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Cloudflare, a California-based digital content delivery and Internet security company, raised its IPO price range this morning from a prior $10 to $12 interval to $12 to $14 per share. At its new prices, Cloudflare would be valued between $3.5 billion and $4.1 billion. Cloudflare's maximum IPO fund raise is now $563.5 million. Investors’ appetite for cloud offerings appears to remain robust. Ex- Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey’s new business, Anduril Industries, is building a virtual wall on the southern border of the US. His new venture is being valued at more than $1 billion in a new fundraising round, according to sources. Anduril describes itself as a company that "Invents and builds technology to secure America and its interests.". Virtual border controls feel like a natural evolution of physical barriers for a digital era. The Tokyo Game Show, Japan’s video gaming mega-conference, opened on Thursday with enthusiasts testing how ultra-high-speed 5G mobile data networks will impact the gaming experience ahead of the technology's commercial rollout in Japan in 2020. Game makers, related network developers, and esports promoters cite expect to benefit from nextgeneration wireless networks that are expected to allow players of increasingly popular online games to utilize faster downloads and smoother connections. 5G’s influence is only beginning to rise as coverage is rolled out.
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Alan Howard’s push into crypto is a badly kept secret that appears to be crystallising into reality. In our view, the crypto space has undergone a very interesting transition from rampant retail speculation to, well, rampant retail speculation underpinned by a broad base of institutional interest. Google search volumes have fallen, transaction sizes appear to be escalating and the latest wave of equipment upgrades suggest consumer interest and potential to participate is now very low. Meanwhile, increased macro risk, currency controls and privacy concerns may be fuelling increased interest. We await further signs of whether we are at a turning point or whether this is (another) flash in the pan. Apple’s woes appear to be mounting as the group undergoes a difficult transition from a lifetime of focus on aesthetically pleasing hardware with a highly refined user experience, to a services focus. On one hand, the group’s key product the iPhone (which accounted for most revenues until very recently) is rapidly entering commoditised territory. Consumers have the option of a powerful and near fully-featured £160 generic Android handset or a cutting-edge iPhone for £1,000; for many, the choice is a simple one. The supply chain woes of having massive exposure to China in the context of the US-China trade war is also likely to weigh heavily on short term strategy. On the other hand, the group’s services are consumer focused and face strong competition from the likes of Amazon, Spotify, Microsoft and Netflix. If the thesis was to build the services on a firm foundation of the Apple hardware base, the cracks in security are worrying.
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VMware said on Thursday it bought two providers of cloud security and cloud developer services in separate deals valued at about $5 billion, as it expands offerings for corporate clients. VMware bought Pivotal Software Inc in a $2.7 billion deal. Separately, VMware said it would buy software maker Carbon Black Inc for about $2 billion in cash.
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Tencent shares slumped as much as 3.88% on Thursday after the Chinese technology giant missed analyst expectations, despite beating forecast on earnings. Revenue rose 21% year-on-year to 88.82 billion yuan. Profit attributable to shareholders beat analyst forecasts, rising 35% year-on-year to 24.14 billion yuan. The company's gaming division returned to growth, posting revenue of 27.3 billion yuan, up 8% year-on-year, with mobile games performing particularly well.
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British Airways said its flights were returning to normal after passengers had to endure cancellations, delays and long queues at London airports as the airline suffered its third major computer failure in a little more than two years. More than 60 flights to and from Heathrow and Gatwick were cancelled and more than 100 were delayed, according to the departure boards at the two airports.
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Capital One announced on Monday that a data breach identified earlier this month exposed personal information of its customers, including social security details and bank account numbers. The Virginia-headquartered bank said in a news release that about 140,000 Social Security numbers of its credit card customers and around 80,000 linked bank account numbers were compromised. In total, Capital One said, "This event affected approximately 100 million individuals in the United States and approximately 6 million in Canada." Qualcomm and Tencent said on Monday they will cooperate on projects that could include making the Chinese company's videogames play better on devices with Qualcomm chips, and create a 5G version of a Tencent-backed gaming phone. Microsoft yesterday announced the acquisition of BlueTalon, a start-up whose software can prevent people from accessing certain high-value data that companies keep. Over time, the acquisition could help Microsoft's campaign to get companies feeling more comfortable with the idea of keeping sensitive data in its Azure public cloud, which competes with Amazon and other companies.
