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The city gets its luxury yachts out, fuels its private jets and goes on holiday in August which is when there is a flood of company results from the the big boys who know that there are not many about to read the news if it is bad. June is an in between month when companies which few may have heard of, are left to make the headlines. But always amongst these tiddlers there will be just a few which are beginning to make their mark and becoming ready to challenge the big uns whose management has lost the plot and become sclerotic. These can the ones to keep an eye open for.
Next Fifteen Communications plc NFC announces that it has made a good start to the new financial year. Organic revenue growth has remained in high single digit figures, with acquisitions performing well and new account wins secured.
REACT group plc REAT found market conditions difficult in the six months to the 31st March. Turnover rose by 16% compared to the first half of 2017 but exceptional non recurring costs helped to produce a loss of of £327,000, virtually double that of 2017. The company claims that operational changes which have been made since the end of the half year will enable it to implement a growth strategy.
Prime People plc PRP The business performed well in the UK during the year to the 31st March but profit before tax was down from £1.9m to £1.19m after exceptional costs of £102,000 relating to the acquisition of Planned Recruitment Group in Hong Kong. Earnings per share fell by approximately a third from 12.97p to 8.58 per share.The final dividend remains unchanged at 5p per share and current activity is said to be encouraging.
Tesco TSCO claims it has stabilised the business, with overall like for like first quarter sales growth of 0.9%. Internationally it has steamed ahead with like for like growth of 3%. In Asia like for like sales were up by 3.3%, as against a year ago when they fell by 3.4%. Both Asia and Europe have now completed four consecutive quarters of growth. Even in the UK, where fresh food brands have been performing “very well”, there has been a big improvement, with growth of 0.3% after taking into account price deflation of 0.7%.
Prime People PRP expects softer market conditions for the remainderof 2016, with macro economic headwinds, turbulent emerging markets, other volatility plus that tried and tested favourite, the referendum,all being pulled out of the excuses drawer by a management which does not seem too sure of its ability to cope. as for the past, gross fee income for the year to 31st March rose by 25%, profit before tax by about a third from £1.44m to £2.15m and profit after tax by some 50% from £1.13m to £1.7m. The dividend remains unchanged.
Latham James LTHM is increasing its final dividend from 8.8p to 10.3p per share after what it describes as very good trading results. Group revenue for the year to 31st March grew by 6.3% leading to a rise of some 28% in pre tax profits. Earnings per share rose from 40.3p to 53.7p. For the first two months of the current year, revenue has risen by a further 4%.
Stadium Group SDM Following loss of a major customer which has decided to take manufacturing in house, growth and full year results are now expected to be below market expectations, despite profits in the second half being materially ahead.