Investec says earnings rose 5.8% in the year to end-March, thanks in part to gains made by its UK business. “The group has delivered a sound operational performance supported by substantial net inflows, good loan book growth in home currency, and a significantly improved performance from the UK specialist banking business,” Investec said. The specialist banking unit was boosted by loan book growth, though a reduction in impairments was partly offset by a weak performance from the investment portfolio, it said. Adjusted earnings attributable to shareholders grew 5.8% to £519.3m and the company raised its dividend 2.1% to 24.5p a share. The combined SA businesses reported adjusted operating profit growth of just 1.8% in rand terms, while the combined UK and other businesses contributed a 36.1% increase in adjusted operating profit in pounds.

However, Investec said operating costs grew faster than revenue. “Revenue growth and cost containment remain priorities,” it said.“The past...

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