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The Senate Banking Committee on Monday released the testimony of David Marcus, the head of Facebook's cryptocurrency projects ahead of his testimony Tuesday. In his prepared remarks, Marcus perfectly outlines the business model behind the social network’s upcoming Libra digital currency and its Calibra digital wallet. Microsoft might be the primary competitor for Slack, but the widespread adoption of Microsoft's software is not a major problem for Stewart Butterfield, co-founder and CEO of the messaging app. Last week, Microsoft said Teams had more daily active users than Slack. Cybersecurity company Symantec Corp has walked away from negotiations to sell itself to chipmaker Broadcom over price disagreements, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Symantec's decision raises new questions over the future of the US antivirus software provider, which is looking for a new CEO and has been struggling to grow its business serving companies.
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Australia's top three banks said on Thursday they have agreed to partner with IBM and shopping mall owner Scentre Group to test blockchain technology to digitize bank guarantees. The companies are exploring how to move away from paper-based bank guarantees to cut processing time and the risk of fraud, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Westpac Banking Corp and Commonwealth Bank of Australia said in a statement. The US government said on Wednesday it was reviewing licence requests from US companies seeking to export products to China's Huawei "Under the highest national security scrutiny" since the company is still blacklisted. In an email to Reuters, the Commerce Department said that as it reviewed applications, it was applying the "Presumption of denial" standard associated with Entity Listed companies, meaning applications are unlikely to be approved. Symantec shares surged more than 20% in extended trading on Tuesday after Bloomberg reported that Broadcom is in advanced talks to acquire the security software vendor. The deal is reported to be worth more than $16bn, implying an EV/Sales multiple of 3.40x (Bloomberg). Agreement on a deal was close but could be delayed until after the July 4 holiday, according to people briefed on the move.
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Renalytix AI—developer of artificial intelligence ("AI") decision support and clinical management tools for improving early diagnosis, continual monitoring and drug development for kidney disease. incorporated in March 2018 as a subsidiary of EKF Diagnostics Holdings (AIM-EKF). Total fundraising in the range £21 - 25 m. Mkt cap - c. £67.5- £71.0m. Due 2 Nov. Finncap—proposed acquisition of M&A adviser Cavendish Corporate Finance and AIM admission. Offer TBA Kropz PLC—an emerging plant nutrient producer with an advanced stage phosphate mining project in South Africa, a phosphate project in the Republic of Congo and exploration assets in Ghana. Looking to join AIM, offer TBC, market cap TBC. Due Late October. Azalea Energy—oil and gas production and development company based in Louisiana, United States. Net production of 13 MMcfe/D (2,200 boepd) and total 1P proved reserves of 91 Bcfe (15.1 mmboe), 2P reserves of 111 Bcfe (18.5 mmboe) raising up to $38m, expected mkt cap over $100m. Due 29 Oct Path Investments— First acquisition of a 50 per cent. participating interest in the producing Alfeld-Elze II gas field located 22 kilometres south of Hannover in Germany. Seeking £10m raise. Due late Oct Crossword Cybersecurity PLC* (NEX:CCS)—the technology commercialisation company focusing exclusively on the cyber security sector is exploring its options in relation to a potential move to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange which, if it were to proceed, would likely take place over the next few months.
