It's full-year results time for Vodafone Group plc (LON: VOD), Marks & Spencer Group Plc (LON: MKS), and Burberry Group plc (LON: BRBY).
Next week will be another busy one for full-year results from FTSE 100 companies with years ending on 31 March. And we'll have more company news in the weeks to come as well, as March also marks the first quarter for all those with December year-end dates. Here are three companies from the top-tier index that are set to report annual results next week:
Vodafone Group (LSE: VOD) (NASDAQ: VOD.US) will release full-year results on Tuesday 21st. Recent forecasts suggest earnings of around 15p per share, which would be pretty much flat compared to last year's adjusted figure of 14.91p. But we should be seeing a rise in the dividend of around 9%, to take it to a yield of about 5.3% on today's share price of 197p.
But the main item on the Vodafone agenda at the moment is its relationship with Verizon Communications over its 45% share of Verizon Wireless. Will the two telecoms giants merge? Will Vodafone sell its Verizon Wireless stake? Will we learn more on Tuesday?
One thing we will learn is what Vodafone intends to do with its £2.1bn dividend from Verizon Wireless. It was announced on Tuesday, and Vodafone said it will reveal its plans on results day.
Marks & Spencer
We'll also have full-year results from Marks & Spencer Group (LSE: MKS) on Tuesday. Despite a very uncertain winter, the M&S share price has been picking up nicely since the spring months came round. And at 439p, it's now up around 25% over the past 12 months, pretty much bang on the FTSE.
Judging by previous quarterly updates, full-year sales should be up a bit, although margin pressure from intense competition in a very tough environment is expected to result in a fall in pre-tax profit of around 7-8%, with a similar fall expected in earnings per share.
But last year's dividend was well covered, and it seems likely it will be maintained at last year's level of 17p per share -- the interim dividend was unchanged at 6.2p. On the current price, 17p would provide a yield of 3.9%, with the shares on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 13.7.
To complete the trio due to report on Tuesday, Burberry Group (LSE: BRBY) will also bring us full-year results that day. Burberry shareholders have not had a good year, after a crash in the share price last September. Since then, the price has recovered somewhat, but it's still made no overall progress over the past 12 months.
In April's second-half trading update, the fashion purveyor told us of a 9% rise in revenue to £1,116m, with underlying retail revenue up 13% to £840m and wholesale revenue down 3% to £220m. Retail now accounts for 75% of the group's revenue.
Current City expectations look positive, with a 10% rise in earnings to 68p per share expected. But with the shares priced at 1,429p, that would suggest a P/E of 21, and to justify that we'll need to see some pretty good future growth -- though analysts are predicting around 15% for the current year. At around 28p per share, the forecast dividend would yield just 2%.
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> Alan does not own any shares mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool has recommended shares in Burberry and Vodafone.