Autins has reported full year results to the end of September that reflect a year of two distinct halves with H2 facing the unprecedented challenges of Covid and widespread disruption caused by OEM plant shutdowns, including at its largest customer. Full year revenues declined by 20% to £21.5m, split between H1 at £13.2m and H2 at £7.8m. Strong management action nevertheless saw gross margins maintained at c.28% through operational improvements, restructuring and tight cost control, and EBITDA (pre-IFRS 16) remained at broadly breakeven. Net debt reduced to £1.9m from £2.3m (excluding £5.8m IFRS16 lease liabilities) Going forward the focus remains on further operational improvements, cash control, sales growth and diversification of customers and markets. The Board notes its expectation of a recovery in sales volumes and profitability in FY2021, albeit that there are shorter term Covid and frictional Brexit uncertainties. Forward guidance remains withdrawn.
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Autins has reported interim results consistent with its trading and COVID update at the end of March 2020. The first five months performance was ahead of management expectations and Q2 saw the Group achieve the majority of its targeted £2m p.a. cost savings, materially lowering the Group’s breakeven point. Automotive deliveries have restarted after a significant fall off in demand - all Autins’ sites were closed on 22nd March 2020 - and with PPE equipment orders building, 50% of the workforce has returned. The term sheet for a £2.75m CBILS loan has been agreed and the Group’s modelling of potential downside scenarios, including £1m of permanent liquidity headroom, shows that Autins could withstand an extended downturn along with the impact of other identified risks. The Group’s liquidity headroom looks to have improved further with the extension of UK & overseas support schemes, growing PPE sales and current trading volumes ahead of its downside scenario. Guidance remains withdrawn with FY2020 results set to be impacted by a significant reduction in H2 revenue. Nevertheless, with costs reduced and an opportunity pipeline of over £40m (incl. Neptune £30m) and a building conversion rate, Autins is now positioned to deliver a strong recovery in profitability.
Autins has issued a trading update covering the first five months of the current financial year which is noted to have been ahead of management expectations and much improved on the comparable period in FY2019. This performance reflects important cost control and operational efficiencies as well as success winning significant new business. However, the impact of COVID-19 has now seen automotive OEM plant shutdowns and management expects significantly reduced demand for its products for the foreseeable future, resulting in a material reduction in the Group’s financial performance and outturn for FY2020. Given the uncertainties we have withdrawn forecasts.
Today’s AGM Statement confirms that the group is currently trading in-line with management expectations for FY2020E. Also, the Board is confident of delivering continued operational improvement, sales growth and new market development, centred on Autins’ core acoustic and thermal management expertise and, in particular, Neptune, the Group’s innovative high performance material that is opening up important new relationships and opportunities. We make no change to forecasts.
Intention to float by Gemfields Group. No Capital Raise. Currently listed on JSE. (GML:JNB) at circa £122m. The Group's key producing assets, the Kagem emerald mine in Zambia (believed to be the world's single largest producing emerald mine) and the Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique (one of the most significant recently discovered ruby deposits in the world), are both expected to have long mine-lives with potential for expansion. Also owns the Faberge brand. Due Valentines Day 2020.
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Despite the increasingly challenging trading conditions across the year in the automotive market, Autins has delivered slightly better than expected revenue and adjusted PBT. The focus on operational performance and cost control rewarded with a strong gross margin improvement, particularly in the second half. During the year the Group saw sales of Neptune, its innovative high performance acoustic and thermal insulation material, double. Neptune is providing strong support to the Group’s efforts to develop opportunities with new OEM’s and Tier 1s, and a significant number of new customers were added in the year. The statement notes that the positive momentum in the business provides grounds for future optimism.
