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Look ahead to FTSE 350, other companies reporting & economic events from 4 – 8 December

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Look ahead to FTSE 350, other companies reporting & economic events from 4 – 8 December

  • Can Ashtead bounce back after a rare earnings downgrade?
  • Frasers new brands can help elevate it to new heights
  • Berkeley will be looking to build on a solid start to the year

Ashtead, Q2 Results, Tuesday 5 December
Matt Britzman, lead equity analyst, Hargreaves Lansdown:
“Fresh off the back of a rare earnings downgrade, Ashtead heads into half-year results with a point to prove. Less natural disasters, and the writers’ and actors’ strikes lasting longer than expected, have dampened demand for the construction and industrial equipment that Ashtead rents out. Investors will be keen to get more reassurances that these events are contained to this year – something analysts believe to be the case.

Longer term, demand for Ashtead’s equipment should remain resilient, especially with a continued positive outlook for mega projects in the US. The bigger players like Ashtead have an advantage in the fragmented industry. That scale and expertise should place it well to be a key supplier for some of the mega projects over the pond.”

Frasers, Half Year Results, Thursday 7 December
Aarin Chiekrie, equity analyst, Hargreaves Lansdown:
“Frasers’ growth in recent times has largely been due to its acquisitions of other brands, helping last year’s revenue rise 15.8%, to £5.6bn. The group’s so-called “elevation strategy” calls for new flagship stores, displaying products in a more flattering and digitally integrated environment. Early signs from a couple of recently built flagship stores look promising, but they don’t contribute enough to group performance yet to really move the dial.

There’s a serious amount of execution risk which comes with this strategy – the structural decline of brick-and-mortar stores is a force to be reckoned with. Add to that the cost-of-living crisis that consumers are wrestling with, and Frasers has a lot to contend with. Group CEO, Michael Murray, had previously said that trading in the new financial year started well, especially at Sports Direct. Investors will be looking for any early signs that Frasers’ customers are feeling the pinch in next week’s results, and whether the £500-550m full-year pre-tax guidance remains intact.”

Berkeley Group, Half Year Results, Friday 8 December
Aarin Chiekrie, equity analyst, Hargreaves Lansdown:
“Berkeley’s underlying private sales reservations were down 35% in the first four months of its financial year. But, because of the tight supply of homes on the market, as well as the group’s London focus and higher-end product, pricing has remained relatively resilient so far. That gave Berkeley the confidence to reiterate guidance to deliver total pre-tax profit of £1.05bn over this year and next.

While Berkeley’s in a robust financial position, the housing market’s sitting on shaky ground. High mortgage costs have caused a relative lack of urgency among buyers, and that’s not something analysts expect to turn around quickly. Next week’s results should give some insight into the current level of build-cost inflation, with any cooling here likely to provide a welcome relief to margins.”

Among those currently scheduled to release results next week:

SDLC Energy Efficient Income TrustHalf Year Results
Ashtead*Q2 Results
Balfour Beatty*Q4 Trading Statement
discoverIE GroupHalf Year Results
Moonpig GroupHalf Year Results
SSP GroupFull Year Results
VictrexFull Year Results
Baltics Classifieds GroupHalf Year Results
Paragon Banking GroupFull Year Results
Redde NorthgateHalf Year Results
TUI*Q4 Results
AJ BellFull Year Results
DS Smith*Half Year Results
Frasers*Half Year Results
FutureFull Year Results
Berkeley Group*Half Year Results

*Events on which HL will be updating investors

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