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Secure Trust Bank disclosed in its Q122 trading update that balance sheet momentum is strong and the business remains on track to deliver on management’s medium-term growth targets. Loan and core loan growth were 4.5% and 4.8%, respectively, in the three months to 31 March. We are forecasting 17% and 18% growth for the full year. Deposit growth was similarly fast paced with a 4.1% increase in the three months and on track for our forecast of 17% for FY21. We note, however, that the economic slow
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Secure Trust Bank (STB) reported FY21 PBT of £56.0m (£57.4m normalised, we forecast £52.7m) and a ROE of 15.9%. The beat was driven by provision reversions: the loan loss ratio was 0.1% versus 0.3%. The numbers otherwise were in line with our expectations. Revenue was flat year-on-year, but pre-provisions profit fell by 18% since costs rose 12% as STB invested for growth. We are forecasting 15–17% annual loan growth for FY22–23 as management sees good risk-adjusted opportunities despite the infl
Secure Trust Bank (STB) disclosed on 11 March that it is exiting the debt purchase market by agreeing to sell its Debt Managers Service (DMS) portfolio to Intrum UK Finance, a debt purchase specialist. The deal is expected to complete towards the end of Q222. DMS accounts for 4% of STB’s loans balance and STB disclosed that DMS made a small £0.5m loss in 2021. The deal looks to be earnings enhancing. STB estimates that £72m of risk weighted assets will be released (about 50bp of capital), which
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Aquis Exchange (AQX.L) the exchange services group, announced its intention to apply for admission of the Group to trading on the Apex Segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market. Aquis' shares will continue to trade on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange plc to satisfy certain regulatory requirements. The Group is targeting admission to the AQSE Growth Market on 29 March 2022.
Private equity firm Blue Owl Capital is planning to list assets from i
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STB disclosed in its pre-close trading update that loan growth is strong and ahead of our forecasts. STB said that it saw a record level of new business lending in Q421 at £471.1m (+52% year-on-year). The core loan balances were up ‘by double digits’ year-on-year versus FY20, compared to our forecasts of 6% (core loans) and 2% (total loans). There were no new statements regarding margins or asset quality, although the news regarding the latter was quite upbeat in the Q3 update. We take note of t
Secure Trust Bank (STB) announced that it has acquired AppToPay for an undisclosed ‘small amount’ and plans to use AppToPay’s proprietary technology platform to develop and grow its digital Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) business. STB has also disclosed that its FY21 loan impairments will be ‘materially below’ analyst consensus of £12.9m (Edison: £12.7m). This is welcome news, although most investor attention regarding impairments has moved to focus on FY22. We are adjusting our FY21e EPS by 7% to 226
After Secure Trust Bank’s (STB) upbeat trading update in October, we feel there was a bullish tone to its capital markets day presentations on 3 November. This was underlined by the announcement of a new medium-term target for loan book CAGR of 15%+. Areas highlighted for greater focus and opportunity included: 1) growth of digital ‘buy now pay later’ (BNPL) and interest-free products in retail finance, 2) the growing presence of corporate landlords in the UK residential market and 3) new upcomi
In its Q3 trading update, Secure Trust Bank (STB) disclosed that it is experiencing robust loan growth. New business lending is now above pre-pandemic levels. STB’s core lending book in Q321 rose 3.3% quarter-on-quarter and 7% year-on-year. Motor finance new business grew 15% in just three months. New business lending in the quarter was up 20% and 59% on the previous quarter and 12 months ago. Net loan balances were £2,404m in Q321, which is in line with our end-FY21 forecast of £2,400m. We ther
Secure Trust Bank (STB) reported H121 PBT of £30.7m, boosted by a net impairments reversion of £1.1m (vs a net charge of £19.8m in H220). The good news on provisions had been previously flagged by management. Loan arrears have remained lower than expected and most borrowers have returned from payment holidays. Loan demand is picking up and loans grew 1.3% (core division loan growth of 2.6%) in the six months to 30 June 2021. STB also announced a new 25% payout dividend policy along with a surpri
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Weekly round-up of AIM-listed healthcare news.
