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Parliamentary and Brexit developments continue to hold centre stage, although the precise path forward remains as unclear as ever. The uncertainty over Brexit, worries over a possible slowdown in the US and the outlook for global economic growth generally have all contributed to the recent falls in markets. While the rally seen since the start of the year has petered out, most indices have still made progress. In Share News & Views we comment on Bloomsbury Publishing, Bonhill Group*, Braemar Shipping Services*, Burford, Clarkson, LightwaveRF*, Marshall Motor Holdings and Synectics*.
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Bonhill reported a maiden profit in the nine months to December 2018 and results ahead of expectations driven by a record performance from InvestmentNews. The company is now seeking to acquire Last Word Media, a highly complementary UKbased B2B media businessserving the global asset management industry, for initial consideration of £8.0m (cash & shares). To fund the acquisition, the group is raising £10.0m (gross) via a placing of new shares at 84p per share. Pro-forma forecasts have been included below. We have increased our TP to 128p (107p).Buy.
Companies: Bonhill Group
We have seen a continuation of the rally evident so far this year. The factors are familiar with greater optimism regarding US-China trade talks. At home, the path to Brexit remains unclear as D-day looms. The possibility of a delay has increased. The company reporting season continues to highlight winners and losers with the majority of results in line. We have also seen an uptick in corporate M&A. Results set the morning agenda and Brexit votes the evening one. In Share News & Views we comment on AorTech International*, APC Technology*, DeepMatter*, Golden Ocean Group and P&O Ferries/DP World.
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Roses are red – markets are blue! The rally since the start of the year resumed this week, after a pull-back last week. The FTSE 100 has risen due to the weakness of sterling and the impact on its dollar-earning constituents. More domestically-oriented indices have also risen but lagged more recently. The latest Brexit twist is due later with a statement to Parliament on the negotiations. Company news continue to dominate the morning headlines and amendment votes the evening ones. In Share News & Views we comment on DCC, EU Supply* FireAngel*, Location Sciences*, Northbridge* and NWF.
We have seen a continuation of the rally seen since the start of the year, although some earlier momentum has been lost. The factors that influenced the market previously continue to dominate – US-China trade talks and the outlook for the global economy. The latest hurdles in the Brexit Withdrawal Bill are due later. Company updates dominate the morning headlines, late night votes dominate the evening ones. In Share News & Views we comment APC Technology*, Bonhill Group*, Braemar Shipping*, Escape Hunt*, FDM*, Haynes Publishing, Nucleus Financial, Porvair, VR*, Warpaint* and Wynnstay.
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Bonhill Group (Bonhill) has announced that it expects results for the 9 months to 31 December 2018 to be ahead of market expectations, driven by a record performance from InvestmentNews, which generated a 14% increase in revenues to c.US$19.1m in the year to 31 December 2018, of which c.£6.0m was post being acquired in August 2018. The UK-based events business doubled revenues YoY, driven by the continued success of the international ‘Women in..’ series. At this stage we have made no changes our forecasts but we have increased our TP to 107p (95p). We retain our Buy recommendation.
Circassia Pharma (CIR.L) - specialty pharmaceutical company focused on respiratory disease transferring from the Main Market. No funds being raised. Due 4 Feb.
Greenfields Petroleum (TSX-V:GNF) production focused company with operated assets in Azerbaijan seeking AIM dual listing including $60m private placement. Mkt cap $12.6m CAD. Expected late January 2019.
Chaarat Gold Holdings—RTO, the Company intends to acquire Kapan Mining and Processing CJSC, which owns the Shahumyan medium-sized polymetallic mine in Kapan in the Republic of Armenia. No raise, market cap of £110.1m, due early Feb
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It may only be a fortnight into the new year but many of the factors that unnerved the market last month have continued to impact sentiment. The outcome of trade talks between the US and China, concerns about global economic growth and some poor trading statements, especially in the retail sector, have all featured. Above all, Brexit and the progress of the Withdrawal Bill have dominated with the latest “high noon” due later. Despite this, we have seen a good rally in the junior markets year to date. In Share News & Views we comment on Bloomsbury, DeepMatter*, James Fisher and Helios*.
