There has been much comment on the fact that equity markets in the US and Europe have been shrinking for some years now, certainly in terms of the number of quoted companies, if not in total market capitalisation (MCap). This paper has been written with the assistance of the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) and focuses on the evidence for such in the London market and, in particular, that for smaller and midcap companies. It assesses that evidence and considers explanations. Finally, we ask why it matters, and assuming that it does, what practical steps can be taken to reverse the trend. Successful public markets have been a key part of the United Kingdom’s economic success for generations, even centuries, and we should not allow them to wither on the vine.
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Caribbean Investment Holdings. Incorporated in Belize . CIHL primarily operates financial services businesses through its subsidiaries The Belize Bank Limited and Belize Bank International Limited, both located in Belize and international corporate services through Belize Corporate Services Limited. CIHL shares are also traded on the Bermuda Stock Exchange. Lord Ashcroft holds 75%. No capital raise. Due 28 April. £36m . 2019 net profit US$ 10.7m
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Initiation of our coverage was 16 March 2016 at 101.5p. In February 2018, the price was 215p and it stayed north of £2 for another year. In fiscal 2019, though, Titon weathered a perfect storm most notably in its largest profit earner, South Korea. Titon’s PBT dropped by a fifth and, now, early in fiscal 2020, a profit warning. Titon is a veteran with branded products and core financial strength. It is battening down the hatches and cutting costs (including Hardman & Co). It will prevail.
Companies: Titon Holdings Plc
We recently published a paper, Share ownership: For the many, not the few, based on a statistical survey of share ownership, produced jointly with Argus Vickers, the share analysis service. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has now issued its equivalent survey. This paper compares its results with ours. Although there are, inevitably, differences in the detail, the two surveys reach the same conclusions.
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‘Tis rare that a company reports on the same day as a general election. Okay, Titon’s gestation was the longer ‒ but the conclusions are the same. “It’s over and yet it has only just begun”. For Boris Johnson, this means actually ‘getting Brexit done’ and running the country. For Titon, it has just reported its full year in which it coped manfully with a number of travails; and now has to do the same in the next one and ‘win the peace’. Boris’s skill-set to deal with in-coming remains the subject of speculation. Not so Titon’s.
The trade-off in the risk/reward for gold and gold mining equities is improving, as central banks push the current iteration of the post-World War II Bretton Woods financial order towards its limits.
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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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The challenges associated with value creation drive all investors. Any investment professional is eager to make their mark by picking organisations that are able to deliver superior returns. Increasingly investors look into how organisations are governed and how effective the top decision-making bodies of organisations really are. In this white paper, we shed light on research findings and reveal the seven hallmarks of effective boards. The seven hallmarks are proven to create more effective boards and are set to be the next lever in the value creation process. Better Boards has created advanced board evaluation tools designed to motivate and inspire and above all, contribute to superior value creation.
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The introduction of IFRS 2 in 2004 generated considerable debate about the best approach for handling ‘share-based payments’ (SBP). While it is clearly a cost to shareholders, which should be included in the statutory reporting lines through the P&L account, the question arose as to whetherit should be part of our underlying EBIT calculation.
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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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Failure to applaud is the original meaning of the idiom ‘to sit on your hands’; it originated in the theatre, when an unimpressed audience refused to clap. In the modern lexicon, it means to remain idle when things go awry and when action is required. Titon has had a charmed run over the past three years but this year has met with a tough South Korean crowd. But “it is not in Titon’s nature to sit on its hands” and its decisive action will produce results in fiscal 2020 and 2021 and win the critical success Titon is used to.
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 2018. For an industry that requires a long investment cycle – it still takes, on average, 10 years from discovery to launch of a new drug – decisions made many years ago have important consequences on current financial results. Therefore, looking back at operational performance over 20 years reveals how different company strategies have panned out.
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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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The group has released a positive trading update, signalling a strong H2 and performance ahead of expectations. The new guidance points to a 6.7% upgrade to revenues and a 10.5% upgrade to EBITDA. Cash generation has been notably strong, at about $26m, which will drive an increase in supplemental dividends with a dividend yield of 7.1%. We raise our TP from 255p to 285p, based on a target P/E of 14x, giving decent upside to the current 11.6x.
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Volex has reported interim results that are in-line with expectations following a strong trading update in mid-October. Of far greater significance is today’s announcement of the proposed acquisition of DEKA for a consideration of up to €61.8m on a debt free basis. DEKA is a leading and highly profitable power cord manufacturer, strategically located in Turkey, that serves leading European white goods manufacturers. The acquisition should close in early CY2021, subject to expected Turkish Competition Authority approval. We foresee 15% earnings enhancement in FY2022E with further opportunities for revenue synergies with Volex in the Far East as its operations also vertically integrate, production efficiencies increase and the cost of production falls. The statement highlights that pro forma net debt/EBITDA remains under 0.4x and this provides scope for further bolt-on acquisitions alongside a new $70m RCF and $30m accordion, also announced with the interims.
Companies: Volex plc
Macfarlane has released a strong trading update for the 4 months to October 31 2020 highlighting second half revenue and PBT to date being ahead of 2019 and the expectation that 2020 PBT will be broadly in line with 2019, a strong recovery from the uncertain position at the interim results. Separately, the Group has announced that CFO John Love will be stepping down from his role and the Board to be replaced by Ivor Gray, current Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary. We expect this to be a seamless transition given Ivor's experience in the Group and represents very well managed succession planning by the Board. Reiterate buy rating.
