In late morning trade the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has fought back from a poor start to trade slightly higher. The benchmark index is currently up 2 points to 6,858.9 points.
Four ASX shares that have failed to follow the market higher today are listed below. Here’s why they are sinking lower:
AMP Ltd (ASX: AMP)
The AMP share price is down 10% to $1.39 following the release of its full year results. The financial services company reported an underlying net profit after tax of $295 million for the 12 months ended 31 December. This is down 33% on the prior corresponding period. Management advised that it reflects the impacts of COVID-19 on its clients, its business, and the broader economy and financial markets.
Ecofibre Ltd (ASX: EOF)
The Ecofibre share price is down 13% to $1.57. Investors have been selling the hemp company’s shares following the release of a very disappointing half year result. Ecofibre reported a 49% decline in revenue to $14.7 million and a sizeable $5.5 million loss after tax. The latter compares to a $7.1 million profit in the prior corresponding period.
Magellan Financial Group Ltd (ASX: MFG)
The Magellan share price has fallen 4% to $49.09. This follows the release of the fund manager’s half year results this morning. For the six months ended 31 December, Magellan reported a 9% increase in its average funds under management (FUM) to $100.9 billion. However, due to a sharp decline in performance fees, the company posted a 2% decline adjusted net profit after tax to $213.1 million.
Vita Group Limited (ASX: VTG)
The Vita share price has crashed 27% lower to 82.5 cents. This follows news that Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) intends to transition to full ownership for all of its branded retail stores across Australia. At present, Vita operates 104 Telstra retail stores on behalf of the telco giant. This makes up the vast majority of its revenue. According to Vita, the agreement will end in June 2025.
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