It's been a big week in the August earnings season with scores of ASX businesses reporting their results. Today, these three ASX shares are taking off after their companies posted details of their FY22 profits.
Let's take a look.
Slater & Gordon Limited (ASX: SGH)
The Slater & Gordon share price is up 9.57% to 63 cents today. This follows the law firm releasing its full-year FY22 results and a business update this morning.
The company said its results proved it had turned things around in the second half of FY22 after COVID-19 lockdowns caused problems in 1H FY22.
It reported a net profit after tax (NPAT) of $2.2 million for the full year. This was achieved from a net loss position of ($7.5 million) after 1H FY22. But the full-year result is well down on the $14.5 million of NPAT in the prior corresponding period (pcp).
The firm's net asset position improved to $184 million, up from $180.5 million pcp.
Slater & Gordon CEO John Somerville said:
When we reported our half year results in February, we said we had started to see signs of improvement following the lifting of lockdowns and we are pleased that the second half saw the continuation of that trend with the business returning to deliver an overall profit for the year.
Our firm continues to make good progress on its improvement and growth plans, but we recognise we still have more work to do.
360 Capital Group Ltd (ASX: TGP)
The 360 Capital Group Ltd share price is soaring 10.12% today to 93 cents. This is also on the back of full-year FY22 results released today.
The company reported operating revenue of $53.9 million, up 157% pcp. Its operating profit was $30.9 million, up 240% pcp. Operating earnings per share (EPS) came in at 14.1 cents per share, up 236% pcp.
The group also announced a special dividend of eight cents per share payable on 7 October. Shareholders will receive this on top of the six cents per share in total ordinary dividends paid this year.
The company says its principal investing continues to drive profits. It has also simplified the business to focus on its core strengths of real estate investing and funds management.
Part of that simplification process was selling its 19.9% stake in Irongate Group to Charter Hall Group (ASC: CHC). It also bought certain assets as part of the transaction.
This improved the balance sheet. After settlement on 15 July, the company had more than $160 million in cash, no bank debt, and $49.4 million in liquid assets.
This provides "the opportunity to capitalise on market volatility and dislocation given the Group's 16-year track record of real estate investing".
Close The Loop Inc (ASX: CLG)
Close The Loop Inc is a relatively new entrant to the ASX. It began trading in December 2021.
As my colleague Sebastian reported at the time, the Close the Loop share price skyrocketed 55% on its first day of trading to a high of 31 cents. That's well beyond its initial public offering (IPO) price of 20 cents.
The company describes itself as "an end-to-end solutions provider from design and manufacturing, through to collection and recycling of products".
ASX investors appear to be very happy with what Close the Loop told them today, with the share price up 9.52% to 46 cents this afternoon.
It reported revenue of $89.2 million, which was 20.7% above the prospectus forecast and up 32.3% pcp. Its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was $14.3 million, 16.3% above prospectus forecast and up 8.3% pcp.
The company said: "Strong organic revenue growth across all divisions contributed to significant earnings uplift."
Close the Loop also made various acquisitions during the year. It increased its net tangible assets per share from 0.96 cents at 30 June 2021 to 7.31 cents at 30 June 2022.
Group CEO Joe Foster said:
Close the Loop Group's strong performance in our first full year reporting period as an ASX-listed company has ensured we have achieved or exceeded key prospectus metrics and delivered on our strategic pillars.
We acquired complementary and earnings accretive businesses in Oceanic Agencies and Crasti & Co. and, in July, added Alliance Paper. These three acquisitions add to the cumulative power Close the Loop has in its ability as the only ASX-listed company operating in all parts in the circular economy – from product design, manufacturing, collection and recycling and then eventually recovering it as new packaging or secondary products, or simply packaging to packaging.