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Today may see the last dying days of a nation whose history was peppered with stirring speeches which matched the mood of the people just at the times when they were most needed, from Agincourt to Shakespeare, the singeing of some minor king of Spains beard, to Waterloo and to Churchill. All men with fire in their bellies who loved their country and would never think of profiteering from a cheap trick. Look at the disgraceful sight of those who now, to their shame and ours, stalk the corridors of power, always ready for the quick buck. Who won the war? Surely it can not have been us, now ready to roll over and make way for a new unelected dictatorship of European bureaucracy, a Europe which would not be recognisable to the people of all countries who fought and died, believing in vain that they were fighting for freedom.
Quilter plc QLT Despite increasingly challenging market conditions as the year progressed. Quilter report record profits with a rise of 11% for the year to the 31st December. Diluted earnings per share rose by 15% and the final dividend is recommended at 3.3p per share in line with the company’s dividend policy. On a like for like basis profit before tax came in at £5m. compared to the previous years loss of £5m.
Dominos Pizza Grp DOM Admits that 2018 was a mixed year. In the UK and Ireland, which account for around 90% of the business, the excellent record of growth continued Internationally, growing pains were experienced which hampered the overall financial performance. Total revenue rose by 14.5% but total profit before tax fell by over 22% and statutory basic earnings per share by 23.7%. The record of increasing dividends continues with a rise of 5.6%
Computacenter CCC Total revenues for the year to the end of December, exceeded over £4 billion for the first time, with Germany delivering yet another record performance as revenue grew by 8.3 per cent. 2018 was a record year for the group in revenue, adjusted operating profit and adjusted diluted earnings per share and the foundations have been paid for further growth in the years ahead.
Surgical Innovations SUN has delivered the strong rebound which was expected in the second half and revenues for the year to the end of December grew strongly by 25% andadjusted profit before tax rose by 30%
Fastjet plc FJET admits that it has not received the additional funding which it needed by the end of October if it was to continue operating, It has however been able to continue operating beyond that deadline due to some improvement in trading and cash generation. This has allowed it further time to continue discussions with its major shareholders and creditors and these have in part been positive. However without a successful conclusion “in the coming days” it will be unable to continue trading as a going concern.
Next plc NXT is maintaining the full year sales and profit guidance issued 5 weeks ago, despite full price sales growth in quarter 3 slowing substantially to 1.3% compared to the average of 3.1% over the first nine months. Retail sales were the problem with a third quarter fall of 8% whilst online helped to save the day with a rise of 12.7%.
Standard Chartered plc STAN significantly increased its profitability during the first nine months of the year, with underlying profit before tax of $3.4bn rising by 25%. In quarter 3 to the end of September this rose further to 31% whilst on a statutory basis the increase was 37%. Income from Africa & Middle East was down 5 per cent or 3 per cent on a constant currency basis. Macroeconomic and geopolitical headwinds continued to impact performance in the third quarter particularly in the UAE. In Europe & the Americas things were better with income rising by 6 per cent. Management takes credit for the fact that the bank now makes as much profit in a quarter as it did in all of 2016
Computacenter CCC is having to find excuses as to why quarter 3 saw a decline. The only thing it can come up with is that 2017 was better or in technical jargon the comparatives were significantly more challenging. Thus overall Group revenue for the third quarter declined year-on-year by three per cent to £900 million both in real and in constant currency. The UK was particularly hit in the third quarter with a 9% decline in overall revenue although this has still lead to a year-to-date increase of 17 per cent. Germany and France also suffered from third quarter declines. The International sector on the other hand grew by 13%. Expectations for the fourth quarter are for improved growth but not at the levels seen in the first half of the year.
Pure Circle Ltd PURE announces that the Directors have noted the increase in trading volumes and the share price volatility over the past few trading sessions. They are not aware of any price sensitive information about the Company which has yet to be disclosed and previous disclosures made by the Directors in their opinion reflect fairly the most updated performance of the Company.