Venture Life Group, GENinCode, Kromek, Alliance Pharma, Polarean Imaging, Benchmark Holdings, Ondine Biomedical, Verici Dx, Faron Pharmaceuticals, Avacta Group, Abingdon Health, Open Orphan, Belluscura, Hutchmed (China), Oxford Biodynamics
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Urban Logistics REIT (“ULR”) has delivered a solid FY22 performance – deploying capital apace and driving strong returns through active asset management. Earnings and dividend are both in line vs SCMe. EPRA NAV is 190p (+7% vs SCMe); as yield compression came as a bonus. Caution is being exercised in deploying remaining capital, which impacts FY23e earnings only. We upgrade EPRA NAV by 14-20% incorporating some (but not all) recent yield compression. We increase our Target Price to 210p (FY23e E
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Mercia Asset Management reported FY22 results, with a significant uplift in adj. operating profit to £8.4m, driven by strong management fee margins of >2% on stable FuM as well as strong finance income during the year. Group AuM has grown to >£1bn post period end, driven by fundraises across the Northern VCTs. The Group is well set to achieve its Mercia 20:20 Vision, with ~£27m (~46%) of its cumulative three-year PBT target delivered in year one. We increase our adj. EBITDA forecasts by 1-26% on
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Arrow Exploration (AXL LN)C; Target price of £0.45 per share: Another well delivers flow rate above expectations – The RCS-1 well was flow tested at oil rates of up 1,872 bbl/d (936 bbl/d net to Arrow) of 30 API crude from the C7B sands. The zone was tested for 33 hours at an average oil rate of 1,076 bbl/d (538 bbl/d net to Arrow) with no formation water. Production will start next week at ~1,000 bbl/d (500 bbl/d net) in order to mini
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Augmentum Fintech has delivered a strong finish to FY22, with NAV per share up 19% YoY and +9% HoH to 155.2p, driven by both investments and positive fair value changes across the majority of its portfolio companies. The 23% IRR since IPO is above the Group’s 20% Internal Target Return, demonstrating overall attractive investment performance. Post-period end The Group has invested £4.0m in new portfolio company Kenbi and the £43m proceeds from the sale of its stake in ii strengthens AUGM’s cash
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Marlowe delivered an impressive set of FY22A results, with underlying organic revenue growth of 9%, Adj EBITDA margins up 240bps to 18.6%, and Adj EBITDA of £54.4m (ahead of our £50.7m forecast). We make minor updates to our FY23E forecasts (Adj Diluted EPS increases 1% to 49.6p) and release new FY24E forecasts. Given the strength of Marlowe's business model, its defensive nature (non-discretionary products and services; 85%+ recurring revenue), the group's continued positive momentum (including
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Visum Technologies has joined the AQSE Growth Market. The Company's business is to own and operate an "on-ride" video and photographic camera system that it sells and/or licenses to customers (being theme parks, ride manufacturers, souvenir imaging providers, and other leisure operators).
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Immediate acquisitions (IME.L) is to re-join AIM via a Reverse Takeover of Fiinu Holdings Limited. Once complete the Compan
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Further to its strategic review, Palace Capital intends to focus on becoming an ESG driven, regional office market specialist. To that end the company has announced a new £46.5m property disposal programme including its entire industrial property portfolio with the proceeds to be reinvested into the office sector. Palace Capital has also announced a buyback for up to 5% of its shares and continues to review its cost base. The outcome of the strategic review is to sharpen the focus on themes mana
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The final decision on CRB III (see below) on streaming revenues is positive for Songwriters, Music publishing and Hipgnosis (SONG). The decision will result in addition revenues being paid to SONG over the coming periods. We view the ruling as positive and evidence of a continuing shift in the understanding of the value of a Songwriter’s contribution to a hit record and the willingness of industry stakeholders to recognise it. YTD SONG has de-rated significantly and currently trades on a 23.8% d
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Stocks in focus this week are Personal Group, Johnson Service Group, Capita and Mears
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NESF has extended one of its revolving credit facilities giving it £48m of additional lending. The fund has created several new areas for potential asset growth including co-investment alongside NPIII in international projects, stand alone battery projects with Eelpower and co-located battery projects at its existing solar sites. The new facility gives the fund the firepower to capture these opportunities.
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