Daily Market Highlights (25.05.2022)
Farsons EBITDA climbs to pre-pandemic levels
The MSE Equity Price Index snapped a four-day losing streak as it rebounded by 0.96% to 3,705.202 points. Farsons, MIA, BOV and FIMBank closed the day higher while only MIDI trended in negative territory. Meanwhile, Malta Properties Company plc stayed at the €0.505 level on trivial volumes. Overall trading activity in equities amounted to €0.14 million. Download today’s Equity Market Summary.
Simonds Farsons Cisk plc advanced by 3.1% to the €8.25 level after failing to hold on to an intraday high of €9.00 (+12.5%). A total of 14,675 shares changed hands having a market value of just over €0.12 million. Today, Farsons published its annual financial statements for the year ended 31 January 2022. Revenues surged by 25.7% to €91.8 million whilst EBITDA climbed back to pre-pandemic level of €22.7 million as the Group recorded strong growth across all business segments. Overall, Farsons posted a net profit of €12.4 million which translates to a return on average equity of 10%. Shareholders as at close of trading on Wednesday 1 June will be eligible to receive a net dividend of €0.1333 per share and one bonus share for every five shares held, subject to approval at the upcoming AGM which will be held remotely on Thursday 23 June 2022.
Bank of Valletta plc moved 2.3% higher to recapture the €0.88 level on 2,770 shares.
Also among the large companies by market value, Malta International Airport plc gained 0.8% to the €5.95 level on a single deal of 2,000 shares.
FIMBank plc surged by 18.3% to regain the USD0.22 level albeit on trivial volumes.
Elsewhere, MIDI plc eased by 1.1% to the €0.376 level across three deals totalling 11,000 shares.
The RF MGS Index moved higher for the first time in four sessions as it gained 0.20% to 982.936 points. Yesterday, ECB President Christine Lagarde indicated that there is no urgency for the central bank to withdraw its monetary stimulus. The ECB President also dismissed concerns of an imminent economic recession given the healthy labour dynamics, the strong level of household savings, as well as the prevailing robust momentum underpinning the recovery in tourism.
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