Deneb’s Financial Odyssey: 9% Revenue Surge, 43% Earnings Slide, and a 69% Adjusted Upswing Unveiled in Six-Month Snapshot

  • Revenue Growth: Deneb reported a 9% revenue increase to R1,711 million, showcasing resilience in a challenging economic climate.
  • Earnings Dip: Headline earnings and earnings per share experienced declines of 36% and 43%, respectively, reflecting economic challenges.
  • Adjustments for Clarity: Adjusting for non-recurring insurance proceeds, Deneb's adjusted HEPS and EPS exhibited positive trends, signalling strategic resilience.
By Lethabo Ntsoane

Deneb Investments Limited, a key player in the South African business landscape, has unveiled its interim financial results for the six months ended September 30, 2023. The announcement provides insights into the company’s performance, revealing notable developments and financial indicators that shed light on its trajectory in a challenging economic environment.

Revenue Surges Amidst Economic Headwinds

Deneb Investments Limited reported a robust financial performance in the first half of 2023, with revenue soaring by R147 million (9%) to R1,711 million. This notable increase from the previous corresponding period, which stood at R1,564 million, reflects the company’s resilience in navigating economic headwinds.

Earnings Per Share (EPS) and Headline Earnings Per Share (HEPS) – A Tale of Two Metrics

While revenue growth is a positive indicator, a closer look at the earnings metrics reveals a more nuanced story. HEPS experienced a decline of 36%, dropping from 16 cents per share to 10 cents per share. Similarly, EPS saw a 43% decrease, falling from 18 cents per share to 10 cents per share.

This dip in earnings can be attributed to various factors, reflecting the broader challenges faced by companies in the current economic landscape. The decrease in profitability highlights the need for companies to adapt swiftly to changing market dynamics and implement strategic measures to safeguard their financial health.

Net Asset Value Per Share (NAVPS) – A Modest Rise

On a positive note, Deneb’s Net Asset Value Per Share (NAVPS) increased by 3%, rising by 13 cents per share to 406 cents, compared to 393 cents in the prior corresponding period. This uptick in NAVPS signifies the company’s commitment to maintaining a solid financial foundation, even in the face of challenges affecting other financial metrics.

Financial MetricValueChange
HEPS10 cents-36%
EPS10 cents-43%
NAVPS406 cents+3%

Profit Dips, Distribution Withheld

The profit narrative is less optimistic, as Deneb reported a 42% decline in profit, plummeting from R79 million to R45 million. This decline underscores the challenges faced by the company during this period.

Notably, Deneb opted not to declare any distribution for the six months ended September 30, 2023, in contrast to the prior year where no distribution was also declared. This strategic decision aligns with the company’s focus on fortifying its financial position in a climate of economic uncertainty.

Adjustments for Non-Recurring Insurance Proceeds

A key aspect of Deneb’s financial story lies in adjustments made for non-recurring insurance proceeds. During the prior year, the company received insurance proceeds for business interruption, which significantly impacted its financial standing. In an effort to provide a clearer picture to shareholders, Deneb adjusted its headline earnings and earnings per share figures, excluding the net insurance proceeds from the prior year.

Adjusted MetricAdjusted ValueChange
Adjusted HEPS10 cents+69%
Adjusted EPS10 cents+29%

The adjusted figures tell a different story, showcasing a positive trend in both adjusted HEPS and adjusted EPS. Adjusted HEPS increased by 69%, reaching 10 cents per share, compared to 6 cents per share in the prior corresponding period. Similarly, adjusted EPS increased by 29%, rising to 10 cents per share from 8 cents per share.


As Deneb Investments Limited navigates the complex economic landscape, the interim results for the six months ended September 30, 2023, reflect both challenges and strategic resilience. While earnings metrics experienced a dip, adjustments for non-recurring insurance proceeds present a more optimistic outlook. The decision to withhold distributions and the emphasis on adjusted figures underscore the company’s commitment to transparent reporting and sound financial management.

In the coming months, stakeholders will keenly watch how Deneb adapts its strategies, capitalizing on strengths and addressing weaknesses to ensure sustained growth and resilience in an ever-evolving market.

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Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted: Email: Twitter: @NtsoaneLethabo