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The lender’s credit-loss ratio, which rose 6 basis points to 53 basis points, will also increase slightly above the level achieved in 2017 although it will remain below its 60-100 basis-point target range, Johannesburg-based Nedbank said in a statement on Tuesday.
First-half earnings per share excluding one-time items rose 26 percent to 13.61 rand, boosted by rising profit at Ecobank Transnational Inc., the Lome, Togo-based lender in which Nedbank owns a 20 percent stake. South Africa’s central bank expects GDP to expand 1.2 percent in 2018.
“Slow revenue growth and a gradual increase in impairments were offset by good cost management,” Nedbank Chief Executive Officer Mike Brown said in the statement. Total assets exceeded R1 trillion ($75 billion) for the first time.
Nedbank’s stock has gained 3.2 percent this year, the best performer in the six-member FTSE/JSE Africa Banks Index, which is down 2.6 percent.