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Ian Pollard – Amino Technologies #AMO – Resilient performance; revenue, profits, EBITDA & earnings down, divi up
Amino Technologies plc AMO claims a resilient performance in challenging markets for the year to the 30th November. The dividend is being increased by 10%, the seventh consecutive year, it claims of dividend increases. That is all very good if it is backed up by the figures which speak for themselves. Revenue fell by 7%, gross profit by 15%. EBITDA by 18%, profit before tax by 26% and earnings per share by 30%
Ocado Group plc OCDO claims that 2018 was its “18-year overnight success”, the result of many years of focus, dedication and perseverance as it continued on its journey of transformation. Group revenue for the year to the 2nd December grew by 12.3% and is expected to grow by a further 10-15% in 2019. The number of active customers rose by 11.8. Gross profit was up by 10.8%, although EBITDA was down by 20.7%.
DCC plc DCC operating profit for the third quarter to the end of December 2018 was significantly ahead of the prior year, with strong operating profit growth seen on all fronts. Despite a milder winter, it is expected that operating profit for the year to the end of March will be significantly ahead of the previous year.
Mattioli Woods MTW is increasing its interim dividend by 15.1% for the six months to the 30th November.another period of sustainable profit growth, achieved against the backdrop of a complex market. Revenue growth was slightly lower than expected. Adjusted profit before tax rose by 8.1%, adjusted EBITDA by 18.5% and adjusted earnings per share by 9.2%
Safestay plc SSTY Total revenue for the year to the 31st December rose by 39% and occupancy improved from 72.8% to 75.6%. A further fifteen cities have been identified for a European roll out. The company is already one of the leading hostel operators in Europe with 2,792 beds and the market is one of the fastest growing segments of the accommodation market with a growth rate of 5%.
Sports Direct Intl SPD saw underlying profit before tax and earnings per share fall by 26.8% and 35.4% respectively in the half year to the 28th October. Never one to be mealy mouthed, Mike Ashley comes out fighting and tries to put the blame fairly and squarely on the previous House of Fraser senior management team for having traded for a long time whilst House of Fraser was insolvent. This means he claims that they have significant challenges ahead in turning House of Fraser around but nonetheless he believes it is a fantastic opportunity. Excluding House of Fraser the half year was another successful period producing 15.5% growth in underlying EBITDA. This is impressive he claims in the context of current High Street struggles and proves his strategy is continuing to go from strength to strength.
Ocado Group plc OCDO produced strong retail growth of 12% over the 13 weeks to the 2nd December and double digit growth of 13.1% in average orders per week. The new facilities at Andover and Erith are both performing well. The CEO claims that although 2018 has been a transformative year for Ocado, the story has only just begun.
Bunzl plc BNZL updates that for the year ending 31st December Group revenue is expected to increase by between 8% and 9% at constant exchange rates due to organic growth of more than 4% and a similar impact from net acquisitions.It has recently acquired CM Supply, a food service distributor based in Copenhagen which is forecast to achieve revenue in 2018 of about.£4 million. The proposed acquisition of Volk do Brasil, has now been cleared by the Brazilian competition authority and is expected to be completed at the beginning of January.
TUI AG TUI Results for the year to 30th September produced the fourth consecutive year of double-digit earnings growth with a 10.9% increase in underlying EBITA1. This was a sustained strong performance in a challenging market, demonstrating, claims TUI, its successful transformation as an integrated provider of holiday experiences. A proposed dividend of 72 cents per share is to be declared, a rise of 10.9% from 2017’s 65 cents per share.
Serco Group plc SRP expects underlying trading profit to grow between 30-40% in 2018 with underlying earnings per share for both 2018 and 2019 likely to be a further 5-10% ahead of current consensus. 2018 is expected to be another year of strong order intake. Trading in the second half of the year has been better than anticipated and an underlying trading profit within the range of £90-95m. will represent a significant improvement over the £80m which the Board expected at the start of the year,