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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Powerhouse has moved to de-risk potential sources of delay in the key Protos waste to hydrogen project by providing a £3.8m loan to the project. When the company raised £10m in January we expected this to help expedite the project and today’s loan is a practical example of how this funding is benefiting the project.
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Powerhouse has announced progress with the international roll out of its DMG waste to hydrogen technology with an agreement towards the licencing of the technology in Greece and Hungary. This follows a similar agreement in Poland and demonstrates the global appeal of Powerhouse’s solution in our view. While development of the Protos project in the UK remains important, the ability to expand internationally is part of the appeal of the Powerhouse investment case and it is good to see progress her
The group has released a positive trading update with strong trading seen recently in the US along with signs of recovery in Europe and Australia. It is quite unusual for this conservative company to boost its guidance at this fairly early stage in the year, with raised guidance for FY21 leading us to increase our adjusted EPS by 15%. The shares trade on a discount to peers and offer a premium yield. We lift our price target from 435p to 520p, up 20% and offering decent upside to current levels.
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Eden Research has announced the signing of an exclusive commercialisation, supply and distribution agreement with leading agriculture input company, Corteva. This follows the successful completion of the previous evaluation agreement. The new agreement sets out the development, regulatory and commercial path, which could see the final seed product launched in time for the 2024 growing season. The two companies will work together to develop this product and further uses of Eden's products in the
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c. £241m firm placing at the top of the target range of £190m to £240m at a 17% discount. As expected the raise will be used to reduce the debt and fund investment. This is the final milestone in the group’s strategy. There is no update on trading but as we wrote last month Kier is turning a corner. We show our key placing assumptions. We estimate 6% and 60% FD EPS dilution in FY 21 and FY 22 respectively. We expect net cash at FY 21 and close to average cash neutral in FY 23. TP unchanged at 15
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Oil posted a gain this week as expectations for growing economic activity in nations from the US to Europe fuelled optimism around stronger summer demand. Futures in New York advanced 2.1% this week in the first back-to-back weekly increase since early March. Fuel sales in the UK rose to the highest since the pandemic again, and in the US, refineries are running at their highest rate since the pandemic began as they gear up for the summer driving season.
Crude's advance this week comes amid s
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The group’s 10-month trading update is positive, with the group expecting to exceed FY21 expectations. Trading momentum continues, following its record H1 with strong underlying market demand in new build housing and RMI sectors. It has also seen market share gains and good export sales. The turnaround of Levolux continues, combined with the £2.4m of cost savings gained underpins margin improvement. We upgrade our forecasts for FY21, increasing EPS by 9% to 21.7p. In FY22 we also upgrade EPS by
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DX has highlighted that trading since the interim results were reported has been stronger than expected. Higher volumes in Freight, driven by new business wins and existing customers, mean sales are now expected to be £10m higher than existing forecasts. DX’s strategy of winning market share supported by superior service levels is delivering, aided by a significant competitor moving away from the irregular dimension and weight market. We have upgraded our FY 2021 EPS by 19% and FY 2022 by 7% (ma
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Positive revenue momentum has continued, once again driven by the Freight division. Volume growth has come both from existing customers and new business wins. This growth is seen as sustainable, and DX is accelerating its plans to expand its depot network. Management expects adjusted PBT to significantly exceed current market expectations. We raise our EPS forecasts by 17% for the current year. Our recommendation remains BUY, and we raise our DCF-based TP to 40p from 38p.
Checkit reported 23% y-o-y revenue growth for Q122. Normalising for the acquisition of Checkit US at the start of the quarter, group revenue increased 15% y-o-y. Recurring revenue made up 35% of total revenue, up from 32% in Q121 (normalised), as Checkit continues to transition customers to subscription contracts. The company is accelerating investment in sales, marketing and product to drive customer acquisition. Q122 annual recurring revenue (ARR) grew 7% q-o-q and, while early in the year, is
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The UK market showed a continued recovery in the first quarter albeit the indices are still well short of their all-time peaks, unlike many of their international peers. The FTSE 100 has risen by 1,186 points (21.4%) since the end of October and the FTSE 250 by 4,304 points (25.0%). The comparable performance since the start of the year is less spectacular- the FTSE 100 has risen by 253 points (3.9%) and the FTSE 250 has risen by 1,070 points (5.0%). The factors behind the sustained rally are fa
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Bacanora Lithium (BCN LN) – Potential offer from Ganfeng
Lucara Diamonds (LUC CN) – Reports healthiest diamond market for 5 years
Pasofino Gold (VEIN CN) – C$9m equity raise
Power Metal Resources* (POW LN) – New corporate presentation
Rambler Metals and Mining* (RMM LN) – 2021 Q1 results and progress of recovery plan
Rio Tinto (RIO LN) – Battery-grade lithium produced at California plant
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AFC Energy hosted a virtual Capital Markets Event yesterday attended by over 750 participants.
The company re-emphasised its key technological advantage, namely, AFC Energy's technology can successfully run on a range of cheaper hydrogen sources including hydrogen ‘cracked' from green ammonia. Based on AFC Energy's market analysis, it stated that on an energy equivalent basis ammonia costs less than one quarter of the cost of hydrogen. Ammonia is a liquid under normal conditions, making it a d
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Empresaria has made a strong start to 2021, with positive momentum building in many parts of the Group. While there remain some ongoing challenges and risks from COVID-19, visibility over the year ahead is improving and the first half is now expected to show year on year growth. We upgrade our adj. PBT forecast by 10% to reflect the improving outlook. Whilst it is early days in terms of the recovery, it is positive to see momentum returning. On 2019 earnings (pre-COVID), the shares trade on a P/
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