Altitude Group (ALT): Corp | Barkby Group (BARK): Corp | Byotrol (BYOT): Corp | Tristel (TSTL): Corp
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FRP Advisory Group, UK professional services firm specialising in restructuring advisory. Raising £80m (£20m primary). Expected market cap £190m. Compound annual growth of 16.4 per cent. in revenue and 10.9 per cent. in operating profit since the beginning of FY17.o Strong average EBITDA margins of 51 per cent. over FY17 to FY19, and consistently strong cash conversion Inspecs, a UK designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames to global retail chains announces its intention to IPO onto AIM raising £94m with a market cap of £138m. Admission expected 27th February. FY Dec 2018 numbers show revenue of $57m and underlying EBITDA of $11m. The Proof Of Trust has announced its intention to list on the Standard Market. The Blockchain based business, owns patents to a protocol which facilitates dispute resolution based upon smart contract disputes. Transaction details TBC. DRI Healthcare—investment company focused on investments in healthcare Royalty Assets looking to raise $350m. Due 11 Mar. Ninety One –proposed demerger and public listing of Investec’s global asset management business on LSE and JSE. 30 Sep 2019 AUM £121bn. Sale of existing shares. Expected free float of >60%. Due 16 march. Cabot Square—Closed ended investment fund focussed on alternative assets and asset manager. Looking to raise £200m. Will target investment opportunities that are expected to generate an attractive risk adjusted return and that can also make a positive ESG impact by focusing on some of the biggest challenges facing societies and economies. Due 14 Feb. The Global Sustainable Farmland Income Trust will invest in a diversified portfolio of operational farmland assets located in major agricultural markets including the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and certain countries within Latin and South America. Raising up to $300m. Due 28 February. Incanthera—Specialist oncology company focused on transforming cancer treatment by creating environments in which cancer cannot survive . Due 28 Feb. Zapp Scooters, a developer and manufacturer of electric two-wheeled vehicles announced its intention to IPO on the NEX Exchange Growth Market. The Company intends to raise up to £3.5m. Admission is expected to occur on NEX in February 2020.
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Gemfields (GEM): Corp | Quartix (QTX): Corp | Trackwise Designs (TWD): Corp | Tristel (TSTL): Corp
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Tristel reported interim results that were c.7% above the trading update at its AGM on 17 December with adjusted pre-tax profit of £3.0m (+25%) driven by a 22% (22% CER) increase in revenues. Stripping out the impact of recent acquisitions, underlying growth was still a robust 13%. Despite the strong first half and potential for a “COVID-19 bonus” in H2, we are not making any changes yet, recognising instead that current FY forecasts are underpinned. We are however, increasing our target price to 375p, cognisant of the upside potential that international growth offers as well as quality and momentum of growth. On current forecasts, this would imply a prospective 3.5% free cashflow yield.
City of London Group (CIN): Corp Ready steady go | ClearStar (CLSU): Corp Trading update | Destiny Pharma (DEST): Corp Asian Pacific guidelines support XF-73 future use | Evgen Pharma (EVG): Corp Interims – cash to Q3 2021 | SDI Group (SDI): Corp Interims on track for strong FY 2020 | Tristel (TSTL): Corp AGM and trading update
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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 £99.8 million 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 TBA. Longboat Energy raising £10m. Expected admission November 2019. The company has been established by the former management team of Faroe Petroleum to create a new full-cycle North Sea oil and gas company .The strategy to achieve this will initially be through the acquisition of assets where the management team can add value through subsurface and operational improvements, follow-up deal opportunities and nearfield exploration; and by value creation through the drill bit.
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Destiny Pharma (DEST): Corp Reinforcing the value of XF-73 | Tristel (TSTL): Corp FY 2019 results: new three-year financial plan
Companies: Tristel Destiny Pharma
Full-year results were in line with July’s trading update. Revenues grew by 18% CER, with a stronger-than-expected UK performance (+9% vs +2% in FY 2018), driven in part by the launch of new products, supporting the continued expansion in international markets (+26%) that now account for 55% of group revenues. The expected response to Tristel’s pre-submission request to the FDA, expected in December, should help determine the next steps for US registration. We maintain our FY 2020 adjusted pre-tax profit forecasts (+16%) with changes to reflect IFRS16 and introduce FY 2021 forecasts for 10% and 7% revenue and EPS growth. These are towards the bottom of Tristel’s newly set three-year financial plan, which bodes well for potential upside given the strong delivery over the past three years. Our unchanged 325p target price implies a 4% FY 2020 FCF yield.
