Lavendon Group (LVD)

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185.50p
   
  • Change Today:
    -3.25p
  • 52 Week High: 246.00
  • 52 Week Low: 165.00
  • Currency: UK Pounds
  • Shares Issued: 168.75m
  • Volume: 76,472
  • Market Cap: £313.03m
  • RiskGrade: 110
  • Beta: 0.70

Lavendon recovering well

Date: Friday 26 Aug 2011

LONDON (ShareCast) - Equipment rental firm Lavendon pulled out of its August tailspin after announcing a more than five-fold increase in pre-tax profit, as the benefits of its restructuring programme begin to feed through.

In the six month period ending 30 June, profit before tax soared from £0.7m in the same period the previous year to £4.6m this year, while revenue was up just 4% from £4.1m to £10.4m.

The improved performance was welcomed by executive chairman John Standen, who said: "The modest recovery in our markets combined with operational improvements have both contributed to increased operating margins and return on capital employed."

The company's German division, where revenue increased by 9% to £23m, is planning to reshape the business over the next 18 months, "so that it is more aligned with the market place and has greater capacity to deliver acceptable returs on the capital employed in the business."

Performance in the Middle East had been "disappointing" for the group, while results in all other locations were improving.

Current trading momentum has carried into the third quarter, the company said, adding that operational efficiency improvements are anticipated to accrue through the second half.

The group increased the interim dividend by 12% to 0.37p per share (2010: 0.33p).

The company anticipates that net investment for the year will total about £15m.

Singer Capital Markets, which rates the shares a "buy", said the figures were better than expected.

"H1 [first half] revenue has grown well and although headline growth slowed in Q2 [second quarter], there are factors that suggest that Q1 overstated underlying growth whilst Q2 understated it," said analyst Andy Murphy.

"However, given the more sensible pricing environment, especially in the UK, coupled with the restructuring, we remain confident that Lavendon can deliver on our forecasts," the broker added.

The share price was up 5.04% to 94.00p at 15:32.

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Lavendon Group Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Share Price 185.50p
Change Today -3.25p
% Change -1.72 %
52 Week High 246.00
52 Week Low 165.00
Volume 76,472
Shares Issued 168.75m
Market Cap £313.03m
Beta 0.70
RiskGrade 110

Lavendon Group Star Ratings

Compare performance with the sector and the market.
more star ratings
Key: vs Market vs Sector
Value
8.16% below the market average8.16% below the market average8.16% below the market average8.16% below the market average8.16% below the market average
3.75% above the sector average3.75% above the sector average3.75% above the sector average3.75% above the sector average3.75% above the sector average
Price Trend
19.11% below the market average19.11% below the market average19.11% below the market average19.11% below the market average19.11% below the market average
23.08% below the sector average23.08% below the sector average23.08% below the sector average23.08% below the sector average23.08% below the sector average
Income
31.66% below the market average31.66% below the market average31.66% below the market average31.66% below the market average31.66% below the market average
40.35% below the sector average40.35% below the sector average40.35% below the sector average40.35% below the sector average40.35% below the sector average
Growth
22.44% above the market average22.44% above the market average22.44% above the market average22.44% above the market average22.44% above the market average
16.46% above the sector average16.46% above the sector average16.46% above the sector average16.46% above the sector average16.46% above the sector average

What The Brokers Say

Strong Buy 3
Buy 0
Neutral 1
Sell 0
Strong Sell 0
Total 4
strong_buy
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Lavendon Group Dividends

  Latest Previous
  Interim Final
Ex-Div 10-Sep-14 05-Mar-14
Paid 10-Oct-14 30-Apr-14
Amount 1.40p 2.40p

Trades for 20-Oct-2014

Time Volume / Share Price
16:37 674 @ 185.50p
16:35 3,743 @ 185.50p
16:29 89 @ 183.50p
16:29 262 @ 183.50p
16:29 338 @ 183.50p

Lavendon Group Key Personnel

Finance Director Alan Merrell
CEO Don Kenny

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