Red Dwarf, the very British sci-fi comedy franchise, ran for 11 seasons – most recently in 2017; and The Promised Land is a feature-length TV movie – out this year. Yes, the programme is an acquired taste. Strangely, too, many episodes are impacted by a virus or three (physiological, not main-frame).
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For fighter pilots, it is a minimum requirement. But having 20/20 ‘visual acuity’ (correct term) does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision (as convention assumes); instead, it indicates sharpness and clarity of vision at a distance. It is measured by a Snellen Chart, which displays letters of progressively smaller size and whereby 20/20 means that the test subject sees the same line of letters at 20 feet that a person with normal vision sees at 20 feet (or 6 metres; but 6/6 simply didn’t
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Dame Agatha Christie (née Miller) published more than 80 books and plays; and the Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the best-selling novelist of all time with roughly two billion copies sold. ‘And then there were none’ was originally published in 1939, with an un-politically correct title; and it is still the world’s best-selling mystery (with more than 100 million sold). It is also number six on the list of best-selling books of all-time.
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Due to a change in Analyst role, Cenkos Securities plc has suspended coverage of the following stocks (see table 1). Our previous recommendation and forecasts can no longer be relied upon.
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Dwight Barkley PhD is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He studies waves in excitable media such as the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, heart tissue and neurons. In 1997, Dr Barkley and Dr Laurette Tuckerman, a Paris-based mathematical physicist, developed ‘bifurcation analysis for time steppers’, which is a technique for modifying computer codes to perform bifurcation analysis. More lyrical, perhaps, Dwight is also known for formulating an equation to estimate how long it
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Y2K is a numeronym and was the common abbreviation for the year 2000 software problem; and, for the benefit of millennial readers, the abbreviation combines the letter ‘Y’ for year and ‘K’ for the SI unit prefix kilo, meaning 1000. Hence, 2K signifies 2000.
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‘From the deserts of East Ham to the gardens of Cottenham’, the UK Housebuilding Sector was whacked to the tune of 27% in 2018; and not one share price (out of 18) rose on the London Stock Exchange.
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“It’s like the cow that every single day during 10 years sees the train crossing in front of it at the same time. And if you ask the cow what time is the train going to come, it’s not going to have the right answer. In football it’s the same”.
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This ominous-sounding term originated from the work of famed Swedish meteorologist, Tor Bergeron (1897-1977), but it only entered popular vernacular this year – and there have been ample opportunities in 2018 to use it.
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The market (and FDEV) is projecting an ambitious step-change in financial performance in FY 22 and FY23. Investors however may recall that Elite Odyssey updates have been delayed. For a variety of reasons, we believe there is some residual risk of disappointment here. Hence, we prefer to sit on the side-lines. Buy
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Mixed feelings following the Q3 results: the maintained FY margin guidance reassured in the current inflationary environment, but the Q3 volume decline raises questions about the trade-off between pricing and volumes.
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Zytronic’s pre-close update confirms a considerable turnaround in performance in H2. Whilst partially flagged in the September update, the full year outturn is better than expected, driven by a significant improvement in sales (+44% H2 versus H1) and careful cost control. Operating profit of £0.5m is comfortably ahead of our break-even forecast and net cash of £9.2m is £1m ahead. Although mindful of industry supply chain issues, we consider the recent run rate a sensible guide for FY22 and intro
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Tungsten West (TUN.L) has joined AIM. Tungsten West is the 100% owner and operator of the historical Hemerdon tungsten and tin mine located near Plymouth in southern Devon. Hemerdon represents the world's third largest tungsten mineral resource, with a JORC (2012) compliant Mineral Resource Estimate of approximately 325Mt at 0.12 WO3. Capital raised on Admission: £39m. Anticipated Mkt Cap: £106.2m.
Future Metals NL (ASX:FME, FME.L) (formerly named Red Emperor Resources NL) had joined AIM
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Arrow Exploration Corp. (AIM: AXL ; TSXV: AXL) , the oil and gas exploration and production company, has conditionally raised approximately £8.8m and is due to complete its dual listing on AIM on 25 Oct. Market cap c£13.1m.
Devolver Digital to join AIM, an award-winning digital video games publisher and developer in the indie games space. Recently awarded indie 'Publisher of the Year 2021' by GamesIndustry.biz.
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Accrol has issued a trading update confirming that cost pressures both from input and distribution costs has intensified over recent weeks echoing trends we have seen in other industries. Revenue pressures have also built as fulfilment becomes more challenging. These headwinds are reflected in our downgrade to EPS forecasts of 37.4% and 18.3% in FY22E and FY23E respectively. Over the long term we continue to believe Accrol is a strategically important asset with a key position in a resilient mar
Solid State is a manufacturer of computing, power and communications products, and value added supplier of electronic components. This morning, the group has released a robust update covering the six-month period to 30 September 2021, with the Willow and Active Silicon acquisitions performing ahead of management expectations. The order book as at the end of September stood at a record level of £61.5m, an increase of 48% since the beginning of the financial year and leading to the Board's confide
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Shoe Zone’s accelerated digital strategy and defined store rationalisation programme, alongside decisive action on cost control and cash preservation, means the Group is emerging from the pandemic as a leaner, stronger and more resilient business. Robust cash generation means we expect the Group to be debt free and able to reinstate its dividend in the current year.
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Victoria has issued a positive half-year trading update that confirms underlying profit before tax for FY2022E will be ahead of consensus market expectations. Against a background of strong consumer demand for its flooring products, the first half has seen record operating earnings. Management expect this demand picture to continue into next year and beyond with the added support from the high level of housing transactions which is a good lead indicator of future refurbishment activity. Septembe
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discoverIE’s trading update confirmed that performance in H122 was ahead of board expectations, with organic revenue growth of 15% y-o-y and 8% versus the pre-COVID H120. Despite supply chain challenges, the company maintained gross margins. Q222 order intake continued in the same strong vein as H221 and Q122, resulting in a record order book entering H222 and driving a small upgrade to our FY22 and FY23 forecasts.
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The group has announced an encouraging half-year update, with a strong increase in revenues profits and order book seen. Unsurprisingly, there have been some supply chain challenges, although these have also resulted in customers placing longer-term orders thus giving the group better visibility as well as necessitating higher levels of stocking. Management indicates it is confident of achieving market FY expectations, with the potential for some upside in H2 dependant on component supply chain
Hermès published consensus-beating results. All business lines and all geographical regions experienced a better-than-expected quarter. Unlike its industry peer, which recorded softer growth in Asia due to the COVID-19-related restrictions, Hermès reached 29% of sales growth in Asia, mainly driven by China.
While we had been worried that the Chinese government’s ambition for wealth redistribution would hold back luxury spending, Hermès has proved with solid figures that, even though the growth
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The interim results again showed strong PBT growth (44%) helped by the ongoing trend of an improving product mix as well as a relatively more favourable currency impact. We retain our profit forecasts but see potential for upside if positive trading momentum continues. The balance sheet again continues to strengthen with net cash up to £12.5m and the interim dividend was increased by 10% to 3.80p. With underlying trading remaining positive, we continue to feel that an FY17 P/E rating of 15.6x i