YUG announced its H120 financial results, which are beginning to demonstrate the positive impacts of the restructuring and strategic redirection made in 2018/19.
Companies: Yu Group PLC
Yü Group Plc (YU. LN) listed on the AIM Exchange in London is a multi-utility provider to small and medium sized business, as well as larger corporate customers across the UK. As a direct supplier of electricity, gas, water and other solutions such as electric vehicle (EV) charge points, smart meter installations and green energy solutions, Yü Group (YUG) provides a simple approach to a business's energy management offering competitive fixed-price, bundled utility plans. The certainty of utility costs supported by a strong commitment to customer service and product innovation is rapidly solidifying YUG as a trusted supplier in the £35b UK B2B utility market, with more than 3.5m business meter points.
African Export-Import Bank a supranational financial institution w hose purpose is to facilitate, prom ote 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 adm ission 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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Government bans on new fossil fueled vehicles in many major economies are likely to drive significant growth in electric vehicles (“EVs”) over the next twenty years. This will create growth in electricity demand from EV charging. The volume of energy to be supplied creates opportunities for both supply companies and generators and the provision of charge points is already creating a new industry. However, the timing of this demand puts pressure on local distribution infrastructure. While smart charging and vehicle to grid technology offer solutions, we believe these will only be partial given likely charging behaviour and as a result there will be demand for additional grid capacity and for other solutions. These other solutions include charger located storage and distributed generation.
Companies: CNA NG/ YU/ DRX GOOD RED SMS IKA AFC
PetroTal Corp is an oil and gas company whose shares are currently admitted to trading on the TSXV. The Company is focused on development of oil and gas assets in Peru and it currently has controlling interests in three onshore Peru license blocks. No new funds being raised. Due 21 Dec. Mkt cap c.£80m 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 mid December.
Companies: APQ GEMD YU/ RBD SAE SIM INL FARN
accesso Technology (ACSO LN) Positive first half, full year expected to be in line | Cello Health (CLL LN) Health driving performance | Eckoh (ECK LN) A good start to the year | EKF Diagnostics (EKF LN) Interims slightly ahead, outlook positive | Elektron Technology (EKT LN) H1 19 in line with recently upgraded forecasts | Ergomed (ERGO LN) H1 results: in line with June trading update | Futura Medical (FUM LN) Business update highlights increased focus on MED2002 | ReNeuron Group (RENE LN) Exclusive hPRC discussions stopped: talks renewed with other parties | Yu Group (YU LN) Continuing strong, sustainable growth and cash generation
Companies: ACSO CLL ECK EKF CKT ERGO FUM RENE YU/
Path Investments (PATH) -RTO of a 50 per cent. participating interest in the producing Alfeld-Elze II gas field located 22 kilometres south of Hannover in Germany. Offer TBA. Due late Aug.
Kropz PLC-Intention to float by the emerging plant nutrient producer with an advanced stage phosphate mining project in South Africa and exploration assets in West Africa
Companies: GDR YU/ NTOG KOD RBN PHD HEAD HSTN DEB SML
First Derivatives (FDP LN) Significant European Energy Market Contract Win | Itaconix (ITX LN) Focusing on near term growth opportunities | Springfield Properties (SPR LN) Strong conclusion to FY18, Dawn integration on track | Yu Group (YU LN) H1 trading update – impressive growth continues
Companies: FDP ITX SPR YU/
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Crusader Resources, an ASX-listed public company incorporated in Australia, which is primarily focused on the exploration and development of gold assets in Brazil. Offer TBC, expected late March.
SimplyBiz, a Financial Services Firm, reported to be considering an IPO targeting a market capitalisation of between £140m and £155m in a listing that would raise £30m of new money.
