Dillistone is a supplier of software for the international recruitment industry. Interim results to 30 June 2020 demonstrate a profitable performance, which is highly creditable given the company's global customer base, and exposure to recruitment markets, both of which have been significantly impacted and influenced by COVID-19.
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James Halstead is a manufacturer and international distributor of commercial floor coverings. This morning, the group has provided a full year trading update for the twelve months to 30 June 2020, which illustrates stronger demand than anticipated at the time of the interims in March. A second interim dividend has been declared, whilst the year-end cash figure is reported to be ahead of the interim position. Furthermore, since the year-end, UK sales are reported to be less than 10% down against the comparative period, whilst key overseas businesses are near flat.
Dillistone has reported FY results to December 2019 with revenue of £8.0m (FY 2018: £8.7m), an adjusted loss before tax of £0.3m (FY 2018: £0.0m) and, against a favourable tax outcome (R&D tax credits), EPS of -0.15p (FY 2018: +0.61p). The company ended the year with cash of £0.4m (FY2018: £0.7m), and net debt position of £0.8m (FY 2018: net debt £0.4m).
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Dillistone has released a reassuring update this morning detailing the signing of a £1.5m loan through the Government's Business Interruption Loan (“BIL”) scheme and, by way of a trading update.
The BIL loan will be used for working capital purposes, including development of existing and new products, ahead of launch in 2021. The loan is repayable over six years at an interest rate of 3.99% over base. Interest is waived in the first twelve months and monthly repayments commence in July 2021 and can be repaid early without penalty.
Walker Greenbank is a higher-end interior furnishings business with well-established global brand names and manufacturing facilities in the UK. This morning, the group has provided a further update on the business in relation to COVID-19 following its previous announcement on 25 March. In addition, and in line with recent FCA/FRC guidance, full year results to 31 January 2020 have been rescheduled to 30 June (previously expected 23 April).
With cash ahead of expectation in a year of transformation, PTY has reported inline results for the year to December 2019, with revenues standing at £80.4m and £0.1m adj. PBT. Net cash at £0.9m is ahead of our expectation prior to the company's pre-close update by some £1.9m, a significant beat.
Dillistone's update this morning is, on the whole, reassuring. Although the economic implications of COVID-19 will likely materially affect FY2020E results, as with many businesses seeing a significant reduction in demand for products and services, it is too early to determine the quantum. As such, we remove our FY2020 estimates that previously looked for an EBITDA contribution of £1.6m and adjusted PBT to £0.1m.
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Trading Update – 2019 in line, however 2020 profit estimates reduced
Dillistone is a supplier of software for the international recruitment industry. The company's trading update confirms that it expects to report an adjusted pre-tax loss ‘broadly in line' with our previously revised (September 2019) estimates - a £0.30m loss for FY2019E. Following on from the successfully executed operational restructuring and streamlining in 2019, a review was made of the company product strategy. As a result, one of Dillistone's six core products, Evolve, has been retired from the market with product development investment refocussed into the remaining five core solutions with a view to prioritising development which will lead to significant long-term growth, rather than short-term product enhancements. The impact of this is a more prudent assessment of FY2020E sales and a downgrade to our PBT and EPS estimates where we now see FY2020E adjusted PBT at £0.1m (from £0.6m). The strategic intent is sensible, and the short-term impact will hopefully yield benefits beyond FY2020E.
Dillistone Group Trading Update – 2019 in line, however 2020 profit estimates reduced
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Dillistone Group - Interim results – restructuring on plan, macro headwinds | Malvern International - H1 inline; healthy booked revenues underpin H2; IFRS16 adjustments
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IMC Exploration Group (NEX: IMCP), focused on acquiring and exploring prospecting licence areas w hich have high potential for natural resource, is looking to admit its shares to the standard list and will withdraw for the NEX Exchange. TBC
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Dillistone (DSG) – Corporate – Loan Agreement
Solid State (SOLI) – Corporate – Pre-close update slightly ahead of upwardly revised expectations | Dillistone Group (DSG) – Corporate – FY Results in line with PBT views –
2019 starts well
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Dillistone has reported FY results in line with our adjusted breakeven PBT expectation, and with an outlook statement supportive of our prudent FY2019E forecasts. For FY2018A, the Group reported revenue of £8.7m, an adjusted PBT of £0.0m and, against a favourable tax outcome (R&D tax credits), EPS of 0.6p, ahead of our 0.1p forecast. Our adjusted PBT estimate for the current year is unchanged (albeit revenue is adjusted for IFRS15) and reflects the previously announced restructuring of Group operations through 2019 and revised GatedTalent assumptions. Although trading has ‘begun well’ across all three divisions, the restructuring of operations and the potential for a softer macro environment both continue to warrant the caution expressed in our estimates. As such we continue to look for break even position in FY 2019E and £0.59m adjusted PBT for FY 2020E.
Techniplas –global producer and support services company providing highly engineered and technically complex components, making the supply chain to original equipment manufacturers more efficient. FYDec17 rev $515m.
SDX Energy plc—a North Africa focused oil and gas company, announces its intention to complete a Canadian plan of arrangement under section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act and will have shares de-listed from the TSX-V and admitted to trading on AIM. Expected 28 May 2019, anticipated market cap of £76m
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.
Distribution Finance Capital Holdings plc — specialist lender which builds relationships with manufacturers and then provides working capital solutions up and down their supply chains to drive their growth is looking to join AIM. No raise, secondary offering of £19.8m at 90p, expected market cap of £95.98m. Expected 09 May 2019.
Alumasc Group plc, the premium building products, systems and solutions group, has announced its intention to move from the Premium Segment of the main market to AIM. Expected 25 June 2019
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Dillistone, a supplier of software for the international recruitment industry, announces a restructuring to simplify the operational structure of the group and result in a more efficient cost base. Management also confirm that trading for the year to December 2018 is expected be in-line with our break-even adjusted profit expectation. However, FY 2019 order books (as stated in January) across the business are in a healthy state, and trading year-to-date is described as having ‘begun well’, the 1) proposed restructuring; 2) a softer macro environment; and 3) changing near-term assumptions with respect to GatedTalent revenue structure results in some significant downward adjustments to our forward expectations. We now look for break even in FY 2019E and £0.59m adjusted PBT for FY 2020E.
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Boku has released a trading update confirming that EBITDA is likely to be ahead of consensus expectations for FY20. As most of the upside is due to COVID-19-related cost savings, we have upgraded our FY20 EBITDA and EPS forecasts by 10% and 15%, respectively. We leave our FY21/22 forecasts unchanged, pending a more detailed trading update in January that will cover the busy December holiday season.
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Pressure Technologies has announced that it has raised £7.5m through a Placing, via an accelerated bookbuild, and PrimaryBid offer at 60p/share, a 4% discount to the closing midmarket price on 27th November 2020. The net proceeds of the fundraise will be used to accelerate growth in the fast developing hydrogen market, build the group’s capability in Integrity Management and to strengthen the balance sheet. As Nomad and Broker to the fundraise we are restricted and can therefore provide factual comment only. The Placing and PrimaryBid offer are subject to shareholder approval at a General Meeting to be held on 17th December 2020.
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