Eskom recently submitted documents to the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) stating that it could possibly keep its Grootvlei, Camden and Hendrina power stations open as late as 2030. These are all power stations at the end of their lives, that would have been shut in part starting this year!
Eskom is doing this to keep extra capacity in the grid, and avoid load shedding.
But here's t... ››› more
Wescoal's share price has pulled back all the way to levels last seen in 2016. The company recently announced a change of the guard as it appointed Reginald Demana, a Nedbank Capital resources banker, from 1 April. This follows the sudden departure of Waheed Sulaiman in January.
WSL share price is also depressed as small and mid-cap stocks remain out of favour, mostly due to these companies be... ››› more
I have a number of interests in private businesses. One startup that I invested money in is about to pay off in a big way.
Suddenly I'm getting calls from investors wanting in on the opportunity….
But mere months ago - when the startup was burning through capital in order to get its products market ready investors didn't even want to give it a second glance.
They were saying that there'... ››› more
In May 2018 I told investors about Eskom's impending coal supply shortage, the Eskom Coal Cliff.
For years Eskom hasn't invested in new coal mines, and it hasn't been willing to sign new contracts with large mining companies.
Whilst diversification of supply is a good idea, the fact remains there are only a handful of miners that can supply the massive volumes that Eskom requires to keep its... ››› more
On 13 August Wescoal, a small coal miner on the JSE, had sales equaling to 3.5 million shares for the day.
This is roughly equal to 18 times the average shares traded per day - for the last year!
Clearly there was major interest in the company…
And, considering that volume trade in the company is 30% higher since July than it has been for the past year you'd be right to guess there's so... ››› more
Eskom said earlier this month at its State of the System update it got National Treasury approval to embark on a major coal procurement. All in all Eskom needs to lock in about 85% of its primary energy requirements, which is in excess of 100 million tons of coal per year.
At the same time, the price of export coal has soared.
In short, this situation is a massive positive for coal miners.... ››› more
The JSE's Top40 index closed the first half of the year slightly positive at 0.8%. The Industrials were the leaders of the pack as the only major sector to rack up a positive return of 6.4% while resources were underwater by 9.6%.
The entire market has been propped up by a handful of top performing shares like Naspers, Richmont, BATS, BidCorp, Mondi and Capitec. The interesting thing to note i... ››› more
Mustek grew cash generation by 30% - Mustek is an IT services and wholesaler. The company grew cash generated by operations by a whopping 30.7% to R228 million for the year.
Revenue was flat, and profits grew from 74cps to 80.32cps.
These earnings figures put the company on a PE ratio of 5.97, with the JSE average around 20!
You'll also receive a dividend of 16cps (compared to 15cps la... ››› more
On 29 September 2016 Wescoal announced it would issue 124,995,373 new shares to a BEE investor, for an amount of R211,410,862.
At the time Wescoal's entire market cap was R440 million. So this is a big deal - it is nearly 50% of Wescoal's total share capital being added.
Usually a deal that dilutes earnings as much as this one will, is a bad thing.
Shareholders don't like it.
But since... ››› more
South Africa sits with the ‘achievement' of having 8 out of the world's ten deepest mines.
While this is clearly an achievement in engineering - it's a problem specifically for our gold mining industry.
Production costs have skyrocketed, accidents in the deep mines make it even more difficult to profit.
In fact, in the 1970's South Africa produced as much as 80% of the world's gold,... ››› more
You've heard the term ‘Buy when there's blood on the streets'.
This is contrarian investing at its hear. But it's been proven true time and again.
In fact, if you'd simply bought a simple ETF like Satrix 40 following the 2008 financial crisis, you'd have made around 70%.
Investing in individual shares following the same crisis would've made you 200%, 300% and in many cases, 600% or m... ››› more
The Rand has crashed to R16.70 a dollar.
On 30 November 2015 a Bloomberg report speculated the rand could hit R20 to a dollar.
Then on 8 January 2016 a Fin 24 report again reiterated the R20 to a dollar level for 2016 and Cees Bruggemans, a well known economist predicts we could see R22.50 to the dollar before 2018!
In short, if you're not investing in rand hedge shares you're losing mone... ››› more
Wescoal is a coal mining and trading company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Its interests lie mainly in South Africa…
Full name: Wescoal Holdings Limited
Short name: Wescoal
Sector: Basic resources – mining
Five top facts about Wescoal Holdings
Wescoal Holdings has a listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange under ticker symbol WSL. The company... ››› more
“There is no crisis with the supply of coal to Eskom.”
These are the words of Brian Molefe, Eskom's new acting CEO in an interview with MiningMX.
Clearly he's unaware of the fact that Glencore is busy closing down its 10 million tonne a year Optimum Coal operations…
Or perhaps he's forgotten about the fact that a huge amount of Eskom's long term coal agreements are coming to an end ... ››› more
We all know mining companies are having a hard time these days. Through strikes, regulatory uncertainty and low commodity prices many mines are closing today.
But that's where the opportunity lies right now. It's in a sector that's hit rock bottom. Prices for this commodity are down 50% and more in the past three years. Mines are closing left right and centre and investors have all but given up... ››› more
“What's the best share to buy on the JSE today Francois?”
I get this question a lot… And to tell you the truth the answer changes all the time. Markets aren't static and share prices move - changing what's a good buy all the time.
But if there's a small cap miner that excites me RIGHT NOW, it's the one I'm about to share with you today!
A hot junior miner you need to own right now
... ››› more
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