Tavistock has confirmed that its trading result for the year ended 31 March 2020 is in line with market expectations, our forecasts are for underlying EBITDA of £1.8m. A particular highlight has been the outperformance of the protected portfolios which the Company provides to clients. Despite the strong performance Tavistock is not immune to the impact of Covid-19 which it states has made commercial conditions extremely challenging. A number of actions have been implemented to protect profitability and costs are being removed from the business. With the current level of uncertainty in the market we are withdrawing our forecast beyond the March 2020 year end.
Companies: Tavistock Investments
Tavistock’s interims for the 6m period ended September 2019 showed continued earnings growth with EBITDA increasing 95% yoy to £1.01m. The key driver behind this growth was the expansion in Funds Under Management (“FUM”) to £1.1bn, an increase of 18.3% on the prior year period. Management expressed caution for the rest of the year with particular reference to the uncertain political outlook. Furthermore, the termination of the alliance with Lighthouse Group plc (“Lighthouse”) in May of this year has removed an income stream we expected to start to contribute at about this time. As such, despite the strong start to the year we have reduced our full year (12m to March 2020) EBITDA forecast by 9% to £1.81m from £1.99m although we note this still equates to 22.5% growth. We have also reduced our March 2021 EBITDA forecast, by 27% to £2.47m.
The Pebble Group, a provider of products, services and technology to the global promotional products industry, announces its intention to seek admission of its shares to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, which is expected to take place in early December 2019.The Group delivered revenue of £99.8m in the year ended 31 December 2018.No mention of bottom line and a suggestion that funds raised would provide an exit to private equity shareholders and the repayment of debt. Offer TBA. Longboat Energy raising £10m. Expected admission November 2019. The company has been established by the former management team of Faroe Petroleum to create a new full-cycle North Sea oil and gas company .The strategy to achieve this will initially be through the acquisition of assets where the management team can add value through subsurface and operational improvements, follow-up deal opportunities and nearfield exploration; and by value creation through the drill bit. Sapo PLC - an investment vehicle under the NEX Exchange Rules, seeks to invest in the developing market for rural broadband in the United Kingdom. Due 2 Dec. Taseko Mines - North American focused copper producer and developer, seeking a London Listing. No capital raise. Due 22 Dec SDIC Power - “potential intention to float”. Proposed GDR listing. Leading power generation company in China, with a diversified portfolio of projects across hydropower, coal-fired power, wind power and solar power. Offer TBA
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Kaspi.kz, the largest Paym ents, Marketplace and Fintech Ecosystem in Kazakhstan w ith a leading m arket share in each of its key products and services. GDR offering expected Oct 2019. In the first half of 2019, the Company generated total revenue of KZT226,862m (U.S. $598m), up 34% and net income of KZT77,001m (U.S. $203m), up 54%. Registration document approved for Helios Towers. The Group provides essential network services, flexible infrastructure solutions and reliable power supply to mobile network operators in five African growth economies. Revenue increased 7 per cent. year-on-year to US$191m (H1 2018: US$178m), with Adjusted EBITDA up 15 per cent. year-on-year at US$99m (H1 2018: US$86m) for the six months ended 30 June 2019.
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Tavistock Investments Plc (“Tavistock”) has released solid results for the full year ended March 2019. Despite challenging financial markets in the period, Funds Under Management (“FUM”) grew by 9% during the year and this was the main driver behind an impressive increase in underlying EBITDA by 101% to £1.48m. With several new strategic partnerships and initiatives in place, combined with wider industry drivers, we expect continued growth over the coming years. We leave our underlying EBITDA forecasts essentially unchanged which assume +35% growth in EBITDA in the year to March 2020 and +71% EBITDA growth the following year as economies of scale begin to have a greater impact.
