Outcomes supply snapshot of Brexit winners and losers


This earnings season is being dominated closely by the early impression of the UK’s vote for Brexit on corporations all over the world.

As companies within the UK, US and Europe and Asia replace the market on their efficiency — in lots of instances publishing their first full units of quarterly outcomes because the UK voted to go away the EU in June — a snapshot is rising of the company winners and losers.

The most important influence has clearly come from the sharp fall within the worth of sterling, which has benefited British corporations that make most of their cash abroad — which incorporates a lot of the FTSE one hundred. It has, nevertheless, harm worldwide corporations that promote to British clients and UK importers, together with many producers.

“The highest theme for us when it comes to … coping with a decrease sterling is the profit to the FTSE one hundred,” says Nandini Ramakrishnan, a worldwide market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Administration.

Of the most important British corporations which have reported up to now, about half have talked particularly concerning the results of Brexit, the referendum or the autumn-off in sterling of their outcomes announcement.

However the reverberations of the vote have unfold far wider, with corporations as numerous as Mondelez, the US snack maker, SAP, the German software program group, ABB, the Swiss engineer, and Japanese and US carmakers among the many many worldwide companies citing the vote as a cause for an uplift or fall in current buying and selling.

Shopper / Retail
Luxurious manufacturers prime the desk of corporations which have benefited from the weaker pound. Burberry’s UK gross sales rose by greater than a 3rd final quarter because of vacationers flocking to its shops for decrease costs. Fabricio Freda, chief government of Estée Lauder, the French cosmetics firm, stated make-up gross sales have been “notably robust” within the UK, with the model promoting nicely in malls comparable to Harrods, the place gross sales jumped by 20 per cent within the quarter. General, Harrods stated it had seen report buying and selling through the three-month interval.

However some corporations have warned of costs going within the incorrect course for on a regular basis buyers.

Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch shopper items group that makes merchandise together with Dove cleaning soap and Magnum ice cream, eked out a gross sales rise within the third quarter however discovered itself in a excessive-profile dispute final month with Tesco, the UK grocery store, over the price of its merchandise.

The last word sanction can be within the palms of UK shoppers … French wine, German beer and Swedish cider, for instance, are all at excessive danger

Tesco briefly stopped promoting Unilever merchandise, together with Marmite unfold, a British staple, after Unilever proposed placing up its costs, blaming dearer commodities and the sharp drop in sterling. The businesses swiftly resolved the dispute, however the spat set off alarm bells about the potential for publish-Brexit worth rises on on a regular basis items. John Allan, Tesco chairman, has warned that meals costs have been “very possible” to rise because of the UK leaving the EU.

Shoppers of chocolate, espresso and champagne have been thrown into the talk. Mondelez Worldwide, the US firm that owns the Cadbury, Oreo and Milka manufacturers, stated in its third-quarter outcomes that it had benefited from the weakened pound as a result of it buys its cocoa in sterling. However Whitbread, the UK proprietor of the Costa Espresso chain, spends £25m a yr on espresso beans and buys them in dollars — and expects prices to extend by £10m subsequent yr when its foreign money hedge expires.

The boss of JD Wetherspoon, the British pub chain, warned that French wine, champagne and spirits, German beer and Swedish cider have been “all at excessive danger” as his firm reported slowing gross sales progress within the thirteen weeks to October 23. Tim Martin launched a scathing assault on “bullying” EU officers, who he stated had adopted an “intransigent” angle to negotiations with the UK.

Like Whitbread, most UK retailers have hedging preparations to insulate them from overseas trade fluctuations till at the very least subsequent yr. However one exception is Sports activities Direct, which warned final month that its income for the present monetary yr can be at the least £15m decrease following a belated try to guard itself towards the autumn in sterling.

The Brexit vote triggered a brutal promote-off in UK banking shares amid worries that the financial system would slide into recession. However in reporting their first full set of outcomes because the referendum, most financial institution executives have been upbeat concerning the resilience of their UK operations.

[We had our] greatest-ever quarter for mortgages … [and the results] present no shock pre or publish the Brexit vote

António Horta-Osório, Lloyds Banking Group chief government, stated the corporate didn’t “see any vital change in exercise from shoppers following Brexit”.

Different UK banks have been much more upbeat. Royal Financial institution of Scotland and Virgin Cash each reported robust progress in new mortgage lending and different loans. Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Virgin Cash chief government, stated the financial institution had loved its “greatest-ever quarter for mortgages” and the outcomes “present no shock pre or submit the Brexit vote”. Nevertheless the corporate deferred plans to lend to smaller companies due to uncertainty.

Volatility in monetary markets following the Brexit vote had a constructive impression on Barclays, which benefited from a surge in buying and selling of fastened revenue merchandise. It additionally gained from the depreciation of the pound towards the greenback, which boosted the worth of its giant stream of US revenues when transformed into its sterling accounts.

Within the US, a number of massive banks have additionally stated their buying and selling divisions have benefited from the Brexit vote within the third quarter, as shoppers rushed to reposition, notably in bonds, currencies and rates of interest.

