UK stocks dropped on Friday as the sell-off in bonds continued to rattle global equity markets.
Asian markets fell by the most in nine months with Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropping 4% and China’s SE Composite falling 2%. The sell-off spilled-over into commodities with Brent Crude down 1% to $65 a barrel. Gold fell 0.2% to $1,766 an ounce.
At 9am the FTSE 100 of leading shares was down 0.4% at 6,626 points.
The company raised £13 million as part of its IPO that it says was 13-times oversubscribed. That gave the company roughly a £25 million market value at launch.
The company did reinstate its dividend, with a 4.5p per share payment, but the shares dropped 1% to 600p.
Personal Lines which are 56% of net written premiums achieved a combined ratio 86% and Commercial Lines recorded a combined ratio 97%. The combined ratio measures the underwriting profit as a percentage of premiums written.
The company said the all-cash offer from Tryg was progressing and would complete in the coming months. The shares were unchanged at 675p.
The results reflected the serious impact that COVID-19 had on its business, with passenger capacity down 66.5% as governments-imposed lockdowns. The shares added 1% to 188.5p.
Shares in Fund management company Jupiter Fund Management (JUP) gained 5% to 506.5p after it reported full year underlying pre-tax profit up 10% to £179.0 million as assets under management increased by 37% to £58.7 billion.
Growth was driven by increased performance fee income of £73.6 million compared with £7.9 million last year, prompting the company to propose a special dividend of 3 pence per share on top of the help 17.1 pence per share.
Also on the rise were shares in Pets at Home Group (PETS) which gained 2.6% to 392.5p after the company increased its full-year outlook after a strong performance in the fourth quarter.
Based on trading year-to-date, the company now anticipates full year underlying pre-tax profit to be approximately £85 million, ahead of previous guidance of at least £77 million.
Following its decision to reset its dividend cover ratio, the company proposed a final dividend of 15.0 pence, down from 26.2 pence, taking the total dividend for the year to 22.5 pence, a decrease versus last year's 41.1 pence. The shares dipped 0.26% to £13.30.
For the year ended 31 December 2020, share price total return for 2020 was 12.9%, outperforming the FTSE Actuaries All-Share Index, its benchmark by 22.7%.
The company reported a pre-tax profit of £4.1 million, down from £131.4 million last year. The annual dividend was increased by 5.8% to 27.5 pence per ordinary share. The shares dropped 2.5% to 707p.
Shares in infection control specialist Byotrol (BYOT:AIM) gained 5% after announcing it has developed and externally validated a new test for determining whether its cleaning and sanitising products have long-lasting efficacy against viruses in real-life use.