AMG, Brill, Ion Beam, RHJ, Softimat: Benelux Equity Preview

The following companies may have unusual price changes in Benelux markets. Stock symbols are in parentheses, and prices are from the previous close.

The AEX-Index (AEX) in Amsterdam dropped 8.23, or 2.3 percent, to 348.09. Belgium’s Bel20 Index fell 80.84, or 3.1 percent, to 2,565.48. Luxembourg’s LuxX Index lost 1.9 percent to 1,420.28.

Dutch stocks:

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group NV (AMG) : The maker of vacuum furnaces and specialty alloys based on aluminum and titanium may say its full-year net loss narrowed to $7.01 million, according to the average of five analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. AMG declined 5 percent to 12.55 euros.

Royal Brill NV (BRILL NA): The Dutch publisher of reference books said net income rose 29 percent to 2.76 million euros ($3.85 million) last year. Brill retreated 0.9 percent to 13.10 euros.

Belgian stocks:

Ion Beam Applications (IBAB) SA: Europe’s largest maker of proton-therapy equipment forecast 2011 net income will drop from 6.23 million euros and doesn’t expect its pharmaceuticals division to break even before 2015 as spending will exceed 100 million euros over five years. Ion Beam fell 4.5 percent to 8.36 euros.

RHJ International (RHJI) SA: The owner of U.K. wealth manager Kleinwort Benson said RIT Capital Plc reduced its stake to 2.95 percent of voting rights as of March 7 from 3.31 percent previously. RHJ decreased 3.1 percent to 5.67 euros.

Softimat SA (SYST BB): The software maker formerly known as Systemat plans to return 1 euro a share to investors through a capital reduction and forecast software sales will increase about 5 percent to 7.5 million euros this year. Softimat lost 4.8 percent to 5.57 euros.

To contact the reporters on this story: Martijn van der Starre in Amsterdam at vanderstarre@bloomberg.net; John Martens in Brussels at jmartens1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Angela Cullen at acullen8@bloomberg.net.

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