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Sanderson Group plc SND Preliminary trading results for the year ended 30 September 2018 are significantly ahead of the prior year and also ahead of market expectations. Revenue has increased by 49% to £32.05 million and operating profit by 33%. The recommended Final Dividend and Full Year Dividend are both to be increased by 13% to 1.75 pence per share and 3.00 pence per share respectively. The company has a good level of confidence that further progress will be made in 2019 and results will be at least in line with expectations..
Cake Box Holdings CBOX Announces a strong performance since its admission to Aim in June. Revenue for the six months to the end of September rose by 44% but profit before tax fell by 7% and earnings per share by 11% after allowing for Aim listing costs of £599,000. Adjusting for these left the respective figures showing rises of 34% and 36% respectively. The interim dividend is increased by 17%. The Cake Box brand is described as continuing to go from strength to strength and the Board is expecting another successful year of growth.
Fusion Antibodies FAB admits that the first six months of the current financial year have been challenging due to increasing competition and consequential pricing pressures. Revenue fell by well over 50% and the loss for the period increased to £742k from £166k in the first half of last year. However a strong recovery in order levels has been seen in October and November and a resumption in growth is expected.
SysGroup plc SYS claims to have made steady progress during the first half year to the end of September. Revenue rose by 47.3% and adjusted EBITDA by by 300%. The company moved from a small loss into a slightly larger profit and adjust basic earnings per share rose from 0.2p to 1.1p per share.Investment in the business has continued and this has led to an increase in the proportion of recurring revenue.
Ultra Electronics ULE found 2017 to be a challenging year and only modest progress can be expected for 2018. 2017 ended with a strong order intake and a sound balance sheet but basic earnings per share fell by 20%. revenue by 1.3% and both underlying operating profit and underlying profit before tax both fell by 8.4%. So it will despite the poor year,raise its final dividend by 4.8% as any self respecting company will do when things are not good and and it needs to keep the shareholders in line. Mind you it did the same at half time when it had become apparent that things had started to go seriously wrong with its UK military business. Then it increased the interim dividend by 2.8p. per share even though storm clouds were gathering on the horizon.
Wizz Air Holdings WIZZ February passenger numbers rose by 23.5%, slightly less than the increase in capacity and the load factor also fell slightly to 91.2%. The network expanded with 4 new routes.
BATM Advanced Communications plc BVC 2017 became a milestone year as the company capitalised on previous investment and achieved its first year on year growth since since 2011. Revenue for the year rose by 18.5% and earnings per share moved from a loss of 0.27c oer share in 2016, to a positive 0.06c. Adjusted operating profit jumped from $0.9m to $5.6m. The bio medical division continued to show particular strength and growth momentum across both divisions, is expected to be maintained for 2018.
Zoo Digital ZOO updates that growth has continued into the second half and full year EBITDA is now expected to be above market expectations whilst full year revenue to the end of March should have risen from $16.5m to $28m.
Fusion Antibodies FAB updates that revenue for the year to the end of March is expected to show a rise of 40%, a substantial drop on the first half’s 70% growth but only because of the significant amount of management time and focus which had to be spend on the pre Xmas IPO. Growth rates are expected to resume their earlier trend now that management is free to concentrate on running the business.
My Sale Group plc MYSL produced a record first half performance for the half year to 31st December with underlying profit before tax rising by 266% on revenue up by 11%. Underlying basic earnings per share showed a rise of 82% and the active customer base rose by 12% to 1 million