Tavistock Investments Plc (“Tavistock”), which consists of Tavistock Wealth (an investment management business) and Tavistock Advisory (several financial advisory businesses) has released a trading update for the period ending March 2019. Due to Brexit uncertainties and general tough financial market conditions the growth in Funds Under management (“FUM”) has been below expectations. Despite this, we still expect full year growth in FUM (+9.7%) and hence underlying EBITDA (+70%) albeit this is slower growth than previously forecast. On a more positive note, the intention to pay a maiden dividend remains and we introduce a dividend forecast of 0.01p (0.3% yield) for the current financial year. (Matt Butlin)
Tavistock Investments Plc (“Tavistock”), which consists of Tavistock Wealth (an investment management business) and Tavistock Advisory (several financial advisory businesses) has reported a solid set of results for the year ending March 2018. Adjusted EBITDA for the year of £734k is in-line with our forecast of £743k. Discretionary FUM continue to grow at a healthy rate and as minimal additional costs are incurred as FUM increase, we see rising FUM as a key driver of EBITDA going forward. Tavistock ended the year with a healthy £3.1m cash position and we see a high likelihood of a maiden dividend in 2H 2019.
Tavistock Investments PLC which consists of Tavistock Wealth (an investment management business) and Tavistock Advisory (several financial advisory businesses) has reported strong results for the six month period to end September 2017. The Company has continued to grow discretionary FUM, underlying EBITDA and ended the period with a healthy £2.7m cash position. We make no changes to our forecasts and hence continue to expect a healthy growth in underlying EBITDA of +38% for the year ending March 2018 followed by +169% in 2019.
Tavistock Investments Plc ("Tavistock") has reported strong results for the year ended March 2017. Underlying EBITDA of £537k was over 400% higher than the previous year and 7% ahead of forecast. The Company has critical mass following the integration of 7 acquisitions over the last 3 years and the associated economies of scale are feeding into the financials. The target is for further growth and management has stepped up its investment levels accordingly. This increased investment along with the post year end disposal of a non-strategic part of the Group has led to a reduction in our forecasts yet we still expect underlying EBITDA growth of 38% in 2018 and 169% in 2019.
OnTheMarket—Intention to float on AIM to raise c. £50m which will be used to fund the growth of the OnTheMarket.com portal, already the third biggest UK residential property portal provider. Expected valuation £200m to £250m.
Wilmcote Holdings plc—Sch1 from the Company established with the objective of creating value for its investors through the acquisition and subsequent development of target businesses in the downstream and specialty chemicals sector. Offer raising £15m
at 120p with market cap of £25m. Expected 17 August 2017
Xpediator Plc—Sch 1 from the holding Company for an integrated freight management business operating in the supply chain logistics and fulfilment sector across the UK and Europe with a strong presence in Central and Eastern Europe. Offer details TBC,
expected Admission early August 2017.
Hipgnosis Songs Fund investment Company offering pure-play exposure to Songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. Offer raising £200m at 100p. The Company has decided to extend the closing date for the Placing, Offer for Subscription and Intermediaries Offer to 1 August 2017. The Company may bring forward this closing date at any time. Admission 15 September 2017
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Tavistock Investments (Ticker: TAVI) is an AIM market listed financial services group, the principal activities of which are investment management of financial assets and a financial advisory network of Independent financial advisers (IFAs). The corporate objective is to capture and consolidate targeted areas of the financial advisory market by building a network of advisers through acquisition and organic growth into which in-house investment management can be offered. Using this capability the group hopes to be able to transfer assets
under management from within the network to the Tavistock investment management business such that they are able to retain both advisory and management fees on an increasing scale.
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Ramsdens has reported a strong set of trading results in the last twelve months to March 2020. COVID lockdown has led to store closures, which will lead to weaker trading over the following months. However, Ramsdens has a very solid balance sheet, is diversified and is well positioned to re-open stores and continue its growth. We use an 8x multiple on last 12 months to March 2020 earnings as a reflection of a normalised earnings base which reduces our target price to 162p from 180p. At this target price Ramsdens would trade on a CY20 P/B of 1.5x. This target price offers 15% upside and we re-iterate BUY.
