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Ian Pollard – Amino Technologies #AMO – Resilient performance; revenue, profits, EBITDA & earnings down, divi up
Amino Technologies plc AMO claims a resilient performance in challenging markets for the year to the 30th November. The dividend is being increased by 10%, the seventh consecutive year, it claims of dividend increases. That is all very good if it is backed up by the figures which speak for themselves. Revenue fell by 7%, gross profit by 15%. EBITDA by 18%, profit before tax by 26% and earnings per share by 30%
Ocado Group plc OCDO claims that 2018 was its “18-year overnight success”, the result of many years of focus, dedication and perseverance as it continued on its journey of transformation. Group revenue for the year to the 2nd December grew by 12.3% and is expected to grow by a further 10-15% in 2019. The number of active customers rose by 11.8. Gross profit was up by 10.8%, although EBITDA was down by 20.7%.
DCC plc DCC operating profit for the third quarter to the end of December 2018 was significantly ahead of the prior year, with strong operating profit growth seen on all fronts. Despite a milder winter, it is expected that operating profit for the year to the end of March will be significantly ahead of the previous year.
Mattioli Woods MTW is increasing its interim dividend by 15.1% for the six months to the 30th November.another period of sustainable profit growth, achieved against the backdrop of a complex market. Revenue growth was slightly lower than expected. Adjusted profit before tax rose by 8.1%, adjusted EBITDA by 18.5% and adjusted earnings per share by 9.2%
Safestay plc SSTY Total revenue for the year to the 31st December rose by 39% and occupancy improved from 72.8% to 75.6%. A further fifteen cities have been identified for a European roll out. The company is already one of the leading hostel operators in Europe with 2,792 beds and the market is one of the fastest growing segments of the accommodation market with a growth rate of 5%.
Amino Technologies plc AMO goes straight for the jargon box as it seeks reasons in advance for the full year results due in November. An intensification of external macroeconomic headwinds have been the main problem. These have resulted in lower than anticipated orders, higher than expected component price increases in the second half, as well as orders delayed because of instability in the economies of certain emerging markets. Planned trade tariffs in the US, have created confusion among customers, it is claimed, even before they have had any impact on the companies products. Shareholders will no doubt be delighted that all this gloom and despondency has not prevented Amino from maintaining its commitment to an increase of at least 10% in the final dividend.
Sopheon plc SPE updates that the third quarter which is usually the quietest of the year, produced a record performance which saw revenue break through the $30m dollar level. Sales activity for the remainder of the year is robust and full year results are expected to exceed current market expectations.
Angling Direct plc ANG enjoyed another highly successful period in the six months to the 31st July. Group revenue rose by 55.8%, gross profit by 52.6% and earnings per share from a loss of 0.33p to a positive 1.44p. The online business increased by an exceptional 60% and In August and September like for like store sales were up by 15.4% and 12% respectively.
eassyHotel plc EZH describes its year to the 30th September as a transformational one, with a strong performance across the portfolio.Total systems sales for the year rose by 25% and as at the end of the year the total owned hotel portfolio increased by 42%. Five new owned hotels with 610 rooms and four new franchised hotels with 297 rooms brought the total network to 33 hotels and 3,068 rooms.
BP plc (BP.) 2017 was one of the strongest years in BP’s recent history and on the exploration front it was the most successful since 2004. Underlying profit rose by 139%. Underlying replacement cost profit soared both for quarter 4 and for the full year. For the quarter it rose five fold from $400m. to $2.1 bn whilst for the year it was up from $2.1bn to $6.2bn
easyJet plc EZJ January passenger figures rose by 8.7% and the load factor was up by 2.2pp to 88.4% which well down on the 12 month rolling figures of 93.2% and 91.5% for January 2018 and 2017
Babcock Intnl Group BAB is on track to achieve another record year after continuing to make steady progress in the period to the 31st January. Revenue will be slightly lower than expected at between 5.3 and 5.4 bn
Softcat Trading SCT Trading has been strong across all segments in the 6 months to the 31st January and is ahead of the boards expectations. Gross profit and adjusted operating profit grew by approximately 22% and 19%.
