Updates from Croda International and Domino Printing
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Let's commence with a trading update - and a profits warning - from beauty and homecare player Croda International. Croda says Q2 pre-tax profits will be approximately 8% below its pre-tax profit performance in Q1.
A strengthened sterling has impacted, around £6.5m year-on-year on Q2 pre-tax profits, greater than originally expected the company says. Operating cash generation in the quarter is expected though to be robust.
"Whilst we still expect to achieve underlying profit progress in 2014," Croda says, "pre-tax profits are now expected to come in below those attained in 2013." Its medium term targets are unchanged.
Next, a 10% pre-tax profit rise for Domino Printing for the six months up to 30 April. Revenues climb 7% to £173.8m while underlying earnings per share climb 11% to 18.36p. The interim dividend rises 5% to 7.98p per share.
Businesses in Europe and Asia reported double digit revenue growth and growth in the USA was 9% claims Domino. New products helped increase equipment revenues in the period by 14% despite increased price competition in Asia and other developing markets.
"We are cautious about prospects for the business in 2015," says chairman Peter Byrom. "The Board believes that results next year could be broadly similar to 2014 as a result of the competitive pricing environment in Asia and other developing markets and the need for additional investment in R&D."
Lastly, Imagination Technologies sees group revenues climb 13% to £170.8m (2013: £151.5m) for the year up to 30 April. Licensing revenues climb 32% to £38.3m (2013: £29.1m) though adjusted operating profit slips to £24.1m (2013: £33.5m).
Imagination claims "strong and growing" licensing activities across all its IP portfolio and claims a trend of customers opting "for multiple IP families or IP platforms".
"We are confident," says chief exec Hossein Yassaie, "that our comprehensive and complementary IP families, and the solution-centric IP platforms they are enabling, will allow us to take advantage of the numerous growth opportunities."