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United Carpets Group UCG found the first half of the financial year very challenging There were no immediate signs of respite in the general environment and with continuing Brexit uncertainties, the second half was viewed with some caution. However, recent trading performance has shown some more encouraging signs which, if sustained, should result in a better second half and a reasonable outcome for the year. First half like for like sales fell by 1.8% but in the 11 weeks since then they have risen 0.1%. Profit before tax collapsed from £589,00 last year to £121,000 and earnings per share from 0.57p to 0.09p. The interim dividend has been maintained.
Real Good Food Group RGD admits that its expectations for the year are only modest and its first half performance has been in line with those expectations. The loss before tax for the 6 months to the 30th September rose from £3.4m. to £9.1m. but that included a goodwill impairment charge of £6.3m. EBITDA on an underlying adjusted basis from continuing operations, saw last years loss of £0.4m turned into a profit of £0.9, The sale of Haydens Bakery for £12m. enabled the bank loan to be repaid and cash put into the business. The group is now smaller and more focused, it says, the focus being on profit improvement and growth.
Advanced Medical Solutions Group AMS has received CE approval to market and launch its LiquiBandFix8® Open Hernia Mesh Fixation Device in Europe, following the existing LiquiBandFix8® laparoscopic device. AMS continues to make good progress and the Board expects results to be in line with current market expectations.