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Xbox Series X to launch holiday 2020
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Shares of Nintendo surged on Friday after the Japanese gaming company said Thursday that its second-quarter operating profit more than doubled amid strong sales for the recently launched Switch Lite device. By Friday's market close in Japan, Nintendo's stock skyrocketed 7.46%. Between the Switch Lite's launch on Sept. 20 and the end of the quarter, Nintendo said it sold 1.95 million units of its handheld-only device. Sales figures for the Switch Lite - a stripped down and lower-priced version of Nintendo's flagship Switch console - are being closely watched by the market.
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Apple supplier Samsung Display said on Thursday it will invest 13.1 trillion won ($11bn) on facilities and research to upgrade a production line, as it battles severe oversupply due to weak global demand for smartphones and TVs. The unit of Samsung Electronics said that by 2025 it will spend 10 trillion won on facilities and the rest on research and development to produce more advanced display screens.
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Arm, the British chip technology firm owned by Japan's Softbank Group, is joining with automakers General Motors Co and Toyota Motor to establish common computing systems for self-driving cars, an effort the companies hope will speed development of the technology. Arm supplies the underlying technology for the processors found in today's smart phones but does not make chips itself. Its ties to the automotive industry go back to the late 1990s, when automakers began to add computer chips to vehicles for functions like engine control and diagnostics.
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Amazon is in talks to bring the cashier-less technology that runs its Go stores to other retailers like airport shops and movie theatres, according to people familiar with the matter. The effort would help Amazon grow its retail presence, so the company can lower its reliance on online shopping, but at a faster pace and at lower cost than building its own stores
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Kaspi.kz, the largest Paym ents, Marketplace and Fintech Ecosystem in Kazakhstan w ith a leading m arket share in each of its key products and services. GDR offering expected Oct 2019. In the first half of 2019, the Company generated total revenue of KZT226,862m (U.S. $598m), up 34% and net income of KZT77,001m (U.S. $203m), up 54%. Registration document approved for Helios Towers. The Group provides essential network services, flexible infrastructure solutions and reliable power supply to mobile network operators in five African growth economies. Revenue increased 7 per cent. year-on-year to US$191m (H1 2018: US$178m), with Adjusted EBITDA up 15 per cent. year-on-year at US$99m (H1 2018: US$86m) for the six months ended 30 June 2019.
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A U.S. House panel unveiled bipartisan legislation this week that would authorize $1 billion for small and rural wireless providers to replace network equipment from companies including Huawei and ZTE that lawmakers say pose a national security risk. The top Democrats and Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said in a joint statement the bill would protect the "Nation's communications networks from foreign adversaries by helping small and rural wireless providers rootout suspect network equipment and replace it with more secure equipment."
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In-game spending should be regulated by gambling laws and so-called loot boxes banned entirely for children, MPs say. The industry's UK trade body responded it would "review these recommendations with utmost seriousness". Free video games often encourage players to buy virtual loot boxes, which contain an unspecified number of items to improve further game-play. This could have an impact on mobile game economics.
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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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The Apple Card is now available to all U.S. customers, the company said Tuesday. iPhone users can now apply for the card through the Wallet app "In minutes" and "Start using it right away with Apple Pay in stores, in apps and on websites" if they are approved, according to the blog posts. Apple, which is counting on recurring fees to boost revenue as iPhone sales slow, has been making a broader push to expand its services business via its 1.4 billion active devices.
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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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Codemasters has announced that it has signed a licence agreement for the exclusive rights to develop and publish the FIA World Rally Championship videogames and Esports tournaments. The initial 5 year annual series will be out from 2023, with the agreement ensuring a step-up in the release cycle of Codemasters’ off-road games to three games over two years rather than the current one per year. The major success of F1 highlights the potential of combining another global racing license with the company’s gaming expertise. This news, following the F1 contract extension with Liberty Media, the deal with NetEase in mobile, and the acquisition of SMS, adds to the visible growth profile of the business and increasingly underlines Codemasters’ position as the leading car racing platform in the gaming sector.
New franchise win: World Rally Championship
Much has been written about the effects of the virus on the world and on the stock market. Here is one analyst’s take on some of the likely impacts on the way we should look at companies. This article was originally produced as a blog, “10 Changes Post Virus”, which was published a few weeks ago.
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The phased reopening of Walker Greenbank’s two manufacturing facilities (both in the UK) is underway with Standfast & Barracks already operational and Anstey restarting this week. The company’s business model is such that near-term activity levels can be rebuilt gradually. It may also support new business development in the UK in due course compared to overseas supply sources. No new financial information was provided ahead of the company’s scheduled FY20 results announcement on 30 June, at which point activity levels during FY21 to date should also be disclosed. Our estimates remain suspended at this time.
