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Articles & Analysis | Share Analysis: Sanlam - Insurance from The Report: South Africa 2016


THE COMPANY: Established in 1918, Sanlam has grown to become the second-largest listed life insurance company in South Africa, after Old Mutual. The group operated as a mutual fund until its listing on the Johannesburg and Namibian stock exchanges in 1998. In legacy of its demutualisation, Sanlam...

Articles & Analysis | Share Analysis: Woolworths - Retail from The Report: South Africa 2016


THE COMPANY: Woolworths Holdings is an investment holding company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange that operates through three wholly owned subsidiaries, Woolworths (proprietary), David Jones and Country Road Group, as well as a joint venture – Woolworths Financial Services. Woolworths is...


How are current challenges facing the world’s capital markets affecting South Africa?


THE COMPANY: FirstRand is the third-largest South African bank in terms of balance sheet size, holding total assets of R979bn ($84.6bn) at December 31, 2014. It operates three primary brands: First National Bank, which has a retail and commercial focus; Rand Merchant Bank, which competes in the...


The JSE has performed well over the past year in spite of muted macroeconomic growth. To what do you attribute this divergence?


THE COMPANY: Imperial Holdings was established in 1948 as a single car dealership and over the years has diversified into new products, sectors and geographies. The company’s current offering, which emerged after a major restructuring aimed at streamlining the firm in 2008, includes logistics (South...

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