Petrofac PFC is slashing its interim dividend by 42% to 12.7 cents compared to last years 22 cents, despite what it claims to be a positive start to the year and a rise in net profit from last years US$12m to US$ 70m. for the half year to 30th June. The company is continuing to co-operate with the Serious Fraud Office which launched an investigation into the company in May. The second half of the year is expected to deliver an improvement in operating performance
Fisher (James) FSJ Underlying group revenue for the half year to the 30th June rose by 13% and underlying profit before tax by by 6%, giving a positive start to the year. The interim dividend is to be increased by 10% and there are indications of stronger growth with a good improvement expected in the full year results, following some recovery in maintenance work in the oil and gas sector.
Diploma plc DPLM continued to trade well in the second half of the year and group revenues for the year to the end of September are expected to increase by 17% of which 9% will come from the benefits of sterling depreciation and 2% from acquisitions. With a robust balance sheet the group intends to pursue its policy of acquiring new businesses to accelerate growth.
Paragon Entertainment PEL claims a ‘credible’ performance for the six months to the 30th June and that it has done what it set out to do. Unaudited results show a 45% rise in revenue, whilst underlying operating profit has rise from £106m. to £331m. Basic earnings per share more than tripled from 0.05p per share to 0.18p.
WH Smith SMWH updates that for the year to 31st August, its travel business has produced a strong performance and it has now opened its first three stores in Italian airports.