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Finsbury Food FIF Once you read that the group has done well in accelerating the reshaping of its asset footprint during the year to the 30th June, you know that it has had problems. Meaningless jargon is always a sign of a management lost for words even if it does manage to claim that its performance has been resilient. In fact so resilient that sales, taking into account closed businesses, declined by 3.4% and even the 50% owned European business saw a drop of 0.7%. On a like for like basis group sales rose by 2.4% and FIF is confident that it will deliver profits in line with expectation. The trading environment was very challenging with unprecedented commodity and labour inflation.
Inland Homes INL updates that growth in both revenues and homes delivered and under construction was strong during the year to the 30th June. Good quality also helped customer demand to remain strong, as did an average affordable selling price of 293,000 per unit. Open market completions rose by 46.3% and revenue by 66.7% but as for the future there seems to be a cloud on the horizon, with forward sales as at the trading update down by 23.1%
Plant Health Care PHC Is on track to achieve full year revenue expectations, which would represent 30% growth over 2017. In Brazil, Harpin αβ was launched in February 2018 for use on sugarcane and demonstration field trials showed an average yield increase of over 20% whilst n the USA, an agreement has been reached which will give Harpin αβ access to the large corn seed treatment market. First sales will be in the second half of 2018. The planted area of corn has now reached 90 million acres and significant growth is expected thereafter.
TP Group TPG claims it has made a strong start to 2018 with the completion of a number of major contracts during the half yer to the 30th June. A new manufacturing facility in Manchester has also been completed and it continues to be active in the acquisition field.
Card Factory plc CARD seems undecided as to how to explain the impact of increased costs which it blames for a fairly large drop in profits whilst at the same promising another special dividend for shareholders of between 5-10p per share with the half year results. The problem is that apart from increased foreign exchange costs the other major impact on profits has been the cost of having to pay a living wage to staff. That really is very unfair. Think what other goodies the shareholders could have had but for that living wage problem. As it is the shareholders have had to make do with dividend increases measured in fractions of pence, the final dividend rising by 1.6%% and the total ordinary dividend up by a mere 2.2% per share unless you include the whacking special dividend of 15 pence per share paid on the 22nd December. Things are so good that there is likely to be another return of cash to shareholders at the next year end of between. 5 and 10p per share. Proof of how good things really are is shown by a fall of 12.3% in profit before tax and 11.3% in basic earnings per share, occasioned no doubt by the strong like for like sales growth both from the stores and online and the delivery of a strong program of cost mitigation.
Thus do some companies expose their management.
Eddie Stobart ESL saw a substantial fall in underlying profits for the year to 30th November. Profits were down by nearly a third from £37.8m to V24m despite a rise in revenue from £549m. to £623.9m and statutory earnings per share fell from 3.p per share to 1.2p A final dividend of 4.4p per share is proposed, making 5.8p per share for the full year. The new financial year has got off to good start.
Plant Health Care PHC Claims exciting progress in the year to the end of December with external sales growth in the Rest of the World rising by 100% and sales of commercial products returning to strong growth with a rise of 21%. After two difficult years both the operating loss and loss before tax were halved.
Hydrogen Group HYDG plans to resume dividend payments with a final dividend of 0.8p for the year to 31st December which it describes as a transformational year.Net fee income for the year rose by 29% and underlying profit before tax of £0.8m was the same as the previous year.
Staffline STAF remains on target for its Burst The Billion plan. A strong set of results for for the year to 31st December produced a 27.5% rise in statutory profit before tax. The final dividend is to be increaed by 2.6%. Market share has increased more than ever and net debt has more than halved from from 36.7m to 16.5m.
Wetherspoon JD plc JDWY Strong growth in the second quarter matched that of the first quarter, with like for like sales to the 21st January and for the year to date, both rising by 6%.Underlying profit before tax was slightly ahead of expectations, helped by better than expected sales. Chairman,Tim Martin repeats his accusations that the CBI, Whitbread, Sainsbury, the FT, The Times and The Gaurdian are trying to fool the public by issuing misleading information as to the costs of Brexit. Despite ample opportunity to rebuff Martins attack, every one of these august bodies has remained silent, apparently now accepting that Brexit will lead to a fall in food prices which the Customs Union keeps artificially high
Crest Nicholson Holdings CRST saw sales by volume grow by only 2% in the year to 31st October as against a 7% rise in value and a 33% rise in total dividends for the year. Forward sales as at mid January were up by 8% in value but the volume figure is not disclosed.. Statutory revenue rose 5%, profit before tax by 6% and basic earnings per share by 7%. The new build housing market continues to be robust thanks to government policies and strong demand.
Sage Group SGE Group organic revenue for the first quarter to the 31st December grew by 6.3%.with North America putting in a strong performance and France under performing. The second quarter is is expected to be stronger and full year organic growth is expected to be in the region of 8%.
Plant Healthcare PHC made strong progress in the year to 31st December, in implementing its key strategic objectives.Revenue rose by 22%, helped by particularly strong sales growth of 100% in Europe Africa.
Amerisur Resources AMER Produced a slightly increased loss after tax at $28.5m in the year to the end of December, following lower oil prices, planned reduction in production and a one off impairment charge of $15.3m. from its investment in Paraguy. Since the year end global oil prices have increased, transport costs have fallen and there has been a significant increase in production from the Platanillo field which is now producing over 4,000 barrels of oil per day and continuing to rise towards its 2017 target of 6 to 7,000 bopd. The company sees a strong outlook for 2017, with production becoming increasingly profitable.
The shares have lost over two thirds of their value since August 2014, falling from 66p to a low of 20p. There has recently been something of a recovery with the price now at 22.17. Whether that will hold on the basis of future promises, rather than on 2016’s past performance remains to be seen.
CEY Centamin First quarter gold production fell, as forecast, at 109,187 ounces, down 20% on the previous quarter and 13% on 2016 Q1. The full year target for 2017 of 540,000 oz. is still expected to be
Plant Health Care PHC US Sales disappointed in the year to the end of December, due to distributors having excess year end inventories. Outside the US sales rose by 15% on a constant currency basis, showing strong progress its key strategic objectives.