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Smiths Group expects healthy tax cut in US

The maker of medical devices could see the tax rate fall by as much as 5.5 percentage points
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Smiths Group welcomes changes in US tax laws

Smiths Group PLC (LON:SMIN) saw its shares gain nearly 5% on Friday after the FTSE 100 listed firm said that new tax rules in the US will have a favourable effect in the current year and beyond.

The x-ray device maker anticipates a headline effective tax rate of 27.5% to 28.5% for the year ending July 31, including one-time charges related to adverse revaluation of the deferred tax position.

READ: Smiths Group posts solid growth in reported profits, revenue, but underlying growth more constrained

Looking ahead to 2019 and beyond, the company expects a headline effective tax rate in the range of 23% to 25%.

By late morning, Smiths Group were up 5%, or 78p at to 1,645.5p.

In a note to clients, analysts at Numis Securities trimmed their rating for the stock  to ‘add’ from ‘buy’, pointing out that a price/earnings valuation for 2019 of 16x in line with the sector suggests a target price of 1,725p.

They added: “Key for the shares remains kick-starting growth in the Medical division which management has suggested will commence in H2 2018.”

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