We're expecting news from Aberdeen Asset Management plc (LON: ADN), Kingfisher plc (LON: KGF) and Resolution Limited (LON: RSL) next week.
Looking forward to next week, as reporting season for companies with years ending December tails off further, we do still have a few important FTSE 100 reports coming our way -- and we are starting to approach the time of March pre-close updates.
We take a look at three FTSE 100 companies set to bring us news during the week ahead:
Aberdeen Asset Management
Aberdeen Asset Management (LSE: ADN) will bring us a pre-close trading update on Monday, ahead of interim results due on 29 April. If you'd bought shares in the investment management group a year ago, you'd be sitting on a very nice gain of nearly 70% now that the shares have risen to 418p.
After a couple of years of falling earnings up to 2009, the firm has bounced back with very strong profit growth. And the dividend was lifted year-on-year throughout, regularly providing an income of over 4% -- although the rising share price meant that 2012's yield fell back to 3.7%.
Forecasts for the year to September 2013 suggest a rise in earnings per share of around 10%, putting the shares on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just under 16. The full-year dividend is also expected to be lifted, by 18% to 13.5p per share this year. The firm's first-quarter update told us that it attracted £10.8 billion in new business in the period, with assets under management rising to £193.4 billion.
Tuesday will bring us full-year results from Kingfisher (LSE: KGF), the owner of B&Q and Screwfix in the UK together with European outlets including the French DIY chain Castorama. Kingfisher shares haven't done that well of late, losing about 5% over the past 12 months to 286p.
The company's fourth-quarter update on 21 February told us that like-for-like sales for the period were down 3.4% on the previous year's final quarter, despite an extra week's trading this time. UK sales were particularly weak, with like-for-like down 5.8% overall and B&Q down 6.4% -- though Screwfix sales gained 10.3%.
Full-year forecasts indicate a 13% fall in earnings, but there's still a 4.4% rise in the dividend expected, for a yield of 3.2%.
We should also have full-year results from Resolution Limited (LSE: RSL) on Tuesday. The firm, which specialises in consolidation within the life insurance sector, is forecast to reward investors with a very nice dividend. The predicted full-year payment of 21p represents a yield of 7.6% on the current share price of 276p -- a payment of 7.05p was made for the first half.
At the time of the company's third-quarter update in November, Andy Briggs (who will be appointed chief executive on 28 March) told us that the results demonstrated "continued momentum, with the Group delivering significantly improved new business profitability despite the challenges in the wider economy", but he did also talk of "the continued uncertainty in Europe and other markets weighing on overall performance".
Finally, over the past few weeks we've seen updates from a good number of solid FTSE 100 companies, and they're the kind that make up the core of many a long-term portfolio.
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> Alan does not own any shares mentioned in this article.