We highlight the strong Workday numbers overnight which provides cause for enthusiasm for growth equities, the SaaS software sector and most specifically within AIM, could augur well for Kainos, given their close partnership on consulting and implementation. Beyond the beat, most noteworthy comment was that management saw no impact from Brexit as yet nor the trade tensions in the US and China. With enviable growth rates of 32% in the quarter, we highlight few names in AIM such as CloudCall* offer such compelling opportunity.
Companies: 7DIG CALL TRAK ESYS FST KNOS PHD QTX SAG SEE TRCS
The latest update from Frontier Smart Technologies, out this morning, implies a worsening balance of risk reward for the shares. With Science Group ruling out a statutory merger, and material uncertainty arising over the Q4 order book, the group’s cash position and covenants, we reiterate our sell recommendation.
Companies: Frontier Smart Technologies Group
In January, we provided a list of 11 stocks for 2019 that we believed would perform strongly with attractive catalysts that could lead to material outperformance. In this Quarterly Research Outlook, we revisit these views, analysing what has happened and how the remaining six months of the year could play out.
Companies: AMS ANX ARS ATYM AVON BLVN PIER BUR CGS CAML CALL CSRT TIDE CYAN JET2 DEMG ELM EMR FPO FST GTLY GENL GRI GEEC GKP HMI HAYD HEAD HILS HTG HUR HYR IBPO IOG INDI JHD JOG KAPE KEYS KCT KGH LAM LIT LOK MACF MANO PCA PANR PXC PHC PMO RBW RMM REDD RSW RNO RKH RBGP ROR SUS SCPA SHG SOLG SOM TWD TRAK TSG TRI VNET VTC ZOO ZTF
Frontier Smart has released a trading update and revised full year outlook. While the group’s long term strategic plan remains in place, near term competitive pressures in Digital Radio, combined with delays in the ramp-up of the new Smart IoT Licencing business, is now likely to impact full year revenue and profitability. As a result, the group now expects to be loss making in the current financial year. The Board is confident however that the combination of actions already taken to improve Digital Radio market share, new product launches, and positive indications on Smart IoT Licencing will result in a return to EBITDA profitability in H2’19 and for FY’20 as a whole. Today’s update is clearly disappointing but we remain confident in the group’s well invested, market leading IP and see multiple routes to leveraging this IP to deliver on management’s medium term objectives.
We’re just over three months in to 2019 and we’ve seen a 10% UK market rally, retracing much of the Q4 decline, such is the nature of fickle market sentiment. That said, many of the issues we wrote about three months ago that were impacting markets remain: notably Brexit, trade wars, geopolitics and global monetary policy. The 2019 rally thus far feels somewhat fragile, with competing forces of optimism on a potential trade deal which could underpin the rally, against the deterioration in underlying economic data that could ultimately undermine the recent market gains. In this context, we look at what the lead indicators and the market are telling us about the industrial cycle and the stocks most exposed to various industrial trends. The Q4 derating in short cycle industrials and autos had been vicious and while these sectors have seen a more solid footing in 2019, with earnings downgrades being priced in, it will likely take a trough in lead indicators before short cycle stocks can start to perform again and re-rate relative to the market.
Companies: ARS CYAN HYR LIT SOM ABBY AMS AMER ANX ATYM AVON BLVN PIER BUR CGS CAML CALL CSRT TIDE JET2 DEMG EMR FPO FST GTLY GENL INCE GRI GEEC HDY HMI HAYD HEAD HILS HTG HUR IBPO INDI JHD JOG KEYS KCT KGH LAM LOK MACF MNO MANO MOD MKLW OXIG PCA PANR APP PXC PHC PMO RBW RMM REDD RSW RNO RKH RBGP ROR SUS SCPA SHG SOLG TRAK TRI VNET VTC ZOO ZTF
Frontier Smart has released its FY’18 results showing group revenues down 21% versus a strong comparative. FY’18 contains two contrasting halves: H1 sales were adversely impacted by Norwegian DSO overstocking issues, whilst H2 saw strong recovery. The group delivered FY’18 trading EBITDA of $0.8m, having posted a $2.1m EBITDA loss in H1. Outlook looks more positive, with modest growth expected in DAB (regulatory-driven) and Smart IoT (licencing and non-audio). Valuation remains attractive at 0.4x FY’19 EV/sales, with our SOTP implying an intrinsic value range of 73p – 103p.
