By UK Investor Magazine – 6/8/15

Old Mutual (LON:OML) have reported a 19% increase in adjusted operating profit to £904 million in the six months on 30th June.

The strong performance enjoyed by Old Mutual has been driven by African activities as it builds an ‘African financial services champion.’

African earnings were up 400%, helped by Nedbanks partnership with Ecobank Transnational Incorporated providing broad African exposure.

Having been founded in South Africa in 1845, Old Mutual now services the financial needs of 17 million customer globally.

Although growth has been strong there are some concerns over the impact of rate hikes in the US.

“While we expect the next six months to be challenging for emerging markets, and exchange rate movements will likely temper sterling reported growth, I am confident that by remaining focused on meeting our customers’ needs and improving the operating efficiencies of the business we will continue to make good progress,” said Chief Executive Julian Roberts who is due to be replaced in the coming months.

Old Mutual shares were up 3.3% on Thursday morning at 225p, 16p off its 2015 high.

info@ukinvestormagazine.co.uk