Buffett Says Stock Ownership Became More Attractive With Tax Cut

Buffett Says Stock Ownership Became More Attractive With Tax Cut

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Warren Buffett said the U.S. tax cut will make companies more valuable by giving owners a bigger share of profits. “People who own the businesses, they now own 20 percent more of the domestic earnings,” Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said in an interview on CNBC Wednesday. Describing the change as a “big deal,” he gave as an example Berkshire Hathaway’s BNSF Railway. “The government doesn’t own the assets of…

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Teetering Steinhoff Prepares to Shop Around Its Retail Assets

Teetering Steinhoff Prepares to Shop Around Its Retail Assets

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Steinhoff International Holdings NV, which sells $89 mattresses to Americans and two-for-a-pound cans of tomato soup to the British, faces a potential fire sale of its global retail holdings as it battles for survival. After a week in which its shares collapsed and its bonds were downgraded to junk amid an accounting scandal that prompted Chief Executive Officer Markus Jooste to quit, the owner of U.S. furniture chain Mattress Firm…

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Africa’s Richest Woman Prepares New Deals After Losing Oil Post

Africa’s Richest Woman Prepares New Deals After Losing Oil Post

LUANDA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Less than a month after being fired as head of Angola’s state-owned oil company, Isabel dos Santos says she is studying new deals. Dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman, said two major Angolan banks she has links to are preparing to sell shares as part of plans to strengthen their operations at home and abroad. She also said Friday she remains committed to her investments in Portuguese oil company Galp Energia SGPS…

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The Cobalt Crunch for Electric Cars Could Be Solved in Suburbia

The Cobalt Crunch for Electric Cars Could Be Solved in Suburbia

KINSHASA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Almost 9,000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt — the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a donut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American Manganese Inc., located in the suburbs of Vancouver, have developed a way to produce enough…

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Israeli Investor Said to Withdraw Zambia Mining Stake Bid

Israeli Investor Said to Withdraw Zambia Mining Stake Bid

LUSAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Sapir Capital, an Israeli private-equity firm, has withdrawn an offer to buy a stake in Zambia’s state-owned mining holding company for more than $100 million, according to two people familiar with the situation. Sapir canceled the offer after delays in the transaction but is still in informal talks with the government over a potential deal, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t…

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South Africa Looks for Extra $1.8 Billion of Spending Cuts

South Africa Looks for Extra $1.8 Billion of Spending Cuts

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa will look to cut spending by a further 25 billion rand ($1.8 billion) over the next three years as the nation tries to avert another downgrade of its rand debt to junk. President Jacob Zuma on Monday asked the Presidential Fiscal Committee, led by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, to finalize the plans for expenditure reductions for the 2019 fiscal year that starts in April. This is in addition to the…

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China Seen Gaining Even More in Zimbabwe If Mugabe Leaves Office

China Seen Gaining Even More in Zimbabwe If Mugabe Leaves Office

HARARE (Capital Markets in Africa) – China has seen its influence rise in Zimbabwe during Robert Mugabe’s nearly four decades in power, becoming the African nation’s third-largest trading partner and biggest foreign investor. Beijing might gain even more if he goes. Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose removal sparked last week’s military intervention, is seen as more open to investment from China and other nations than Mugabe, according to researchers who advise President Xi Jinping’s government on Africa…

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