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2016 was as excellent as expected
16 Feb 17
Valeo achieved revenue growth of 14% to €16.5bn in the last year with an accelerating growth rate in H2 compared to H1. This has allowed the group to increase EBIT by 20% to €1.33bn and net earnings by 27% to €925m. As a consequence, management proposes a dividend of €1.25 compared to €1.00 paid for 2015. All these numbers are slightly ahead of our expectations.
Valeo and Siemens start joint-venture
02 Dec 16
In April 2016, the two companies had announced their intention to form a joint-venture in high-voltage powertrains for on-road vehicles. This 50/50 operation is now starting with Valeo contributing its high-voltage power electronics, range extenders, and charging solutions, whereas Siemens supplies the car industry with e-motors and power electronics. The two companies believe that demand for these products will increase by 20% annually through to 2020. As the joint-venture is equally owned by the two companies, neither will fully consolidate the accounts but via at-equity. However, it will be small initially and start with some 1,000 employees.
Valeo intends to increase its Ichikoh stake
22 Nov 16
Valeo holds a 31.6% stake in the Japanese lighting company and intends to increase it to at least 50.09% or to a maximum of 55.08%. It is offering Y408 per share (25% premium to yesterday’s closing price) and the purchase price will be between €61m and €78m, i.e. it will be relatively small. The offer will last from 24 November through to 12 January of next year. The deal will allow Valeo to consolidate Ichikoh fully but will leave a reasonable free float for the listing on the Tokyo stock exchange.
H1 16 has been exceptionally good
27 Jul 16
Valeo’s H1 numbers are clearly better than we had expected. In fact, revenue growth accelerated from +9% in Q1 to +13% in Q2, which brought the total to €8.13bn. Simultaneously, H1 EBIT and net earnings increased by 20% to €647m and by 23% to €422m, respectively.
Root & branch review – early margin positive
23 Feb 17
Unilever (ULVR LN, HOLD, T/P 3800p) announced yesterday that it will publish the findings of a root and branch review in April 2017. This is stated as being a result of the recent approach made to them by KraftHeinz (KHC US, N/RO), an offer which quickly lapsed.
A compelling global brand roll-out story
22 Feb 17
We believe that SuperGroup remains one of the most undervalued global brand roll-out stories within the UK retail sector. The stock trades at c20% discount to its UK peers on a 1YF EV/EBITDA basis despite best-in-class revenue growth and profit margins. SuperGroup operates a leading multi-channel proposition, has strong sales momentum across each channel and forecast risk remains on the upside. We initiate coverage on the shares with a buy recommendation and price target of 1898p, implying upside of 27.8% over the prevailing market price.
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.
Joy of Techs
21 Nov 16
ICT evolution is driven by technological development as advances are made which both meet and shape customer requirements. Our 2011 note No such thing as a telco described the modern reality in that former ‘telcos’ now deliver varying elements of a range of managed services. We built on this theme last year, exploring in further detail their evolutionary paths, operating fundamentals, and cashflow yield similarities. In the consumer environment, demand for bundles of technology is complemented by demand for content. Across the pond, the mooted combination of AT&T and Time Warner typifies the bundled need of ‘pipe’ and content, since unbundled alternatives such as FaceTime and WhatsApp can be easier and clearer to chat over, and Amazon and Netflix are easier to watch anywhere. In the UK, BT’s defensive actions cover delivery, content and capabilities, acquiring EE yet also buying football rights. While TV was long ago added to triple play to become quad play, voice is now merely an app, and fixed and mobile seen as just dumb pipes: it's the content that will influence consumer choices. Growth of TV and film as well as music and gaming over IP leads to UK small cap opportunities. In context of the drive to maximise value from pipes and access by offering content and data, we look at some amongst the potential tech small cap beneficiaries: Amino*, Keyword Studios, ZOO Digital*, 7digital*, KCOM* and CityFibre*.
Rolls out NGP, sees another good year of performlance at constant FX
23 Feb 17
FY update: sales are up +6.9% at constant FX (cons. +6.3%, Q4: +3.3%) and +12.6% at current FX (helped by weaker sterling). Group cigarette volume was up +0.2% (cons. +0.8%, Q4: -1.9%) with a 0.8% decline on an organic basis outperforming the industry, which was down by around 3%. Price mix was above 6%. Global Drive Brand (GDB) portfolio volume was up 7.5% with the market share increasing 100bp (GDB now accounts for 49% of the group’s cigarette volume). The operating profit was up +4.1% at constant FX, and the operating margin contracted by 90bp on reported figures on unfavourable transactional headwinds. The net profit is up 8.3%. The FY dividend is up +10% to 169.4p. For FY17, the group remains focused on the integration of Reynolds (deal expected to close during Q3). The company awaits another good year of growth at constant FX with profit growth skewed to H2.