AVO’s goal is to deliver an affordable and novel PT system, called LIGHT, based on state-of-the-art technology developed originally at the world-renowned CERN. Over the past two years, important technical milestones have significantly derisked the project. Now, AVO is working on the verification and validation phase, prior to LIGHT being used on the first patients to support CE marking. In its recent technical update, the company highlighted progress made over the past three months towards a ful
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For investors, the UK telecoms sector has presented immense challenges. Having boomed in the 1990s, mainly on the back of mobile telephony growth rates, telecom shares subsequently fell back sharply, as major debt concerns predominated. With Cable & Wireless (C & W) having exited, the UK sector now consists of little more than British Telecom (BT), privatised in 1984, and Vodafone, which was founded in the early 1980s.
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Sportech (SPO) has contracted to sell its largest business, Global Tote, its Bump 50:50 raffle business and a freehold property in Connecticut (CT) for a combined net ca.£36m. All the transactions are expected to complete in the first half of 2021, leaving SPO with the venues business and a lottery franchise, as well as a £33m pile of cash net of other financial liabilities. The final piece of the jigsaw is its role in the deregulation of sports betting in CT, which is uncertain but could provid
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Sportech (SPO) supplies betting systems to over 400 clients in 38 countries, including the world’s most widely deployed Tote solution. It has an exclusive licence to operate betting in Connecticut (CT) and is well placed to benefit from eventual legalisation of sports betting in the state. It also has a fast-growing charitable raffle business. The business has been interrupted by COVID-19, but has proved resilient, especially through online channels. There are opportunities to improve margins by
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
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Greenfields Petroleum (TSX-V:GNF) production focused company with operated assets in Azerbaijan seeking AIM dual listing including $60m private placement. Mkt cap $12.6m CAD
Wentworth Resources— oil and gas exploration and production company, with assets in the onshore Rovuma Basin of East Africa. Introduction only. Mkt Cap c £50m . Due today
Finncap—proposed acquisition of M&A adviser Cavendish Corporate Finance and AIM admission. Offer TBA
Kropz PLC—an emerging plant nutrient producer with
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The US sports betting market has the potential to be significantly large. However, lack of federal level legislation, sluggish state by state legislative processes, and other limiting factors will cause a likely drag on the sport betting market’s full potential. The American Gaming Association estimates at least $150bn is wagered annually with offshore books, which implies a $10bn - $12bn revenue market. We estimate, onshore online sports revenue in 4 - 5 years of $6bn (table 6, p14) should be a
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The final results are in line with forecasts, confirming exceptional growth in the year. The group has also announced a second special dividend of 50p per share taking the total special dividend for the year to 90p per share.
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As midsummer’s day looms (where has this year gone?), there is greater optimism, in general, than may have been anticipated a few months ago. A post-pandemic, ‘vaccine-driven’ recovery demonstrated by increased consumer spending as lockdown measures are lifted has been one of the catalysts. The FTSE 100 has been range-bound in the last month 6,900-7,100. We have seen a combination of broadly positive company results across a range of sectors, further examples of M&A activity and a sequence of ne
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HeiQ has announced the acquisition of Life Material Technologies (Life), a materials technology company focused on antimicrobial additives and treatments used by plastics, coatings, textiles, ceramics and paper manufacturers. Life generated revenues of $3.6m in 2020A and HeiQ will pay $6.45m for 100% of the business, in a combination of cash ($2.55m) and new shares ($3.9m), with an earn-out of up to $2.8m to be based upon Life's FY21E financial performance. The pre-earn-out acquisition multiple
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Loungers has re-opened with a flourish, recording LFL
sales growth +26.6% since 17 May (vs 2019) and adding five new sites. This
stronger than expected restart leads us to upgrade FY21E Group EBITDA by 22%
(from £11.0m to £13.4m) and FY22E by 5% (from £40.4m to £42.5m) resulting in
our TP moving to 350p (from 330p). In addition, Loungers ended FY21E with
£34.6m of net bank debt putting it in a strong position to accelerate its roll
out and capitalise on the availability of premium sites. W
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Brighton Pier Group (BPG) has announced a highly complementary acquisition of Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd (‘Lightwater'), which owns and operates a leading family theme park in North Yorkshire, for up to £5.0m (c5x normalised EBITDA). We upgrade our forecasts to reflect this earnings enhancing deal (FY22E Adj EPS increased by 14% to 6.4p). With outlook appearing very positive for the group, and the shares trading on an undemanding FY22E Adj P/E of only 9.0x, we reaffirm our Buy rating.