Costain (COST LN, £187m) awarded new highways contracts >£150m incl. project for Lancashire Country Council and Highways England | AFC Energy (AFC LN, £19m) operational update confirms hydrogen-powered off-grid EV charging system is on track for commercial launch in Dec 19 | Autins (AUTG LN, £8m) trading update expects FY19 results in line with market expectations; improved profit margins from cost savings/operational efficiencies; “cause for optimism for the year ahead” following new client wins and production ramp-up towards end of FY19
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Autins has issued a trading update for the 12 months to end September highlighting that the Board expects FY2019E results to be in line with market expectations. In a challenging year for the automotive industry, the Group has achieved significant cost savings and operational efficiencies that have in turn helped to deliver the improved profit margins that investors were expecting. The statement notes that the Group is now well placed with sufficient capacity to take advantage of the many opportunities in its pipeline to both grow and diversify the business. Following a £3.5m (gross) placing in August 2019 there is the balance sheet strength to fund new customer wins, further geographical expansion, investment in further operational efficiencies and necessary working capital.
African Export-Import Bank a supranational financial institution whose purpose is to facilitate, promote and expand intra- and extra- African trade, of its potential intention to publish a registration document, the Bank hereby confirms its intention to proceed with an Initial Public Offering. The GDRs are expected to be admitted to the standard listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the Main Market of the LSE.
DNEG Limited intends to apply for admission of its Shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities. The Offer will be comprised of new Shares to be issued by the Company (to raise expected gross proceeds of £150m). Admission is expected to take place in November 2019.
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Interim results are in line with expectations. Despite a very challenging automotive market backdrop the Group is seeing positive momentum with first half sales ahead sequentially. Management expect to deliver improving margins through a focus on cost control and operational efficiencies and to drive growth through the conversion of a strong and growing sales pipeline. In this regard, Neptune volumes are continuing to build strongly with new business worth £2.5m p.a. won in the first half.
Autins has issued a trading update highlighting the impact of challenging conditions in the automotive industry. Whilst full year revenues are expected to be broadly in-line with market expectations, the Group has not yet been able to fully capture the expected benefits of its cost control measures and planned operational improvements against this backdrop. As such, management now anticipate that EBITDA will be closer to breakeven for FY2019E, which compares to our prior EBITDA expectation of £1.3m. Autins is capitalised at under 0.3x sales, leaving the shares at a large discount to published NAV of 65p/share. There is a large opportunity pipeline and Neptune sales continue to build.
Renold plc—a leading international supplier of industrial chains and related power transmission products, announced that it will cancel the listing of the Company from the premium segment and apply for admission on AIM. Expected 06 June 2019.
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
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Boohoo has delivered strong results over the peak trading period for the four months ended 31 December 2020. Group revenue is +40% YOY, with robust growth seen across all brands and regions. The Agenda for Change programme is progressing at pace, demonstrating the Group’s commitment to setting a new standard for ethical supply chains in the fashion industry.
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SCE is raising £20m through a placing and open offer as the future commercial pipeline now justifies building the next manufacturing cell (“Cell 2”). Cell 2 will essentially double production capacity and transform the potential of the business. When operating at full capacity, we estimate that SCE would be capable of £35m revenues, £15m EBIT and £12.5m Earnings. This would equate to EV/EBIT of 7.1x and P/E of 9.5x based on the enlarged capital base. Recent trading updates have highlighted that trading is strong and in line with expectations, while longer term ASP expectations have increased significantly.
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The group’s year-end trading update highlights that the group is on track with its growth and expansion strategy. At the end of the year, a couple of COVID and Brexit-related delays to customer ordering were seen, which have reduced revenue by £0.7m. Nevertheless, operating profits are in line with expectations due to continued cost control. Our forecasts have therefore been adjusted accordingly. The investment case remains sound and this doesn’t alter our view of the company’s prospects, where we forecast a robust scale up over the next few years, focused on significant growth opportunities in the EVs, Medical and Aerospace markets.
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Residential for rent developer and manager Watkin Jones today posted FY 2020 results, in which profits, cash and dividend beat our estimates by c. 4 - 5%. We have maintained our FY 2021E forecasts and introduced estimates for FY 2022E. Our growth assumptions are supported by further evidence in the statement of a revival in forward funding by institutional investors for both the Group’s build-to-rent and student accommodation developments. A new strategy is aimed to trial the private residential sales division more to affordable housing, in line with WJ’s low-risk, capital-light model.