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The instruction to “Deck the halls with boughs of holly” may represent a grateful relief, given the prickly time we have seen in markets over the last month or so. An unhelpful combination of the deadlock surrounding the Brexit process, concerns over the outlook for the global economy and some poor company results have resulted in all markets falling further. The impact on our universe is clear from the table below with AIM taking the significant pain. In Share News & Views we comment on APC*, Clipper, Cohort, Goodwin*, Helios*, PCF Group*and Tricorn*. Merry Christmas to our readers!
Companies: AOR APC BONH BMS CTG CRPR DMTR ESC EUSP FDM FA/ NKTN PCF SNX TCN W7L LSAI
Market volatility persists with an agreement between the US & China to defer further tariff increases lifting major indices. However, the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process continues to dominate in the UK. The impact on our universe is clear from the table below with AIM notably weaker. The reporting season runs on, though it should lighten, ahead of the festive season next week just as the progress of the Brexit deal reaches a crescendo. In Share News & Views we comment on AorTech*, Begbies, Bonhill*, FireAngel*, Golden Ocean, IG Design, Location Sciences*, Menzies, Nucleus & Synectics*.
Bonhill’s H1 results reflect a transformational period. Including a six-week contribution from InvestmentNews (IN), revenues increased 164% to £2.7m. Management still expects to become profitable on in-line underlying revenues for 2018E. Our updated forecasts reflect the acquisition completing on 17th August 2018 (vs 1st) and a revised GBP:USD of 1.3 (1.27). Our 2018E EBITDA has also been lowered to reflect further investment in the group. We retain our Buy rating and introduce a 95p TP based on a P/E comparison with the peer group.
Following the gyrationsin October, we have continued to see further volatility this month. While some of the factors that unnerved investors have receded, Brexit concerns dominate, with the eventual outcome still unclear. At home, the reporting season has proved variable with both notable ‘risers and fallers’. The flow of announcements continues, although things may quieten down, ahead of the festive season. Undoubtedly the progress of the Brexit deal is key. In Share News & Views we comment upon AdEPT, Burford Capital, Carrs, Codemasters, Cropper*, DCC, Marshall Motor, Norcros and Wincanton.
Global equity markets in October reverted to a pattern that seen in the past – sharp falls and increased volatility. The usual reasons of Brexit uncertainty, the impact of global trade tariffs and heightened geo-political worries and a raft of disappointing Q3 results in the US & UK punctured some of the market optimism. Both countries’ markets have now surrendered their progress year to date. The UK Budget helped things to stabilise here but continuing volatility seems likely. In Share News & View we comment upon Bloomsbury, Braemar*, Location Sciences*, Nektan*, PCF*, Tricorn* and Warpaint*.
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A well-attended virtual CMD highlighted the continuation of attractive market dynamics within the Group’s core Data Privacy segment, as well as offering insight into PIA integration progression and the Group’s product roadmap. The launch of the Kape’s customer dashboard further improves customer experience (‘CX’), providing an easy-to-use interface and attractive upsell/ cross-sell optionality. We have taken the opportunity to introduce FY’22E forecasts on the back of the CMD, with strong customer retention and in-market consolidation improving the competitive landscape. FY’22E sales of $150m (FY’20E: $123m) are forecast to deliver adj FCF of $39m (FY’20E: $19m), generating a FCF yield of 8.4% in FY’22E. The Group has a number of levers for outperformance against conservative forecast KPIs.
Companies: Kape Technologies
One Media's strong H1/20A financial performance is testament to the resilience of its business model and the market in which it operates. The Group generated material top line growth (+28%), driven through both organic channels (+9%) and acquisitions (+19%), whilst improving its margin profile. This financial strength culminated in the recommencement of its cash dividend policy. One Media trades at a discount relative to its peer group, our fair value per share scenario analysis and DCF valuation. We reiterate our Buy recommendation.
Companies: One Media Ip Group
Blackbird plc* (BIRD.L, 19.25p/£64.7m) | Mirada plc* (MIRA.L, 92.5p/£8.2m) | Tern plc* (TERN.L, 10.75p/£29.0m) | Checkit plc (CKT.L, 39.5p/£24.5m)
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Capital markets day a potential catalyst; Buy
What’s new: Since 27 April 2020, when OnTheMarket started offering new “welcome contracts” almost 500 estate agent branches have signed up, with each business owner receiving welcome shares and over 60% either listing exclusively with OnTheMarket or on a “one other portal basis“.
