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Bellway BWY updates that it has broken through the 10,000 homes barrier for the first time in its history, with an increase of 6.9% to a total of 10,307 for the year to the 31st July. Market conditions have remained favourable, trading and customer confidence have been robust, enabling the average selling price to be increased by 9.4% to an all time inflation beating high of 284,900.
Paddy Power Betfair PPB After a flat first quarter, the half year was saved by double digit growth in the second, the pending arrival of the world cup and especially strong performances in the USA and Australia where revenue jumped by 20% and 19% respectively. For the six months to the 30th June, revenue rose by 5%, profit before tax by 4% and earnings per share by 1%. The interim dividend is to be increased by 3% and the company believes that the momentum which is now underway, will carry it through the second half.
Quilter plc QLT reports record adjusted profit before tax of £110 million and a special interim dividend of 12.0 pence per share in its first results as a listed company. The Chief Executive believes that its market offers significant growth opportunities and that the company is someway from demonstrating its full potential.
Page Group plc PAGE increased both profit before tax and basic earnings per share by over 18% in the half year to the 30th June, whilst revenue grew by 11.7% shareholders are rewarded with a 5.1% increase in the interim dividend yo 4,10p per share and the payment of a special dividend of of 12.73p per share. However there are challenges to be faced including Brexit in he UK and elections in Latin America.
Spirax – Sarco Engng SPX reports strong organic sales growth of 7% in the half year to the 30th June. Reported revenue rose by 28%, adjusted profit before tax by 22% and basic earnings per share by 25%. The interim dividend is to be increased by 14%.
Vodafone Group VOD claims that the year to 31st March was one of significant operational and strategic achievement which produced a strong financial performance. In fact it was so strong that revenue fell by 2.2% and in troubled India, Service revenue was down by over 18%. Despite these little local difficulties operating profit rose by 15.4% and the final dividend was increased by 2% to 10.23 euro cents.It also suffered from something called “roaming headwinds”. There is a new entrant in Italy and competitive pressure in Spain but profit growth is expected to continue in the current year.
easyJet plc EZJ produced an excellent performance during the half year to the 31st March with a total profit of £8m, one of its best ever winter trading results. The strong performance was helped by capacity reduction in other airlines but passenger number increased by three million, 8.8%, to £36.8m. Total revenue jumped by 10.5% and revenue per seat was up by 10.9%. Forward bookings for the second half are ahead of last year.
Spirax Sarco Engng SPX updates before today’s AGM that the trading environment remains positive with global Industrial Production growth similar to last year. The currency tailwinds of the last two years have become a headwind during the current year but on an organic constant currency basis, group operating profit for the irst four months of the year is ahead of 2017
Gear4music (Holdings) G4M The year to the 28th February saw revenue rise by 43%, gross profit by 34 % and customers by 39% but pre tax profit slumped by 43% and EBITDA was down by 4%. The year was expected to be transformational with short term profitability implications. The target now is to deliver strong and sustainable revenue and profit growth
William Hill WMH has made a positive start to the year with group net revenue rising by 9% and online revenue up by 16%, for the 17 weeks to 25th April. Australia and the US both surged by 41% after producing double digit “wagering” growth.
Spirax- Sarco SPX Organic sales growth for the quarter to 30th April, helped by a strong economic background, exceeded that of 2016 which was unusually weak. China & Korea put in a particularly good performance and the fall in the pound provided a strong “tailwind.” Expectations for the full year remain unchanged.
Gear4music G4M saw record growth in sales a profits for the year to 28th February which it describes as transformational. International markets were particularly strong with a rise of 124% and the number of active customers rose by 50%. Revenue was up by 58% and on an underlying basis EBITDA rose by 115% and operating profit by 192%. The company sees the next 12 months as exciting.
Cello Group CLL has made a strong start to the year and sees the outlook as pleasing.