Walker Greenbank is a higher-end interior furnishings business with well-established global brand names and manufacturing facilities in the UK. The Group has this morning released H1 2021A results, in line with the update provided mid-August, as well as announcing a proposed change of name to Sanderson Design Group. Reflecting the impact of Covid-19, group revenue was down by 30.6% to £38.8m in the six months to 31 July. Total Brand sales declined by 30.0% to £32.4m, with UK Brand product sales declining by 30.2% to £15.5m and international sales moving some 25.4% lower at £15.6m. However, Clarke & Clarke and Morris & Co performed particularly well in the period, whilst core licensing income declined by a more muted 7.2% and total third party Manufacturing sales were down 32.5%. This resulted in an adjusted underlying PBT of £0.4m (H1 2020A £4.9m), supported by £3.2m in UK and US government grants, leading to EPS of 0.54p (H1 2020A 5.54p). Net funds excluding IFRS 16 leases stood at £4.5m, an increase of £3.6m against the prior year. As at 31 July, cash headroom stood at £19.5m.
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Walker Greenbank’s FY20 results date has been reset to 30 June (and complies with updated FCA policy guidance). Its latest update provides no new financial information though orders continue to be received despite lockdown conditions. Operational steps already taken appear to be appropriate, retaining sufficient infrastructure to service prevailing sales demand levels while additional actions aimed at preserving business liquidity are referenced, consistent with those seen elsewhere in the quoted sector. Taken together, the company appears to have quickly adjusted its business model to meet current market challenges in FY21.
Walker Greenbank is a higher-end interior furnishings business with well-established global brand names and manufacturing facilities in the UK. The Group has this morning released an H1 update, which less than two weeks on from the AGM statement, again illustrates the continued improvement in trading across the group.
Walker Greenbank is a higher end interior furnishings business with well-established global brand names and manufacturing facilities in the UK. The Group has this morning released an update to coincide with its AGM, which confirms that the improving trends reported at the full year results last month have continued to be seen.
Phoenix today announces the results of 7 of its 30 holes into the Empire Open Pit resource gold zone from its property in Idaho. Results are encouraging with several, close-to-surface intersections e.g. 13.7m grading 2.1g/t gold from 5m and another hole with 1.6m grading 8.5g/t gold from 32m down. The gold is associated with minor silver (on average just over 3x the gold grade). Additional channel and field samples were also taken from surface to help site drilling and to define better the surface expression of the skarn-host contact and the higher-grade zones – with grade demonstrated in most of these.
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Walker Greenbank has a tangible strategic impetus under its new management team with a clear business model migration plan. While COVID-19 related market effects are affecting near-term trading – and the decision not to pay an FY20 final dividend – they are also presenting opportunities. Our estimates remain suspended for now ahead of the AGM on 29 July when an update on trading and the financial position can be expected.
Full year results slightly ahead; improving trend in trading since April
Walker Greenbank is a higher end interior furnishings business with well-established global brand names and manufacturing facilities in the UK. The Group has this morning released full year results to 31 January 2020, slightly ahead of our forecasts at the PBT and EPS levels. During the year, and against what was already a challenging wider market backdrop, brands such as Morris & Co as well as the group's core licensing revenue stream largely offset wider weakness in the UK and US markets. As would be expected, trading since year-end has been extremely difficult, with product sales c.35% down in the first five months of the current financial year. Encouragingly, product sales in the last four weeks are reported to have been 31% below the comparative period, reflecting a steadily improving trend since the beginning of April. At this stage we leave our forecasts under review but it is encouraging to see the more recent improvement in trading patterns, whilst internal actions and the refocused strategy continue to improve the outlook for the group.
Companies: Walker Greenbank Plc
The phased reopening of Walker Greenbank’s two manufacturing facilities (both in the UK) is underway with Standfast & Barracks already operational and Anstey restarting this week. The company’s business model is such that near-term activity levels can be rebuilt gradually. It may also support new business development in the UK in due course compared to overseas supply sources. No new financial information was provided ahead of the company’s scheduled FY20 results announcement on 30 June, at which point activity levels during FY21 to date should also be disclosed. Our estimates remain suspended at this time.
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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The coronavirus pandemic is having wide-ranging effects on the general trading environment and Walker Greenbank has announced the steps it is taking in response. Manufacturing facilities are temporarily being closed, but the company is still currently able to support customers and sales through carried inventory levels. Consistent with others, actions being taken to preserve business cash and operate within existing banking facilities look sensible. The company has withdrawn financial guidance and, apart from FY20, our estimates have been removed.
A reassuring year-end update confirms Walker Greenbank’s FY20 ended in line with management expectations. There do not appear to have been any major changes in market conditions in H2 for each of the three reporting regions. Going into FY21, a progressive strategy roll-out by the new management team will set the scene for future growth aspirations. Our estimates are unchanged and the company’s P/E remains below 10x.
