Pressure Technologies has announced that it has raised £7.5m through a Placing, via an accelerated bookbuild, and PrimaryBid offer at 60p/share, a 4% discount to the closing midmarket price on 27th November 2020. The net proceeds of the fundraise will be used to accelerate growth in the fast developing hydrogen market, build the group’s capability in Integrity Management and to strengthen the balance sheet. As Nomad and Broker to the fundraise we are restricted and can therefore provide factual comment only. The Placing and PrimaryBid offer are subject to shareholder approval at a General Meeting to be held on 17th December 2020.
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FY2020E has been a challenging year on a number of fronts and a significant loss is expected on revenues down 12% at c.£25m and also impairment charges of c.£14m. Nevertheless, the Group enters FY2021E in better underlying shape, with benefits to follow from reorganisation and restructuring, and investment in sales, engineering capability and systems. This provides a platform to capture growth, albeit that no recovery is expected in the next 12 months in the oil & gas market, now c.35% of FY2021E revenue. Efforts to diversify both its customer base and end markets have been successful, with growing opportunity in the defence, industrial and hydrogen sectors in particular. Our forecasts anticipate profitable growth in both FY2021E and FY2022E, leaving the shares on forward PERs of 21.8x and 12.1x for FY2021E and FY2022E respectively.
The Group has announced that its subsidiary Chesterfield Special Cylinders (‘CSC’) has won a second major contract with EDF Energy worth over £3m and also that it now expects a delay in the recognition of revenue and profit on the raw material milestone for the supply of cylinders for the second Dreadnought submarine from Q4 FY2020 to Q1 FY2021. The statement notes a strong outlook for CSC as it continues to diversify away from its historic dependence on the oil & gas sector where challenging trading conditions continue to impact the performance of its Precision Machined Components (‘PMC’) division. Despite mitigating actions, the combination of factors affecting PMC and CSC are now expected to result in a loss-making performance at Group level in FY2020. A further trading update is expected in the second half of October when we would expect forward guidance to be reinstated.
The Group has reported an adjusted operating loss of £0.1m for H1 FY2020 that is in-line with April’s trading update. The statement re-iterates that good underlying progress is being made against strategic objectives, with growing customer and end market diversification, new long term customer agreements - Shell and Baker Hughes - and strong divisional order books at the half year. However both its divisions, Chesterfield Special Cylinders (‘CSC’) and Precision Machined Components (‘PMC’), continue to be impacted by Covid-19 and uncertainty that is compounded by a depressed oil price. Banking covenants have been relaxed and the statement notes sufficient liquidity and covenant headroom based on management’s baseline forecasts of underlying operating profit and cash generation. Financial guidance remains withdrawn.
The Group has issued a trading update for H1 FY2020E and withdrawn guidance due to the uncertainties created by COVID-19 and the currently depressed oil price. The statement notes strong divisional order books at the half year and good progress against strategic objectives with all sites open and working on the basis of ‘business as usual, with caution’. Nevertheless, both its divisions, Chesterfield Special Cylinders (‘CSC’) and Precision Machined Components (‘PMC’), began to experience some operational disruption and capacity issues in March due to COVID-19. When combined with projects phasing in CSC and continued operational issues at PMC, the first half now looks set to produce a broadly breakeven operating result. Management highlights actions to conserve cash whilst preserving core capabilities and the foundation for future growth.
Intention to float by Gemfields Group. No Capital Raise. Currently listed on JSE. (GML:JNB) at circa £122m. The Group's key producing assets, the Kagem emerald mine in Zambia (believed to be the world's single largest producing emerald mine) and the Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique (one of the most significant recently discovered ruby deposits in the world), are both expected to have long mine-lives with potential for expansion. Also owns the Faberge brand. Due Valentines Day 2020.
