November 12, 2009 / 6:59 AM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-Netcare FY profit seen as much as 35 pct up

* FY Headline EPS seen 25-35 pct higher

* Basic EPS seen 90-100 pct higher

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JOHANNESBURG, Nov 12 (Reuters) - South African hospital group Netcare Ltd (NTCJ.J) expects to report 25-35 percent rise in full-year profit boosted partly by savings on finance costs due to lower interest rates.

Netcare, which runs private hospitals in South Africa and Britain, said on Thursday headline earnings per share were also bolstered by lower interest-bearing debt arising from the proceeds on the sale the Ampath Holdings.

Demand for private healthcare in South Africa has increased in recent years as a fast-growing middle class signs up for health insurance.

Netcare, which has forecast double-digit second half revenue at its domestic unit, expects basic EPS to rise between 90-100 percent.

Earlier this week, rival Medi-Clinic MDCJ.J posted a rise in interim profits due to a rise in occupancy and income per bed-day and said it was optimistic for the next six months. [ID:nWEA0106] (Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng)

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