The FTSE 100 index closed Tuesday down 0.35% to 7757.36 points amid a pullback in European markets after mixed signs in PMI figures, with the U.K. industry showing a modest improvement while services disappointed, CMC chief market analyst Michael Hewson says in a note. Among the top fallers, AstraZeneca shares were down 3.0%, chaining its sixth day in negative terrain, followed by grocer Tesco, down 2.4%. The conglomerate AB Foods fell 2% as it continues to see significant cost pressures despite reporting a 20% revenue increase for the 16 weeks to January. Rolls-Royce leads the gains with a 3% rise, reaching its highest level in 11 months on the back of a rally in the travel and leisure sector after a positive note from Liberum on the airlines sector in Europe, Hewson adds.

Companies News: 

Senior Expects to Beat 2022 Market Profit Forecasts on Strong Flexonics Unit

Senior PLC said Tuesday that it expects to swing to a 2022 profit ahead of market expectations, reflecting a strong end to the year, particularly in its Flexonics division.

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Associated British Foods 1Q Revenue Rose on Resilient Consumer Spending

Associated British Foods PLC said Tuesday that revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 rose on year after a better-than-anticipated consumer spending despite increasing cost pressures, and backed its fiscal 2023 expectations.

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M&C Saatchi Had Record 2022 Performance; Chair Gareth Davis to Step Down

M&C Saatchi PLC said Tuesday that it had a record performance last year with strong revenue in its higher growth specialisms and in the U.K. and Americas.

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Marston's Christmas-Period Sales Rose on Year, Has Hedged Electricity Costs for FY 2023

Marston's PLC said Tuesday that like-for-like sales rose 13% in the 16-week period to Jan. 21 compared with a year earlier and that its electricity costs are now hedged for its fiscal 2023 ending September.

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Pebble Beach Expects 2022 Results in Line With Expectations

Pebble Beach Systems Group PLC said Tuesday that it expects to report full-year 2022 results in line with expectations, following a strong performance in the second half.

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Henry Boot Sees 2022 Pretax Profit Just Below Market Views on Valuation Falls

Henry Boot PLC said Tuesday that it ended 2022 with a pretax profit slightly below market expectations due to year-end valuation movements offsetting strong sales, and that it expects 2023 to prove more challenging.

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THG PLC Appoints Damian Sanders as Chief Financial Officer

THG PLC said Tuesday that it has appointed Damian Sanders as chief financial officer with immediate effect, replacing John Gallemore who has been appointed chief operating officer.

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Smiths News Says FY 2023 Performance to Date Is in Line With Views

Smiths News PLC said Tuesday that its fiscal 2023 performance to date is in line with market expectations, supported by significant progress on contract renewals.

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Saga Backs FY 2023 Pretax Profit Guidance, Sees Revenue up to 50% Higher

Saga PLC on Tuesday backed its underlying pretax profit guidance for fiscal 2023 and said it expects revenue to be ahead of the previous year as its cruise and travel business benefited from the postpandemic recovery.

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Yu Group Expects to Exceed 2022 Guidance

Yu Group PLC expects to exceed annual guidance that it had upgraded in March, July, September and November, after a surge in revenue and profitability.

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City Pub Group COO Toby Smith to Step Down, Rupert Clark to Take Up Role

City Pub Group PLC said Tuesday Chief Operating Officer Toby Smith will leave the business on Jan. 27, and that group Managing Director Rupert Clark will take on the role.

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Robinson Sees 2022 Adjusted Profit, Revenue Rising

Robinson PLC said Tuesday that it expects to report 2022 adjusted operating profit that rose in line with market views, while revenue increased 10% on year.

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OnTheMarket Names Brand Architekts' Tom Carter as New CFO

OnTheMarket PLC on Tuesday named Tom Carter as incoming chief financial officer and said he will join the company after serving a six-month notice period with Brand Architekts Group PLC.

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Sportech Sees 2022 Earnings Beating Market Views on Strong Operations

Sportech PLC said Tuesday that it expects to report 2022 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ahead of market views on a strong operational performance.

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AB Foods Backs FY 2023 Views as Revenue Rises on Better-Than-Expected Consumer Spending -- Update

Associated British Foods PLC said Tuesday that revenue for the first 16 weeks of fiscal 2023 rose on year after better-than-anticipated consumer spending despite increasing cost pressures, and backed its full-year expectations amid lower inflation volatility.

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Artisanal Spirits 2022 Revenue to Beat Market Forecasts; Names Andrew Dane as CEO

Artisanal Spirits Co. said Tuesday that revenue last year grew 20% and is expected to be ahead of market forecasts.

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Ceres Power 2022 Revenue in Line With Guidance; Agrees China JV Structure

Ceres Power Holdings PLC said Tuesday that 2022 revenue was in line with guidance and that the structure of its joint venture in China with Weichai Power Co. and Robert Bosch GmbH has been agreed.

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Staffline Posts In-Line 2022 Revenue; Is Cautious on 2023

Staffline Group PLC on Tuesday posted 2022 revenue and gross profit in line with the previous year and said it looks ahead at 2023 with caution.

