LONDON -- The FTSE 100
We had a few bigger fallers among the FTSE indices, too -- one well-known company that has been struggling for some time, and a couple of small but nevertheless interesting firms.
Now we learn that like-for-like sales were down 8.7% for the 24 weeks to July 15, with net bank debt standing at 17.7 million pounds and a further 1.1 million pounds having been drawn down under the firm's trade loan facility. The failure to solve the company's need for working capital so far has accelerated the need for further funding, which JJB is now discussing with its partners.
Shares in AIM-listed Biome Technologies
The firm, whose business is mainly in bioplastics, has seen revenues fall 28% to 7.5 million pounds for the first half of 2012, with the second quarter slumping by 38% from Q1 sales. Biome has net cash of 1.1 million pounds, and a currently unused 2 million-pound debt facility.
Will this be just a short-term dip in a growing high-tech business, as the management believes? We shall see.
AIM tiddler Holders Technology
The firm, which makes electronics components, cut its first-half dividend from 2.1 pence to 1 pence. As of April, Holders' house broker was sticking to a full-year dividend forecast of 5.35 pence, which would be a yield of 6.6% -- though it's looking less likely that such a target will now be met.
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