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.
Companies: Mpac Group PLC
In its Trading Update for the six months ended 30 June 2021 Mpac reports that the upturn seen in H2 2020 has accelerated with H1’21 order intake well above that a year earlier - which had suffered the impact of COVID-19. The update highlights:
The specialist high-speed packaging and automation solutions provider, supporting the roll-out of next-generation technologies, has updated on its trading performance for its H1 period ending June. The strong momentum seen in H2 last year has continued through the H1 period, with order intake significantly above the pandemic impacted prior year. We retain our FY21 forecasts at this juncture, noting a growing order book; we expect to review on the Interims on 2 September. We now re-introduce mult
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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Being financially trained, I’m naturally a cautious man. However occasionally you have to ‘smell the coffee’ when the fundamentals change, perhaps forever. In fact if nothing else, the pandemic has taught ‘value investors’ (like myself) to rip up many historical norms, and peer instead through the ‘looking glass’. Particularly relating to medicine, sustainable living and technology, which we believe have now all entered golden periods. Why is this important? Well for a while I’ve been a little s
Mpac, the specialist high-speed packaging and automation solutions provider, supporting the roll-out of next-generation technologies, has today announced full-year results to 31 December 2020. Despite pandemic challenged trading, management has delivered an impressive and resilient financial performance (in line with our revised expectations in January) alongside excellent cash generation and a stronger/high-quality closing order book compared to FY2019A at £55.5m (+6% year-on-year). The Group c
2021 is ‘The Year of the Package’ – three interesting Small Caps
Like many awful dreams, the Covid19 nightmare hasn’t quite finished, recently mutating into an ultracontagious super-bug. The risk being global transmission and infection rates spiral out of control, swamping healthcare systems again. However this time there is an answer. Hunker down for a few months, and inoculate as many vulnerable people as possible to reduce fatalities/hospitalisations. Plus, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is relatively simple to distribute (re 2°C to 8°C). Making rapid nati
The specialist high speed packaging and automation solutions provider, supporting the roll-out of next generation technologies, has published an excellent trading update for the year ended December this morning. In an environment challenged by the pandemic, management has visibly acquitted itself impressively in sustaining business and solutions development. The statement confirms that the out-turn for FY2020F PBT is set to be ahead of our expectations with the order book remaining at similar le
Upon Admission to AIM, Nightcap will acquire The London Cocktail Club Limited (the "London Cocktail Club"), which is an
award winning independent operator of ten individually themed cocktail bars in nine London locations and one location in Bristol.
Offer TBC Due mid Jan.
HSS Hire Group, HSS.L transfer from Main to Aim. Mkt Cap c. £70m. Recently raised £52.6m. Leading supplier of
tool and equipment for hire in the United Kingdom and Ireland and has provided equipment hire services in the Uni
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As legendary investor Warren Buffet succinctly puts it: “it is better to buy great companies at fair prices, rather than fair companies at great prices”. Today, we think Mpac has done exactly that by acquiring Ohio based Switchback Group, Inc. for a maximum of $15m in cash (£11.4m). Equivalent to modest takeover multiples of 7.1x EV/EBIT and 1.1x EV/sales – with $13m of the consideration paid upfront, and the rest structured as a $2m earnout depending on EBITDA performance over the next 24 month
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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
Companies: Ince Group plc
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
Companies: Volex plc
Simec Atlantis (SAE) have confirmed that their largest shareholder, SIMEC UK Energy Holdings Limited are no longer in receivership.
Companies: SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd.
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
Companies: Directa Plus Plc
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Judges Scientific is a group focused on acquiring and developing companies in the scientific instrument sector. The first half looks to have demonstrated a significant rebound, albeit against a weak comparator of H1 2020 with management ‘confident' of hitting full year market expectations. The Group exited H1 (30 June) with a strengthened organic order book of 16.1 weeks of sales, +15% on the year end position (14.0 wks), and +49% vs H1 2020. The total order book stood at 17.6 weeks. H1 organic
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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
Companies: Plant Health Care PLC
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.
Companies: Epwin Group PLC
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Flat but unsurprising results from Centrica in the first half of the year, as favourable weather conditions and commodity prices were offset by the COVID-19 impact, British Gas engineer strikes and sharp trading conditions.
On the positive side, the sale process of Spirit Energy has made progress, and a CMD will be held on 16 November 2021. However, nothing new on the dividend side.
Neutral view confirmed due to so many uncertainties surrounding the stock.
Companies: Centrica plc
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.
Companies: Checkit plc
Drax’s interims see the first contribution from Pinnacle Renewables as well as continued strong revenues from system support. The period has seen the company completely cease commercial coal operations, sell its gas-fired projects and move biomass carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plans forward with planning now submitted for CCS at the Drax site. The company has also commenced the planning process for expansion of capacity at Cruachan. Overall, we see Drax as making strong progress to develop
Companies: Drax Group plc
What a difference a year makes - 12 months ago, the focus, quite understandably, was on the course of the pandemic and the lifting of the Lockdown (1) measures. For investors, it was the sustainability of the rally in markets seen since March 2020. Today, while we are still thinking about the lifting of lockdown measures, we are also concerned about two “old favourites” from previous decades. Inflation and the parlous state of public finances. The BoE has said that although CPI inflation rose to
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Although renewable energy has been gaining increasing traction over the past decade as the costs of renewable energy generation and perhaps more importantly, energy storage have fallen, 2020 was a seminal year for transitional energy investors driven by governments seeking to “build back better” after COVID-19. The US has committed US$2.25trn largely focused on the energy transition while the EU has committed US$0.54trn with companies around the world including China committing to net zero targe
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