Semper Fortis Esports* recently announced its intention to IPO onto the Access Segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market. Semper is a multi-operational Esports organisation focusing on gaming technology solutions, brand enhancement and high growth team infrastructures. The company plans to raise £2.5m to develop their three core areas of establishing an esports team, forming partnerships with brands for sponsorship and B2B consultancy services. The Board are highly experienced in spor
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Much has been written about the effects of the virus on the world and on the stock market. Here is one analyst’s take on some of the likely impacts on the way we should look at companies. This article was originally produced as a blog, “10 Changes Post Virus”, which was published a few weeks ago.
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Much of the UK’s privatisation programme took place between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s: subsequent sales have been few. Undoubtedly, privatisation attracted many private investors to the market, many for the first time.
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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is due to publish its most up-to-date survey on share ownership in mid-January, which identifies the beneficial owners and decision- makers of the stock market. Hardman & Co has worked together with the share analysis service, Argus Vickers, to jointly produce its own survey, which anticipates the conclusions of the ONS survey but goes into much greater detail. Our work does not use a sample of 200 quoted companies as the ONS historically has, but rather
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Since their privatisation in 1989, the 10 water companies have faced a periodic review every five years; it is undertaken by Ofwat, and prescribes customer prices, along with the investment requirements. As part of the ongoing review, PR19, Ofwat will publish its Final Determination numbers on 11 December 2019; they will apply as from April 2020, although water companies do have the option to seek a reference to the CMA.
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AMRYT PHARMA PLC— a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and delivering innovative new treatments to help improve the lives of patients with rare or orphan diseases have raised $60m before expenses and will relist on the AIM Market on the 25/09/2019. VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY), an independent energy company focused on development and production assets in West Africa, today announces its formal intention to seek a Standard Listing on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange ("LSE"
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ReAssure Group plc - The Group is a leading closed book life insurance consolidator in the United Kingdom with 4.3m policies, £68.7 billion of assets under administration on a Post-L&G Illustrative Basis. It is considering a premium listing segment of the main market.
Voyager AIR The Com pany w ill focus on the acquisition, leasing and m anagement of prim arily widebody aircraft, w ith asset management services to be provided by Amedeo Limited the IPO will comprise a Placing and Offer for Subsc
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When advisers first start looking at business relief (BR) products, there is much to take in: the rules governing such products; the investment strategies being used; and what the investment risk is. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that, for non-AIM products, the investment is being made directly into a company or partnership, rather than a fund. It is, therefore, essential that governance is part of the diligence process.
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Alumasc Group plc, the prem ium building products, system s and solutions group, has announced its intention to m ove from the Premium Segment of the main market to AIM. Expected market cap of £33.4m. Expected 25 June 2019 Expected market cap of £36.5m
Argentex a UK-based forex service provider founded in 2011 by its current management team which operates as a Riskless Principal for nonspeculative and forward foreign exchange as structured financial derivatives is looking to join AIM. Offer TBC
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Essensys plc—a provider of mission-critical SaaS platforms and on-demand cloud services to the high growth flexible workspace industry, plans to join AIM. Offer TBC, expected 29 May 2019. Induction Healthcare Group plc—a healthcare technology company focused on streamlining the delivery of care by Healthcare Professionals looking to join AIM. Expected raise of £14.58m at 115p, market cap of £34.07m. Expected 22 May 2019. SDX Energy plc—a North Africa focused oil and gas company, announces its in
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How small- and mid-cap quoted companies make a substantial contribution to markets, employment and tax revenues.
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Although the focus of Hardman & Co is predominantly on companies in the smallto mid-sized market capitalisation range, when writing research reports, it is important to position them relative to the industry in which they operate. Apart from Japanese companies, all the major global pharmaceutical companies have reported full-year results for 2018 over the past few weeks; therefore, we have taken the opportunity to update our industry database and generate the first cut of global rankings for 201
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In the investment world, before MiFID II, essentially every institution talked to every broker, and the whole, professional market could see every research note and the forecasts in detail. This was the ‘Age of Consensus’. Everyone had the same information (well, everyone except retail investors), and this transparency helped share price formation and liquidity
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In the investment world, before MiFID II, essentially every institution talked to every broker, and the whole, professional market could see every research note and the forecasts in detail. This was the ‘Age of Consensus’. Everyone had the same information (well, everyone except retail investors), and this transparency helped share price formation and liquidity.
