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HeiQ has announced the acquisition of a 51% stake in Chrisal, a Belgian company developing pre- and probiotic formulations (Synbiotics) to support a healthy, stable microbiome on the surfaces to which it is applied. HeiQ will pay €7.5m (in cash and shares) for its majority holding, providing access to a complementary technology platform and adjacent markets such as cosmetics, surface hygiene treatment and water purification. Chrisal generated revenues of €5.5m in the 12-months to Dec-20 and an operating profit of €1.6m. We maintain our Buy recommendation on HeiQ.
Companies: HeiQ PLC
We had the opportunity to look at Vertu’s bespoke systems capabilities yesterday, which we see as a powerful part of the investment case and key differentiating factor from its competitors. To our minds this ultimately delivers enhanced scalability, decision making, integration focus and compliance, which are vital ingredients for future performance.
Companies: Vertu Motors PLC
Flutter reported muted FY 20 numbers – missing consensus. Revenue, at £4.4bn, up 28% on a pro forma basis, was driven by the strength in PokerStars (+23%), the US (+81%), Australia (+59%) and SBG (+32%) which countered the weakness in PPB (-2%). Adjusted EBITDA came in at £889m, up 16% on a pro forma basis.
We expect an upward revision to our out-year estimates as well as the target price, on account of the upgraded synergies from the TSG merger.
Companies: Flutter Entertainment Plc
Escape Hunt (ESC) provided an in line trading update with EBITDA in 2020 better than in 2019, despite the impact of the pandemic. The company has ample resources to continue investing in its UK sites with cash outflows tightly controlled. The company remains optimistic that it should have sufficient scale and site maturity to reach positive cash flow after trading conditions normalise. As part of its expansion, Escape Hunt announced that it had exchanged contracts on the acquisition of its French master franchise partner, BGP Escape, and expects to complete the transaction on or before 15 March 2021.
Companies: Escape Hunt Plc
Vertu’s FY21E pre close update confirms that it expects to meet expectations that were upgraded on 4 February. We make no change to our forecasts, with FY21E adj. PBT broadly flat y-o-y, which we see as a very strong result, given lockdowns. Cash management has come in ahead of expectations – again. Vertu will host a teach-in on its market-leading omni-channel capabilities this Thursday. We think Vertu is well-positioned to consolidate the market and drive higher returns. Maintain 60p TP and Buy.
Entain reported a largely in line top line but above consensus profit numbers, driven by the solid showing in online, which offset the retail weakness. The board has suspended the dividend, in order to preserve liquidity, for what could be an heavy M&A year in 2021 (net debt/EBITDA at 2.1x).
Importantly, BetMGM has made considerable progress (+59% revenue, +7pp market share) across the all-important US market and could be in for another blockbuster year in 2021.
Companies: Entain PLC
Vertu has released a pre-close update, confirming FY21E performance is in line with current market consensus and Zeus Capital estimates with underlying PBT expected to be c.£23.0m. Vertu’s long-term investment case remains compelling and we reiterate our valuation of 65p per share.
Reverse Takeover by London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG.L) following the acquisition of Refinitiv in an all share transaction for a total enterprise value of approximately US$27 billion.
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tinyBuild— a leading video games publisher and developer with global operations. tinyBuild's strategic focus is in creating longlasting IP by partnering with video games developers, establishing a stable platform on which to build multi-game and multimedia franchises is to join AIM. Offer details TBC. Due mid-March. AMTE Power, a developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion battery cells for specialist markets, announced its intention to seek admission to trading on AIM. Admission is expected to take place during March 2021. The Company intends to raise approximately £7m by way of a placing of new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company. Timing TBC. Samarkand Group Limited, the cross-border eCommerce technology and retail group opening up the world's largest market for brands and retailers, intends to IPO on the Apex Segment Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market. Admission is targeted for March 2021. Cellular Goods a UK-based provider of premium consumer products based on biosynthetic cannabinoids announced its intention to join the main market (standard). Has raised £13M in an oversubscribed placing. £25m mkt cap. Due 26 Feb. NextEnergy Renewables to launch an IPO on the Main Market. NREN is a differentiated renewables investment Company that aims to capture the most attractive private renewables and energy transition infrastructure investment opportunities globally. Targeting a £300m raise. NREN is targeting total returns of 9-11 per cent. per annum (net of all fees and expenses but including the Target Dividend and capital appreciation) . The Company's target dividend yield for the first full financial year to 31 December 2022 is 5.5 pence. Due Early March 2021. Digital 9 Infrastructure launch an initial public offering on the Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, by way of an initial placing and offer for subscription for a target issue £400m. Digital 