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

Booming online sales deliver for Domino’s

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 17 : 20-Aug-20

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises has reported a 2019-20 net profit of $138.4m, which is 19.4 per cent higher than previously. Group sales rose by 32.7 per cent to $1.9bn, although its Australian and New Zealand arm’s earnings were down 5.8 per cent at $129.4m due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the company has indicated that its digital platforms now account for 72.1 per cent of group sales. Domino’s has also advised that it provided franchisees with some $14m worth of financial support in 2019-20 due to the pandemic.

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DOMINO’S PIZZA ENTERPRISES LIMITED – ASX DMP

Northern Star’s path brightens

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 25 : 20-Aug-20

Northern Star Resources has posted a 2019-20 net profit of $258.3m, which is 67 per cent higher than previously. EBITDA rose from $479.7m previously to a record $745.4m. Shareholders will receive a final dividend of $0.095 per share, while executive chairman Bill Beament attributes the special dividend of $0.10 a share to the mid-tier gold producer’s strong financial position and growth outlook. Meanwhile, Saracen Mineral Holdings has reported net income of $189.7m for the financial year and revenue of $1.07bn.

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NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX NST, SARACEN MINERAL HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX SAR

CBA investors brace for lower payout

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd
The Australian – Page: 15 : 10-Aug-20

The consensus of analysts is that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s 2019-20 cash earnings will be 10 per cent lower than previously, at $7.6bn. UBS expects the coronavirus pandemic to prompt CBA to increase its impairment charges for the second half to $1.9bn, which includes a $1.5bn COVID-related provision that the bank announced earlier in the year. Meanwhile, UBS forecasts that CBA shareholders will receive a final dividend of $0.95 per share, which would be in line with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s revised guidance.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD

Miners urged to resist dividends

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 15 : 27-Jul-20

Scott Grimley of EY says Australian mining companies should reinvest in their business using ‘windfall’ profits from the rising price of gold and iron ore. He cites the need to invest in technological innovations in particular, noting that a report from EY in 2019 concluded that implementing new technologies could boost productivity by 9-23 per cent. Grimley has emphasised the importance of growth as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

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ERNST AND YOUNG, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Investors need to mind the looming earnings gap

Original article by Luke Housego
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 16-Jun-20

The coronavirus pandemic is set to weigh on the financial results of Australian-listed companies, with Morgan Stanley noting that the consensus forecast is for earnings to fall by 15.2 per cent in 2020. The average 12-month forward price-earnings ratios for the S&P/ASX 200 was 18.1 times before the recent sell-off, compared with a long-term average of around 14 times. Jason Steed of Morgan Stanley says a relatively small shift in earnings expectations when P/E ratios are high can prompt a sharp fall in share prices.

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MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX

Put reform on fast track: Westpac

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 13 & 17 : 5-May-20

Westpac has reported cash earnings of $993m for the first half of 2019-20, which is 70 per cent lower than previously. As previously flagged, the half-year result was marred by impairment charges totalling $2.23bn, including some $1.6bn for coronavirus-related loan losses. Westpac has deferred a decision on the payment of an interim dividend, while CEO Peter King has urged the national cabinet to move quickly to restart the economy when the pandemic abates. He has forecast a V-shaped economic recovery in 2021.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC