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|09Mar17 17:45||RNS||Director/PDMR Shareholding|
|18Jan17 07:00||RNS||Half Yearly Report|
|08Dec16 07:00||RNS||Board update|
|10Nov16 07:00||RNS||Dividend Declaration|
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|04Nov16 07:00||RNS||Trading Update and Notice of Results|
|03Oct16 15:45||RNS||Block listing Interim Review|
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Interims ahead, well placed for the full-year
18 Jan 17
A good set of interims disclose a near doubling of 1H17 adj. PBT to £0.9m, with results also ahead of upgraded expectations, following November’s interim trading update. Key metrics such as online sales growth, profit margin, and FCF all continued their upward trend and with 66% of unchanged FY17E PBT already delivered in H1, BOTB is well positioned to continue growing and meet our full-year numbers. We upgrade our target price to 338p, based on a target FCF yield of 4%.
Joy of Techs
21 Nov 16
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*.
04 Nov 16
Looking at the top 50 non-listed casual dining and bar operators, it appears that the £80bn market for eating and drinking out in the UK is alive and well. The AlixPartners Growth Company Index (October 2016) shows that 2-year profit CAGR has improved over the last few years, and recent surveys from Greene King, Coffer Peach and Deloitte highlight elevated spend on out-of-home occasions. We attribute this to 1) a shift amongst consumers from an ownership to experience-led mentality which has driven habitual spend on leisure 2) an increasing focus on food from historically wet-led operators as they diversify their revenue streams to mitigate competition from the off-trade and match consumer gravitation towards eating out and convenience; 3) increasing regional penetration resulting from oversupply and high rental costs in London and 4) strong sector support from Private Equity investors, attracted to the Leisure sector's cash flow profile which can be leveraged against. Nevertheless, we may look back on 2016 as the peak for casual dining and bar operator profitability, particularly for London-weighted operators who face unfavourable rent and rate costs as well as potential loss of cheap migrant/seasonal labour. Past performance is certainly not a guide to future performance.
The Joy of Techs
15 Aug 16
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.
N+1 Singer - Morning Song 21-03-2017
21 Mar 17
accesso Technology (ACSO LN) Full year results in line, but key trading months still ahead | Augean (AUG LN) Double digit growth in ’16, good start to ‘17 | Earthport (EPO LN) Interims show continued top line strength | Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL LN) Good momentum under new team. It’s now all about delivery | IQE (IQE LN) FY’16 results prompt further upgrades | Microsaic Systems (MSYS LN) Challenges in 2016, strategy remains in place | mporium Group (MPM LN) Funds raised to help execute strategy | RhythmOne (RTHM LN) Dawn of the independents | ScS Group (SCS LN) Strong progress on key growth initiatives albeit comps now toughen | Sinclair Pharma (SPH LN) FY results: EBITDA ahead, Instalift™ gaining pace | Vectura Group (VEC LN) FY (9-month) results
N+1 Singer - ScS Group - Strong progress on key growth initiatives albeit comps now toughen
21 Mar 17
Whilst interim results are complicated by timing differences around order deliveries (flattery of c£1.9m) and rephasing of marketing (drag of c£1.9m), adjusted EBITDA improved by c£1.7m on an underlying basis – moving ScS into positive territory in its historically loss-making first half. Good progress was made on all 4 growth strategies and it maintained its 5-star score on Trustpilot. Whilst LFL order intake is down c5-6% in current trading, this reflects weak retail park footfall in Feb (not a conversion issue) and it has seen an improvement since the start of March. This means it is on track to meet FY expectations. Reassuring dynamics on margins & costs may add to investor relief, with the shares on <2x EV/EBITDA.
N+1 Singer - Goals Soccer Centres - Good momentum under new team. It’s now all about delivery
21 Mar 17
2016 finals have come in marginally below consensus PBT forecasts but this should not detract from positive operational and strategic momentum. There is still much work to do, but the tenor of the results is encouraging and management signals a good start to FY17. The main surprise is news of a third USA site opening. We tweak our FY17/18 PBT forecast up by 2% and stay at Buy on recovery grounds with a 140p 12m TP.
Interim results confirm solid peak Pier trading
21 Mar 17
1H results demonstrate positive progress in both divisions, with a solid first peak trading contribution from the Pier and rationalisation/stabilisation of the Bars business. Trading is expected to remain in-line with market expectations, with management reiterating ambitions for further strategic acquisitions of experiential leisure sites. Our underlying forecasts are substantially unchanged, save for a one-off lower tax rate boosting FY17 EPS. BUY, 150p target price.
Strong set of full-year results, comforting guidance
23 Mar 17
GVC released a solid set of full-year results. Key highlights Pro forma Net Gaming Revenue (NGR) was up 12% at constant currency, or 9% on a reported basis at €895m, in line with the February trading update. Pro forma clean EBITDA was up 26%, at €205.7m, bang in line with AV’s €206m forecasts, translating a three percentage points increase in margin added to the growth in revenue. c.69% of NGR was derived from markets either regulated (including those in the process of regulating) and/or locally taxed (68% in 2015), while 95% of the revenues were derived from GVC’s proprietary platform. Net debt stood at €131.5m or 0.6x clean EBITDA. The board proposed a second special dividend of €0.15, giving a total dividend of €0.30 per share for the year, beating market expectations. Guidance The start of 2017 seems promising as management said that daily NGR had increased by 15% (+16% cc), translating into an 18% (+19% cc) growth in sports labels’ daily NGR and a 6% (+8% cc) increase in games labels’ daily NGR. The gross win margin reached 9.5% while it should move towards the 10% mark on the long term. Regarding dividends, the group confirmed a progressive distribution policy and expects to distribute at least 50% of the group’s free cash flow, starting from 2017. Debt refinancing In the first quarter of 2017, the group issued a €320m Senior Secured Term and Revolving Facility, composed of a €250m term loan (maturity 6 years) and a €70m revolving credit facility (maturity 5 years) used to pay down the Nomura Loan in full.