Tristel provided a positive trading update for the year ending 30 June 2019, indicating revenues of £26m (+17%), some £0.3m above expectations, driven by a stronger UK performance, and adjusted pre-tax profit of at least £5.5m (+18%), in line with current forecasts. Tristel also announced the buy-out of its associate in Italy (80% of Tristel Italia) for c.£0.6m (3.3x EBITDA), for which it intends to invest in a sales force to drive future growth. This should be broadly neutral to FY 2020 earnings but accretive thereafter. This is a well-trodden path that Tristel has followed over the past two to three years, taking greater control of its overseas markets, and underpins the solid and sustained performance that we have seen over the past five years. We make minor changes to forecasts and increase our target price to 325p.
Tri-Star Resources (TSTR): Corp First antimony metal produced | Tristel (TSTL): Corp FY trading update and Italian acquisition
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Amino Technologies (AMO): Corp Google certification | iomart (IOM): Corp Full-year trading update | Tristel (TSTL): Corp Internationalisation remains a key growth driver
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United Oil & Gas (UOG.L) an oil and gas exploration and development company brought to the Official List (Standard Segment) in July 2017 by way of a reverse takeover of Senterra Energy plc. No capital to be raised, expected market cap of £17m and expected 1 March Techniplas –global producer and support services company providing highly engineered and technically complex components, making the supply chain to original equipment manufacturers more efficient. FYDec17 rev $515m. Polemos, to be renamed Digitalbox plc, has agreed to acquire Digitalbox Publishing Holdings Limited for c.£10m through a share for share exchange. The acquisition constitutes a RTO. Polemos has also agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of Mashed Productions Limited, a digital media business which owns the online satirical news website "The Daily Mash", for a maximum total consideration of up to £1.2m. Market cap on admission £12.4m, expected 28 February
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Interim results reflected the two sustained strategic themes for Tristel: (i) strong growth from its international markets (53% of revenues, growing at 23% CER or 16% ex-Ecomed acquisition); and (ii) growth in Human Healthcare (91% of revenues and rising 16% CER). The need to complete more extensive human usability studies to comply with the FDA de novo 510(k) filing process in the US has no real impact on our forecast horizon, with international markets more than offsetting the c.£50k built into our 2020 forecasts, which are removed. The US remains an attractive market but by no means the only opportunity for substantial growth. We reiterate our 300p price target, which is based on current unchanged forecasts, cognisant of the upside potential that international growth offers.
ANGLE (AGL): Corp New use of Parsortix | Independent Oil & Gas (IOG): Corp Core project funding update | President Energy (PPC): Corp Turbocharging growth | Synairgen (SNG): Corp Finals – Phase II patient selection as good as it gets | Tekcapital (TEK): Corp Significant fair value uplift | Tristel (TSTL): Corp Interims underpin full-year outlook
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United Oil & Gas (UOG.L) an oil and gas exploration and development company brought to the Official List (Standard Segment) in July 2017 by way of a reverse takeover of Senterra Energy plc. No capital to be raised, expected market cap of £17m and expected 28 Feb
Techniplas –global producer and support services company providing highly engineered and technically complex components, making the supply chain to original equipment manufacturers more efficient. FYDec17 rev $515m.
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A number of REITs have the ability to thrive in current market conditions and thereafter. Not only do they hold assets that will remain in strong demand, but they have focus and transparency. The leases and underlying rents are structured in a manner to provide long visibility, growth and security. Hardman & Co defined an investment universe of REITs that we considered provided security and “safer harbours”. We introduced this universe with our report published in March 2019: “Secure income” REITs – Safe Harbour Available. Here, we take forward the investment case and story. We point to six REITs, in particular, where we believe the risk/reward is the most attractive.
