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TOP 500 COMPANIES IN AFRICA

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Each year, The Africa Report chronicles the fortunes of the top 500 companies in Africa's key business sectors. These rankings, which were published in February 2012, are based on firms' 2010 performance, point to some of the important longer-term changes affecting African economies. Read more analysis of companies' performance in Outlook: turbulence.

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 METHODOLOGY

Of 7,093 African companies in our database, 6,127 receive a detailed questionnaire. After crosschecks and verification, we establish a ranking of Africa's top 1,550 companies. The first 500 are published. To allow comparison, we apply the same rules to all our data. 1) All financial data must have a clearly-defined source, generally communicated to us by the companies themselves, and must refer to the 2010 financial year (in some cases 2010/11). 2) If presented in local currency, we convert the data into US dollar amounts according to the rate prevailing on 31 December 2010. 3). We include all companies who fall under the legal juristiction of at least one of the 54 countries in Africa, which is why a holding company and a subsidiary can both feature in the list. 4) Where we cannot obtain up-to-date figures, we use those of the previous year (marked with an asterisk). After two years of silence a company is struck off our ranking.

It was growth in domestic consumption that helped African companies' impressive stamina in 2010. Read more analysis inA pause on the way up.

 

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 Rank 2011  Rank 2010  Company name  Country  Sector  Turnover (Thds $)  Turnover change  Net profits 
11SONATRACHALGERIAPETROLEUM 58 793 251 19,24% 9 305 439
22SONANGOLANGOLAPETROLEUM 22 244 664 -0,89% 2 515 973
33SASOLSOUTH AFRICACHEMICALS 18 393 415 -1,03% 2 398 323
45MTN GROUPSOUTH AFRICATELECOMS 17 254 208 12,53% 2 151 435
54THE BIDVEST GROUPSOUTH AFRICADIVERSIFIED 16 517 786 8,24% 503 282
66ESKOMSOUTH AFRICAELECTRICITY 13 758 201 30,22% 1 257 160
78SHOPRITE HOLDINGSSOUTH AFRICARETAIL 10 140 697 21,14% 340 998
87SANLAMSOUTH AFRICAINSURANCE 10 123 028 19,20% 980 182
99VODACOM GROUPSOUTH AFRICATELECOMS 9 207 089 14,29% 1 240 460
1011IMPERIAL HOLDINGSSOUTH AFRICADIVERSIFIED 8 039 747 8,97% 340 318
1110PICK'N PAY STORES HOLDINGSSOUTH AFRICARETAIL 7 815 246 5,58% 117 878
1213STEINHOFF INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGSSOUTH AFRICADIVERSIFIED 7 227 618 10,39% 532 743
1314MASSMART HOLDINGSSOUTH AFRICARETAIL 7 139 003 18,55% 176 989
1412VODACOM SOUTH AFRICASOUTH AFRICATELECOMS 6 979 676 2,59% N/A
1519ANGLO PLATINUM CORP.SOUTH AFRICAMINING 6 924 461 28,06% 1 498 332
1616SAPPISOUTH AFRICAPAPER 6 572 000 18,30% 66 000
1715BARLOWORLDSOUTH AFRICADIVERSIFIED 6 142 874 7,31% 7 673
1832DE BEERS CONSOLIDATED MINESSOUTH AFRICAMINING 5 877 000 34,66%-546 000
1929ANGLOGOLD ASHANTISOUTH AFRICAMINING 5 842 425 29,05% 95 837
2043KUMBA IRON ORESOUTH AFRICAMINING 5 823 017 45,80% 2 154 895
2120TRANSNETSOUTH AFRICATRANSPORT 5 709 878 15,92% 618 801
2225MTN SOUTH AFRICASOUTH AFRICATELECOMS 5 389 420 17,08% N/A
2326SPAR GROUPSOUTH AFRICARETAIL 5 242 310 17,04% 137 782
2446OFFICE CHERIFIEN DES PHOSPHATESMOROCCOMINING 5 128 650 41,28% 1 048 131
2522AVENGSOUTH AFRICADIVERSIFIED 5 112 457 10,94% 281 778
2624MTN NIGERIANIGERIATELECOMS 5 038 871 10,83% N/A
2717TELKOMSOUTH AFRICATELECOMS 5 033 154 -2,60% 183 850
2834NASPERSSOUTH AFRICAMEDIA 4 977 638 24,17% 791 367
2923MURRAY & ROBERTS HOLDINGSSOUTH AFRICACONSTRUCTION 4 808 743 5,34% 165 239
3028SAB MILLER SOUTH AFRICASOUTH AFRICABEVERAGES 4 777 000 11,79% N/A
3130GOLD FIELDSSOUTH AFRICAMINING 4 748 999 17,42% 546 344
3231ORASCOM CONSTRUCTION IN/AUSTRIESEGYPTCONSTRUCTION 4 719 726 18,19% 572 896
3321GROUPE ONA*MOROCCODIVERSIFIED 4 684 968 N/A 381 540
3438ARCELOR MITTAL SOUTH AFRICASOUTH AFRICAMETAL, STEEL 4 547 201 24,10% 202 355
3536GRIN/ARODSOUTH AFRICASEA TRANSPORT 4 544 024 17,84% 126 204
3627SUEZ CANAL AUTHORITYEGYPTPORTS 4 542 000 5,56% N/A
3741SAMIRMOROCCOREFINING 4 365 837 22,53% 98 564
3835DATATECSOUTH AFRICAICT 4 302 972 13,13% 41 893
3942EDGARS CONSOLIDATED STORESSOUTH AFRICARETAIL 3 849 414 12,88%-247 189
4037IMPALA PLATINUM HOLDINGSSOUTH AFRICAMINING 3 828 351 8,01% 709 372
4145OLD MUTUAL LIFE ASSURANCE CO.SOUTH AFRICAINSURANCE 3 775 543 17,54% 381 842
4233MAROC TELECOMMOROCCOTELECOMS 3 733 304 -1,98% 1 124 294
4318ORASCOM TELECOMEGYPTTELECOMS 3 693 228 -37,14% 150 915
4449WOOLWORTHS HOLDINGSSOUTH AFRICARETAIL 3 519 477 16,02% 189 266
4548LIBERTY GROUPSOUTH AFRICAINSURANCE 3 432 065 13,59% 397 038
4647ALLIED ELECTRONICS CORP.SOUTH AFRICAELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT 3 431 765 12,25% 81 544
4750THE ARAB CONTRACTORSEGYPTCONSTRUCTION 3 428 433 19,38% 249 468
48TRANSNET FREIGHT RAILSOUTH AFRICATRANSPORT 3 401 223 N/A N/A
4944NETWORK HEALTHCARE HOLDINGSSOUTH AFRICAHEALTHCARE 3 381 213 7,37% 193 479
5039NAFTALALGERIAPETROLEUM SERVICES 3 367 077 -2,08% 91 011
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