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After a multi-year journey, somewhat accelerated by the Covid crisis, Motorpoint has set a new and exciting growth agenda that seeks to strengthen the Group’s position as the UK’s leading omnichannel vehicle retailer. Through an attractive combination of physical site growth (using smaller sites), ongoing investment behind an already established fully end-to-end online proposition and greater utilisation of supply chains into the Auction4Cars wholesale channel, Motorpoint is targeting a doubling
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HeiQ announced the acquisition of Life Material Technologies, Hong Kong, (LIFE) on 15 June, a move which will strengthen its antimicrobial technologies platform. The initial consideration is $6.45m with a potential earn-out consideration payable in 2022 of up to $2.8m. LIFE’s antimicrobial technologies are applicable not only to textiles, with some notable retailers in its customer base, but also to polymers and other coatings, thereby complementing HeiQ’s push into materials beyond textiles and
6 months into the merger with Dominium and initial progress around unlocking value are encouraging. Positive momentum and higher average spend at stores with the new integrated menu are being observed, operational integration has progressed broadly in line with expectations and post recent easing of lockdown restrictions, average dine-in daily sales have risen strongly whilst delivery metrics continue to impress. It is early days but directionally all encouraging heading into the busier H2 perio
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Unprecedented times over the past 12 months have seen ScS Group deliver an exceptional set of H1 2021 results, dominated by the surge in orders post Lockdown 1.0. Group revenue grew 14.4%, with an incremental gross margin, tight cost control and UK government support (£6.6m) underpinning EBITDA* of £19.5m (£3.8m in H1 2020). We believe the average net cash through the period was c£97m (c£60m excluding customer balances). H2 2021 visibility remains low, with post Lockdown 3.0 demand uncertain, th
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The UK market showed a continued recovery in the first quarter albeit the indices are still well short of their all-time peaks, unlike many of their international peers. The FTSE 100 has risen by 1,186 points (21.4%) since the end of October and the FTSE 250 by 4,304 points (25.0%). The comparable performance since the start of the year is less spectacular- the FTSE 100 has risen by 253 points (3.9%) and the FTSE 250 has risen by 1,070 points (5.0%). The factors behind the sustained rally are fa
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Revolution has successfully raised £21m gross to reduce debt, accelerate the portfolio refurbishment plan and allow the business to take site acquisition opportunities as they arise. It allows the company to strengthen its balance sheet, shake off the economic equivalent of long-COVID and return to growth. We are changing our EPS (dil. adj.) forecasts to -0.2p for FY22E and to 0.9p for FY23E. The positive impact of the fund raise should be immediate and grow progressively until FY24E to capture
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Inchcape released an unscheduled trading update last Friday stating that the Group’s performance to date has exceeded its expectations. The Group has announced the continuation of encouraging trends across the business, with an uptick in demand and margin resilience. As a result of this update, we upgrade our forecasts for FY21, leaving FY22 and FY23 forecasts unchanged at this stage. This upgrade increases our intrinsic valuation to 1,048p per share.
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The group has announced a broadening and strengthening of the board through two new appointments. We introduce an additional two years of forecast and raise our target price to £31.
Today’s news includes several exciting milestones. 1) The formal sale process/offer period has concluded, with Education sold for £30m. 2) This successfully pivots STU to focus entirely on its fast growing online Studio business, which has traded strongly in Q4. 3) FY adj PBT is c10% better than pre-restricted forecasts as a result, and 4) strong FCF/sale proceeds catapult it into a small net cash position (excl. securitisation). Along with a pension scheme surplus, this is transformational and
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Semper Fortis Esports* recently announced its intention to IPO onto the Access Segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market. Semper is a multi-operational Esports organisation focusing on gaming technology solutions, brand enhancement and high growth team infrastructures. The company plans to raise £2.5m to develop their three core areas of establishing an esports team, forming partnerships with brands for sponsorship and B2B consultancy services. The Board are highly experienced in spor
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