Computacenter CCC enjoyed a record first half with sales growth of 29.5% producing a record gross first half revenue of over 2bn for the first time. This continued the outstanding performance from the second half of 2017, ensuring that 2018 will also be a year of significant progress, helped by bouyant market conditions.Revenue for the six monthe to the 30th June, rose by 18.1% and profit before tax by 24.3% or 9.5% on statutory basis. The interim dividend is to be increased by 17.6%.
Camellia plc CAM Profits for the half year to the 30th June were better than expected and the interim dividend is to be increased by 8.1% from 37 to 40p. per share. However Kenya tea prices are now experiencing significant downward pressure and avocado selling prices have fallen significantly
Inspiration Healthcare Group plc IHC updates that it has continued to trade at satisfactory levels during the first half and expectations for the full year remain unchanged.
Dart Group plc DTG is proposing to increase its final dividend by 54 % after strong passenger growth for both Jet2.com and Jet2holidays saw revenue for the year to the 30th June increase by 38%. Profit before tax rose by 49% and basic earnings per share by 44%. Demand has strengthened even more since the start of the new financial year and having regard to current forward bookings Group profit before foreign exchange revaluations and taxation for the year ending 31 March 2019, will substantially exceed current market expectations.
ASOS plc ASC retail sales for the four months to the 30th June grew by 21% on a constant currency basis, slightly down on the ten month figure of 23%. In the UK market share continued to increase and full year profit for 2018 is expected to be in line with consensus.
Computacenter CCC Following a strong start to the year, momentum has continued into the second quarter and The first half has shown considerable progress in adjusted profitability, and even further progress in adjusted earnings per share. Trading result for 2018 will now be comfortably in excess of previous expectations.
GYG plc GYG Trading has been significantly weaker than expected in the half year to the 30th June due to lower than expected project wins and some additional delays in anticipated contracts. Full year revenue is now expected to be flat and adjusted EBITDA to be materially below the Board’s expectations at approximately €5 million. There is however grounds for optimism for the the immediate future as the New Build Order Book stands at €13.4 million for 2019 and €5.6 million for 2020 compared to a meagre 1m only a year ago.
Portmeirion Group PMP updates that total group sales for the six months to the 30th June have increased by 11% or, on a constant currency basis, 15%.
Telford Homes TEF updates that the London Market has remained robust since the year end in May although, as a sign of the times, the average selling price of open market homes is expected to remain constant. The strategy of concentrating on build to rent homes is believed to be the correct one.
Harvey Nash HVN Preliminary results show that a record “core” performance was delivered during the year to 31st January, which actually saw profit before tax down by 37.!%, earnings per share nearly halved with a fall of 45.5% and the final dividend increased by 5%. The CEO says these were excellent results which were ahead of expectations, provided only you look at the “core” figures which ignore non recurring items and the cost of office closures. Without these the transformation of the company is proving to be a huge success Looking at it that way profit before tax rose by 24.4% and earnings per share by 29.3%. The UK and Ireland produced robust growth and market share gains and Benelux and the Nordics delivered strong organic growth. In the Rest of the World operating profit rose from £0.2m to £0.9m although gross profit fell by 11.9%.
As for the present, the company is encouraged by the strong trading momentum in the second half which is continuing into the current year.
Royal Bank of Scotland Group RBS updates that income in the quarter to the 31st March rose by 2.8% whilst costs fell by 2.1%. Attributable profit was well on its way to tripling with a rise from £259m. to £792m and basic earnings per share did triple from 2.2p per share a year ago to 6.6p this year. Operating profit before tax rose from £713m. to £1,213m
Computacenter plc CCC The quarter to the 31st March was better than expected with group revenue rising by 19% excluding a one off software sale of £34m in the UK which would have taken it up to 23%. The company sees no reason why the current positive market conditions should not continue in the near term,
Nexus Infrastructure Services NEXS For the half year to the 31st March both revenue and operating profit were ahead of last year.The order book was up by 33% year on year and the company retains its very strong market position.
