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. £28m raised. Half primary, half shareholder sell down expected 29 May 2019. Mkt cap £72.6m. Issue price 151p.
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 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.
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 market cap of £33.4m. Expected 25 June 2019
Companies: VTC EPWN APC MAB1 IMO RENX DODS BOKU AMYT
Parliamentary and Brexit developments continue to hold centre stage, although the precise path forward remains as unclear as ever. The uncertainty over Brexit, worries over a possible slowdown in the US and the outlook for global economic growth generally have all contributed to the recent falls in markets. While the rally seen since the start of the year has petered out, most indices have still made progress. In Share News & Views we comment on Bloomsbury Publishing, Bonhill Group*, Braemar Shipping Services*, Burford, Clarkson, LightwaveRF*, Marshall Motor Holdings and Synectics*.
Companies: RUA APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ LWRF LSAI NKTN PCF SNX TCN VRE W7L
We have seen a continuation of the rally evident so far this year. The factors are familiar with greater optimism regarding US-China trade talks. At home, the path to Brexit remains unclear as D-day looms. The possibility of a delay has increased. The company reporting season continues to highlight winners and losers with the majority of results in line. We have also seen an uptick in corporate M&A. Results set the morning agenda and Brexit votes the evening one. In Share News & Views we comment on AorTech International*, APC Technology*, DeepMatter*, Golden Ocean Group and P&O Ferries/DP World.
Companies: RUA APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ LSAI NKTN PCF SNX TCN VRE W7L
APC’s AGM statement highlights that “the Board are pleased with the start to the new financial year” and confirms that “the Company continues to trade in line with management expectations”. APC remains focused on its growth strategy. We maintain all of our forecasts at this stage. Our FY2019E forecast is for PBT of £1.63m and EPS at 0.74p putting the shares on a PER of 8.3x. Interims are expected in April. We reiterate our Buy recommendation and 12p target price.
Companies: APC Technology Group
United Oil & Gas (UOG.L) an oil and gas exploration and development company brought to the Official List (Standard Segment) in July 2017 by way of a reverse takeover of Senterra Energy plc. No capital to be raised, expected market cap of £17m and expected 1 March 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. Polemos, to be renamed Digitalbox plc, has agreed to acquire Digitalbox Publishing Holdings Limited for c.£10m through a share for share exchange. The acquisition constitutes a RTO. Polemos has also agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of Mashed Productions Limited, a digital media business which owns the online satirical news website "The Daily Mash", for a maximum total consideration of up to £1.2m. Market cap on admission £12.4m, expected 28 February
Companies: AAU IHC MDZ GMR R4E APC WEB HAYD 88E BPC
Roses are red – markets are blue! The rally since the start of the year resumed this week, after a pull-back last week. The FTSE 100 has risen due to the weakness of sterling and the impact on its dollar-earning constituents. More domestically-oriented indices have also risen but lagged more recently. The latest Brexit twist is due later with a statement to Parliament on the negotiations. Company news continue to dominate the morning headlines and amendment votes the evening ones. In Share News & Views we comment on DCC, EU Supply* FireAngel*, Location Sciences*, Northbridge* and NWF.
We have seen a continuation of the rally seen since the start of the year, although some earlier momentum has been lost. The factors that influenced the market previously continue to dominate – US-China trade talks and the outlook for the global economy. The latest hurdles in the Brexit Withdrawal Bill are due later. Company updates dominate the morning headlines, late night votes dominate the evening ones. In Share News & Views we comment APC Technology*, Bonhill Group*, Braemar Shipping*, Escape Hunt*, FDM*, Haynes Publishing, Nucleus Financial, Porvair, VR*, Warpaint* and Wynnstay.
Companies: RUA APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ LSAI NKTN SNX TCN VRE W7L PCF
It may only be a fortnight into the new year but many of the factors that unnerved the market last month have continued to impact sentiment. The outcome of trade talks between the US and China, concerns about global economic growth and some poor trading statements, especially in the retail sector, have all featured. Above all, Brexit and the progress of the Withdrawal Bill have dominated with the latest “high noon” due later. Despite this, we have seen a good rally in the junior markets year to date. In Share News & Views we comment on Bloomsbury, DeepMatter*, James Fisher and Helios*.
