The little engines that can are usually overlooked when compared to their bigger counterparts, but some of these companies hold immense value for our future if the liquidity gap can be breached.
This valuable category on the JSE, coupled with the entrepreneurial drive behind small caps, might play a key role in economic growth in the future, specifically in targeting unemployment.
Not only were the top 5 performers on the JSE for May companies with small capitalization but in the U.S statistics show that this category has out-performed more extensive stocks nine out of the last ten recessions.
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Here are some small caps across different sectors and industries:
Natural Gas Utilities - Montauk Holdings Limited (MNK)
This fully integrated renewable energy company has given new meaning to the term “go green” since its debut a couple of years ago on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Montauk’s mission is to protect the places that feel like home and has been engaged in commercial-scale development of renewable energy facilities for over 30 years.
The share price shot the lights out during May and ended the month in the green over 42% and will be watched closely as the renewable energy environment evolves.
The share is currently trading at R 40.20 per share. *
Health Care Equipment & Services - RH Bophelo Limited (RHB)
RH Bophelo Limited is an investment company which primarily invests in healthcare and is genuinely taking the COVID-19 pandemic by the horns. The company is an entirely black-owned investment company who aims to increase the accessibility of healthcare among lower to middle-income earners.
The company is also the first South African company to be cross-listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange as of the 1st of June 2020 as it seeks to diversify its investor base across East Africa.
The share is currently trading at R 9.84 per share. *
Financial services - Purple Group Limited (PPE)
The Purple Group needs no introduction and continues to grow, educate and innovate the way we view investing in South Africa. The groups EasyEquities offering is growing at a rapid pace, and its latest partnership with Capitec will see the company launch investing services within the new Capitec Mobile Banking App.
Other notable offerings on the horizon to keep a lookout for are EasyAustralia and the much-anticipated EasyProperties.
The share is currently trading at R 0.51 per share. *
Energy - Resource Generation Limited (RSG)
Coal is the name of the game for Resource Generation Limited. This new generation coal producer is currently developing the Boikarabelo Coal Mine in South Africa’s Waterberg region. This region accounts for 40% of SA’s known coal resources.
Resgen’s primary listing is in Australia with a secondary listing in South Africa on the JSE. The stock performed exceptionally well in May, ending the month 61.54% higher.
The share is currently trading at R 1.05 per share. *
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Even thou small caps might hold massive growth potential for the future; they only hold a small percentage of the JSE’s market capitalization compared to its Mid and Large Cap counterparts. Small-cap stocks are notoriously known for their volatility which makes them an attractive prospect for investors over the short term. New investors should take note that some of these stocks also have liquidity constraints which means that they might be hard to sell with wide bid-offer spreads.
Much work needs to be done by the JSE and regulators to put these companies in the spotlight like Canada, and Australia has done with its small-cap offerings.
*Share prices were taken after the JSE market close on the 1st of June 2020.
Sources: EasyResearch, Montauk Energy, RH Bophelo Limited, Purple Group Limited, Resource Generation Limited, African Markets, Business Day TV, The New Times, Forbes.
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