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Seeing Machines has announced that it has been appointed by CAE Australia to integrate its precision eye-tracking technology, for an Australian defence industry customer. The engagement is valued at A$1m over five years and comes at the end of a successful direct engagement between Seeing Machines and an Australian defence industry innovation programme delivered over the past two years. This programme exceeded all stakeholder expectations and has opened several additional opportunities across th
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XPD increased profit by 40% last year and strong trading has continued through to the end of May. In 2020a growth was largely driven by the Freight Forwarding division. Now management reports that all three divisions – Freight Forwarding, Warehousing & Logistics and Transport Solutions - are growing. As with many logistics businesses, trading at XPD is seasonal with most profit made in H2, hence we have not lifted our estimates at this stage, but with this AGM statement today, risks are clearly
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Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19, TP Group was able to report organic revenue growth of 9% YoY in FY20A, and total revenue up 20% YoY. Aided by strategic acquisitions, non-core business disposals, and investments made within the group, the company should be well placed to benefit as trading conditions normalise. With visibility improving, we release new forecasts for FY21E and FY22E (Adj EBITDA of £4.2m and £5.1m respectively). Given the improving outlook, and a record order book (£6
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Tern plc* (TERN.L, 23.75p/£78.5m) | CAP-XX Ltd* (CPX.L, 8.15p/£36.0m) | MTI Wireless Edge Ltd* (MWE.L, 64.5p/£57.1m) | Newmark Security plc* (NWT.L, 1.2p/£5.6m) | Blackbird plc* (BIRD.L, 32.0p/£107.9m)
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Staffline’s raise has generated £44m of net proceeds. The debt re-fi simplifies the bank lending and provides ample head-room. The circular points to FY results in line. Staffline has also reported a strong start to the year, with potential upside from Restart. FY 21 FD EPS increased by 57% and FY 22 reduced by 8% to reflect the mechanics of the re-fi and no tax. We expect the conversion rate to continue increasing. The B/S looks sound with expected FY 22 covenant net debt / EBITDA of 3.0x. We h
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We increased our forecasts on 3 June as SThree pre-announced the strength of Q2. Today’s full release shows Q2 NFI +22% y-o-y and H1 NFI +3% on H1 19. The contractor order book is up 33% and productivity +36%. We make no changes to forecasts today, but now expect H1 21 PBT of £27.4m, up 14% on H1 19. Our H2 estimates are cautiously set, reflecting more normalised contractor working hours and selective headcount investment. We see the risks to be on the upside. Maintain Buy.
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Today's news & views, plus announcements from ICP, BATS, OXIG, PAG, NCC, OTMP, XPD, PPC
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As midsummer’s day looms (where has this year gone?), there is greater optimism, in general, than may have been anticipated a few months ago. A post-pandemic, ‘vaccine-driven’ recovery demonstrated by increased consumer spending as lockdown measures are lifted has been one of the catalysts. The FTSE 100 has been range-bound in the last month 6,900-7,100. We have seen a combination of broadly positive company results across a range of sectors, further examples of M&A activity and a sequence of ne
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The appointment of an engineering consultancy on the Polish project demonstrates progress. Powerhouse has said that it hopes to complete the project by Q1 2022, in line with development progress in the UK. We see Powerhouse as having considerable international opportunities for the deployment of its DMG technology.
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Last week Metalcraft (part of AVG’s PRSE division) and Sellafield mutually agreed to exercise the option to enter into the second phase of the contract to provide a total of 1,100 high integrity 3M3 stainless steel storage boxes for Sellafield. This is a significant milestone, following commencement in 2015 of prototyping and refinement, and the establishment of dedicated, state of the art 3M3 box production and supply. We think It clear that Metalcraft has now established the leading position i
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Despite an unparalleled disruption caused by Covid-19, Getech grew its subscription-based revenues and the order book remained strong. Despite a drop in revenue driven by Getech's customers reducing short-term project service work and related data sales, gross margins were protected by Getech's cost saving measures. Furthermore, the Services division swung back into operating profit. Following the Company's £6.25m equity raise, Getech is well positioned to grow and diversify its activities acros
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The robustness of the operating model and management's action to support customers and manage the cost base led to Vianet generating positive operating cash flow in FY21A. There is a strong pathway to recovery but the full extent is somewhat caveated on a full reopening profile that is yet to be confirmed. We are forecasting the Group to be free cash flow positive this year and see upside in the price as new order momentum returns.
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Epwin has entered FY21 with positive revenue momentum, having successfully navigated some extreme market conditions in the prior year. The company has built a solid base from which to grow volumes, and a positive cash generation profile provides headroom to invest organically and via acquisition as post-pandemic markets begin to normalise.
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AVO’s goal is to deliver an affordable and novel PT system, called LIGHT, based on state-of-the-art technology developed originally at the world-renowned CERN. Over the past two years, important technical milestones have significantly derisked the project. Now, AVO is working on the verification and validation phase, prior to LIGHT being used on the first patients to support CE marking. In its recent technical update, the company highlighted progress made over the past three months towards a ful
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Power reliability and drilling tools specialist Northbridge has confirmed in today’s AGM update that it is “firmly on track to meet management expectations” for FY21F and indicated momentum is likely to continue beyond that, driven by growth in datacentres and renewables and a 50% enlargement of its UK factory. It has also announced a £10m refinancing, including the redemption of its convertible loan notes. Lower interest costs nudge up our FY21F adjusted PBT from £2.0m to £2.1m. Northbridge als
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