Weir anticipates FY oil & gas profits, revenue above experts’ price quotes

Weir rose on Monday after stating its upgraded outlook for the group’s full-year performance is now for strong continuous currency profits and revenue development, with incomes and running revenues in the oil & gas department set to be above the upper end of experts’ price quotes as upstream North American markets have recuperated more highly than expected in current weeks.

The FTSE 250 company stated greater levels of frack fleet utilisation and considerable tightening up of market capability are both benefiting the its oil & gas department. As an outcome, it has seen increased volumes, more powerful operating take advantage of and modest prices recovery ahead of previous expectations, and has provided low double-digit operating margins in the very first half.

Presuming helpful market conditions continue, the department is now anticipated to provide low-teens running margins through the 2nd half with complete year earnings and running revenues that are above the upper end of experts’ quotes.

Weir stated this development will be partly balanced out by one-off charges to operating earnings of ₤ 13m associated to formerly revealed tradition agreement shipment obstacles in the Gabbioneta business, which belongs to the circulation control department. On the other hand, expectations for the minerals department stay the same.

The upgraded outlook for the complete year performance is now for strong continuous currency profits and revenue development and as formerly shown, revenues will be weighted to the 2nd half of the year.

Numis bumped the stock up to ‘include’ from ‘hold’ following the upgrade. “Arguably this is far more in line with market standard at present and is motivating to see that Weir is now seeing comparable pattern to others, in specific some uptick to prices,” the brokerage stated.

It raised its 2017 pre-tax revenue price quote to ₤ 278m from ₤ 245m and its profits per share projection to 97.3 p from 85.4 p.

At 1040 BST, the shares were up 8.1% to 1,972 p.