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Assoc. British Foods ABF claims that its results for the 24 weeks to the 2nd March are robust, with statutory profit before tax down by 15%, basic earnings per share by 19% and profit at AB Sugar down substantially. Say no more ! Grocery did produce strong underlying growth, with good momentum, Primark reverted to its usual role of saving the day for the rest of the Group, with excellent profit growth of 25%. Group revenue was 1% ahead and adjusted operating profit was 1% lower. Allied Bakeries seem to have been having a rough time and has had its largest private label bread manufacturing contract terminated by a major retailer. Noticeably this happened after recent customer discussions on pricing only some of which were successful. The effect of the volume loss is expected to be seen in the next financial year. A non-cash impairment charge of £65m has been recognised as an exceptional item in the income statement. The interim dividend is to be increased by 3%.
Centamin plc CEY claims to have made a solid start to the year, with the quarter to the 31st March having delivered ahead of expectations. Despite being the weakest quarter forecasted for 2019 , Sukari produced 116,183 ounces of gold in the first quarter compared to the forecast of 105,000 – 115,000 ounces. A stronger second half is forecast, with delivery of approximately 55% of the expected annual production during that half.
Biome Technologies plc BIOM updates that Group revenues achieved for the first three months of the year were 11% ahead of the previous quarter at £2.1m,
Boohoo Group plc BOO claims delivery of yet another excellent set of financial and operational results for the year to the 28th February, with strong growth and solid profitability. Revenue for the year rose by 48% across all geographies with the UK up by 37% and international by 64%. Trading in the first few weeks of the financial year has been encouraging and Group revenue growth for the full financial year is expected to be between 25% to 30%
AA plc AA claims it is well positioned to return to growth from 2019 and that a revenue rise .of 2% reflects a solid performance especially in what it calls “roadside.”. The real reason for roadsides strength was exceptional weather conditions for which even the AA dare not claim credit, as it benefited from extreme cold and snow in February and March to the hottest summer in recent memory. The severe winter created a pothole ‘epidemic’ and led to a 15 year high in the number of breakdowns it serviced. Despite the support of the weather gods, profit before tax for the six month to the 31st July collapsed by 65% and basic earnings per share by 64%, a financial performance which the company claims was in line with expectations.Hopefully management will be able ensure that 2019 return to growth, actually happens, irrespective of the weather.
SSP Group SSPG updates that for the period from the 1st July to the 30th September like for like sales continuing at the same level as in quarter three. Full year like for like sales grwoth is expected to be unchanged at between 2% and 3%.
PZ Cussons PZC updates that Europe and Asia are continuing to perform well, whilst improvement in Africa will largely be dependent on the macro environment in Nigeria during the remainder of the year. The UK Washing and Bathing Division is enjoying good growth in its three main brands.
Futura Medical FUM has made excellent progress in the six months to the 30th June, at least according the CEO, as last years first half net loss of £1.6 grew to 1.95m. The first patient dosing of MED2002 the company’s breakthrough erectyle disfunction gel, is expected next month in the first Phase 3 trial in Europe. The company is excited about this No comment is made about the patient’s state of mind. aa
Boohoo Group plc BOO produced another strong performance in the six months to the 31st August and delivered record sales and profits. Sales jumped by 50%, profit before tax rose by 22% and adjusted EBITDA by 43%. Sales growth of at least 25% per annum is forecast for the medium term. For the full year to the 28th February 2019 revenue growth is expected to be 38% to 43%, up from previous guidance of 35% to 40%.