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CentralNic-Schedule 1 from the business operating in proprietary retail platforms selling domain names and associated web presence services including hosting and email on a subscription basis, has acquired KeyDrive S.A which constitutes a RTO. Raising £24m at 52p, combined market cap of £88.7m Trackwise—established business that manufactures specialist products using printed circuit technology. Offer TBA. Due Late July Ovoca Gold (to be renamed Ovoca Bio PLC) - RTO of IVIX, a Russian com pany developing a drug candidate for the treatment of female sexual dysfunctions. No monies to be raised, market cap of £8.5m, due 30 July Nucleus Financial—independent wrap platform provider . FYDec17 revs £40.36m and PBT of £5.1m. Offer TBA. Due late July. Kropz PLC-Intention to float by the emerging plant nutrient producer with an advanced stage phosphate mining project in South Africa and exploration assets in West Africa
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VR Education Holdings—a virtual reality software and technology company. Raising £6m, mkt cap c €22m. Due 12 March SimplyBiz, a Financial Services Firm, reported to be considering an IPO targeting a market capitalisation of between £140m and £155m in a listing that would raise £30m of new money. Bacanora Lithium—Readmission. No new money. Mkt cap £140m. Due 21 March. the new holding company for Bacanora Minerals Ltd Stirling Industries—Acquisition vehicle focusing on industrials. Offer TBA. Due 5 March. GRC International Group— holding company for a group of companies providing a range of products and services to address the IT governance, risk management and compliance requirements of organisations. Offer raising £5m at 70p with market cap of £40.2m, expected 5 Mar 2018 Core Industrial REIT—established to invest in Irish-based industrial properties, predominantly located in the Greater Dublin Area. Vendor placing and new funds to a total of €225m, Target gross proceeds €207m. Expected Mid March Polarean - Medical drug-device combination company operating in the high resolution medical imaging market. Offer TBC. Due Early March Block Energy—a NEX Listed UK based oil exploration and production company whose main country of operation is the Republic of Georgia, looks to join AIM end of February 2018. Offer TBC
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Management said a number of factors will contribute to the news the Group is likely to report a loss this year.
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 | Andes Energia PLC—Sch1 on admission the Company will change its name to Phoenix Global Resources plc will be an Argentinian independent oil & gas exploration and production company, offer TBC but market cap to be £844m and admission date 10 August 2017 | Verditek PLC—Sch1 update from holding company in the clean technology sector with subsidiaries operating within what it considers are emergent and fast growing sectors (industrial treatment of solids, air purification, water de-odourisation, zero emission, low cost energy), offer raising £2.75m at 9p with market cap of £16.9m. Admission 10 August 2017 | Strix Group PLC—Sch1 from the Company involved with the design, manufacture and supply of kettle safety controls and other components and devices involving water heating and temperature control, steam management and water filtration. Offer raising £190m at 100p with market cap of £190m admission date 8 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. | Altus Strategies—African focused natural resource Company. Offer raising £1.1m at 10p with market cap of £10.7m. Expected 10 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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Eddie Stobart Logistics— Schedule 1. Admission expected 25 April but capital raising details TBC. ADES International Holding— Intends to join the Standard List in May raising up to $170m plus a vendor sale. Provider of offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling and production services in the Middle East and Africa. Admission expected in May. Schedule One from Lakehouse – an asset and energy support services group that constructs, improves, maintains and provides services to homes, schools, public and commercial buildings. Admission expected 11 May. Expected market cap £74m. Tufton Oceanic Assets– Offer extended to 9 May to enable investors to complete further due diligence.
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IQE has acquired the third-party shareholdings in its CSDC joint venture in Singapore for a nominal fee. This gives it control of the operation, which is currently loss making, enabling it to restructure the business and focus it on emerging sales opportunities in Asia for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE)-based products. Short term, the deal has a negative impact on earnings. We reduce our FY19 and FY20 EPS estimates by 8% and 5%, respectively.
Bill McDermott stood down on Friday after a decade building up SAP as the world's leading enterprise software company, handing the task of completing its transition to cloud computing to new co-CEOs Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein. SAP announced the management overhaul, with immediate effect, after rushing out third-quarter results that showed it gaining traction in its drive to offer a more streamlined range of services and boost profitability. The company’s stock has climbed 21% this year. It’s up 75% in the past five years, topping rival Oracle, which is up 46%, and the S&P 500′s 54% gain.
