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Capitec Bank Slides as Profit Growth Slows: Johannesburg Mover

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd. posted its biggest two-day decline in almost 10 months in Johannesburg trading after first-half earnings growth slowed.

The company fell 4 percent to 215 rand at the close in Johannesburg, bringing its two-day decline to 6 percent, the biggest two-day slide since Nov. 1.

Earnings per share rose 25 percent to 35 percent in the first half, compared with 53 percent in the year-earlier period, the company said yesterday. The lender, which specializes in unsecured loans for low-income earners in South Africa, said an increase in client numbers and the size of its loan book boosted earnings 68 percent in the 12 months through February.

“To expect continued growth of more than 50 percent at a time when there is so much competition in this market is too much,” David Shapiro, a director at Johannesburg-based Sasfin Securities, said by phone. “Investors have been building in a bit too much good news and I think it’s healthier that the share adjusts back to more realistic levels.”

Capitec shares advanced 21 percent this year and trade at 19.11 times earnings. That compares to the six-member FTSE/JSE Africa Banks Index, which trades at 12.8 times.

To contact the reporter on this story: Janice Kew in Johannesburg at jkew4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Celeste Perri at cperri@bloomberg.net

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