Antofagasta plc ANTO benefited from the rise in the copper price during 2017 and is increasing its total dividends for the year by 177% with a recommendation for a final dividend of 40.6 cents per share, which brings the total payout for the year to 50.9 cents. EBITDA rose by 59% to $2.6 billion and the EBITDA margin rose to 54%, the highest since 2012 when the copper price was 30% higher. Like for like earnings per share increased by 119%.
Computacenter CCC is increasing it 2017 dividends by 17.6% after breaking records on all fronts. Group revenue rose by 16.9%, adjusted profit before tax rose to record levels with a rise of 22.9% (28.2% on a statutory basis) and adjusted earnings per share broke another record with a rise of 65.1%. France again performed ahead of management expectations,with an 80% rise in adjusted operating profit whilst Germany delivered another record performance and the UK re-established positive sales momentum with a rise of 8.8% in full year revenue.
Close Bros. Grp CBG is increasing its interim dividend by 5% to 21p. per share after a good first half performance which produced a 6% increase in adjusted operating profit. The company says that it is well positioned for the full year with all sectors of its business having performed well in the six months to the 31st January.
Fevertree Drinks FEVR is recommending a final dividend of 7.64 p. per share for the year to 31st January, bringing the total for the year to 10.65p compared to last years 6.25p., an increase of some 50%. 2017produced continued strong growth across all regions, channels, flavours and formats, with the UK delivering an exceptional performance and group revenue rising by 66% with a gross profit margin of 53.5%.
Tasty plc TAST continues to suffer the same fate as the rest of the UK restaurant industry and despite a 9.7% increase in revenue for the year to 31st December it has continued to close more restaurants since the start of the new financial year and does not have any plans to open any new ones in 2018.
H&T Group HAT 2017 was a milestone year which produced a strong trading performance. The final dividend is to be increased by 14.1% after a 45% increase in profit before tax and a 32.1% rise in EBITDA, all of which is enabling the company to look to the future with confidence.
Dixons Carphone plc DC claims that its international businesses had a “terrific” Xmas but as is so often the sad story of late, the UK lagged far behind. In the 10 weeks to the 6th January, the star of the show was Greece with a like for like sales rise of 23%, followed by the Nordics with 11%. The UK and Ireland came last with a 3% rise compared to 6% for the company as whole. Looking forward management asserts that it is keeping its antenna twitching.
Computacenter CCC describes 2017 as a year of great progress and it is now anticipated that adjusted pre tax results will be ahead of the Boards expectations, which have already been upgraded on a number of occasions during the year.Group revenue rose by 12% on a constant currency basis but the UK produced the best quarter 4 growth seen for a number of years, with a rise of 16% just ahead of the Germans with 15% and France with 13%.
Aveva AVV is ahead of revenue expectations for the time of the year, having put in a strong performance for the nine months to the 31st December. Improving growth trends seen in the first half of the year have continued into the third quarter with Asia putting in a particularly strong performance and similar improvements have through into January.
AnimalCare Group ANCR Revenue for the year to 31st December was slightly ahead of expectations with a revenue rise of 9.5%, 10.9% on a like for like basis. The integration with Ecuphar which was acquired in July is going well.
Strix Group KETL maintained its clear market leading position during 2017 with a global volume share of some 39%. Results for the year to 31st December are expected to be in line but particularly strong cash flow should produce a significantly improved net debt performance.
Royal Bank Scotland Grp RBS is on target to meet all of its financial targets for 2017. Third quarter adjusted income rose by 5.6% and for the nine months to date by 7.5%. Basic earnings per share rose from a loss of 3.9p last year to a positive 5.7% this year whilst over 9 months the improvement was even greater moving from last years loss per share of 21.5p to a positive 11.2p. Last years third quarter loss of 327m was turned into a profit of 838m. and over nine months the loss of 941m. became a profit of 1830m. for the current year. In addition to all the financial goodies the bank stresses that it is progressing with its plan to to build a strong, simple and fair bank, even for its customers which is a fairly strong admission that as yet it has not achieved any of those aims but if and when it does, it should make it fairly unique among British banking.
