Standard Bank, trading also as Stanbic Bank, is a South African headquartered banking group and one of Africa’s largest financial services groups. Standard Bank shares have been up for sale on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) since 1970 and the group currently occupies a place on the JSE Top 40, with Standard Bank share price growing quickly.
The bank’s history extends back to 1862, when a group of businessmen opened Standard Bank of British South Africa in London. This bank underwent mergers with several South African banks in 1863, and financed and developed the Kimberley diamond fields in 1867. After being renamed to Standard Bank of South Africa, the group became the first bank to open a branch in the Witwatersrand gold fields.
In 1962, after the bank had spread across Africa, the South African operations were formed into a subsidiary and simply renamed Standard Bank. Today, the group operates in 20 African countries and 12 overseas countries, whilst employing more than 54 000 people.
The group’s assets were valued at R1.981 billion in 2015, making Standard Bank Africa’s largest banking group by assets. The company’s JSE market cap is R184 billion. The group is split into three business units: Personal & Business Banking, Corporate & Investment Banking and Wealth – Liberty. ICBC – the largest bank in the world –is a 20.1% shareholder in the group.
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Standard Bank’s latest financial data highlights good performance for the financial year, with headline earnings increasing 27% from R17 billion to R22 billion. Shareholders enjoyed return on equity of 15.3% and dividends of 674 cents per share compared to 598 cents the previous year.
Corporate & Investment Banking was a particularly strong performer, realising a 59% increase in headline earnings. Standard Bank specialises in Corporate & Investment Banking aims to buy into industries relevant to growth and development in Africa, with a focus on mining and metals, power and infrastructure, oil and gas, power and infrastructure, financial institutions, telecommunications, media and real estate. The tough economic climate, along with falling commodity prices, negatively impacted the group’s earnings. The banks two other business units had more muted growth, but still managed to turn good profits from both local and international operations.
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Standard Bank announced early in 2016 that its full-year profit would rise by up to 30%, boosted by lower losses from discontinued operations outside Africa. This is forecast to significantly boost willingness to buy the stocks and increase Standard Bank share price.
Diluted normalised headline earnings per share are anticipated to be between 20 –30% higher for the 12 months to end-December. Standard Bank share price took a sharp plunge from R 175 in 2015 to R99 at the beginning of 2016, as a result of South Africa’s tough economic environment. Standard Bank shares are however starting to track an upward line on the live online stocks chart, and are touted as a good value-for-money purchase.
Standard Bank Major Shareholders
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Public Investment Corporation, Tutuwa Participants.
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