Both divisions have traded strongly in H1E. Almost all Smart Zones sites are now operational and the recovering momentum at Smart Machines continues. With a stronger Q2E and improving outlook thereafter, a sequential recovery profile is consistent with our expectations of an H2E weighted FY22E. Depending on cash flow and debt levels, management hopes and expects to return the company to dividend paying status in July.
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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.
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 While our forecasts remain withdrawn, the balance sheet shows demonstrable strength which should encourage investors and we reinstate our recommendation at Buy.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 While our forecasts remain withdrawn we can see an encouraging pathway to normalised trading next year.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.
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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 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
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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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Fulcrum has delivered a reassuring trading update, confirming it continues to trade in-line with FY22E forecasts, as evidenced by disclosed headline interim results. This comes despite recent turbulence in the UK's energy marketplace, which has not impacted Fulcrum's progress, including its recently established smart metering business. Given a 22% decline in the shares this month, opportunistic buyers should see value as forecasts remain unchanged and the stock now trades at book value and a his
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Strong progress from Spectra Systems Corporation (Spectra), combined with emerging opportunities that were highlighted in the company's recent H1 results, mean we are now able to provide firm forecasts on a five-year basis, a virtually unprecedented state of affairs not just for Spectra but for any quoted growth company. The new forecasts are progressive and substantial, suggesting Spectra will generate a £35m-plus aggregate PBT during 2021E-2025E. We do not view these forecasts as speculative,
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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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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.
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i(x) Net Zero, the investing company which focusses on Energy Transition and Sustainability in the Built Environment, announces its intention to join AIM. Following Admission, the Company intends to use the net proceeds of the proposed Fundraising to provide development and expansion capital to certain of its investee companies, for future investments in companies that fall primarily within its areas of interest in Energy Transition and Sustainability in the Built Environment and to provide work
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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
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Spectra Systems is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for banknote and product authentication markets. Spectra's newest customer (announced September 2021), using its optical materials in K-cups for Keurig brewers, has already placed three orders totalling $394,000 since inception (three months sales) and thus evidences the traction Spectra is making in this niche but important growth market. Based on the order pattern to-date, Spectra estimates that this business stream (all cu
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.
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Windward (WNWD.L) has joined AIM. Windward is a leading predictive intelligence company, fusing artificial intelligence (AI) and maritime expertise seeking to digitalise the global maritime industry. As at 30 September 2021, the Company had 120 permanent employees and had an annual contract value of US$19.7m, with 99 per cent. of the revenue being subscription based. The Placing raised gross proceeds of £26.3m (US$35m) of new capital for the Company and £8.2m (US$10.9m) for certain exist
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Against the backdrop of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) we take a closer look at the rapidly developing technology and industries surrounding the evolution of the so-called hydrogen economy. Hydrogen is an energy vector or fuel that is capable of storing, transforming and transporting energy with zero emissions at the point of use. It can also be made by renewable energy sources. It is also the most abundant element in the universe accounting for some 75% of all matt
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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.
A sea change for the better?
The global science-based group that makes plastic and rubber products "smarter, safer and sustainable", has welcomed DEFRA’s decision to not list oxo-biodegradable plastic in its November 2021 public consultation as a “frequently littered and problematic plastic.” The Scottish Government has likewise issued draft Regulations in November which do not list oxo-biodegradable plastic. Symphony views this as a major step in the right direction.
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