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South Africa's Nampak first-half profit up 10 percent
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JOHANNESBURG, May 30 (Reuters) - Africa's biggest packaging
firm Nampak reported a 10 percent increase in
first-half profit on Wednesday, boosted by strong demand for its
beverage cans and plastic containers.
The South African packaging group, a leading maker of
plastic packaging for milk and juice bottles for the British
market, is overhauling its business to boost growth, including
selling off some assets and stepping up expansion in Africa.
The company is in the middle of selling its loss-making
glass packaging business, and expects a deal to be completed by
first-half of next year.
Headline earnings per share totalled 132 cents in the six
months ended March compared with 119.7 cents a year earlier,
Nampak said in a results filing.
Headline EPS is the main profit measure in South Africa that
strips out certain one-off items.
Nampak, which also operates in 10 other African countries
including Nigeria and Angola, said revenue rose 2 percent to 8.8
Shares in the company were flat at 14.50 rand as of 1343 GMT
compared with a 0.6 percent drop in the broader JSE All-share
(Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng. Editing by Jane Merriman)
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