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Rank Group plc RNK In the 40 weeks to the first of April the digital business has continued to trade strongly but like for like revenue at Mecca and Grosvenor Casinos fell by 2% and 3% respectively. In quarter three the fall at casinos turned into a slump with like for like revenues falling by 9%, the under performance exacerbated by a negative contribution from VIP players. The board is taking corrective measure but expects that the groups UK venues will continue to be impacted for the remainder of the current financial year and will continue into 2018-19
Electrocomponents plc ECM expects results for the year to the end of March will be ahead of their own previous expectations and profit before tax will be slightly head of the top end of market expectations. The second half produced strong year on year growth in free cash flow. Group overall like for like revenue growth for the year shows a rise of 13%, Asia Pacific leading the way with a rise of 18% and The Americas taking second place with a rise of 14%
Homeserve plc HSV adjusted profit before tx for the year to the end of March is expected to be significantly ahead of last years 112m after another strong year. North America produced an excellent performance, driven by continued organic growth and acquisitions
AdEPT Telecom ADT is to recommend an increase from 4p to 4.5p per share in the final dividend for the year to the end of March, making an inrease of 13% for the year a a whole. . Underlying EBITDA will be slightly ahead of market expectations of a 23% year on year rise.
Sophos Group SOPH updates that the year to 31st March was another year of strong growth with reported billings showing n increase of 20-22%, rising to 23% in quarter four.
VectorVest MD, Dr David Paul presents the stock picks for the week – Taptica (TAP), Sopheon (SOPH), Midwich Group (MIDW) and Griffin Mining (GFM) on Core Finance TV.
Rio Tinto RT claims, after slashing its final dividend by 21% that at least its balance sheet is robust and that it enters 2017 in good shape. Basic earnings per share moved from 2015’s loss of 47.5 cents per share to a positive 256.9 cents. Consolidated sales revenue for the year fell by $1billion to $33.8billion.
Redrow RDW With a 50% increase in the interim dividend Redrow adds itself to the list of today’s companies proclaiming robust performances. Completions rose by 13% in the six months to 31st December and revenue up 23%, rose to record levels. The gap between the rise in completions and revenue appears to indicate there may have been a a good rise in average selling prices. Profit before tax, surged by 35% as did private orders which leaves the overall order book also standing at record levels.
Smurfitt Kappa Grp SKG is increasing its final dividend by 20% after producing a strong set of results for the year to 31st December. Profit before tax rose by 9% on revenue up by 1% and basic earnings per share by10%. EBITDA broke new records and was the strongest ever.
Dunelm DNLM increased market share in a challenging environment during the half year to 31st December when trading proved to be slightly softer than the company would have liked. Sales fell by 1.6%. profit before tax by 11.3% and EBITDA by 19.5%. But the important bit is that shareholders are kept happy with an 8.3% rise to 6.5p., in the interim dividend.
Grainger plc GRI reports a robust sales performance and even better, a robust pipeline. In fact the figures show that the total sales pipeline for full year 17 were exactly the same as for 2016. Completed sales did rise but only from £47m. to £49m. todays update for the 4 months to 31st January claims a good start to the year with 3.4% like for like rental growth for the year to date and 2.8% like for like rental growth on their PRS rental homes. Demand for rental homes continues to be strong and at the same time the company is on target to achieve its planned reduction in overheads.
Sophos Group SOPH produced a third quarter rise in billings of 16.1%, with strong momentum continuing. The Americas delivered growth of 20%. Cash generation for the quarter was strong with a rise of 28.4% in unlevered free cash flow, making a total increase over the first 9 months of 136.2% and expectations of the figure doubling by the year end.