FY18 results offer no surprises for FST, following their pre-close trading update in January which gave guidance on revenues, EBITDA, and net debt and to which we realigned forecasts. The Group edged ahead on revenue with $41.8m for the year against our forecast of $41.3m. EBITDA of $0.8m was in line, with net debt of $2.5m slightly under our revised $2.1m, yet ahead of our original forecast of $3.0m for the year. Notably, the trading outlook confirms early successes in non-Audio IoT and progress in licensing; suggesting a cautious, yet positive view to 2019. On FY19E forecasts of $42.5m we retain our PT of 62p to put the shares on an un-ambitious 0.8x EV/Sales. Buy.
We release FY19E forecasts for FST and align FY18E numbers with guidance issued in their trading update last month. Whilst we downgrade our FY18E revenue from $46.6m to $41.3m, EBITDA was broadly in-line, and Net Debt beat with $2.1m vs expected $3.0m. Looking ahead, we highlight early enjoyment of licensing revenues (NRE at this stage) in FY19E and expect maiden revenues from the Company’s exploration of non-voice IoT applications. Continued price weakness since summer 2018 is in our view unwarranted, with the shares currently trading on just 0.4x FY19E revenues. We believe this materially undervalues a company with exposure to a healthy midterm pipeline of opportunity and re-iterate our PT of 62p. Buy.
Frontier Smart Technologies has announced its selection by KOHLER, a global leader in kitchen and bathroom products, to help launch its new Verdera Voice Smart Mirror with integrated Google Assistant. Whilst not expected to deliver material unit quantum as a niche, high-end product, the announcement represents a potentially significant milestone in successfully broadening Frontier’s revenue base into non-audio IoT. Frontier Smart trades on <0.4x FY’19 EV/Sales, which materially undervalues the strong core DAB business and Smart IP in our view. With the product launching in Q4 19, this announcement has limited impact on our forecasts and we leave our FY’19E numbers unchanged.
See what's trending this week...
The market has not faced quite so many conflicting challenges for a number of years, whether related to global geopolitics, trade wars, ongoing Eurozone issues or the “will they, won’t they” saga of Brexit. In our Best Ideas, we sought to highlight stocks that present investors with interesting opportunities following recent market moves. Those stocks, we believe, warrant investor attention, in many cases for uncorrelated or stockspecific reasons, regardless of the near-to-medium term market direction. These stocks, in general, represent attractive and well-managed businesses or assets, with share price catalysts and where valuations or recent stock performance provide investors with a good entry point.
Companies: 7DIG ABBY AMS ANX ARS ATYM AVON BLVN PIER CGS CAML CALL CSRT TIDE JET2 DEMG ELM EMR FPO FST GTLY GENL GRI GEEC HDY HMI HAYD HEAD HILS HTG HUR IBPO IOG INDI JHD JOG KEYS KCT KGH LAM MACF MOD MKLW OXIG PCA APP PMO RBW RMM REDD RSW RNO RKH RBGP ROR SUS SCPA SHG SOLG TWD TRAK TRI VNET VTC ZTF
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.
Companies: ORCP IOF FOX TEG XLM TRMR FST SNG ARE SRB
Frontier Smart’s trading update shows delivery of the expected H2 recovery following a challenging first half. FY18E revenues are in-line (‘not less than $41.0m’ versus N+1: $41.6m) despite overstocking of digital radios post-FM shutdown in Norway impacting H1. Full-year trading EBITDA expectations are also in-line at $0.8m, with H2 showing strong improvement (H2: +$2.9m; H1: Loss of -$2.1m) resulting from implemented R&D cost control and H2 sales recovery. FY19 guidance targets further improvements in EBITDA, driven by Smart Audio and non-audio IoT licenses, and normalisation of DAB revenues following the Norway DSO. We re-introduce FY19 numbers, forecasting group revenue growth of +5% y/y and EBITDA margins of 3% (+100bps y/y); yet we see scope for upgrades to forecasts should traction with IOT partners continue and cost reduction programmes implemented in 2018 exceed expectations.
The June IPO of Knights Group Holdings, a Top-100 regional law firm, marked the fifth entrant to the burgeoning UK-listed legal sector. Following recent expansion of our coverage across all five listed legal firms, complemented by coverage of three broader support services peers with exposure to the sector, we revisit and build upon our views on this rapidly evolving sector.