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Norman Broadbent 4Q, 2022 Net Fee Income Rose; Swung to Positive Full-Year Ebitda

Norman Broadbent PLC said Tuesday that group net fee income, or NFI, for the fourth quarter and 2022 rose, and that it swung to a positive Ebitda for the year.

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CyanConnode Holdings Raises GBP5.3 Mln via Oversubscribed Share Placing

CyanConnode Holdings PLC said Tuesday that it has raised 5.3 million pounds ($6.6 million) via an oversubscribed share placing announced late Monday.

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Accrol 1H Loss Narrowed on Higher Demand, Recovered Costs; CFO Richard Newman to Step Down

Accrol Group Holdings PLC said Tuesday that its first-half pretax loss narrowed as revenue significantly rose on higher demand and recovered costs, and that Chief Financial Officer Richard Newman intends to step down.

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Sureserve FY 2022 Profit Rose, Says It Is Confident For FY 2023

Sureserve Group PLC on Tuesday said its pretax profit for fiscal 2022 rose by around 41% on year and that it is confident for fiscal 2023.

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Bridgepoint Group to Buy Back Up to GBP50 Mln of Shares

Bridgepoint Group PLC said Tuesday that it plans to buy back up to 50 million pounds ($61.9 million) of its shares by Sept. 30.

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Accrol Strategic Review Identifies Paper Mill, Capital Returns as Priorities

Accrol Group Holdings PLC said Tuesday that it intends to build a sustainable paper mill and return cash to shareholders through dividends and buybacks following the completion of a strategic review.

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Aptitude Software 2022 Recurring Revenue Rose; Deputy CEO, CFO to Step Down

Aptitude Software Group PLC said Tuesday that it met 2022 market views with a rise in recurring revenue, and that Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Philip Wood will step down in July.

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Deltex Medical Says It Is Making Good Operational Progress After 2022 Revenue Rose

Deltex Medical Group PLC said Tuesday that revenue for 2022 rose 10%, and that it IS making operational progress developing products and securing orders.

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Netcall Sees Higher 1H Adjusted Ebitda, Revenue on Cloud Demand

Netcall PLC said Tuesday that it expects adjusted core profit to rise 29% in the first half of fiscal 2023 as demand for its cloud offering and new customer acquisitions boost revenue.

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Bango Sees Revenue Growth, Adjusted Ebitda Meeting Views in 2022

Bango PLC said Tuesday that it expects to report revenue growth for 2022 and that adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization should be in line.

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Everest Global Shares Rise on High-Premium Share Subscription

Shares of Everest Global PLC rose as much as 37% on Tuesday after the company said it has raised 699,930 pounds ($866,443) via a high-premium share subscription and that it will use the money for general working capital purposes.

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FireAngel 2022 Adjusted Pretax Loss Narrowed; Sees Higher Revenue in 2023

FireAngel Safety Technology Group PLC on Tuesday said its adjusted pretax loss for 2022 narrowed as it reported higher sales, and said it sees a significant increase in revenue for 2023.

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NAHL Sees 2022 Pretax Profit Beating Market Views, Expects Revenue Growth

NAHL Group PLC said Tuesday that it expects 2022 pretax profit to rise ahead of market views, and growth in revenue and operating profit.

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I(X) Net Zero Names Par Lindstrom as CEO After Steve Oyer Steps Down

I(X) Net Zero PLC on Tuesday said it has appointed Par Lindstrom as chief executive officer, with Steve Oyer stepping down from the board with immediate effect.

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Eleco Sees 2022 Revenue, Earnings Slip Slightly on Business Model Shift

Eleco PLC said Tuesday that it expects 2022 revenue and earnings to slip slightly but to broadly meet market views as it shifts away from perpetual upfront licenses.

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Norcros's David McKeith to Act as Board Chair as Gary Kennedy Takes Temporary Leave

Norcros PLC on Tuesday said current Senior Independent Director David McKeith has taken the role of acting board chair effective immediately.

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Velocity Composites Shares Fall on Lower FY 2022 Margins

Shares in Velocity Composites PLC fell Tuesday after the company said that its gross margin for fiscal 2022 fell to 23% from 26% due to significant inflationary pressures, and that pretax loss remained flat.

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Harvest Minerals Invoiced Sales of Organic Fertilizer Rose in 2022

Harvest Minerals Ltd. said Tuesday that invoiced sales of its organic fertilizer, KP Fertil, rose in the fourth quarter, as well as in 2022, and that it expects sales to rise further in 2023.

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Capricorn Energy CEO Simon Thomson, Nonexecutive Chairwoman Nicoletta Giadrossi Step Down

Capricorn Energy PLC said Tuesday that Chief Executive Simon Thomson and Nonexecutive Chairwoman Nicoletta Giadrossi have stepped down from their roles with immediate effect.

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UK Businesses in Financial Distress Rose in 4Q, Report Says

The number of U.K. businesses in significant financial distress in the fourth quarter rose 8% on year and by 4% on as companies dealt with a combination of Covid-19 debt, inflation and greater pressure on consumers, according to a report published Tuesday by Begbies Traynor.

