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KWV seeks to tap into Russia and US

Bid for new overseas markets to increase profit and make KWV Holdings a global, diversified alcoholic beverages group

Financial Services

Visa denies Fundamo shutdown

A Gazprombank sign for Visa, MasterCard and Union Card on the door of a shop in St Petersburg. Picture: REUTERS

Contrary to what a number of Memeburn sources say, Visa says it is ‘keeping Cape Town office open’ and that Fundamo, Africa are ‘still incredibly important’

Industrials

Hudaco reaps rewards of acquisitions

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Industrial products distributor Hudaco reports stellar results as acquisition strategy to reduce dependence on SA’s mining and manufacturing sectors ‘pays off’

Industrials

New concrete producer defies odds to post profit

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Nigerian-backed newcomer Sephaku Cement ramps up production, sees revenue shoot up 36%

Property

SA office spaces are all dressed up — with no one to fill them

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Sluggish economy hits property funds as few companies seek new office space, writes Alistair Anderson

Industrials

Acquisitions lift Hudaco’s first-half performance

Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford. Picture: SUPPLIED

Industrial group says acquisition strategy to reduce dependence on South African mining, manufacturing sectors, increase exposure to other sectors is paying off

Tom Winterboer.  Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

New African Bank set for slow rise from ashes

Questions remain on what led to the failure of the unsecured lender and who should be held responsible

Financial Services

African Bank reduces first-half loss

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Troubled unsecured lender says lower monthly disbursements, paydown of loans, which decreased income from operations, affected earnings

Business

BEE has paid off to the tune of R317bn

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Black economic empowerment deals by JSE companies result in R317bn passing into the hands of black partners, employees and communities since 2000

Opinion

ON THE MONEY: BEE deals beneficial, but be careful

American and European monetary policy makers are largely to thank for the R317bn in black wealth creation in SA


International companies


Americas

Amazon to offer loans to sellers in China, seven other countries

OVERKILL: Amazon’s Mechanical Turk online work marketplace proved a useful resource for researchers wanting to discover at what point in-your-face advertisements become counterproductive.  Pcture: BLOOMBERG/DANIEL ACKER

E-retailer will launch loan plan for small sellers later this year in eight more countries where credit is becoming key factor in competing for new vendors

Europe

Sky mulls bid of £4.5bn for Formula One

Formula One commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Picture: REUTERS

Bidders line up for one of the most valuable prizes in global broadcasting, but Grand Prix team chiefs have warned of empty seats, fewer television viewers and races increasingly dominated by a handful of drivers

Asia-Pacific

Hanoi to lift business restrictions

A man drives past the Hanoi Stock Exchange, in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Friday. Vietnam's government has approved the removal of foreign ownership caps on most listed firms. Picture: REUTERS

Communist government scraps rules limiting the stake foreigners can own in some locally listed companies in move to boost growth

A vendor waits for buyers at her pet fish stall in Beijing. Although the Chinese stock market rallied last year, this did not have a trickle-down effect on retail sales figures. However, this does not mean that a stock market downturn would similarly not affect them. Picture:  EPA/WU HONG

China eases rates to prop up markets

Decision to cut both lending rates and reserve requirements at some banks seen as almost entirely driven by the need to stabilise Chinese bourses after they lost 20% in a few weeks

Europe

Bank wary of ultra-low global interest rates

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Bank for International Settlements warns global economic growth remains uneven, debt in many areas high and rising, and explosion of credit growth shows renewed financial imbalances

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Kagiso Tiso deal improves Servest’s BEE credentials

Deal will enhance Servest’s position to win public sector contracts and take on rivals such as Bidvest

Industrials

Sephaku Cement increases production towards steady state at both plants

An employee uses a control panel to disperse premixed concrete, manufactured by Holcim  at the headquarters of Fertigbau Wochner  in Dormettingen, Germany. Picture: BLOOMBERG/MARTIN LEISSL

Nigerian-backed newcomer to the regional cement industry is ramping up production towards steady state at both its Delmas and Aganang plants

Education

Curro mooted as suitor for Advtech

Rumours swirl that fast-growing PSG-controlled private education business Curro Holdings wants smaller rival Advtech

Property

Redefine set to take full control of Fountainhead

Redefine Properties' head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Picture: SUPPLIED

The transaction now only requires the approval of shareholders to be completed

Property

Mthatha mall just the start for Billion Group

Sisa Ngebulana. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Project part of a R16bn investment earmarked for the Eastern Cape over the next 10 years

Financial Services

Healthcare deal eyed in Nigeria

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Kagiso Tiso Holdings eyes healthcare sector in Nigeria as it builds a pan-African investment company

Companies

Steinhoff, Brait share movements probed for insider trading

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Dealings in shares in Steinhoff International and Brait are being investigated by regulators as part of insider trading probe, Financial Services Board announces

