Stanley Gibbons SGI. Final results for the year to 30th March reveal a horror story of mismanagement with admissions that previous accounting did not accord with applicable accountancy standards. In a buoyant market for collectibles, SGI found trading conditions difficult. The results are not surprising. Turnover was flat and 28% below budget, the final dividend has been abolished and net borrowing soared from £11.7m to £ 20.4m. but since the year end as a new board kicks in, this has already fallen to £18m.Net assets fell by 43%. The loss before tax rose from £1.8m for 2015 to £28.9m
Stanley Gibbons share price has slumped as the company’s fortunes declined. Two years ago it was at a heady 378p., a year ago they were down to 140p and today they stand at a miserable 11.25p
James Halstead plc JHD is raising its final dividend by 8.2% after rises of 3% in profit before tax and 3.7% in earnings per share for the year to 30th June. Exports now represent 67% of business so a positive impact for the current is expected from the decline in sterling, despite the fact that last years fall is claimed to have had an adverse impact on turnover, which fell by 0.5%.
Numis Corporation NUM saw revenue from its core activities rise 14% during the year to 30th September, reaching record levels of over £100m for the first time. During the second half Numis claims that activity in UK equity markets was impacted by Brexit.