9 Infrastructure plc is a newly established, externally managed investment trust. The Company will invest in a range of digital infrastructure assets which deliver a reliable, functioning internet. The IPO Prospectus is expected to be published in March 2021. Team PLC announced their plans for an AIM IPO. Team owns Theta Enhanced Asset Management Ltd, trading as Team Asset Management. This is a Jersey-based active fund manager providing discretionary and advisory portfolio management services to private clients, trusts and charities. Assets under management were GBP291m in November, up from GBP140m in December 2019 . The Company is seeking to raise no less than £5m. The Placing will be priced on a pre-money valuation for the Company of £7m. Targeting March Admission. Virgin Wines UK Plc has out their plans for an AIM IPO. Virgin Wines is a direct-to-consumer online wine retailer that sells products to retail customers in the UK through two subscription schemes and a pay-as-you-go offering. The Group also sells a range of beers and spirits and operates a B2B sales channel for corporates. Anticipated mkt cap £110m. Raising £13m in new money and vendor sale of £34.9m . Due 2nd March. Fix Price announces its intention to float on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Fix Price is one of the leading variety value retailers globally and the largest in Russia, with more than 4,200 stores. Fix Price has revenues of RUB 190.1bn, RUB 142.9bn and RUB 108.7bn for 2020, 2019 and 2018, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA for the same years was RUB 36.8bn, RUB 27.2bn and RUB 14.2bn, respectively. The Offer would consist of an offering of GDRs by certain existing shareholders of the Company. Great Point Entertainment Income Trust PLC announced its prospectus has been approved by the FCA. Great Point Entertainment Income Trust PLC is a newly established, externally managed closed-ended investment company. The Company will provide project finance to content makers and commissioners in the global television and film production industry via senior loans secured against pre-sold intellectual property (IP) rights. GPEIT's investment objective is to provide Shareholders with dividend income and modest capital growth through exposure to media content finance. According to media reports, Deliveroo, are expecting to release their IPO plans on 8th March. The company raised more than $180m in January with a valuation of more than $7bn.
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The final results reflect the impact of the UK Government’s enforced closure of bars and restaurants due to COVID-19 in March 2020, which resulted in the group being unable to trade for the final 14 weeks of the financial year. This offset the good progress made in the first half of the year and the first ten weeks of the second-half following the introduction of a number of management initiatives.
Companies: Revolution Bars Group Plc
The group has announced the Board’s decision to terminate the Strategic Options Review announced in June 2020 and to continue to focus on its existing online strategy, which continues to generate exceptional growth and strong cash flow. The statement also provides a trading update that confirms continuing strong trading through Q3. Our current year forecast PBT is upgraded by 79% from £7.8m to £14.0m.
Companies: Best of the Best plc
Cambria has announced a pre-closed trading update for the 5 months to 31 January 2021. Encouragingly, trading performance for the period is ahead YOY (H1 FY20A PBT of £6.3m) albeit we acknowledge this has been largely driven by management actions on costs and government stimulus. While volumes have been impacted by the current lockdown, in line with wider market trends, gross profit per unit dynamics continue to be positive aided by Cambria’s premium mix. Our forecasts remain suspended for now, although we anticipate reinstating estimates when Cambria reports H1 results on 5 May. The Group’s balance sheet remains robust and we continue to see Cambria as a key survivor in the industry.
Companies: Cambria Automobiles Plc
Escape Hunt (ESC) has conditionally agreed to acquire its French master franchise partner, BGP Escape (BGP). Together with UK sites currently in build, ESC expects BGP to add enough scale for the group to reach positive EBITDA when conditions normalise and new sites have matured. The acquisition is attractively priced at only 1x EBITDA before earnout payments.
REACT Group plc (REACT), the specialists in deep cleaning services for customers in the public and private sectors, has announced encouraging full year results, marginally ahead of our increased forecasts and a significant turnaround from the losses reported in previous years. Cash balances at the year-end were also substantially higher than forecast at £1.8m. The new management team has delivered on its promises in what has been a challenging year and we continue to remain very positive on the prospects for the Group. We have introduced forecasts for FY2021 but at this stage, with so much uncertainty we have set our expectations prudently. Nevertheless, the year has started strongly and our projections, supported by a high level of recurring revenue and margin improvement, still anticipates a more than doubling of EBITDA and could be raised as REACT progresses through the year.
Companies: REACT Group Plc
Inchcape delivered resilient FY20A results last week that were ahead of our expectations. We remain confident in Inchcape’s long-term investment case as a unique and cash generative model.
Companies: Inchcape plc