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dotdigital’s final results contain no surprises, having been largely flagged at the trading update in July. The group continues to deliver high quality growth, with good progress being made across each of its strategic pillars. Group organic revenue growth from continuing operations of 15% was driven by growth in all geographic regions, with new product functionality continuing to drive increased revenue from existing customers. Further strong execution is expected and we are making no major changes to our forecasts. With net cash balances forecast to rise quickly from here, we believe the group has strong opportunities for both organic and acquisitive growth, offering multiple avenues for future value creation.
Companies: Dotdigital Group
CentralNic Group has a solid set of interim results for the first six months of FY2019E, it was a busy period with the group completing 3 acquisitions immediately post the period end, issuing a €50m listed bond instrument and making solid progress in delivering on its stated accelerated strategy. Revenue for the first six months is up 225% yoy, with c.6% organic growth, in line with long term trends for the group. These results are the first time the group have reported in US Dollars. The group’s main functional currency is USD and we believe this is a sensible decision and should remove some currency related risk from the forecasts. CentralNic has made significant progress in delivering on its stated strategy of supplementing organic growth with quality acquisitions, focusing on recurring revenue businesses, in attractive regions. On our new USD based forecasts, the group trades on a 2019E EV/EBITDA of 8.7x (falling to 7.0x in 2020E) and a P/E of 11.0x.
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Final results to June indicate performance in line with expectations, with EBITDA of £14.7m (£15.0mE) delivered from revenue of £42.5m (£42.5mE) leading to adj. dil. EPS of 3.9p (3.4pE, outperformance due to a lower tax charge) and free cash flow of £6.2m (£6.3mE). In a post-GDPR, pre-Brexit world, DOTD has simply got on with the job, driving increased ARPU of £966 (FY18: £845) from more customers taking more products in more territories, with a greater number of channels and partners. This has led to 15% organic growth from continuing operations with 86% recurring revenue (90% contracted) – with the strong visibility supported by a hearty balance sheet including £19.3m net cash, giving DOTD strategic opportunities to add to its existing operational strength. There are few companies we can point to which consistently deliver 15% organic growth, PBT margins over 25%, and reliable cash conversion (>80% op cash/EBITDA). Target 135p reiterated.
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We recently met with the divisional management of one of Instem’s businesses – Informatics. Despite its relatively small scale, the unit has an interesting platform, is experiencing significant growth, and some of its services offer both material cost savings and process improvements to major players in the pharma market. It therefore offers Instem a greater degree of value than might be apparent simply by looking at its current scale – today’s RNS highlights informatics order intake up c60% YoY to £0.84m during the first nine months of 2019. This note summarises the mediumterm potential of the unit, both in its own right, and to Instem as a whole.
In January, we provided a list of 11 stocks for 2019 that we believed would perform strongly with attractive catalysts that could lead to material outperformance. In this Quarterly Research Outlook, we revisit these views, analysing what has happened and how the remaining six months of the year could play out.
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Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Duo, which runs on Android, at its annual hardware event on Wednesday. The folding phone features two side-by-side 5.6-inch displays that are connected by a 360-degree hinge. Microsoft said it partnered with Google to “bring the best of Android” to the device, while incorporating elements of Windows 10X, a new operating system meant for hybrid devices. It can also run two different apps at the same time. Specifically, the Surface Neo will rely on a new "Expression" of its Windows 10 operating system called Windows 10X.
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Beeks Financial Cloud has announced full year results for period to 30 June 2019, with revenue up 32% to £7.35m and annualised monthly committed recurring revenue (ACMRR) also up 32% to £9.1m. Three Tier 1 financial services clients were signed during the year including a major insurance company, a global bank and a global investment management organisation. The number of institutional customers has increased to 220 from 192 in 2018, with the commencing entry level monthly average spend up 175% (to £2,200). Now beginning to establish itself within the large tier financial services market, we expect the number and scale of these relationships to be potentially transforming for Beeks. With our forecasts based on established growth trends, such potential could provide further upside to our forecasts and with the shares currently trading at 11.0x 2020E EV/EBITDA, 21x PE, PEG ratio of 0.54 (2020/21) and a prospective 0.9% yield, we remain buyers.
