L&G reported an operating profit from continuing divisions (excluding Mature Savings and General Insurance businesses) of £1,128m, -2.2% yoy. The COVID-19-related cost was £129m. LGR posted a growing operating profit to £721m. Net profit amounted to £290m vs. £874m a year before, being affected by the reduced discount rate used to calculate LGI reserves. The Solvency II ratio stood at 173%. The Board recommended an interim dividend of 4.93p/share, stable relative to H1 19.
Companies: Legal & General Group Plc
L&G posted a rare update of its main figures in Q1 20, as it usually only releases half-year results. The company said it is in a good shape, with a developing Pension Risk Transfer business (transactions of £1.2bn with a business pipeline of £26bn). Annuity sales are growing and the asset management business recorded net inflows of £10.6bn. The insurer will issue Tier 2 subordianted debt and said its capital position remains solid. This announcement confirms our estimates for the 2020 performan
L&G released operating profit from continuing divisions of £2,514m, up 17% yoy. All business units posted an upward trend in earnings. The profit excludes the mortality release of £155m and the Mature Savings and General Insurance businesses (£11m). Net profit stood at £1,834m. The proposed dividend is 12.64p/share, bringing the annual dividend to 17.57p. The Solvency II ratio stood at 184%. We keep our positive opinion on L&G, the business model of which allows it to benefit from increasing num
L&G’s operating earnings improved significantly in the H1 19 (5.6% to £1,005m). This performance was better than expected. The insurer will revise its mortality hypothesis in the H2 with an additional £200m on operating earnings by the end of the year. The reduction in the capital position is not particularly a source of concerns and it should recover in the H2. The increased interim dividend to 4.93p/share and the growing business confirm the solidity of the Group.
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L&G reported FY18 operating profit from divisions of £2,231m, 1% above estimates. All business lines posted an improvement in profitability, mainly L&G Retirement which recorded a 21.8% increase in its operating earnings to £1,115m. AuM crossed the threshold of £1tn. Net profit reached £1,827m, -3% yoy, as the prior year recorded a one-off US tax benefit of £246m, and perfectly in line with estimates. The proposed final dividend is 11.82p. We keep our positive opinion on the company.
According to Sky News, L&G has instructed Fenchurch Advisory Partners to sell its general insurance business. This is a small business unit that has no significant impact on the insurer’s operating earnings. The revealed valuation matches our figures. However, this sale may be difficult to achieve, as the general insurance market remains tough.
L&G reported an operating profit of £909m, up 5% year-on-year. Except for General Insurance, all business lines posted an improvement in profitability. The Solvency II surplus reached £6.9bn and the coverage ratio stood at 193%. The Board recommended an interim dividend of 4.6p/share vs. 4.3p the year before. We will increase the full-year dividend as we expected only a 2.6% increase compared to FY 17. Our opinion remains positive on the insurer.
The Financial Times revealed in an article that several employees at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) have accused the asset manager of a series of compliance and risk failures that potentially cost its clients millions of pounds. The risk culture within the group was qualified as “toxic” and “is reaching crisis levels”.
The insurer said that it has taken these issues seriously. In the months since these allegations were first made, it has conducted a full investigation using exter
L&G posted excellent figures: an increase in its operating profit by 32% to £2,055m, in pre-tax profit by 32% to £2,090m and in net profit by 50% to £1,902m. This exceptional performance is due to the positive impact of the mortality release (£332m) and the one-off US tax benefit (£246m). The proposed final dividend is 11.5p/share, bringing the total dividend to 15.35p/share. Excluding exceptional items, no major changes are expected in our model. We keep a positive opinion on the insurer.
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Ramsdens interim results highlight the resilience of the business model. Despite the prolonged UK lockdown and international travel restrictions materially impacting the business, we believe a pre-tax loss of only £0.1m was a great result. Moreover, the balance sheet remains strong with net assets up £0.5m HoH to £35.5m and net cash at £15m. While FY2021 has been tough due to COVID-19, management remain confident and are positioning the business for growth with a pipeline of six new stores, incl
Companies: Ramsdens Holdings PLC
NextEnergy Solar Fund’s full year results announcement shows a business continuing to outperform on development, output and pricing. The portfolio now stands at 814MW and the company has already reached its targeted subsidy free capacity of 150MW. A pipeline of international and battery storage opportunities gives NESF considerable diversification potential. With a target dividend of 7.16p for FY 22, NESF continues to offer a well-supported, RPI-linked income stream.
