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Liberty profit jumps 68%

Aug 04 2011 08:02 Reuters

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Sanlam Limited [JSE:SLM]

Last traded 68.16
Change -0.11
% Change 0.00
Cumulative volume 4146194
Market cap 147.67bn

Last Updated: 12/09/2014 at 04:27. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

LIBERTY HOLDINGS LIMITED [JSE:LBH]

Last traded 131.03
Change -0.05
% Change 0.00
Cumulative volume 100339
Market cap 37.50bn

Last Updated: 12/09/2014 at 04:25. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

STANDARD BANK GROUP LIMITED [JSE:SBK]

Last traded 133.87
Change -1.16
% Change -0.01
Cumulative volume 2021154
Market cap 216.69bn

Last Updated: 12/09/2014 at 04:27. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

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Johannesburg - Liberty Holdings [JSE:LBH], Africa's third-largest life insurer by market value, posted a 68% rise in first-half earnings on Thursday as economic recovery led to more policies.

Liberty, majority owned by Standard Bank Group [JSE:SBK], said basic headline earnings per share totalled 440.2c in the six months to end-June, compared with 371.9c a year ago. Headline earnings, the main profit gauge in South Africa, exclude some one-time items.

Liberty warned that volatility in South Africa's investment market would likely affect returns.

The insurer swung to a profit a year ago after a recession led to lapses on policy payments.

Liberty's rival Sanlam [JSE:SLM] has warned that the business environment remains challenging and that it is unlikely to book strong earnings growth similar to those achieved in the latter part of 2010.

Liberty shares have gained 1% so far this year, compared with a 0.9% drop in Johannesburg's index of life insurance companies .
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