International Consolidated Airlines Grp IAG reports another strong quarter for the 3 months to the end of September with operating profit up by 20.7%, whilst over the nine months to date the rise was 26.9% and profit after tax up by 5.6%, on revenue up by 1.3%. For the full year a profit of 3 billion Euro before exceptional items, is expected.
Computacenter plc CCC produced a rise of 27% in group revenue for the quarter to 27th October, or 20% in constant currency. Momentum across the group as a whole has been maintained, especially in Europe
Peel Hotels PHO It is difficult to move forward without sales growth comments the Chairman and that, his company has certainly lost. Sales declined by 5.1% in the 28 weeks to the 31st August, basic earnings per share nearly halved from 3.45p to 1.8p and profit before tax collapsed by 46.1%. The Chairman does not seem unduly worried by the figures and looking on the bright side, points out that the company is still generating enough cash to continually decrease debt. However he does not give a single word of explanation as to why the results are so poor.
Air Partner AIP reports a strong start to the year with underlying pre-tax profit for the first half of the financial year expected to be not less than £4m, (2016: £3m) and with a strong net cash position. AIP also reports an encouraging pipeline of opportunities for the second half of the financial year.
Boot (Henry) BOOT reports an 82% hike in interim revenues to £195.4m (2016: £107.3m) driven by higher levels of activity across all business segments. PBT rose 8.7% to £22.6m, with EPS 10.1% higher at 13.1p.
Computacenter CCC reports a 58.7% hike in adjusted PBT to £41.9m, on revenues up 8.7% to £1.7bn. Statutory diluted EPS rose 114.4% to 28.3 pence, resulting in an overall performance marginally ahead of board expectations. Higher profit growth than expected in the first half is expected to return CCC to a more historical norm in the balance of profits between H1 and H2.
WYG Plc WYG says it continues to expect revenue for the current year to exceed £160m, but warns that expectations of near term operating performance means that operating profit (before separately disclosed items and share based payments) for the half year will be significantly lower than previously.
Nanoco Group NANO updates on trading for the full year and says unaudited revenues and other operating income were in line with expectations. NANO has unaudited net cash of £5.7m at 31 July 2017 (£8.3m at 31 Jan 2017) and was in line with expectations.
Computacenter CCC has enjoyed buoyant market conditions in quarter one and believes that its 2017 performance will exceed current market expectations. Revenue in Germany was particularly strong with a rise of 32% in the quarter to the 24th April and France managing 6%. As seems to be happening so frequently this year, the UK lagged way behind with a fall of 1%. The company points out that these comparatives are made against a weak first half in 2016 and will return to a more normal state in the second half.
Petra Diamonds PDL. Production was flat during the third quarter, held back by unseasonable heavy rainfall in South Africa. Over the nine months to the 31st March however, the picture was brighter with production rising by 15% and Revenue by 27%. The volume of diamonds sold was up by 33%. Prices for rough diamonds rose by 2%, compared to the first half.
Fishing Republic FISH claims strong progress was made in 2016 as it sought to take advantage of the highly fragmented state of the fishing tackle market. Revenue rose by 41% and profit before tax by 32% in the year to 31st December. Website sales were up by 132% and in store sales by 82% or 16% on a like for like basis. Five new stores were opened during the year and there are more to come in 2017.
Lok’n store Group LOK is increasing its interim dividend by 12.4% after the first half year to 31st March produced strong trading and cash flow. Revenue rose by 4.5%, adjusted pre tax profit by 13.5% and net debt fell by 35% to £16.7m. Expansion continues with 4 more new stores set to open in 2017 and sites for a further four, already been identified.
FAIRFX Group FFX beat expectations in the year to 31st December. with turnover up by 27% and gross profit rising by 31.2%. The trading loss fell by 58%, ahead of expectations and a net profit was achieved in the 4th quarter. 2017 has got off to a strong start with first quarter turnover rising by 32.9%