The recent buyouts of services group CSG Holdings and specialist communications business Alaris — both at marked premiums to the share prices before the respective proposals were tabled — once again highlights the value of retail investors scouring the mustier corners of the JSE for deep-value gems.

Some smaller counters on the JSE simply do not attract the attention of professional investors and asset managers. For the most part the businesses are subscale, undercapitalised and plying their trades in difficult or diminishing niches...

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