Lloyds Banking Group LLOY produced a strong financial performance in the nine months to the 30th September with profits improved on both an underlying and on a statutory basis. Underlying profit rose by 8% and total income by 6%. The improvement continued into the third quarter which saw income rising by 8%. Statutory profit before tax over the nine months rose by 38%, the overall performance no doubt being helped by what the bank describes as a resilient UK economy and Brexit not even getting a mention.
Metro Bank MTRO also reports a strong third quarter with record customer growth of 33% compared to the previous year and a 77% rise in underlying quarter on quarter profits. Revenue increased by 113%. The Banks presence is no longer limited to central London as it takes what it calls its revolution in banking out into the high streets of suburban England.
Nighthawk Energy HAWK has seen a steady but significant decline in both gross and net production during the first nine months of the year. Gross production fell from 373,146 barrels in the first nine months of 2016 down to 317,445 barrels this year. On a net basis the fall was from 305,153 barrels last year down to 236,864 in the first nine months of the current year. Work has been suspended on the preparation of a circular about share payment options for deferred interest and royalties which will now revert to being paid in cash whilst the company assesses its restructuring options.
Defenx plc DFX Results for the year to 31st December are now expected to be materially below market forecasts to such an extent that a loss is expected, mainly due to weak management. Reasons for the turn round include previously anticipated orders are unlikely to be recognised in 2017, updates to address “certain performance issues” are taking longer than expected and the broadening of the product portfolio is also behind schedule. Steps are being taken to strengthen the executive management team.