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Last week Lookers announced a record set of H1 results for the six months to 30 June 2021. Underlying PBT was £50.3m, versus an underlying loss of £36.5m in H1 2020. This stronger trading, coupled with cost control and working capital initiatives, has led to substantial cash generation. Lookers has gone from net debt of £40.7m (excl. leases) at the FY20 year end to net cash of £33.0m at 30 June 2021. With legacy issues now behind them, good evidence of trading outperformance and a strong balance
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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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Pendragon has announced interim results for the six months to 30 June 2021, which are ahead of guidance and our expectations. The Group has made strong progress in terms of growth, cost efficiencies and strategic implementation to ensure further progress can be made.
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MAST Energy Developments (MED) is to IPO on the Standard List on 14th April 2021 under the ticker MAST. The company has raised £5m giving a market capitalisation on listing of c. £23m. MED is currently a 100% subsidiary company of AIM quoted, Kibo Energy*. MED was established to acquire and develop a portfolio of flexible power plants in the UK and become a multi-asset operator in the rapidly growing Reserve Power market. PensionBee has confirmed its intention to float on the High Growth Se
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Pendragon have published a revised strategy update reaffirming the investment in its used car business and software platform to be funded through strategic disposals and lower capital commitments to the new car market. This includes the potential sale of the group’s US Motor Group. We have modelled the implications of successful implementation of this strategy which would result in a £200m swing from a net debt position to a cashrich group over coming years. Whilst the US disposal would be earni
Pendragon has communicated a clear strategy focused on investment in its used car business and software platform to be funded through ongoing cash flow, strategic disposals and lower capital commitments to the new car market. This includes the disposal of the group’s US Motor Group. We have modelled the implications of successful implementation of this strategy which would result in a £200m swing from a net debt position to a cash-rich group over coming years. Whilst the US disposal would be ear
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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Strong performance in H1 means full year EBITDA is expected to be no less than £4.0m (£5.7m post-IFRS16), driving an 8% EPS upgrade while still leaving risk to the upside. Gross margin has strengthened further and forecasts assume some reinvestment to drive future growth, including in key operational areas and its EU project, which is said to be progressing well. With room for multiple expansion (vs 0.5x EV/sales) the investment case remains compelling.
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The AGM update reveals a bounce back to positive YoY growth in the UK, but a slower growth trajectory in Europe, given post-Brexit challenges. These are being addressed and new DCs in Eire/Spain are on track to launch shortly. G4M is on track to meet FY estimates despite well documented supply chain challenges. Momentum is expected to rebuild from Q4 onwards and today’s acquisition in the audio-visual space further bolsters growth prospects beyond FY22.
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Marks & Spencer 'M&S' hosted a preview for its Autumn-Winter 2021/22 clothing season in London on the 7th September. As may be expected, no trading or financial information was issued, noting our recent upgrade to our financial forecasts following the Group's surprise trading update on 20th August. The session was hosted by Chief Operating Officer, Katie Bickerstaffe, and Managing Director of Clothing & Home, Richard Price, whom we felt displayed the growing confidence that M&S is progressing in
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The company reported an encouraging first half, driven by the strong performance of Protective Films and Healthcare Solutions, though all divisions contributed positively to the group’s profitability in H1. With cash generation from operations having reached €131m over the past 18 months, Chargeurs disposes of a sizeable war chest with its acquisition strategy now back on the offensive. On the organic growth front, strong order books for its core activities stand as encouraging signs of an upbea
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Amid a background of uneven and subdued economic growth, persistent low interest rates and choppy financial markets, we posit the idea that “dividend surprise” may be a significant contributor to outperformance in the short to medium term. We have screened for particularly well-supported dividends, which has produced a list of 71 stocks. We then considered the wider fundamentals to arrive at a focus list of 10 companies, where we believe dividend surprise has a good chance of coming into play.
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We have performed a second refresh of our consistent growth screen, first established with our research note of 17 December last year. As previously, the screen produces a basket of 25 stocks that exhibit not only good growth in EPS and sales, but also a consistency of growth in both measures each year. This basket, or style, has underperformed the small-cap benchmark by 9.1% since inception last December, and by 4.8% since the last refresh on 13 April. We highlight stocks leaving and joining t
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FY20 results – All Focus on Resuming Operations
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Dart Group has released an AGM statement this morning indicating satisfaction with load factors and financial performance achieved year-to-date in the context of the challenging operating environment. In addition, the Group has applied to change its name to Jet2 Plc in recognition of the recent sale of the Fowler Welch distribution business and the sole focus on leisure travel. We keep our forecasts withdrawn at this time.