4:00 PM Frankfurt – Matchtech profit surged 49% and revenue climbed 12%. Suedzucker tumbled after profit plunged 32% to €658 million. Sports Direct declined after Mike Ashley sold 4% stake worth £204 million in the company. Saint Gobain fell after Groupama sold its entire stake of 1.8%.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index declined 0.9% or 58.66 to 6,564.18 and in Frankfurt the DAX index dropped 0.8% or 72.73 to 9,438.12.
In Paris, CAC 40 index slumped 0.8% or 34.84 to 4,401.24.
GVC Holdings Plc
rose 0.1% to 379.42 pence after the U.K.-based online gaming company reported revenue in the fourth-quarter ending in December jumped to €361.9 million and forecasted to report EBITDA for the fiscal year above the top-end of analysts'' current estimates.
Matchtech Group Plc
gained 1% to 610 pence after the U.K.-based outsourcing and staffing services provider said group revenues in the first-half ending in January climbed 12% to £220.9 million from £197.3 million a year ago.
Profit in the period surged 49.2% to £4.43 million compared to £2.97 million and diluted earnings per share jumped to 17 pence from 12.1 pence a year earlier.
Suedzucker Mannheim Ochsenfurt AG
tumbled 21.6% to €16.03 after the Germany-based agricultural raw materials processor reported group revenues in the year ending in February dropped 2% to €7.73 billion from €7.88 billion a year ago.
The company said operating profit in the year plunged 32% to €658 million compared to €972 million and income from operation declined 43% to €542 million from €955 million a year earlier.
Sports Direct International Plc
plunged 10% to 803.75 pence after the U.K.-based sports and leisure cloth retailer said that MASH Holdings Ltd. billionaire founder Mike Ashley sold 24 million ordinary shares or 4% of the company''s issued share capital worth £204 million or $338.35 million.
The bonus deal would give Mr Ashley 8 million free ordinary shares worth £64.4 million, but investors have rejected the bonus package in last week.
Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA
declined 3.6% to €43.75 after the France-based flat glasses maker said insurer Groupama SA sold its entire 1.8% stake or up to 10,121,752 shares of the company. The proceeds from the transaction amounted to about €450.4 million.