Full year trading update in line; strategic progress emerging
Walker Greenbank is a higher-end interior furnishings business with well-established global brand names and manufacturing facilities in the UK. The Group has this morning released a full year trading update, confirming that results for the year to 31 January 2020 will be in line with expectations. Against a challenging wider market backdrop, Morris & Co, Clarke & Clarke, core licensing and digital fabric printing have performed strongly, with the year-end net cash position standing at c.£1.0m (ex IFRS 16). Whilst the refreshed strategy under the new leadership team will take time to come through, this morning's update provides encouraging evidence of green shoots emerging and we leave our forecasts unchanged. After a difficult few years, the shares remain lowly rated and in our opinion have the potential to re-rate if the new management can continue to deliver on the refreshed strategy. A calendarised 2020 PER rating of c.13x, in line with the peer group, would imply fair value for the shares at 110p.
Solid State (SOLI) – Corporate – Powering ahead from solid foundations
Market Cap £53.7m Share Price 633p
Solid State is a manufacturer of computing, power and communications products, and value added distributor of electronic components. This morning we have published a 24pp note setting out our investment thesis following a strong period for the group. Interim results in December demonstrated the strength of progress being delivered, putting the group well on track to meet our FY 2020E expectations and moving back into a net cash position for the first time since the acquisition of Pacer in 2018.
Walker Greenbank (WGB) – Corporate – Full year trading update in line; strategic progress emerging
Market Cap £50.4m Share Price 71p
Walker Greenbank is a higher-end interior furnishings business with well-established global brand names and manufacturing facilities in the UK. The Group has this morning released a full year trading update, confirming that results for the year to 31 January 2020 will be in line with expectations. Against a challenging wider market backdrop, Morris & Co, Clarke & Clarke, core licensing and digital fabric printing have performed strongly, with the year-end net cash position standing at c.£1.0m (ex IFRS 16).
Serinus Energy (SENX) – Corporate – Moftinu 1004 Well Successfully Tested at 6.0 mmcf/d
Market Cap £24.5m Share Price 10.3p
Serinus has announced that the Moftinu 1004 well produced on test at a maximum stable rate of 6.0 mmcf/d (1,000 boe/d) with no progressive pressure decrease throughout the test, which was undertaken with a 40/64” choke.
Jersey Oil & Gas (JOG) – Corporate – Buchan Note Published by WHI
Market Cap £21.8m Share Price 103p
WHI view: Jersey supported by Rockflow Resources, petroleum consultants, has estimated that the development of the Buchan field has a potential to recover 58.5 mmb, 81.2 mmb and 99.3 mmb of oil under low, mid and high cases respectively. We met recently with Jersey and Rockflow to better understand the Buchan field and its forward looking production potential. We have gained confidence in the company's resource estimates and we have outlined our reasons for that in a note published today.
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A narrower focus on core business strengths driven with greater operational intensity is an appealing proposition under a revised strategy and new senior management team. More detail will emerge here, but an intention to regain revenue momentum will be a clear marker to watch. H120 results were in line with pre-close comments and our earnings estimates are unchanged at this stage. They – and we suspect the company valuation – have yet to fully factor in renewed strategic impetus.
Walker Greenbank is a higher-end interior furnishings business with well-established global brand names and manufacturing facilities in the UK. The Group has this morning released interim results, which whilst complicated by IFRS15, IFRS16 and change in US distribution model in the period, have come out in line with the Board’s expectations as indicated in August. Importantly, the strategy update post change of leadership in April points to much greater focus on the group’s core brand and product offering, where it has greatest customer and geographical penetration. Encouragingly, and although ahead of the group’s key autumn selling period, the expected out-turn for the full year remains in line and as such, we leave our earnings expectations unchanged. The current backdrop will take time to improve but it is encouraging to see Walker Greenbank holding its own; and with a new strategic focus in place, we believe that the group remains well positioned to grow in the years ahead in its core markets. The shares remain lowly rated and in our opinion have the potential to re-rate if new management can deliver on the refreshed strategy. A cal.2020 PER rating of 11x, in line with the peer group, would imply fair value for the shares at 95p.
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Today’s announcement confirms the strong trading momentum seen in Q1 has continued YTD. Group sales are +45% YOY with revenue growth across all geographies and brands, and profitability improving YOY.
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Zytronic’s year end update highlights the impact of the pandemic on the year to 30th September. Sales reduced to £12.7m (FY19: £20.7m) but, encouragingly, EBITDA for the year was positive. Cash at the year end was £14.0m (FY19: £13.1m), which has increased by £1.6m since 31st March. Uncertainty remains over demand levels, particularly within the Gaming and Financial sectors, but the Group is in a strong financial position with a strong balance sheet and well invested operations. We will reinstate forecasts as visibility improves. A further update will be provided alongside the Group’s preliminary results, which are expected to be published in early December.