Amino Technologies plc AMO is increasing its final dividend by 10% for the year to the 30th November, the sixth consecutive year of dividend increases. Adjusted profit before tax rose by 10% and basic earnings per share by 12%. The company has a strong sales pipeline for 2018
Wall Street in Crisis For those who will never understand stock market psychology, the crisis on Wall Street which is being copied this morning in the City, is being caused, believe it or not by the success of the US economy. So whether its the Great Depression of the thirties or the Great Boom you cant win !
YouGov plc YOU is increasing its final dividend for the year to 31st July, by 40% after strong growth in both revenue and profits. Adjusted profit before tax surged by 46%, after a 16% rise in revenue and 26% in adjusted earnings per share. As to the future the company says that it is ready to exploit the tremendous potential of its connected data system.
Waterman Group WTM claims to be in excellent shape with results for the last three consecutive years having exceeded its financial objectives, dividends having risen sixfold and net funds fivefold. The dividend for the year to the 30th June is to be increased by 50% after a 9% rise in group revenue led to a 50% increase in profit before tax and a 26% rise in EBITDA. Adjusted earnings per share rose by 41%.
Amino Technologies AMO updates that trading for the ten months to the end of September has been ahead of expectations, with August having produced record orders and the slide in sterling having had beneficial effects. It is anticipated that adjusted EBITDA and profit before tax for the full year will be ahead of current market expectations, whilst the strong order book ensures continued growth for the year ahead.
InnovaDerma IDP expects that revenue and profit for the year to 30th June will be significantly ahead of 2015, due to organic growth and the contribution from Skinny Tan which was acquired in May 2015 and revenues from which are expected to have risen by 800% in the current year. The company which is in a robust financial condition expects that it will be able to report its first net profit.
William Hill WMH has at last confirmed press speculation and admitted that it is in discussions with Amaya Inc. regarding a potential all share merger of equals, which, if it came to fruition would create a clear international leader in online sports betting, poker and casinos.
RPC Group RPC claims an encouraging overall performance for the quarter to 30th June. Revenue was significantly higher and adjusted operating profit was significantly ahead of management expectations, plus the added bonus of favorable currency movements, resulting from our politicians successful attempts to destroy the value of our currency.
Amino Technologies AMO Revenue for the half year to 31st May surged by 58% and adjusted profit before tax by 40%. The interim dividend is to be increased by 10%. Last years first half statutory profit of £3.6m. was turned into a stautory loss of £0.5m after taking into account £3.5m of exceptionals and a further £1.1m amortisation of acquired intangibles.
Pinewood Group PWS is increasing its final dividend by 14.3%, after what it claims is another strong set of results. Revenue for the year to 31st March rose by 10.9% and profit after tax was up by 51.6%. The fall in the value of sterling was a positive factor.
Iofina IOF has performed well during the first half of 2016, achieving its production targets and increasing revenue, despite a fall in the price of iodine, which it appears has now stabilised.
Mariana Resources MARL Chief operating officer, Philip Roth has sold a great chunk (2,800,000 ) of his holding in the company he runs but still leaving him with 4,781,906 shares. The sale was completed on Friday at 3.5p per share. At 2.30pm the shares made a sudden leap upwards to 3.8p and closed the day at 3.75. Strange that for 8 months the share price languished at well under 2p but suddenly took off from 1.74p on the 21st April before hitting 3.97p on the 24th May. Having doubled his money in 6 weeks, one can only wonder why Mr. Roth chose to dispose of nearly a third of his holding at this particular time..
Amino Technologies AMO is raising its interim dividend by 10%, after a strong first half, especially in South America. Orders for the 6 months to the end of May were at record levels.
EasyJet EZJ May passenger figures showed a rise of 5.7% in passengers carried but load factor slipped by 0.1pp