes more acquisitions despite tough conditions

Bidvest says its looking to make more large-scale investments in South African despite a tough economic environment. The services, trading and distribution group believes it has significant headroom to continue the group’s strategy of growth in its existing markets, as well as continuing to acquire divisional bolt-on business, and to pursue larger, value-adding opportunities locally. Bidvest has also said that internationally, the firm will target expansion in services and commercial products.
02
SEP
2am

Old Mutual pledges R2.4bn to buy back more 'undervalued' shares

Old Mutual plans to spend R2.4bn on buying back its own "undervalued" shares.

“The board believes that the share price is trading at a discount to its intrinsic value and is of the view that a share repurchase programme will deliver longer-term incremental value to shareholders,” the group’s statement reads.

Old Mutual's share price has come under pressure due to a highly public spat with its axed CEO Peter Moyo.

Business Day TV spoke to Old Mutual acting CEO Iain Williamson for more detail on the share buy back programme.
02
SEP
2am

Land Bank maintains strong balance sheet despite policy uncertainty

The Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa says its balance sheet is strong given that its capital adequacy ratio sits at 16.4% and its net stable funding ratio is at 102%. The bank has also managed to deliver an annual net profit of R130.6mn despite facing sector wide challenges such as climatic changes and inconsistent weather patterns, livestock diseases, and policy uncertainty occasioned by the land reform discourse. Land Bank acting CEO Konehali Gugushe spoke to Business Day TV about the firm's resilience given the fact that it is operating in an environment where uncertainty around land reform is still plaguing the sector.
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2am

African Rainbow Minerals reports 9% rise in annual headline earnings

African Rainbow Minerals has reported a 9% jump in annual headline earning. The performance was supported in part by a run in iron ore prices during the period.
The company has also taken the decision to put its joint venture Nkomati nickel mine on care and maintenance from September 2020, in preparation for its closure.
Business Day TV spoke to Mike Schmidt for more detail.
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What Woolworths plans to do to save David Jones

David Jones has dragged Woolworths into another loss. This as the retailer had to cut the valuation of the Australian department store yet again. On the other hand, sales in the company's local business picked up with the struggling fashion business returning to sales growth. The group expects the clothing business to continue its turnaround but for now, the group's loss after tax sits at R1.1 billion. Group CEO Ian Moir joined Business Day to unpack what needs to be done at David Jones.

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