Companies: RUA APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ LSAI NKTN PCF SNX TCN W7L
The instruction to “Deck the halls with boughs of holly” may represent a grateful relief, given the prickly time we have seen in markets over the last month or so. An unhelpful combination of the deadlock surrounding the Brexit process, concerns over the outlook for the global economy and some poor company results have resulted in all markets falling further. The impact on our universe is clear from the table below with AIM taking the significant pain. In Share News & Views we comment on APC*, Clipper, Cohort, Goodwin*, Helios*, PCF Group*and Tricorn*. Merry Christmas to our readers!
Companies: RUA APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ NKTN PCF SNX TCN W7L LSAI
FY2018 results are in line with expectations. Revenues rose 10% to £17.1m, EBITDA was +43% to £1.15m and PBT rose by 63% to £0.68m. The performance has been helped by a concentration on its core strengths, a reorganisation of its sales team and the addition of new technologies. APC made 2 acquisitions First Byte Micro and Aspen Electronics in the period. APC remains focused on its growth strategy. We have kept our FY2019E PBT of £1.63m, up 139% and EPS at 0.74p putting the shares on a PER of 9.5x. We retain our Buy and 12p TP.
Today’s update highlights that the group continues to trade in line with management expectations. APC continues to make progress in its three-five year strategy to grow through increased bookings from existing technologies, especially those in high growth markets, from signing new complementary product lines and through targeted bolt-on acquisitions. We are forecasting FY2018E revenues of £17.51m, EBITDA of £1.18m, PBT of £0.68m and EPS of 0.42p. The group is due to announce finals on 17 December. Buy TP 12p.
Litigation Capital Management—provider of litigation financing and ancillary services, moving from ASX (ASX:LCA) to AIM. Offer TBC. Due 18 Dec. Mkt Cap A$64m.
Crossword Cybersecurity PLC* (NEX:CCS)—the technology commercialisation company focusing exclusively on the cyber security sector is due to start trading on AIM 14 December. Raising £2m at 290p. Mkt cap at issue price £13.6m.
Manolete Partners—leading UK insolvency litigation financing business looking to join AIM raising £16.3m as a placing and £13.1 realised by the selling shareholder at 175p. Market cap £76.3m, expected 14 December
Titon holdings—international manufacturer and supplier of ventilation systems and window and door hardware. No capital raise. Due 10 Dec. Mkt cap c.£22m.
Greenfields Petroleum (TSX-V:GNF) production focused company with operated assets in Azerbaijan seeking AIM dual listing including $60m private placement. Mkt cap $12.6m CAD. Expected early December.
Companies: INSE QFI SOU ZIN IME MVR APC TM17 IHC CIP
Market volatility persists with an agreement between the US & China to defer further tariff increases lifting major indices. However, the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process continues to dominate in the UK. The impact on our universe is clear from the table below with AIM notably weaker. The reporting season runs on, though it should lighten, ahead of the festive season next week just as the progress of the Brexit deal reaches a crescendo. In Share News & Views we comment on AorTech*, Begbies, Bonhill*, FireAngel*, Golden Ocean, IG Design, Location Sciences*, Menzies, Nucleus & Synectics*.
Following the gyrationsin October, we have continued to see further volatility this month. While some of the factors that unnerved investors have receded, Brexit concerns dominate, with the eventual outcome still unclear. At home, the reporting season has proved variable with both notable ‘risers and fallers’. The flow of announcements continues, although things may quieten down, ahead of the festive season. Undoubtedly the progress of the Brexit deal is key. In Share News & Views we comment upon AdEPT, Burford Capital, Carrs, Codemasters, Cropper*, DCC, Marshall Motor, Norcros and Wincanton.