Companies: ARS GTLY GENL KEYS KGH MNO RBGP TWD 7DIG ABBY AMS AMER ANX ARS ATYM AVON BLVN PIER CGS CAML CALL CSRT TIDE JET2 DEMG ELM EMR FPM FPO FST GTLY GENL GRI GEEC HDY HMI HAYD HEAD HILS HTG HUR IBPO IOG INDI JHD JOG KEYS KGH LAM MACF MNO MKLW NAH OXIG PCA APP CAKE PDG RBW RMM REDD RSW RNO RKH RBGP ROR SUS SCPA SHG SOLG TWD TRAK TRI VNET VTC ZTF
Research Tree provides access to ongoing research coverage, media content and regulatory news on Frontier Smart Technologies Group.
We currently have 37 research reports from 5
GB Group (GBG) expects to report underlying revenue growth of 10% y-o-y for H121, with a one-off contract in the US making a material contribution to revenues. Combined with strict cost control this resulted in adjusted operating profit growth of 26% y-o-y and a £32m h-o-h reduction in net debt. With management guidance for revenue well ahead of our and consensus forecasts for FY21, we have upgraded our revenue and EPS forecasts for FY21–23. Despite COVID-19 related pressure on new business in the short-term, we view GBG as well placed to benefit from the accelerated shift in the digitalisation of business processes.
Companies: GB Group PLC
Gamesys Group’s Q320 trading update is ahead of expectations with pro forma revenue growth of 31% and an improved financial position. As in previous quarters, the company increased the active player base responsibly and benefitted from new game launches. We increase our revenue forecasts for FY20–22 by 5.7–7.0%, and EBITDA forecasts by a slightly lower 2–3% as management further invests in growing a sustainable and repeatable business, while ensuring revenue growth is done responsibly. This follows an EBITDA upgrade of 7.8% for FY20 at the time of the interim results. For FY21e, the free cash flow yield is 9.2% and the dividend yield is 2.9%.
Companies: JP7 GYS JKPTF
This new Q3 update is a welcome addition to QTX reporting calendar, particularly as it reveals impressive resilience through the pandemic; far better performance than originally thought. Management expects FY 2020 revenue and FCF to be in line with consensus forecasts but with earnings substantially ahead. There is a caveat on the impact of the second wave of COVID-19, but so close to YE the risk is relatively low and we raise our forecasts appropriately. Fleet is the driver; despite the impact of lockdowns on new subscriptions in Q2, the subscription base has grown 11% YoY across the 9 months to 168k, fuelling 7% YoY growth in Fleet revenue. The annualised subscription base has risen 5.3% from £20.8m at YE to £21.9m in September, comfortably underpinning our FY 2021 forecast.
Companies: Quartix Holdings Plc
Nanoco is now focused on generating value from three core areas: nanomaterials for the sensor market, where it has a framework agreement with STMicroelectronics; quantum dots for TV displays where a number of development projects are underway; and pursuit of the patent infringement litigation against Samsung. Noting that net cash consumption is now c £0.3m per month, which management, led by Brian Tenner, estimates gives a cash runway to December 2022, we have reinstated our estimates.
Companies: Nanoco Group PLC
Expected profitability in H1E will be consistent with the level delivered in the interim period last year, albeit at a substantially higher margin. Order flow had seen some disruption from COVID-19 in fiscal Q1E and into Q2E but the September cycle for RFPs and order wins has been encouraging. Our FY21E forecasts are unchanged, and with the stock at the bottom of its trading range, we maintain our buy recommendation.
Companies: Shearwater Group plc
LoopUp has announced a very strong H1 period, in line with the previous trading update and reflecting a number of months of exceptional performance. This is allowing the business to invest in the major identified new opportunity, to provide telephony within Microsoft Teams, where the early signs are extremely positive. We look forward to further detail on the Teams pipeline and sales levels over time.
Companies: LoopUp Group PLC
Benefiting from the pandemic-driven surge in sofa shopping, Asos has released strong FY20 results. However, the strong trading performance in FY 20 and a good start to FY21 were not enough to relieve management’s cautious view on the outlook.
The recent return rate has started to climb back from the bottom in April and the macro-economic consequence of COVID-19 may start to weigh on consumer demand. We should see the sales growth pace and profitability normalising in the coming months.
