Barclays plc BARC suffered a nightmarish third quarter but claims it was part of an industry wide trend. It has had to admit that it is not delivering the economic performance of which it is capable but claims it has the confidence to assert that it will start to do so in 1919 -20. As for the quarter to the 30th September it produced a 19% rise in profit before tax driven by a £932m. reduction in costs but the good news ends there. After producing basic earnings per share of 9.6p in the third quarter of 2016 it managed to turn that into a basic loss of 3p per share this year. Group attributable profit for the third quarter of 2016 was a healthy £1,524m. This year it plunged to a loss of £628m.
And as for what it claims are industry wide trends, it is noticeable that only yesterday, Lloyds seemed not only to have escaped them, it did not even give them a mention in its 3rd quarter report.
National Express NEX continued to deliver strong growth in the quarter to the end of September, especially in the international division. Group revenue rose by 6.4% (4.8% at constant currency rates). North America accelerated growth rates to 13.7% and in September there was a particularly strong performance from UK Bus and Coach. German Rail passenger numbers grew by only 1% but the revenue they produced rose by 20.7% at constant currency rates.
Bodycote BOY Group revenue rose by 16.8% or 12.9% on a constant currency basis for the quarter ending on the 30th September. Organic growth was 9.1% on the same basis. The car and light truck market continued to grow and was particularly strong in Western Europe and emerging markets, with western Europe leading the way in industrial growth.
Hydrodec HYR claims it is making further strong progress with strong demand ensuing as the quality of its products becomes recognised. Third quarter group EBITDA was positive and the expectations are that this year, for the first time in its history, it will deliver positive EBITDA for the full year.