Speedy shares hit by profits warning

Shares in Speedy Hire have fallen by nearly 17% after the company, which has only just been through a financial scandal, said its profits for this year would be lower than expected.

In an interim management statement it released only a month ago, the Merseyside-based company said its UK business would prop up a faltering international business to deliver profits within expectations.

However it now says that results from its Middle Eastern business are worse than expected, as it is still being stabilised, while the international business as a whole has been hit by adverse foreign exchange movements related to its joint venture in Kazakhstan.

On top of that, while total UK revenues are above last year’s results, the higher margin hire revenues the company had been expecting in February and March are below forecast.

By mid-morning, shares in Speedy Hire had fallen by 13p to 63.75p.

Earlier this year Steve Corcoran, the company’s long-standing chief executive, was forced to resign after a £5m hole was found in its international accounts.

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