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Pearson Sells Economist Stake to Exor, Balfour Beatty Net Loss Widens


Author: Nigel Thomas
ticker.com
Last Update: 10:54 AM ET August 12 2015

4:00 PM Frankfurt Balfour Beatty net loss widened. Centamin net surged 66%. E.ON net soared 40% to 1.2 billion. Henkel profit climbed 12% to 1 billion on 13% jump in revenues. Pearson agreed to sell 50% stake in the Economist Group to Exor for 469 million.

In London trading, FTSE 100 index dropped 121.99 or 1.8% to 6,542.42 and in Frankfurt the DAX index declined 366.36 or 3.2% to 10,932.53.

In Paris, CAC 40 index plunged 371.98 or 3.4% to 4,926.50.

Balfour Beatty Plc jumped 3.8% to 261.22 pence after the U.K.-based infrastructure developer reported group revenues in the first-half ending in June slipped 2.5% to 3.47 billion from 3.56 billion in a year ago period.

Net loss in the period widened from a year ago to 150 million compared to 43 million and diluted loss per share increased to 21.9 pence from 6.2 pence.

Centamin Plc soared 6.9% to 58.40 pence after the U.K.-based mineral exploration company said revenues in the first-half ending in June climbed 21% to $124.2 million from $102.6 million in a year ago period.

Net profit in the period surged 66.4% from a year ago to $18.8 million compared to $11.3 million and diluted earnings per share increased to 1.65 cents from 0.99 cents.

E.ON SE slid 0.09% to 11.69 after the Germany-based utility provider reported revenues in the first-half ending in June jumped 5% to 57.30 billion from 54.78 billion in a year ago period.

Net profit in the period soared 40.1%from a year ago to 1.15 billion compared to 821 million and diluted earnings per share jumped to 0.59 from 0.43.

E.ON forecasted operating profit for the year between 7 billion and 7.6 billion.

Henkel AG & Co KGaA plunged 7.8% to 100.50 after the Germany-based detergent maker said revenues in the first-half ending in June soared 13.1% to 9.13 billion from 8.07 billion in a year ago period.

Net profit in the period climbed 12.3% from a year ago to 1.01 billion compared to 902 million and diluted earnings per share increased to 2.28 from 2.05.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG declined 3.4% to 2.27 after the Germany-based printing technology provider said revenues in the first-quarter ending in June jumped 29.4% to 563 billion from 435 billion in a year ago period.

Net loss in the quarter narrowed from a year ago to 14.2 million compared to 17.2 million and diluted loss per share fell to 0.02 from 0.15.

Pearson Plc slid 0.7% to 1,165 pence after the U.K.-based education and media company agreed to sell its 50% stake in the Economist Group, the publisher of The Economist to EXOR S.p.A for 469 million or $730 million in cash to focus on education assets.

The Italy-based Agnelli family is the largest investor in Exor.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth-quarter of this year.

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