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Ian Pollard – Bronhill To Pay Maiden Dividend

Bronhill Group BONH saw revenue rise to £8m compared to £2.6m for the year to the end of March 2018. Adjusted EBITDA increased to  £0.9m from a loss of £0.4m and net assets jumped from £2m to £22.9m for the nine months to the 31st December. Arrangements are also under way for a maiden dividend to be paid for the six months  to the 30th June.

Spectra Systems SPSY has excellent prospects for maintaining strong earnings in 2019.and expects the annual dividend to be increased by 17% for payment in June, after a rise in profit before tax of 19%. For the year to 31st December, net income rose by 24%, adjusted earnings per share by 11% and EBITDA by 16%.

Be Heard Group plc BHRD Despite  a difficult start to 2018, which resulted in management changes becoming necessary, the year  finished strongly with group revenue rising by 51% and like for like revenue up by 15%. Adjusted EBITDA  increased by 90%. The operational loss for the year to 31st December came in at 9.7m but the company has now produced nine consecutive months of profitability up to February, with strong organic growth.

MediaZest plc MDZ has faced a difficult economic background since the interim results were announced on the 5th November. Accordingly the Board now expects the full year results for the year ended 31 March 2019 will be below current market expectations, although they will still be an improvement on the previous year. the Group’s trading results for the second half of the financial year (6 months to 31 March 2019) are expected to be lower than the first half of the year. A small loss after tax is now expected for the year end..New business , combined with recurring revenue contracts, will provide the Group with a base for further growth over the next 12 months.

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Ian Pollard: Morrisons – The Legacy Lives On With Bumper Christmas

Morrisons W. Sprmkts MRW If you do not know how to sell a pack of frozen peas, then you should not be on the board of a chain of supermarkets. Britains high streets are riddled with major retail outlets which are in a state of collapse and its Boards are littered with bankers, accountants and management experts with not a grocer amongst them. At Morrisons however the legacy of “our Ken” lives on and the company is leading the big guns of British retailing a pretty dance. Whilst they cry over their shelves of unsold peach and ratatouille consomme, Morrisons just get on with the job of selling goods which its customers want to buy in stores which they want to visit.

The result,  Morrisons has just enjoyed its fourth consecutive Christmas of like for like sales growth. Total sales for for the nine weeks to 6 January rose by 4%. Customer satisfaction increased significantly and the price of its basket of key Christmas items remained  the same as last year.

Greene King plc GNK is another company which got its festive hat perched at the right angle, as like for like sales over the last two weeks of Xmas and the New Year leapt by 10.9% compared to a rise of only 3.2% over the first 36 weeks of the financial year. It is accepted that the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit may still have an impact on consumer confidence and spending during the year, but the company is confident of the outlook for the full year.

Safestore Holdings plc SAFE has announced its fifth consecutive year of double-digit earnings per share and dividend growth. Revenue for the year to the 31st October rose by 10.4% or 5.2% on a like for like basis and underlying EBITDA by 6.5%.The dividend has been increased from 14p to 16.2p per share, a rise of 16.1%. The company says that the start to its current financial year has been encouraging.

SIG plc SHI faced challenging market conditions and lower trading revenues in the second half of the year, particularly in December. Group like-for-like revenues were down 2.3% over the full year, with the UK and Ireland being particularly badly hit  with a like for like fall of 5.7%.

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Ian Pollard: Bellway Enjoys Inflation Beating Price Increases

Bellway BWY updates that it has broken through the 10,000 homes barrier for the first time in its history, with an increase of 6.9% to a total of 10,307 for the year to the 31st July. Market conditions have remained favourable, trading and customer confidence have been robust, enabling the average selling price to be increased by 9.4% to an all time inflation beating high of 284,900.

Paddy Power Betfair PPB After a flat first quarter, the half year was saved  by double digit growth in the second, the pending arrival of the world cup and especially strong performances in the USA and Australia where revenue jumped by 20% and 19% respectively. For the six months to the 30th June, revenue rose by 5%, profit before tax by 4% and earnings per share by 1%. The interim dividend is to be increased by 3% and the company believes that the momentum which is now underway, will carry it through the second half.

Quilter plc QLT reports record adjusted profit before tax of £110 million and a special interim dividend of 12.0 pence per share in its first results as a listed company. The Chief Executive believes that its market offers significant growth opportunities and that the company is someway from demonstrating its full potential.

Page Group plc PAGE increased both profit before tax and basic earnings per share by over 18% in the half year to the 30th June, whilst revenue grew by 11.7% shareholders are rewarded with a 5.1% increase in the interim dividend yo 4,10p per share and the payment of a special dividend of of 12.73p per share. However there are challenges to be faced including Brexit in he UK and elections in Latin America.

Spirax – Sarco Engng SPX reports strong organic sales growth of 7% in the half year to the 30th June. Reported revenue rose by 28%, adjusted profit before tax by 22% and basic earnings per share by 25%. The interim dividend is to be increased by 14%.

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