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While the pandemic continues to disrupt normal economic activity, the hazardous waste market has proved relatively resilient. Augean faces a shift in challenges in H220 as North Sea decommissioning activity declines and waste flows return towards more normal levels following H120 shutdowns. Encouragingly, cash flow remains strong and we anticipate a positive net cash balance at the year end.
Companies: Augean PLC
TP Group (TPG) has announced that it has completed the disposal of its loss-making Manchester-based subsidiary (TPG Engineering Ltd) for a nominal sum of £1 to private equity firm Rcapital. This disposal will improve the group's margins, and allow it focus on its core markets. Given the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, we continue to withhold forecasts from the market, and our rating remains Under Review.
Companies: TP Group Plc
H1’20 saw a step-up in revenue driven by successful customer product launches incorporating Itaconix’ sustainable ingredients. These tend to be consumable products (e.g. dishwasher tablets), representing a solid base of recurring revenues on which to build. Today’s statement again highlights the near term goal of sustaining revenue growth to reach profitability, which the recent $2.2m fundraise should help to support. Itaconix looks set to close out FY20 in a position of relative strength with revenue momentum going into FY21.
Companies: Itaconix plc
Spectra Systems Corporation, a leader in machine-readable high speed banknote authentication, brand protection technologies, and gaming security software, has announced that it has executed a comprehensive services contract with a ‘long standing' central bank customer for the development, manufacture and servicing of a sensor system. The initial development phases underpin our FY2021E estimates (with risk likely to the upside), but moreover, the balance of development work, comprising supply of sensors (estimated value up to $34m in 2024-25), servicing revenues ($7.5m) and resultant high margin material sales through to at least 2035, provides significant underpinning of future prospects. Our updated Sum-of-the-Parts valuation (reflecting higher than anticipated development revenues and margins) indicates a risked fair value of 240p (from 200p).
Companies: Spectra Systems Corporation
Seeing Machines has announced that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with global aerospace and defence technology company L3Harris Technologies. The MOU frames the intent to enter into a global non-exclusive license agreement to enhance pilot training technology with Seeing Machines's dedicated precision eye-tracking system for flight crew training in the full flight simulator (FFS) environment. A license arrangement is currently in advanced discussions between the parties and subject to the negotiation and execution of definitive, binding licensing and other legal agreements. Further announcements regarding the progress of the negotiations in relation to such binding documentation will be made when appropriate.
Companies: Seeing Machines Limited
We have today released a new note on The Ince Group plc - this is the first of a series of "explainer notes" that take an in-depth look at the various aspects of the Ince investment case our investors have told us require more clarification. This edition examines the partner remuneration model - the headline for which is that this isn't discretionary bonus, it's more of a revenue share that partners are given in lieu of pay. Thus their remuneration is entirely variable, rather than representing a fixed cost.
Companies: Ince Group plc
Inspiration Healthcare has announced its H1/21A results, reporting on a period in which the company completed the transformational acquisition of SLE, supported the NHS response to COVID-19 and moved forward on its development of Project Wave. Financial results were equally strong, with revenue growth of 77% based on 25% underlying growth, acquisition contribution and NHS orders completed in the period. Further, the company has announced its maiden interim dividend. We have introduced FY22E forecasts which we believe highlight the significant undervaluation of Inspiration Healthcare shares at this time. We reiterate our Buy recommendation.
Companies: Inspiration Healthcare Group PLC
The Group has issued a trading update ahead of its interim results due on 12th November 2020. Overall, the first half has seen a strong recovery in activity and the Board now expects to report H1 revenues and operating profit of at least $200m and $20m respectively. This is materially ahead of market expectations and with a high degree of visibility through Q3 FY2021E we are upgrading our operating profit forecasts by 39% and 25% for FY2021E and FY2022E respectively. The Group is seeing strong growth in EV charging cables and bespoke high-performance cabling solutions, and consumer electronics demand has also remained robust. Together with investment in automation and cost efficiencies, the Group operating margin is now 10%, which is a testament to management’s operational and strategic focus. The shares trade on an FY2021E EV/sales multiple of 0.9x which compares to a sector based multiple of c.1.2x for companies with comparable operating margins and growth.
