Picture: 123RF/Jan Miks
Picture: 123RF/Jan Miks

Chantal Marx from FNB Wealth and Investments chose Shoprite as her stock pick of the day and Paul Chakaduka from GT247.com chose FirstRand.

Marx said: “Shoprite experienced the perfect storm over the last six months to a year where they had some very serious security losses at their businesses. They also had a distribution centre strike that dragged on. They implemented new information technology software, which also dragged on their results.

“Shoprite had almost nil food inflation, which had an impact on their topline, meanwhile your expenses continue to grow, even if it’s below inflation, it still has a very negative impact on margins and we believe that it is kind of in the base now and we don’t expect these one-offs to repeat.

“The share looks very attractively priced now relative to its history. If you run a model and do a fair value assessment now it’s trading well below fair value at the moment. And, even in the context of poor economic growth in SA, people still need to eat.”

Chakaduka said: “We want to go long FirstRand, they found their base and bounced off their recent lows. I don’t think there is anything fundamentally that is going to change from now and their next set of results in three or four months time. What has changed, though, is the economics and the politics, which will give a lot of the banks some breathing room.”

Chantal Marx from FNB Wealth and Investments and Paul Chakaduka from GT247.com talk to Business Day TV

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