Price boom powers big iron’s profits

Original article by Sarah Turner, Jenny Wiggins
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 18-Jan-21

The spot price of iron ore peaked at $US172.36 a tonne during the week ended 15 January. Milford Asset Management’s William Curtayne says earnings forecasts for Australia’s major iron ore producers will need to be significantly upgraded if the price of the steel input remains at around $US165/tonne. Jason Teh of Vertium Asset Management also anticipates strong growth in dividend payouts at BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group, as well as the potential for special dividends and share buybacks. The surging price of iron ore will also boost federal government revenue.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, MILFORD ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED, VERTIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT PTY LTD

CBA profits cut despite growth in lending

Original article by James Frost, James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 12-Nov-20

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has reported a cash profit of $1.8bn for the September quarter, which is 16 per cent lower than previously. Household deposits increased by $15.8bn during the first three months of 2020-21, while mortgage lending increased by $5.6bn. CBA has advised that its net interest margin was lower than in the second half of 2019-20, primarily due to the impact of lower interest rates. CBA has also reported a sharp fall in the number of deferred loans since the end of the September quarter.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA

NAB takes virus hit, digs in to aid recovery

Original article by James Frost, James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 26 : 6-Nov-20

National Australia Bank has posted a cash profit of $3.7bn for the year to 30 September, which is 37 per cent lower than previously. The result was marred by credit impairment charges totalling $2.76bn, including a provision of $1.86bn for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Shareholders will receive a final dividend of $0.30 per share and a full-year payout of $0.60. NAB shares closed 3.2 per cent higher at $19.31 on 5 November.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB

Gina Rinehart’s wealth soars as Hancock Prospecting reports $4b profit

Original article by Nick Toscano
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 5-Nov-20

Hancock Prospecting has reported a 2019-20 after-tax profit of $4bn, compared with $2.6bn previously. The company benefited from the strong price of iron ore during the financial year. Hancock’s iron ore assets include the Roy Hill mine and a 50 per cent stake in the Hope Downs joint venture. Hancock also controls Atlas Iron, which operates the Mt Webber iron ore mine in the Pilbara. Meanwhile, Hancock has paid a maiden dividend of $475m and repaid a $US7.2bn ($10.1bn) debt some four months ahead of schedule.

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HANCOCK PROSPECTING PTY LTD, ATLAS IRON LIMITED

No benefit in rate cut: ANZ chief

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 13 & 18 : 30-Oct-20

The ANZ Bank has posted a net profit of $3.58bn for the year to 30 September, which is 40 per cent lower than previously. The result was primarily marred by a blowout in impairment charges, which rose to $2.74bn. Shareholders will receive a full-year dividend of $0.60 per share, compared with $1.60 in 2019-20. Meanwhile, CEO Shayne Elliott says a further reduction in official interest rates is unlikely to do much to stimulate the economy, as financial markets already have sufficient liquidity. The Reserve Bank is widely tipped to reduce the cash rate on 3 November.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Valuer Acumentis predicts rise in distressed sales

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 32 : 30-Oct-20

Listed valuation firm Acumentis has reported revenue of $13.4 million for the September quarter, compared with just $8.4 million for the entire 2019-20 financial year. The firm has posted a pre-tax profit of $1.6 million for the quarter. Acumentis notes that it is benefiting from an improvement in residential activity, while it predicts an increase in forced home sales as JobKeeper payments and mortgage repayment deferral periods end.

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ACUMENTIS GROUP LIMITED – ASX ACU

Analysts tip $11bn profits for banks in messy accounting year

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd
The Australian – Page: 15 : 26-Oct-20

The ANZ Bank, Westpac and National Australia Bank will report their financial results for the year to 30 September in the next two weeks. Analysts expect Australia’s major banks to book a combined profit of about $11bn, with the Commonwealth Bank having reported its full-year results in August. The full-year results will be affected by factors such as remediation charges, asset sales and Westpac’s recent settlement with Austrac.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA

Stimulus sparks 15pc surge in company profits

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian – Page: 4 : 1-Sep-20

Government stimulus measures such as the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme contributed to a sharp rise in gross operating profits in the corporate sector during the June quarter. Seasonally adjusted figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that operating profits rose by 15 per cent overall. However, sectors whose sales have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic recorded much bigger growth in profits; these include hospitality (86 per cent higher than the March quarter), arts and recreation (up 84 per cent) and retailing (up 31 per cent). Economists had expected a six per cent fall in profits.

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

AGL buys Amaysim energy unit

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 18 : 1-Sep-20

AGL Energy’s customer base will increase by 215,000 to 4.2 million following a deal to buy Click Energy from listed telco Amaysim. The $115m deal will be financed via AGL’s existing debt facilities. Amaysim CEO Peter O’Connell says trading conditions in the electricity sector are challenging at present, with a further increase in bad debts likely. Meanwhile, Amaysim has posted a 2019-20 underlying profit of $600,000; this follows a $7.1m loss previously.

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AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, AMAYSIM AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX AYS, CLICK ENERGY

Giant IOOF to lift its game after MLC buy

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd
The Australian – Page: 17 & 19 : 1-Sep-20

IOOF Holdings has reported a 2019-20 underlying net profit of $128.8m, which is 35 per cent lower than previously, with revenue up 10 per cent at $1.17bn. Meanwhile, IOOF will boast $510bn worth of funds under management following its deal to acquire MLC, making it Australia’s largest retail wealth manager. CEO Renato Mota says the $1.4bn deal is ‘transformational’ for both IOOF and the broader wealth management industry. The deal with National Australia Bank will be partially funded via a $1.04bn capital raising.

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IOOF HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX IFL, MLC LIMITED, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB