FTSE 350 Weekly News Recap featuring Greene King, IG Group Holdings, Misys, WH Smith, Compass Group, Aggreko, Wincanton and Halfords

Friday, Jun 11 2010 by
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Friday

Greene King (LON:GNK) has acquired four pub restaurants from Punch Taverns for a total consideration of £5.3m.

Thursday

Halfords Group (LON:HFD) released preliminary results for the year ended 2nd April 2010.  Revenue was up £36.9m to £831.6m while profit before tax was up £24.7m.  The Board has recommended a final dividend of 14.0p making a full year dividend of 20.0p, up 25.8% on the previous year.

Wincanton (LON:WIN) saw revenue decline 7.6% to £2,182.9m for the year ended 31st March 2010.  The full year dividend has been maintained at 14.91p.

Home Retail Group Plc (LON:HOME) said that economic conditions remain both challenging and uncertain, with this quarter proving difficult in terms of consumers’ willingness to spend.  The Company is targeting to achieve a similar level of profitability to last year.

BP (LON:BP.) has noted the fall in its share price in US trading last night.  The Company is not aware of any reason which justifies this share price movement.

Wednesday

IG Group Hldgs (LON:IGG) expects to report revenue of approximately £298m and adjusted profit before tax of approximately £157m, representing revenue growth of 16% and profit growth of 25%, for the year ended 31st May 2010. 

Misys (LON:MSY) has agreed to sell the majority of its 54.6% interest in its Allscripts subsidiary, and that Misys intends to return substantially all of the proceeds to shareholders. 

Tuesday

Chloride Group (LON:CHLD) has agreed to recommend the all cash offer by ABB for the Group of approximately £860m.  The Boards of Directors of both companies have agreed on a recommended offer price of 325p per Chloride share.

Wh Smith Plc (LON:SMWH) said that total Group sales in the first 14 weeks of the second half of the financial year were down 3% were down 3% with like-for-like sales down 4% compared to the same period last year.  The Board remains confident in the outcome for the full year.

Compass Group (LON:CPG) has announced the acquisition of Southeast Service Corporation for a cash consideration of $65m.

Aggreko (LON:AGK) expects Group revenue for the first half of the year to grow by around 10% and trading profit will increase by around 20%.

Monday

Prudential (LON:PRU) released a trading update in which it reported Group-wide sales of £1,355m for the first five months of the year, up 27% on the previous year.  Performance in Asia was particularly strong with sales up 33% to £579m while the Company also reported record retail sales in the US of £454m which was an increase of 41% on the previous year.


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Prudential PLC (Prudential) is an international financial services group with operations in Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company provides insurance and financial services directly and through its subsidiaries and affiliates across the world. Its operating segments include Insurance operations and Asset management operations. The Insurance operations segment includes operations in Asia, United States (Jackson) and United Kingdom. The Asset management operations segment include Eastspring Investments, US broker-dealer and asset management (including Curian), and M&G (including Prudential Capita). Prudential provides savings, protection and retirement products. Jackson is the life insurance company, providing retirement savings and income solutions. Eastspring Investments manages investments for Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States life companies. M&G is an investment-led business that manages money on behalf of individual and institutional investors. more »

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11.4
Yield (fwd)
3.1

Aggreko plc is a United Kingdom-based provider of modular, mobile power and related solutions. The Company's segments include Power Solutions and Rental Solutions. The Power Solutions segment provides solutions for power requirements. The Power Solutions segment has two divisions: utility and industrial. The utility division handles power contracts, typically for utilities. The industrial division offers solutions from its local service centers to industrial customers. The Rental Solutions segment is a transactional business, which focuses on various sectors and operates in various markets, and provides power and related solutions to a range of customers. The Rental segment provides a multiproduct offering with power adjacencies, such as temperature control, oil-free air and loadbanks across various sectors. It caters to a range of sectors, including petrochemical and refining, oil and gas, events, utilities, manufacturing, services, contracting, construction, mining and shipping. more »

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1135p
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Mkt Cap (£m)
2,909
P/E (fwd)
16.9
Yield (fwd)
2.4



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