AFH interim results have shown resilience in a tough period. Revenues grew by 5% yoy and Adj. EPS is up 8% yoy. We reduce our FY20 EPS forecast by 8% to reflect the wider market falls and slower new business due to the lockdown. This reduction in earnings is significantly less than peers, highlighting the defensive nature of the business and the prudent temporary cost measures being introduced in FY20. The improved FCF of the business should lead to a re-rating, particularly as AFH now trades on 9.3x CY20 P/E, a significant discount to peers. Our reduced target price of 524p implies 81% upside. Re-iterate BUY.
Companies: AFH Financial Group
ULR’s finals were in line with on EPRA NAV and earnings a little better than expected. Valuations remain stable and full rent collection has been achieved for the current quarter. We see fundamental quality and resilience in the (now expanded) portfolio – ULR has already invested nearly £100m in the first two months of the new year following the £136m equity raise. We make no material changes to forecasts. Current valuation points to an 7%+ annualised return, with upside remaining from deployment of funding headroom, active management and potential for valuations to improve.
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Aside from its FY 19 earnings presentation, British Land has adopted a more cautious anticipation about Offices in the City of London. We share this pessimism and have been surprised by the recent share’s bump. The latter is the opportunity to turn negative, again, and update our divestment case.
Companies: British Land Company
A number of REITs have the ability to thrive in current market conditions and thereafter. Not only do they hold assets that will remain in strong demand, but they have focus and transparency. The leases and underlying rents are structured in a manner to provide long visibility, growth and security. Hardman & Co defined an investment universe of REITs that we considered provided security and “safer harbours”. We introduced this universe with our report published in March 2019: “Secure income” REITs – Safe Harbour Available. Here, we take forward the investment case and story. We point to six REITs, in particular, where we believe the risk/reward is the most attractive.
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The covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the share price of property companies, with 31% wiped off the value of their total market capitalisation during the first quarter of 2020.
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The Merchants Trust (MRCH) is managed by Simon Gergel at Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI). Aiming to continue to provide a high and growing level of income, he is adjusting the trust's portfolio in the wake of dividend cuts sparked by the negative economic effects of COVID-19. If there is an income shortfall in this financial year, MRCH is well positioned to maintain its dividend, with revenue reserves of more than 1x the last annual payment. It has not been an easy period for value managers over the last decade as growth stocks have led the charge; however, Gergel has outperformed the UK market over this period in both NAV and share price terms. The board reduced MRCH's gearing in late January 2020, which was opportune timing ahead of the recent significant stock market weakness.
Companies: Merchants Trust
U+I’s post-close trading update confirms c. £16m of development and trading gains for FY20, which includes Harwell. This is broadly in line with our revised expectations. Proactive steps are being taken to preserve liquidity in the short-term, including suspending the final dividend and stopping all non-essential spend. Positively, benefits of the cost saving programme will now be realised 12 months early. The balance sheet is strong, with ample liquidity; covenant levels are a long way off. Management’s time is being spent repositioning teams to be ready when restrictions are lifted, when there will be a renewed focus on the short-to-medium term value gain opportunities, of which there are plenty. The shares currently trade at 59% spot discount to our updated NAV forecasts, vs the UK sector at a 9% discount. We leave our recently lowered 180p target price unchanged and continue to see upside from here.
Companies: U&I Group
In the past month the group has made significant progress in pivoting its business away from its traditional face-to-face model. Although lending levels remain appropriately subdued, it has achieved an impressive collections performance, with its largest business running at about 90% of pre-lockdown levels. This, combined with the group’s high risk-adjusted margins has enabled it to generate £3m of FCF in the first three weeks of April, taking its net cash position to £38.7m as of 21 April. This strong financial position, combined with the group’s innovative approach to product development puts it in an extremely strong position to serve its clients and win share when the current government restrictions are eventually lifted. Reflecting this positive outlook we reiterate our BUY rating.
