Royal Mail profits dip as it also warns on industrial dispute impact

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Royal Mail sees half-year profits drop by third and warns trade union talks could hit financial performance

Uncertainty over the outcome of pensions negotiations have long held back Royal Mail's stock, which have lost about a fifth of its value in the a year ago.

Adjusted operating profit before transformation costs - the Royal Mail's preferred measure - climbed 7 per cent to £323m over the period. Liberum Capital lowered their price objective on Royal Mail PLC from GBX 400 ($5.26) to GBX 385 ($5.06) and set a "sell" rating for the company in a research report on Friday, July 14th.

Several other research firms also recently weighed in on ROYMF. raised shares of Royal Mail plc from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Royal Mail has counted. As of November 16, the consensus forecast amongst 17 polled investment analysts covering the privatised postal operator advises investors to hold their position in the company.

The bill for laying off 1,500 workers and meeting rising pension costs have sent pre-tax profits tumbling by 30 per cent at Royal Mail despite much better than expected volumes and revenues.

Royal Mail plc (OTCMKTS ROYMF) remained flat at $$5.03 during midday trading on Tuesday. With the last stock price close down -8.70% from the two hundred day average, compared with the S&P 500 Index which has increased 0.02% over the date range.

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The 15 analysts offering 12-month price targets for Royal Mail for the Financial Times have a median target of 450.00p on the shares, with a high estimate of 590.00p and a low estimate of 320.00p.

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The company said it hopes to make considerable cost savings of around £190 million in its United Kingdom letters business.

The decline in the letters business was partially offset by growth in UKPIL's parcels operations.

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