Signet Jewelers Q3 Profit Beats Estimates; Raises Full Year Guidance

Gooch & Housego FY22 Adj. Pretax Profit Declines – Quick Facts

Gooch & Housego PLC (GHH.L) reported adjusted profit before tax of 8.2 million pounds for the year ended 30 September 2022 compared to 12.6 million pounds, last year. Underlying earnings per share declined to 27.0 pence from 40.5 pence.

Statutory loss before tax was 2.3 million pounds compared to profit of 4.7 million pounds, last year. Loss per share was 8.0 pence compared to profit of 13.5 pence.

For the year ended 30 September 2022, revenue was 124.8 million pounds compared to 124.1 million pounds, prior year.

Looking ahead, in fiscal 2023, the Group is targeting growth in revenues and adjusted profit before tax, though at a lower level than previously assumed.

The Board proposed a final dividend of 7.9 pence per share, giving a total of 12.6 pence for the year. Payment of the dividend will be made on 24 February 2023, to shareholders on the register as at 20 January 2023.

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Ashtead Group H1 Adj. Pretax Profit Rises; US Rental Revenue Up 28%

Ashtead Group PLC (AHT.L) reported that its first half adjusted profit before tax increased 27% to $1.24 billion. Adjusted earnings per share, in cents, was 211.4 compared to 161.9.

Pretax profit increased to $1.19 billion from $889.8 million, last year. Earnings per share, in cents, was 201.6 compared to 147.0.

Group revenue for the first half increased 23% or 26% at constant currency to $4.80 billion. US rental revenue was up 28%, for the period.

Looking forward, the Group now expects full year results ahead of previous expectations.

The Board has increased the interim dividend 20% to 15.0 cents per share. This will be paid on 9 February 2023 to shareholders on the register on 13 January 2023.

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Pre-market Movers: SNES, KALA, LEV, EBS, GHG…

The following are some of the stocks making big moves in Tuesday’s pre-market trading (as of 07.10 A.M. ET).

In the Green

SenesTech, Inc. (SNES) is up over 30% at $3.78
Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (KALA) is up over 18% at $6.75
The Lion Electric Company (LEV) is up over 12% at $3.09
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (EBS) is up over 11% at $12.92
GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd. (GHG) is up over 11% at $2.87
Aenza S.A.A. (AENZ) is up over 8% at $2.23, Inc. (JD) is up over 7% at $53.78
Sibanye Stillwater Limited (SBSW) is up over 7% at $10.86
Baidu, Inc. (BIDU) is up over 5% at $100.30
XPeng Inc. (XPEV) is up over 5% at $7.29
RLX Technology Inc. (RLX) is up over 5% at $2.05

In the Red

Elbit Systems Ltd. (ESLT) is down over 8% at $171.00
The Chemours Company (CC) is down over 6% at $29.49
Abcam plc (ABCM) is down over 6% at $15.70
Palisade Bio, Inc. (PALI) is down over 6% at $3.43
Omeros Corporation (OMER) is down over 6% at $2.03

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S&P Global Buys Norway’s Shades Of Green From CICERO For Undisclosed Sum

S&P Global Inc. (SPGI), a financial analytics provider, said on Tuesday that it has acquired Shades of Green business from the Center for International Climate Research or CICERO, a Norwegian institute for interdisciplinary climate research.

The deal was signed and closed on December 1 and terms were not disclosed.

The Oslo-based business will be integrated into S&P Global Ratings. The deal further boosts its second party opinions or SPOs, which are independent assessments of a company’s financing with market standards that provided before any borrowing is raised.

Martina Cheung, President of S&P Global Ratings, said: “Shades of Green’s unrivalled climate expertise and track record will help us further expand and strengthen our ability to help our customers seeking access to the sustainable debt markets.”

Gold Rebounds After PMI-induced Fed Jitters

Gold staged a strong comeback after Monday’s PMI shocker rekindled fears of a fresh phase of Fed tightening. Against October’s reading of 54.4 and expectations of 53.3, the ISM non-manufacturing PMI had jumped to 56.5 percent in the month of November.

Gold Futures for February Settlement which had plunged 1.54 percent to $1,781.30 on Monday has rebounded 0.63 percent on Tuesday to trade at $1,792.60. Prices oscillated between $1,779.15 and $1,792.70.

Spot Gold also gained 0.65 percent to trade at $1,780.16 per troy ounce. The day’s range has been between $1,767.44 and $1,780.59.

The yellow metal’s resilience and bullishness stood out amidst predominantly bearish sentiment engulfing other risk assets like stocks and cryptocurrencies.

Gold’s price trajectory in the days to come would greatly be influenced by the producer price inflation readings due on Friday and the consumer price inflation readings due on the following Tuesday. Expectations regarding the Fed’s likely interest rate action at the upcoming review on December 14 could be the ultimate short-term catalyst for the yellow metal’s price action.

Signet Jewelers Q3 Profit Beats Estimates; Raises Full Year Guidance

Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG) reported third quarter non-GAAP EPS of $0.74, down from $1.43 last year. On average, six analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $0.31, for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.

Net income attributable to common shareholders declined to $28.8 million from $83.9 million, last year. GAAP earnings per share was $0.60, down from $1.45.

Total sales were $1.6 billion, up 2.9% from last year. Same store sales were down 7.6%. Analysts on average had estimated $1.5 billion in revenue.

For fiscal 2023, the company expects: non-GAAP earnings per share of $11.40 to $12.00; and sale of $7.77 to $7.84 billion. The company’s outlook includes the impact of the Blue Nile acquisition and continuing unfavorable revenue impact from foreign currency.

Signet’s Board has declared a quarterly cash dividend on common shares of $0.20 per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, payable February 24, 2023 to shareholders of record on January 27, 2023, with an ex-dividend date of January 26, 2023.

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