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ASX Sharemarket News

In ASX sharemarket news, Costa Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: CGC) has announced its June 2019 result.

Costa reported that its revenue grew by 11.8% to $573 million. Underlying EBITDA ((EBITDA-SL) click here to learn what EBITDA means) was 8.4% lower at $82.4 million.

Underlying net profit (NPAT-SL) fell 15% to $40.9 million. The company blamed adverse conditions for the Moroccan blueberry season, low mushroom demand, raspberry quality and citrus water cost and fruit flies for a tough first half of 2019.


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Ardent Leisure Group Ltd (ASX: ALG) is another to report this morning.

Revenue from continuing businesses grew by 14.4% to $60.9 million and underlying EBITDA increased by 15.7% to $7.3 million.

Main Event revenue increased by 7.9% compared to the prior year and the Main Event EBITDA (excluding ‘specific items) grew 4%.

The reported net loss improved by 32.9% to $60.9 million and there was no dividend declared with the company’s intention to invest in its Theme Parks and Main Event to drive recovery and growth for each business.

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Whilst releasing its FY19 result, which saw revenue increase 16.4% to $257.7 million and net profit rise 21.4% to $32.8 million, Bravura Solutions Ltd (ASX: BVS) also announced an acquisition.

It’s acquiring Software as a Service provider Midwinter for $50 million, which provides back office administration for financial advisers and drives online self-directed digital advice portals for superannuation funds in Australia.

Disclosure: Jaz owns shares of Costa Group Holdings at the time of writing, but this could change at any time.