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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%.
TUI AG TUI updates that the year to the 30th September will be the fourth consecutive year of double digit growth in underlying EBITA and unlike Thomas Cook it claims to have benefited from the sustained period of hot weather in Northern Europe which produced further growth The only impact of the hot weather was that it prevented TUI from outperforming. Cook must have suffered from a different form of hot weather.
Zoo Digital Group plc ZOO expects to report revenues in the first half of the financial year at least 17% higher than last year.and is confident that the second half will be strong.
Clinigen Group CLIN is increasing its final dividend for the year to the 30th June by 12% after a jump in profit before tax from £14.1m to £35.9m. Revenue increased by 26%, adjusted EBITDA by 17% and adjusted earnings per share by 10%. Another year of good progress is expected for 2018 – 19
DCC plc DCC expects that after strong first half growth, group operating profit for the six months to the 30th September will be well ahead of last year.
Mitchells & Butlers MAB updates that sales have strengthened since the last update on 2nd August. In the 8 weeks to 22 September like-for-like sales grew by 2.2% following the period of sustained hot weather and the World Cup . 7 new sites have been opened and 232 conversions and remodels completed in the financial year to date. Total sales have increased by 0.5% in the year to date.
Saga plc SAGA Profit before tax for the six months to the 31st July rose by 3.2 % as the results benefited from lower operating expenes. At the same time customer numbers rose back to the level of the first half of 2017, helped by a rise of 19% in Motor & Home New Business. The interim dividend remains unchanged at 3p per share.
Vodafone VOD. My own personal experience is that Vodafone can not even operate its own internal phone systems properly so it is not much of a surprise to see that it has problems globally. Group revenue fell by 4.4% for the year to the end of March, the loss for the year rose by 18.7% and the basic loss per share rose by 11.2% all of which were celebrated with a 2% increase in the interim dividend despite a rise in the company’s debt.
The groups explanation is that foreign exchange movements were primarily responsible for the loss, it faces increased regulatory headwinds but as signs of hope for the future, adjusted like for like earnings per share grew by 17% and organic EBITDA by 5.8%.
Crest Nicholson CRST reports that the housing market continues to be robust with mortgages easily available and government support in the shape of the Help to Buy scheme showing no sign of ending. Unit sales growth of about 10% is expected for the year to the 31st October, although sales per outlet in the first half are expected to show a fall from 0.87 to 0.81. As a result of investment in higher quality land, average selling prices have increased (what a surprise). It was expected that unit completions in the first half would fall and they did – from 1206 units to 1,064. As at the end of April forward sales were 5% ahead of last year.
Hardide HDD First half revenue rose by 57% over last years first half and by 27% on the second half, as demand began to return from the oil and gas sector, which is still challenging and volatile. Sales to the sector rose by 115%. The company is still loss making but the EBITDA loss is down from £0.72m. to £0.43m. and the like for like group operating loss for the first half has fallen from £1.02m to £0.72m.
DCC PLC (DCC) after a strong year DCC is raising its final dividend for the year to 31st March by 16.3%, making a total increase for the year of 15%. Continuing revenue rose by 9%, leading to a rise of 21% in total operating profit and 18% in earnings per share. The current year is expected to show further profit growth and development.
Zytronic ZYT After what appears to be strong all round growth, Zytronic is increasing its interim dividend by 10% for the half year to the 31st October.Basic earnings per share rose by 44%, group revenue was up from £9.9m to £11.3m. and profit before tax enjoyed a healthy jump from £1.8m to £2.5m. The second half of the year has started well, says the company.