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Q416 in line, positive outlook for FY17
19 Jan 17
Esker has reported Q416 and FY16 revenues in line with our forecasts. Strong growth in new contracts combined with c 80% recurring revenues support continued growth and the company expects to generate double-digit organic revenue growth in FY17. We leave our forecasts unchanged pending full-year results in March. We note that Esker had net cash of €15.9m at the end of FY16, providing ample funds for investment to drive growth.
German EDI acquisition
31 Oct 16
Esker has signed an agreement to acquire e-integration, a German electronic data interchange (EDI) business, for an undisclosed amount. This complements last year’s acquisition of CalvaEDI and strengthens Esker’s presence in German-speaking countries. With a similar business model to Esker, e-integration will add recurring revenues and a strong German customer base.
Strong H1 supports FY16 outlook
23 Sep 16
Esker's H116 results confirmed that the company is on track to meet its revenue growth target for FY16 and profitability has increased on a year-on-year and sequential basis. SaaS-based revenues continue to grow and make up an increasing proportion of revenues. We leave our forecasts substantially unchanged.
H116 trading supports FY16 outlook
20 Jul 16
Esker’s Q2 revenue update confirms that the company is on track to hit its revenue growth target for FY16. Q216 y-o-y revenue growth of 14% and H116 organic growth of 15% underpin our forecast for FY16 revenue growth of 15% and consequently we maintain our forecasts. The company’s strong balance sheet supports its organic growth and acquisition plans.
04 May 16
After a strong performance in FY15, Esker is on track to generate doubledigit revenue and margin growth in FY16 and FY17. We upgrade our FY16 forecasts to reflect stronger revenue growth combined with increased investment in the business, and we introduce FY17 forecasts for 10% revenue and 16% earnings growth. Investment in product development, either internally or via acquisition, should support sustained growth.
Strong underlying growth drives upgrades
27 Jan 16
Esker’s FY15 revenue update confirmed that strong growth continued into Q415, with full year revenue growth of 27% and organic constant currency growth of 13%. The company expects strong growth to continue in FY16 – we have upgraded our forecasts to reflect this, with EPS upgrades of 10% in FY15e and 13% in FY16e.
N+1 Singer - IQE - Upgrade cycle set to continue
24 Mar 17
IQE’s FY’16 results showed good growth in all key segments and came in c.4% ahead of our recently upgraded forecasts. We have upgraded our forecasts today by 5% and 3% in FY’17 and FY’18 respectively, but expect the upgrade cycle to continue. The increase in capex in FY’16 looks to us a strong indication of future volume increases, and we see scope for significant upgrades through the course of our forecast horizon. We highlight three opportunities in this note, each of which could materially move the needle in its own right. IQE is one of our key picks for 2017 and has performed strongly YTD (+48%), but we believe there is more to go for. We increase our target price to 76p and retain our Buy recommendation.
Or, helping a juggernaut turn on a dime
24 Mar 17
Sopheon has spent many years evolving a state-of-the-art platform allowing Enterprise customers to manage and monitor their pipelines of innovation. As this market matures and on the back of some major reference client wins, Sopheon’s Accolade product is beginning to see material success on a number of fronts. This note describes the marketplace, the technology, and the progress now being achieved.
Stronger and stronger
23 Mar 17
Sopheon has reported strong prelims in line with the January trading update which had demonstrated that revenue delivery had been achieved on cost underspend, leading to EBITDA (+7% vs FY16E) and adjusted PBT (+22%) outperformance. Strong licence sales, high levels of recurring revenue retention (94% by value), and ever upgrading product portfolio in terms of functionality delivered revenue strength. Gartner recognition illustrates the transition from a product which needed to be described then sold, to a solution set sought by customers to deal with the increasingly acknowledged enterprise problem of efficient product lifecycle management. Sopheon is well positioned for future growth, and board confidence for future growth leads to planned increase in investment, yet still delivering $5.6m ($5.3m pre FX) EBITDA. Having smashed through our FY16 forecasts and target price, we restore FY17 forecasts and lift the 12-month target from 360p to 620p.
Acquisition of Infracast Limited
27 Mar 17
IMImobile have announced the acquisition of Infracast Limited for an initial consideration of £8.2m. Infracast is a leading provider of multi-channel messaging applications and will expand IMImobile’s customer base whilst providing significant cross-selling opportunities. This looks another high quality acquisition. We remain Buyers and increase our T/P to 220p.