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Cradle Arc—holding company of a group of companies focused on the exploration and development of precious and base metals projects in Africa. Offer raising £2.4m with market cap of £20.25m. Expected 10 Jan 2018 Volex VLX.L—The global provider of cable assemblies is proposing to move from the main market to AIM on 19 January. £75m market cap. FYMar18E rev £241.5m and £7.19m PBT. OnTheMarket—Intention to float on AIM to raise c.£50m which will be used to fund the growth of the OnTheMarket.com portal, already the third biggest UK residential property portal provider. Expected valuation £200m to £250m.
Companies: PLUS WAND BST PANR CNS AGM FOX DJI
Pelatro— The precision marketing software specialist. Due 19 Dec. Raising £3.8m new money plus £0.6m vendor sale. 62.5p. Mkt cap £15.2m. HYJun17 revenues increased to US$1.55m from US$0.2m and profit before tax increased to £1.0m from a small loss in the comparable period. Fusion Antibodies— Sch1 from the Belfast based contract research organisation providing services to biopharmaceutical and diagnostics companies that are involved in the development of antibodies for both therapeutic drug and diagnostic applications. Offer to raise £5.5m for the Company and £1.075m for selling shareholders at 82p with market cap of £18.1m. Due 18 Dec Erris Resources PLC—a mineral exploration and development company currently focused on two geographic areas. Offer TBC, expected 21 December 2017 CIP Merchant Capital—Closed ended investment Company. Sector focus oil & gas, healthcare, pharma, and real estate. Offer TBA. Due 21 Dec Panthera Resources— The Company was established to act as a holding company for Indo Gold Limited, an unlisted Australian registered company. The Company aims to explore and develop gold assets in India and West Africa. Offer TBC, expected 20 Dec Sumo Group—one of the UK's largest independent developers of AAA-rated video games providing both turnkey and codevelopment solutions, including initial concept and pre-production. Offer TBC. Due late Dec Pelatro—provider of proprietary software solutions to enterprise-level customers for various aspects of precision marketing for use in B2C applications. Offer TBC, expected 19 December 2017 Fusion Antibodies—contract research organisation providing services to biopharmaceutical and diagnostics companies that are involved in the development of antibodies for both therapeutic drug and diagnostic applications. Raising £5.5m at 82p plus £1.075mn vendor sale. £mkt cap £18.1m Due 18 Dec. Sirius Petroleum—RTO. Becoming an operating company in the Ororo Field in Nigeria. Raising £7.2m/ Mkt Cap £35.6m. Due 19 Dec. Bushveld Minerals—RTO of Bushveld Vametco and therefore 78.8% of Strategic Minerals Corporation, the intermediate holding company that owns a 75 per cent. interest in the Vametco Vanadium Mine. Eqtec—Company with access to a proprietary advanced gasification technology used in industrial size power plants to convert waste into synthetic gas to generate electricity. Raising £1.6m. Mkt Cap £8.7m. Due 21 Dec. Volex VLX.L—The global provider of cable assemblies is proposing to move from the main market to AIM on 19 January. £71m market cap. FYMar18E rev £241.5m and £7.19m PBT Miriad Advertising—Global video advertising company incorporated in 2015 and is engaged in the development of native invideo advertising. 2016 rev £0.7m and £7.3m operating loss. Offer TBA. Expected 19 Dec. OnTheMarket—Intention to float on AIM to raise c.£50m which will be used to fund the growth of the OnTheMarket.com portal, already the third biggest UK residential property portal provider. Expected valuation £200m to £250m.
