Johannesburg - The Land Bank has made significant strides although
challenges remain, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan
said in its annual
report released on Thursday.
Gordhan said the bank's turnaround programme has been completed successfully, resulting in an improved performance.
this reporting period, the bank's market share has improved from 26% to
about 27% of total farming debt as at December 31 2010. Although
challenges remain, significant strides have been made.
can now focus its resources on fulfilling its development mandate as
outlined in the Land and Agricultural Development Bank Act (2002), while
maintaining financial sustainability," he said.
should be able to celebrate the bank's centenary next year by
recognising the achievements of a vibrant, healthy institution that is
contributing to the development of our economy and democracy," he said. Lower profit
The bank reported a net profit of R286.1m 2010/11, 25% lower than the net profit of R379.1m in the previous financial year.
said this was mainly attributable to the decline in investment income
from insurance operations. The group's banking operations contributed
R200m (2010: R217.3m), excluding the inter-group dividend of R50m (2010:
nil) and the insurance operations contribution of R86.8m (2010:
R161.8m), to the group's bottom line for the year.
notable improvement in bottom line contributions came from the retail
division, where overall profit increased by 186% from R93.6m in the
prior year to R267.8m, mainly as a result of a release in impairments.