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The announcement announced today highlights the potential breadth of the KidneyIntelX platform, opening up new routes to expand data inputs and test utility, and create opportunities alongside pharmacological therapy as a companion diagnostic. The first agreement with the University of Michigan adds an additional 800 chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients (adding to Mount Sinai’s 1,500 patients and the University of Groningen’s 3,500 patients) to analysis the performance of KidneyIntelX in different settings. This will ultimately carry additional sway with healthcare centres, regulators, and payers. The option to exclusively license a new urinary biomarker, urinary Epithelial Growth Factor (uEGF), shows the potential to add additional biomarkers and body fluids into the platform to further enhance the prognostic performance of KidneyIntelX. We understand there is a relatively immaterial upfront payment to access this new biobank, and a similar immaterial cash payment to gain the biomarker license option with additional milestones and standard tiered royalties payable if exercised. The second data sharing agreement with a major undisclosed pharma partner highlights KidneyIntelX’s potential use as a companion diagnostic (e.g. for SGLT2 inhibitors) and the potential to use the test multiple times to monitor drug response. This builds on work being conducted in Groningen with data expected H2 CY’20. Ultimately, pharmaceutical collaborations could drive additional long-term value creation and may open opportunities for lucrative licensing and M&A deals. At this juncture we make no changes to our forecasts and eagerly await further updates. We reiterate our positive stance on Renalytix.
Companies: Renalytix AI
Renalytix’s US IPO filing document went live overnight (having previously been filed confidentially). Whilst there are no details on size of offering, but the document is rich with details of the use of proceeds which we encourage UK investors to read. We are doing the same and will update our views in due course. Associated with the US filing document, another release this morning announces the publication of a circular, and outlines details for a new General Meeting on the 13 July 2020 to approve the issue of new shares, as well as board changes if the US IPO goes ahead. Namely, Julian Baines (Non-executive Chair) and Richard Evans (NED and Audit committee Chair) are stepping down from the board, Christopher Mills will assume the role of interim chair whilst a search for a successor is conducted.
Futura Medical confirms the timelines for the regulatory filings for MED3000, its novel erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, are on track. Dialogues with both the US FDA and European Notified Body have been constructive. The EU Notified Body has begun its review of the supporting documentation and the FDA filing is still expected by end-Q320. There have been no COVID-19 related delays but, in our view, these remain a consideration. We assume the review processes will take a minimum of 12 months in both cases, so have approvals pencilled in for Q421. Commercialisation discussions are expected to start in earnest once the status of the regulatory approvals is known. Our DCF-based model, using conservative assumptions, values Futura Medical at £153.8m, equivalent to 60.9p a share.
Companies: Futura Medical
Today Ergomed held its annual general meeting (AGM). As expected, no new financial details were provided, although the executive chairman released a statement with a general business update. Q120 trading was good with ‘solid overall growth in revenue’ and cash generation ‘remained strong’. In Q220, Ergomed continued to grow the order book across the business and maintained its ‘revenue growth trend’. Its staff successfully adapted to remote working conditions and no employees were made redundant or furloughed. The H120 trading update will be released in July 2020 as usual, but Ergomed stated within its AGM update (June 10) that it is confident the results will be ‘in line with current market expectations’.
With CHF13bn ($14bn) annual sales, Roche is a dominant force in the global diagnostics market. Interestingly, in recent years, most diagnostics majors have witnessed material re-ratings – also a function of increased M&A euphoria. Now, in the backdrop of COVID-19, Roche has also emerged as a prominent player on the testing front. With big pharmas moving away from (low-growth) non-pharma offerings, is it time for Roche to consider unlocking value from Diagnostics?
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We are encouraged by today’s Phase IIa data from the hRPC programme in Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and continued clinical meaningful improvement in the treated eye vs. the untreated eye of 8.9 and 8.8 letters at 6 and 12 months, respectively. All patients have now reached 6 months of treatment, although one patient now has reached 18 months and continues to show a highly encouraging 16.0 letter improvement vs. the untreated eye. We believe analysing the 8 patients who had a successful surgical operation, and excluding the two patients who had surgical complications, is the most appropriate dataset. The recovery in eyesight of one of the two patients who had surgical complications is good news, but we exclude from our analysis. Whilst it is possible, we think this recovery is unlikely to be the result of the hRPC therapy. As previously announced, nine additional patients are expected to be recruited into the Phase IIa trial and sufficient data is expected to be available from the trial to seek approval in H2 2021 to commence a single pivotal clinical study in RP. We view today’s results to be supportive of ReNeuron’s investment thesis and the new primary focus on RP. We make no changes to our forecasts or valuation analysis, and look forward to further updates from the hRPC programme.