Companies: SAR EOG CNS COS TRB AMS TPG SCLP SNG LWRF
Startup Giants is a UK-based investment vehicle, which will invest in technology start-ups at the concept stage. Raising £752,700 at £1. Market cap £1m. Due 1st November. Ten Lifestyle Hldgs. Technology-enabled lifestyle and travel platform providing trusted concierge services to the world's wealthy. Net revenue increased from £20 million in the year ended 31 August 2015 to £33 million in the year ended 31 August 2017, a compound annual growth rate of 29%. Offer and date TBA. AfriTin Mining—Demerger from Bushveld Minerals (BMN.L). Offer TBA. Due 6 Nov. The Uis Tin project (Namibia) is considered the flagship tin asset within the portfolio, as this was once the largest open cast tine mine of its kind in the world . Novacyt S.A.—Sch1 from the international diagnostics group, generating revenues from the sale of clinical products used in oncology, microbiology, haematology and serology testing. Offer to raise £8.8m at 59.38p with a value of £22.4m. Expected 01 Nov. Footasylum Ltd—UK-based fashion retailer focusing on the branded footwear and apparel markets announced its intention to seek admission to AIM. Expected value between £130m and £150m. Due Nov 2017. Central Asia Metals (CAML) -RTO of Lynx Resources. Anticipated market capitalisation at Admission: £404.8m. Raising £113m at 230p. Acquiring the SASA zinc-lead mine in Macedonia from Solway Industries. Due 15 Dec. OnTheMarket—Intention to float on AIM to raise c.£50m which will be used to fund the growth of the OnTheMarket.com portal, already the third biggest UK residential property portal provider. Expected valuation £200m to £250m. Orogen plc, to be renamed Sosandar plc on Admission. Sosandar is an online womenswear brand specifically targeted at a generation of women who have graduated from younger online and high street brands, and are looking for affordable clothing with a premium, trend-led aesthetic. Offer to raise £5.3m with market cap of £16.1m, expected 2 November 2017 OG Graphite, brownfield development-stage graphite company focused on the reactivation of its wholly-owned Kearney natural flake graphite mine and mill located 280 km north of Toronto, Canada. Offer TBA, expected late October .
Companies: IGE CNS MNC CER EZH VLG SML LWRF ANG THR
Corero Network Security Plc (LON:CNS) H1 results release (14/092017) showed strong progress, with revenue up 51% for the flagship SmartWall product. Perhaps even more importantly the recurring revenue element for SmartWall was up 177%. This reinforces the growth profile going forward because licence fee income grows cumulatively as new customers are added. We believe these results demonstrate that the company has essentially completed its transition from a software generalist to a DDoS protection specialist, and that the SmartWall DDoS protection product continues rapidly gaining traction in the market. In this report we review the progress of the group. We also revisit some of the fundamental drivers, and how the DDoS protection market functions. We argue that SmartWall’s real-time threat mitigation represents a disruptive new presence in the space.
Companies: Corero Network Security
Springfield Properties—Scottish housebuilder. Intention to float. Offer TBA “Our turnover exceeded £100 million for the first time this year and now we employ around 500 people. This IPO is the next step in our growth.” | Warehouse REIT - The Company will invest in a diversified portfolio of UK warehouse assets located in urban areas. The Company is targeting a dividend yield of 5.5p equivalent to a yield of 5.5 percent. for the year ending 31 March 2019. Issue price 100p. Offer TBA. Due 20 Sep | OnTheMarket—Intention to float on AIM to raise c. £50m which will be used to fund the growth of the OnTheMarket.com portal, already the third biggest UK residential property portal provider. Expected valuation £200m to £250m. | People’s Investment Trust—Objective of sustainable wealth creation. Also to list on the Social Stock Exchange. Targeting £125m raise on 17 Oct. No performance fees or executive bonuses in order to focus on long term rather than short term performance. | Charter Court Financial Services Group—Intention to float. Specialist lender serving the UK residential mortgage market. The net mortgage loan book stood at £4.4 billion as at 30 June 2017 growing at a compound annual growth rate of 92 percent since 31 December 2014. Part vendor sale and £20m primary raise. | ContourGlobal LP—Report on Bloomberg that the thermal energy power generator is considering a London listing. | Hipgnosis Songs Fund investment Company offering pure-play exposure to Songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. Offer raising £200m at 100p. The Company has decided to extend the closing date for the Placing, Offer for Subscription and Intermediaries Offer to 1 August 2017. The Company may bring forward this closing date at any time. Admission 15 September 2017
Companies: ALM CNS STX ACSO AMO PANR TXP NAUT ONC RBD
Corero Network Security provides protection against Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, through its SmartWall Threat Defence System. The largest customer groups are Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and hosting service providers. The SmartWall system is differentiated from its peers by its ability to apply a DDoS mitigation solution in real-time, reducing costly network downtime. The DDoS threat remains a growing issue, and this report we present a snapshot of the market growth for DDoS protection.
