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Ramsay announces $481m profit and new pharmacy venture

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 30 Aug 2016

Australia's largest private hospital operator Ramsay Health Care (ASX: RHC) on Tuesday reported core net profit after tax (NPAT) of $481.4 million for fiscal 2016, up 17 per cent from $412.1 million in fiscal 2015

Earnings head south for South32

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 26 Aug 2016

Hit by an average 21 per cent price reduction for its commodities, particularly aluminium and alumina, revenue dropped by 25 per cent to US$5.8 billion, with the company warning of continued tough times

QBE's 1H cash profit falls but dividend increases

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Aug 2016

QBE Insurance (ASX: QBE) on Wednesday announced a 39 per cent fall in cash profit to US$287 million for the half year ended 30 June 2016, but managed to raise its dividend by 5 per cent as strong cash generation offset the effects of challenging economic conditions

Oil Search profit falls 89pc on energy price slide

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Aug 2016

Oil Search's (ASX: OSH) net profit for the first half of 2016 fell 89 per cent from the same period in 2015 to US$25.6 million, after cost-cutting initiatives were unable to offset significant falls in commodity prices

Healthscope lifts profit, dividends

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Aug 2016

Healthscope Limited (ASX: HSO) has recorded a 25.1 per cent lift in net operating profit to $194.6 million for fiscal 2016, broadly in line with Morningstar's forecast, following a "robust" performance from its hospitals and New Zealand pathology businesses

SEEK ups profit, dividends amid subdued conditions

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Aug 2016

SEEK Limited's (ASX: SEK) underlying net profit before one-off items for fiscal 2016 rose 3 per cent to $198.1 million, ahead of guidance and Morningstar's estimate of $174.5 million, after previous reinvestments in the business managed to offset subdued economic conditions

Iluka shares fall after $20.9m net loss

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Shares of Iluka Resources (ASX: ILU) were nearly 7 per cent lower at midday on Thursday, after the mineral sands miner reported a net loss of $20.9 million for the half year to 30 June 2016

Medibank Private lifts profit, pays 11-cent FY16 dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 19 Aug 2016

Medibank Private Limited (ASX: MPL) on Friday announced a net profit of $417.6 million for fiscal 2016, up 46.4 per cent on the prior year and ahead of Morningstar's forecast for a profit of $402.2 million

Boral result disappoints investors

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 24 Aug 2016

Boral (ASX: BLD) on Wednesday reported an 8 per cent increase in profit after tax and before significant items to $268 million for fiscal 2016, after lifting performance across all markets

Coca-Cola Amatil posts 7.8pc rise in 1H profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 26 Aug 2016

Coca-Cola Amatil's (ASX: CCL) net profit for the six months ended 30 June 2016 rose 7.8 per cent on the same period in the prior year to $198.2 million, after a strong performance in the company's growth markets offset a decline in the Australian beverages business

Fortescue's profit surges despite iron ore price slump

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 22 Aug 2016

Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group (ASX: FMG) has posted a profit surge in the full year to 30 June after successfully slashing costs to offset lower prices, with its results beating analyst expectations

Wealth division drags AMP's profit down 10 per cent

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 18 Aug 2016

AMP Limited (ASX: AMP) has reported a net profit of $523 million for the first half of 2016, up 3 per cent on the corresponding period in 2015

Perpetual lifts profit despite tough markets

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Perpetual (ASX: PPT) rallied on Thursday after the fund manager announced healthy growth in some business divisions and a rise in statutory profit despite difficult financial markets

Westfield's half-year earnings meet guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 24 Aug 2016

Westfield Corporation (ASX: WFD) has recorded funds from operations (FFO)--a preferred measure of real estate investment trusts' earnings--of US$342 million for the half-year ended 30 June 2016, in line with guidance

Here's why resources could continue to outperform

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 23 Aug 2016

The US equity market, as measured by the S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials, was relatively flat again last week

Qantas to return $500m to investors after record earnings

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 24 Aug 2016

Qantas Group (ASX: QAN) has posted a record 57 per cent rise in underlying profit before tax to $1.53 billion for fiscal 2016, which will enable the resumption of dividend payments, the airline said on Wednesday

BlueScope earnings growth undented by softer steel market

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 22 Aug 2016

BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL) on Monday reported $293.1 million in underlying net profit after tax, up 119 per cent on fiscal 2015 and its best earnings result since fiscal 2008.

