Als Limited

ALS is a leading testing, inspection, certification and verification company head quartered in Brisbane, Australia. Servicing multiple industries globally, ALS employees over 12,000 staff in 70 countries.


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ALS Limited Rides Resources Rebound

The rebound in global resources and in the wider economy has seen the Brisbane-based global testing giant, ALS Limited boost interim dividend by a third after lifting earnings by 30% on an underlying basis to $93.3 million for the September half of its 2018-19 financial year.

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ALS Outlook Mixed, Opts For Buyback

ALS Ltd ((ALQ)) earnings grew less than brokers expected in the first half, driven by weaker profit growth from the commodities unit and margin declines in life sciences. There was significant working capital outflow and impairment charges, which resulted in a reported loss of -$8.9m. Underlying profit was just inside the low end of the $70-75m guidance range.

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ALS Soothes Investor Concerns

You can understand why Brisbane-based testing group, ALS Limited will offer shareholders a $175 million buy back, as well as a higher interim dividend after announcing an underlying net profit after tax of $70.1 million for the six months to September 30, 2017. While the company reported a solid underlying result, the after tax result including one offs saw the impact of more impairments on its assets – this time in its coal testing division.

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ALS Rejects ‘Opportunistic’ Bid

Is the takeover offer for ALS a replay of Treasury Wine Estates and the way it fought off numerous approaches from private equity groups trying to buy the company before a turnaround became apparent – a rebound that has seen Treasury shares double from the original offer price?

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ALS Navigates Downturn

Brisbane-based global testing group ALS (ALQ) has managed to survive a second lot of impairments on its 2013 foray into the oil and gas sector when it paid $580 million for the purchase of the US oil and gas testing and services business, Reservoir Group.

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ALS Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Laboratory service provider ALS (ALQ) is between a rock and a hard place. The rock is its major clients, the minerals explorers. The hard place is the current downturn in oil and gas drilling activity. The company delivered initial earnings guidance for the first half of FY15 at its AGM recently. It was subdued. Profit guidance for the first half is $74m, 18% below Goldman Sachs’ prior expectations and 26% below the prior corresponding half. The reasons for the downgrade remain the same as have prevailed for the past six months: market volatility, pressure on sample testing volumes, rate reductions in the coal business and oil and gas revenue slippage in the northern hemisphere. Positive aspects were few and far between, but brokers noted life sciences and industrial business segments are improving.

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ALS Launches $580m Oil And Gas Deal

Obviously the board of Brisbane-based ALS (formerly known as Campbell Brothers) isn’t too worried about the slump in activity in the mining and resources sector (its key area of interest) lasting too long, judging by the announcement of two purchases in the sector yesterday – including its biggest deal yet – the more than half a billion dollar purchase of a big UK-owned oil and gas services group called Reservoir Group.

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