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Record EUR98m order for non-food retailer
11 Dec 15
Store Electronics Systems (SES) has announced that it has won the largest ESL order in the history of the market. The €98m order from a leading electronic retailer headquartered in Germany follows on from a €35m order from the same customer, which is currently being executed. The order will see SES’s subsidiary Imagotag install its ESL systems in 1,000 stores across 14 countries, with a concentration of high-spec colour and NFC-enabled e-graphic labels. The contract will commence in Q116 and we assume that it will run over the next two years with a strongly positive impact on 2016 revenues.
The pieces are dropping into place
18 Nov 15
Over the last 18 months, Store Electronic Systems (SES) has transformed its business, investing in a range of next-generation electronic shelf labels (ESLs) and extending its distribution network into the Americas and Asia. The new labels are generating strong interest from the existing food retailer base as well as from non-food retailers, but with their production runs still relatively small, they are margin dilutive. We see significant upside for earnings as sales growth leads to operational gearing benefits.
Coming to a shelf near you
17 Nov 15
Store Electronics (SES) reported a more than doubling in y-o-y revenues in Q3 on 212% growth in international sales and a 16% increase in French revenues. The results reflect strong H1 order inflows arising from the transformation of SES’s product range and its international expansion efforts. We expect SES’s new products to continue to gain traction, and major new orders in markets so far resistant to ESLs. Europe should fuel the bulk of this growth in 2016-17 as ESL penetration is still less than 10% in the region compared with c 50% in France and Norway.
Record order book supports strong growth in H2
16 Sep 15
Following a weak Q1, Store Electronic Systems (SES) has delivered an improved second quarter with revenue up 13% year-on-year and 47% sequentially. Gross margin was 200bp lower y-o-y but better than we expected given the US dollar strength and mix of newer, lower-margin products. The order book stands at a record €101m, much of which is expected to be delivered in H2. Therefore, our revenue forecasts remain unchanged despite H1 reaching only 40% of our FY15e revenue forecasts.
€35m contract win and record order book
23 Jun 15
Store Electronic Systems (SES) has signed a €35m contract – its largest ever – with a leading German retailer, which extends the already record order intake announced in the Q1 trading update. Revenue was down 16% y-o-y in Q1, but the healthy order book provides a solid foundation to our €102m FY15e revenue forecast and shows market demand is growing. The strong US dollar and increasingly competitive market, however, are likely to put pressure on margins, and therefore we have reduced our FY15e gross profit forecast by 15%.
08 Dec 16
Elderstreet stake acquired 02 GENERAL NEWS Globalworth premium In this issue Venture capital firm Draper Esprit has taken a 30.8% stake in venture capital trust manager Elderstreet. Both investment managers focus on the technology sector and they will be able to co-invest. Elderstreet has investments in a number of AIM-quoted companies through its VCTs. The purchase was funded by an issue of Draper Esprit shares worth just over £250,000. Simon Cook, the chief executive of Draper Esprit, is a former partner at Elderstreet so he knows the business and the people who run it, although he did leave more than 14 years ago. Cook has previously acquired portfolios from 3i and Cazenove, two other firms where he has worked. Draper Esprit has an option to acquire the remaining shares in Elderstreet, which has more than £25m under management. Adding Elderstreet to the group enables Draper Esprit to offer investors a range of EIS funds, VCTs and an ISA qualifying listed evergreen patient capital fund. The enlarged group has venture capital assets under management of more than £350m. At the end of September 2016, Draper Esprit had a net asset value of 352p a share, which is similar to the current share price. The June 2016 flotation price was 300p a share. Draper Esprit is quoted on Ireland’s Enterprise Securities Market as well as AIM.
Focused on the long term
08 Dec 16
These are rare events but it is nice to see a management use its public listing advantageously to trade short-term dilution in EPS for the optionality of asymmetric upside in the long term. With over £10m already in the balance sheet, ABD has successfully raised £5.4m gross in a placing and expects to raise another £1m from an offer. We were not surprised to learn that the placing was over 3.5x oversubscribed. How many listed UK companies are positioned to take advantage of the digital revolution in the automotive industry? The additional investment in new people, facilities, products & services should be dilutive to FY2017-18 EPS but this is small price to pay to establish the leading supplier of integrated test, measurement and simulation solutions to the autonomous vehicle industry. Our forecasts assume that growth will accelerate from FY2019. We raise our target price to 575p based on 15x FY2019 EPS, equivalent to Ricardo, the only other UK stock which has embraced the optionalities offered by the technological changes in the automotive industry.
07 Dec 16
Severfield’s (SFR’s) H117 results were well ahead of the previous year; margin performance and order book development cause us to raise our FY17 profit expectations. This combination has also proved to be a catalyst for share price outperformance following the results. Revenue growth and further margin development towards management’s stated aim of doubling FY16 PBT by 2020 can sustain further progress.
Exceptional trading continues
08 Nov 16
Keywords has announced that the strong trading in localisation and audio services has continued into H216. In particular, the Synthesis business acquired in April continues to benefit from exceptionally strong trading. Full-year results are now expected to be materially ahead of consensus and we upgrade our FY16e EPS by 13%. Erring on the side of caution, we have not changed our FY17 estimates significantly. Nevertheless, we believe the company does have a platform to sustain double-digit earnings growth, and hence medium-/long-term prospects for further share appreciation remain good.
N+1 Singer - Waterman Group - Encouraging AGM statement in line with expectations
09 Dec 16
This morning’s AGM Statement confirms that trading in the first four months of the year to 31st October was in line with expectations. Revenue was slightly above the prior year period and cash collection has remained strong. The Group has reiterated its commitment to maintaining a progressive dividend policy. The statement is encouraging and we therefore leave our forecasts unchanged. We note the attractions of a 5% dividend yield and consider the shares inexpensive at 4.5x FY’17 EV/EBITDA.