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Solid State’s post-close trading update states that, despite the coronavirus pandemic, it expects to announce revenues and adjusted profits for H121 that are similar to those for H120, which was a record first-half performance for the group. Although management notes some delays in order intake and a shortening of client order scheduling related to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, it currently anticipates that FY21 performance will be similar to that for FY20.
Companies: Solid State plc
Q3 figures beat expectations with a strong volume/mix and a significant acceleration in emerging markets. Even so, no return to FY20 guidance.
Companies: Unilever PLC
Today’s announcement confirms the strong trading momentum seen in Q1 has continued YTD. Group sales are +45% YOY with revenue growth across all geographies and brands, and profitability improving YOY.
Companies: boohoo group Plc
Reckitt reported stronger than expected Q3 20 revenue growth of 13.3%, on an lfl basis, to £3.5bn, driven by strong growth in Health (+12.6%) and Hygiene (+19.5%). Factoring in FX headwinds of 6.4pp, reported growth came in at 6.9%.
Management upgraded FY20 top-line growth expectations to low double-digit (vs high single-digit earlier) while keeping EBITDA guidance unchanged (350bp margin contraction vs FY 19). Following the strong Q3 performance, we will raise our estimates as well as the target price.
Companies: RBN RB/ RB 3RB RBGPF
Zytronic’s year end update highlights the impact of the pandemic on the year to 30th September. Sales reduced to £12.7m (FY19: £20.7m) but, encouragingly, EBITDA for the year was positive. Cash at the year end was £14.0m (FY19: £13.1m), which has increased by £1.6m since 31st March. Uncertainty remains over demand levels, particularly within the Gaming and Financial sectors, but the Group is in a strong financial position with a strong balance sheet and well invested operations. We will reinstate forecasts as visibility improves. A further update will be provided alongside the Group’s preliminary results, which are expected to be published in early December.
Companies: Zytronic plc
Trackwise Designs has developed a proprietary, proven technology, IHT, for manufacturing extremely long, flexible circuits that can replace conventional wiring harnesses. This disruptive technology is applicable to many industries including electric vehicles (EVs), medical devices and aerospace. Trackwise has already manufactured prototypes for customers in each of these sectors and received its first series production order from an EV manufacturer this September. Since IHT is an adaptation of the proven technology Trackwise uses for making advanced printed circuits, IHT has the transformative potential of a new technology but with much less risk.
Companies: Trackwise Designs Plc
Accrol has announced audited Final Results for the year ended 30 April 2020, which show strong progress on a YOY basis and are ahead of our headline forecasts. An impressive recovery has now been delivered. Management has clear ambitions to build on this established platform and transform the Group into a larger household and personal hygiene products business with any expansion plans having “a clear focus on earnings enhancement and the continued improvement of shareholder value”. Despite the strong share price performance to date, we believe there is more to come from both the core business and potential EPS enhancing M&A activity.
Companies: Accrol Group Holdings plc
CAP-XX Ltd* (CPX.L, 4.5p/£19.9m) | Gfinity plc* (GFIN.L, 3.8p/£28.9m) | MTI Wireless Edge Ltd* (MWE.L, 44p/£38.7m) | Newmark Security plc* (NWT.L, 1.175p/£5.5m)
Companies: CPX GFIN MWE NWT
We initiate on Portmeirion and argue that it is in a better position than the current market valuation suggests. It has delivered a resilient first half and, following a strategy reset under the new CEO, it has much more enhanced capabilities with an improving model and profit outlook. Furthermore, Portmeirion is well funded with no balance sheet concerns. The shares trade on low spot multiples of 10x FY21 P/E with and 5x EV/EBITDA with a 9% FCF yield. A SOTP analysis based on peer/corporate deal metrics shows fair value towards 650p. Patient deep value investors should take a much closer look.
Companies: Portmeirion Group PLC
Xbox Series X to launch holiday 2020
Companies: BIDS FDEV CDM SUMO TM17 KWS GFIN
Red Dwarf, the very British sci-fi comedy franchise, ran for 11 seasons – most recently in 2017; and The Promised Land is a feature-length TV movie – out this year. Yes, the programme is an acquired taste. Strangely, too, many episodes are impacted by a virus or three (physiological, not main-frame).
Companies: WJG BKG CSP CRST MCS INL BDEV RDW GLE SPR TW/ PSN VTY GLV CRN ABBY BWY
Following the equity fund-raising via a new share placing on 22 April 2020, Science in Sport has announced a new debt financing facility. The equity placing raised gross proceeds of £4.5m, and the group has now secured a new £8m invoice financing facility from HSBC for an initial one-year term. This latest undrawn facility provides further headroom to the company’s liquidity position during the COVID-19-related uncertainty and gives it the financial flexibility to continue with its strategy of pursuing strong sales growth.
Companies: Science In Sport Plc
Games Workshop’s (GAW) FY20 results show that demand post lockdown, during which the company initially suspended all trading, has surprised on the upside, leading to a greater profit outturn than recently anticipated by management. Management is aiming to grow revenue in FY21e, while maintaining the operating margin given a focus on leveraging Online (19% of group revenue) as the economic environment will likely lead to lower growth for Trade (52% of group) and a decline in Retail (29% of group) revenue. Our new forecasts for FY21e are for revenue to increase by 2.1% and PBT to decline by 5% due to lower royalty income.
Companies: Games Workshop Group PLC
Walker Greenbank’s FY20 results date has been reset to 30 June (and complies with updated FCA policy guidance). Its latest update provides no new financial information though orders continue to be received despite lockdown conditions. Operational steps already taken appear to be appropriate, retaining sufficient infrastructure to service prevailing sales demand levels while additional actions aimed at preserving business liquidity are referenced, consistent with those seen elsewhere in the quoted sector. Taken together, the company appears to have quickly adjusted its business model to meet current market challenges in FY21.
Companies: Walker Greenbank PLC
Games Workshop’s (GAW) Q121 trading update was well ahead of expectations, indicating that the previously flagged strong post-lockdown demand has continued, helped by a major product re-release in the period. We upgrade our FY21e PBT forecast by 37% to £115.9m, reflecting higher revenue growth, c 12% versus 2% previously, and a higher operating margin pre-royalties of c 35% versus 27% previously. On our new forecasts the P/E for FY21 is 35.2x. The EV/sales multiple of 10.6x is a premium to GAW’s previous highest multiple.