This was another very good year for MMX, with a comfortable beat of forecasts as management continues to execute its strategy of improving both the ‘quantum and quality’ of its revenue base. The one-off brokered sales (many from .vip in China) are steadily being replaced by rapid growth in new registrations of a much wider range of gTLDs and growing renewal revenue, all automated through the global registrar network – but more in Europe and the US. Group revenue jumped 25% YoY, assisted by strong new sales across the portfolio, the launch of a new brand protection product, and a FY (an extra five months) of the ICM acquisition while the outsourced platform model is keeping the cost base relatively flat so margins and profits are rising. MMX ended the year with $6.6m net cash and will revisit the intended maiden dividend in September, after the pandemic subsides. Given its automated business model and the switch of business and leisure online, this global issue may well be beneficial to MMX. However, with the current level of uncertainty in the global economy, we place forecasts Under Review.
Companies: Minds + Machines Group
What’s new: OnTheMarket plc (65% agent-owned and has almost 40% of independent UK estate and letting agents as shareholders) has released its January 2020 results revealing:
+ 32% rise in average branches listed to 12,497 (over 8,000 paying at year end; over 9,000 paying on 31 May 2020);
+ 12% rise in advertisers during FY20 to 13,364 (31 May 2020: 13,605);
+ 49% rise in mobile site traffic or portal visits to 237m;
+ 75% rise in average monthly leads per advertiser to 96.
A potential disposal, reasonable trading through Q2E and a pick-up in activity from a Google led re-ranking of XLMedia's websites could create the scenario for a material re-rating of the stock. While our forecasts and recommendation remain Under Review, we can see strong potential catalysts for share price advancement.
Cello Health (CLL.L): Recommended Cash offer
Companies: Cello Health
Warren Buffett once said that as an investor, it is wise to be ‘fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful’. Fear is not in short supply right now.
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The Coronavirus pandemic is a human tragedy of vast proportions – as well as the terrible human toll, COVID-19 has led to economies across the globe going into physical lockdown and financial freefall. Entire populations are adapting to the “stay at home” edict, to safeguard the vulnerable – and some of these changes will lead to long-lasting or perhaps permanent changes in the way we live or work. This note describes some of our client companies whose business models are well adapted to these changes, or who might see a change in long-term structural demand.
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We believe last month was the bottom for the share price. Trading may deteriorate in Q2 as flagged but the fundamentals of the market XLMedia is selling into have not changed that much. There's certainly nothing in the price for the US opportunity and the balance sheet is rock solid.
Tremor’s AGM statement shows that Tremor was delivering on its strategy and on course to achieve FY20 revenue of $425m in Q1. However, the impacts of COVID-19 on the advertising industry led to a challenging Q2 20, with Tremor’s revenue falling with the market to be c40% below Tremor’s FY20 plan. In response, management have moved quickly to reduce FY20 opex by over $23m vs budget, and positioned Tremor’s platform to respond to a rebound in demand. There are encouraging signs for H2 20, but visibility continues to be low and Tremor is not giving guidance for FY20. We consequently introduce revenue and EBITDA ranges for FY20 and FY21, and place our estimates at the mid-point for FY20. To then highlight that Tremor’s platform can rapidly rebound, we move our previous FY20 forecasts to FY21. This reflects that we believe that Tremor’s investment case remains compelling, and even on our lower case FY21 EBITDA of $35m, Tremor is trading on 5x EV/EBITDA vs ad tech and AIM peers on >10x.
Companies: Tremor International
4imprint’s order volumes are starting to recover as the US economy reopens. The company has been diligent at updating the market and the latest update shows order levels improving towards 50% of prior year, having dipped as low as 20% in early April. Cash conservation measures are having the desired effect and the group still had $28.1m cash (with lease debt only) at the end of May, despite having paid out $9.4m as a one-off lump sum into the pension scheme as scheduled. Based on assumptions over the speed and extent of the recovery but in the absence of formal management guidance, we have reinstated provisional forecasts.
Companies: 4Imprint Group
What’s new: OnTheMarket is extending its “COVID-discount” which was due to expire on 25 July for a further 2 months to 25 September 2020.
The discount will remain at 33% for the first month and will be 20% for the second month. These discounts will be given to all OnTheMarket agent customers who are paying on full-tariff listing agreements.
While revenues will be impacted in the short term, the Group will continue to conserve cash through the careful management of costs.