Bacanora Lithium—Readmission. No new money. Mkt cap £140m. Due 21 March. the new holding company for Bacanora Minerals Ltd
Core Industrial REIT—established to invest in Irish-based industrial properties, predominantly located in the Greater Dublin Area. Vendor placing and new funds to a total of €225m, Target gross proceeds €207m. Expected Mid March
Polarean - Medical drug-device combination company operating in the high resolution medical imaging market. Offer TBC. Due 26 March
Block Energy—a NEX Listed UK based oil exploration and production company whose main country of operation is the Republic of Georgia, looks to join AIM end of February 2018. Offer TBC
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Bodycote (BOY LN) Strong FY17 performance, just above consensus | Cambria Automobiles (CAMB LN) In line update and progress with its property developments | Craneware (CRW LN) Strong interims, momentum building | Findel (FDL LN) Positive update on commercial supply arrangement with Sports | Direct | UK Housing Theresa May’s Speech and (overdone) Help to Buy coverage |SDL (SDL LN) Progressing against strategic goals Yu Group (YU LN)
Very strong growth and expectations increased again
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Yu's share price has grown by more than 450% since its March 2016 IPO.
A strong year-end trading update from this “Best Idea 2018” stock highlights continued rapid revenue growth well ahead of consensus. While we expect substantial increases to revenue estimates, the pace of investment in the business will mean more prudent increases to earnings expectations. While the valuation looks demanding in the short-term, the opportunity continues to be very substantial (2 million metering points never switched from the “big 6” with Yü currently supplying approximately 9,000) and the company’s execution to date has been excellent. We think it’s highly likely the company will continue to be a source of positive surprises.
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Strix has announced the strategic acquisition of LAICA a family owned business in Vicenza, Italy for €19.6m in a mixture of cash and shares. It will be earnings accretive in FY21 and is scheduled to complete by the end of FY20, with just Italian government approval outstanding. ZC operating profit estimates are unchanged in FY20 but increase by c. 8% in FY21 to reflect the contribution from the deal, the impact on earnings is smaller due to the issue of shares and higher tax in Italy. Management believe significant synergies, both cost and revenue, will be derived from the deal over the next 2-5 years. The interim results had been well flagged in the comprehensive trading update in late July and today’s statement confirms that profitability remains in line with the guidance of achieving a flat performance yoy in FY20. The interim dividend of 2.6p is in line with last year and in keeping with the commitment to at least meet the 7.7p paid in FY19. Unlike most peers, Strix has maintained guidance as well as its commitment to pay a dividend and today’s acquisition unpins the continuing strategy of diversifying the business into areas offering greater growth.
Companies: Strix Group Plc
Strix has published reassuring interims and announced the acquisition of LAICA, conditional upon approval from the Council of Ministers in Italy. Against a backdrop of global disruption caused by COVID 19, Strix’s H1 performance is in line with expectations. Net sales down 21% YoY, with a much smaller impact on net profits on the back of strong cost management. Encouragingly, FY 20 profit expectations are now underpinned, at around £28.9m PAT. Taking into account the LAICA deal, we provisionally upgrade FY 21 PAT/EPS by 6%. The shares are already up materially YTD, but the Strix growth story remains compelling.
Results were slightly better than expected, boosted by the acquisitions of Booth Industries and Energy Steel in 2019 with a solid performance despite COVID-related headwinds. Some supply chain and order delays did affect underlying revenues. Turnaround action has resulted in a strong profit improvement from the former HTG operations. Yesterday, Booth announced that it had won a landmark £36m contract to supply high integrity cross passage doors for HS2. This is a major multi-year boost and follows a spate of other recent contract wins. This helps give confidence, as does a pledge to return to paying dividends this year. We reintroduce forecasts with a TP of 330p based on a FY21 target P/E of 16.5x. The shares continue to look undervalued even after yesterday’s reaction to the contract win.
