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The Group has reported H1 18 EBITDA of US$7.7m, down from the US$24.4m reported in the same period last year.
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This quarter we use finnCap’s Slide Rule to provide both top-down and bottom-up analysis of the UK’s Technology and Telecoms sectors. Our findings are very reassuring: the Tech sector scores the best (across all sectors) when considering Growth and Quality – Taptica*, Frontier Developments* and dotDigital* in particular stand out on these metrics. Given these attractive characteristics and growth prospects, the Tech sector is unsurprisingly one of the most expensive – currently trading at 17.2x FY1 EV/EBIT and 23.8x FY1 P/E, versus 15.0x and 18.5x respectively for the wider market. Despite valuations appearing high, we believe there are value opportunities. For example, Proactis* features in finnCap’s QVGM+ portfolio (ranked 17/462) – the company offers attractive organic and inorganic growth, with earnings forecast to grow by 26% CAGR over the next two years, but despite this, only trades on 15x FY1 earnings and offers 8% FCF yield in FY2.
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The Group's subsidiary Westcon-Comstor is struggling in EMEA and North America.
Bioventix* (BVXP): Strong trading update (CORP) | Central Asia Metals (CAML): Intended transaction and suspension of trading (U/R) | InnovaDerma* (IDP): Solid operational update (CORP) | Tax Systems* (TAX): Evolution continues (CORP) | Datatec* (DTC): Completion of Westcon-Comstor disposal (CORP) | SimiGon* (SIM): Encouraging contract from The FAA (CORP)
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Gem Diamonds (GEMD): Large diamond recovered at Letšeng mine (BUY) | Datatec* (DTC): Year-end trading update and possible sale of Westcon-Comstor (CORP)
Companies: Gem Diamonds Datatec
Enterprise-focused niche applications of tech illustrate how, while trends appear to be fluctuating away from the current poster children of fintech and the Internet of Things, in fact these developments are refining appropriate application of existing technologies.
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ICT evolution is driven by technological development as advances are made which both meet and shape customer requirements. Our 2011 note No such thing as a telco described the modern reality in that former ‘telcos’ now deliver varying elements of a range of managed services. We built on this theme last year, exploring in further detail their evolutionary paths, operating fundamentals, and cashflow yield similarities. In the consumer environment, demand for bundles of technology is complemented by demand for content. Across the pond, the mooted combination of AT&T and Time Warner typifies the bundled need of ‘pipe’ and content, since unbundled alternatives such as FaceTime and WhatsApp can be easier and clearer to chat over, and Amazon and Netflix are easier to watch anywhere. In the UK, BT’s defensive actions cover delivery, content and capabilities, acquiring EE yet also buying football rights. While TV was long ago added to triple play to become quad play, voice is now merely an app, and fixed and mobile seen as just dumb pipes: it's the content that will influence consumer choices. Growth of TV and film as well as music and gaming over IP leads to UK small cap opportunities. In context of the drive to maximise value from pipes and access by offering content and data, we look at some amongst the potential tech small cap beneficiaries: Amino*, Keyword Studios, ZOO Digital*, 7digital*, KCOM* and CityFibre*.
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Datatec’s interims to August repeated the underlying detail revealed at the September trading update: the board looks to a sequentially and comparably stronger 2H17 and FY17, with revenue of $3.04bn showing a 7.6% decline vs 1H16 but at a gross margin of 13.8% (1H16: 13.1%), highlighting the challenges faced in a macro environment dominated by the effects of the strong dollar. The 1H dividend has reverted to match the unchanged existing dividend policy (exceeded since 2012) from 8 USc to 4.2 USc, to maintain a fixed three-times cover relative to underlying earnings. While FX has challenged the business momentum, it has benefited the sterling translation effect and therefore we retain our 400p target. Evidence of gentle LatAm recovery to the benefit of revenue, an improving product mix to the benefit of gross margin, and efficiency gains in opex due to the ERP, BPO and other initiatives, all lead to optimism for recovery for Datatec into 2H17 and FY18.
Mobile money has been slow to deliver but investors need to stay engaged as there are plenty of reasons as there are plenty of reasons for success. Mobile penetration and network coverage are growing inexorably and where communication leads, transactions follow, as e-commerce has proven. Banking and payments lead the way but it will embrace other financial services too, from insurance to cross-border remittance. Slowly but surely, mobile money is coming of age.
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After a challenging year driven negatively by macro-economic circumstances beyond company control, the Datatec board has reiterated confidence with a maintained dividend. The one-off FX cost in Angola will not recur and we can see no further similar situations; the Westcon restructuring and BPO transformations are mostly complete, which will enhance margins and efficiencies; and challenged emerging markets businesses have been right-sized accordingly. Logicalis enjoyed strong second-half margins and strength in the US and Europe. With growth initiatives and margin focus, it is now a question of proving the execution and restoring confidence. Target 400p reiterated.
