Bell’s shares surge on H1 earnings expectations

15 August 2017

JSE-listed Bell Equipment’s shares on the JSE surged nearly 30% by mid-afternoon on the news that the company expects to report a 70%-plus rise in earnings for the six months to June 30.

In a trading update to shareholders, Bell said earnings a share and headline earnings a share for the half-year under review were expected to be at least 70%, or 47c, higher, than the 67c posted in the prior corresponding half-year.

This was attributed to an improvement in demand, particularly in the South African market, certain one-off recoveries during the period, and the financial recovery of Bell’s Democratic Republic of Congo subsidiary.

Bell expects to publish its interim results on August 31. 

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