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27 Sep 16
We initiate coverage on a long-established, well-managed and well-funded US company in the steadily growing global background-screening market. ClearStar is taking advantage of a highly competitive technology platform, an impressive existing customer base and excellent long-term prospects. It has traditionally supplied its solutions and services through channel partnerships, which see large volumes and high levels of recurring revenues. However, it has been investing in developing a direct business which offers higher growth and improved gross margin, through an opportune direct service acquisition in late 2014, augmented with additional sales and support investment. The interims show the original (pre-acquisition) direct business has doubled YoY as a result, improving margins and pushing the company towards profitability. Furthermore, since 2014 it has been developing a global platform which will allow it to reach beyond its current US market. Post the 2014 IPO, results were impaired by the unexpected acquisition and investment in new products so the shares have drifted to a point where there is significant value for new investors. Comparable market peers currently trade on an average EV/Sales multiple of 2.2x; even discounting this by 25% derives a 60p target price, more than 40% uplift on the current valuation.
27 Sep 16
Victoria* (VCP): May the floors be with you (CORP) | ClearStar* (CLSU): Screening Buy (CORP) | Avingtrans^ (AVG): FY results – at the fulcrum of change (BUY) | Netcall* (NET): Prelims show strategic progress (CORP) | Alternative Networks* (AN.): Year-end trading update (CORP) | Universe* (UNG): Project delays break up party (CORP)
The Cybersecurity Rebellion: “No, I’m Spartacus!”
07 Jun 16
Steve “Woz” Wozniak, infamous co-founder of Apple, was the latest culprit to send shivers across the tech world by claiming Cybersecurity is the greatest threat the world has faced since the atom bomb. Mr Wozniak was alluding to the heightened sense of fear that recent high profile breaches have caused Cybersecurity to be put at the forefront of political, corporate and now it would appear, investor agendas. As the topic gains increasing awareness, it gives rise to a number of companies claiming to be a “thought leader” in the Cybersecurity space, holding the best IP and the best routes to market. With many companies singing from the same loss making hymn sheet it is making it ever difficult to spot the true “Spartacus” from the crowd.
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05 Nov 15
ClearStar is a well established tech platform and service provider to the background check industry with circa 2,300 generally very sticky customers. In fact ClearStar now serves over 27,000 employees annually and has over a 90% retention rate. The company is vying for profitability through both the execution of a targetted growth strategy and the search for further internal efficiencies. During 2016 the company expects to recognise circa $1.2m of annualised cost savings.
08 Dec 16
Elderstreet stake acquired 02 GENERAL NEWS Globalworth premium In this issue Venture capital firm Draper Esprit has taken a 30.8% stake in venture capital trust manager Elderstreet. Both investment managers focus on the technology sector and they will be able to co-invest. Elderstreet has investments in a number of AIM-quoted companies through its VCTs. The purchase was funded by an issue of Draper Esprit shares worth just over £250,000. Simon Cook, the chief executive of Draper Esprit, is a former partner at Elderstreet so he knows the business and the people who run it, although he did leave more than 14 years ago. Cook has previously acquired portfolios from 3i and Cazenove, two other firms where he has worked. Draper Esprit has an option to acquire the remaining shares in Elderstreet, which has more than £25m under management. Adding Elderstreet to the group enables Draper Esprit to offer investors a range of EIS funds, VCTs and an ISA qualifying listed evergreen patient capital fund. The enlarged group has venture capital assets under management of more than £350m. At the end of September 2016, Draper Esprit had a net asset value of 352p a share, which is similar to the current share price. The June 2016 flotation price was 300p a share. Draper Esprit is quoted on Ireland’s Enterprise Securities Market as well as AIM.
A data-driven H1 raises expectations
05 Dec 16
The first reporting period under the new D4t4 Solutions brand saw the group (previously IS Solutions) deliver good growth, leaving it well on track to meet PBT forecasts in FY 2017, and we now increase FY 2018 forecasts. The business continues to flourish from its focus on data management and analytics, enabling its international blue-chip client base to gather and gain advantage from the mass of customer data available, utilising the leading-edge Celebrus solution. Industry analysts predict 12% CAGR for the BI & Analytics market through to 2020, and D4t4 is riding this wave of demand.
09 Dec 16
Ideagen* (IDEA): Acquisition of IPI Solutions (CORP) | Lombard Risk Management* (LRM): Atos deal improves routes to German market (CORP) | Photo-Me* (PHTM): Upgrade to FY forecasts (CORP) In other news… Frontier Developments* (FDEV): ED coming to Xbox and Planet Coaster update (CORP) | LiDCO* (LID): Analyst interview (CORP) | Rude Health: Analyst interview
Joy of Techs
21 Nov 16
ICT evolution is driven by technological development as advances are made which both meet and shape customer requirements. Our 2011 note No such thing as a telco described the modern reality in that former ‘telcos’ now deliver varying elements of a range of managed services. We built on this theme last year, exploring in further detail their evolutionary paths, operating fundamentals, and cashflow yield similarities. In the consumer environment, demand for bundles of technology is complemented by demand for content. Across the pond, the mooted combination of AT&T and Time Warner typifies the bundled need of ‘pipe’ and content, since unbundled alternatives such as FaceTime and WhatsApp can be easier and clearer to chat over, and Amazon and Netflix are easier to watch anywhere. In the UK, BT’s defensive actions cover delivery, content and capabilities, acquiring EE yet also buying football rights. While TV was long ago added to triple play to become quad play, voice is now merely an app, and fixed and mobile seen as just dumb pipes: it's the content that will influence consumer choices. Growth of TV and film as well as music and gaming over IP leads to UK small cap opportunities. In context of the drive to maximise value from pipes and access by offering content and data, we look at some amongst the potential tech small cap beneficiaries: Amino*, Keyword Studios, ZOO Digital*, 7digital*, KCOM* and CityFibre*.
06 Dec 16
600 Group* (SIXH): Interim results: order book showing signs of improvement (CORP) | Real Good Food* (RGD): Commodity volatility impacts numbers (CORP) | Minds + Machines* (MMX): .vip goes live in China (CORP | Imaginatik* (IMTK): Interims (CORP) | iomart* (IOM): Quality business as usual (CORP) | Fulcrum (FCRM): Upgrades continue (BUY)
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05 Dec 16
RTHM is acquiring a profitable Canadian listed mobile specialist for equivalent of US$42.5m consideration in shares (88.235m). This helps adds to two growth vectors RTHM is targeting; (i) adds unique exclusive audience (10m unique) and (ii) Exclusive demand Yahoo and Facebook. The business has 15 premium and owned and operated apps which provide users with rewards for activity. The business is expected to deliver c$9m of EBITDA in FY18 including $2m of cost synergies. This equates to just 4.7x EV/EBITDA. This marks what we see the first step in RTHM activity to scale the business and deliver on margin potential (see our initiation notes). Our initial estimates for EPS revisions are very significant - for FY18 are 2.3 cents (currently 0.6) and for FY19 4.3 (currently 2.5). There is a call at 830 for investors and we will revise post this.