Companies: Avingtrans Plc
The company's trading update post-Interims (in July) can only be described as impressive, being reassuringly positive on dividends, on revenue and margin recovery, and on the resilience of cash flows/net cash. Any trepidation that the recovery in its markets (and consequently TClarke's performance) from COVID lockdown would prove slow or even elusive can now be dispelled. The revenue run rate in H2/20 is within 20% of 2019's level – and sequentially better MoM - while margins are forecast to track back, and be sustainable, at the group's targeted rate of 3%. The order book at c£410m has also be held stable and this combination of factors has encouraged the Board to pay an unchanged interim dividend for 2020. It really is testimony to management how flexible and efficient the business has been through these most demanding of times and to see it emerge with strength intact, and the prospect of resumed growth in 2021 and beyond. Offering a prospective FY21E EV/EBITDA of sub-3x, a PE of c5x and 5% yield plus net cash, the shares are significantly undervalued in our view.
Companies: TClarke Plc
Byotrol’s FY 2020 full-year results are inconsequential, given the dramatic and positive impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had to product sales since the year-end. However, year-end cash was £0.1m above forecast at £1.7m and when combined with positive cashflow since year-end, Byotrol is well-resourced to finance its ongoing operations and steady growth. With the order-book remaining strong (c.£1.1m at 31 August), despite summer lull, and demand likely to persist for some time, given the emerging second wave of coronavirus, we upgrade EBITDA to reflect lower costs and higher licensing income. If, as we suspect, the demand curve has shifted sustainably to the right, this leaves room for further upgrades. Consequently, we raise our target price to 11p, at which level the stock would trade on EV/Sales and EV/EBITDA of 4.1x and 26.9x, respectively. Future revenues and milestones from licensing deals will be largely additive.
Companies: Byotrol Plc
The company has announced that its recently acquired subsidiary Booth Industries has won a landmark multi-year contract for the supply of high integrity protection doors for HS2 worth £36m. This contract also with other recent contracts validates the group’s acquisition of Booth. No change to forecasts in advance of tomorrow’s full year results. Clearly, today’s news will be very well received, with the shares looking undervalued.
In-line with its trading update, Avingtrans has reported record results for FY2020 despite the impact of COVID-19 which resulted in a number of delayed orders and challenges, particularly in the Oil & Gas sector, where exposure remains relatively low. Order intake has been building across the summer however and the Group now has 85% cover for FY2021E and, consistent with this time last year, 40% cover for FY2022E. Management has made significant progress with Energy Steel and Booth Industries, both acquired in distressed condition in June 2019. Booth announced a long term £36m multi-year contract for HS2 yesterday, underlining the view that these acquisitions will create significant shareholder value. Guidance is being reinstated and we now reintroduce cautiously framed forecasts that anticipate adjusted EPS growth of 17% and 10% in FY2021E and FY2022E, including the benefit of cost reduction measures. Having made use of government support during FY2020 a return to the dividend list is expected with the FY2021 interims. The shares trade on a prospective 0.8x EV/sales which is below comparable growth industrials.
Eden Research has reported interim results for the 6-months to June 2020, reporting product sales up 63% to £0.73m, within revenues of £0.75m. Operating loss was £1.0m. Year to date the company has announced a number of product approvals and a one-year evaluation agreement with Corteva Agrisciences, a leading market player. Operationally, the company is investing the capital from its successful raise in Mar-20, establishing new lab facilities and in-house capabilities, making new senior personnel hires, and pursuing the development of entirely new product categories. While COVID-19 uncertainty remains, we maintain our Under Review recommendation.
Companies: Eden Research Plc
Management confirmed that Ince is on track to meet the expectations the board set in July when the annual accounts were signed off, and that it is confident in its positioning to take advantage of a return to normality. As we discussed in our Full Year Results Note, the balance sheet is strong enough to carry the business through another winter of turmoil, should it come to that. Lateral hires in the UK and abroad have continued apace, with new partners starting to generate revenue in the period.
