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Centamin CEY With all sections of its Sukari mine producing, gold production for the quarter ending on the 30th September rose to record levels with a 26% increase over the second quarter and a 5% increase over the third quarter of 2016. Production guidance of 540,000 ounces for 2017 is maintained.
YouGov plc YOU has for the third year in succession, delivered growth which is “significantly above the market both in revenue and profit”, resulting in a recommendation that the final dividend be increased to 2p, a rise of 43%. Revenue for the year to 31st July rose by 21% and statutory profit before tax and earnings per share by 43% and 35% respectively. Growth is expected to continue in the current year.
Angling Direct ANG Gross profit for the half year to the 31st July grew by 35.3% and EBITDA by 72.6% to 0.93m. Online sales surged by 67% whilst store sales showed an increase of 38%, both of which will be suitably augmented by the acquisition of Fosters of Birmingham, announced on the 2nd October and new store openings since admission to AIM which it describes as a “strong pipeline”.
Plant Impact PIM A rise of 17% in revenue for the year to 31st July was due mainly to the strength of the dollar, without which it would have been a much more modest 2%. Gross profit for the year saw a rise of 19% and the company claims that it has an excellent set of commercial and R&D prospects ahead which will help in its aim to establish itself as leader in what ir describes this new category of “agricultural inputs” sic.whatever one of those may be.
CAP-XX Limited CAP-XX claims it is pleased to announce a drop in sales for the year to 30th June from A$5 m. to A$4.1m. and a near doubling in the EBITDA loss from A$0.7m. to A$1.2m. As against that it should be and is more than pleased to see royalty revenue more than tripling from A$0.2m to A$0.7m and operating expenses falling by A$0.5m. The CEO says it has been an exciting year which saw “tangible traction” which is presumably a good thing to see.
Hargreaves Lansdown HL. reports net FY new business of £6.9bn, AuA up 28% to £79.2bn and active clients up 118k to 954k. PBT is up 21% to £265.8m, and HL raises its dividend by 20% to 29p per share.
John Menzies MNZS says it has enjoyed a positive first half, with underlying PBT up 36% to £24.7m and a proposed 11% increase in the interim dividend to 6p. Chairman Dr Dermot F. Smurfit said: “Overall, I am very pleased with the Group’s performance in the first half and we look to the future with confidence as demonstrated by the increased dividend payment.”
Mears Group MER reports interim results in line with management expectations, with revenue up 1% to £470.8m.
Plant Impact PIM publishes the first presentation on its R&D platform and pipeline. The full presentation can be found at www.plantimpact.com/investors.
Rockhopper Exploration RKH updates on the Abu Sennan drilling concession, onshore Egypt, in which the Company has a 22% working interest. Production from the six fields within the Abu Sennan concession remains stable, averaging 3,300 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“boepd”) gross during the first six months of 2017. The group also updates on the Al Jahraa-9 well.
WideCells WDC raises £750k gross through the issue of 5,357,143 ordinary shares at 14p per share via a private placing with new and existing shareholders and the Board of Directors. The funds raised will be used to execute on a range of additional opportunities the Group has identified since listing in July 2016, rapidly accelerate the roll out of its three stem cell services divisions, CellPlan, WideCells and WideAcademy, and further its penetration of the rapidly growing stem cell market.
Wood Group WG. / Amec Foster Wheeler AMFW – The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) today accepts in principle the remedy formally offered by Wood Group on 9 August to complete the recommended all-share offer for Amec Foster Wheeler. Robin Watson, CEO of Wood Group said “Today’s announcement is an important milestone and gives us further confidence in our ability to complete the transaction in quarter four this year.” Jon Lewis, CEO at Amec Foster Wheeler said “We welcome the announcement by the CMA. Our offer of a proposed remedy in May and the early commencement of the sale process to potential buyers of the upstream oil and gas business has ensured we have navigated this process ahead of schedule increasing the likelihood that the transaction with Wood Group will close in quarter four this year.”
Weir Group Weir has North America to thank for signs of recovery in its fortunes. North American oil and gas markets have recovered more strongly than anticipated and volume and price increases have both been ahead of prior expectations. Operating margins in the first half have been in low double digit figures and full year revenue and operating profits will be above the upper end of analysyst’s estimates
Finsbury Food FIF updates that it is very pleased to have grown revenue in the year to the 1st. July, ignoring the unwelcome fact that on a constant currency basis its like for like revenue actually fell by 1.4% and on an actual basis only rose by 0.3% How Chief Executives hate to have to announce poor figures and will do their utmost to try and justify calling a fall, a rise. At least the second half performance was better than the first where the decline was twice as large, at 2.9%, The European business showed a leap of 17,3% but only 2.2% was organic growth and 15.1% was due to exchange rate benefits.