Companies: Volex plc
As legendary investor Warren Buffet succinctly puts it: “it is better to buy great companies at fair prices, rather than fair companies at great prices”. Today, we think Mpac has done exactly that by acquiring Ohio based Switchback Group, Inc. for a maximum of $15m in cash (£11.4m). Equivalent to modest takeover multiples of 7.1x EV/EBIT and 1.1x EV/sales – with $13m of the consideration paid upfront, and the rest structured as a $2m earnout depending on EBITDA performance over the next 24 months.
Companies: Mpac Group PLC
XP Power’s Q3 trading update confirmed that production volumes grew rapidly in its Asian facilities, allowing the company to satisfy some of the orders placed in H120. As expected, bookings returned to a more normal level in Q3. XP reported 28% y-o-y growth in revenues for Q3, prompting upgrades to our FY20/21 revenue and EPS forecasts. The company also announced that CEO Duncan Penny will retire at the end of the year, to be replaced by current CFO Gavin Griggs from 1 January 2021.
Companies: XP Power Ltd.
Powerhouse Energy’s interim results reflect a period of major progress with the company now on a more stable financial footing and development of the company’s first DMG waste-to-hydrogen project now underway. Powerhouse has laid the foundations to take its technology to commercial reality in our view.
Companies: Powerhouse Energy Group PLC
OPG has produced a strong set of full year results. Revenue increased 9.5% YoY to £154.0m whilst strong free cash flow generation enabled material debt repayments. Post period end, the Group continued to make debt repayments and favourably refinanced a portion of its debt. Management swiftly implemented a COVID-19 cost reduction strategy and capitalised on financial stimulus provided by the Government and the Reserve Bank of India. Importantly, September 2020 showed signs of a recovery as Chennai plant load factors increased to 63% (H1/21A 46%). We believe the long-term structural growth dynamics in the Indian power production sector remain compelling.
Companies: OPG Power Ventures Plc
Rolls-Royce reported a better-than-expected set of FY19 results, beating expectations on the operating profit and FCF lines. The performance was largely driven by Aerospace. Management reaffirmed its £1bn FCF guidance for 2020. We were given litle detail about the 2019-nCoV outbreak, except an unquantified impact on air traffic growth in the near term. All in all, a good development in H2 19, but uncertainties remain in our view.
Companies: Rolls-Royce Holdings plc
OTAQ has reported impressive FY2020 results ahead of expectations, with revenue increasing +117% to £3.42m (2019: £1.58m) and +73% organically. Within this, Aquaculture continued its impressive growth at +43% with £1.9m from product rentals and a further £0.2m from product sales while the new divisions Offshore contributed £0.62m and Connectors £0.70m. The Group's Sealfence product increased its market-leading position in Scotland to a 40%+ share and has made inroads into the sizable Chilean market (c.6x the size of Scotland) with c.150 units on rental at year end. In Scotland, OTAQ has rapidly rolled out its Sealfence product with units deployed increasing from 12 in March 2016 to 1,014 at March 2020. The Group is focused on innovation and R&D to broaden the Company's reach through the development of an active biomass measurement system and a plankton/ algal bloom early detection system which would sit alongside Sealfence in a 'one-stop shop', cloud-based solution for farmers. We take confidence from the recurring revenue model of the Sealfence product and believe the Group can continue to win market share in the key Scottish (currently 40%+ share) and Chilean (currently 1.4% share) markets.
Companies: OTAQ plc
Macfarlane has reported exceptionally resilient 2020 interim results, reflecting the diversification of the business and strong management of the operations and cost base. The Group's ongoing communication has been highly effective for updating investors with key trends in the business and recent share price strength demonstrates an acknowledgement of this. We reinstate our forecasts and buy recommendation following these strong results
Companies: Macfarlane Group PLC