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Ian Pollard – Polypipe #POLY Breaks More Records

Polypipe Group plc PLP  delighted to report another record performance and claims significant strategic progress for 2018 together with a continued focus on organic growth ahead of the market. Revenue rose by 5.2%, profit before tax by 4.7% and underlying basic earnings per share by 4.4% The dividend is to be increased by 4.5% and the balance sheet is robust.

Learning Technologies Group plc LTG   Profit came in ahead of expectations for the year to the 31st December, with  EBIT up by 104% to £27.2m. Revenue rose by 83% with half of it coming from the US. and the full year dividend is to be increased by 67%. In the five years since the company was listed on the London Stock Exchange  a compound annual growth rate of 48% in adjusted diluted EPS has been achieved. A good start has been made to 2019.

EasyJet EZY has abandoned talks to join to join the consortium which would have bid for Alitalia although it said at the time that it was not certain that a bid for Alitalia would materialise. The Italian government has now given Delta Airlines and the Italian State Railway, the two remaining members of the consortium, until the end of this month to come up with a rescue plan for AlItalia.

Softcat plc SCT produced a very strong performance over the six months to the 31st January characterised by additional market share gains and a 36.4% rise for the shareholders, in the interim dividend. Revenue for the half year rose by 21%, diluted earnings per share by 40,8% and gross profit by 26.5% The company is debt free and has a cash balance of £52.8m. It is anticipated that the outcome for the full year will be marginally ahead of previous expectations.

Bonmarche Holdings BON the main aim of Bonmarche during the winter “sale” period covering January and February 2019, was to recover from the third quarter sales experience which was below expectations and in that it has succeeded. Autumn/winter season stock levels are now 40% lower than at this time last year but that has only been achieved at the cost of heavy discounting. And now things have got worse. Trading since the beginning of March has become significantly weaker, reversing sales gains which had been made in the previous months.It is now anticipating that the  the underlying  loss for the year will be far greater than the anticipated £4.0m. and current estimates are that it will rise to between £5.0m and £6.0m.

ASOS plc ASC for the 3 months to the end of February total retail sales rose by 11%, The UK outperformed  with growth of 14% and France and Germany both proved to be challenging. For 2019 unchanged sales growth of 15% is expected.

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Polypipe Dividend Up By 29.5%

Polypipe PLP Excellent like for like UK revenue growth of 10.5% for the year to 31st December, led to a record performance by the group as a whole, with exports adding to the happy picture with a rise of 28.7%. The final dividend is to be increased by 29.5%, after profits before tax rose by 31.1% and earnings per share by 29.2%

DFS Furniture Group DFS Following good sales growth and strong cash generation in the half year to 30th January, DFS is increasing its interim dividend  by 5.7% and paying a first ever special dividend og 9.5p per share. Revenue over the six months grew by 6.8% and profit before tax by 3.1%. Online traffic showed  double digit growth and the company believes it has excellent prospects for long term growth.

SCISYS SSY produced a very healthy performance and strong organic growth in the year to 31st December and the momentum seen in the second half of the year has continued into 2017. Revenue for the year rose by 27%, leading to a fourfold rise to £3.2m in adjusted operating profit and a leap in basic earnings per share from 1.3p to 9.2p. The full year dividend is to be increased by 10%

Booker Group BOK If the planned merger with Tesco actually takes place the fourth quarter and full year sales to the 24th March will only be of historical interest. Fourth quarter non tobacco like for like sales rose by 4.7%, whilst like for like tobacco sales fell by 7.5%  as the government tried to stop people killing themselves. Internet sales rose by 8%. Total sales for the full year rose by 6.7%.

RPC Group RPC expects revenue for the year to 31st March will be significantly ahead of the previous year and adjusted operating profit will exceed management expectations. Acqusitions made in March and August 2016 are both performing ahead of expectations and have been successfully integrated.

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