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Next week on the stock market

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 those currently scheduled to release results next week:

  • Balfour Beatty revenues should start the climb back to pre-pandemic levels
  • Persimmon gives us its take on rising build costs across the sector
  • NVIDIA looks to navigate the turmoil in the global computer chip market

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

16-Aug
BHP Group* Full Year Results
17-Aug
Just Eat Takeaway.com* Half Year Results
Plus500 Half Year Results
Polypipe Group Half Year Results
18-Aug
Balfour Beatty* Half Year Results
Hochschild Mining Half Year Results
Network International Holdings Half Year Results
Nvidia* Half Year Results
Persimmon* Half Year Results
19-Aug
Antofagasta Half Year Results
Rank Group Full Year Results
Helios Towers Half Year Results
20-Aug
No FTSE 350 Reporters

*Events on which we will be updating investors

Balfour Beatty –Nicholas Hyett, Equity Analyst

Balfour Beatty’s expecting profits to climb back to pre-pandemic levels this year. Margins will be the key factor to watch, as investors hope for signs of life after a particularly tough year.

The group operates on relatively thin margins at the best of times—in 2019 underlying margins were 2.2%. The pandemic’s disruption brought that figure below 1% last year.

Another key factor to watch will be the group’s buyback plans. At last check the group was planning to buy back a total of £150m worth of shares this year. The cash for these buybacks will undoubtedly come from asset disposals, which were on pause in 2020. We’d like to know if the group’s made any progress on its disposals and whether the buyback scheme is still on track.

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Persimmon – Nicholas Hyett, Equity Analyst

Housebuilder Persimmon, like most of its peers, has come out the other side of the pandemic with minimal scarring. We already know that revenue in the first half surpassed that in 2019 as completion figures approached pre-pandemic levels and house prices rose. The question now is whether the group can build on this momentum.

Evidence of strong demand in the current trading period would be welcome, and we’d like an update on the group’s order book as well.

Rising build costs were an issue called out among some of Persimmon’s peers, and we’re expecting this to be an industry-wide problem. With an average selling price of £236,200, the group caters to more price-sensitive buyers and may struggle to pass these costs on easily. We’d like to hear management’s take on inflation and whether it’s expected to be a long-term trend.

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NVIDIA – Nicholas Hyett, Equity Analyst

The global computer chip shortage will likely colour NVIDIA’s results again at the half year stage.

Prices for the group’s high-end gaming and graphics cards are likely to be healthy, and demand is clearly very strong. Meanwhile the ongoing digital revolution should support continued growth in datacentre sales.

The main question next week from an operational perspective is how the group is servicing all those extra sales while keeping costs under control. Back in May the group said it had more supply coming online, so delivering that will be a focus this time round.

Outside of day-to-day operations NVIDIA is also is the middle of a huge deal – the acquisition of smartphone chip designer ARM from Softbank. The deal is being reviewed by regulatory authorities around the world. While regulators work to their own timetable rather than company reporting schedules, any hints about progress have the potential to move the dial.

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