Companies: Non-Standard Finance
In this note, we analyze the indebtedness of 35 international E&Ps publicly listed in the UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden and the USA. For each company, we look at (1) cash position, (2) level and nature of debt (including covenants), (3) debt service and principal repayment framework and (4) Brent price required from April to YE20 to meet all the obligations and keep cash positions intact. We also estimate YE20 cash if Brent were to average US$20/bbl from April to YE20. While the oil demand and oil price collapse are of unprecedented historical proportions and the opportunities to cut costs much more limited than in 2014, most companies (with a few exceptions) entered the crisis in much better position than six years ago, with stronger balance sheets and often already extended debt maturities. In addition, this time around, many E&Ps have already been deleveraging for 1-2 years and are not caught in the middle of large developments that cannot be halted. The previous crisis also showed that debt providers could relax debt covenants for a certain period as long as interest and principal repayment obligations were met. This implies that as long as operations are not interrupted and counterparties keep paying their bills (Kurdistan), the storm can be weathered by most for a few quarters.
With (1) Brent price of about US$50/bbl in 1Q20, (2) reduced capex programmes, (3) material hedging programmes covering a large proportion of FY20 production at higher prices and (4) limited principal repayments in 2020, we find that most companies can meet all their costs and obligations in 2020 at Brent prices below US$40/bbl and often below US$35/bbl) from April until YE20 and keep their cash intact, allowing them to remain solvent at much lower prices for some time. In particular, Maha Energy and SDX Energy are cash neutral at about US$20/bbl. When factoring the divestment of Uganda, Tullow needs only US$9/bbl to maintain its YE20 cash equal to YE19. Canacol Energy, Diversified Gas and Oil, Independent Oil & Gas, Orca Exploration, Serica Energy and Wentworth Resources are gas stories not really exposed to oil prices and Africa Oil has hedged 95% of its FY20 production at over US$65/bbl.
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MJ Hudson has confirmed that it expects to achieve profits in line with expectations for FY20E. This is a good result linked to new client wins during the COVID-19 disruption and timely cost management. Whilst much of the group's activities are proving resilient, uncertainty remains and in line with most of the peer group, MJ Hudson is withdrawing guidance for FY21E. We similarly withdraw our FY21E forecasts until visibility improves, moving our rating to Under Review. Meanwhile, the shares are now down 30% since their pre-COVID-19 highs, which is beyond that seen at outsourcing peers (Sanne, JTC). Whilst COVID-19 is presenting challenges for many businesses, we believe that: 1) the structural growth drivers in alternatives that underpin MJ Hudson's growth will continue to remain highly relevant, and 2) its strong balance sheet gives it a relative advantage.
Companies: MJ Hudson Group
The positive market movements (£19.5bn) offset the net outflows of £1.3bn. The adjusted operating profit before tax reached £1,149m, down 21.9% yoy. The insurer benefited less from longevity assumption changes (£126m vs. £441m in 2018) in the Heritage business and the lower Asset Management fees margin (38bp vs. 40 bp in 2018) in the Savings and Asset Management one. The current context has led to a decrease in the Solvency II ratio by 10%, but the capital position remains resilient at 166%.
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Mattioli Woods has issued a trading update around the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are reassured to hear that trading for the first 9m of FY20e (to Feb-20) was in line with expectations. There is likely to be a revenue impact, from falling asset prices and limits to normal business activity, however, it is not possible to quantify this just yet. A number of proactive measures are being taken to adjust the cost base to mitigate the short term impact, including reduced senior management team/variable compensation. We would highlight that c.55% of MW’s revenue is not linked to the value of client assets, providing a degree of insulation to asset prices. We make no forecast changes at this stage, but will monitor events and make any adjustments when there is greater certainty
Companies: Mattioli Woods
Recent news: On 21 April CLIG’s 3Q trading update to 31 March 2020, revealed:
27% fall in Funds Under Management (“FUM”) from US$6.0bn to US$4.4bn
- with weaker Sterling, FUM in £ fell 20% from £4.5bn to £3.6bn.
In 3Q, while Diversification CEF strategies (Opportunistic Value and Developed funds) had net inflows of US$25m, the Group’s Emerging Market Funds had net outflows US$68m
The Group has an active pipeline across all its major CEF offerings with increased interest in the Diversification CEF strategies
Post COVID-19, income to FuM remains unchanged at c. 75 bps of FuM
Companies: City Of London Investment Group