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CRH (CRH LN, £22bn) completes disposal of European Distribution business for EV of €1.64bn, payable in cash | Chemring (CHG LN, £563m) receives contract award for further 75 units under its US DoD’s “Aerosol & Vapor Chemical Agent Detector” Program to be delivered in FY20; expects adj. op profit to be “slightly ahead of expectations” | Carclo (CAR LN, £8m) FY19 prelims (31/03) reports revenues down ~1% y/y and u/l op. profit down ~88% reflecting deterioration in LED Tech Division; sales process
Companies: CRH CHG CAR
Path Investments (PATH) -RTO of a 50 per cent. participating interest in the producing Alfeld-Elze II gas field located 22 kilometres south of Hannover in Germany. Offer TBA. Due late Aug.
Vitesse Media (VIS) — To be renamed Bonhill Group. RTO of the trade and assets of InvestmentNews, a Business Information and Data & Insight brand supporting the US financial adviser and wealth manager community Due 17 Aug. Raising £18.6m at 80p. Mkt cap £26.7m.
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Chemring’s H118 report demonstrates improved operational performance and financial security. While FX headwinds persist, the operating margin improvements at Countermeasures and Sensors are visible, as is improved cash generation. End markets are evolving from the perceived threat to increasing budgets, which underpins Chemring’s market position. The FY18 outlook remains unchanged, underpinned by the H2 order book.
Companies: Chemring Group PLC
Chemring is making strong progress on many fronts as market dynamics begin to play in its favour. It has re-established its financial footing and is positioned to drive growth organically and with selective M&A. FY18 is likely to be one of consolidation due to the profile of the 40mm ammunition contracts, but earnings growth anticipated in Countermeasures and Sensors offsets a fall in Energetics. The operational excellence programme targets a 300bp improvement on existing product lines by 2022.
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Chemring has announced another profit warning, but unlike previously, management appears to be finally setting about rebasing the company for the future. While FY16 expectations look relatively intact, with 75% order book cover for revenues, a standby rights issue should see debt reduce to manageable levels, enabling management to stop looking over its shoulder and focus on the path ahead. Such repositioning should come as a welcome relief to investors.
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Companies: DX (Group) Plc
AFC Energy has announced that its “S” Series hydrogen fuel cell system and ammonia cracker have been selected for the Norwegian ZeroCoaster bulk cargo ship design. The proposal has also been awarded “Approval in Principle” status by DNV, the international certification agency. The announcement is another significant endorsement of AFC Energy’s technology and the group’s biggest step forward in Maritime. This is further endorsement of our investment thesis, which was refreshed in September, which
Companies: AFC Energy plc
Friday's market sell off saw some violent downward moves in many stocks with little initial differentiation between sectors or the key drivers of businesses, creating significant share price drops in a number of higher quality or uncorrelated names. We take a look at some stocks we believe have either seen an unwarranted sell-off, have seen weakness go under the radar or where there is now a more attractive opportunity.
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Trinistar Liverpool S.a r.L announces its potential listing of a newly formed single asset company which will own the Capital Building in Liverpool on the IPSX. Upon admission the Company would become a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Capital Building occupies close to a 3.5 acre freehold site in the centre of Liverpool’s business district; the building comprises c425,000 square feet of predominantly of
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The oversubscribed placing to raise £25m and £2m open offer leaves Velocys well placed to move forward on its reference projects and strengthens its ability to address further demand as airlines increasingly seek out sustainable fuelling solutions. We have updated our forecasts for the raise and after a review of project timings. These show that if the company can progress its projects, it is capable of being cashflow positive in FY 24 without recourse to further funding. Our DCF based central c
Companies: Velocys plc
Macfarlane Group, the leading protective packaging solutions specialist, servicing clients across the UK
and now emerging into Continental Europe, has issued a trading update this morning (25 November)
covering the period since end June and the year to date. Trading has continued to be robust in a difficult
supply chain environment and the Group now expects to exceed its previous expectations for the full
year. Sales growth for the year to date has accelerated through to October at rate of +2
Companies: Macfarlane Group PLC
While there remains considerable uncertainty over the planning and permitting of the Uskmouth power station conversion there have been a couple of recent pieces of good news for SIMEC Atlantis in our view. Inclusion of waste-to-energy in the carbon capture support model is potentially positive for Uskmouth and may increase its political attractiveness to the Welsh Government as they consider permitting. The ring fencing of CfD support for tidal steam in the next allocation round opens up the pos
Companies: SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd.
Powerhouse has seen early benefits from the agreement signed with HUI in October with this progress on a new project site in Bulgaria. Details have still to be agreed but we see the project as an example of further international demand for the company’s waste to hydrogen technology.
Companies: Powerhouse Energy Group PLC
The H1 results were a bit of a double check. First, how high hopes (battery materials) persist in a rapidly changing environment, something already communicated to the markets. The second, and a rather annoying one, was how to deal with the issues as management was not really transparent. This explains the strong miss in EBIT compared to the consensus. We were also wrong-footed as our impairment figure was far too low.
Companies: Johnson Matthey Plc
A stellar financial performance in the first half shows Brickability at its best, delivering growth from organic and acquisition sources, gaining share and strategically, and importantly, continuing to diversify and de-risk the business by broadening its product ranges and customer depth. Whilst the half has been an extraordinarily favourable one in comparative terms and our instinct is to believe that forecasts can be beaten going forwards in both the short and medium-term from the enhanced pla
Companies: Brickability Group PLC
Seeing Machines has announced results for its financial year ended June 2021 and, after the 3 August 2021 trading update, there were few surprises in the numbers with the company trading ahead of expectations in terms of margins and cash. This reflects the successful focus by the management on reducing costs and conserving cash. However, with the conclusion of the recent fund raise, we expect the company to change gear to investing in the business and managing for longer term shareholder value.
Companies: Seeing Machines Limited
The trading update confirms that TClarke is on track to meet FY21 expectations signalling a strong recovery from the pandemic-hit 2020 with revenues +47%, H2 margins back at 3%, underlying EPS +50% and net cash of c£5m in the year-end balance sheet. The highlight, in support of its target £500m turnover by 2023, is continued improvement in the order book, currently at £525m (end June £503m) including a record £320m (+25%) secured for a year out. This is not ‘being bought' but comes with a real s
Companies: TClarke plc
LTHM announced exceptional results for H1F22 ended 30 September 2021. H1F22 revenue reached £193.9m, +81.2% over H1F21 of £107m. This is notably a stellar first half driven by demand-supply imbalances in global markets that have resulted following the pandemic. Resulting PAT of £26.6m translates to EPS of £1.335 vs. £0.256 in H1F21.
Companies: James Latham Plc
Oil prices suffered one of the largest ever one-day plunges, crashing more than 11% on Black Friday as a new coronavirus strain sparked fears that renewed lockdowns will hurt global demand. The crash, the 7th largest ever for Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, may prompt the OPEC+ cartel to re-consider its policy when it meets next week, with the group increasingly leaning toward pausing its output hikes. The sell-off was amplified by low liquidity on a festive day in the US, the breach of s
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Last week, as part of Diversified's Capital Markets Day, CEO Rusty Hutson and the Diversified senior leadership team provided investors with an in-depth overview of the Company's strategy and operations, with a specific focus on the Company's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives. Some of the key takeaways include US$15m of additional investment from 2022 on emission reduction activities and equipment. Mid-term plans (2023-2026) include plans to curb Scope 1 methane emissions in