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The Group has announced results for the year to end September 2019. Revenues were ahead 34% yoy and adjusted operating profit more than doubled to £2.2m which was marginally ahead of our forecast. The year has seen the disposal of the loss making Alternative Energy division, and important management and operational changes to support sustainable long term growth. Whilst there have been successes with order intake, new customers and in new markets, the year has not been without its challenges, particularly in relation to margin progress and working capital which has been affected by project phasing in Chesterfield Special Cylinders (‘CSC’) and the order backlog in Precision Machined Components (‘PMC’). Both CSC and PMC divisions are noted as having strong order books into FY2020E.
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 TBA.
Longboat Energy raising £10m at 100p. 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 near-field exploration; and by value creation through the drill bit. Due 28 Nov.
MJ Hudson Group PLC, the financial services support provider to Alternatives fund managers and asset owners, is planning an AIM IPO. Deal details TBC but expected admission date mid-December.
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Essentra (ESNT LN, £1.1bn) | AB Dynamics (ABDP LN, £624m) | Versarien (VRS LN, £155m) | Filtronic (FTC LN, £18m) | Pressure Technologies (PRES LN, £17m)
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Diploma (DPLM LN, £1.9bn) FY19 results (30/09) – u/l rev growth 5% y/y vs. +7% y/y in FY18; adj. operating margin +30bps y/y from stronger GM and cost controls; adj. PBT +14% y/y; DPS +14% y/y; outlook expects “moderately lower underlying growth” from political & economic uncertainty to be offset by strong acquisition contributions | IQE (IQE LN, £609m) FY19 trading update revises down rev guidance by ~7% (mid-point), expecting “mid-single digit adj. operating loss”; expects seasonally weak Q1 2020 but “cautiously optimistic about a return to growth” | Eddie Stobart (ESL LN, £269m) may receive £75m rescue package from former boss Andrew Tinkler, adding an alternative to last week’s Dbay offer (source: FT.com) | Pressure Technologies (PRES LN, £19m) confirms commencement of trial relating to prosecution by HSE following fatal accident in June 2015 | Chamberlin (CMH LN, £2m) H1 20 interims (30/09) reports 26% y/y fall in revenues; op. loss pre-restructuring increased from £0.4m to £1.0m; expect better H2 due to higher volumes from existing automotive customers; new contracts and higher selling prices but anticipate small loss for FY20
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The Group has announced that its subsidiary, Chesterfield Special Cylinders (‘CSC’), has won a major contract with EDF Energy for nitrogen storage solutions for EDF’s UK nuclear power plants at Heysham, Torness and Hartlepool. This represents the largest order in CSC’s history outside the defence sector. The contract is noted to be worth in excess of £3m and provides a significant underpin to our FY2020E forecasts.
The disposal of the loss-making Alternative Energy (AE) division has removed a significant distraction and allowed the focus to move on to Precision Machined Components (PMC) and Chesterfield Special Cylinders (CSC). These two divisions are now benefiting from restructuring, a recovery in the Oil & Gas sector and early growth in high pressure cylinders for the hydrogen storage market. Group revenues rose 59% in the first half. The new CEO has a clear strategy to drive organic growth and to materially improve margins. This should drive cash generation that will in turn fund investment and a resumption of dividends.
IMC Exploration Group (NEX: IMCP), focused on acquiring and exploring prospecting licence areas w hich have high potential for natural resource, is looking to admit its shares to the standard list and will withdraw for the NEX Exchange. TBC
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Renold plc—a leading international supplier of industrial chains and related power transmission products, announced that it will cancel the listing of the Company from the premium segment and apply for admission on AIM. Expected 06 June 2019.
