4:00 PM Frankfurt – BioMerieux lifted fiscal 2017 sales forecast. Baloise Holding first-half profit soared 34%. James Fisher estimated strong growth in the year after sales in the first-half jumped 13%. Petrofac profit surged but revenues plunged 21%.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index increased 34.89 or 0.5% to 7,372.36 and in Frankfurt the DAX index gained 68.46 or 0.6% to 12,014.26.
In Paris, CAC 40 index advanced 25.38 or 0.5% to 5,057.30.
soared 7.4% to €200.45 after France-based in-vitro diagnostics centers operator reported revenues in the first-half ending in June surged 13.3% from a year ago to €1.1 billion.
Net income in the period jumped 18% to €101 million from €86 million in a year ago six-month period and diluted loss per share jumped to €2.57 from €2.17.
BioMerieux said gross profit in the period advanced 53.3% to €605 million and operating profit increased 15.4% to €172 million.
The diagnostics centers operator revised its fiscal 2017 sales forecast to between 9% and 10% and operating profit in the range of €330 million to €345 million.
Baloise Holding Ltd
gained 0.9% to 151 Swiss francs after Switzerland-based insurance and retirement solutions provider said total revenues in the first-half ending in June jumped 6.1% from a year ago to 5.2 billion francs.
Net income in the period soared 33.7% to 299 million francs from 223.6 million francs in a year ago six-month period and diluted loss per share increased to 6.26 francs from 4.80 francs.
James Fisher & Sons Plc
advanced 2.1% to 1,580 pence after the U.K.-based marine freight and logistic services provider said group revenues in the first-half ending in June jumped 13% from a year ago to £235.8 million.
Net profit in the period fell 1.3% to £14.6 million from £14.8 million in a year ago six-month period and diluted earnings per share slid to 28.5 pence from 29.4 pence.
rose 0.7% to 426.20 pence after the Jersey-based oil and gas producer said revenues in the first-half ending in June plunged 20.5% from a year ago to $3.1 billion.
Net profit in the period surged to $70 million from a loss of $12 million in the same period a year ago.
Petrofac reduced its dividend in the period to 12.7 cents from 22 cents in the same period a year ago.
Petrofac forecasted fiscal 2017 operating profit in the range of $80 million to $100 million.
increased 0.6% to €109.35 after Germany-based industrial conglomerate agreed to acquire the Netherland-based self-driving software developer Tass International for an undisclosed financial terms.