Semper Fortis Esports* recently announced its intention to IPO onto the Access Segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market. Semper is a multi-operational Esports organisation focusing on gaming technology solutions, brand enhancement and high growth team infrastructures. The company plans to raise £2.5m to develop their three core areas of establishing an esports team, forming partnerships with brands for sponsorship and B2B consultancy services. The Board are highly experienced in spor
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Much has been written about the effects of the virus on the world and on the stock market. Here is one analyst’s take on some of the likely impacts on the way we should look at companies. This article was originally produced as a blog, “10 Changes Post Virus”, which was published a few weeks ago.
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Much of the UK’s privatisation programme took place between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s: subsequent sales have been few. Undoubtedly, privatisation attracted many private investors to the market, many for the first time.
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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is due to publish its most up-to-date survey on share ownership in mid-January, which identifies the beneficial owners and decision- makers of the stock market. Hardman & Co has worked together with the share analysis service, Argus Vickers, to jointly produce its own survey, which anticipates the conclusions of the ONS survey but goes into much greater detail. Our work does not use a sample of 200 quoted companies as the ONS historically has, but rather
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Since their privatisation in 1989, the 10 water companies have faced a periodic review every five years; it is undertaken by Ofwat, and prescribes customer prices, along with the investment requirements. As part of the ongoing review, PR19, Ofwat will publish its Final Determination numbers on 11 December 2019; they will apply as from April 2020, although water companies do have the option to seek a reference to the CMA.
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AMRYT PHARMA PLC— a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and delivering innovative new treatments to help improve the lives of patients with rare or orphan diseases have raised $60m before expenses and will relist on the AIM Market on the 25/09/2019. VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY), an independent energy company focused on development and production assets in West Africa, today announces its formal intention to seek a Standard Listing on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange ("LSE"
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ReAssure Group plc - The Group is a leading closed book life insurance consolidator in the United Kingdom with 4.3m policies, £68.7 billion of assets under administration on a Post-L&G Illustrative Basis. It is considering a premium listing segment of the main market.
Voyager AIR The Com pany w ill focus on the acquisition, leasing and m anagement of prim arily widebody aircraft, w ith asset management services to be provided by Amedeo Limited the IPO will comprise a Placing and Offer for Subsc
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When advisers first start looking at business relief (BR) products, there is much to take in: the rules governing such products; the investment strategies being used; and what the investment risk is. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that, for non-AIM products, the investment is being made directly into a company or partnership, rather than a fund. It is, therefore, essential that governance is part of the diligence process.
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Alumasc Group plc, the prem ium building products, system s and solutions group, has announced its intention to m ove from the Premium Segment of the main market to AIM. Expected market cap of £33.4m. Expected 25 June 2019 Expected market cap of £36.5m
Argentex a UK-based forex service provider founded in 2011 by its current management team which operates as a Riskless Principal for nonspeculative and forward foreign exchange as structured financial derivatives is looking to join AIM. Offer TBC
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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. Offer TBC, expected 29 May 2019. 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 in
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How small- and mid-cap quoted companies make a substantial contribution to markets, employment and tax revenues.
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Although the focus of Hardman & Co is predominantly on companies in the smallto mid-sized market capitalisation range, when writing research reports, it is important to position them relative to the industry in which they operate. Apart from Japanese companies, all the major global pharmaceutical companies have reported full-year results for 2018 over the past few weeks; therefore, we have taken the opportunity to update our industry database and generate the first cut of global rankings for 201
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In the investment world, before MiFID II, essentially every institution talked to every broker, and the whole, professional market could see every research note and the forecasts in detail. This was the ‘Age of Consensus’. Everyone had the same information (well, everyone except retail investors), and this transparency helped share price formation and liquidity
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In the investment world, before MiFID II, essentially every institution talked to every broker, and the whole, professional market could see every research note and the forecasts in detail. This was the ‘Age of Consensus’. Everyone had the same information (well, everyone except retail investors), and this transparency helped share price formation and liquidity.