Companies: Corero Network Security
AnimalCare—RTO of Ecuphar NV, a European animal health company. £30m raise. Ecuphar FY16 rev £68.4m, underlying EBITDA £8.9m. Due 13 July.| Angling Direct -Schedule 1 from the specialist fishing tackle retailer in the UK . Offer TBA. Expected mid July. | NEXUS Infrastructure—Offer TBA. Provider of essential infrastructure services to the UK housebuilding and commercial sectors. Expected 11 July. FYSep16 rev £135.7m. | Tatton Asset Management –Sch 1. Provider if services to FCA authorized financial advisers. Raising £10m at 156p. Secondary offer £41.6m. Due 6 July. | GYG—Intention to float by the superyacht painting, supply and maintenance company. Due 5 July. Raising £6.9m new plus vendor sale of £21.5m at 100p. Mkt Cap c. £47m. Revenue of €54.6m in FY16 and adjusted EBITDA of €6.7m. | Greencoat Renewables - Schedule 1. Targeting a portfolio of operating renewable electricity generation assets, initially investing in wind generation assets in Ireland. Offer TBC. Due Mid July. | FFI Holdings— Specialist in the provision of completion contracts to the entertainment industry for films, television, mini-series and streaming product. Raising £59m at 150p. Expected 30 June. | QUIZ— Omni-channel fast fashion womenswear Company intention to float. Due July 2017. Offer TBA | Ethernity Networks—Schedule 1 from Israeli based specialist in data processing technology used in high end carrier ethernet applications across the telecom, mobile, security and data centre markets. Expected 29 June. Raising £15m at 140p. Mkt Cap £45.5m. | Jangada Mines—Sch 1 advanced stage PGM exploration project containing what the Directors understand to be the largest PGM resource, and only pre-development PGM project, in South America. Raising £2.25m. Mkt Cap £9.9m. Expected 29 June. | Phoenix Global Mining— US Brown field copper play. Expected late June. Offer TBA | I3 Energy –Schedule 1. Independent oil and gas company with assets and operations in the UK. Offer TBC, 7 June admission. | Verditek— Sch 1 update. The Company's subsidiaries will be involved in advanced solar photovoltaic, filtration and absorption technologies specialising in providing environmental services. Issue price 10p. Admission late June | Hipgnosis Songs Fund investment company offering pure-play exposure to Songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. Prospectus yet to be published. | Impact Investment Trust—Exposure to a diversified portfolio of funds providing SMEs across developing economies with the growth capital they need to have a positive impact on the lives of the world's poorer populations. Raising up to $150m at $1.00 | Residential Secure Income - social housing REIT raising up to £300m Admission due c.12 July. | Curzon Energy—Report on Proactive Investors of intended LSE float this year with acquisition of coal bed methane assets in Oregon. Looking to raise £3m plus. | NLB Group—financial and banking institution based in Slovenia, with a network of 356 branches. Seeking Ljubliana Stock Exchange listing with GDRs on the LSE. Expected mid June. | Kuwait Energy— $150m raise plus vendor offer. Admission due June. 2p reserves 810.0 mmboe | Supermarket Income REIT– Up to £200m raise to acquire a diversified portfolio of supermarket real estate assets in the UK, providing long-term RPI-linked income. Due 21 July.
Companies: KIE PDL RECI CNS 7DIG AMP SLNG
Last Friday we reprised our successful speed dating format with excellent presentations from the CEOs of Access Intelligence, Corero Network Security, LiDCO Group, OrganOx and Yu Group. Each company gave a ten minute overview of its business and the investment case and we had quick-fire Q&A from a group of fund managers. Below we summarise our thoughts on each company, with more details inside, plus we include the slides presented by each management team. We believe all five companies have excellent potential and are happy to arrange further contact. We also look forward to setting up our next speed dating event.
