Brainworks on Friday became the first Zimbabwean company to list on the JSE main board under the Equity Investment Instruments (EII) sector, with the firm making its debut with the market capitalisation of just under R1 billion.

A comment from the industry – 

It is widely believed that Brainworks are looking to recapitalize the company so that it can invest in the upgrading of some of its properties in the Victoria Falls where the tourism industry is said to be booming. The Elephant Hills is a property with around 500 beds and a golf course that has improved to championship standards under the management of the Legacy Group. The one problem the hotel has is that the bed rooms and some of the public areas need a focused soft upgrade. According to some visiting travel agents the property has enormous potential to host large regional and international conferences, but needs to brush up on the rooms and some public areas.

Elephant Hills Golf Course

Brett Childs, the chief executive of Brainworks, on Friday said that the company was confident that its strategy of listing on the local bourse would prove sound and that international and Zimbabwean investors would view Brainworks as a vehicle to access our excellent asset portfolio and participate in the opportunity that Zimbabwe provides.
‘With approximately 38percent of group revenue generated in hard currency, through our hospitality division, a large property portfolio and our focus on micro finance, banking and insurance we are well placed to benefit in a changing economic environment,” Childs said. The JSE said the company was the first Zimbabwean company to have a primary listing on the JSE and the 16th company to list on the exchange this year.

The company said it was working on a facility with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, which would allow Zimbabwean investors to buy shares of the company without the need to source for foreign currency. Brainworks is a Mauritian registered investment holding company, with its investment base focused on the Zimbabwean hospitality, real estate, financial services and logistics sectors. Its current investments include controlling stakes in two companies listed on the Zimbabwean Stock Exchange (ZSE): African Sun, a hospitality management company and Dawn Properties, a real-estate investment holding, development and property consulting services company. The group also has seven resort hotels and four city hotels in Zimbabwe, with some of them under the management of South Africa’s Legacy Hotels and Resorts. It also has significant investments in the financial technology sector through Getsure, a microfinance life insurer.

In August, Zimbwabwe’s central bank established a Zimbabwe Portfolio Investment Fund to the tune of $5million (R66.27m), to facilitate the efficient repatriation of portfolio related funds to foreign investors invested specifically on the ZSE, a development meant to restore confidence in the market.

Read the full article on Business Report

VF24 Editor 5