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MultiChoice Group (MCG, or the group), Africa’s leading video entertainment company, delivered resilient financial results for the six months ended 30 September 2020 (1H FY21). The group added 1.2m 90-day active subscribers year-on-year (YoY), to close the period on 20.1m households, exceeding the 20m subscriber milestone for the first time. The customer base is split between 11.4m households (57%) in the Rest of Africa (RoA) and 8.7m (43%) in South Africa.
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The banking group is hopeful that impairments will decline, and client activity will continue to improve as the year progresses. Nedbank believes the worst may be behind it after suffering a large decline in first-half earnings due to what is has billed as the Great Lockdown Crisis (GLC).
The video entertainment group says its strong balance sheet will support a maiden dividend at the end of the year. MultiChoice says it remains on track to pay a maiden full-year dividend amounting to R2.5 billion following a strong start to its 2020 financial year. And it's almost halved trading losses at its African operations outside of South Africa as it continues to draw more viewers.
Nedbank says structural reforms aimed at stemming the current economic and fiscal deterioration in SA need to be implemented with greater urgency. Its call came as it reported muted growth in interim earnings and trimmed its full-year guidance due to weaker than expected economic growth this year.