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Castleton’s prelims report performance in line with the trading update: EBITDA of £6.3m (vs £6.3mE) from revenue of £26.4m (vs £26.5mE), with operating cash conversion of 97%, and free cash flow of £4.8m. With the maiden dividend reaffirming the board’s confidence in cash flow and net debt approaching breakeven, the balance sheet retains capacity for acquisitions to complement 7.3% organic growth achieved in FY19, and expected to persist into FY20 and FY21. EBITDA margin expansion from 24% (FY19) to 26.5% (FY21) is expected to derive from continuing improvement in cross sales, and the integration of the now unified Software and Managed Services divisions. With operating fundamentals consistently positive and improving, we lift our target price to 140p (125p), representing a 16.4x EV/EBITDA multiple and 4.5% target free cash flow yield.
Companies: Castleton Technology
A stronger than expected H2 means FY Mar 2019 earnings beat forecasts already upgraded with the post-YE trading update in April. We expect robust demand for data solutions to continue and we reiterate FY 2020 growth expectations. Note that IFRS15 adoption brought £1.7m revenue and £1.0m profit from FY 2018 (restated) into FY 2019, enhancing the growth rate. The 57% EPS growth was further skewed by a very low tax-rate in FY 2019. Thus revenue and earnings appear to fluctuate sharply. Underlying that, however, D4T4 is steadily growing revenue and maintaining margins, while simultaneously improving quality and reliability of earnings through term licences, PaaS and recurring revenue while also investing in US expansion. Overall, this is another year of excellent performance and we raise our TP to 310p in line with the sector.
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Arcontech has reported a strong set of FY19 results that have driven large but still conservative upgrades to our existing 2020 estimates. In this report, we also present an in-depth review of the Arcontech investment case, which we split into two parts. For Arcontech’s organic business, we expect that the company’s robust structural position can continue to deliver at least 6% revenue growth (FY19 +12%) and at least 7% EPS growth (FY19 +26%) in 2020-21. Meanwhile, we believe that Arcontech’s strong balance sheet creates a range of options for Arcontech as an acquirer or target, or could alternatively facilitate greater shareholder returns. We upgrade our price target to 200p based on 25x 2020 EPS, and Arcontech trades on 12m fwd multiples of 19x P/E, an EFCF yield of 3.8%, and a dividend yield of 1.4%.
Companies: Arcontech Group
This morning, Concurrent Technologies, the supplier of Intel based embedded computer systems, announced a strong set interim results for the period to 30 June 2019. Revenue was up 20.3% to £9.5m as sales increased across all sectors, with Defence remaining the largest sector by revenue. Order intake has also increased, resulting in record order book levels, giving confidence in the outlook for FY19. Exports generated 90% of revenue (H1/18: 88%). Cash generation during the period was also strong, with cash in the balance sheet at period end of £10.0m (H1/18: £7.8m), c21.8% of current market cap. Given its steady growth prospects and trading on a basic PER of 15.0x (ex-one-off other income of £1m), a significant cash balance and a prospective yield of 3.9%, the shares look attractively valued.
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Although Nanoco’s major US client will not progress to volume production in the foreseeable future, commissioning work continues on the new production capacity, which is scheduled to complete by December. Once that is completed, the facility will be able to produce high-quality infra-red nanomaterials for use in a number of electronics applications. It could therefore be used to service future demand from the US customer or potential new customers in the electronics or display industries with which Nanoco is in the early stages of discussion. The current market capitalisation appears to assign little value to these assets at a time when there appears to be renewed market interest in quantum dots.
Companies: Nanoco Group
FDM’s announcement of 2018 results provides additional granularity to the January trading update, and the overall tone remains uniformly upbeat. Highlights include strong growth in multiple geographies, customer diversification and significant investment in platform and scale. We nudge up revenue estimates for FY19 and FY20, but leave profit unchanged and trim cash forecasts to reflect working capital flows. We reiterate our Buy recommendation and our unchanged Target Price of 1050p.
Companies: FDM Group