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Ian Pollard – Clarkson Sees Recovery In Shipping

Clarkson plc CKN 2017 became the 15th consecutive year of dividend increases after a strong performance showed signs of recovery in shipping markets.Underlying profit before tax rose by 12% with a matching increase in the final dividend whilst earnings per share were up by 11%.

Melrose Industries MRO has made an increased and final offer of 467p per share for GKN which is still refusing all attempts to engage it in constructive discussions, despite the offer representing an attractive and immediate premium of 43%. The deadline for acceptances is 1pm on Thursday the 29th March. Melrose claims that the offer will not be increased under any circumstances.

Polymetal POLY announces a strong operational performance for 2017, with robust earnings and a proposal to recommend a final dividend of $30cents per share in accordance with its revised dividend policy.Revenue for the year to 31st December rose by 15%, gold production increased by 21% but silver fell by 8%. Prices for both metals remained largely unchanged from 2016.

eve Sleep plc EVE  Revenue grew by 132% for the year to 31st December which was its third year of operations and gross profit was up by 175%. On a statutory basis the loss before tax jumped from 11.3m to 19.1m. The new year has started strongly and sales in the first 6 weeks of 2018 rose by 94% compared to he same period last year.



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