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Opportunity Issue 97

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Opportunity, endorsed by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI), is the mouthpiece for business in Southern Africa. The aim of the publication is to inform potential investors both nationally and internationally of the most relevant business news: trade, investment, financial, market-related information for each business sector, as well as to inform of the latest developments in business legislation from both the public and private sector. In this issue, SACCI’s call is for everyone to work towards the common purpose of getting our economy on a sound footing again.


LAUREATE LEADER JSE LIMITED: 2020 RESULTS Earnings before interest and tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 19% while net profit after tax (NPAT) grew by 12% to R778-million (2019: R695-million). The JSE’s strong balance sheet and sustained quality of earnings and cash generation underpinned its financial resilience during the pandemic. Dr Fourie says: “Resilience during a crisis is neither accidental nor coincidental. The JSE’s operational dependability demonstrated throughout the Covid-19 pandemic is a direct result of its multi-year investment in technology infrastructure, key skills and a focus on building lasting relationships of trust with clients and stakeholders. That is why I am pleased to share a strong set of results for 2020. As much as these results reflect the near-term impact of market volatility, they also echo the enduring value created by the exchange.” The performance of the JSE’s various markets was as follows: Primary markets: Revenue increased by 3% to R152-million (2019: R147-million). Initial public offerings (IPOs) remained under pressure in 2020, with fewer deals for the year (four in 2020 versus five in 2019) owing to uncertain market conditions. However, the JSE saw a growing demand for green bonds in emerging markets, driven by private borrowers looking for investments in sustainable energy, cleaner water, transport and smart buildings. There were 20 de-listings (2019: 24), which were largely the result of corporate actions and schemes of arrangement in mostly small-to-mid-sized, illiquid counters. Although the number of listed entities declined, the aggregate market capitalisation of all entities listed on the JSE increased by 2% during 2020. Equity Market: Revenue increased by 14% to R493-million (2019: R433-million) owing to a 7% increase in billable value traded and more central order book activity. The JSE’s headline All Share Index (ALSI) a low of -33.5% on 19 March 2020 and ended the year up 4.07%. Colocation activity contributed 50% (2019: 42%) of overall value traded with 40 racks (2019: 32). Foreigners remained net sellers of equities in 2020. Total revenue increased by 13% to R2.5-billion (2019: R2.2-billion), with both operating income and total revenue at record highs. The JSE remained in a healthy position with regard to cash and capital, with net cash generation in 2020 supporting a stable cash balance of R2.5-billion at the end of December (2019: R2.6-billion). Accordingly, the Board has declared an ordinary dividend of 725 cents per ordinary share, an increase of 5% over the 2019 ordinary dividend of 690 cents per share. This corresponds to an ordinary dividend pay-out of distributable profits of 83% in 2020 (2019: 87%). Equity Derivatives Market: Revenue increased by 1% to R145-million (2019: R143-million) owing to increased activity and a more diverse product mix. Overall, the Equity Derivatives Market came under pressure in the face of greater market volatility in 2020. Value traded was down 7% owing to weaker activity in the JSE Top 40 Index, which commands the largest percentage of contracts traded, as well as Single-Stock Futures (SSFs) with dividend risk. FUTURE FOCUS “The JSE’s focus is underpinned by a resilient and responsive core business alongside a promising inorganic growth strategy. With this in mind, we will execute our strategy with speed and discipline and continue to rapidly improve our service offerings and technology to serve our clients with consistent excellence. As such, the JSE remains committed to providing a trusted market infrastructure,” asserts Dr Fourie. 22 |

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