Vertu has delivered another earnings upgrade driven by strong ongoing used car margins, in what is effectively an early delivery of the H1 pre-close update. Dividend payments will resume, and a share buyback programme has also recommenced. The shares look too cheap to us even on 2023/24 EPS backed with a current forecast yield of 3.6% and trading below net tangible assets per share of 50.2p. We believe this update should be taken well with Vertu very well positioned to capitalise on the inevitab
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Vertu has released an unscheduled trading update, delivering another earnings upgrade to 2022E, this time in excess of 30%. This is driven by the strength of the used car market, although we believe Vertu is outperforming particularly in terms of securing supply. We believe the shares remain significantly undervalued, and that it remains well placed in the sector.
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SpectrumX Holdings, a leader in proprietary formulations of HOCL (Hypochlorous Acid), is expected to list on the London Stock exchange. This Pre-IPO offering outlines opportunities for commercialisation of novel formulations of HOCL in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals markets. SpectrumX is focused on developing an inhaled respiratory treatment with blockbuster potential and has a sanitiser product that looks set to generate significant near-term revenues.
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In this note we focus on five key themes that we believe will shape the motor retail sector in the short-to-medium term. These are digital sales trends, electrification, the agency model, vehicle supply, and the economic outlook. The dealer groups have shown a great deal of resilience and flexibility throughout the Covid-19 pandemic – we expect them to continue to adapt and work closely with OEMs as the industry evolves.
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Vertu delivered an upgrade in its latest AGM update just four months into its financial year. We have increased by 2022E EPS forecasts by 15.5% taking the mid-point of revised management guidance. We are maintaining our 2023-24E forecasts for now. We remain comfortable with our investment thesis.
Vertu has released an impressive set of FY results, which are ahead of our previously upgraded forecasts. Trading momentum remains strong with pent-up demand still evident, and with healthy cash generation and a strong balance sheet we believe Vertu is well positioned. This note focuses on the scaled business (#9 in Europe) that has been built up from nothing 15 years ago, and we increase our near term intrinsic value from 62.9p to 75.6p per share implying a healthy risk/reward profile from curr
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HeiQ has reported its results for the six months to June 2021. The company has reported revenues of $25.8m for the period and an adjusted EBITDA of $4.8m. While this result is down YoY versus the pandemic boosted H1/20A period, the performance is improved sequentially versus H2/20A, with revenue up 27% and EBITDA up over 140%. Through the period, HeiQ has faced a number of external headwinds which have created short-term challenges, including regional lockdowns, higher logistic costs and increas
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Draftkings has made a £16.4bn ($22.4bn) bid to acquire Entain in a cash (630p) and stock offer, valuing the target at 2800p/share. While the bid is promising, MGM (BetMGM’s JV partner) can throw a spanner in the works (counter-bid or a veto).
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Over the last twelve months, Escape Hunt has dramatically increased scale and proven the economics of its business, allowing it to target positive cash generation. All of the company’s owner-operated sites traded profitably post period end.
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Alkemy Capital (ALK.L) has joined the Main Market Standard. The Company was formed to undertake an acquisition of a controlling interest in a company or business, targeting an acquisition in the mining and technology metals sectors. At the Placing Price and on Admission the Company will have a Market Capitalisation of £2,999,999.50.
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SCS Group’s full year trading update for the 53 weeks to 31st July shows that the strong demand that has been a hallmark of post lockdown periods over the past 15 months has continued, with LFL orders through the Group’s weeks 47 to 53 up by 23.7% on pre-Covid levels. Lower costs underpin a 16% upgrade to FY21 CPTP expectations, whilst the strong order book drives a 17% upgrade to our FY22 CPTP forecast. We look for EPS of 32.2p and 30.8p for FY21 and FY22 respectively. Year end net cash of £87.
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Exactly one year ago, the FTSE 100 closed at 5,862, having fallen 100 points on the day, the lowest point since mid-May 2020, due in part, to the strength of sterling vs US$ at $1.34. One year on, the FTSE 100 has risen to 7,119, a rise of 21%, it remains 7% below the peak in January 2020. From an international viewpoint, US and European markets continue to trade at record highs. The US Federal Reserve is close to withdrawing some of its economic support this year as inflation picks up and the e
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Kingfisher reported better-than-expected figures at its H1 FY21/22 results, with lfl sales and adjusted PBT coming in ahead of market expectations and management’s guidance. Lfl sales outlook for H2 has been raised, the share buy-back programme re-introduced and the interim dividend increased. However, the share price was down c.5% today, as investors worried about inflationary cost pressures and supply chain constraints which are expected to continue into 2022. We will update our estimates and
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This is our first report on Etsy Inc., one of the leading global online marketplaces for handmade and vintage goods. The company has had a phenomenal growth trajectory over the past few months despite going through its fair share of volatility. Its growth story has been a function of both, a strong organic growth strategy coupled with a series of acquisitions. Etsy has expanded its e-commerce ecosystem as well as its product base through acquistions like Elo7, a Brazil-based handmade goods marke
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Although we remain sellers of B&M it is hard not to be impressed with its ambition and the pace at which it moves. Two recent acquisitions, management change in Germany and pushing through a major warehouse investment in Bedford, as well as opening midhigh single digit percentage new space in the core B&M chain all attest to this.
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The final results revealed adjusted PBT up 99% year-on-year, which was 10% better than forecast despite four upgrades during the financial year. This strong performance reflects the financial benefits that have accrued following the shift in the business model to online only, as well as management’s strategic decision to significantly increase marketing spend. A second special dividend for the 2020 financial year has also been announced, reflecting the strong cash flow characteristics of the bus
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