Europe

French interior minister calls for national clampdown on UberPOP

The Uber logo is seen on a vehicle near Union Square in San Francisco, California May 7, 2015. REUTERS/ROBERT GALBRAITH

French interior minister calls for nationwide legal clampdown on UberPOP, siding with taxi drivers blockading major transport hubs in protest against it

Europe

Bouygues rebuffs offer for unit from finance whizz Drahi

Martin Bouygues. Picture: BOUYGUES TELECOM

Bouygues Telecom decision to spurn Numericable-SFR’s unsolicited bid unanimous among directors

Industrials

Dawn reeling from strike and blackouts

Dawn CEO Derek Tod. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Dawn reports a headline loss per share of 25.48c for the nine months ended March

Europe

Total pulls out of Russian gas project

Russia gas. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Total pulls out of Shtokman gas project in Barents Sea, with development of one of world’s largest untouched gas fields falling victim to Western sanctions in Russia

Asia-Pacific

Mining mechanisation may leave SA behind

Workers exercise before work at an iron-ore mine in Western Australia. Automation at mines in the region is driving down production costs and prices of the metal. Picture: REUTERS/DAVID GRAY

Technological innovation is driving down costs while reducing the workforce, writes Clyde Russell

Financial Services

Steady course likely when new hand takes helm at FirstRand

Johan Burger. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

Minimal change at FirstRand, but Johan Burger has eye on Kenya, writes Renee Bonorchis

Opinion

COMPANY COMMENT: Listed property index; KWV

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Property sticking to comeback promise while Paarl-based liquor group KWV’s annual general meeting of probably won’t be a festive occasion given that the over-the-counter share price has stumbled to 550c

Mining

Political royalty told to pay for Aurora

EQUAL: President Jacob Zuma and Michael Hulley at the Constitutional Court in 2008. Picture: THE TIMES

Aurora Empowerment Systems’s directors and management — including elements of SA’s political elite — stand personally liable for about R1.7bn

Americas

Muilenburg has big decisions to make at Boeing

Dennis Muilenburg. Picture: BLOOMBERG/CHRIS RATCLIFFE

On his watch Boeing must decide whether to pursue a $10bn takeover of Sikorsky Aircraft, move forward on an all-new jetliner and keep — or cancel — the venerated 747 jumbo

Mining

Risk-aware Exxaro pulls back on capex

Exxaro finance director Wim de Klerk. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Exxaro’s shares picks up almost 1% after the company’s operational update

Mining

Wescoal passes dividend after cautious outlook

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Coal miner and trader Wescoal’s trading outlook hit by increased competition, load shedding and slowing demand from the steel sector

Industrials

Invicta posts good results in tough time

Charles Walters. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Earnings per share down 6% amid global slowdown and difficult domestic conditions, including ‘debilitating labour unrest’ and power shortages

Opinion

COMPANY COMMENT: Barclays Africa; Eskom

Maria Ramos. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Manager’s exit allows group CEO Maria Ramos to restructure while Eskom’s short-sighted and self-serving decisions make it hard to pity the power utility

Opinion

Local companies are still investing — just not here

Reserve Bank quarterly bulletin shows foreign direct investors in SA actually pulled money out during the first quarter

Property

Safari builds a desirable asset portfolio

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Township-mall focused Safari Investments’ fast-growing portfolio, including first clinic, may attract larger funds

Industrials

Agriculture unit helps boost Omnia

Omnia MD Rod Humphris. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Market welcomes Chemicals producer Omnia’s results in tough market that put pressure on mining and chemicals divisions

Mining

Investigators recommend no ‘enforcement action’ be taken against Gold Fields

Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

After probing empowerment deal, investigations arm of Securities Exchange Commission recommends no "enforcement action" be taken against Gold Fields

Energy

Key PetroSA executives finally suspended

Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Board of state-owned oil company PetroSA sends home CEO Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo and chief financial officer Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro

Financial Services

Wiese’s Stellar aims for control of Cadiz

Christo Wiese. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Stellar Capital Partners’ offer to acquire 100% of troubled asset manager Cadiz heralds delisting of struggling asset manager

Gadgets & Gear

Google gives Gmail users ability to ‘undo send’

Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Picture: BLOOMBERG/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

Google is taking popular ‘oops’ feature out of experimental ‘labs’ and making it permanent part of web version of Gmail

Americas

Plan to unify Williams upset by pipeline magnate’s offer

Picture: BLOOMBERG/DANIEL ACKER

Williams rejects $48bn stock-based takeover offer from pipeline magnate that aims to derail a consolidation of the North American natural gas and oil hauler

Retail & Consumer

Latin America in SABMiller sights

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World’s second-biggest brewer by volume to expand its beer range in Latin America, says Karl Lippert, president of the company’s unit in that region

Standard Bank

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