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Stephen van Coller in EOH share buying spree

MONEYWEB / 15 OCTOBER 2018 - 11.50 / DUNCAN MCLEOD

The counter has shed more than two-thirds of its value in the past 12 months.

Newly appointed EOH Holdings CEO Stephen van Coller is snapping up the JSE-listed IT services group’s shares, a regulatory filing on Monday shows.

CEO of EOH Stephen van Coller. Picture: Moneyweb

Between October 9 and October 12, Van Coller, who joined EOH from MTN Group, bought 250 000 shares worth a combined R8.3 million.

The share purchases come less than two weeks after EOH reported full-year results in which the group plunged into a loss of R104 million, from a profit of R1.2 billion in 2017.

Van Coller’s investment is likely to signal not only to the market that he is bullish about EOH’s prospects but also that the share — which has plunged in the past 18 months — may have bottomed.

The group reported a sharp decline in normalised headline earnings per share in the year to end-July 2018. Normalised Heps fell 41% to R4.67, while the group reported a diluted loss per share of 68c.

It was a year in which EOH came under unprecedented scrutiny over its business practices (especially in respect of government contracts), shed a controversial acquisition, appointed Van Coller as CEO, split the group into two new operating subsidiaries and concluded a new black economic empowerment deal.

EOH was trading at R31.84 shortly after 11am in Johannesburg on Monday, down 1.4% on the session. The counter has shed more than two-thirds of its value in the past 12 months. — (c) 2018 NewsCentral Media

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LINK : https://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/companies-and-deals/stephen-van-coller-in-eoh-share-buying-spree/

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