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Ocado Group plc OCDO produced revenue growth of 11.5% in the quarter to the 2nd September plus double digit growth of 11.4% in the average number of weekly orders.The average size of the orders remained constant at 106. The unique proprietary technology at the new warehouse at Erith enabled Ocado to process over 20,000 customer orders with 14 weeks of opening, compared to the 15 months it took the Andover warehouse to achieve the same throughput.
BBA Aviation BBA announces that it has acquired Firstmark Corp for a consideration of $97m. Firstmark is a leading provider of highly engineered, proprietary components and subsystems for the aerospace and defence industries.The acquisition enhances BBA’s exposure to the commercial and military aerospace markets.
Spire Healthcare Group SPI managed to maintain its interim dividend at 1.3p per share despite a decline in performance for the six months to the 30th June. NHS admissions fell significantly, coupled with lower than anticipated growth in Private admissions and the cost of investment in Clinical quality and Consumer engagement.Whilst revenue only fell by 1.1%, EBITDA was down by 20.6%, adjusted profit after tax by 52.7% and basic earnings per share by 52.9%. The company admits that the results are disappointing but claims that everybody else is facing similar headwinds and significant business challenges. Nonetheless it has a new strategy, which it claims “is absolutely the right one”, albeit the outlook for the full year has still had to be revised.
Plant Healthcare PHC expects strong revenue growth in the second half which would lead to growth of 30% for the full year. Revenue for the six months to the 30th June was down slightly from $3.1m to $3m.The company also expects to become cash positive in 2020.
Pure Circle Limited PURE showed a return to growth in both revenue and net profit after tax for the year to the 30th June. Sales rose by 10%, with a particularly strong recovery in North America, volume was up by 17% and net profit after tax by 20%.
Smart Metering Systems SMS is increasing its interim dividend by 15% for the half year to the 30th June, after a 27% rise in sales. EBITDA increased by 29% and profit before tax by 9%
Real Good Food plc RGD appears to have continued to suffer from serious management problems and is having to admit at today’s AGM that whilst sales have been doing well, that wil not translate into the expected profitability. For the year to 31st March 2018 EBITDA of about £6.5m had been expected but this will now be materially reduced in the second half and for the year as a whole the company will make a loss.
Total like for like sales growth in the first half year was 13% compared to the previous year and 20% including Brighter Foods but profitability has been disappointing compared to the Boards expectations. The litany of reasons for the failures are numerous ranging from margins being considerably below expectations, cost increases, labour inefficiencies and materials wastage and all these at just one division, Premium Bakery. Cake Decorations & Food Ingredients was also below expectations in September and group and head office costs are still too high. The amount of the expected loss for the year either remains a secret or the Board does not yet have a clue but an update will be provided in due course.
Spire Healthcare SPI has unanimously rejected a conditional proposal which it has received from Mediclinic International. The offer of 150p in cash plus 0.232 new Mediclinic share values each Spire share at 298.6p which the Board says is a significant undervaluation. Shareholders are advised to take no action.
Trakm8 Holdings plc TRAK has regained good momentum in growing first half revenues organically. On a like for like basis growth was 12% which represent a 24% increase on the continuing business activities.
Renewi plc RWI has produced a particularly strong performance in September with the result that it has had to update the announcement made less than a month ago and results for the year to the end of March 2018 are now expected to be significantly above previous expectations.