Financial Mail’s Top Analysts for 2019 have been announced - Corporate Events South Africa

The Financial Mail announced the winners of its annual Top Analyst Awards at an event in Johannesburg last night. The Financial Mail Top Analyst Awards, in association with IRESS and the JSE, recognises South Africa’s top analysts in the institutional stock broking industry.

"This year is the 44th year we're hosting these awards, and we're taking the rankings to a new level by including the views of institutional investors in the rest of the world," says Rob Rose, the editor of the Financial Mail. "These results will incorporate the Extel/Institutional Investor rankings of the South African sell-side industry, compiled from a survey of asset managers in 55 countries."

For the fourth year running, Standard Bank SBG Securities was awarded as the Overall Top firm. As in 2018, Peregrine Securities maintained its position as the Top firm – Execution: Derivatives.

Similarly, RMB Morgan Stanley held its ranking as the Top firm – Execution: Equities Dealing, as well as maintaining top spot in the Corporate Access, Administration, and Sales Team categories. Rand Merchant Bank replaced Nedgroup Securities as the Top firm – Execution: Fixed Interest Securities for 2019.

André Bekker from Arqaam Capital was awarded as Young Analyst of the Year 2019: Equities, while Odwa Sihlobo from Prescient Securities was named Young Analyst of the Year 2019: Nonequities.

Intellidex's survey of SA-based asset managers covers about 90% of the institutional market, and is compiled through a series of confidential questionnaires completed by domestic institutional clients of local stockbroker firms.

The Financial Mail has been associated with this survey since 1975 - the only ranking in South Africa that provides a reliable and independent ranking of the skills in the industry. A special report on the 2019 research findings will be published in the Financial Mail on Thursday, 30 May 2019.

Stuart Theobald, the founder of Intellidex, which performed the research, said the FM rankings remain the key accolade for any broker to walk into a client pitch in South Africa. "The FM also goes further than ranking teams to cover analysts in 40 different research categories, providing the only way that clients can identify the leading brains on particular subject areas," he said.

The new ratings come at a tough time for the broking industry, which is battling the impact of Europe's MiFID 2 guidelines, which compel stockbrokers to separate their fees for research and execution.

Says Theobald: "Mifid2 has put significant pressure on budgets for research so analysts are now having to work harder to prove they are worth the value to clients. The FM rankings are one clear way that analysts who deliver value can be recognised"

Herewith the list of categories and winners of the 2019 Financial Mail Top Analysts Awards:
**Winner in 2018 *change noted since 2018

Young Analyst of the year : Equities
Andre Bekker
Arqaam Capital 

Young Analyst of the year : Non-equities
Odwa Sihlobo
Prescient Securities

**Gold Mining
Adrian Hammond
Standard Bank/SBG Securities

Platinum & Precious Metals
Christopher Nicholson and Jared Hoover
RMB Morgan Stanley

**General Mining
Johann Pretorius and Siphelele Mhlongo
Renaissance Capital

**Oil & Gas and Chemicals
Gerhard Engelbrecht

**Forestry & Paper
Brian Morgan
RMB Morgan Stanley

Industrial Metals
Thabang Thlaku and Tim Clark
Standard Bank/SBG Securities

**Resources Small & Medium Market Cap Companies
Tim Clark, Thabang Thlaku & Leroy Mnguni and Adrian Hammond
Standard Bank/SBG Securities

**Construction, Building Materials & Machinery
Rowan Goeller

Stephan Potgieter

General Financial
Stephan Potgieter

Michael Christelis

**Beverages & Tobacco
Rey Wium
Standard Bank/SBG Securities

**Food Producers
Vikhyat Sharma
RMB Morgan Stanley

Healthcare Providers & Pharmaceuticals
Kane Slutzskin

**Luxury Goods
Rey Wium
Standard Bank/SBG Securities

**General Retailers
Sean Holmes
*RMB Morgan Stanley

Household Goods Retailers
Kaeleen Brown and Ya’eesh Patel
Standard Bank/SBG Securities

Hotels, Travel & Leisure
Michele Olivier
RMB Morgan Stanley

Diversified Industrials
Brent Madel
Renaissance Capital

**Investment Companies
Rey Wium
Standard Bank/SBG Securities

Computing & Electronics
Ruhan du Plessis
Avior Capital Markets

David Ferguson
Renaissance Capital

Jonathan Kennedy-Good and *Preeti Sukha
Standard Bank/SBG Securities

Financial and industrial small & medium market cap companies
Sumil Seeraj, Marc Ter Mors, Magdel Neale and Munira Kharva
Standard Bank/SBG Securities

**Real Estate
Nazeem Samsodien & Mahir Hamdulay

**Africa Ex-SA equities
EFG Hermes Firm
EFG Hermes

Africa Ex-SA non-equities
David Cowan, Gina Schoeman and David Lubin
Citigroup Global Markets

Johann Pretorius, Steven Friedman, Kabelo Moshesha, Siphelele Mhlongo and Derick Deale
Renaissance Capital

Environmental, social and corporate governance
Waseem Thokan and Rob Worthington-Smith
Legae Securities

Credit Analysis
Elena Ilkova and Kate Rushton
Rand Merchant Bank

Emlyn Flint, Florence Chikurunhe, Anthony Seymour and Samantha Jones
Legae Peresec

Fixed-Interest Securities
Mike Keenan
Absa Capital

Innovative research
Mary Curtis, Chris Nicholson, Brian Morgan, Vikhyat Sharma, Michele Olivier, Roy Campbell, Elan Levy and Sean Holmes
RMB Morgan Stanley

**Economic Analysis (domestic)
Elna Moolman
*Standard Bank/SBG Securities

**Economic Analysis (international) 
Mary Curtis, Ian Doyle, Jonathan Garner, Andrea Masia and Jacob Nell
RMB Morgan Stanley

**Investment Strategy 
Mary Curtis 
RMB Morgan Stanley

**Political Analysis 
Simon Freemantle 
Standard Bank/SBG Securities

Quantitative Analysis 
Emlyn Flint, Florence Chikurunhe, Anthony Seymour and Samantha Jones 
Legae Peresec

Risk Management 
Petrus Bosman and Team 
Avior Capital Markets

**Technical Analysis 
Neels Heyneke and Mehul Daya 
Nedgroup Securities

**Top firm : Administration Efficiency 
RMB Morgan Stanley

**Top firm: Corporate Access 
RMB Morgan Stanley

**Top firm : Execution: Derivatives 
Peregrine Securities

**Top firm : Dealing: Equities 
RMB Morgan Stanley

Top firm : Execution: 
Fixed Interest Securities 
Rand Merchant Bank 

**Top Sales Teams 
RMB Morgan Stanley

**Overall Top Firm 
Standard Bank /SBG Securities