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Completion of Acquisition, Share Repurchase, Awards, and Senior Management Changes - Analyst Notes on Essentra, Experian, Investec, DS Smith and Kingfisher

June 23, 2014



LONDON, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


Today, Earnings Review released its analysts' notes regarding Essentra PLC (LON: ESNT), Experian plc (LON: EXPN), Investec plc (LON: INVP), DS Smith plc (LON: SMDS) and Kingfisher plc (LON: KGF). Private wealth members receive these notes ahead of publication. To reserve complementary membership, limited openings are available at: http://earnings-review.com/4060-100free.

Essentra PLC Analyst Notes On May 12, 2014, Essentra PLC (Essentra) announced that the Company has completed the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Kelvindale Products Pty Ltd (Kelvindale). On April 29, 2014, the Essentra announced the acquisition of Kelvindale, the financial details of which were not disclosed by the Company. Essentra informed that the acquisition of Kelvindale is consistent with the Company's Vision 2015 strategy of supplementing balanced, profitable organic growth with value-adding transactions, and will be reported under the Component & Protection Solutions Division. The full analyst notes on Essentra are available to download free of charge at:

http://earnings-review.com/4060-ESNT-24Jun2014.pdf

Experian plc Analyst Notes On June 19, 2014, Experian plc (Experian) announced that the Company purchased 250,000 of its ordinary shares of $0.10 each at an average price of 1,005.8993 pence per share. The Company paid a minimum price of 1,002 pence, and a maximum of 1,012 pence. Experian informed that the share purchase was in accordance with the announcement made by the Company on May 7, 2014, concerning share repurchases to be made during the year ending March 31, 2015 under the employee share plan awards. Further, the recently purchased shares will be kept in treasury initially. Post the aforesaid purchase, the Company holds 39.8 million shares in treasury, while total numbers of shares in issue are 991.9 million, excluding the shares held in treasury. Since announcing the intended share repurchases on May 7, 2014, the Company has purchased 3.4 million ordinary shares. The full analyst notes on Experian are available to download free of charge at:

http://earnings-review.com/4060-EXPN-24Jun2014.pdf

Investec plc Analyst Notes On June 12, 2014, Investec plc (Investec) announced that the Company is searching the winner of Britain's first-ever Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 award. Investec informed that for this award, a small or large producer can come and share his/her story and business success with the panel of greatest entrepreneur and win GBP5,000. Further, the judging panel includes Luke Johnson (Pizza Express, Patisserie Valerie, Feng Sushi, Strada, Giraffe, Gail's Artisan Bakery), Lord Karan Bilimoria of Cobra Beer, Julian Metcalfe, Pret a Manger and Itsu, and Lady Carole Bamford of Daylesford Organics and Lord Noon of Noon Foods. James Stirling of Investec, commented, "The Food & Drink sector has always been a key focus of activity for Investec, and one in which we have gained a deep institutional expertise, having worked with so many successful entrepreneurs in this space over the years." The full analyst notes on Investec are available to download free of charge at:

http://earnings-review.com/4060-INVP-24Jun2014.pdf

DS Smith plc Analyst Notes On June 10, 2014, DS Smith plc (DS Smith) announced that the Company has won POPAI D-A-CH Award 2014 in Gold for the consistent display-solution for an eye-catching display with perfectly staged product message developed for the launch of new anti-age care 'Miracle Skin Cream' of Garnier. In addition, the jury of the POPAI association rewarded the Company with a golden 'Indian' in the category "beauty and fragrance - temporary" for its 1/4-pallet display of the packaging that presented the new anti-age care of the brand Garnier of L'Oreal. The full analyst notes on DS Smith are available to download free of charge at:

http://earnings-review.com/4060-SMDS-24Jun2014.pdf

Kingfisher plc Analyst Notes On June 12, 2014, Kingfisher plc (Kingfisher) informed that Philippe Tible, CEO Castorama & Brico Depot brands, wishes to step down from the Company's Board at the end of July 2014. In addition, Philippe Tible will also step down as a member of the Company's Executive team, but will remain with the Company till the end of current financial year in order to support the negotiations to acquire Mr Bricolage. Further, Veronique Laury, CEO of Castorama France, and Alain Souillard, CEO of the Brico Depot brand in France, Spain, Romania and Portugal, will join the Company's Executive team on July 1, 2014. Daniel Bernard, Kingfisher's Chairman, said, "As we enter a new phase of our development, it is clear that the business needs the next generation of leaders to oversee these plans and so, as a result, Philippe will step down." The full analyst notes on Kingfisher are available to download free of charge at:

http://earnings-review.com/4060-KGF-24Jun2014.pdf

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