Companies: The Ince Group plc
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 monitor costs given the near term uncertainty presented by COVID-19. In the absence of more restrictive lockdown measures, we would expect activity to continue to improve in the near term and the medium term prospects of the Group remain encouraging, supported by the UK’s net-zero target, which will require substantial investment in the UK’s utility networks. Fulcrum has also announced the appointment of Jennifer Cutler as CFO from 19th October, whose most recent role was Direct of Finance at Harworth Group Plc. The shares have justifiably outperformed since the full year results and today’s statement is supportive of this increase. Forecast guidance continues to be withdrawn given near term COVID uncertainties, but we anticipate reintroducing forecasts at the interim results.
Companies: Fulcrum Utility Services Ltd.
Directa Plus is a commercially proven graphene supplier with a unique production process that creates high quality materials that are already used in a wide array of products internationally across multiple verticals. We expect the company to reach EBITDA positive in FY22 with existing cash reserves, leaving material upside in our expectations from some of its recently developed products such as the Co-Mask and Gipave.
We see Directa Plus as an underappreciated, undervalued and more mature and lower risk play in the UK listed graphene and speciality nanomaterials space and initiate with a Buy recommendation and 122p target price.
Companies: Directa Plus Plc
Spectra Systems, a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for banknote and product authentication markets, has announced a solid set of interim results. Moreover, significant H2 visibility, notably from central banking customers, yields upgrades to our FY 2020 and FY 2021 estimates with adjusted PTP increasing 17% and 16% to $5.8m and $6.1m respectively. In terms of H1 numbers, revenues increased marginally to $6.5m (H1-19: $6.4m), and adjusted pre-tax profit came in flat at $2.3m. The balance sheet retains its robust state which, even after the $4.1m FY 2019 dividend, distributed June 2020, still holds $10.9m (H1-19: $11.1m) of net cash (excluding restricted cash of $1.3m, H1-19 $1.1m). Our Sum-of-the-Parts valuation indicates a risked fair value more than 200p.
Companies: Spectra Systems Corp.
Xaar has issued an update highlighting that trading for the six months to 30 June has been in line with the Board’s expectations and that good progress is being made in implementing the new strategy. H1 revenue is noted to be £23.7m, a 7% decline relative to H1 FY2019, but sequentially in line with H2 FY2019. In the Printhead business, sales are no longer being made through distributors and OEM customers are now re-engaging with the group. New product development in printheads remains key to reversing market share losses over the last few years. Product Print Systems is marginally ahead in revenue terms in the first half, which is below plan, and Xaar 3D is noted as making good progress in testing despite lockdown restrictions. The balance sheet is strong with cash and cash equivalents of £23.9m. Financial guidance remains withdrawn, given the shorter term uncertainties, with the Board focused on a return to profitability in FY2022. The shares trade at c.0.6-0.7x EV/sales, excluding cash ring fenced in Xaar 3D of $7.25m at 19 November 2019 and the potential payment of $33m should Stratasys exercise its call option over the 55% of Xaar 3D that it currently doesn’t own.
Companies: Xaar Plc
The Ince Group has released a trading update ahead of its AGM today, indicating that the Group remains on track to achieve the Board's expectations as set in late July when the annual accounts were approved. Solid trading along with a continuing focus on cash and costs has positioned the Group well for future market recovery. We keep our forecasts withdrawn at this time with no guidance for this financial year provided by the Group.
The Group has delivered an FY2020 adjusted operating profit performance that is modestly ahead of our expectation and strong cash generation, with net cash of $32m, excluding $10.9m of IFRS16 lease liabilities. The business has benefited from its diverse customer base, products and operating geographies, and exposure to medical devices, EV charge cables and high speed datacentre products. Good progress has also been made with operational efficiencies, lowering product costs and with selective acquisitions. Whilst revenues in the 4 months to May 2020 are up 4% to $126.2m on the comparable period, the Group is seeing weakness, primarily in medical equipment installations and delays in the EV sector. With a broader range of potential outturns in FY2021E, the Group has withdrawn financial guidance. We have recast our forecasts to reflect an expectation of broadly flat revenues with a recovery into FY2022E as customer stock levels normalise and impacts from Covid-19 diminish.
Companies: Volex Plc