Top 5 share price gains
Weekly rise: 32.5% to $7.58
Share price movement past 12 months: Up 1.7%
Kitchen appliances maker Breville Group (ASX: BRG) reported net profit after tax (NPAT) of $30.8m for the first six months ended 31 December 2015, up 4% from the prior corresponding half.
The company lifted its interim dividend by 3.6% to14.5 cents per share (75% franked), it said in an announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on 25 February.
The group expects “mid-single digits” growth in its full-year earnings before interest and tax, assuming no significant change in its major trading markets, it added.
Weekly rise: 27.1% to $5.73
Share price movement past 12 months: Down 17.6%
Seven Group (ASX: SVW) kept its interim dividend unchanged at 20 cents per share, despite posting lower underlying earnings for the first half ended 31 December.
While underlying profit after tax fell 6% to $111.6m, it was higher than its guidance, the group said in an ASX statement on 23 February. Underlying earnings per share dropped 3% to 34 cents.
Managing director and chief executive Ryan Stokes said: “The declared dividend reflects our confidence in the Group’s profitability and free cash flow generation.”
Slater & Gordon
Weekly rise: 21.2% to 83 cents
Share price movement past 12 months: Down 89%
Shares in law firm Slater & Gordon (ASX: SGH) advanced early last week in the absence of price-sensitive announcements.
Trading in the stock was suspended from last Wednesday at the request of the company, which said it was assessing and finalising certain material items in its half-year financial results.
The company said the voluntary suspension was to “avoid trading in its shares happening on a basis that is not reasonably informed”.
Weekly rise: 18.3% to 55 cents
Share price movement past 12 months: Down 65.8%
Whitehaven Coal (ASX: WHC) has not had material ASX announcements since 5 February when it reported half-year results with a net profit of $7.8m for the six months ended 31 December, 2015.
Weekly rise: 16.3% to $1.75
Share price movement past 12 months: Down 58.2%
Regenerative medicine company Mesoblast (ASX: MSB) said its licensee in Japan, JCR Pharmaceuticals Co., launched a new stem cell product in the country on 24 February.
Under its agreement with JCR, Mesoblast stands to receive royalties and other payments at certain thresholds of cumulative net sales of the product, which was the first therapy of its kind to be fully approved in Japan.
In a separate announcement on 22 February, Mesoblast said tests on another product of the company showed “clinically meaningful responses”.
Top 5 share price falls
Sitting at the bottom of the ladder was iSentia Group (ASX: ISD), which slumped 18.1% to $3.49, paring its 12-month gain to 4.2%.
The decline was despite the company achieving a 22% increase in underlying net profit after tax and amortisation for the half year to 31 December and management expecting stronger full-year earnings.
Shares in Super Retail Group (ASX: SUL) shed 17.9% to $8.32 after its normalised NPAT dropped 2.2% to $58.9m in the first half of financial year 2016. The stock was down 15.1% over the past year.
Almond grower Select Harvests (ASX: SHV) slipped 16.8% to $4.64, taking its one-year share price loss to 34.2%.
While the company’s first-half NPAT surged 41% to $23.9m, it stated that “uncertainty remains as to the US dollar almond prices”.
Spot almond prices had fallen from record highs in the second half of calendar year 2015 on speculation there was oversupply from the US, Select Harvest said in a statement.
Village Roadshow (ASX: VRL) sank 15.3% to $5.53, after it swung into a net loss of $3.5m in the first six months from a profit of $13.3m a year earlier. Its shares were down 1.3% over 12 months.
Cover-More Group (ASX: CVO) lost 13.2% to $1.51, extending its one-year decline to 22.8%. The insurer said in a February 19 statement that half-year NPAT dropped 31% to $8.2m.