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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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Trackwise Designs has developed a proprietary, proven technology, IHT, for manufacturing extremely long, flexible circuits that can replace conventional wiring harnesses. This disruptive technology is applicable to many industries including electric vehicles (EVs), medical devices and aerospace. Trackwise has already manufactured prototypes for customers in each of these sectors and received its first series production order from an EV manufacturer this September. Since IHT is an adaptation of the proven technology Trackwise uses for making advanced printed circuits, IHT has the transformative potential of a new technology but with much less risk.
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We initiate on Portmeirion and argue that it is in a better position than the current market valuation suggests. It has delivered a resilient first half and, following a strategy reset under the new CEO, it has much more enhanced capabilities with an improving model and profit outlook. Furthermore, Portmeirion is well funded with no balance sheet concerns. The shares trade on low spot multiples of 10x FY21 P/E with and 5x EV/EBITDA with a 9% FCF yield. A SOTP analysis based on peer/corporate deal metrics shows fair value towards 650p. Patient deep value investors should take a much closer look.
Companies: Portmeirion Group PLC
Solid State’s post-close trading update states that, despite the coronavirus pandemic, it expects to announce revenues and adjusted profits for H121 that are similar to those for H120, which was a record first-half performance for the group. Although management notes some delays in order intake and a shortening of client order scheduling related to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, it currently anticipates that FY21 performance will be similar to that for FY20.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact globally in many areas. While primarily a health issue, it has had wide-ranging implications for stock markets, which have now rallied after the plunge in share prices in mid-March when the full severity of the emerging pandemic became more widely appreciated. Nonetheless, the FTSE 100 Index remains almost 20% off its late February 2020 figure.
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Games Workshop’s (GAW) Q121 trading update was well ahead of expectations, indicating that the previously flagged strong post-lockdown demand has continued, helped by a major product re-release in the period. We upgrade our FY21e PBT forecast by 37% to £115.9m, reflecting higher revenue growth, c 12% versus 2% previously, and a higher operating margin pre-royalties of c 35% versus 27% previously. On our new forecasts the P/E for FY21 is 35.2x. The EV/sales multiple of 10.6x is a premium to GAW’s previous highest multiple.
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20 years ago, a young intern at a leading investment bank was asked for his views on the future of the media industry. His published thoughts included the suggestion that his generation never watched TV. This came as a complete shock to the older generation of analysts and fund managers. Could this apply to the car industry? The following article results from an interview between the Hardman & Co analyst, Derek Terrington, and his son, William (age 23). Derek is famous for his research note exposing Robert Maxwell in the 1990s, when he was the leading media analyst at UBS. The note was entitled Couldn’t recommend a purchase, the acronym of which has been quoted ever since in the City.
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discoverIE reported resilient trading through H121, with a revenue decline of 6% y-o-y, noting that sales in target markets performed significantly ahead of other sectors. Order intake improved through Q2 and the book-to-bill ratio for September was above 1x. With increased confidence in its outlook and a strong balance sheet, the company intends to reinstate the dividend with interims in November and has resumed its M&A strategy with the acquisition of a high margin US sensors business.
Companies: discoverIE Group PLC
IG Design Group’s H1 trading update for the six month period to 30 September has delivered both top and bottom line performance ahead of management expectations, driven by a strong recovery in Q2. Group revenues rose by 40% including the CSS acquisition. Excluding CSS, sales were just 8.3% down, having been down 11.7% on an LFL basis in Q1. Customer orders now exceed 80% of full year revenue forecasts. This robust sales performance has been accompanied by significant deleverage with period end net debt of $23.2m, compared with $106.1m last year. CSS is now fully integrated and focussed on delivering sales opportunities, with cost synergies ahead of schedule. While H1 performance suggests forecast risk is weighted to the upside, management prudently highlights caution on the FY21E outturn given the continuing Covid backdrop and associated risks, hence our unchanged forecasts at this stage.
Companies: IG Design Group plc
Kering reported a less-than-expected Q3 20 sales decline, mainly driven by the impressive sales rebound in North America and continued good momentum in Asia.
While Gucci was still considerably affected by the lack of tourism, both Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta delivered outstanding trading performances.
Despite the uncertainties related to the pandemic and the US election, we are now more confident about the outlook.
Companies: Kering SA
We are introducing our Best Ideas for 2019 and also review the performance of last year’s picks. We suggest ten solidly financed stocks with good business dynamics that ought to be considered for core portfolio holdings and six UK domestically focused stocks that our analysts believe should perform strongly in the event that uncertainties unwind. We also introduce a new style of research from N+1 Singer which presents a Company’s dynamics and metrics in a clear and concise manner and concentrates on the pivotal issues affecting that Company and an investment decision.
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Interswitch, a Nigeria-based payments firm, has hired advisers to resurrect plans for a stock-market listing in London and Lagos later this year, which may value the financial technology company at $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion.
Roxi Music UK music streaming service plans London IPO as it goes up against Spotify. They have appointed investment bank Arden Partners for an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange later this year.
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Xbox Series X to launch holiday 2020
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