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Tuesday 24 May, 2016

24-May-2016 08:00 AM

Broker Forecast - JP Morgan Cazenove issues a broker note on Ophir Energy

JP Morgan Cazenove today upgrades its investment rating on Ophir Energy (LON:OPHR) to overweight (from neutral) and left its price target at 100p. Story provided by
24-May-2016 07:59 AM

Eden losses narrow

Eden Research posts an operating loss of GBP1.1m for the year to the end of December against GBP1.7m in 2014. Revenues rose to GBP0.9m from GBP0.1m and pre-tax losses fell to GBP1.2m from GBP3.0m. Chairman Tom Lupton said: "2015 saw a number of bre
24-May-2016 07:57 AM

Epwin continues to make good progress

Epwin Group continues to make good progress with its strategy of focusing on operational improvements, leveraging its capital assets and broadening its product portfolio, shareholders at today's annual general meeting will be told. Epwin says the i
24-May-2016 07:54 AM

Faroe spuds Brasse exploration well

Faroe Petroleum has confirmed that drilling has started on the Brasse exploration well 31/7-1 in the Norwegian North Sea. Faroe is operator and has a 50% interest. The Brasse prospect is located immediately south of the producing Brage oil field (Faroe
24-May-2016 07:52 AM

Go-Ahead supports Bill's partnership model for buses

Go-Ahead Group says it supports the emphasis in the Bus Services Bill on the partnership model. The group says that working in partnership at a local level can bring about better outcomes for both bus passengers and taxpayers. It says: "Our devo
24-May-2016 07:47 AM

EVR inks deal with major record label

EVR Holdings subsidiary MelodyVR has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with an international major record label. The agreement relates to a number of 'VR Experiences' created by the company in March. The content, which features
24-May-2016 07:46 AM

Record year for Helical

Helical Bar unveils record results for the year to the end of March with the greatest proportion of its performance coming from London where it has increased its portfolio weighting. EPRA net asset value per share rose by 19.7% to 461p (2015: 385p).EPR
24-May-2016 07:46 AM

UK Mail's FY pretax profit slips lower

UK Mail said its FY pretax profit has slipped to GBP11.9m, from GBP15.9m, with a dip in revenue to GBP481.0m, from GBP485.1m. Its final dividend was 10.9 a share, from 14.5p, taking the total to 16.4p, from 21.8p. The results included impairments of both
24-May-2016 07:42 AM

Paragon lifts H1 pretax profit

Paragon Group of Companies has lifted its H1 pretax profit by 11% to GBP69.5m, from GBP62.6m, at the same time bumping its interim dividend up 19.4% to 4.3p, from 3.6p. "This has been another outstanding performance from Paragon, with strong profit
24-May-2016 07:42 AM

De La Rue revenues up

Bank note printer De La Rue reports a solid performance for the year to 26 March and good early strategic progress. De La Ru e said the full year results were in line with the upgraded expectations announced in the trading update on 13 April. With a
24-May-2016 07:40 AM

Quarto on track to meet management expectations

Quarto Group said that, on the basis of current levels of trading, it is on track to meet management expectations for the year end and deliver both debt reduction and organic growth. Revenue for the quarter to 31 March 2016 was $33.3m (quarter to 31 Marc
24-May-2016 07:39 AM

Driver losses rise

Driver Group's revenue rose by 32% to GBP27.9m inthe six months to the end of March but the underlying loss before tax increased to GBP1.5m compared with GBP0.5m. The reported loss before tax rose to GBP3.4m from GBP2.1m and as a result the director
24-May-2016 07:38 AM

Softcat says well placed for strong FY performance

Softcat said the solid ongoing progress it has made during Q3 gives directors confidence that the business is well placed to deliver a strong performance for the full year. The Company met management's expectations for gross and operating profit fro
24-May-2016 07:35 AM

Hogg Robinson profits up in line with forecasts

Hogg Robinson Group reports full-year profits in line with expectations. Reported profit before tax rose by 15% to GBP26.7m, driven mainly by revenue growth in Fraedom and cost restructuring actions in Travel Management. Underlying profit before tax rose
24-May-2016 07:33 AM

Topps Tiles lifts H1 pretax profit, interim dividend

Topps Tiles has hiked its H1 pretax profit to GBP10.1m, from GBP9.1m, at the same time lifting revenue to GBP108m, from GBP104m, and interim dividend to 1p a share, from 0.75p. CEO Matthew Williams described the performance as robust. "Like-for-lik
24-May-2016 07:32 AM

Good Energy sells 4.65MW solar site in Kent

Good Energy Group has completed the sale of a 4.65MW solar site at Wrotham, near Maidstone, Kent, to a member of the Trina Solar group. The net profit on sale received by the company for the development of the site will be between £430,000 - £480,000, i
24-May-2016 07:31 AM

Scientific Digital sees FY pretax profit in line

Scientific Digital Imaging said its directors expect reported pretax profit for the FY to be in line with expectations. "The new acquisition, Sentek Limited, has met management's expectations and has made a good contribution to the profitabili
24-May-2016 07:30 AM

Card Factory sales rise

Card Factory saw total sales growth of 6.5% in quarter ended 30 April (Q1 FY16: +7.5%), an update ahead of today's annual general meeting says. The group says that as many other retailers have commented, retail footfall trends varied across the firs
24-May-2016 07:26 AM

AA's options

AA has noted press speculation regarding the potential disposal of its Irish business and confirmed it is exploring options in regards the business. It says a further announcement will be made if and when appropriate. Story provided by StockMark
24-May-2016 07:26 AM

Severn's profit

Severn Trent has lifted its FY pretax profit to GBP332.3m, from GBP148.2m, albeit on slightly lower revenue of GBP1.79bn, from GBP1.8bn, due to regulated price decreases. Final dividend of 48.4p a share took the total to 80.66p. The company described the
24-May-2016 07:25 AM

Halfords acquires Tredz and Wheelies

Halfords Group has acquired Tredz Limitedand Wheelies Direct Limited, specialists in the online sale of premium bikes and accessories. The acquired businesses comprise an online retailer of premium bikes and cycling parts, accessories and clothing, wh
24-May-2016 07:03 AM

Exillon output averages 15,094 bpd

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24-May-2016 07:00 AM

Economic Events - Month Ahead Events

UK26/05/2016 08:30 Prelim Business Investment q/q | Forecast: 3.20% | Previous: -2.00%26/05/2016 08:30 Index of Services 3m/3m | Forecast: 0.60% | Previous: 0.70%26/05/2016 08:30 BBA Mortgage Approvals | Forecast: 44.8K | Pre
24-May-2016 07:00 AM

Economic Events - 7 Days Ahead Events

UK26/05/2016 08:30 Index of Services 3m/3m | Forecast: 0.60% | Previous: 0.70%26/05/2016 08:30 BBA Mortgage Approvals | Forecast: 44.8K | Previous: 45.1K26/05/2016 08:30 Prelim Business Investment q/q | Forecast: 3.20% | Prev
24-May-2016 07:00 AM

Economic Events - Tomorrow's Events

US25/05/2016 08:30 HPI m/m | Forecast: 0.40% | Previous: 0.40%25/05/2016 13:30 Goods Trade Balance | Forecast: -60.1B | Previous: -56.9B25/05/2016 14:45 Flash Services PMI | Forecast: 53.1 | Previous: 52.8

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