Source - Alliance News

The following is a round-up of updates by London-listed companies, issued on Wednesday and not separately reported by Alliance News:

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TClarke PLC - London-based building services firm - For 2021, reports pretax profit at £7.8 million, surging from £1.2 million the year before, on revenue which grows 41% year-on-year to £327.1 million from £231.9 million, driven by a sharp growth from the company's Technologies segment on the offering of data centres amid sharp demand. Declares final dividend of 4.1 pence per share, bringing total payout to 4.85p, up 10% from 4.4p. Looking ahead, forward order book stands at record level of £534 million, up from £456 million. Order book is expected to translate into record revenue.

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Somero Enterprises Inc - Fort Myers, Florida-based concrete levelling equipment company - For 2021, pretax profit rises 81% to $44.6 million from $24.6 million the year before, on 51% growth in revenue year-on-year to a record $133.3 million from $88.6 million. This was due to growth in from all regions, with North America being the most significant contributor on strong residential construction activity in the US, and strong demand for new warehousing. Declares total ordinary dividend of $0.31 per share, up 85% from $0.16. Also declares supplementary payout of $0.19. Looking ahead, expects 2022 to be a profitable year with healthy cash generation, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation to be comparable to 2021.

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Croma Security Solutions Group PLC - Hampshire, England-based security services provider - For the six months ended December 31, pretax profit rises 13% to £540,000 from £479,000 a year before, on revenue which grows 9.1% year-on-year to £17.9 million from £16.4 million, on continued demand demand for the company's security services. Declares no interim dividend, but company expects to declare final dividend. Looking ahead, trading in the second half has started well, and company expects to achieve a solid performance for the financial year.

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Oriole Resources PLC - London-based gold exploration company focused in Cameroon and Senegal - For 2021, Pretax loss widens to £1.6 million from £468,000 the year before, due to a revaluation of the Senala project to pound sterling from euros, leading to £571,000 in foreign exchange losses, as well as higher administrative costs.

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STV Group PLC - Glasgow-based television broadcaster - For 2021, pretax profit more than triples to £20.1 million from £6.7 million the year before, and is 10% above 2019 levels.This is on revenue which grows 35% year-on-year to £144.5 million from £107.1 million, and 17% above pre-virus levels. Revenue growth is due to continued momentum in Studios and a recovering advertising market. Declares final dividend of 7.3 pence per share, bringing the total payout to 11p, up 22% from 9.0p. Looking ahead, notes strongest ever content line-up in 2022 for TV and online, alongside strong advertising and revenue visibility. Also, STV announces an extended partnership with Tod Productions for a further three years, and has acquired a minority stake in Mighty Productions.

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ThinkSmart Ltd - Perth, Australia-based digital payments platform - For the six months ended December 31, swings to pretax loss of £51.6 million from profit of £53.7 million the same period a year before, due to a fair value loss on the valuation of a 10% stake in Clearpay, which was sold in exchange for 1.7 million Afterpay shares. Meanwhile, revenue declines 21% year-on-year to £1.9 million from £2.4 million. Looking ahead, company is well positioned to further benefit from further growth in the value of its interest in Block.

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Kier Group PLC - Sandy, Bedfordshire-based construction and infrastructure services - For the six months ended December 31, pretax profit rises 41% to £12.7 million from £9.0 million the same period a year before, despite a 5.4% decline in revenue to £1.48 billion from £1.62 billion due to procurement delays and project completion timing. The rise in profit meanwhile is due to management actions to reduce costs and increased property transactions. Order book stands at £8.0 billion.

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TT Electronics PLC - Woking, England-headquartered manufacturer of electronic components - For 2021, pretax profit hikes to £16.0 million from £2.9 million the year before, on revenue which grows 10% year-on-year £476.2 million from £431.8 million, and 14% on a constant currency basis, driven by a rebound in key market sales volumes. Declares final dividend of 3.8 pence per share, bringing the total payout of 5.6p, up 19% from 4.7p the prior year. Looking ahead, posts record order book into 2022, giving confidence of an annual performance in line with management expectations.

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JPMorgan Mid Cap Investment Trust PLC - investment firm - As at December 31, net asset value per share rises 22% year-on-year to 1,508.4 pence from 1,234.8p. For the six month period, net asset value total return is 5.5%, lagging behind its benchmark, the FTSE 250 index excluding investment trusts, which returned 5.7%.

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