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Q2 performance: a trough
21 Jul 16
Consolidated sales were down 11.4% in H1 16 to reach CHF3,716m (-12.5% at constant rates). Watches & Jewellery sales (including Production) dropped 11.3% to CHF3,586m. The Electronic Systems segment generated net sales of CHF136m, i.e. down 12.8%. The operating profit retreated 53.6% to CHF353m bringing the operating margin to 9.5% compared to 18.2% a year earlier. The operational performance was pulled down by Electronic Systems as Watches & Jewellery posted a higher operating margin of 11.2%. Net income amounted to CHF263m, generating a poor net margin of 7.1%. Capex across all segments came to CHF285m in H1 vs. CHF355m in H1 15. Operating cash flow was reduced from CHF821m to CHF381m in the current period, due to the deteriorating profitability and ballooning inventories backed by further investment in diamonds for Harry Winston.
The watches are turning backward
10 Mar 16
Swatch FY15 sales struggled in the weakening worldwide demand for the Swiss watches as well as the strengthening CHF. In fact, revenues decreased by 0.9% on a lfl basis, while the currency impact was -2.1%. Indeed, finished products’ inventories surged by 11.3% to CHF2,959m. On the whole, the group’s sales slightly outperformed the overall Swiss industry in that they decreased by 3% to CHF8,451m whereas Swiss exports declined by 3.6% in 2015. The watches & jewellery segment contributed 96.8% to the group’s sales (flat compared to 2014) at CHF8,177m. The segment posted a 17.3% declining operating profit to CHF1,539m, delivering a decreasing operating margin for the third successive year, at 18.8% (-330bp yoy). Electronic systems delivered CHF292m, i.e. a slight decrease of 1.4%. In addition, it showed a good operating performance with an operating margin of 3.1% (CHF9m) after two successive years of losses. Corporate services reported a net operating loss of CHF97m. In general, the operating profit amounted to CHF1,451m, leading to a modest operating margin of 17.2%. The net profit dropped by 21% to CHF1,119m. Operating investments amounted to CHF755m which were incurred in the geographical expansion and the development of production facilities. Gross cash impressed with a 6.5% surge to CHF1,280m, despite a rise in inventories of 3.5%. The financial structure remains sound with high equity ratio of 84.7%. For the outlook, management is confident for 2016, expecting to deliver 5% growth in local currency, despite the challenging context. Swatch proposes a dividend of CHF7.50, a bearer share and CHF1.50 per registered share.
The bad Chinese sales’ momentum weighs on FY15 figures
04 Feb 16
The Swiss watchmaker has seen its sales decrease by 3% in 2015, for the first time in six years, worth CHF8,451m. At constant currencies, the decline is 0.9%. The Watches & Jewellery segment reported CHF8,177m sales, down by 3%. The operating profit was significantly impacted, dropping by 17% to CHF1,451m and pulling down the operating margin to 17.2%. The Watches & Jewellery segment, including Production, outperformed slightly with an 18.8% operating margin. The bottom line disappointed with a 21% decline to CHF1,119m.
Panmure Morning Note 01-12-16
01 Dec 16
Consistent with the FY16 trading update/pre-close on September 14, today’s FY16 results are in line with our and consensus underlying PBT expectations of £12.5m (+22.5% YoY). The total FY16 dividend is up 36%, covered 3.4x, whilst net cash is £6.9m (+53%). FY16 represented another good year of execution, and FY17 has started well. The company's business mix is now more diverse across geographies (International accounted for 26% of total sales vs 21% in FY15) and we see CCT’s increasing diversity in retail distribution as both a further risk-mitigation and opportunity driver. We make no changes to our FY17 and FY18 PBT forecasts of £13.5m and £14.5m (albeit, we make some changes to the constituent parts) and introduce a FY19 PBT of £15.5m. We maintain our BUY and TP of 635p.
Strong H2 expected
30 Nov 16
H1 results were in line with expectations with PBT of £9.0m, EPS of 9.9p and DPS of 7.2p. The NAV / share is 253p. We expect the company to have a strong H2 based on its forward sales position and the timing of developments coming through. Telford has a strong balance sheet, a large development pipeline and impressive forward sales position, as well as good levels of demand for its product and geography from a diverse group of buyers. No change to forecasts at this stage.
US$500m to be invested in start-ups by 2026
28 Nov 16
BMW started a venture capital fund in 2011 with an initial investment of $100m. This is now to be expanded to $500m within the next ten years. The fund, called ‘BMW i Ventures’, has been moved from NYC to Mountain View, CA, to have closer access to the technology developed in the Silicon Valley. The investment focus will be on Enabling Technology and Digital Vehicle Technology, Mobility and Digital Services, Customer Experience, and Advanced Production Technology. According to BMW, the fund has closed 15 deals in ‘mobility-related’ technologies so far. It typically acquires a minority stake in start-ups which allows it to gain access to external innovations (so-called ‘outside-in’) that secure the company’s role as a technology pioneer. Simultaneously, it provides support for start-ups by offering internal resources (so-called ‘inside-out’) such as technical expertise and access to its own network of an established car producer.
N+1 Singer - Morning Song 29-11-2016
29 Nov 16
Vp has reported another impressive set of interims, confirming strong growth in most markets and a positive outlook. Recent acquisitions are bedding in well and the full year outturn is set to exceed previous expectations (5%/6% EPS upgrades in FY17/FY18). The recent Capital Markets Day provided a reminder of Vp’s qualities (specialist focus, high returns, strong cash generation) and its growth potential, which in our view are not reflected in a modest <11x P/E rating. We firmly believe the shares are due a re-rating and see intrinsic value in excess of 800p.
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*.
Small Cap Breakfast
29 Nov 16
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