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Mixed feelings: the NGP beat should be welcome, as well as the transparency about FY21, but we believe that the decline in NGP investments should be a brake in the future and we are still concerned about the lower price/mix at IMB’s level.
Companies: Imperial Brands PLC
The group has announced it has successfully raised £11m in an equity placing to help accelerate capex on a new IHT manufacturing site based on guaranteed minimum production volumes and ahead of anticipated customer orders. It is expecting a significant ramp up in production in FY21 following a multi-year £38m production order from a UK-based EV manufacturer. Strong progress is being made with its customer trials for the medical catheter market, which together with other expected new business requires additional capacity to be put in place.
Companies: Trackwise Designs Plc
Trackwise has announced a placing and open offer, potentially raising up to £12.0m (gross). This is to fund a new manufacturing facility that is expected to quadruple IHT production capacity. The additional capacity is required to support the up to £38m electric vehicle (EV) contract announced in September and potential volume orders from electro-surgical catheter manufacturers and aerospace OEMs and suppliers.
We believe Accrol’s acquisition of LTC represents a transformational transaction which the potential to consolidate the Group’s leading position in the private label tissue market to c.30% share. On completion of the deal, the Group’s combined customer base will be stronger and broader with a step change in capacity to further accelerate its already impressive growth which continues to outpace the market. We estimate the acquisition to be 14.2% EPS enhancing in FY22E the first full year of ownership. The core Accrol business continues to trade solidly, driving an additional upgrade to our underlying numbers today. We believe Accrol’s established platform can deliver an market capitalisation of £400m+ over the medium term.
Companies: Accrol Group Holdings 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
President Trump likes to project himself as a highly successful businessman, but surprisingly little is known about his true financial position. Various articles, including a 2016 in-depth analysis by The Wall Street Journal, have speculated about his income and asset base. All sorts of claims and counter-claims have been made about his wealth – by Trump himself, pitching his fortune at some $9bn, and by journalist Timothy O'Brien, suggesting that it is as “low” as $150m-$250m. It is doubtful whether we shall ever know the truth, but we can use Trump’s UK corporate filings to gain an insight into his businesses in Scotland.
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Games Workshop’s (GAW) update highlights that trading remains ahead of the board’s expectations and that PBT in H121 will be not less than £80m, with growth of at least 37% on H120, and just 10% below the COVID-19-affected FY20. Demand continues to be driven, predominantly, by the recent new Warhammer 40,000 release and through the Trade and Online channels, while Retail is still recovering from the COVID-19 closures. Retail outlets are closed where required by governments but, unlike during the previous lockdown, the factory and warehouses are still operating following investment to make the locations compliant with social distancing requirements. We upgrade our FY21 PBT forecasts by 14%.
Companies: Games Workshop Group PLC
IG Design Group delivered H1 adjusted operating profit and adjusted PBT increases of 13% and 16% to $32.4m and $30.2m respectively, ahead of prudent market expectations for the full FY21E financial year. This robust H1 performance, accompanied by an intensified focus on cash management - which saw average leverage reducing to 0.2x from 1.1x last year – has enabled the group to declare an unchanged interim dividend of 3.0p. We have subsequently raised our FY21E PBT and dividend forecasts, though our H2 forecasts continue to reflect a cautious view across the peak trading period given ongoing uncertainties arising from the Covid-19 backdrop.
Companies: IG Design Group plc
McBride has delivered a mixed FY20 performance, with a weaker H1 and a bounce back in H2 as a result of increased demand due to COVID-19. A strategy review has been undertaken, and the company will be reorganised into separately managed product divisions. Time will tell if this will successfully address McBride’s long-term challenges, but the new CEO has a thorough knowledge of the business, and we await further details, which are due to be announced in February.
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The interims reflect COVID challenges, which reduced order intake, and the acquisition of SCL. A milestone three-year agreement with a UK-based EV OEM was recently awarded, potentially worth up to £38m, which substantially underwrites further growth prospects. In the short term however, we reduce our FY20 forecasts, although with the EV contract kicking in next year, we see good growth coming through.
Residential for rent developer and manager Watkin Jones has taken advantage of land opportunities and a renewed institutional investment appetite to increase its development pipeline – at what we believe to be attractive prices. Today’s FY 2020E trading update from the build-to-rent (BTR) and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) specialist shows a big rise in its pipeline and new forward funding deal plus solid trading in housebuilding and accommodation management. Net cash has risen and the group has reinstated guidance and its intention to pay a FY dividend.
Companies: Watkin Jones Plc
Argo Blockchain plc is a global data centre business that provides a purpose-built and flexible platform for the mining of leading cryptocurrencies in the enterprise-scale and institutional sectors worldwide from operational centres in Quebec, Canada. Following a change of strategy earlier this year the company is now focused on mining cryptocurrency for its own book and providing an enterprise level Mining as a Service (MaaS) product.
Companies: Argo Blockchain Plc
Japanese PMI falls to lowest level since 2009, GE Aviation cuts 10% of workforce, Kone downgrades 2020 outlook
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The covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the share price of property companies, with 31% wiped off the value of their total market capitalisation during the first quarter of 2020.
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