- ASX 200 races ahead up 38 points to 5942 as confidence returns.
- High 5948 Low 5890. US Holiday tonight. Volume ok.
- Results continue to be focus.
- Banks rally hard with resources lagging.
- CSL +% still powering ahead
- AUD stronger at 79.73c
- Bitcoin rallies hard to US$10,580.
- AUD Bullion around $1348
- US futures up 96 points.
- Asian markets better with Japan up 1.84%. China closed.
Movers and Shakers
- CDD +11.74% results cheer.
- MSB +9.20% short squeeze.
- SWM +4.08% recovering on Olympics.
- VOC +2.87% results tomorrow.
- IVC -7.50% profit downgrade.
- DMP +3.06% buyers return.
- WPL -6.85% capital raising.
- MPL -1.90% broker downgrades.
- GSW -55.14% resumes trading.
- EUR -13.04% presentation.
- YOJ +6.67% picks up GSW buyers.
- NCZ +3.79% zinc price rises.
- NAB +0.82% staff cuts begin.
- SM1 +4.49% playing catch up to A2M.
- FXJ +4.92% recovering on Domain results.
- VRL +3.99% broker upgrades.
- Speculative stock of the day: Intiger Group (IAM) +28.00% following a shareholder update last week on its AI and Financial Planning business.
- Biggest risers – CIA, CDD, GWA, AVZ, IFN and MSB
- Biggest fallers – IVC, WPL, VAH, SGR, VAH and BAL
- Woodside Petroleum (WPL) – 6.85%The company returned from its trading halt today after raising $1.57bn from existing institutional shareholders at 2700c. The issue was take up by around 90% of eligible shareholders and the balance was placed at 2960c as part of the $2.5bn capital raising.
- Nib Holdings (NHF) +2.64% 1H net profit A$70.9m, down 0.3% reflected one-off costs associated with its GU Health acquisition. Group revenue A$1.1bn, up 8.9%. Statutory operating profit A$88.1m, down 3.1%. New FY guidance of at least A$165m (underlying operating profit). The company said it funded around 24,000 public hospital admissions at a cost of $39m, up 5.9% on the pcp. CEO said the domestic Australian health insurance market is soft, household incomes aren’t growing and there is no shortage of competition in the market place. He said 2018 premium increase of 3.93% was its lowest in 15 years.
- Ooh!Media (OML) +4.52% FY net profit A$33.2 million, up 36% on year. Revenue A$380.3m, up 13.1%. Underlying EBITDA A$90.1m, up 22.5%. Final dividend of 15c. Road and Retail segments delivered around 70% of total revenues and strong double-digit growth through the continued digitization of panels. Lease profiles were extended in CY17 meaning that over 65% of its revenue base is expiring after 2020. Acquisitions in CY16 are now successfully integrated with revenue synergies expected this year. Guidance for CY18 EBITDA of A$94.0 – $99.0m. It’s ‘Out Of Home’ sector is expected to continue to grow over the calendar year.
- GWA (GWA) +11.40% 1H net profit A$27.7m, up 7%. Interim dividend of 8.5c. The company announced it will divest its Door and Access Systems business, set to take approximately six months. The sale proceeds will likely be injected into its Bathrooms and Kitchens business. In terms of macro outlook, CEO says residential construction to remain broadly steady with continued momentum in Victoria and NSW, partially offset by weakness is QLD and WA. The renovation and replacement segment, which accounts for over half of GWA’s revenue, is expected to remain stable for FY18.
- Brambles (BXB) +1.14% 1H net profit nearly triples to US$447.2m boosted by US tax benefit. Revenue A$2.7bn, up 9%. Underlying EPS 20.3c, up 9%. Interim dividend of 14.5c. The company expects FY18 sales revenue growth in mid-single digits. The sale of CHEP Recycled has been completed with the proceeds to be recognised in the 2H.