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Warpaint has announced another exciting new contract win with a large national retailer. The new agreement is with Wilko which, from mid-September, will stock about 100 exclusive Body Collection branded products which will be stocked in 355 UK stores, and over 115 Technic branded products which will be stocked in 189 UK stores. Warpaint’s brands will be merchandised on bespoke display stands in prime locations in the stores, and will also be sold online through Wilko’s website. In addition, it is envisaged that a range of Technic and Body Collection gift sets will also be stocked in stores for the Christmas shopping period. This is excellent news and should be well received by the market.
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Delivery on the transformation plan has been swift and the £78.75m sale and leaseback of TED's head office represents further decisive action. Combined with cost savings and cash conservation measures, we estimate it could improve the group's cash position by over £100m.
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Walker Greenbank is a higher-end interior furnishings business with well-established global brand names and manufacturing facilities in the UK. This morning, the group has provided a further update on the business in relation to COVID-19 following its previous announcement on 25 March. In addition, and in line with recent FCA/FRC guidance, full year results to 31 January 2020 have been rescheduled to 30 June (previously expected 23 April).
With cash ahead of expectation in a year of transformation, PTY has reported inline results for the year to December 2019, with revenues standing at £80.4m and £0.1m adj. PBT. Net cash at £0.9m is ahead of our expectation prior to the company's pre-close update by some £1.9m, a significant beat.
Dillistone's update this morning is, on the whole, reassuring. Although the economic implications of COVID-19 will likely materially affect FY2020E results, as with many businesses seeing a significant reduction in demand for products and services, it is too early to determine the quantum. As such, we remove our FY2020 estimates that previously looked for an EBITDA contribution of £1.6m and adjusted PBT to £0.1m.
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Walker Greenbank’s FY20 results date has been reset to 30 June (and complies with updated FCA policy guidance). Its latest update provides no new financial information though orders continue to be received despite lockdown conditions. Operational steps already taken appear to be appropriate, retaining sufficient infrastructure to service prevailing sales demand levels while additional actions aimed at preserving business liquidity are referenced, consistent with those seen elsewhere in the quoted sector. Taken together, the company appears to have quickly adjusted its business model to meet current market challenges in FY21.
Disappointing H1 driven by NGP. Reducing investments in this category was the company’s choice, but we believe it is a bad mid-term strategy. The dividend cut has finally shown increasing weaknesses vs. peers during the crisis.
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Codemasters has announced that Fast & Furious Crossroads will be launched in Q2 FY21, despite a twelve-month delay in the film’s release to April next year. This leaves FY21 forecasts unchanged but adds to the strong release line-up through this year and provides holiday season and movie release windows to further monetise the game. The shares continue to trade at a c.40% discount to peers; however, further news flow around the success of games as well as business development opportunities can continue to drive a re-rating back up towards the sector average in the coming months.
Fast & Furious launch date shifted to Summer
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Much of the UK’s privatisation programme took place between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s: subsequent sales have been few. Undoubtedly, privatisation attracted many private investors to the market, many for the first time.
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Character Group has issued a trading update stating that while its supply side operations in the Far East have now been broadly restored following temporary disruption from COVID-19 issues, the demand side of the business is being deeply impacted by the closure of stores, shops and warehousing & distribution centres. The board is now anticipating a significant drop in H2 FY2020 revenues compared to expectations. However, given the lack of visibility on both trading activity and the eventual impact of COVID-19 on the business, which is second half weighted, we are temporarily suspending forecasts until further clarity is given – probably with the interim results scheduled for end May 2020.
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Performance in FY20 is substantially ahead of expectations; EBITDA is expected to be no less than £7.0m, equating to at least £5.6m pre-IFRS16, a beat of >36% versus our forecast (>52% in H2). While trading has strengthened as a result of Covid-19 lock-down and the channel shift, this has principally been a feature post period end. The determining factor in FY20 was successful execution of the strategic, commercial and operational initiatives outlined a year ago in response to growth pains in late 2018/early 2019. Despite several levers yet to contribute in full, gross margin improved 50bps more than forecast (+310bps) and cost ratios were 80bps better than expected. As a result, it has almost delivered FY21 forecasts in FY20. We are not upgrading FY21 at this stage, pending guidance in June, but the higher base, enhanced P&L KPIs and recent sales boost all bode well for forecast momentum - which the valuation discounts.