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Reshaping the business
13 Dec 16
Prodware is making progress with its strategy to refocus the company on profitable business lines and cloud-based solutions. This is reducing revenues in the short term but should ultimately result in higher recurring revenues and more sustainable profitability. We have revised our forecasts to reflect current trading and the transition to subscription-based revenues. On our reduced forecasts, Prodware continues to trade at a discount to peers; growth in recurring revenues combined with margin expansion should start to narrow this discount.
Solid foundations for growth
26 May 16
The Q1 revenues release shows that with revenues of €42.5m in Q1 Prodware continues to make solid progress (+2.6% Q1 on Q1 underlying growth) and that there are also signs of a turnaround in the Benelux and all important German markets. The €79m debt restructuring post year-end leaves Prodware well financed to achieve its ambitious medium-term growth objectives. The shares, however, continue to trade on substantial and undeserved multiple discounts to comparators.
Drive for growth
12 Nov 15
Prodware is well positioned both to grow revenues and to drive sales of its higher-margin software, rather than its integration services. The integration and restructuring of the Qurius acquisition is now complete and the balance sheet has been restructured. Furthermore, management is once again focusing on growth, as evidenced by the stated intent to grow revenues to €300m by 2020, the Prodware Academy programme, the creation of the Business Consulting division and the open desire to make acquisitions. Despite this potential, the shares trade at significant sales and earnings multiple discounts relative to European comparators.
N+1 Singer - NCC Group - Further issues in Assurance
22 Feb 17
NCC released a trading update yesterday afternoon highlighting further issues in its Assurance division. Sales growth has been lower than expected in all regions, resulting in a significant reduction in full year expectations. We have reduced our EPS forecasts by 25% in FY’17 and 22%/25% in FY’18/’19 respectively. Escrow continues to perform in line with expectations. In response to these issues the Board has announced a strategic review into all of the Assurance businesses. The results of the strategic review are expected to be announced at the FY results in July. With an extended period of uncertainty on the horizon we believe it will be hard for investors to gain confidence in NCC in the short term. That said we see fundamental value in the stock. Escrow is unaffected by this warning and remains an extremely high quality business, which we value at £353m in our SOTP. At the current share price this leaves Assurance valued at c.5x cal’17 EBITDA. While this appears to be an attractive multiple for a rare cybersecurity asset, we would like further clarity on the underlying nature of the current issues, hence our Hold recommendation. Our 138p target price assumes a 12x EBITDA multiple for Assurance but we apply a 20% discount to the group to account for the current uncertainty.
20 Feb 17
Hayward Tyler Group* (HAYT): Trading update and financial position (CORP) | Petra Diamonds (PDL): Interim results (BUY) | Gemfields* (GEM): Interim results (CORP) | Premaitha Health* (NIPT): Middle East momentum (CORP) | Sound Energy (SOU): Acquisition update and TE-8 well spud (HOLD) | Proactis* (PHD): Interim trading on track (CORP) | 7digital* (7DIG): Automotive contract win (CORP)
The Slide Rule
12 Jan 17
What is The Slide Rule? The Slide Rule has been designed to dramatically simplify the identification of the best companies in the UK small/mid-cap sector by making a quantitative assessment of the relative potential of each company. At its core, The Slide Rule aims to identify those companies that create genuine shareholder value through strong returns on capital and solid growth, but also present a value opportunity with the potential tailwind of earnings momentum. Companies are assessed within a Quality, Value, Growth and Momentum (QVGM) framework.
21 Feb 17
Lighthouse Group* (LGT): Middle Britain growth (CORP) | Utilitywise* (UTW): Double-digit sales growth (CORP) | Trakm8* (TRAK): Earnings expectations cut again (CORP) | dotDigital* (DOTC): Myriad growth opportunities (CORP) | Artilium* (ARTA): Five-year Telenet deal secured and prepaid (CORP) | Netcall* (NET): Cloud investment pays off (CORP)
N+1 Singer - Small-cap quantitative research - New quality style screen + 11 quality focus stocks
09 Feb 17
We introduce our fourth and final style screen representing “quality”. This screens for stocks with the best combination of high returns on capital/equity, EBIT margins and operating cash-flow conversion rates. These criteria should help us monitor how strong underlying returns translate into share price performance over time and under varying market conditions. The screen selects the “best” 25 stocks from our universe of just over 500 stocks and, as usual, we focus on a shorter list of stocks we cover or otherwise know and believe to be particularly interesting. We provide brief investment summaries on these focus stocks on pages 4 – 9. We will monitor performance and refresh the screen in approximately 3-4 months time.