This quarter's topic: Feasting on Red Tape. 2016 harbours every chance of being a stultifying year, given the imminent local and London mayoral elections, the looming hurdle of Brexit, the summer doldrums, the bizarre potential outcome of the US presidential election and then the home strait to Christmas. Excuses for inactivity abound with regard to spending IT capex budgets.
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This quarter’s topic: Automotive Technology. With the Mobile World Congress approaching at the end of this month and likely to feature so many automotive applications to the extent it should perhaps be renamed the Mobile World of Cars, we examine the growing impact of technology in the automotive industry, from telematics to connected cars and autonomous vehicles.
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SCISYS*: H2 confirms recovery (CORP) | Aukett Swanke*: Choosing the moment (CORP) | Independent Oil & Gas*: Skipper licence extension and share issue (CORP) | Datatec*: Ten-month update (CORP) | Penna Consulting: Analyst interview (BUY)
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Datatec interims to August were well flagged by trading updates in July and September, having indicated FX and margin pressure. Group revenue growth of 10.1% included organic revenue growth of 8.5%, however EBITDA (Datatec measure, post SBP) declined 11% due to the fall-out from US dollar currency exposure, weakness in the high-margin Latin American region, and growth in lower-margin US product sales. Remedies are in hand to correct or minimise further impact and lift the trajectory back up going into FY17, however there are inevitable downgrades (-15%) to FY16 (February year-end) EBITDA. Target 400p (450p).
Research Tree provides access to ongoing research coverage, media content and regulatory news on Datatec. We currently have 14 research reports from 2 professional analysts.
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WANdisco’s co-sell agreement with Microsoft is possibly the company’s most important partnership to date, strengthening the company’s already enviable platform to capitalise on the rapid growth in cloud and hybrid cloud computing. Agreements with IBM, Alibaba, Dell/Virtustream and now Microsoft give a clear indication of the capability and uniqueness of Fusion. Near- and long-term prospects are reinforced as is the potential for WANdisco to grow into and exceed the current rating.
Bango has announced FY17A results ahead of our forecasts, with financial performance once again demonstrating strong growth and platform scalability. Momentum remained strong during the year, with End User Spend (EUS) confirmed as having more than doubled but opex having grown by just 13%. The positive outlook statement will give confidence in the near-term financial performance. Our FY18E adjusted earnings estimates are unchanged following the release and FY19E forecasts are introduced for the first time.
The 2017 performance built strongly on 2016, with Clareti y-o-y revenue growth of 48% driving 40% growth in adjusted PBT even as the group continued to invest in the business. The balance sheet is strong providing flexibility and options and the Board also recommended initiating a dividend (0.5pps), signifying confidence. We upgraded our revenue growth expectations for Clareti (expect +38% in 2018 and +27% in 2019). We believe Gresham’s continued momentum reflects a positive demand environment, a highly competitive and differentiated product set and a strong management team that will continue to drive shareholder value.
Companies: Gresham Technologies
Having shown some signs of stability, markets have fallen over the last fortnight, due, in part, to concerns over potential trade tariffs which does not augur well. As the marathon of company results runs on, the majority have been as anticipated and will provide us a better insight into the outlook for corporate UK generally. However, the problems facing some retailers are clearly apparent. We have also continued to see significant M&A activity. In Share News & Views, we comment on APC Technology*, Hunting, James Fisher and Sons, PCF Group*, Ricardo and Swallowfield.
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We have spoken to R1 and we are revisiting the buy case by addressing some of the questions impacting the shares. With 3 significant deals in last 12 months the market is looking for evidence of underlying performance and successful integration of these deals. As a result it is, in our view, looking at historic numbers, rather than the 2019 and 2020 forecasts. We see significant cash flow potential going forward, and the potential for a significantly enhancing buy back. We believe RhythmOne itself is increasingly vulnerable to the industry roll up, from Private Equity or another industry player, given the very low forecast cash multiples it trades on. We retain our Buy rating and 770p price target.
Pharmaceutical Services is a vast and varied landscape, reflecting the complexities in the discovery, development, manufacturing and monitoring of drugs and devices, all within a stringent regulatory environment. The overall growth prospects are highly favourable: drug development activity globally is on the up, led by smaller companies, which is driving demand for outsourced services. In this report we provide a breakdown of the sector into its main activity segments, and identify biologics, increasing service specialisation and consolidation as important value drivers. Finally, we present 15 companies (9 of which are publicly listed) that, in our view, are well placed to benefit from the sector’s secular growth trends.
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StatPro has reported FY 2017 revenues and Adjusted EBITDA in line with expectations reflecting solid growth from Revolution and a positive EBITDA contribution from Delta. Reported revenue increased by 26% at constant currency rates (CCR), adjusted EBITDA was up 24% while adjusted EPS grew by 74%. The dividend is maintained at 2.9p. Group Annualised Recurring Revenue (ARR) increased by 35% to £53.04 million. The acquisition of UBS Delta in April 2017 was a key feature of the year and its integration into Revolution continues. The announcement flags a restructuring of the business in 2019 into three divisions to allow management focus on the specific growth opportunities in the business lines. CEO Justin Wheatley says that StatPro ended 2017 strongly and that the Group expects to see further organic revenue and profit growth in 2018. StatPro has started the current financial year in line with management expectations. We make minor adjustments to our FY 2018E estimates and introduce FY 2019E numbers.