Companies: ACC CNS LID YU/
Carador Income Fund (CIFU LN) Level of refinancing and reset activity remains high | Imagination Technologies Group (IMG LN) No progress with Apple; Whole group for sale | Uncovered Gems - Speed Dating Lunch Another five sparkling gems
Companies: IMG CIFU ACC CNS LID YU/
I3 Energy –Schedule 1. Independent oil and gas company with assets and operations in the UK. Offer TBC, 26 May admission | Opera Investments –Reverse Takeover of Kibo Mining’s subsidiary Kibo Gold. Raising £1.5m. Expected mkt Cap £6.5m. 23 May | Verditek— Schedule 1 update. On Admission, the Company's subsidiaries will be involved in advanced solar photovoltaic, filtration and absorption technologies specialising in providing environmental services. Issue price 10p. Admission in late May | Tiso Blackstar Group—Schedule 1 update. Media, entertainment and marketing solutions group/ £160m mkt cap. Admission only. Expected late June | Flying Brands (FBDU.L)—Prospectus approved by FCA. RTO of Stone Checker Software, supplier of technology solutions in the field of kidney stone analysis and prevention. Has raised £550k at 3p. Subject to GM on 15 June | AEW UK Long Lease REIT—Intention to Float. Up to £150m raise. Admission early June. UK specialist and alternative property | Alfa Financial Software –Intention to float. Mission-critical software platform purpose-built for asset finance enterprises. Vendor sale of 25% plus. FYDec16 rev £73.3m (CAGR of 24% from 2012). Adjusted EBIT £32.8m | Kuwait Energy— $150m raise plus vendor offer. Admission due June. 2p reserves 810.0 mmboe | ADES International— Provider of offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling and production services in the Middle East and Africa, seeking raise up to $170m plus vendor sale under a Standard Listing of the Main Market. Admission due May 2017 | Tufton Oceanic Assets– Extended to 9 May on specialist funds segment of Main Market to enable further due diligence | PRS REIT—Private rental sector REIT raising up to £250m. Admission due 31 May
Companies: IDP CER RST MTL IXI SSTY CNS FBT SHG CNR
I3 Energy –Schedule 1. Independent oil and gas Company with assets and operations in the UK. Offer TBC, 26 May admission. | Opera Investments –Reverse Takeover of Kibo Mining’s subsidiary Kibo Gold. Raising £1.5m. Expected mkt Cap £6.5m. 23 May. | Eve Sleep—Schedule 1 from the e-commerce focused, direct to consumer European sleep brand. Raising £35m at £1.01. Expected mkt cap £140m. Expected 18 May 2017. | Velocity Composites—Schedule 1. Manufactures advanced carbon fibre and ancillary material kits (predominantly carbon fibre) for use in the production of aircraft. 18 May 2017 admission expected. Raising £14.4m at 85p. Expected mkt cap £30.4m. | Verditek—Schedule 1 update. On Admission, the Company's subsidiaries will be involved in advanced solar photovoltaic, filtration and absorption technologies specialising in providing environmental services. Issue price 10p. Admission in late May. | AEW UK Long Lease REIT—Intention to Float. Up to £150m raise. Admission early June. UK specialist and alternative property | Alfa Financial Software –Intention to float. Mission-critical software platform purpose-built for asset finance enterprises. Vendor sale of 25% plus. FYDec16 rev £73.3m (CAGR of 24% from 2012). Adjusted EBIT £32.8m. | Kuwait Energy— $150m raise plus vendor offer. Admission due June. 2p reserves 810.0 mmboe | ADES International— Provider of offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling and production services in the Middle East and Africa, seeking raise up to $170m plus vendor sale under a Standard Listing of the Main Market. Admission due May 2017. | Tufton Oceanic Assets– Extended to 9 May on specialist funds segment of Main Market to enable further due diligence. | PRS REIT—Private rental sector REIT raising up to £250m. Admission due 31 May.
Companies: LND NASA ATQT CNS INL SOU ALT PURE WRES REDS
EJF Investments— Publication of prospectus from the closed-ended investment company investing in assets benefitting from regulatory and structural change in the financial services sector. To join Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market | ADES International Holding— Intends to join the Standard List in May raising up to $170m plus a vendor sale. Provider of offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling and production services in the Middle East and Africa. | Franchise Brands—Schedule 1 detailing £28m reverse takeover of Metro Rod. Admission expected 11 April. | Alpha FX Group— Schedule 1 update from the foreign exchange provider focused on managing exchange rate risk for UK corporates that trade internationally. Raising £30m. Expected market cap £64.2m and admission 7 April. | K3 Capital Group—Schedule 1 update from the Group of business and company sales specialists across business transfer, business brokerage and corporate finance. Raising £2.1m plus £15.7m vendor sale. Admission due 11 April. | Tufton Oceanic Assets– Offer extended to 9 May to enable investors to complete further due diligence.
Companies: HDD FREE MUR PKG GTC CNS SQZ IVO SO4 WTI
AFH Financial (AFHP.L) | Spectra Systems (SPSY.L) | Corero Network Security (CNS.L) | Victoria (VCP.L) | Amerisur Resources (AMER.L) | Cyan Holdings (CYAN.L) | Kodal Minerals (KOD.L) | Arria NLG (NLG.L) | Personal Group (PGH.L) | Renew Holdings (RNWH.L)
Companies: AFHP SPSY CNS AMER CYAN NLG PGH RNWH KOD VCP
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The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey, ‘Ownership of UK quoted shares: 2016’, shows that retail investors are more important than most company managements realise or most capital markets professionals admit. When it is also appreciated that the data shows that retail investors set the share price for most quoted companies, most days, it becomes clear that engaging with such an audience enhances a company’s standing, whilst ignoring them courts disaster.
