The annual Financial Mail Top Analyst Awards winners were announced at an event hosted at The Empire Venue in Parktown last night.   The Financial Mail Top Analyst Awards, in association with IRESS, recognise South Africa’s top analysts in the institutional stock broking industry.

Standard Bank SBG Securities continued for a third year running to be awarded as the Overall Top firm.  Similarly, Peregrine Securities maintained its position as the Top firm – Execution: Derivatives. Nedgroup Securities was awarded as the Top firm – Execution: Fixed Interest Securities; and RMB Morgan Stanley as the Top firm – Execution: Equities Dealing.  RMB Morgan Stanley was also awarded in the Corporate Access, Administration, and Sales Team categories.

The results are based on a survey of institutional investors by Intellidex. The survey is estimated to cover 90% of the institutional market through confidential questionnaires completed by domestic institutional clients of South African stockbroker firms.

Rob Rose, the editor of the Financial Mail, said “these awards are, we believe, critical to ensuring transparency and efficiency in the financial markets. We’re immensely grateful to those who contributed to the research, who realise that these awards go far beyond simply individual firms, but are also fundamental to improving the public’s understanding of what takes place in our market.”

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.

Warwick Bam of Avior Capital Markets was awarded as Young Analyst of the Year in the equities category, while Emlyn Flint of Peregrine Securities won again in the non-equities category.

A special report on the 2018 research findings will be published in the Financial Mail on Thursday, 31 May 2018.

Herewith the list of categories and winners of the 2018 Financial Mail Top Analysts Awards:

Young Analyst of  the year : Equities – Warwick Bam, Avior Capital Markets
Young Analyst of  the year : Non-equities – Emlyn Flint, Peregrine Securities
Gold Mining – Adrian Hammond, Standard Bank/SBG Securities
Platinum & Precious Metals – Johann Steyn, Citigroup Global Markets
General Mining – Johann Pretorius, Renaissance Capital
Oil & Gas and Chemicals – Gerhard Engelbrecht, Macquarie
Forestry & Paper – Brian Morgan, RMB Morgan Stanley
Industrial Metals – Brian Morgan, RMB Morgan Stanley
Resources Small & Medium Market Cap Companies – Tim Clark, Adrian Hammond, Thabang Thlaku & Leroy Mnguni, Standard Bank/SBG Securities
Construction, Building Materials & Machinery – Rowan Goeller, Macquarie
Banks – Stephan Potgieter, UBS SA
General Financia – Harry Botha & David Talpert, Avior Capital Markets
Insurance – Michael Christelis, UBS SA
Beverages & Tobacco – Rey Wium, Standard Bank/SBG Securities
Food Producers – Vikhyat Sharma, RMB Morgan Stanley
Healthcare Providers & Pharmaceuticals – Alex Comer & Ross Krige, JP Morgan
Luxury Goods – Rey Wium, Standard Bank/SBG Securities
General Retailers – Sean Holmes, Deutsche Securities
Household Goods Retailers – Michael Jacks  & Sa’ad Chothia, Arqaam Capital
Hotels, Travel & Leisure – Janine van Wyk & DeWet Schutte, Avior Capital Markets
Diversified Industrials – Rowan Goeller, Macquarie
Investment Companies – Rey Wium, Standard Bank/SBG Securities
Computing & Electronics  – Muneer Ahmed, Prescient Securities
Media – David Ferguson, Renaissance Capital
Telecommunications – Jonathan Kennedy-Good, Standard Bank/SBG Securities
Financial and industrial small & medium market cap companies – DeWet Schutte, Mpho Mokotso & Roelof Brand, Avior Capital Markets
Real Estate – Nazeem Samsodien & Mahir Hamdulay, Macquarie
Africa Ex-SA equities – EFG Hermes Research Team, EFG Hermes
Africa Ex-SA non-equities – Yvonne Mhango, Renaissance Capital
Commodities – Tom Price, Susan Bates, Christopher Nicholson, Brian Morgan & Menno Sanderse, RMB Morgan Stanley
Environmental, social and corporate governance – David Levinson, Mark Hodgson & Team, Avior Capital Markets
Credit Analysis – Kate Rushton, Absa Capital
Derivatives – Petrus Bosman, Shivaan Gurayah & Mark Sarembock, Avior Capital Markets
Fixed-Interest Securities – Walter de Wet, Nedgroup Securities, Standard Bank/SBG Securities
Innovative research – UBS Evidence Lab, UBS SA
Economic Analysis (domestic) – Elna Moolman, Macquarie
Economic Analysis (international) – Mary Curtis, Ian Doyle, Jonathan Garner & Andrea Masia, RMB Morgan Stanley
Investment Strategy – Mary Curtis, RMB Morgan Stanley
Political Analysis – Simon Freemantle, Standard Bank/SBG Securities
Quantitative Analysis – Josiah Rudolph & Gurvinder Brar, Macquarie
Risk Management – Odwa Sihlobo, Gideon van der Linde & Daniel Polakow, Prescient Securities
Technical Analysis – Neels Heyneke, Nedgroup Securities
Top firms : Administration Efficiency, RMB Morgan Stanley
Top firms: Corporate Access, RMB Morgan Stanley
Top firms : Execution: Derivatives – Peregrine Securities
Top firms : Execution:Equities – RMB Morgan Stanley
Top firms : Execution:Fixed Interest Securities – Nedgroup Securities
Top Sales Teams – RMB Morgan Stanley
Overall Firm – Standard Bank /SBG Securities