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Iconic Labs Shares Fall on Restoration to Trading After 2021 Suspension

Iconic Labs PLC shares fell upon their restoration to trading by the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority at 1200 GMT Tuesday, having been suspended since June 2021.

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Pittards Names Alan Burgess As CFO

Pittards PLC said Tuesday that it has appointed Alan Burgess as chief financial officer with immediate effect.

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Man Group picks Pictet's Matthew Giordmaina for senior operations role -- Financial News

The latest hire comes amid a recent slew of senior appointments in the London office

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Capricorn Energy CEO, Nonexecutive Chairwoman Step Down -- Update

Capricorn Energy PLC said Tuesday that Chief Executive Officer Simon Thomson and Nonexecutive Chairwoman Nicoletta Giadrossi have stepped down from their roles with immediate effect.

 
Market Talk: 

Property and Casualty Insurance Still Leads Sector in Europe

1223 GMT - Property and casualty insurance is still the place to be among European insurers as the sector gathered pace over life insurers in the fourth quarter, Citi says. "We expect this momentum to continue through 2023 and see no reason to change our fundamental positioning of overweight P&C," the U.S. bank says. Life insurers look expensive with limited upside potential and significant macro headwinds, while reinsurer and specialty insurers seem cheap with considerable return on equity upside potential against consensus, it notes. Citi's top picks are Swiss Re, Prudential and AXA, but also flags Scor, Zurich and Admiral as top names--all of which it rates buy. The bank cuts Direct Line to sell from neutral citing underperformance compared with peers and risk of a 2023 dividend cut. (elena.vardon@wsj.com)

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AB Foods' Primark Growth Seen as Encouraging

1254 GMT - AB Foods' performance update is an encouraging statement especially regarding Primark's performance, Shore Capital analysts Clive Black and Darren Shirley say in a note. The conglomerate's retail arm excelled in the U.K., with notable market-share gains of 50 basis points and sales growth of 15%, while continental Europe also provided sales growth of 16%, they note. "We are pleased, as with a number of U.K. consumer stocks, that the share has commenced FY 2023 in a sound to encouraging manner (+18% YTD) with smoke signals to what may be a better than previously feared earnings outcomes", they add. Shore has a buy recommendation on the stock and a target price of 1,870.0 pence. (michael.susin@wsj.com)

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European Stocks Drop Ahead of Likely US Losses

1321 GMT - European stocks mostly fall despite upbeat eurozone economic data, while Wall Street looks set to open lower. The Stoxx Europe 600, DAX and FTSE 100 drop 0.3%, though the CAC 40 trades broadly flat. Brent crude rises 0.3% to $88.42 a barrel. IG futures data show the Dow opening at 33532, versus Monday's close of 33629. "The eurozone composite PMI exited contraction territory in January, rising from 49.3 to 50.2, beating expectations for a more moderate improvement," UniCredit economist Tullia Bucco says in a note. "This is the highest reading since June and suggests downside risks are receding." (philip.waller@wsj.com)

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City Pub Group Has Headroom for New Acquisitions, Liberum Says

1331 GMT - City Pub Group finished 2022 strongly with 4Q comparative sales growth estimates up 7.8% and two more acquisitions, Liberum analysts Anna Barnfather and Nishant Dahad say in a note. This drove revenue to around GBP57.6 million despite rail strike disruption, with current performance remaining strong and GBP30 million of debt headroom adding the possibility of more acquisitions, the analysts say. Liberum lowers the company's Ebitda estimates for 2022 4% to GBP9.6 million to account for additional cost inflation and rail disruption, but 2023 Ebitda estimates remain unchanged at GBP12.6 million, the analysts say. Liberum rates the stock buy and has a 115 pence target price. Shares are up 2% at 76 pence. (anthony.orunagoriainoff@dowjones.com)

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i(x) Net Zero's New CEO to Uplift Portfolio, Says Shore Capital

1403 GMT - i(x) Net Zero's appointment of CIO and co-founder Par Lindstrom as CEO is a positive development for the investing company, Shore Capital says in a note. "After a disappointing first year on the market, we feel that the company will be helped by Par's extensive investment experience and close knowledge of i(x)'s portfolio companies and that i(x) will benefit from the more proactive management of the portfolio," say analysts Rachel May and Sam Banerjee. They hope there will be greater focus on the group's two largest holdings--WasteFuels and Enphys--given Lindstrom's close involvement in them, which could drive a meaningful uplift to net asset value in the near-term. Shore has i(x) as a house stock. Shares are up 5.6% at 14.25 pence. (elena.vardon@wsj.com)

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Saga Shares Increase Sharply After Upbeat Trading Statement

1409 GMT - Saga shares rise 10% after the over-50s tour operator and insurer backed full-year underlying pretax profit guidance and forecast revenue ahead of the previous year. Underlying pretax profit in the year to the end of January remains on track to come in between GBP20 million and GBP30 million, while revenue should be 40-50% ahead of last year amid recovering cruise and travel demand, IG cites the company as saying. "Saga continues to push towards significant growth across earnings and revenue, according to an update covering the period from Aug. 1 to Jan. 23," IG analysts say in a note. (philip.waller@wsj.com)

 

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