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South Africa’s Imperial aims to double Africa business

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South Africa’s Imperial aims to double Africa business

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Imperial Holdings (IPLJ.J) aims to double its core profit from the rest of Africa in at least three years and is looking for acquisitions to fuel the growth, its chief executive said on Thursday.

Hubert Brody told Reuters Africa Investment Summit that Imperial, South Africa’s largest transport group, could spend up to 1 billion rand ($112 million) to bolster its African business outside its home market.

Imperial, whose trucks haul Tiger Brands (TBSJ.J) and Procter & Gamble (PG.N) products through sub-Saharan Africa, is betting the continent’s burgeoning demand for consumer goods will continue to lift its earnings.

“We would like to double our Africa business in the next three or four years and the vast majority of that should come from logistics in the consumer industry,” he said in an interview at Reuters offices in Johannesburg.

Operating profit from Africa, excluding South Africa, totaled 450 million rand ($51 million) in the last financial year.

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