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Patrice Motsepe’s mining empire suffers $1.1-billion market value wipeout in 2023

by Omokolade Ajayi

Despite a strong start to the year with an impressive half-year financial performance, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), the South Africa-based diversified mining group led by renowned billionaire businessman and philanthropist Patrice Motsepe, has faced a significant decline in its market capitalization.

According to data retrieved from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, ARM has suffered a loss of more than $1.1 billion in market value since the start of the year. This has pushed the group’s market capitalization below the $2.5-billion mark, signaling challenges for the renowned mining conglomerate.

The $1.1-billion slump in the group’s market capitalization can be attributed to sustained selling pressure on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, which has impacted the market value of several top mining companies, including ARM, which is known for its strategic positions in various mining projects involving iron, coal, copper, gold, platinum, and other precious metals, has been adversely affected by the current market conditions.

Since Jan. 1, ARM shares have experienced a significant decrease of 31.07 percent, falling from R288 ($16.05) to R198.52 ($11.06) at the time of this report. This downturn has resulted in losses for investors, including Patrice Motsepe, who holds a substantial 39.7-percent stake in the group.

As a result of the 31.07-percent decline in ARM shares, its market capitalization has declined by R20.1 billion ($1.12 billion) during the same period – starting the year at R64.7 billion ($3.606 billion), it fell to R44.6 billion ($2.48 billion) on July 28, leaving ARM ranked as the 48th most valuable company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The $1.1-billion market value wipeout also impacted Patrice Motsepe’s net worth, bringing it below $2.4 billion earlier this year.

However, recent rebounds have relieved the billionaire businessman, with his net worth recording a welcome boost, surging back to $2.6 billion. This revival can be attributed to a mix of recent increases in ARM shares and a rise in the market value of his private investments, including stakes in the digital-only bank TymeBank.

With ARM’s market capitalization now below the $2.5-billion mark, investors and industry experts are closely observing the company’s future strategies and market trends to assess the potential for recovery and growth in the face of ongoing market challenges.

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