FirstRand Limited. JSE:FSR

FirstRand shares

Background of FirstRand

  • FirstRand Limited is a South African financial services provider which provides services through a portfolio of leading franchises including Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), First National Bank (FNB), Wesbank and Ashburton Investments (the group’s newly established investment management business).

  • The original business was established as a specialist investment bank in the 1970s, but became what is today in 1998, through when Anglo American’s interests in FNB and Southern Life were put up for sale, and merged with the assets of RMB and Momentum. This was one of the largest transactions in the history of local financial services.

  • With FirstRand shares listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the Namibian Stock Exchange, the group is one of the largest financial institutions in South Africa, offering an all-ecompassing variety of financial services ranging from corporate, investment, retail, personal and commercial banking, to installment finance, insurance and investment management.

  • FirstRand operates in eight other African countries: Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Tanzania and Nigeria. The group also has offices in India, China, Dubai and London.

FirstRand Shares Growth Driver

  • FirstRand aims to deliver long-term franchise value and superior FirstRand share price growth within acceptable levels of volatility, with this vision driven by two growth strategies: becoming a leading South African player focusing on existing and under-represented markets, and growing African franchises positioned to benefit from trade and investment flows between Africa, Asia and Europe.

  • FirstRand recorded good performance in the latest financial year, with profits of R 15 billion, a rise of 22%. The group’s main profit contributor, FNB, performed well with a 20% increase in profits, while RMB and WesBank also recorded gains through new business volumes. Overall profit growth was however muted somewhat by the challenging economic environment in key markets. Despite this, FNB grew its presence in existing and new markets on the back of innovative products and delivery channels, particularly from electronic and digital platforms.

  • FirstRand has high levels of surplus capital for investment across the African continent, allowing it to expand its geographic reach and revenue streams, to the benefit of those who buy the shares.

FirstRand Group Investor Tip

  • In response to an increasingly pressured economy in South Africa, FirstRand has announced that it will close some branches and focus on cost efficiencies. After reporting minimal headline earnings per share of 3% in the second half on 2015, investors lost confidence in FirstRand shares. The live online stocks chart shows that FirstRand share price has suffered as a result. Shareholders did however receive a solid 20.9% increase in dividends.

  • Growth is anticipated to be slow in the near to medium term, but FirstRand shares have proven to be resilient and able to recover from slumps. The forecast for FirstRand share price is uncertain, but investment analysts have advised that investors hold their position in the company, with several also hinting that investors buy shares due to FirstRand’s innovative offerings and growth prospects.

FirstRand Major Shareholders

RMB Holdings, Public Investment Corporation, FirstRand Empowerment Trust, Financial Securities (Remgro).

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