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Although 2020 will probably go down in history as one of the most challenging years experienced during our lifetime, it will also likely be chronicled as one of the best years for the recognition and appreciation of science. As we entered 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was in its infancy. However, it rapidly evolved through the exponential rise in infections and mortality globally. Much has been achieved during the past 12 months in the fight against COVID-19, but, as we enter 2021, there are considerable concerns about the emergence of a mutant version of the virus and the second wave that we are now facing.
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InnovaDerma raised £4.0m to (i) strengthen the balance sheet following the impact of COVID-19 on current trading and (ii) grow its global Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) and E-Commerce capacity in the UK and new geographic markets, thereby enabling the company to accelerate sales and take advantage of the opportunities expected to exist post COVID restrictions being eased. With a clear plan for growth, to be executed by its new CEO, we introduce new forecasts for FY 2021 and 2022 that assume some gradual easing of restrictions in the UK in the spring, with an adjusted pre-tax loss of c.£0.9m in 2021 (positive EBITDA in H2) returning to c.£0.3m profit in FY 2022 on the back of revenues returning to pre-pandemic levels, including higher international contributions. We introduce a target price of 90p, with scope for this to be raised as the new CEO executes on the growth plan, which is based on a peer group EV/Sales multiple of 1.6x.
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This brief but important update has underlined that Galliford Try is coping admirably with the seemingly constantly changing COVID restrictions, with all sites open (as they have been since the start of the financial year in July 2020) and trading at “normal” levels – in line with management expectations.
Crucially, a return of profitability and dividends (as previously flagged) is expected with the half year results, due to be released on 4th March. Consensus is for a 2.5p dividend for the year ending in June 2021, growing rapidly to 4.0p for 2022 and 5.4p for 2023.
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The Character Group’s (Character) AGM statement confirms the strong start to the year noted in its preliminary results. Revenues in the first four months were ahead by more than 30% and management expects that profitability for the first half to February 2021 will be significantly higher than in the same period last year. While there are more challenges facing the Company in the second half, assuming these do not worsen the Board believes the Group will achieve current market expectations. Our forecasts for FY2021 were raised significantly in December and we are encouraged that despite the temporarily deteriorating macros, current market expectations are still valid. When some normality returns to the market Character will be exceptionally well positioned with a strong balance sheet and a product range in strong demand.
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Today’s Q1 trading update indicates that sales have levelled out at c.£2m per quarter, reflecting current lower levels of demand in light of ongoing restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. The reorganisation and cost reduction measures undertaken by management last year have enabled the Group to maintain a positive EBITDA and there has been a slight increase in orders in the new financial year. Zytronic entered the new year in a strong financial position with £14m net cash. The stable sales pattern should enable us to reintroduce forecasts in due course and the current rating remains very modest indeed based on preCOVID levels of profitability
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The group has issued another positive trading update confirming full-year revenue 25% ahead of our original projection made in March and a LBITDA 39% lower than originally forecast and 81% lower than the previous year. We anticipate further revenue growth in 2021 but also an increase in LBITDA as management invests further in a number of growth initiatives. We expect the 2022 financial year to reflect the benefit of the strategic investment programme as the business progresses towards breakeven.
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Recent news has been positive. Notably, the Group announced a ground-breaking £27.5m contract award with a new OEM customer in mid-September. Trading has been more resilient than we expected at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, demonstrated by the positive full year pre-close update issued today. Revenue for the year to 31 December (£2m) is in-line with our forecast but gross cash is better, by c.£250k. Operational developments continue apace, and reflecting a healthy pipeline and expanding workforce, a dedicated HR executive has been hired. Confidence in the medium-term demand for the Group’s products has improved with recent contract wins; management now believes its Knowsley factory, when fully built-out, will be able to generate £75m of revenue each year against £50m, previously. Our estimates are unchanged pending the full May statement but with a stronger medium-term outlook, we lift our valuation to 65p from 57p.
The impacts of COVID-19 on trading were visible in the H121 outturn but management actions resulted in an improved net cash position at the period end. Walker Greenbank will be renamed the Sanderson Design Group as part of a wider strategic improvement programme. Noting a solid start to H2 so far, management’s messaging is rightly still cautious about the market outlook but it is encouraging to see the combination of close operational control and strategic improvement are running in parallel.
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