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Drugs major Merck (MRK) announced Wednesday a definitive agreement to acquire Viralytics Limited (VLA.AX, VRACY), an Australian company focused on oncolytic immunotherapy treatments for a range of cancers. The acquisition will be by way of a scheme of arrangement for A$1.75 cash per Viralytics share....

Spanish utility Iberdrola (IBDSF.PK) Wednesday reported that its net profit for the full year rose 3.7 percent to 2.804 billion euros, reflecting the impact of the fiscal tax reform in the United States. Consolidated EBITDA for the year slid by 7.8% to 7.318 billion, impacted by negative effect of...

MTU Aero Engines AG (MTUAY.PK) reported Wednesday that its fourth-quarter net income increased to 84.5 million euros from last year's 70.2 million euros. Earnings per share grew to 1.61 euros from 1.37 euros last year. Adjusted net income was 108.7 million euros, compared to 72 million euros last...

Fidessa Group plc (FDSA.L) and Temenos Group AG (TMNSF.PK) said that their boards have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended all-cash acquisition by Temenos, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Temenos Bidco, of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Fidessa. Under...

Hochschild Mining PLC (HOC.L) reported Wednesday that its fiscal 2017 profit attributable to equity shareholders of the company was $41.56 million, down from $45.55 million a year ago. Basic earnings per share declined to $0.08 from $0.09 last year. Profit before income tax was $64.1 million, down...

Lloyds Banking Group plc (LLOY.L, LYG) reported Wednesday that its fiscal 2017 profit before tax climbed 24 percent to 5.28 billion pounds from last year's 4.24 billion pounds. Earnings per share climbed 51 percent to 4.4 pence. Underlying profit was 8.49 billion pounds, 8 percent higher than 7.87...

Glencore plc (GLCNF.PK, GLNCY.PK, GLEN.L) reported preliminary fiscal 2017 income from continuing operations of $5.16 billion compared to a loss of $1.19 billion, prior year. Profit per share from continuing operations was $0.40 compared to a loss of $0.05. Funds from operations was $11.6 billion, up...

UK home builder Barratt Developments Plc. (BDEV.L) reported pre-tax profit of 342.7 million pounds for the half year ended 31 December 2017, up 6.8 percent from 321.0 million pounds in the same period last year. Profit for the period attributable to equity shareholders was 273.3 million pounds, up...

Telefonica Deutschland Holding AG (TELDF.OB, TFTHF.OB) reported that its fourth-quarter OIBDA, excluding exceptional effects, increased by 1.4 percent year-on-year to 499 million euros. OIDBA excluding exceptional effects benefited from an additional 45 million euros of Opex and revenue-related synergies,...

French telecommunications operator Orange SA (ORAN) reported Wednesday that its fiscal 2017 net income attributable to equity owners of the Group plunged to 1.906 billion euros from last year's 2.935 billion euros. Consolidated net income of continuing operations, however, climbed to 2.114 billion...

French hotel group Accor (ACRFY.PK, ACRFF.PK) reported 2017 Net profit, Group share of 441 million euros, up 66.4 percent from 265 million euros in the previous year. EBIT increased 23.9 percent from the prior year to 492 million euros, or was up 10.1 percent like-for-like or LFL. Operating profit...

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (MIELF.PK, MIELY.PK) announced late Tuesday that it has appointed Takeshi Sugiyama as the company's new President & CEO, effective April 1. Sugiyama will replace Masaki Sakuyama, who will assume the position of Chairman. Sugiyama joined Mitsubishi Electric in 1979, and first...

Transocean Ltd. (RIG) reported a net loss attributable to controlling interest of $111 million, $0.28 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2017. The fourth quarter 2017 results included net unfavorable items of $18 million, $0.04 per share. Adjusted net loss was $93 million, $0.24 per share,...

3M (MMM) announced the company and the State of Minnesota reached a resolution of the State's lawsuit against 3M related to certain PFCs present in the environment. Under the terms of the settlement, 3M and the State will partner to invest in the environment and community. 3M will provide an $850 million...

Deutsche Börse AG (DBOEY.PK, DBOEF.PK) reported preliminary 2017 net income of 874.3 million euros compared to 722.1 million euros, prior year. Basic earnings per share was 4.68 euros compared to 3.87 euros. Adjusted EBITDA stood at 1.43 billion euros, up 6 percent on the previous year. Adjusted net...

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