Fulcrum has delivered a reassuring trading update, confirming it continues to trade in-line with FY22E forecasts, as evidenced by disclosed headline interim results. This comes despite recent turbulence in the UK's energy marketplace, which has not impacted Fulcrum's progress, including its recently established smart metering business. Given a 22% decline in the shares this month, opportunistic buyers should see value as forecasts remain unchanged and the stock now trades at book value and a his
Companies: Fulcrum Utility Services Ltd
Fulcrum's H1/22E trading update confirms significant order book growth arising from larger wins early in the period; most notably, in its newly established smart metering business. The company is getting back on track to delivering meaningful levels of EBITDA across a broader array of growth avenues, all tied into the UK's move to net zero. Margin and cash generation remain the key focus areas this year to stabilise the business. At a FY22E EV/Sales ratio of 0.9x, the shares look attractive and
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Dianomi (DNM.L), the provider of native digital advertising services to premium clients in the Financial Services and Business sectors, has joined AIM with an issue price 273p. Primary capital to be raised on admission £5m, Secondary Placing £32m and an anticipated Market Cap £82m. In FY 2020, revenue was £28.43m, representing growth of 58.8% compared to FY19. The majority of the Group's revenue is generated in the Americas (FY20: 76.6 %) followed by EMEA (FY20: 17.0%.), and APA
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FY21A results are in-line with earlier guidance and imply a stronger second half from a COVID-19 challenged year. Fulcrum is reverting back to a classic contractor model, now focused on margin and cash generation within its core markets, which are benefitting from long-term growth drivers related to the UK's transition to net-zero. A recent strong pick-up in larger contract wins, on top of an order book of £56m in near-term jobs, sets the company up for a financial rebound from FY21A. We see thi
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Poolbeg, Proposed AIM listing and demerger from Open Orphan (ORPH.L). Funds raised as part of Admission will be used primarily to fund the clinical trial costs associated with the development of the Company’s POLB 001 asset as a treatment for severe influenza and to acquire and develop new portfolio assets. Offer details and timing TBA
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Fulcrum has announced that Daren Harris, CEO, is stepping down from the Board with immediate effect due to personal reasons. Terry Dugdale, who was appointed to the Board as COO in March 2019, will become CEO with immediate effect. Whilst Daren’s departure is unexpected, we have met Terry Dugdale on several occasions and rate him highly. Investor feedback has also been positive. Terry has been pivotal to driving operational efficiencies through the Group, improving utilisation and navigating the
H1/21A results reflect a period where COVID-19 impacted Q1/21 trading, masking over early signs of progress from the company's new strategic plan. Given activity rebounded during Q2/21 to pre-COVID levels, we expect a stronger H2/21E delivery and a profitable FY21E on flattish revenues. In FY22E, we expect to see material signs of progress in trading from strategic growth initiatives (housebuilding/EV/smart metering etc). Given these long-term drivers, we believe Fulcrum should be viewed as an a
Today’s AGM Statement highlights further progress during H1. As anticipated at the final results on 6th August, trading has now returned to pre-COVID levels, with a particularly strong recovery in housing market activity. As at 31st August, the order book has increased by 5% to £69.4m from £66.2m at 31st, with contracts secured across the Group’s end markets. The Company has invested in its sales team and back office functions in order to support the recovery, though management continues to moni
FY20A results are broadly in-line with forecasts set prior to Covid-19, evidencing a far stronger H2A delivery to the year. Fulcrum has now refocused on a number of growth opportunities based on long-term strategic priorities for the UK, including the move to a net zero economy. MoM momentum is building so far in FY21, such that pre-Covid trading levels are expected to be met in Q2/21. Given this, a record order book and strong balance sheet, we see a brighter future for Fulcrum ahead.
The FY20 results report that after a challenging H1, the Group’s performance had started to improve, with a substantial increase in order inflow. This was disrupted by the impact of COVID-19, which impeded operations towards the end of FY20. Despite this, EBITDA (postIFRS 16) of £4.6m was broadly in line with pre-COVID-19 guidance (c.£5m). Given continued economic uncertainty, guidance is still withdrawn. Whilst valuation is challenging in the absence of forecasts, if management can deliver a re
Fulcrum has reached an agreement with Harwood Capital and Bayford regarding the composition of the Board. Harwood has agreed to withdraw the proposed Tender Offer announced on 9th April 2020. The Company intends to appoint Jeremy Brade (Partner, Harwood) and Jonathan Turner (CEO, Bayford) to the Board as NEDs in short order following final due diligence. As a condition of their appointment to the Board on behalf of Harwood and Bayford respectively, the Company has entered into a relationship agr
Fulcrum has issued a detailed further response to Harwood’s proposed tender offer. The Board continues to regard this as an opportunistic manoeuvre against the backdrop of market uncertainty and share price volatility resulting from COVID-19. It has received letters of intent to support the Board and management from shareholders representing 39.87% of the share register, accounting for the majority of institutional shareholders, as well as management. The Board reiterates its recommendation that
There are signs of Fulcrum's recovery through H2/20E in today's update, but the UK's shutdown in response to Covid-19 has now put progression temporarily on hold. With the majority of projects currently delayed, trading over FY21E is likely to be adversely affected. The group's recent asset sale to ESP was opportunely timed, securing balance sheet strength to ride out the disruption. Given the current uncertainty and removal of FY21E guidance, we place our recommendation Under Review.
