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BHP Billiton BHP benefited in 2017 from a substantial reduction in exceptional losses which fell from $6.4b in 2016 to $842m. as the Samarco dam failure in Brazil weighed less heavily on the company. The year to the 30th June turned out to be a very strong financial year with free cash flow at $12.b., the second highest on record and net debt down by 37%. On an underlying basis, EBITDA rise by 64%, basic earnings per share by 455% and attributable profit multiplied from $1.2b to $6.7b. Having laid the foundations over the past five years to improve return on capital and grow shareholder value, the momentum will continue into 2018 with volume growth of 7% expected, as well as further productivity gains.
Accordingly shareholders receive their reward with dividends for the year increased by 177% to a total of 83 cents per share.
Wood Group (John) plc WG had a mix of both robust and weaker performances across its businesses in the 6 months to the 30th June. Total revenue declined by 11% but profit was down by 86% and basic earnings per share by 89.0%. The interim dividend is increased cautiously by 3%.
Empresario Group EMR produced a record first half performance with revenue rising by 50% at constant exchange rates and adjusted profit before tax up by 24% or 12% at constant exchange rates. The company has successfully integrated its two acquisitions into the business and see them both offering further opportunities for growth.
Sareum Holdings SAR expects that profit for the year to 30th June and cash at the bank will be ahead of market expectation.
Proactis Holdings plc PHD expects to see a 31% rise in revenue for the year to 31st July, with EBITDA up 43% and profit before tax rising from 3.1m to 5.3m
Quantum Pharma plc QP Revenue for the half year to the 31st July rose by 13% following a strong performance from Niche Pharmaceuticals. Adjusted EBITDA rose by 23% and statutory operating prfit by 74% whilst net debt halved to 11.9m.
Costain COST Produced a strong performance in the year to the end of December and is raising the years total dividends by 15%, with a final payment of 8.4%. Annual revenue rose from £1.3b to £1.7b and reported profit before tax was up from £26m to £30.9m. The forward order book stands at record levels.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
Fisher (James) FSJ enjoyed strong growth in 2016 with rises of 11% in underlying profit before tax and earnings per share and the final dividend is being increased by 10%. The company entered 2017 with a strong order book. Currency gains played only a limited part in the growth. With its wide spread of businesses across multiple sectors of the marine services market Fisher was also able to offset the downturn in the oil and gas sector.
BBA Aviation BBA produced a strong performance in 2016 with revenue rising by 25%, EBITDA up by 59%, operating profit by 60% and profit before tax by 60%. Exceptional items such as the previously reported accounting impairment meant that on a statutory basis, the outcome for the year was a loss of over $82m but as a sign of confidence in the future the final dividend is being increased by 5%.
Empresario Group EMR Produced record profit before tax, up by 11% and adjusted earnings per share up by 14% in the year to 31st December. Revenue rose by 33% and the final dividend is being increased by 15%. Further exciting opportunities are seen to deliver increased profits in 2017