S.Africa's Amplats FY profit falls 46 pct, lags consensus

lunes 9 de febrero de 2015 02:24 GYT

JOHANNESBURG Feb 9 (Reuters) - Anglo American Platinum , the world's biggest platinum producer, reported a worse than expected 46 percent fall in annual profit on Monday, hit by South African mining strikes and falling prices.

Amplats, the South African unit of global miner Anglo American , said headline EPS totaled 301 cents in the year ending December, well below 483 cents estimate in a Reuters poll of 10 analysts.

Headline EPS, the main profit measure in South Africa, strips out certain one-off items.

The platinum mining industry is in the middle of a shake-up that includes selling-off underperforming assets as it struggles to recover from last year's five-month platinum strike.

The mining sector is also under pressure from the falling price platinum, which has dropped about 20 percent since July last year. (Reporting By Tiisetso Motsoeneng; Editing by Joe Brock)