Companies: OPM ABZA AVO AGY APH ARBB AVCT BUR CMH CLIG COS DNL EVG EHP INL MCL MUR NSF OBT ODX OXB PPH NIPT RE/ REDX SCLP SCE SIXH TRX TON VAL
The acquisition of Perfect has transformed PROACTIS into a genuinely global player. However, the company is not resting on its laurels - new CEO Hampton Wall has set out an ambitious plan to continue the aggressive growth through a combination of organic growth and further earnings enhancing acquisitions. This note explains the rationale behind this strategy and assesses its feasibility. If execution continues, there is the potential for further significant value creation.
In July 2017, we highlighted the progress that AIM made in the first half of the year. We are now reviewing the performance over H2 2017. The latest AIM Statistics published yesterday show that there are currently 960 companies, with 80 new issues in 2017, raising £1.58bn and secondary issues raising a further £4.7bn. However, with 102 companies cancelling their listing there was a net 22 fall in 2017 as a whole. It appears that both the trends of new issue momentum and de-listings are set to continue in 2018. In Share News & Views, we comment on APC Technology*, ECSC Group* and IG Design.
Companies: APC BMS CRPR ECSC EUSP FDM GETB PCF SNX SPRP TCN W7L
A look back at our 2017 ideas In aggregate our analyst picks outperformed the FTSE All Share last year by 9% and the cumulative performance of our portfolio over 6 years would have given a total return of 300% (almost double the return on the FTSE All Share). In addition, many of our top-down themes played out very well such as our focus on secular growth in Tech, Life Sciences, Healthcare and Financials, an increase in M&A, our cautious stance on the Consumer and especially our bet on continued strength in the Industrials last year and solid growth in the global economy. What does 2018 have in store? We continue to play ongoing secular growth themes in Tech, Life Sciences, Healthcare and Financials. In addition, we tap into domestic areas of cyclical strength such as regional construction and house building, plus self-help initiatives and potential market share gains. We maintain a favourable view of Industrials given the global economic backdrop but think this could moderate during the year. Other changes of nuance include the potential for a better H2 in the Consumer sectors, which remain under pressure for now, and a better outlook in Media from a mini-quadrennial year in 2018.
Companies: AMO AVG CBP CVSG DNLM EKF FENR IOM SAA GLE PURI SFR PGIT PURI SFR SOG VRP
IQE’s pre-close trading update noted that management expects FY17 revenues to be ahead of market expectations. Noting that the upgrade is driven by delivery of volume epitaxy on a programme that we infer is the new iPhone X, a programme which will continue throughout FY18, we raise our revenue estimates for both FY17 and FY18, but keep EPS numbers unchanged as the proportion of licence revenues in the mix is lower.
PROACTIS has, via its wholly owned subsidiary Perfect Commerce, filed a tender offer for the remaining 21% of Perfect Commerce’s 79% owned subsidiary Hubwoo. This has no impact on our forecasts aside from the c€5.6m consideration, which we will reflect in our estimates once the offer completes. A trading update is due out mid February and the market will be looking for reassurance that the integration of Perfect Commerce is progressing as planned. The shares continue to look undervalued, but a weakening dollar does represent a headwind.
Arden Partners is soon to initiate full coverage of Cloudcall. We report on the Trading Update RNS released this morning, with full forecasts and initiation report to follow.
Companies: Cloudcall Group
WANdisco’s strong bookings momentum ($22.5m, +45%y-o-y, vs Edison $21.7m) in FY17 was more than matched by the strategic progress during the year. For the core big data business we upgrade our bookings estimate by 21% and now forecast 40%+ y-o-y bookings growth for FY18 and FY19, partially offset by a de-focus on the legacy SCM business. The company’s platform for growth looks exceptionally strong and we see scope for a further acceleration driven by adoption of Fusion for more use cases, sales through more partners and supported by very attractive market dynamics.
The AIM Healthcare index has shown positive returns in all but three out of the past 11 years (2007, 2008 and 2011), growing at a CAGR of 7.6% over the period. This compares with a CAGR of -0.3% for the broader FT AIM All Share, +0.6% for the AIM 100 and +3.5% for its more senior FT All Share Health index. Sector growth and relative performance to the AIM All Share index has accelerated over the past five years; the sector having risen 19.19% CAGR since 1 Jan 2012. This compares with 6.8% growth in the AIM All Share and 6.1% in the FT All Share. This outperformance can be attributed to the increasing success amongst the Healthcare constituents which have progressed their business plans to a point where substantial value has been/is being created and where many companies have successfully scaled their businesses to sustain future growth. We highlight four companies that have different business models but exemplify the opportunities that are increasingly becoming evident within the sector.
