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FreeAgent issued a trading update indicating H1’18 revenue and adjusted EBITDA of £4.6m (+28% y-o-y) and £0.4m loss, respectively. These are broadly in line with our expectations of £4.8m and £0.2m loss with some softening in the partner channel due to a legislative change impacting public sector contractors. Cash of £3.4m was better than our expectations of £2.9m. The partnership with RBS appears to be growing strongly, with revenue from integration activities stepping up and the first signs of accelerating licence growth coming through as the period ended. Interim results will be out on 5th of Dec where we would expect to get more detail on the performance and outlook on the various channels to market. The strength of the group’s product, the go-to-market strategy utilising various channels and the significant addressable market leave us confident of the group’s growth prospects.
1Spatial (SPA LN) Turnaround taking hold, resumption of growth | Domino’s Pizza Group (DOM LN) Strong Q3 update suggesting H1setback is being overcome | FreeAgent (FREE LN) Trading update | LiDCO Group (LID LN) New approach to unlock potential | Marston’s (MARS LN) YE update not as bad as feared & sensible moves to protect cash and profitability in FY18 | Retail Real wages trend considerably better than previously thought
Companies: MARS SPA FREE LID
Totally (TLY) - Sch 1 for £11m RTO of Vocare, a provider of integrated urgent care services to the NHS throughout the UK. . £76.8 million rev in the year ended 31 March 2017. Totally to address Care Quality Commission concerns. Due 24 Oct. 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. Alpha Financial Markets Consulting— Global provider of specialist consultancy services to the asset and wealth management industry. Due Oct. Revenue of £6.7 million for the year ended 31 March 2011 to £43.6 million for the year ended 31 March 2017. Offer TBA. Due 11 Oct. Springfield Properties—Scottish housebuilder. “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.” Expected Mid October. Offer TBA. 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. SolGold—Publication of prospectus regarding transfer from AIM. Due 6 Oct TI Fluid Systems—Maybe second time lucky? Pulled last October. global manufacturer of automotive fluid storage, carrying and delivery systems seeking to raise €425m to reduce financial leverage (to approximately 2.0x net debt to Adjusted EBITDA by the end of FY 2017). Possible partial sale by Bain. Revenue for FY 2016 was €3.3 billion and Adjusted EBIT was €362.1 million M7 Multi-Let REIT—Intends to raise up to £300m at 100p. Aims to acquire and hold a portfolio of UK regional light industrial and regional office assets diversified by geography, asset type and tenants that is expected to generate stable income returns and, where appropriate, offer the potential to leverage and enhance returns through active asset management initiatives. Due 13 Nov. Bakkavor Group - Provider of fresh prepared food intends to float in November. FY 16 Revenue: £1,763.6 million FY 16 Adjusted EBITDA: £146.4 million (13.7% CAGR FY 14-FY 16). Part vendor sale and primary raise of c. £100m. Price TBA. Russia’s En+, owned by Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska, has assets in metals and energy, including hydropower. reported to be seeking dual London and Moscow listing raising $1.5bn TMF Group , which provides tax, admin and legal support services, reported to be seeking London IPO to raise c. £200m. 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. ContourGlobal LP—Report on Bloomberg that the thermal energy power generator is considering a London listing.
Companies: ARIX TMT SRT FREE SPA JDG DNA AGM BRD SEE
FreeAgent’s FY key financial metrics either met or beat expectations. Revenue was up 41% y-o-y, driven by 102% growth in the Practice channel, its key focus area for growth. Our sales, gross profit and net cash forecasts are unchanged but expect the FY’17 cash outperformance (FY17 cash: £4.3m) to be invested quicker, resulting in lower EBITDA this year and next. FreeAgent continues to delight customers with its product and the lifetime margin of a customer remains well over 3x the cost of acquiring those customers. As such, we are confident of further value creation, with medium-term regulatory drivers helping to drive adoption.