- Invocare (IVC) -7.50% FY18 net profit A$97.4m, up 37%. Sales revenue A$470.9m, up 1.8%. Operating EBITDA A$124.3m, up 7.8%. Declared dividend of 27.5c. The performance was driven by the Australian cemetery and crematoria business and a strong performance from New Zealand. CEO said its $200m ‘Protect and Grow’ plan is on track, with costs set to impact FY18 EPS and EBITDA due to temporary closures of locations for refurbishment. The market is rightly concerned about the rising costs on the protect and grow strategy and the effect it will have on EBITDA. The company has moved towards a cautious guidance and we have seen a large sell off in the stock. Not sure it is completely warranted but given it is high(ish) PE growth stock it is expected that brokers will cool to the outlook.
- Seek Limited (SEK) +1.94% Seek 1H net profit A$102m, up 21%. Revenue A$620.3, up 26%. EBITDA A$221.2m, up 20%. The company says that its Asian business are progressing well thanks to better macro conditions. Australian segment revenue growth up 15%. International revenue growth of 10%. Revenue guidance confirmed in the range of 20 – 25%. EBITDA guidance upgraded to 14 – 15% growth and reported NPAT confirmed at the upper end of the previous range of A$225m – A$230m.
- Get Swift (GSW) -55.14% Returned after a lengthy trading halt due to ASX listing issues. The market has not been kind. Looks like less than half its announced contracts had progressed to a revenue generating stage. According to a filing from the company it granted security over its assets to FC Capital, the small business lender that is advancing funding to facilitate the company’s sales. More questions for GSW after this announcement.
- John McGrath, the CEO at McGrath (MEA) +4.88%, has appointed Kerry Stokes’s former chief financial officer, Peter Lewis, as its new chairman. More to come according to MEA.
- BIG Un (BIG) – Trading halt – pending more details of its financing arrangements. According to the company filings it had granted security over its assets to FC Capital, the small business lender that is advancing funding to facilitate the company’s sales. The charge commenced on April 21, 2016 and is not set to end until April 2041.
- Nothing of substance today.
BOND MARKET UPDATE
- China remains closed for Lunar New Year.
- China warns it may retaliate If U.S. imposes metal tariffs. Not good for RIO and BSL unless exempt.
- Shipments to the U.S. rose 1.2%.
- Those to the EU increased 20.3%.
The Noble Group will report a net loss of US$1.73bn to US$1.93bn for the final quarter of last year, potentially bringing losses for 2017 to almost $5bn,
EUROPE AND US MORNING HEADLINES
- Presidents Day tonight in the US.
- Archer Daniels Midland and Syngenta, two giants of industrial agriculture, have settled lawsuits over the release of a new biotech corn strain that upended US grain exports to China.
- Fitch on Friday lifted its sovereign rating on Greece, saying that the country seems to be on course for general government debt sustainability, thanks to a growing economy, waning political risks and government budget surpluses that beat creditors’ target.
- In the UK, annual wage growth in the three months to December held flat at 2.5%, official figures are expected to reveal on Wednesday, failing to accelerate for now. It comes after inflation in January also held up at 3% in defiance of an expected fall making life tougher for families.
So the morning goes like this;
8:00 I made a snowman.
8:10 A feminist passed by and asked me why I didn’t make a snow woman.
8:15 So, I made a snow woman.
8:17 The nanny of the neighbors complained about the snow woman’s voluptuous chest.
8:20 The gay couple living nearby grumbled that it could have been two snowmen instead.
8:25 The vegans at No. 12 complained about the carrot nose, as veggies are food and not to decorate snow figures with.
8:28 I am being called a racist because the snow couple is white.
8:31 The Muslim gent across the road wants the snow woman to wear a headscarf.
8:40 Someone calls the cops who show up to see what’s going on.
8:42 I am told that the broomstick of the snowman needs to be removed because it could be used as a deadly weapon. Things get worse after I mutter : “Yeah, if it’s up you’re a***”
8:45 Local TV news crew shows up. I am asked if I know the difference between snowmen and snow-women? I reply, “Snowballs” and am called a sexist.
8:50 My phone is seized and thoroughly checked while I am being blindfolded and flown to the police station in a helicopter.
9:00 I’m on the news as a suspected terrorist bent on stirring up trouble during this difficult weather.
9:10 I am asked if I have any accomplices.
9:29 A little known jihadist group has claimed it was their plot.
Moral: There is no moral to this story. It’s just the America/Canada/Europe/Australia we live in today!