The best and worst performing top companies on the JSE in 2017

It’s been a challenging year for South African companies, with a creeping economy and many ups and downs amid political uncertainty and many breaking scandals.

There were some notable changes among the country’s top companies in 2017 – the biggest of which was Steinhoff’s massive crash as a result of its ongoing accounting scandal.

Steinhoff used to be high up in the JSE’s top 40 companies, but after losing more than 93% of its value since the start of the year, it is the clear loser in 2017.

Despite the spectacular fall of Srteinhoff, companies with exposure the the company – such as Shoprite and PSG – still increased share value during the course of 2017.

On the more positive side, the year also saw to close races in the banking and telco industry, with Vodacom and MTN vying to be the biggest company by market cap, and Capitec giving Nedbank a run for its money to be the fourth largest bank in the country by this measure.

Overall, of the top 40 companies below, despite the tough year, only 8 companies saw their share prices drop, while the other 32 saw their value increase.

The tables below show the top 40 winners and losers for 2017.

JSE winners in 2017

Company January Share Price (ZAR) December Share Price (ZAR) Change (%)
Kumba Iron Ore 162.07 371.36 +129.1%
Naspers 2120.02 3451.42 +62.8%
Mr Price Group 153.57 241.77 +57.4%
Discovery Holdings 116.23 181.48 +56.1%
Capitec 689.64 1050.52 +52.3%
Anglo American 193.07 256.72 +33.0%
Sanlam 64.51 85.33 +32.3%
Glencore 49.12 63.82 +29.9%
Richemont 90.38 115.53 +27.8%
Resilient Property Group 114.60 145.91 +27.3%
Standard Bank 150.38 187.23 +24.5%
Bidvest 172.30 213.00 +23.6%
Bidcorp 240.90 297.63 +23.5%
Shoprite 167.33 204.50 +22.2%
NEPI Rockcastle 177.50* 216.80* +22.1%*
South32 27.83 33.36 +19.9%
Anglo Platinum 289.61 346.99 +19.8%
FirstRand 53.23 63.65 +19.6%
PSG 222.40 259.00 +16.5%
Mondi PLC 276.94 321.49 +16.1%
RMI 39.26 44.92 +14.4%
RMB 66.60 74.64 +12.1%
Tiger Brands 397.37 443.77 +11.7%
British American Tobacco 770.96 860.34 +11.6%
BHP Billiton 224.29 250.29 +11.6%
Old Mutual 34.91 38.31 +9.7%
Nedbank 235.10 247.58 +5.3%
Growthpoint Properties 26.10 27.27 +4.5%
Sasol 403.60 418.87 +3.8%
Barclays Africa 169.50 172.00 +1.5%
Aspen Pharma 275.33 278.00 +1.0%
Remgro 227.50 228.03 +0.2%

Share prices from year open (5 January 2017) to year close (22 December 2017). * Listed in July 2017.

JSE losers in 2017

Company January Share Price (ZAR) December Share Price (ZAR) Change (%)
Mediclinic International 131.67 105.82 -19.6%
Woolworths 69.77 62.93 -9.8%
Redefine Properties 11.40 10.46 -8.2%
Vodacom 150.96 140.80 -6.7%
Hammerson 96.49 91.17 -5.5%
MTN 134.94 130.65 -3.2%
AB InBev 1446.49 1426.32 -1.4%
Investec 90.91 90.23 -0.7%

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