4:00 PM Frankfurt – CRH profit surged and agreed to sell Americas Distribution business for €2.2 billion and acquired Germany-based Fels for €600 million. Dixons Carphone tumbled on profit and mobile sales warning. Francotyp-Postalia net declined. SimCorp plummeted on flat profit.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index fell 10.57 to 7,371.17 and in Frankfurt the DAX index slipped 44.39 or 0.4% to 12,185.14.
In Paris, CAC 40 index decreased 14.48 or 0.3% to 5,117.37.
advanced 3.6% to 2,786 pence after the Ireland-based building materials provider reported revenues in the first-half ending in June increased 2% from a year ago to €13 billion.
Net income in the period surged 30.1% to €363 million from €279 million in a year ago six-month period and diluted earnings per share dropped €4.33 from €3.36.
Separately, CRH agreed to sell its Americas Distribution business to Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. for about €2.2 billion or $2.63 billion in cash.
CRH added its Europe heavy-side business agreed to buy Germany-based Fels-Werke GmbH, a lime producer that holds over 1 billion tons of high quality limestone, for about €600 million or £550 million.
Dixons Carphone Plc
tumbled 19.3% to 183.60 pence after the U.K.-based electrical and communications retailer said that pretax profit in the first-quarter ending in July in the range of £360 million to £440 million.
However, revenues and comparable sales each jumped by 6% from a year ago period; despite weak demand in the U.K. mobile phone market in last few months and statement sales in the U.K. & Ireland, Nordics and Greece
Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG
plunged 13.1% to €4.82 after Germany-based mail processing services provider said revenues in the first-half ending in June jumped 4.1% from a year ago to €104.4 million.
Net income in the period declined 47.5% to €2.1 million from €4 million in a year ago six-month period and diluted earnings per share dropped €0.13 from €0.24.
The FP Group forecasted higher profitability in fiscal 2017 while revenues slightly increase from a year ago period and adjusted free cash flow at the level of previous year.
John Laing Group Plc
dropped 1.9% to 302.40 pence after the U.K.-based green-field infrastructure developer said net income in the first-half ending on June declined 64.9% to £37.4 million from £106.7 million in a year ago six-month period and earnings per share slumped to 10.1 pence from 28.9 pence.
Separately, John Laing said it has reached a deal with the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority over the termination of 25-year recycling and waste management private finance initiative contract with estimated investment valued £25.5 million.
plummeted 9.1% to 367.10 Danish kronor after Denmark-based financial software provider said revenues in the first-half ending in June surged 12.9% from a year ago to €148.2 million.
Net income in the period was flat at €16.9 million from a year ago six-month period and diluted earnings per share increased €0.42 from €0.36.
SimCorp said fees revenues in the period soared 21.7% to €56 million and revenues in the maintenance and new client installations segment jumped 8.3% to €68.5 million.