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Order slippage drives earnings downgrade
10 Jan 17
K3 had a tough end to H117, with lengthening sales cycles for enterprise customers causing a shortfall in new business. More positively, recent restructuring is starting to drive more cross-divisional sales and is reducing the cost base. We have revised our revenue and EPS forecasts to reflect the slower pace of order wins as well as the restructuring, reducing FY17 EPS by 34% and FY18 by 11%. Evidence of improving order flow, growth in channel sales and growth in recurring revenues will be the triggers for share price recovery, in our view.
Short term trading pressure
10 Jan 17
K3 has this morning published a trading update; there has been weakness in December trading as customers continue to adopt subscription-driven Cloud-based models. This trend, combined with a number of contract slippages, has impacted H1, and management are not confident of making up the shortfall in H2. We downgrade our 2017E estimates by 18% at the Adj EBITDA level. We await further detail, both in terms of strategic progress and around the near-term pressures, with the H1 results due towards the end of March. Clearly this news is a disappointment, but it should not divert the group from its ongoing strategic refocus, which is already beginning to bear fruit.
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*.
Product, cloud, channel – all present and correct
13 Sep 16
Prelims to June 2016 are in line with the 14 July trading update, which had heralded performance broadly in line with expectations. The year showed development of sales of the group's own IP, the international indirect sales channel, and cloud delivery, with strength in momentum demonstrated by a very strong pipeline and performance broadly in line with expectations despite the administration of a major client. Given underlying momentum, FY17 forecasts are tweaked (-3%) and only below EBITDA to accommodate greater amortisation of R&D, as well as working capital recovery. Maiden FY18 forecasts illustrate the undaunted group trajectory. with 11% EBITDA and 9% EPS growth from 5% revenue growth. Target 465p reiterated.
The Slide Rule
12 Jan 17
What is The Slide Rule? The Slide Rule has been designed to dramatically simplify the identification of the best companies in the UK small/mid-cap sector by making a quantitative assessment of the relative potential of each company. At its core, The Slide Rule aims to identify those companies that create genuine shareholder value through strong returns on capital and solid growth, but also present a value opportunity with the potential tailwind of earnings momentum. Companies are assessed within a Quality, Value, Growth and Momentum (QVGM) framework.
N+1 Singer - Morning Song 13-02-2017
13 Feb 17
eg solutions has issued a positive full year trading update indicating that results will be in line with market expectations. Strong trading in the second half made up for a poor start to the year, with renewed focus on sales and distribution delivering significant new contract wins. We are highly encouraged by the outlook for the business given the strength of current trading and a record order book, so make no changes to our recommendation or target price. We will revisit forecasts when results are released on 22 March.
13 Feb 17
Middlesbrough-based pawnbroker Ramsdens Holdings is set to join AIM on 15 February. Its growth is not coming from its core business but from providing foreign currency, pre-paid travel cards and international payments. The strategy is to increase the group’s online activities and grow the number of branches. In the year to March 2016, group revenues improved from £29.2m to £30m. The accounts of the main subsidiary show that foreign-currency margin rose from £5.36m to £7.59m. This contributes 35% of group gross profit. By contrast, the core business of pawnbroking, precious metal purchases and retail sales fell from £21.3m to £19.8m. Revenues from other financial services were flat at £2.6m. Ramsdens has 127 sites and last year it made an operating profit of £3.19m. In the six months to September 2016, revenues increased from £16.2m to £18.4m and operating profit improved from £2.81m to £3.48m. The placing will raise £15.6m at 86p a share, valuing the company at £26.5m. NorthEdge Capital, which backed a buyout in September 2014, will receive just over £10m from share sales. The NorthEdge stake will fall from 75.6% to 30.7%. The other £5m will go to the company and be used to repay the remaining loan notes and the costs of the flotation. By the end of March 2016, there were still £4m of loan notes outstanding to NorthEdge, with £4.86m paid off during the previous year.
Share & share alike
14 Feb 17
The rally in the last fortnight, highlighted in the table, reflects a continued flow of positive updates and economic news. The FTSE 250, Small cap and Fledgling indices have reached record highs. We are in the lull ahead of results for those companies with a December year end, a welter of economic data regarding the UK economy, the State of the Union address in the US on 28 February and the UK Budget on Wednesday 8 March. We will learn at that stage the latest forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility. As highlighted previously, the reaction to corporate updates will continue to set the tone.
Small Cap Breakfast
14 Feb 17
Xafinity –Publication of prospectus. The pensions actuarial, consulting and administration business has conditionally raised £179.6m. At 139p. Due to join main market 16 Feb. Guinness Oil & Gas Exploration—Publication of prospectus. Seeking to raise £50m and invest in 15 exploration companies at launch, with plans to grow the portfolio to 30 positions during its lifetime. Issue closing 23 Feb. Arix Bioscience — Intention to float on the main market from the global healthcare and life science company supporting medical innovation. Raised £52m in Feb 16 with investors including Woodford Investment Management Ramsdens Holdings –Schedule One from the financial services provider and retailer, operating in the core business segments of foreign currency exchange, pawnbroking loans, precious metals buying and selling and retailing of second hand and new jewellery. Expected admission to AIM 15 Feb raising circa £15.6m. Expected mkt cap £26.5m.
Small Cap Breakfast
16 Feb 17
Saffron Energy—Schedule One update. Raising £2.5m, expected Mkt Cap £7.7m. Admission due 24 Feb. Italian Oil & Gas Play Guinness Oil & Gas Exploration—Publication of prospectus. Seeking to raise £50m and invest in 15 exploration companies at launch, with plans to grow the portfolio to 30 positions during its lifetime. Issue closing 23 Feb. Arix Bioscience — Intention to float on the main market from the global healthcare and life science Company supporting medical innovation. Raised £52m in Feb 16 with investors including Woodford Investment Management