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Angling Direct has achieved scale over the last 5 years and proven its multi-channel credentials. Under new leadership it is now being professionalised, and margin/profit weakness (notably online) is a key focus. Early signs are encouraging. With a fishing renaissance post covid, ANG is very well placed to deliver profitable and sustained growth over the medium to long term in highly fragmented markets. For these traits, valuation is extremely undemanding, and upcoming results are a possible catalyst.
Companies: Angling Direct Plc
The continuing fast-growing online business and well-managed product mix have resulted in better than expected profitability for H1 20 and, with the rapid recovery in recent weeks, the group has upgraded again its guidance for FY 20.
The group is expecting adjusted pre-tax profit to be £300m for FY 20 vs. £195m (previously revised at the end of July).
Companies: Next Plc
In this note and following the SMMT June data released earlier this week, we look at the key dynamics of the sector during H1 2020, and the prospects for the rest of the calendar year. While no direct stimulus for the sector was announced in the recent summer statement, customers who were considering their purchasing options now have the clarity to move ahead with buying decisions that were potentially on hold.
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The leading network airlines group reported a heavy Q2 net loss and its H2 forecast has been revised downward. Nevertheless, IAG maintains its recovery expectations despite a more pessimistic market outlook.
The group will call for a €2.75bn fund raising to cope with the health crisis.
Companies: International Consolidated Airlines Group SA
Although financial guidance and forecasts were withdrawn in March, trading in the 11 months to 31 July was better than anticipated. This reflects strong execution by the Cambria team, and some pent-up market demand post lockdown. Results in June/July were well ahead of the previous year and management’s expectations as a result. Based on market anecdotes from other dealer groups, we suggest August was probably a profitable month too. Alongside cost savings, this suggests a better FY20 profit/cashflow result than we had feared. Given the level of uncertainty and slow order book build for Sept, though, the board is planning cautiously with a cost reduction programme underway. CAMB trades on an historic FY19 pre crisis EV/EBITDA of just 3x, and the discount to its c80p property backing is c35%.
Companies: Cambria Automobiles Plc
Listed in April 2017 with a reorganized corporate structure, and led by a high-calibre operating team, Ten Entertainment Group (TEG) has developed a highly cash-generative business model that signals further growth prospects. By combining its operating formula with an integrated technology platform, TEG has set itself apart from competitors. With effective inward capital investment and its ‘Tenpinisation’ model, growth looks set to continue, and forecasts indicate a substantial increase in profit in FY17 and FY18.
Companies: Ten Entertainment Group Plc
The Pendragon share price has demonstrated resilience in the context of the wider liquidity squeeze in UK small and mid cap stocks that has recently driven a rotation in sentiment from growth to value. Whilst the group cannot be immune to wider industry pressures highlighted in the Q318 IMS, we believe the clear strategy to build its used car business and software platform will provide for a return to growth in FY19. This will be funded through strategic disposals and lower capital commitments to the new car market. This includes the potential sale of the group’s US Motor Group which would contribute to a planned £200m swing from a net debt position to a cash rich group over coming years. Whilst our Neutral stance acknowledges the negative sector sentiment that is unlikely to unwind short term, we remain alert to buying opportunities into any weakness.
Companies: Pendragon Plc
N Brown is taking crucial steps in its transition to being a pure-play online retailer (currently 77% of sales) and to strengthen its leading position in the under-serviced market for fashionable plus-size apparel. While strategic updates may be on hold until a new CEO is appointed, the company closed the loss-making portfolio of high-street stores in H119 and further brand consolidation seems inevitable. The shares trade on a low FY19e P/E of 5.5x and yield 7.2%.
Companies: N Brown Group Plc
We are introducing our Best Ideas for 2019 and also review the performance of last year’s picks. We suggest ten solidly financed stocks with good business dynamics that ought to be considered for core portfolio holdings and six UK domestically focused stocks that our analysts believe should perform strongly in the event that uncertainties unwind. We also introduce a new style of research from N+1 Singer which presents a Company’s dynamics and metrics in a clear and concise manner and concentrates on the pivotal issues affecting that Company and an investment decision.
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Vertu has delivered a respectable set of FY2019A results, which are 7.3% ahead of our forecasts at the adjusted PBT level. We tweak our headline forecasts at this juncture, to reflect higher levels of revenue, with growth in gross profits despite margin pressure coming through in new and used and continued cost pressure across the business, albeit we expect these are beginning to stabilise. We also note the significant cash beat in 2019A and our net debt forecasts for 2020E and 2021E are lower as a result, with a cash pile building in 2021E. We believe the asset backing in this Group remains compelling (NAV per share 44.9p) and it remains well positioned to deliver strong levels of shareholder value across a number of different fronts.
Companies: Vertu Motors Plc
Government bans on new fossil fueled vehicles in many major economies are likely to drive significant growth in electric vehicles (“EVs”) over the next twenty years. This will create growth in electricity demand from EV charging. The volume of energy to be supplied creates opportunities for both supply companies and generators and the provision of charge points is already creating a new industry. However, the timing of this demand puts pressure on local distribution infrastructure. While smart charging and vehicle to grid technology offer solutions, we believe these will only be partial given likely charging behaviour and as a result there will be demand for additional grid capacity and for other solutions. These other solutions include charger located storage and distributed generation.
Companies: CNA NG/ YU/ DRX GOOD RED SMS IKA AFC
Following continued delays of a Brexit agreement, few sectors within the UK market have remained attractive to investors despite low valuations. One sector which has continued to outperform despite the political drama has been the UK video gaming sector (henceforth UK gaming), which we are fans of. We believe a combination of sector-leading growth, strong cash conversion and timely cyclical positioning support our positive view on the UK video gaming sector.
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The Fulham Shore Plc (“FUL”) released interim results for the 6m period ended 29 September 2019 in-line with expectations as strength in the Franco Manca portfolio more than offset weather-related contraction at The Real Greek. We make minimal changes to our underlying forecasts and introduce a forecast for 2021. Nine restaurants have been opened so far in this financial year (year end March 2020) and the Company is now guiding a further eight to ten in the next financial year. We note that the financials now incorporate IFRS 16 for Leases which came into effect on January 1 2019. IFRS 16 does not impact cash balances but does lead to some material changes to the presentation of the financial statements.
Companies: The Fulham Shore Plc
Performance in FY20 is substantially ahead of expectations; EBITDA is expected to be no less than £7.0m, equating to at least £5.6m pre-IFRS16, a beat of >36% versus our forecast (>52% in H2). While trading has strengthened as a result of Covid-19 lock-down and the channel shift, this has principally been a feature post period end. The determining factor in FY20 was successful execution of the strategic, commercial and operational initiatives outlined a year ago in response to growth pains in late 2018/early 2019. Despite several levers yet to contribute in full, gross margin improved 50bps more than forecast (+310bps) and cost ratios were 80bps better than expected. As a result, it has almost delivered FY21 forecasts in FY20. We are not upgrading FY21 at this stage, pending guidance in June, but the higher base, enhanced P&L KPIs and recent sales boost all bode well for forecast momentum - which the valuation discounts.
Companies: Gear4music (Holdings) Plc
Unsurprisingly, the limited business progression in H1 19/20 and the pandemic outbreak towards the end of the year have resulted in a significant FY profit contraction.
However, the unprecedented pandemic crisis seems to be dragging all the industry to the same starting line, in terms of market transformation. In particular, after the group showed a better than expected cash position after additional RCF and CCFF and substantial cost-savings, this gives new hope to the market.
Companies: Marks & Spencer Group Plc