Companies: ASOS plc
AGM statement as expected; Resume with a Buy
Companies: CloudCall Group PLC
Gamesys Group’s interim results reporting pro forma adjusted EBITDA growth of 17% exceeded consensus expectations, demonstrating the strength of its strategy of growing the player base responsibly, while aiming for a high player retention rate. The improving financial position has resulted in the introduction of a new dividend (company commentary implies 36p/share for FY20) earlier than anticipated by us and consensus. We have increased our FY20 EBITDA forecast by 7.8%.
Companies: GYS JP7 JKPTF
Concurrent has delivered a strong H1/20 trading performance during a volatile period, with revenue of £9.2m (H1/19: £9.5m). Though COVID-19 caused initial uncertainty around FY20 activity levels, Concurrent is a supplier to some of the world's most prominent defence companies in the UK and US and was thus designated an essential defence supplier. Activity levels therefore continued throughout COVID-19 lockdown, with the defence market representing 68% (H1/19: 58%) of revenue in the period. Following strong order intake during H1/20 (record order book in May 2020) we have increased our revenue expectations by £1.7m to £18.7m for FY20. With £10m cash and no debt Concurrent is continuing to invest in R&D and progress its plans to add new hardware and software product ranges into new markets such as AI, software and services.
Companies: Concurrent Technologies Plc
CAP-XX Ltd* (CPX.L, 4.5p/£19.9m) | Gfinity plc* (GFIN.L, 3.8p/£28.9m) | MTI Wireless Edge Ltd* (MWE.L, 44p/£38.7m) | Newmark Security plc* (NWT.L, 1.175p/£5.5m)
Companies: CPX GFIN MWE NWT
H1 results were ahead of our estimates. However, excluding select factors, profits were well above our expectations. Sumo’s strong underlying results positions it to outperform current market expectations. In addition, Sumo announced the acquisition of Pipeworks, which we estimate could drive 18% earnings accretion even based on conservative forecasts. Given the relatively modest share price reaction, Sumo now trades at a lower multiple than prior to the acquisition.
Companies: Sumo Group Plc
essensys’ FY’20E prelims highlighted strong US performance. Group sales rose 9% y/y to £22.5m (recurring: +19% to £19.4m) underpinned by the US, were 59 new site adds drove recurring sales up +45% y/y to £8.1m. Lockdown saw some sales cycle elongation, yet Group recurring sales were stable h/h, 19 new sites were added in H2 and pipeline includes 47 new contracted Connect sites to deploy. Outlook remains positive, and reintroduced N1Se numbers forecast 15% CAGR in recurring sales to FY’22E. We also explore the adjacent addressable opportunity presented by the essensys STEP product which we estimate to be worth £90m pa in London alone (US market many multiples of that). Valuation at 2.9x EV/sales is at a c.50% discount to peers exhibiting similar attractive SaaS metrics and top-line visibility.
Companies: essensys PLC
Interims reveal a particularly strong trading period for the group, with underlying organic sales growth accelerating to +20% c/c (previously mid-single digit), underpinned by both strong trading in the US (+c.50% u/l) and the UK (+11%). Additionally, Eckoh benefitted from a large perpetual Coral licence deal, bringing reported sales growth to +37%. In our view, these results speak to the strong proposition, opportunity and momentum Eckoh across its markets. We leave FY u/l forecasts unchanged but acknowledge they look more than achievable. Currently trading on a 5% FCF yield, rising to 6% in FY21E, we think Eckoh offers a unique investment opportunity.
Companies: Eckoh plc
FY19 revenue increased 16.9% to £19.4m following a strong H2/19, c9% ahead of forecast. New products released included Concurrent's first AI board, aimed at the military market. Order intake was strong, especially during H2/19, continuing into 2020. Inevitably COVID-19 has caused uncertainty about H2/20 activity levels and potential delays from customers, though there has been no immediate slow-down. Concurrent is a supplier to some of the world's most prominent defence companies in the UK and US and continues to supply these customers uninterrupted. Given COVID-19 related uncertainty we have taken a prudent view and trimmed our FY20 revenue (and consequently PBT forecasts). With over £10.5m cash and no debt, a strong order book and top tier customers, Concurrent is continuing to invest in R&D and progress its plans to add new software and hardware product ranges and enter new markets.