Companies: Reneuron Group
Hemogenyx (HEMO.L): Agreement with GlobalCo (from Friday) | ReNeuron Group (RENE.L): Positive data from ongoing Phase 2 retinal cell therapy trial
Companies: Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals Reneuron Group
AVO’s goal is to deliver an affordable and novel proton therapy (PT) system, called LIGHT, based on state-of-the-art technology developed originally at the worldrenowned CERN. Over the past two years, the project has been significantly derisked through important technical milestones. AVO is working on the verification and validation phase, prior to LIGHT being used on the first patients to support CE certification. A recent equity issue, new loan facilities and some commercial announcements earlier in 2020 highlight the increasing confidence that is building in AVO’s ability to achieve its goal to deliver LIGHT in the near future.
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Cambridge Cognition ("COG") has provided a trading update for the 6 months to 30 June and presented its growth strategy at an excellent Capital Markets Day. The Group continues to build on an impressive H1 2020, announcing additional contract wins that take the order intake to £4.9m (+88% vs H1 2019). COG is currently 'seeing unprecedented demand' for its solutions which enable pharmaceutical companies to continue clinical trials even while participants are unable to physically visit clinical trial sites.
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Diaceutics is launching a cloud based diagnostics commercialisation platform for the precision medicine market that will bring significant functional gains to customers and create meaningful internal efficiencies. The company has raised £20.5m gross in an equity Placing of new ordinary shares to fund the ongoing development of both the business and the new platform.
We are initiating coverage on specialist pharmaceutical services provider Ergomed. We believe it should prove relatively resilient during the COVID-19 crisis and has the fundamentals in place to execute its growth strategy. Ergomed announced impressive audited numbers for FY19, with revenue up 26% to £68.3m and EBITDA up 5.5x to £12.5m. The FY19 announcement is effectively Ergomed’s fourth profit upgrade for FY19 and a small beat on recently reset FY19 expectations. Ergomed trades at a discounted EV/EBITDA of 10.1x vs the contract research outsourcing (CRO) sector average of 11.5x (FY20). We value Ergomed at £186m or 399p/share. Ergomed’s strong organic growth is benefiting from a clear strategic focus on high growth pharma sectors, margin control and order book growth (up 15% to £125m in FY19, giving 90% visibility to 2020).
Bioventix delivered a strong set of interims, with revenues up 21%. Given the 9% decline in operating expenses, this resulted in a 31% increase in adjusted EBITDA, with adjusted pre-tax profit also rising 31% to £4.4m (52% of full-year forecasts) and adjusted EPS up 29% to 69.4p. An interim dividend of 36p was declared (+20%) with net cash at period end of £5.5m. Growth was driven by both Vitamin D antibody sales/royalties (+c.25%), its portfolio of other antibodies (+c.12%) and a more meaningful contribution from troponin. Given the inevitable disruption that COVID-19 will have to some testing volumes (although tests such as NTproBNP are likely to benefit from high risk COVID patients), we leave forecasts unchanged, confident that the strong H1 and weaker sterling in H2 should offset any potential H2 trading shortfall. We leave our forecasts unchanged and reiterate our 3750p target price. At this level, the stock would trade on a 30x FY 2020 P/E with a free cashflow yield of 3.1x
A continued strong recovery in the important China and US markets means group revenues are expected to be significantly ahead of expectations. The strong revenue performance and improving gross margins has also delivered EBITDA significantly ahead of consensus expectations. The outlook remains robust, supported by ongoing recovery in China in particular and a strong order book gives good visibility over H1’21 revenues. We prudently leave outer year forecasts unchanged for now, but view the sensitivity as being to the upside, with potentially material medium-longer term upside from the vaccines currently in development (but not in forecasts). On an FY21 multiple of 11.2x EBITDA, the valuation is undemanding.
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New York state approval is a pivotal moment for Renalytix. Approval facilitates the launch of KidneyIntelX with launch partner Mount Sinai and progressively derisks the investment hypothesis. Understandably with Mount Sinai in the heart of the NYC Covid-19 health pandemic, testing and first commercial revenues is now set to begin in calendar Q3 2020 (vs Q2 2020) once the integration of KidneyIntelX into the Mount Sinai electronic health record is completed. Renalytix is now licensed to provide KidneyIntelX testing services in 47 states in the US, with the remaining licenses pending in calendar 2020. We have adjusted our forecasts to reflect a full launch in the Mount Sinai system in FY’21 (June yearend) and have upgraded our valuation analysis through unwinding our risk adjustment from 60% to 65%. Our valuation analysis now implies an intrinsic value of 477p/share (previously 459p/share).