Alumasc Group plc, the prem ium building products, system s and solutions group, has announced its intention to m ove from the Premium Segment of the main market to AIM. Expected market cap of £33.4m. Expected 25 June 2019
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Essensys plc—a provider of mission-critical SaaS platforms and on-demand cloud services to the high growth flexible workspace industry, plans to join AIM. £28m raised. Half primary, half shareholder sell down expected 29 May 2019. Mkt cap £72.6m. Issue price 151p. Renold plc—a leading international supplier of industrial chains and related power transmission products, announced that it will cancel the listing of the Company from the premium segment and apply for admission on AIM. Expected 06 June 2019. Alumasc Group plc, the premium building products, systems and solutions group, has announced its intention to move from the Premium Segment of the main market to AIM. Expected market cap of £33.4m. Expected 25 June 2019
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Gateley’s H1 update is highly impressive, confirming a year on year improvement in activity levels in September and October and a strong sense of optimism at the beginning of H2. The Platforms continue to drive new business, whilst operating margins have benefited from cost actions taken in response to the pandemic (H1 PBT will show growth year on year). In light of the confident tenor of the statement, we reintroduce headline forecasts this morning, assuming stable revenue this year - which would be a considerable achievement - with profits returning to pre-pandemic levels by FY23.
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In an encouraging H1 update, Gateley has detailed that the Group’s activity levels and revenue generation continue to follow an improving trend with monthly activity during September and October being in excess of prior year. Sales in H1 2021E are expected to be not less than £50.0m (-3.5% on H1 2020) but adj. PBT is expected to be not less than £7.0m, up from £6.6m as cost-reduction initiatives benefited. Net cash was £9.6m at October 2020. We have reinstated forecasts, assuming H2 sees some increase in costs as salaries normalise and a bonus is accrued before more normal growth rates resume. Similarly, we assume dividends resume with a final in FY 2021E. We reiterate our view that Gateley’s proven model provides good growth prospects, supported by the addition of high-quality staff and acquisitions, strengthening the range of services offered.
In its trading update, management confirmed that adjusted FY20e PBT is expected to be c €52m, a 27% increase y-o-y and 12.7% ahead of our prior estimate, with revenues of €367m, 0.5% ahead of our prior estimate. FY20e margins of 14.2% vs 12.5% in FY19 are driven by improved operational leverage and tight cost control, together with COVID-19 related cost reduction (eg marketing, travel). Having pared back our forecasts at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we now upgrade our FY20 estimates for a second time to reflect the significantly stronger margins in H220e, raising our FY21 estimates and introducing our FY22 estimates. We have also incorporated the US$32m acquisition of the LA-based marketing services business, gnet. With substantial financial resources following its £100m placing in May, management remains focused on its M&A agenda.
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Boku has released a trading update confirming that EBITDA is likely to be ahead of consensus expectations for FY20. As most of the upside is due to COVID-19-related cost savings, we have upgraded our FY20 EBITDA and EPS forecasts by 10% and 15%, respectively. We leave our FY21/22 forecasts unchanged, pending a more detailed trading update in January that will cover the busy December holiday season.
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President Trump likes to project himself as a highly successful businessman, but surprisingly little is known about his true financial position. Various articles, including a 2016 in-depth analysis by The Wall Street Journal, have speculated about his income and asset base. All sorts of claims and counter-claims have been made about his wealth – by Trump himself, pitching his fortune at some $9bn, and by journalist Timothy O'Brien, suggesting that it is as “low” as $150m-$250m. It is doubtful whether we shall ever know the truth, but we can use Trump’s UK corporate filings to gain an insight into his businesses in Scotland.
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Keystone Law has announced a trading update indicating that the Group has performed well through the second half of the year and that like-for-like performance has returned to near pre-COVID levels. This results in the Group expecting to see results “comfortably ahead of current market expectations” for FY21 which we see as a strong message and reiterate our buy rating.
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Appreciate is the UK's leading voucher, gift card, and e-code provider, working with brands from Iceland to Halfords to Boots. It sells its pre-paid products to corporates as well as directly to consumers. It also runs the UK's largest Christmas Savings scheme, having helped some 2.7m families put money aside for Christmas expenses over the years.
In Appreciate, we see a business that's undergone significant change and modernisation since 2018. Under its highly competent and dynamic management team it has transformed from a Christmas savings business that physically produced hampers, to a pure play financial services business with material growth prospects in the longer term.
