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|18Jan17 07:00||RNS||Half Yearly Report|
|08Dec16 07:00||RNS||Board update|
|10Nov16 07:00||RNS||Dividend Declaration|
|08Nov16 03:20||RNS||Holding(s) in Company|
|04Nov16 07:00||RNS||Trading Update and Notice of Results|
|03Oct16 03:45||RNS||Block listing Interim Review|
|30Sep16 03:10||RNS||Total Voting Rights|
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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
Breaking with convention, this Quarter we take the temperature of the expanding non-listed casual dining and bar operator sector. Looking at the top 50 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.
The Joy of Techs
15 Aug 16
Mobile money has been an awkward area for investors and industry alike. There have been too many new arrivals offering too many new solutions, leading to a confusing plethora of payment methods for both consumers and retailers, championed by varying stakeholders: banks, credit card suppliers or mobile network operators (MNOs). In this, the mobile money industry has ignored the key element of currency – that it is universally recognised and accepted. The confusion of competing payment methods inevitably led to numerous failures. The industry has promised much: a total technological revamping of the monetary systems in place since ancient times, in a short space of time, but has delivered little to date. However, that is not to say changes aren’t happening.
Retain forecasts for FY17E and FY18E
05 Oct 16
While LFL sales growth of 1.8% for the first 12 weeks of FY17 looked a little light, this was on the back of 2.8% growth in the prior period. H2 comps become easier to lap and Christmas bookings (festive trading comprises 15% of FY sales on average) are up 10% YoY.
Strong H1 17 performance, confident outlook for H2
20 Jan 17
Following on from the positive AGM statement at the end of November, MySale has released an upbeat pre-close trading update. Group revenue increased 6% to A$136.1m, while higher margin online revenue, now representing over 90% of the total group, experienced a strong rate of growth of 18% to A$126.5m. As a result, gross margin showed continued improvement of 270bps driving a 17% uplift in gross profit to A$38.4m (versus A$32.7m). Strong trading for the half, combined with a carefully controlled cost base, led to a doubling in EBITDA to A$3.0m. Management are confident going into the second half period and following the increase in guidance at the end of November, the company remains comfortable with current full year forecasts. More detail and an update on trading will be given at the interims expected on 1st March 2017.
N+1 Singer - Marston's - Decent start to the year
24 Jan 17
Marston’s AGM update for 16 weeks shows a decent start to the year, leaving the group well on track for full year expectations. For the 3rd consecutive year the D&P Managed business has out performed the regional Coffer Peach index with 1.5% LFL vs the sector effectively flat. This is a good showing given this was the stiffest comp period at 3%. We understand Christmas trading was good with the broad trajectory of trading similar to the broader sector. The main plus, however, is the signalling of flat margins which indicates the company is eschewing deep discounting and benefiting from having strong forward cover on most input costs. There is no change to investment plan guidance. Taverns LFL’s are reported at +1.5%; Leased +3% and Brewing +3% with margin growth – so all positive. With the first 16 weeks accounting for only 20% of profits and the fact that 2/3rd of profits are made in H2 we make no changes to our forecasts. The shares trade on a FY17 P/E of 9.2x, EV/EBITDA of 9.3x and offer a highly attractive and DPS/FCF yield of 5.5%/12%. We remain at Buy with a 150p 12m TP.
EBITDA break-even reached, positive outlook
18 Jan 17
7digital’s FY16 revenues increased 7% y-o-y and EBITDA profitability was reached, as targeted, in Q4. New contract wins in FY16 set the stage for a stronger top-line performance in FY17 and we consider management’s reiterated target of operating profitability in FY17 as realistic. For an operationally geared growth company in its first year of profitability, the FY17e EV/EBITDA of c 12x looks attractive.
19 Jan 17
Aggregated Micro Power* (AMPH): Funding for first peaking power plant project (CORP) | The Mission Marketing Group* (TMMG): Positive trading update (CORP) | Cello (CLL): Increasingly backed by, and leveraging, technology (BUY) | 4imprint (FOUR): Growth backed by strong cash flow continues (BUY) | Allergy Therapeutics (AGY): Positive trading update and market share gains drive upgrades (BUY) | Shanta Gold (SHG): Q4 operating results (BUY) | Sound Energy (SOU): Tendrara extended well test result (BUY) | Revolution Bars (RBG): Price target increase (BUY)
N+1 Singer - Northern lights - Shining prospects for 2017
16 Jan 17
As the birthplace of Stephenson, Armstrong and Swan, the North East of England has a proud history of industrial and technological innovation. Despite local economic challenges, the region’s industrial heritage lives on through continuing success in high end engineering and technology. The recent takeovers of private equity backed SMD (subsea robotics) and Nomad Digital (wi-fi on the railways) are testament to this. The North East has also emerged as a leader in genetics and genomics with an enviable life sciences and healthcare infrastructure. Against this backdrop, we expect the region to continue to throw up attractive IPO candidates to build on the six new listings in the past three years. We expect 2017 to be far kinder to the existing portfolio of North East plcs than 2016 (a year to forget) with recent management changes one important theme for the new year. Our top picks are Hargreaves Services, Quantum Pharma and Zytronic (all N+1 Singer Corporate clients) and we are Buyers of Northgate and Grainger.