Profit warnings are a measure of performance against expectation. So, given the overall upside surprise in 2016, it’s not surprising that the annual figure was the lowest for three years. But our data also tells a story of a growing gap between winners and losers. … More Profit warnings: who’s swimming against the tide?
UK profit warnings have hit their highest second quarter level since the financial crisis. Our analysis shows more companies warning – and more companies warning more than once. Why is this happening? More to the point, how can companies avoid profit warnings when the future is so becoming more unpredictable?
What does the latest clutch of European earnings reports tell us? Revenues are under pressure and, whilst earnings are beating expectations, the bar was set very low. European companies still have a ways to go on improving their profitability and there’s certainly potential for all-round improvement. But in this low-growth, disrupted and polarized age, any … More The winner takes it all…
Global equities reached an eight week high this week. In the way this works now, this is partly because of some good news and also because of some bad news that becomes good news because it’s raised hopes for further/continued stimulus. While we all ponder how on earth we got into this confused state, here … More Hopes and fears in six charts
The tumultuous start to 2016 has raised fears about US growth prospects – to the point where we need to address recession talk. Given the increasingly loose monetary outlook, a US recession and/or global downturn seem an unlikely scenario without a significant, systemic trigger. More of the same slightly sluggish growth is the most likely … More All about growth
Takeaways: The 2015 rollercoaster continues. Markets raced back up in October for some good and some more speculative reasons. ‘Payroll Friday’ brought another twist and another lurch. Managing currency risk, raising capital and picking commodity prices will be tougher going in the rest of 2015. These are perplexing times, but this shouldn’t stop smart deal making. … More Perplexing times – but we’re not calling time on M&A just yet
Takeaways: Despite – or perhaps because of – the disappointing US payroll numbers, markets have started Q4 in buoyant mood. A confluence of events have contributed to the mild ‘melt-up’, including payroll inspired ‘looser for longer’ hopes, a ‘quiet’ China and suggestions of an oil price revival. This calm augurs well for the IPO market, … More Shifting narratives?
Takeaways: M&A activity usually winds down in summer, but July brought another US$500b+ of deals and August has started in the same vein. Why so active? In low growth markets, M&A – or more precisely a robust approach to capital allocation – is looking like one of the best ways for companies to outperform their … More M&A records hit for six
Takeaway: Of course Greece isn’t out of the woods. We remain convinced that the only sustainable way forward is through debt reconstruction. It’s not off the table, but it’s not on it either. So, whilst this debate remains parked on a hostess trolley in Brussels, we’re going to ask a few questions to help take … More What’s next? Seven questions, six charts and two illuminating deals.
Takeaways: UK companies are issuing more profit warnings now than 2014. It would be easy to blame election stutters, sterling or oil prices, but the struggle to forecast isn’t new. Volatility, price pressure and disruptive influences have proved to be a troubling mix in this recovery – especially when costs are already cut to the … More The future isn’t what it used to be…what next for earnings?