Companies: Statpro Group
In the March 2018 edition of the Hardman Monthly Newsletter, Nigel Hawkins addresses the attractions of quoted infrastructure funds that maintain a low profile.
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Momentum has continued in H2, such that the company now expects FY18E sales and EBITDA (of at least) $28.0m (prev: $26.0m) and $2.3m (prev: $2.0m), implying impressive y-o-y growth of 70% and 31% respectively. In view of this update, we upgrade our FY18 forecasts (sales: +8%, EBITDA: +16%) but make n/c to FY19E. Having said this, given our forecasts now imply just 14% sales growth in FY19, we believe there is a strong likelihood of future upgrades. ZOO remains one to watch.
Companies: Zoo Digital Group
Frontier Smart’s FY’17 results show a strong year of growth with excellent cash generation, as flagged in January. Group revenue grew 28% to £41.0m while adj. EBITDA grew 171% to £1.9m (N+1Se: £1.8m). Both divisions performed well, with Digital Radio boosted by the FM switch-off in Norway and Smart Audio recording its first material revenues in the year. Strong free cash flow of £4.2m resulted in net cash at the year end of £3.0m (N+1Se: £1.7m). We make no material changes to our forecasts and continue to expect the group to benefit from rapid growth in the 3rd party Smart Audio market. Our intrinsic value range of 191p – 242p offers plenty of upside, with potential for further value creation as the Smart Home market establishes itself.
Companies: Frontier Smart Technologies Group
IQE is a leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers that are used in various applications ranging from mobile communications to industrial power. The company boasts a diversified global customer base and a unique IP portfolio with over 150 patents that enables the firm to provide a unique service to its customers. Headquartered in Cardiff, Wales, IQE shares were often misunderstood or underappreciated by investors in the past. However, as the company continued to deliver healthy growth winning volume contracts for new technologies (e.g. VCSEL), the share price nearly tripled in 2017 and the company successfully placed new shares raising £95m in November. Recent reports published by funds with short positions questioning IQE’s accounting with regard to profit and cash flow contribution from its joint ventures sent the stock price down by 45% from its November high. That said, the company rejected the allegation with the statement saying that the information in the short sellers report is “either factually inaccurate or has previously been disclosed in IQE’s annual reports and financial statements”. The company also appointed KPMG as a new auditor replacing PwC as of 12th February saying “the company holds itself to the highest standards of transparency, governance and integrity”. We find the management responses were timely and expect the share price to be stabilised going forward.
In our second edition of “Trend spotting” we note how in the last three weeks the defensive rotation trend has gathered pace and further evidence has emerged of the “relative fading” in the UK economy. However we now see early signs of the “risk on” trend starting to reassert itself in equity markets and we look at small cap laggards plus European exposure as ways to play this.
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On the back of the recent extremely positive newsflow, the group has raised an additional A$61m from equity to accelerate the development of the technology product and platform, expand global infrastructure and provide working capital headroom. Crucially, the contract award from a second OEM demonstrated that Seeing Machines (SM) has a credible DMS solution for the global automotive industry and is likely to win a significant share of a huge global market. Equity investors are now beginning to appreciate the scale of the opportunity and the true value of this business. To date, enthusiasm and valuation have been tempered by a relatively heavy investment programme for AIM and an obvious funding gap with likely dilution. We adjust our forecasts to reflect the post-placing investment; however, it clears that final hurdle and opens a path for SM to achieve its remarkable potential. We also highlight upside from a potential re-rating.
Companies: Seeing Machines
In today’s more detailed trading update, Sopheon has confirmed its brief statement in early January that revenue and profit for FY 2017E will exceed market expectations. As well as providing an anticipated revenue figure above U$28 million, it states that both EBITDA and pretax profits will be ‘significantly ahead of current market expectations.’ Today’s update notes that volume of transactions increased with a greater number of license deals and new SaaS customers – and Q4 contained two substantial deals. Sopheon ended 2017 with net cash of U$9.5 million. The group has a higher recurring revenue base and greater revenue visibility overall. We adjust FY 2017E numbers to reflect the guidance given today, driving a 31% increase in our Adjusted EBITDA estimate to U$6.9 million. We also adjust estimates for December’s conversion of loan stock and that is the only influence on our estimates for subsequent years where we retain a conservative stance and note future investment in the Accolade platform. We will look to revisit those estimates when further detail is available at the time of the results announcement.
The AA strategy update has set out an ambitious plan for the business to move into the future; taking it from “a company helping when you break down to one actually predicting when you might break down in the first place”, flagging game-changing growth drivers in the areas of Connected Car and insurance. The key element enabling this refocused strategy will be its Car Genie product (provided by Trakm8) and it is set to see an extended rollout to “tens of thousands” of existing clients. We thus see significant upside in Trakm8 forecasts from FY 2019 for additional AA orders.