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Xpediator has delivered a healthy trading update, breaking several revenue records during H2 2020. Furthermore, the outlook for FY21 remains promising, reflecting recovery to more normal levels in Transport Services, a full-year impact of the Nidd acquisition, the turnaround of underperforming businesses, and new ventures. The £6m PBT forecast for FY20 highlights an improving margin, albeit this represents a shortfall from FY18. In our opinion management actions, plus recovering markets, can take the Group to peak margins over the next 18-24 months: delivering a marked increase in profitability.
Companies: Xpediator Plc
Breedon has sustained its trajectory of recovery seen since July and August, when it started to outpace 2019 comparative levels of revenue and EBIT, through September and October to the extent that it is now able to issue modestly improved guidance for FY20. The stock has been a stellar performer rising c15% over the past month, is flat on the quarter but 36% higher over the past 12-months and we believe that the rating is not expensive (2022E EV/EBITDA c8x, PE 15.8x, dividend payments initiated and leverage closing in on 1x). Breedon has become one of the sector's most admired businesses, with a consistent record of delivery (proven again through COVID), offering a combination of organic development and acquisition driven growth, excellent free cash flow generation driving a phase of de-leverage and exposure to still positively expectant infrastructure markets in GB and Ireland. We retain a positive view on Breedon at this level.
Companies: Breedon Group PLC
H121 ended strongly for Renewi, recovering from earlier COVID-19 impacts that turned out to be less than management had previously anticipated. Relatively more resilient waste markets and actions taken to control cash flows and reduce costs contributed to this outturn. We have moved estimates ahead in all three forecast years.
Companies: Renewi Plc
We release prudent FY20E and FY21E forecasts as Xpediator continues to gain momentum and operations revert to pre-COVID levels. The Group has made strategic progress year to date. It has implemented a strict cost reduction programme which should drive annualised cost saving of over £0.5m, restructured and strengthened its management team and further integrated acquisitions. Additionally, it is in the process of consolidating its site portfolio, driving further costs out of the business. We believe the market continues to undervalue Xpediator's geographically diverse revenue base, flexible low fixed cost operating model and positive financial outlook. Accordingly, we move our recommendation from Under Review to Buy.
President Trump likes to project himself as a highly successful businessman, but surprisingly little is known about his true financial position. Various articles, including a 2016 in-depth analysis by The Wall Street Journal, have speculated about his income and asset base. All sorts of claims and counter-claims have been made about his wealth – by Trump himself, pitching his fortune at some $9bn, and by journalist Timothy O'Brien, suggesting that it is as “low” as $150m-$250m. It is doubtful whether we shall ever know the truth, but we can use Trump’s UK corporate filings to gain an insight into his businesses in Scotland.
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Directa Plus has announced that in the October collaboration agreement with NexTech Batteries, it has achieved above 400 Wh/kg (watt-hours per kilogram, the usual measure of energy density) in a practical system. NexTech produced several full-scale pouch format cell prototypes using its proprietary cathode and electrolyte materials (with Directa plus graphene) producing 410Wh/kg of specific energy at a weight only slightly below 30g. For comparison, standard Lithium-Ion batteries have an energy density of 100-265 Wh/kg.
Companies: Directa Plus Plc
The Group made strategic progress in the first four months of FY20E. It secured contract renewals, new business wins and aerospace qualifications. However, COIVD-19 headwinds impacted full year financial performance. This impact was mitigated to an extent by management swiftly implementing a strict cost reduction programme, ensuring robust cash management. We believe the Group is well positioned with a reduced cost base, a strong customer portfolio and a financially attractive business offering to gain market share and capitalise on pandemic driven supply chain restructuring.
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FY20 has been a year of good strategic progress for Directa. Last year’s Setcar acquisition has supported strong revenue growth and, despite some COVID related disruption, contract momentum has continued. The successful launch of the Co-Mask is an example of the Group’s agility and the performance of its materials in demanding applications. The recent agreement in principle to supply graphene for lithium sulphur batteries adds a new vertical with significant promise. We reintroduce forecasts this morning, anticipating a steady performance in H2 with growth towards EBITDA break even in FY22. In our view, Directa is a well-managed business with proven technology and a significant growth opportunity.
AFC has announced it has secured a long term lease over new premises at its Surrey HQ, which will serve as the Group’s large scale H-Power assembly and commissioning facility. We view this as a positive step forward in AFC scaling up its production to meet strong levels of demand in the current environment. We remain very comfortable with our investment thesis and target valuation of 68p per share outlined in our initiation note in September.
Companies: AFC Energy plc
Macfarlane has reported exceptionally resilient 2020 interim results, reflecting the diversification of the business and strong management of the operations and cost base. The Group's ongoing communication has been highly effective for updating investors with key trends in the business and recent share price strength demonstrates an acknowledgement of this. We reinstate our forecasts and buy recommendation following these strong results
Companies: Macfarlane Group PLC
We have today released a new note on The Ince Group plc - this is the first of a series of "explainer notes" that take an in-depth look at the various aspects of the Ince investment case our investors have told us require more clarification. This edition examines the partner remuneration model - the headline for which is that this isn't discretionary bonus, it's more of a revenue share that partners are given in lieu of pay. Thus their remuneration is entirely variable, rather than representing a fixed cost.
Companies: Ince Group plc