Today’s year end update highlights that FY20 trading was broadly in line with expectations. The Group has experienced a reduction in demand over the last week as a result of the implementation of more stringent lock down measures. In response, management has postponed all non-essential work, furloughed staff, and deferred 20% of the pay of employees who have not been furloughed, including management. These actions have materially reduced the monthly overhead. The update also confirms receipt of
Fulcrum has confirmed that it has met all of the conditions associated with the ESP asset sale, which is expected to complete in FY20. The deal will significantly strengthen the balance sheet, generating £17m of initial proceeds, with further significant proceeds to follow as the order book is built out. The Board also confirms that it expects FY20 trading to be in line with expectations, implying a significant bounce back in H2 trading (FY20E EBITDA of £1.4m/£3.6m in H1/H2). The outlook is supp
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Seeing Machines has announced that it has been selected as the DMS supplier for automotive programmes through Magna International worth cA$120m and a fundraise of at least US$40m at 11p.
The funds will be used to accelerate growth in the rapidly expanding DMS technology market, across all transport sectors globally. This includes the acceleration of the development of new core software and system features, acquisition of additional specialised technology, expansion of sales channels and produc
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Seeing Machines has announced results for its financial year ended June 2021 and, after the 3 August 2021 trading update, there were few surprises in the numbers with the company trading ahead of expectations in terms of margins and cash. This reflects the successful focus by the management on reducing costs and conserving cash. However, with the conclusion of the recent fund raise, we expect the company to change gear to investing in the business and managing for longer term shareholder value.
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The Whitelee project to which ITM is supplying its PEM electrolyser technology has won £9.4m of government funding. We see this project as a key demonstration of the value of co-locating hydrogen production with renewables and indicates a wide market for this key energy storage solution.
While there remains considerable uncertainty over the planning and permitting of the Uskmouth power station conversion there have been a couple of recent pieces of good news for SIMEC Atlantis in our view. Inclusion of waste-to-energy in the carbon capture support model is potentially positive for Uskmouth and may increase its political attractiveness to the Welsh Government as they consider permitting. The ring fencing of CfD support for tidal steam in the next allocation round opens up the pos
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Macfarlane Group, the leading protective packaging solutions specialist, servicing clients across the UK
and now emerging into Continental Europe, has issued a trading update this morning (25 November)
covering the period since end June and the year to date. Trading has continued to be robust in a difficult
supply chain environment and the Group now expects to exceed its previous expectations for the full
year. Sales growth for the year to date has accelerated through to October at rate of +2
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The oversubscribed placing to raise £25m and £2m open offer leaves Velocys well placed to move forward on its reference projects and strengthens its ability to address further demand as airlines increasingly seek out sustainable fuelling solutions. We have updated our forecasts for the raise and after a review of project timings. These show that if the company can progress its projects, it is capable of being cashflow positive in FY 24 without recourse to further funding. Our DCF based central c
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The H1 results were a bit of a double check. First, how high hopes (battery materials) persist in a rapidly changing environment, something already communicated to the markets. The second, and a rather annoying one, was how to deal with the issues as management was not really transparent. This explains the strong miss in EBIT compared to the consensus. We were also wrong-footed as our impairment figure was far too low.
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Like Taylor Maxwell before it, management's patience and persistence has landed another prized target, this one HBS NE Limited trading as HBS New Energies and UPOWA, giving Brickability a platform into the fast-growing renewables energy products market. It is Brickability's 13th acquisition in the past three years, will cost a maximum £5.5m and falls within the group's target 4-6x EV/EBITA purchase range thus enhancing earnings whilst broadening the product offering to its core housebuilder cust
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The trading update confirms that TClarke is on track to meet FY21 expectations signalling a strong recovery from the pandemic-hit 2020 with revenues +47%, H2 margins back at 3%, underlying EPS +50% and net cash of c£5m in the year-end balance sheet. The highlight, in support of its target £500m turnover by 2023, is continued improvement in the order book, currently at £525m (end June £503m) including a record £320m (+25%) secured for a year out. This is not ‘being bought' but comes with a real s
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Confirming a strong start to the year, with revenues and adjusted EBITDA up 30% and 43% respectively,
CML’s interims resultsfor H1 FY22A(six months to 30th September 2021)reflect a business with a bigger
spring in its step following on from the Hyperstone divestment earlier in 2021. Importantly, there are
pleasing signs that the new strategy of growing customer share and expanding the customer base is
already paying dividends, alongside recovery in existing markets. We are pleased to push th
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Calima Energy (CE1 AU) C; Target price of A$0.75 per share: Well update in Canada – The Thorsby Leo #3 well commenced flowback on November 8th and is currently producing > 250boe/d of oil and gas, which is exceeding the company’s expectations. Leo #1 and #2 are both tied in and flowing back as of November 16th and currently cleaning up. Hydrocarbon flows for Leo #1 and #2 are expected to commence in the next 7-10 days. These are impor
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eEnergy has released a very robust AGM update, reiterating full year expectations and confirming acquisition integration is well on track. After a period of share price weakness (with the shares now trading on <10x FY23 P/E), we expect the update to be well received by the market, which may have been pre-occupied with recent energy price volatility. We remain of the view that high energy prices only serve to increase the opportunity for eEnergy to help its customers in the transition to Net Zero
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