Tricorn close to first shipment from new Chinese facility

AIM-listed tube manufacturer Tricorn surged on Monday following the release of its interim results, in which it reported a decent increase in the half-year dividend.

AIM-listed tube manufacturer Tricorn surged on Monday following the release of its interim results, in which it reported a decent increase in the half-year dividend.

The company, which operates in three main segments - Energy & Utilities, Transportation and Aerospace - is to pay shareholder 0.1p per share in respect of its first-half performance, up 43% on the 0.7p a share paid out last year.

Revenue in the six months to the end of September fell from £12.42m to £11.55m as a result of "softening markets" in the second quarter.

Nevertheless, improvements in operating profit margins across all three businesses helped group pre-tax profit grow from £0.72m to £0.85m.

Tricorn said that its plan to establish a manufacturing facility in China is "on track" and shipments of first products are expected later this month.

Chairman Nick Paul said: "We have delivered a strong set of half year results demonstrating continued improvements in operating margins, strong cash generation has led to a considerably strengthened balance sheet and we have made encouraging progress in establishing our manufacturing facility in China. This, alongside the pipeline of opportunities for new business positions us well for further growth.."

While Paul admitted that, in the shorter term, the softening in markets seen is likely to continue into the second half, investors didn't seem too bothered, with shares up 6.47% at 18.10p by 15:40.

Recommended

Broker safety – your questions answered
Investment strategy

Broker safety – your questions answered

Cris Sholto Heaton answers more of your questions about the safety of stockbroker accounts
25 Mar 2020
How demographics affects stock valuations
Investment strategy

How demographics affects stock valuations

New research suggests that stock and bond valuations are driven by the age of the population – at least in the US.
24 Feb 2020
Do you own shares in Sirius Minerals? Here’s what you need to do now
Stocks and shares

Do you own shares in Sirius Minerals? Here’s what you need to do now

Mining giant Anglo American has proposed a cash takeover of Yorkshire-based minnow Sirius Minerals. Unhappy shareholders must decide whether to accept…
20 Feb 2020
Why investors should be “cautiously bullish” for 2020
Stockmarkets

Why investors should be “cautiously bullish” for 2020

Analysts have been out in force making rosy predictions for stockmarkets in 2020, but while there is certainly a case for optimism, investors should r…
17 Jan 2020

Most Popular

Oil producers are back at their Covid-19 lows – is it time to buy?
Oil

Oil producers are back at their Covid-19 lows – is it time to buy?

With demand for oil hammered by Covid-19 and talk of “peak oil demand”, there are lots of good reasons to be bearish on oil producers. So, asks John S…
22 Sep 2020
Why you should stuff your end-of-pandemic portfolio with Chinese stocks
China stockmarkets

Why you should stuff your end-of-pandemic portfolio with Chinese stocks

For an end-of-pandemic portfolio, you need assets that can cope with today’s volatility. And that, says Merryn Somerset Webb, means Chinese stocks.
14 Sep 2020
IAG's share price is ready for take-off - here's how to play it
Trading

IAG's share price is ready for take-off - here's how to play it

The owner of British Airways has had a turbulent year, but is now worth a punt. Matthew Partridge explains the best way to play it.
8 Sep 2020