Companies: ABZA AKR AGY APH AGL AVCT BVXP COG CTH IHC LID MTFB ODX OPTI NIPT PRM SDI STX SNG TSTL
Instem this morning released an in-line trading statement for the 2017 year. The group is seeing traction across a number of fronts, including a recovery in the Clinical business, with two Alphadas orders in the period. The company has also today announced a material SEND contract win with a top-5 global non-clinical CRO. We make no changes to estimates for 2018 and beyond, but look forward to seeing further detail on progress at the time of results in March.
2017 reflected the investments being made to ready the group for scaled deployment through its partners. All indications point to 2018 as being that inflexion year. Few companies have the potential to deliver the revenue scaling profile we believe AE can deliver – not just through deployment in their partners’ customers but also by being embedded in their software/ hardware. The opportunity remains as exciting as ever with prospect of news flow in 2018 bearing testament to that.
Companies: Actual Experience
Bango has announced that it is providing resale and bundling technology for Amazon in India, enabling Bharti Airtel mobile customers to sign-up to Amazon Prime. The launch represents an expansion of the Bango Platform (“BP”) beyond Direct Carrier Billing (“DCB”), and also increases Bango’s exposure to a sizeable mobile and e-commerce market. The release contains no details on the contract terms and we make no changes to forecasts at this stage. Continuing Bango’s recent trend of contract wins with top-tier internet players, in our view the contract demonstrates the ongoing momentum in the Bango business and the versatility of the BP.
Eckoh’s interim results showed strong progression year on year across all key metrics driven by continued strong momentum in its US Secure Payments business. The group won another 7 contracts in this area worth $5.1m, both metrics significantly up y-o-y. With all contracts won on the preferred opex-style pricing model, the order book and visibility is also growing. We made no changes to our forecasts and believe the opportunities remain significant given the regulatory backdrop, increasing awareness of the risk and costs associated with security breaches and the group’s strong competitive positioning. We see another year of strong progress.
In our third edition of Trend spotting we stick with our suggestion at the end of March to up European exposure and we review the recent market moves and macro trends. We comment on the recent strong performance of our growth, quality and momentum styles which we expect to continue and we examine what happened to sectors around the last general election period in 2015, adding some new colour.
Companies: AUG GNS IQE NTG SDL SPH SDY TRI VEC XAR GHT BOY CRW EMIS VCT ECK GLE GHH DATA AVON CHH DPH HILS SDM ZYT MUR RPS LWB EKF SUN UDG SYNT CINE DOTD MPM FUM CLIN RENE ATQT SERV ERGO BCA BUR DRV SCS JUP FDP GBG GTLY HW/ EAH SFR PHD CXENSE KNOS NETD G4M GFIN ULS RHL RAT FEN LOOP MYSL FUTR
This quarter we use finnCap’s Slide Rule to provide both top-down and bottom-up analysis of the UK’s Technology and Telecoms sectors. Our findings are very reassuring: the Tech sector scores the best (across all sectors) when considering Growth and Quality – Taptica*, Frontier Developments* and dotDigital* in particular stand out on these metrics. Given these attractive characteristics and growth prospects, the Tech sector is unsurprisingly one of the most expensive – currently trading at 17.2x FY1 EV/EBIT and 23.8x FY1 P/E, versus 15.0x and 18.5x respectively for the wider market. Despite valuations appearing high, we believe there are value opportunities. For example, Proactis* features in finnCap’s QVGM+ portfolio (ranked 17/462) – the company offers attractive organic and inorganic growth, with earnings forecast to grow by 26% CAGR over the next two years, but despite this, only trades on 15x FY1 earnings and offers 8% FCF yield in FY2.
Companies: 7DIG ALT AMO ARTA BOTB BLTG CTP CFHL CYAN ISL DTC DOTD ELCO ESV FDEV GBG IDEA IDOX IMTK IGP IOM KBT KCOM KWS LRM MAI MMX NASA NET ONEV PHD QTX QXT RCN 932 SSY SEE SIM SPE SRT STR TAP TAX TEP TPOP TRAK UNG VIP ZOO