The robustness of the operating model and management's action to support customers and manage the cost base led to Vianet generating positive operating cash flow in FY21A. There is a strong pathway to recovery but the full extent is somewhat caveated on a full reopening profile that is yet to be confirmed. We are forecasting the Group to be free cash flow positive this year and see upside in the price as new order momentum returns.
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Trading in H2 was better than H1A, albeit by a small margin, despite a more restricted trading period for its customer base as a result of the Government's policy of enforced lockdowns. Continued investment in the business we believe will see net debt slightly higher at the full year but this leaves the business very well placed to capitalise on opportunities in both existing and new markets.
We believe Vianet has sufficient cash resource to see it through into a post COVID-19 vaccine world. The new lockdown measures may impact profitability and cash flow in H2 but probably not worse than that seen in the interim results. While our forecasts remain withdrawn, the balance sheet shows demonstrable strength which should encourage investors and we reinstate our recommendation at Buy.
The Smart Zones customer base is expected to reopen, to a large extent, this weekend. The reopening of pubs will bring forward a revised billing profile and markedly improve the Smart Zones revenue base. Smart Machines continues to operate profitably and the group's Business Interruption Loan should buttress the balance sheet through this year. While our forecasts remain withdrawn we can see an encouraging pathway to normalised trading next year.
Entering the new fiscal period, the majority of Smart Machines units are operating as normal. The Smart Zones customer base has largely contracted to remain live and connected, albeit at a reduced unit rate. Vianet has received a business interruption loan and is adequately financed well into next year. By then it is anticipated that trading will have normalised. Our forecasts remain withdrawn for now.
FY20 results: low visibility, withdrawing rating
The prospective 2020E results will show good growth and cash generation but the last few weeks of the fiscal period were negatively impacted by COVID-19 pub closures. This limited access for new installations and technology upgrades in March and we anticipate these conditions will continue into the new fiscal period. We withdraw our forecasts and place our recommendation under review until macroeconomic conditions stabilise.
COVID-19 Trading Update
The organic growth rate and progress seen in the interim period is underpinned by the meaningful contracts signed over the last couple of years. The stock price rise is beginning to discount this growing momentum and we see further upside potential for the share price from multiple expansion and continued organic earnings growth.
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Following continued delays of a Brexit agreement, few sectors within the UK market have remained attractive to investors despite low valuations. One sector which has continued to outperform despite the political drama has been the UK video gaming sector (henceforth UK gaming), which we are fans of. We believe a combination of sector-leading growth, strong cash conversion and timely cyclical positioning support our positive view on the UK video gaming sector.
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Vianet has released a business update this morning confirming trading for the first four months of FY20E has been as anticipated and the Group remains on course to meet market expectations. The Group has also successfully concluded negotiations on three long term contracts in its Smart Machines division; set to generate c.£10m of revenues over the next three to five years and underpinning forecasts. The shares have drifted back from recent highs of 147.5p to trade at just 118p (2.0 EV/Sales,
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AFC Energy announced that it has entered a hydrogen fuel cell supply and
collaboration agreement with partner, Urban-Air Port Limited (“Urban-Air”), a
leading UK developer of ground infrastructure for the growing demand in
autonomous airborne drones and electric take-off and landing passenger
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Powerhouse’s partner HUI’s funding of long lead time items shows a commitment to the company’s first European project in our view. As with Powerhouse’s own funding of similar items at the initial UK project, this helps to de-risk the timeline and moves the company towards establishing a wider European market.
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Velocys continues to see supportive policies develop with the recent US proposed Sustainable Aviation Fuel tax credit adding to the potential attractiveness of projects in America. The company continues to progress its reference projects at Bayou in Mississippi and has provided technology under licence to Red Rock Biofuels in Oregon. Further policy support can only be helpful in growing opportunities for the company in North America in our view.
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AFC Energy’s statements and recent integration work with ABB highlight growing interest from customers which bodes well for orders in the months ahead. The forthcoming S-series of products will expand the Group’s portfolio and should deliver much high power densities and improved economics. The deployment of fuel cell technology is increasingly recognised by Governments and industry as a key tool in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, which we expect will drive momentum for deployment in a
H1 results reveal continued strong progress, with closing ARR up c.25% LFL at £6.6m driven by new subscription agreements, importantly validating CKT’s growing investment in sales and marketing with headcount doubling in H1. Meanwhile, CKT’s pipeline is up 4x since the start of the year so we anticipate growth to be maintained (or even accelerate) in H2. In this context, CKT is tracking comfortably in line with unchanged FY22 estimates, having achieved sales of £7.9m, ~53% of our full-year forec
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Oil declined amid Russia's plans to boost upcoming overseas oil sales and as the dollar rallied.
Futures in New York ended the session nearly 1% lower on Friday. Russia will increase its oil exports 3% in the fourth quarter, according to Interfax. Meanwhile, gains in the US dollar reduced investor interest in commodities priced in the currency.
Despite weaker prices on Friday, US benchmark crude futures gained more than 3% this week due to tightening supplies. In the US, crude inventories
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Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, TP Group Plc delivered strong organic revenue growth of c14% YoY in H1/21A, with Adj EBITDA increasing to £1.7m (H1/20A: £1.4m). Improving visibility leads us to upgrade our revenue forecasts by c4% for FY21E to £66.0m (90%+ of which was covered by the order book at H1/21A). Expanding margins in the Consulting division are expected to be offset by temporary margin pressure on Engineering contracts during FY21E (our £4.2m FY21E EBITDA remains unch
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Exactly one year ago, the FTSE 100 closed at 5,862, having fallen 100 points on the day, the lowest point since mid-May 2020, due in part, to the strength of sterling vs US$ at $1.34. One year on, the FTSE 100 has risen to 7,119, a rise of 21%, it remains 7% below the peak in January 2020. From an international viewpoint, US and European markets continue to trade at record highs. The US Federal Reserve is close to withdrawing some of its economic support this year as inflation picks up and the e
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Filta has released a solid set of H1/21A results, delivering Adj EBITDA of £1.3m (H1/20A £0.2m). Rising vaccination rates and the continued reopening of hospitality and leisure markets provide an increasingly favourable industry backdrop for the company. Filta is emerging from the pandemic with a stronger business profile and robust balance sheet, having launched new products and services, and expanded its customer list. Given the improving prospects, we believe Filta remains attractively valued
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