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The Billion Rand Man! (ARC)


Mining legend and businessman extraordinaire, Patrice Motsepe, made headlines recently. Thrown in with a side of Trump fries, his popularity has soared in recent weeks as his company African Rainbow Capital recently bought a billion Rands worth of shares in Alexander Forbes.

Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital's purchase of 193 million shares in the pension fund administrator has given ARC majority shareholding.

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Another interesting Financial Mail article about the billionaire's latest conquests titled "Motsepe's ARC widens" by Stephen Cranston is worth a read.

Here are some of the noteworthy excerpts from the article:

Alexander Forbes’s largest shareholder, the multinational employee benefits business Mercer, was unlikely ever to be content with just a third of the company. But it was lucky to have a willing buyer in Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments, which will snap up its 193-million Forbes shares for R1bn.

Abax Investments portfolio manager Wallie van der Walt says it is never welcome to see a large multinational such as Mercer disinvesting, but Forbes was small in its life and barely a rounding error in its accounts.”

Shareholder reaction has, so far, been positive: Kagiso chief investment officer Gavin Wood says Forbes has gained a substantially increased black empowerment shareholding through a simple cash deal, without any messy special purpose vehicles or vendor finance mechanisms.”

Our clients

There has been an uptick in FinTech savvy clients who have been asking about the possibilities of investing in TymeBank a company owned by African Rainbow Capital (ARC).

Interest has been subdued across Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited (AFH) and African Rainbow Capital Investments Limited (AIL) with no tell-tale signs of client direction.

What does EasyResearch say

The Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited (AFH) acquisition might be a positive addition to the ARC staple. African Rainbow Capital Investments Limited (AIL) share price has been under pressure of late, which might continue in the short term. Questions are raised about the new majority shareholders direction in Alexander Forbes while the local economy remains under pressure.

For the new investor take note that both African Rainbow Capital Investments Limited (AIL) and Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited (AFH) shares might have liquidity constraints and spread to take into consideration. 

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The local economy, along with the consumer, might land themselves in Finance minister Tito Mboweni's pressure cooker after the budget speech, and Moody’s decision to downgrade. The financial and retail sectors might be hardest hit before new buyers enter the market.


Source – EasyResearch, Financialmail, Stephen Cranston article, BusinessLIVE

Take note all pricing and performance was taken pre-market on January 28th 2020.

*Chart sources - EasyEquities

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