St Ives plc SIV Despite trading during the 8th months to 1st April being 5% ahead of last year, St Ives has had to issue an urgent warning that underlying profit before tax for the current year is likely to be materially below expectations. The outlook for the final quarter has deteriorated due to economic uncertainty which has led to the cancellation and deferral of significant projects and the impact is likely to be felt throughout the whole of the next financial year.
Lok’n Store Group LOK claims its interims for the 6 months to 31st January are “great”, with record results ahead of expectations on all fronts. Profit before tax rose by 155% after like for like revenue grew by 8% and adjusted EBITDA by 13.1%. The interim dividend is being increased by 14.6%. As a sign that profit growth should continue in robust fashion, like for like occupancy rose by 2.4% and prices for occupied units by 3.3%.
Randall & Quilter RQIH turned 2014’s loss of £1.6m into a pre tax profit of £2.8m for the year to the end of December, whilst earnings per share came in at 4.2p compared to 2014’s loss per share of 6.3p. The turn round was due entirely to a significantly stronger second half which alone produced a trading profit of over £7m.