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Driver Group’s year end update highlights an expected full year PBT outturn of £2.5m (£1.3m/£1.2m H1/H2) after adjusting for costs relating to the departure of Gordon Wilkinson. Whilst this represents a slight decrease on the prior year, given the impact of COVID-19, this is an impressive result. Geographic diversity continues to benefit the Group, with a strong performance in the UK and Europe offsetting a weaker result in the Middle East and APAC regions in FY20. Forecast guidance remains suspended given the uncertain near term outlook, but the Group continues to generate profit and cash. Strategic progress is also being made, with the Group taking opportunities to both hire new staff and further expand its geographic presence, not least opening a new office in New York and forming a strategic partnership in Africa. Management has also delivered a restructuring of the Middle East and APAC regions, in order to drive a more profitable business and provide a platform for younger talent to progress. The balance sheet remains robust, with net cash of £8.2m at the year end.
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Oxford University and AstraZeneca announced the first interim analysis from the Phase III study of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which was found to be 70% effective in preventing COVID-19. This follows similar announcements from Moderna, and Pfizer/BioNTech in the previous two weeks, and the caveats we mentioned at the time remain the same. While all of these results have been highly encouraging, we reiterate that they do not diminish the urgent need for COVID-19 treatments and testing, which will be required for years to come. We consider Synairgen, Avacta, genedrive, Omega Diagnostics and Open Orphan to offer good buying opportunities.
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Braemar’s associate AqualisBraemar (AQUA-OSL) announced an acquisition and equity raise yesterday that was very well received by investors. The AQUA share price finished the day up +25%, meaning Braemar’s stake (which is on the balance sheet at £7m) is now worth £13.4m. This provides increased support to Braemar’s valuation and a significant potential source of funds if the stake were to be realised in the future. In the meantime, it provides a useful and increasing source of dividend income (prior to yesterday’s deal, we had forecast £0.6m dividend income p.a.) and we continue to highlight the strategic progress the new management team at Braemar is making and the very significant valuation gap to closest peer Clarkson (December 2021 P/E 22x).
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Rhino’s second series of 5-year bonds offers exposure to a private company with an enticing set of characteristics, combining significant growth potential with proven ability to deliver over a 40-year history. Having spent several years shifting its business model away from capital-intensive production towards closely controlled licensing, and then investing heavily in increasing exposure at the top level of international rugby, Rhino is in a position to generate significant free cashflow to service this 5.5% coupon and offer attractive growth potential, further strengthening debt serviceability ratios.
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RBG Holdings has updated on significant transactions completed in the Group’s Convex and LionFish divisions since its last market update in mid-September. With the Group’s legal division – RBL – continuing to trade well, management now have considerably improved visibility on financial performance, and so reinstate guidance with an expected FY20E revenue range of £24m-£26m (FY19A: £23.7m). For FY21E we anticipate revenue in the range of £26m-£29m We take this opportunity to reinstate our forecasts for both FY20E and FY21E; revenues of £24.6m / £26.9m, adj EBITDA £6.8m / £8.9m, adj EPS 5.0p / 6.8p respectively. Our forecasts are cautiously positioned towards the bottom end of guidance, with scope for upgrades when discretionary litigation asset sales or Convex transactions complete. On our FY21E forecast of 6.8p adj EPS, a mid-teens multiple of 15x PER implies the shares could be worth 100p.
Companies: RBG Holdings Plc
WEY has delivered an impressive set of results this morning, significantly ahead YoY, meaningfully outpacing our expectations on the revenue, profit and EPS lines. With strong revenue growth of 38% feeding through to 103% EBITDA growth and adj. EPS up 100%, the inherent efficiency of the model, supported by rising student numbers, is manifest. Educating ‘3,000' students, WEY is larger than any UK secondary school. Moreover, while providing a collegiate, online education, WEY is a clear beneficiary both of long-running and fundamental drivers, and of the current Covid-focused environment. With the benefits of past investment effectively displayed in today's results, the company continues to do more to grow its platform, present and future, and has highlighted an ongoing commitment to investing in the business to provide further support for future profit acceleration. Our Fair Value assessment is 34p per share.
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