African Rainbow Capital Investments Limited (ARC Investments), has released its quarterly investment update, showcasing resilience in the face of a challenging economic environment in South Africa.
The economic backdrop in the first quarter of the 2024 financial year brought forth significant challenges, including elevated interest rates, disruptions to electricity supply, high unemployment, and pressure on disposable incomes.
The adoption of rainOne, a unique blend of mobile and fixed-wireless services, witnessed a steady rise during the review period. This growth was driven by both the conversion of existing customers from legacy products and the acquisition of new clients. Collections on rainOne products outpaced legacy products, and rain consistently met its monthly financial targets.
Kropz Plc (Kropz) faced hurdles during the quarter, with localized flooding and heavy rains impacting mining and processing operations at Elandsfontein. Despite these challenges, Kropz managed to produce and sell 63,900 tonnes of phosphate concentrate. The ARC Fund extended additional capital, amounting to R290 million, showcasing support for the ongoing operational ramp-up at Kropz Elandsfontein.
Bluespec reported significant growth, meeting its growth budget targets. The group leveraged technology to drive efficiencies, achieve financial performance growth, and maintain its Level 1 B-BBEE status. The confidence in the group’s growth prospects remains high.
Ooba demonstrated robust performance in a challenging economic cycle marked by high inflation and interest rates. The management team’s strategic initiatives, including innovative customer offerings, contributed to the company’s success.
The Agri portfolio consolidation is progressing well, with a focus on achieving sustainable long-term growth to contribute to broader food security objectives. The Upstream group experienced growth in both existing and new clients. Leveraging technology, the group remains optimistic about future growth opportunities and explores synergies across the ARC network.
TymeBank, with an annual revenue run rate exceeding R1.8 billion, has displayed substantial growth. Currently serving over 8 million customers since its launch in February 2019, the bank registers an average of 23 million monthly transactions. Focus remains on profitability, with the recent launch of GoTyme in the Philippines expanding its market presence.
Crossfin, operating in a tough economic environment, showcased resilience with financial performance ahead of the prior year. Despite constrained consumer spend, the portfolio expanded through an early-stage investment in Mypinpad.
Sanlam’s acquisition of 26% of Capital Legacy closed during the period, with a focus on integrating the business into the Sanlam Group. GoSolr experienced a slowdown in solar installations, with management working on initiatives to increase installation rates.
It’s crucial to note that the financial information in this announcement has not been reviewed or reported on by the company’s external auditors.
ARC Investments’ diversified portfolio demonstrates resilience and strategic management amid challenging economic conditions. The company remains committed to identifying promising investment opportunities, contributing to South Africa’s economic growth. For further information, shareholders can contact the Company Secretary at Intercontinental Trust Limited.