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What to expect from a selection of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and selected other companies reporting week commencing 5 February 2024.

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  • Barratt Developments hoping for a brighter second-half outlook

  • Disney’s streaming subscribers will be in the spotlight

  • Unilever hopes to prove price hikes are still working

What to expect from a selection of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and selected other companies reporting next week.

Among those currently scheduled to release results next week:



Q4 Results


Q4 Results


Q3 Trading Update



Q4 Results

discoverIE Group

Q3 Trading Statement


Half Year Results

Virgin Money

Q1 Trading Statement



Q3 Results


Half Year Results

Barratt Developments*

Half Year Results


Interim Management Statement

PZ Cussons

Half Year Results

Smurfit Kappa

Full Year Results

UK Commercial Property REIT

Q4 Net Asset Value Statement

Walt Disney Co*

Q1 Results


Anglo American

Q4 Production Report


Q4 Results

British American Tobacco*

Full Year Results

Compass Group*

Q1 Trading Statement


Q4 Results


Q3 Trading Statement


Q3 Results


Full Year Results

Watches of Switzerland

Q3 Trading Statement



Trading Statement


Half Year Results


Q4 Results

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Barratt Developments

Like all housebuilders, Barratt Developments has had to wrestle against some tough conditions in recent times. In a first-quarter update, we heard that reservations had taken a hit as buyers struggled with mortgage affordability, and the scrapping of the Help to Buy scheme hasn’t helped the sector either.

In next week’s half-year results, we expect to hear a slightly more upbeat tune from Barratt, as the outlook for the sector is showing some early signs of improvement. Lenders are becoming more competitive, which should stimulate buyer demand and help prop up the group’s order book. And build cost inflation is easing, which should provide some welcome relief to the group’s margins. We expect this to keep Barratt’s full-year guidance of 13,250-14,250 new homes well within reach. But it will take time for all of these tailwinds to feed through to the income statement, so markets still expect half-year revenue to be down by around a third at £1.8bn.

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The market expects revenue to have nudged up around 0.8% in next week’s results, while operating profit’s anticipated to show close to 28% growth. Given the group’s valuation has seen a roughly 7.5% uplift since the start of the year, there’s clearly growing optimism that Disney can deliver.

All eyes will be on streaming subscriber growth over at Disney+. Competition remains fierce, and the group’s other big brands like ESPN+ and Hulu are also up against stiff competition. It’s upset on this front that’s likely to move the dial.

Finally, it’s cost savings that investors will be watching. Disney expects to reduce costs by a further $2bn, but this won't be coming from further widespread job cuts. Stemming losses in streaming is the right play to make, but it’s a difficult balance to get right when competitors are snapping at your heels.

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All eyes are on price hikes at brand powerhouse Unilever. Last quarter, Unilever reported third-quarter sales of €15.2bn, reflecting underlying sales growth of 5.2% - in line with expectations. Price hikes of 5.8% more than offset a 0.6% drop in volumes.

With inflation easing, we wonder how pronounced price increases are nowadays. We’d also like to see volumes picking up some more slack.

New CEO Hein Schumacher has announced a renewed focus on gross margin improvement, and we’d like some more information on how this is going. A focus on the group’s 30 biggest brands is on the cards, and we should get some details on further plans to streamline the portfolio.

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Written by
Aarin Chiekrie
Aarin Chiekrie
Equity Analyst

Aarin is a member of the Equity Research team. Alongside our other analysts, he provides regular research and analysis on individual companies and wider sectors. Having a keen interest in global economics, he knows how macro-events can impact individual companies.

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Published: 2nd February 2024