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.