Banks in good shape to weather storm – Business Day

The big four banks are well positioned for the negative turn expected in the lending cycle, analysts have said after the recent release of their results. Standard Bank and FirstRand have pulled ahead of the pack to compete neck-and-neck for the top position. view article

Strike action hurts Metair – Moneyweb

Last year’s debilitating strike in the automotive sector cost automotive component manufacturer Metair R87 million in lost profit (before interest and tax), while strikes in the mining industry cost its non-automotive division a further R41 million. view article

Tongaat Hulett takes flak over land sales – Business Day

A Tongaat Hulett shareholder believes the group is taking the wrong tack as it battles the “strong headwinds” facing sugar producers, and that it should shift more effort to developing and retaining its valuable KwaZuluNatal property holdings. view article

Why banks rock – Moneyweb

In a climate of low economic growth and a declining consumer cycle, banks are not always popular investment holdings. However, one asset manager believes there is value to be had in the sector and not one but two banking stocks are its top holdings across their equity funds. view article

How not to blow R209bn – Moneyweb

The restructure underway at Sasol is the biggest organisational and management change the petrochemical company has experienced in its 64-years of operation and is worth taking note of. view article

Inflation pass-through still to come for retail – Business Day

With little relief on the horizon to buoy spending, the consumer confidence outlook for the remainder of the year is anything but optimistic. There is little to support expenditure as inflation and living costs continue to rise, putting strain on disposable income. view article

RMI stakes in insurers 'doing well' – Business Day

Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings (RMI), which holds significant investments in four South African insurance groups, grew its diluted headline earnings per share 24% to 93.7c in the half-year to December. view article

Mpact earnings rise on plastics division growth – Business Day

Mpact yesterday reported that underlying operating profit increased 12% and underlying earnings per share shot up 22.2% in the year to December. The company, one of the largest paper and plastics packaging businesses in southern Africa, said the results reflected a “solid” operating performance and “sound” strategy. view article

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