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Brainjuicer BJU regained momentum in 2016 and traded strongly, especially in the US, after the modest performance of the two previous years. Gross profit for the year to the end of December rose by some 27% to about £25.6m and even after payments of £5.2m to shareholders by way of dividends and share buy backs, the year ended with a cash balance of £7.8m., equal to 63p per share. Pre tax profit for 2016 is expected to be 37% higher at £6.2m. Final results are expected on the 9th February.
Midatech Pharma MTPH expects revenue for the year to 31st December will have risen to £9m from 2015’s £1.4m. Double digit top line growth is expected for 2017.
Bonmarche Holdings BON had a fairly disastrous Xmas with like for like store sales for the 5 weeks to 24th December down by 3.4% and online sales, unlike other retailers, slumping by 14.3%. Total like for like sales over the 5 weeks fell by 4.2%. Obviously there seems to have been a problem with t heir online offer. Christmas trading was only a continuation of the fall seen over the first 9 months when total sales fell by 5.3%
Character Group CCT expects first half results to be lower than last years as sales of Teletubbies, Fireman Sam et al fell slightly for the 4 months to December. The fall in the value of sterling also adversely affected gross UK margins and the company has taken measures to mitigate this and these are already starting to take effect.
Elecosoft ECO expects profit before tax for the year to the end of December will be significantly ahead of market expectations after 2016 produced record sales. furt her progress is expected in 2017
Photo-me International PHTM is raising its interim dividend by 20% after first half results to the 31st October came in ahead of the board’s expectations. Strong growth saw revenue up by 19.2% (4% on a constant currency basis) and pretax profits by 20.2% ( 4.3% on a constant currency basis). The board now expects that full year profits will significantly exceed current market expectations.
Brainjuicer BJU Gross and pre tax profit will both be above current market forecasts following strong second half market trading. The company is changing its financial year end from the 31st December to 31st March but unaudited results will still be published for the current year to 31st December.
Marshalls MSLH The first five months of the second half have produced strong trading in the domestic end market with a rise in revenue of 15%. Order intake and revenue continue to be robust.
Plant Impact PIM Trading in the first quarter has been strong and the company is particularly excited by the success of Veritas, the company’s main soybean crop enhancement product which has accounted for most of the sales.