Companies: Nextenergy Solar Fund
As midsummer’s day looms (where has this year gone?), there is greater optimism, in general, than may have been anticipated a few months ago. A post-pandemic, ‘vaccine-driven’ recovery demonstrated by increased consumer spending as lockdown measures are lifted has been one of the catalysts. The FTSE 100 has been range-bound in the last month 6,900-7,100. We have seen a combination of broadly positive company results across a range of sectors, further examples of M&A activity and a sequence of ne
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Trident reports that Moxico Resources Plc has recently completed a US$73m equity financing. The proceeds will be used to fast-track development of the Mimbula copper mine in Zambia over which Trident holds a royalty. Mimbula is already producing copper and is in the ramp up stage, but the cash injection will allow Moxico to produce cathode copper onsite via the construction of a new SX-EW plant and Moxico anticipates a significant increase in copper production. As a royalty holder, Trident will
Companies: Trident Royalties Plc
Trident Royalties Plc (AIM: TRR) has, this morning, announced the appointment of Paul Smith as Non-Executive Chairman. Alongside the appointment Mr Smith will invest up to £2 million into the company, of which £1 million will be an immediate subscription at 40p/ share (representing a 4% premium to the 5-day VWAP), with up to a further £1 million at the same price within 12 months. The current Chair, James Kelly, will remain on the board as a Non-Executive Director. Non-Executive Director Mark Po
What’s new: Full year results were ahead of our March 2021 forecasts, as set out in the 20 April trading update.
- AuM rose 35% over the year to £9.0bn on 31 March 2021;
- Net inflows added £755m, with 2H net inflows of £427m 30% higher than 1H net inflows of £328m; annualised growth rose from 10% to 11.4%;
- Revenue rose 9.3% to £23.35m (6% above Zeus estimate: £22.0m);
- Adj EBIT rose 25.6% to £11.4m (13% above Zeus estimate: £10.1m);
- Adj diluted EPS rose 22.8% to 14.7p (12% abov
Companies: Tatton Asset Management Plc
OCI hosted its annual Capital Markets (CM) day on 18 May 2021.With presentations from Oakley Capital and investee companies, as well as Q&A, including the OCI board, it gave a clear view of the prospects of the organisation. We have argued in previous notes that OCI’s outperformance (five-year CAGR NAV total return 16%) is driven by i) high-growth companies and sector champions enjoying structural tailwinds and often digital disruption benefits (2020 average 20% EBITDA growth), ii) repeatable an
Companies: Oakley Capital Investments
Palace Capital’s (PCA) FY21 results were robust, with a clear improvement in the second half. With a good level of rent collection continuing, Q421 DPS was increased by 20%, to a level that management hopes to at least maintain through FY22. Importantly, the flagship Hudson Quarter (HQ) development in York completed in April, on budget. We expect HQ to be a significant driver of forecast increasing returns and deleveraging.
Companies: Palace Capital plc
Trident has announced the appointment of a new Non-Executive Chairman. Paul Smith, an ex-Glencore senior executive will join the company on 21st June. Mr Smith has made an immediate £1m equity investment in Trident at a premium and retains the right to make a further £1m investment for a total proposed investment of £2m.
Trident Royalties Plc (AIM: TRR) has, this morning, noted progress at the Mimbula Copper Project, over which Trident holds a gross revenue royalty (GRR). Mimbula's owner and operator, Moxico Resources Plc, recently completed a US$73million equity financing which will be used to develop and build a standalone SX-EW plant. We have also updated our production assumptions for the Thacker Pass Lithium Royalty based on comments by Lithium Americas Corp. (NYSE/TSX:LAC) in their Q1 2021 results last mon
Augmentum Fintech’s (“AF”) disciplined approach and diversified portfolio has delivered value uplift. A number of follow-on rounds and a maiden exit (Dext) added 14p to the NAV – now standing at 130.4p; +12% yoy and 9% in H2 alone. £31m capital has been deployed since Mar-20, including 4 new investments. There is a significant pipeline of new opportunities (£924m) with £144m (across 24 deals) in active development. In order to pursue these, AF has announced that it is seeking to raise at least £
Companies: Augmentum Fintech
The repeal of the Berlin rent cap (the ‘Mietendeckel’), ruled unconstitutional, is a significant positive for Phoenix Spree Deutschland (PSD). It allows a resumption of its core reversionary rent strategy, providing greater flexibility in the extraction of the value embedded in the portfolio. With a continuing discount to net assets, the board has stepped up the share repurchase programme, aiming to ensure that the share price better reflects its view of intrinsic value and the improved outlook.
Companies: Phoenix Spree Deutschland Fund
Despite the turbulence in power prices triggered by the pandemic, NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF) achieved its dividend target of 7.05p for the financial year. The 2022 dividend target was increased in line with RPI to 7.16p per ordinary share for the year ended 31 March 2022, payable quarterly. We believe given the sharp increase in power prices and the hedging strategies used by NESF, cashflow is likely to be significantly higher over the next two to three years than what is incorporated in NESF’
Urban Logistics REIT (“ULR”) has delivered a watershed year: doubling the portfolio with a disciplined approach focusing on value-add opportunity through reversion and regear. Finals show rental income doubling from acquired assets, with recurring EPS in line with our forecast. EPRA NAV was 6% ahead of N+1Se, as valuation yields tightened. The manager has secured a further c.£150m pipeline of similarly attractive assets. We make a modest upgrade to EPRA NAV on better valuation. We see sustained
Companies: Urban Logistics REIT plc
Chrysalis Investments - Klarna funding round to add 8% to NAV
Seraphim Space Investment Trust - Intention to float
Companies: Chrysalis Investments Limited