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Volex has issued a positive AGM trading update highlighting that it expects to deliver underlying operating profits for FY22E slightly ahead of current market expectations. It notes that the levels of customer demand it experienced in H2 FY21 has continued in Q1 FY22E. Cash generation remains robust and management continue to advance acquisition opportunities, which we expect to deliver future accretion. We have upgraded our adjusted operating profit estimates by c.5% and see Volex as well place
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Ince has reported resilient results for FY21 considering the COVID pandemic with revenue growth YoY driven by International offices. With the cost base and financial position now stabilised, good earnings growth from FY22 onwards should be achievable. We reinstate forecasts to reflect a robust platform for progress at the Group and set our new target price at 100p which we think appropriately reflects the Group's near-term trough earnings and medium term earnings power based on current assumptio
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Powerhouse’s AGM statement has set revised timing for the completion of its first project at the Protos site with a 2023 completion now expected. With the company adding key resources the new timetable is being de-risked in our view and the loan from the company to the project has already reduced supply chain risk on key equipment lead times. While we will review our forecasts for the new timing, we think the company is making real progress towards establishing its technology and we see the addi
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Directa announced a significant contract win yesterday, its second major contract with OMV Petrom for waste treatment services using Grafysorber. The four year contract has a total value of €3.2m (c.€0.8m per annum from August 2021). This provides underpinning for current forecasts and builds on recent contract momentum. Meanwhile, there has been further success at the Olympics for cyclists wearing jerseys printed with Directa’s graphene (the Planar Thermal Circuit). The medal haul so far is fiv
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Simec Atlantis (SAE) have confirmed that their largest shareholder, SIMEC UK Energy Holdings Limited are no longer in receivership.
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Plant Health Care has released a trading update for the first half with a trajectory of demand which suggests a good second half to come, traditionally the seasonally stronger part of the year. The Board expects FY trading to be in line with management expectations so we believe our forecasts are well underpinned with considerable upgrade potential given the current market trends. Buy
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Epwin seems to exist under the radar screen. The stock trades at some of the lowest valuation multiples in the sector (FY22F PER = 11.2x, DY = 4.4%) and, for the second time in 3 months, we have significantly upgraded our earnings forecasts due to continued strength in RMI (Repair/ Maintenance/ Improvement) demand and robust margin development. House Stock.
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ADX Energy (ADX AU) C: Target of A$0.040 per share: High impact newsflow in 2H21 - 2H21 will be very important for the company with significant upcoming newsflow. In our view, the most meaningful eventis the drilling of the Anshoff well in Austria. We were previously anticipating that the company would need a farm-in partner to fund the well. However, in the context of the current high oil price, >A$4 mm in cash at the end of June and
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Mpac has announced that Mpac Lambert has signed a contract with FREYR Battery to supply casting and unit cell assembly equipment for the battery cell production line at FREYR’s Customer Qualification Plant in Mo i Rana, Norway.
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At its recent capital markets day, Checkit outlined the opportunity to supply its intelligent operations management software to the deskless worker market, a currently underserved market for productivity software. The product development roadmap features supporting iOS devices, increasing integration with other systems and enhancing the platform’s data analytics capabilities. Management is focused on driving adoption of its end-to-end solution in Europe and increasingly in the US.
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FY21A results are in-line with earlier guidance and imply a stronger second half from a COVID-19 challenged year. Fulcrum is reverting back to a classic contractor model, now focused on margin and cash generation within its core markets, which are benefitting from long-term growth drivers related to the UK's transition to net-zero. A recent strong pick-up in larger contract wins, on top of an order book of £56m in near-term jobs, sets the company up for a financial rebound from FY21A. We see thi
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Plant Health Care has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with leading distributor Agrii in the UK for exclusive access to the biostimulant Harpin αβ in all crops in the UK. In the UK Harpin αβ has been sold on a small scale for 14 years, under the brand name ProAct®. It has shown to have exceptional grower benefits particularly in the amenity (turf) market and potatoes and Plant Health Care has been working with Agrii for several years to establish the grower benefits of Harpi
Confirmation of a strong year in tough circumstances
Ince has achieved a significant result in FY21, with revenue breaching £100m, new offices having been opened in Cyprus and Abu Dhabi, the fee-earning team having expanded materially, and its proprietary practice management system having been rolled out across most of this large global group.
COVID has clearly had an impact on some aspects of its financial performance, but we believe it has been navigated well, and Ince is now positioned
Since Epwin reintroduced guidance back into the market in September 2020 demand has consistently exceeded expectations. This has continued in H1 FY21 with today’s statement indicating that profit before tax for the current will be materially ahead of current expectations. The strength of trading in the first seven months of the year lead to an 11% upgrade in revenue and a 17% increase in profitability to £12.9m (prev. £11.0m). Raw material and cost input pressures lead to more conservative incre