Touchstone Exploration— Oil exploration and production company active in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Interests of approximately 90,000 gross acres. Production c. 1,300 boepd. Raising £1.45m. Expected mkt cap £7.5m. Due 26 June. I3 Energy –Schedule 1. Independent oil and gas company with assets and operations in the UK. Offer TBC, 7 June admission. 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 Early June Tiso Blackstar Group—Schedule 1 update. Media, entertainment and marketing solutions group/ £160m mkt cap. Admission only. Expected late June. DP Eurasia—Intention to float from the exclusive master franchisee of the Domino's Pizza brand in Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. £20m primary raise plus a partial vendor sale. Film Finances—Sky News reports that ‘movie financing company with credits including the Hollywood hits La La Land and Nocturnal Animals is plotting a blockbuster premiere on the London stock market that will value it at several hundred million pounds.’ Expected ‘during the summer’. AIB—Intention to float from AIB, Ireland's leading retail and commercial bank . The Minister for Finance intends to sell approximately 25% of the Ordinary Shares of AIB. Prospectus and announcement of the price range due in mid-June 2017. 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. 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 Jun. Kuwait Energy— $150m raise plus vendor offer. Admission due June. 2p reserves 810.0 mmboe
Companies: MXCT PREM GUS PYC VP/ FREE CPL AMO MERC WDC
FreeAgent has released a positive trading update for the year to March’17. Group revenue is expected to be £8.0m, slightly ahead of our £7.6m forecast, with adjusted EBITDA loss and net cash both comfortably ahead of our expectations. Annualised Committed Monthly Recurring Revenue of £8.6m at the period end is in line with our forecasts, reinforcing our confidence of further growth in FY’18 and beyond. Today’s announcement follows on from the Royal Bank of Scotland contract award in January, continuing the group’s strong start to listed life post it’s IPO in November ’16. The group’s subscription model is highly attractive, with 95%+ recurring revenues and gross margins of over 80%. With customer lifetime value equivalent to 3.8-4.6x the cost of acquiring a customer, we believe the growth capital raised at IPO will be deployed to deliver substantial shareholder value.
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
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With its exposure to a structural growth market, a highly recurring business model, consistent strong execution, healthy balance sheet and potential new avenues for growth, we believe dotdigital remains a core holding in the sector. It offers investors an attractive compounding growth stock with the potential for accelerated growth as it expands internationally and increasing prospects for M&A. The FY results (19% sales growth, 27% EBITDA growth and 32% EPS growth) showed another year of strong execution, with the H2 growth acceleration particularly pleasing. We remain confident of the group’s prospects.
Companies: Dotdigital Group
Further evidence that the shrewder investor prefers a smaller company, the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Professor Thaler, an avowed fan of the smaller brethren. Back down to earth, all markets continue to make headway, with the smaller company indices continuing to lead the way. Despite the apparent deadlock in the Brexit process, life appears to carry on. The MPC meeting on 2 November and the Budget on 22 November may offer greater insight. In Share News & Views, we comment on recent updates from Cropper*, Halstead, Norcros, Tricorn* Walker Greenbank and Wincanton.
Companies: APC BMS CRPR ECSC EUSP FDM GETB PCF PPIX SNX SPRP SQS TCN W7L
Augean (AUG LN) Board changes and reduction in expectations | First Derivatives (FDP LN) Agreement with European Space Agency | Futura Medical (FUM LN) Market research supports the commercial potential of Eroxon® | Low & Bonar (LWB LN) Civil Engineering struggling | Sinclair Pharma (SPH LN) Forecast update; profitability inflection and strong growth ahead
Companies: AUG SPH LWB FUM FDP
HomeSend, eServGlobal’s JV with Mastercard and BICS of Belgium, has always represented a very exciting prospect. With the backing of the giant credit-card agency, it stood a good chance of securing a significant share of the US$600bn global remittance market. With a relatively minimal cost base, the transaction volumes from even a tiny share would have delivered US$100m in earnings for eServGlobal’s 35% stake – and Mastercard’s 26% of the global credit-card market suggested a far greater share was possible. Now, after recent announcements, we realise: firstly, that the applicable market size was woefully underestimated; secondly, that its share will not be tiny but significant; and thirdly, that success for HomeSend is becoming a certainty. On the contracts already signed, HomeSend will generate revenue and profits of hundreds of millions of dollars; it is now simply a matter of when its transaction corridors go live and the commission streams ramp up. We understand that that, too, will be faster than thought.
The trading update notes an A$200m pipeline of opportunities; however, prudent resource constraints have forced a slowdown in spending on the Fleet business roll-out with a knock-on impact to this year’s revenue and losses. Since the sale of the Off-Road business to Caterpillar, Fleet is the main revenue-driving division. On the back of this update, we are easing our Fleet - and therefore group - revenue and earnings forecasts for FY 2018 and FY 2019. Nevertheless, Seeing Machines is still demonstrating extremely strong sales growth, issuing guidance that it expects to more than treble revenue this year from A$13m to around A$40m, and then double this again in the year to June 2019 at c.A$80m. By then, OEM Automotive, Rail and Aerospace divisions should all be making strong sales contributions to augment the Fleet division growth.
Companies: Seeing Machines
The Company has provided an update for H1. Revenues ($112-114m guidance) are tracking slightly lower than we had been looking for with gross margin higher by 1% point (at 38%) and OPEX lower resulting in EBITDA being not far adrift from our expectation ($1.5m to $2.0m guidance). The Company is guiding to meeting our full year $16m EBITDA expectation, in part because OPEX is expected to continue to be materially lower (US$87m for the full year). In order to meet our forecast the Company will need to still achieve our revenue objective although we flag there is still some scope for OPEX to surprise given the continuing consolidation of the operations and acquisitions. More cash has had to be invested in working capital (an issue in the industry at the moment) and there are some YUME acquisition related expenses (we estimate c$3m) also impacting cash (guidance of $37m rising to $50m at year end). The Company expects some recovery in working capital in H2. The shares have been drifting off during the YUME acquisition process. We expect the shares to recover as the process nears completion (due early 2018) and investors get confirmation the Company is tracking towards the delivery of the critical leap in profitability this year.
