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Next week on the stock market

We take a look at what to expect from a selection of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and selected other companies reporting next week.

Important notes

This article isn’t personal advice. If you’re not sure whether an investment is right for you please seek advice. If you choose to invest the value of your investment will rise and fall, so you could get back less than you put in.

Among the companies reporting next week;

  • Intertek looks to make the most of a tough year.
  • DS Smith could report a brighter outlook for its key North European markets.
  • Vistry's strong second half could outweigh a poor performance during the first lockdown.

FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and selected other stocks scheduled to report next week

01-Mar
Aggreko Full Year Results
Bunzl Full Year Results
02-Mar
Ashtead* Q3 Results
Croda Full Year Results
Flutter Entertainment Full Year Results
Fresnillo Full Year Results
Intertek* Full Year Results
James Fisher and Sons Full Year Results
Man Group Full Year Results
Rotork Full Year Results
Signature Aviation Full Year Results
Taylor Wimpey* Full Year Results
Travis Perkins Full Year Results
Weir Full Year Results
XP Power Full Year Results
03-Mar
Avast Full Year Results
Biffa Pre-Close Trading Statement
DS Smith* Q3 Trading Statement
Hiscox Full Year Results
PageGroup Full Year Results
Persimmon* Full Year Results
Polymetal Full Year Results
Prudential* Full Year Results
Vivo Energy Full Year Results
04-Mar
Admiral Full Year Results
Aviva* Full Year Results
Coats Full Year Results
CRH Full Year Results
Entain* Full Year Results
John Laing Group Full Year Results
Meggitt Full Year Results
Melrose Industries* Full Year Results
Morgan Advanced Materials Full Year Results
Rathbone Brothers Full Year Results
Rentokil Full Year Results
Schroders Full Year Results
Synthomer Full Year Results
Vesuvius Full Year Results
Vistry* Full Year Results
William Hill* Full Year Results
05-Mar
ConvaTec Full Year Results
Essentra Full Year Results
London Stock Exchange Group Full Year Results

*Companies on which we will be writing research.

Intertek – Nicholas Hyett, Equity Analyst

Intertek’s actually struggled more than we might have expected this year, with revenues falling 7.3% in the first three quarters.

The testing and quality assurance group provides crucial services to the natural resources sector, and in manufacturing and in trade. All three have been hit hard by the economic disruption caused by coronavirus – although sales trends have improved after hitting a low in May/June last year.

Management’s guidance for a mid-single digit decline in full year sales suggests a further improvement in the final quarter. We would consider that a positive result given the increased restrictions on global economies. Together with a balance sheet that looks set to be stronger at the end of 2020 than it was at the end of 2019 – that might help investors look back on 2020 as a difficult but ultimately successful year.

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DS Smith – Sophie Lund-Yates, Equity Analyst

DS Smith’s revenues and profits have been hurt by the pandemic. It has exposure to the industrial and hospitality sectors, which together with pressure on pricing meant pre-tax profit fell 55% to £97m in the first half. And it’s pricing we’ll be focussing on next week.

Trends started to improve in the second quarter. But since then much of the world re-entered lockdowns, which could re-apply pressure. That would put a lid on revenues. It also makes the outlook statement an important read. There’s a glimmer of light at the end of the lockdown tunnel, as vaccine roll outs gather pace in key North European markets (39.7% of revenue). That means we might hear more positive expectations for trading in the final quarter.

We’ll also be paying close attention to the resilience of DS Smith’s other customers. It has exposure to e-commerce, consumer and food groups. These have held up well during the pandemic, and we have no reason to suspect this trend has changed. We’ll be interested to see how well they’ve fared in the third quarter.

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Vistry – Sophie Lund-Yates, Equity Analyst

The third national lockdown had no material impact on Vistry’s performance in the second half. The group’s underlying sales rate rose 20% during the final 6 weeks of the year. That suggests Vistry could make good on its forecast for full-year pre-tax profits of roughly £140m. Provided there are no unexpected knocks to trading, Vistry is also expected to announce a “modest” final dividend.

However, we could see the group’s full-year private sales rate normalise. This rose to 0.62 homes per outlet, per week in the second half. That’s because second-half performance was likely boosted by pent up demand from the first lockdown.

Still, management has been optimistic about its prospects for 2021. It’s expecting completions to remain strong despite challenges related to the revamped Help to Buy scheme and the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the nation’s Stamp Duty Holiday. We’re keen to see how much progress has been made on completions so far this year.

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Unless otherwise stated estimates are a consensus of analyst forecasts provided by Refinitiv. These estimates are not a reliable indicator of future performance. Past performance is not a guide to the future. Investments and income they produce can rise and fall in value so investors could make a loss.

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