JSE Direct with Simon Brown

MarketStandard with Simon brown 18 May 2020 (#006)

May 18, 2020

**Global**

/ UK two-year government bonds traded negative last week as UK GDP -2% for Q1, -5.8% for March & retail sales fall 19% year on year. Biggest in 25 years

/ Tencent’s Q1:20 results showed a +19% jump in gaming subscriptions, overall Group revenue grew +26% and, on almost all metrics, the Group beat analyst estimates.

/ US, jobless claims came out as another nasty number today, now totally around 36m (the worst number since the Great Depression) while April retail sales collapsed -16.4% m/m.

**Local**

/ Barloworld is attempting to back out of its deal to buy Tongaat Hulett’s Starch business due to COVID-19 likely negatively impacting the business’s EBITDA and triggering a “Material Adverse Clause”. 

/ Dis-Chem announced the acquisition of 100% of Baby City

/ Richemont released FY 20 results showing revenue flat but profits collapsing by two-thirds. and are proposing a possible warrant instead of a dividend

/ Strong Aspen update while Life healthcare says EPS for full year likely 20% lower after mid year was +12%.

/ Knockout Sibanye Stillwater results that saw debt down 40%.

/ Impala Platinum Mine has temporarily suspended operations at its Marula Platinum mine in Limpopo. This follows the detection of six more COVID-19 cases among workers at the plant.
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