Brexit, probably, is one thing that would drive share to the US … I feel our European shoppers want us

However, the dangers to US banks with giant London operations haven’t disappeared. Executives are nonetheless fearful about whether or not their establishments will retain “passporting’’ rights, permitting them to supply providers all through the EU, and in addition concerning the wider financial fallout if the UK withdraws from the only market.

“We don’t have a variety of solutions proper now,” Michael Corbat, Citigroup chief government, stated as he introduced the financial institution’s third-quarter outcomes.

Paul Donofrio, chief monetary officer at Financial institution of America additionally stated it was “too early to know the impression, what the influence shall be, not to mention how we’d reply”.

Harvey Schwartz, chief monetary officer at Goldman Sachs, had a extra optimistic take, telling analysts Brexit gave US banks an opportunity to realize market share. “Brexit, probably, is one thing that would drive share to the US … I feel our European shoppers want us.”

Nissan, the Japanese carmaker, offered maybe the largest vote of confidence to the UK when it agreed to construct two new fashions at its plant within the north-east of England after assurances from the UK authorities.

However different main carmakers have warned that Brexit will harm their income within the brief-to-medium time period.

Common Motors of the US stated final month that it might reduce manufacturing additional in Europe because of the UK vote because it reported a $100m Brexit-associated foreign money hit within the third quarter with an extra $300m anticipated within the fourth.

As automakers increase costs within the UK in response to sterling’s weak spot, this can start to hit gross sales

Ford stated it had incurred $60m in Brexit-associated prices within the first half, with a further $140m anticipated within the second half. The corporate is forecasting an extra $600m hit in 2017. Mark Fields, chief government, informed buyers: “As automakers increase costs within the UK in response to sterling’s weak spot, it will start to hit gross sales.”

France’s two carmakers have additionally been hit by the autumn in sterling, with Renault warning of a “massive hit” of €331m from the pound and different currencies within the third quarter. PSA Peugeot Citroën stated it will in all probability increase costs once more to offset the autumn within the pound. Germany’s Volkswagen additionally stated it had incurred a €1.2bn hit within the third quarter from destructive change charges, with the UK singled out as the most important issue.

Honda, the Japanese carmaker that makes one hundred forty,000 automobiles a yr at a plant in south-west England, stated it might stay dedicated to its UK manufacturing operations “for now”. Toyota has additionally promised to maintain automotive manufacturing within the UK, saying it believes the UK authorities will give it “truthful remedy”.

Mazda, Japan’s fifth-largest carmaker, trimmed its annual working revenue steerage by 12 per cent to ¥150bn ($1.5bn), blaming the yen’s rise notably towards the euro within the wake of Brexit.

The sector was among the many first to really feel the consequences of Brexit, with Worldwide Airways Group, which owns British Airways, issuing a revenue warning the day after the June 23 vote, saying buying and selling had been hit within the run-as much as the referendum. EasyJet, the low-value service warned on income swiftly after the vote, whereas Ryanair adopted go well with final month.

Of the three corporations, to date solely IAG has revealed its third-quarter outcomes. The corporate stated its working income for the quarter have been down €162m yr-on-yr, primarily as a result of sterling weak spot. On Friday the corporate trimmed a few of its lengthy-time period targets for revenue, capital expenditure and capability progress.

Know-how, Media and Telecoms
WPP, the world’s largest promoting group, beat analysts’ expectations within the third quarter, because the sharp drop in sterling boosted its revenues. However the FTSE one hundred firm warned a softening in like-for-like income progress within the UK, its residence market, was “maybe reflecting the primary influence of Brexit uncertainties”.

It’s robust sledging. Sluggish progress is the brand new regular and we don’t see any purpose to assume that may change in 2017

“It’s robust sledging,” stated Sir Martin Sorrell, chief government, who campaigned for the UK to stay within the EU. “Sluggish progress is the brand new regular and we don’t see any purpose to assume that may change in 2017.”

European know-how corporations reported a combined image.

Shares in NCC Group dropped greater than a 3rd in a single day final month after the UK cyber safety firm revealed a “variety of setbacks”, together with three misplaced contracts and delayed contract renewals, a minimum of one in every of which was linked to Brexit uncertainty.

However in Germany, SAP, the world’s largest enterprise software program firm, stated its revenues from the UK grew quicker than some other nation within the EU within the third quarter. Invoice McDermott, chief government, stated the group can profit from Brexit as a result of corporations reply to financial uncertainty by investing in IT to chop prices and automate operations.

ABB, with companies starting from energy grids to robotics and relying closely on funding by corporations and governments, reported a “large” discount in demand from UK clients, sending its share worth sharply decrease.

Ulrich Spiesshofer, chief government, stated clients had informed him on a current go to to the UK that they have been holding again on capital spending plans till the consequences of the Brexit vote have been clearer.

There has additionally been a spate of revenue warnings from UK-listed engineers, which analysts stated mirrored a basic sluggishness throughout industrial markets.

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