Perpetual

Don’t get too excited about Perpetual’s profit upgrade today. The company announced that first half underlying profit—due to be reported on 23 February—would be $35m. This is above the disappointing guidance range of $26m-$31m provided at the November annual meeting—see 4 Nov 11 (Buy – $20.74), as well as the $32m the company reported for the second half of 2011. The interim dividend is expected to be between $0.43 and $0.54 per share. The company gave two reasons for the upgrade. The first, and probably the least important, is that the cost reductions put in place by former chief...

Don’t get too excited about Perpetual’s profit upgrade today. The company announced that first half underlying profit—due to be reported on 23 February—would be $35m. This is above the disappointing guidance range of $26m-$31m provided at the November annual meeting—see 4 Nov 11 (Buy – $20.74), as well as the $32m the company reported for the second half of 2011. The interim dividend is expected to be between $0.43 and $0.54 per share.

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