Flight Centre profit dips amid challenging climate

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Flight Centre's (ASX: FLT) underlying net profit before one-off items for fiscal 2016 dipped 3.8 per cent to $246.7 million, the travel agency operator said on Thursday

Utilities trading in overvalued territory

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 22 Aug 2016

Utilities, like many infrastructure businesses, have long been a favourite among investors for regularly paying dividends and being considered relatively safe, or defensive, investments

CSL shares lower but not for long

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 17 Aug 2016

Shares in Australian biopharmaceutical company CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) have dropped after the company posted a 10 per cent fall in full-year net profit to US$1.24 billion ($1.6 billion), dragged down by the company's purchase of the loss-making influenza vaccine business Novartis

Wesfarmers' underlying earnings fall 3.6pc

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 24 Aug 2016

Wesfarmers' (ASX: WES) net profit for fiscal 2016 fell 83 per cent to $407 million after the diversified conglomerate made over $2 billion in non-cash write-downs of its Target retail business and Curragh coal mine, while also booking $145 million in costs as part of its restructuring of Target

Brambles' profit meets guidance, CEO retires

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 18 Aug 2016

Brambles Limited (ASX: BXB) on Thursday announced an underlying profit of US$623.1 million for fiscal 2016, up 8 per cent on the prior year in constant currency terms, and underlying earnings per share (EPS) of 39.5 US cents, up 7 per cent

JB Hi-Fi's profit, dividend beats forecast

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 15 Aug 2016

Retailer JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) on Monday announced a fiscal 2016 net profit of $152.2 million and earnings per share (EPS) of 153.8 cents a share, up 11.5 per cent on the previous year and ahead of Morningstar's expectations for a profit of $145 million and EPS of 144.9 cents a share

InvoCare posts 45.8pc rise in 1H profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 16 Aug 2016

InvoCare Limited (ASX: IVC) on Tuesday announced a 45.8 per cent rise in comparable net profit to $30 million for the half year to 30 June, after the funeral, cemetery and crematorium operator's cost management offset a lower-than-expected number of deaths

Slowing profit growth but renewed retail vigour for Magellan

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 11 Aug 2016

Global fund manager Magellan Financial Group (ASX: MFG) on Thursday announced $198.4 million in net profits after tax for fiscal 2016, up 14 per cent on fiscal 2015

OZ Minerals posts positive yet underwhelming result

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 10 Aug 2016

Australian copper and gold miner OZ Minerals (ASX: OZL) on Wednesday reported $55 million in first-half fiscal 2016 profits, adjusted for one-off items relating to legal proceedings brought against it by former Zinifex shareholders, up from $52 million reported in the same period in 2015.

Suncorp's profit hit by storms, banking bounces

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 05 Aug 2016

Overall, cash profit was down 8.6 per cent from a year earlier

Bank of England deploys aggressive policy arsenal

Author: Mike Amey
Date: 05 Aug 2016

With its first policy move in four years and first interest-rate move in seven years, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has very much embraced the view that if you decide to ease, then be aggressive

ASX delivers strong growth to investors

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 18 Aug 2016

Stock market operator ASX Limited (ASX: ASX) on Thursday said its net profit after tax lifted 7.1 per cent to $426.2 million for fiscal 2016, with the surprise Brexit vote helping to boost trading volumes

Newcrest rewards shareholders

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 15 Aug 2016

The Melbourne-based company posted a 12 per cent drop in net profit to US$332 million for fiscal 2016, with its underlying profit down 24 per cent to US$323 million due to lower realised gold and copper prices, offset by reduced operating expenses due to its recent switch to US dollar reporting

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