Plant Impact PIM expects strong growth in the use of Veritas in Brazil, with revenue for 2017 expected to rise from from £7.2m in 2016 to between £8.5 and £9m. The prospects for 2018 are even brighter with revenue expected to be around £13m.
Conviviality CVR is increasing its full year dividend by 33% to 12.6p per share. after what the company claims was a transformational year, with all areas of the business performing strongly, revenue rising by 85% and profit before tax by by 147%. The success has continued into the new financial year with sales for the nine weeks to 2nd July showing further growth of 9% compared to last year.
Plant Impact PIM fears that 4th quarter revenue could be affected by talks which are taking place with Bayer Cropscience about its minimum required purchase volumes for Veritas in Brazil, third quarter revenue for which rose from £0.5m last year to £2.4m this year. The result of the talks could impact full year results and also adversely affect next years performance. Revenue for the 9 months to the 30th April has risen by 55% over last year or 30% on a constant currency basis.
Care Tech Holdings CTH is increasing its interim dividend by 10% to 3.3p per share for the half year to 31st March after what it claims was an impressive first half performance which saw revenue rise by 11.3%. Profit before tax fell by 37.5% from last years when the figures included a £5.6m profit on the sale of a fixed asset.. On an underlying basis profit before tax was up by 13.9%. Sustained growth in capacity and revenue is expected to enable the company to achieve its target of annual double digit growth in underlying diluted earnings per share.
Filtronic plc FTC nearly tripled sales in the 12 months to 31st May, with a rise from £13.6m. to £35.4m.. It describes 2017 as a year of tremendous progress in which it achieved both profitability and cash generation, last years operating loss of of £6.8m having been transfomed into an operating profit of £1.7m.
Bonmarche Holdings BON admits that it has failed to execute its plans to modernise and improve its offer to customers at the rate it had aimed for. The failure is laid at the door of internal and external factors for which it does not provide an explanation. Todays preliminary results for the 53 weeks to the 1st April. show store like for like sales slumping by 4.3% and group profit before tax down from £9.6m. to £5.8m. Underlying basic earnings per share fell from 18.3p per share to 10.1p. As for the future it claims to have a compelling proposition and a robust plan.
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.
Plant Impact PIM enjoyed strong growth during the year to 31st July, with revenue up by 60% and gross profit by 59%. The company believes it is well positioned to continue to develop successfully. The share price on the other hand has not been strong. during the past 12 months it has fallen from 62p to to 46p at which level it formed a double bottom in March and July and now stands at 49.5p.
WPP plc WPP Third quarter reported revenue jumped by 23.4% in sterling terms but the weakness of the pound led to that becoming a much more modest 7.6% at constant currency levels and over the first nine months, 8.5%. Nonetheless WPP is still on target for yet another record year. Like for like growth in the first three quarters of 2015 averaged 5.5% but 2016 has been well down on that with an average of 3.5%. WPP claims that many of its clients have a challenging problem which is the short term attitude of institutional investors and analysts with the result that the CEO’s of major companies can now expect to remain in office for no more than 6-7 years whilst the life expectancy of Chief Financial Officers is even less. Activist investors seem to regarded with some disdain.
Centamin CEY Third quarter gold production rose by 41% over quarter three 2015, whilst full year 2016 production is now expected to be towards the upper end of guidance, whilst costs will be at the lower end. Underground drilling at Sukari has produced positive results and an updated reserve and resource estimate is expected during quarter 4.
Alan Green discusses the latest developments at DDD Group (DDD) with Justin Waite on the ADVFN podcast. He also discusses recent trades in Barclays (BARC), BHP Billiton (BLT) & Shell (RDSB). He also briefly touches on Plant Impact (PIM) after the recent podcast. Click here to listen. The interview is 21 minutes in.
Alan Green discusses Plant Impact (PIM) with Justin Waite on the ADVFN podcast. The interview starts 20 minutes in. Click here to listen.
At the beginning of 2014 the shares of Plant Impact stood at 13p after which they rose steadily to reach 65p 18 months later, since when they have fallen back slightly to their current 54p.
The company is a leader in plant science innovation, developing and formulating products which enhance crop capacity, enabling growers to improve quality and deliver consistently higher marketable yields.
The preliminary results released today for the year to 31st June show a strong rise in turnover from £2.5m in 2014 to £4.5m. this year. In addition the company has turned last years loss of £0.7m. into a small but maiden profit of £0.1m. Gross profit nearly doubled from £1.8m. to £3.5m.
The share price has responded so far this morning with a rise of 2p. to 56p
The CEO claims it has achieved a number of milestones during the year and looks forward to maintaining the momentum with further substantial growth.
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Alan Green discusses the potential growth of Plant Impact (PIM) with Justin Waite on the ADVFN podcast.
Click here to listen to the podcast.