Headline profits before tax were up by more than 10 per cent to £7.1 million in 2011 from £6.4m in 2010, although restructuring charges and impairment of goodwill took their toll at the pre-tax level.
Following the results, chief executive Mark Scott demonstrated his faith in the company’s prospects, buying 60,500 shares at 41p each to take his holding up to 863,719.
n John Worby, group finance director of genetics group Genus, has sold 43,000 shares following the vesting of share options. He disposed of 43,261 shares at 1,318.41p.
n Three directors at cooker group Aga Rangemaster have bought shares. Shaun Smith, finance director, bought 16,090 at 87p. Chief executive William McGrath bought 28,045 shares at the same price. Non-executive director Jonathan Carling made his first purchase of shares in the company, investing in 5,000.
n Tony Rice, chief executive of telecoms group Cable and Wireless Communications, has increased his holding in the company. He bought 2.5 million shares at 32.85p each, a total investment of £821,250.