Flowtech Fluidpower* (FLO): Q3 trading update confirms good organic growth (CORP) | President Energy* (PPC): Puesto Flores – first oil delivery and revenue (CORP) | dotDigital* (DOTD): 2H acceleration: progress on every front (CORP) | Orchard Funding* (ORCH): Insuretech winning (CORP)
Companies: FLO PPC DOTD ORCH
Oxford Metrics’ year end trading update highlights another strong period of delivery for the group, with FY’17 revenue and adjusted PBT both expected to be slightly ahead of expectations. Net cash at the year end of £9.8m is also ahead of our £9.4m forecast. FY’17 is the first year of the group’s five-year growth plan and both Vicon and Yotta are beginning to see the benefit of the increased investment in the year. Oxford Metrics continues to provide investors with an attractive mix of IP led, market leading technology and cash generation, with recent investments placing the group on an enhanced growth trajectory. Our Dec’18 SOTP calculation results in an intrinsic value of 72p, with further outperformance potential as the group utilises its strong balance sheet.
Companies: Oxford Metrics
RhythmOne has issued a trading statement for H1 2018. Performance is in line with management expectations and revenues are expected to be $112-114m vs H12017 of $67m. These numbers are not LFL as they include Perk for the half and RadiumOne for a quarter. Gross profit margin was 38% which is up from last year and in line with my FY2018 expectations. The gross margins at Perk and RadiumOne are higher than old R1. Adj EBITDA is expected to be a profit of $1.5m -$2m.
Two new product integrations with Microsoft Azure, together with the recently released Amazon AWS hybrid solution, add up to a meaningful strengthening of WANdisco’s credentials and platform for growth. We see scope for a significant acceleration in operationally geared growth, especially if the company can progress one or two of its tier one relationships into a strategic relationship akin to the one with IBM.
IQE has announced that during the course of a routine US tax filing exercise, unexpected prior year taxes due of c.£4.2m have been discovered. The identified taxes date back to 2013, when the group acquired the epitaxy business of Kopin. As a result of the September ’16 group re-organisation, it is believed that no similar tax liability arises in 2017. Alongside this announcement the group has confirmed that the VCSEL ramp up in Q3 is on track, giving us confidence in our full year forecasts. We do not expect to make any material changes to estimates and remain positive on the stock, with multiple programs expected to drive significant upgrades to our FY’18 estimates and beyond.
While iomart’s share price is roughly where it was in 2013, it has since then doubled revenue and profits through a combination of organic growth and bolt-on acquisitions. Including potential future acquisitions (not in forecasts), we think it should maintain mid-teens growth in revenue and EBITDA consistent with the past few years making the shares attractively priced at 9.4x FY’18 EBITDA. This compares to other UK Technology midcaps at 16.0x on the same expectation of 15% EBITDA growth p.a. We initiate with a buy rating and price target of 430p.
Companies: Iomart Group
Strong results from text book execution derive from delivery of the three strategic routes to growth: more partners, doubling the addressable market; increasing reach of successful operational territories, delivering 48% revenue growth outside the UK; and broader product functionality – leading to +24% spend per customer, from a growing stable of c4,000 active customers. FY17 revenue is in line with expectations, while EBITDA of £10.2m (vs £9.7mE) is 5% ahead; adj EPS is 9% ahead. Cash of £20.4m (£19.3mE) highlights 2H free cash flow of 108% of adjusted PBT, and a balance sheet with options open for further growth – increased investment through opex and capex; a well-covered dividend; and potential M&A to accelerate product development, or enhance organic growth in new territories through acquiring local presence. We lift our 12-month target price to 92p (80p), in line with the Megabuyte accounting and enterprise software peer group.
Companies: Dotdigital Group
Totally (TLY) - Sch 1 for £11m RTO of Vocare, a provider of integrated urgent care services to the NHS throughout the UK. £76.8 million rev in the year ended 31 March 2017. Totally to address Care Quality Commission concerns. Due 24 Oct. 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. Sosander 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: PPC BMK HCM IHC KCR DOTD STI TIDE
First Derivatives has announced that Kx has been selected by Scientific Revenue as its real-time analytics platform for dynamic pricing. While this deal has no immediate impact on our estimates, we believe the revenue potential is significant. Moreover, it further highlights the ultra-high performance capabilities of Kx and its attractions to technology leaders addressing analytical challenges in environments characterised by large volumes of fast-moving data. We will revisit our forecasts and target price when interim results are released on 7 November.
Companies: First Derivatives