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StatPro has received a recommended all-cash offer at 230p per share (a 54.9% premium to the closing price) from Confluence Technologies, a private equity-backed (TA Associates) US-based provider of solutions to the global asset management industry. The offer is recommended by the board and supported by shareholders representing 65.2% of the shares. At the interims, management confirmed its focus on driving sales, having established the building blocks for growth (consolidation of the Revolution
Companies: Statpro Group
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StatPro produced a solid set of interim results, with organic annualised recurring revenue (ARR) growth accelerating to 3.2% from 1.1% at end-2018. The EBITDA margin continued to expand and the group has a widening range of growth drivers in place. After many years of development on the group’s Revolution cloud platform and new divisions in place, which also creates opportunities in the data space, the focus is increasingly shifting onto driving sales. Given the group’s c £57.3m recurring revenu
StatPro’s interim results reflect growth in Annualised Recurring Revenue (ARR) and EBITDA which result from increasing margins, improved growth in new contract numbers and fewer cancellations. Although there is some influence on the shape of the reported numbers from restatements and some exceptional items, it is clear that progress has continued in the first half. The new divisional structure has given the businesses renewed impetus and it was clear from a number of announcements during the fir
Interswitch, a Nigeria-based payments firm, has hired advisers to resurrect plans for a stock-market listing in London and Lagos later this year, which may value the financial technology company at $1.3bn to $1.5bn.
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StatPro has announced that it has secured a conversion from its legacy StatPro Seven software to its cloud-based StatPro Revolution service with a large insurance company. This resulting three-year contract has a minimum value of £1.5 million representing a 77% increase in annual subscription. This large contract with an existing key client brings a good uplift in annual revenue and represents another conversion from Seven that remains within the Group while further endorsing the cloud-focused s
Positive newsflow continues, with StatPro announcing a significant £1.5m conversion from its legacy Seven suite to its modern Revolution cloud platform. This follows the recent news of a partnership with JP Morgan’s Data and Analytics business and the acquisition of an ESG research and index business. The deal is significant since it is a large contract with a key client, has an attractive 77% conversion premium and signals that the group is moving towards the end stages of conversions of its le
StatPro has announced a partnership with JP Morgan which it believes will be a significant contributor to growth in the future. We see the announcement as both another endorsement of StatPro’s cloud-based Revolution platform and an important new distribution channel for the Group. Initially for five years, the partnership will develop Risk and Performance Attribution capabilities for portfolio managers through J.P. Morgan's data and analytics platform. When launched, the service will be immediat
StatPro has this morning announced the acquisition of a business active in the provision of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) ratings and indices. The deal offers a good fit with the group’s existing client base and product range, and is expected to be modestly earnings-enhancing in the first full year of ownership. We note a similar recent purchase by the London Stock Exchange. We upgrade our 2020E earnings estimates slightly to reflect the deal.
StatPro has acquired ECPI, a small private Italian environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and index business, from its management for a total consideration of c €2.9m (c £2.6m). While the deal is small, we believe there is significant potential to add value by cross-selling the products to StatPro’s large global client base. In our view, the shares continue to look undervalued, given the group’s c £56m recurring revenue book and the attractive rating (c 14x FY20e), especially in lig
Alumasc Group plc, the prem ium building products, system s and solutions group, has announced its intention to m ove from the Premium Segment of the main market to AIM. Expected market cap of £33.4m. Expected 25 June 2019
Argentex a UK-based forex service provider founded in 2011 by its current management team which operates as a Riskless Principal for nonspeculative and forward foreign exchange as structured financial derivatives is looking to join AIM. Offer TBC, expected 25 June
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Following a solid performance in 2018, StatPro’s AGM statement confirms that the Group has traded in line with expectations during the first part of the current financial year. This is consistent with the outlook comment in the March FY 2018 results announcement which said that the Group had good visibility into H1 2019 with a solid business pipeline. We also note recent positive announcements on contracts – the latest of which was made earlier this week when the Group announced a three year ext
Trading remains in line and we have maintained our forecasts, which imply 2.7% FY19 organic revenue growth. Management’s two key priorities for FY19 are 1) improving EBITDA margins in all areas of the business and 2) ensuring the Delta integration is a success. In the longer run, margins stand to benefit from the group’s increasing scale and costs dropping out as the group’s three software platforms are consolidated over the next few years. In our view, the shares continue to look attractive, gi
StatPro has announced a useful extension to a contract with an existing customer – a total of €1.2m over three years from a Revolution Delta client. The news does not cause us to revisit our estimates, but provides a useful boost to forecast security, and demonstrates both client satisfaction and the positive tailwind of ongoing regulatory change. We look forward to hearing more around the time of the AGM later in May.
Induction Healthcare Group plc—a healthcare technology company focused on streamlining the delivery of care by Healthcare Professionals looking to join AIM. Expected raise of £14.58m at 115p, market cap of £34.07m. Expected 22 May 2019.
SDX Energy plc—a North Africa focused oil and gas company, announces its intention to complete a Canadian plan of arrangement under section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act and will have shares de-listed from the TSX-V and admitted to trading on AI
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JOHN MENZIES+ (MNZS, BUY at 315p) – Note Publication: Evolutionary trends…
MARKS & SPENCER+ (MKS, HOUSE STOCK at 253p) Q3 TS – FY22 guidance firmed up, c5% underlying upgrade
NORTHBRIDGE INDUSTRIAL SERVICES+ (NBI, House Stock at 174p) - Further progress in Tasman disposal
BUNZL^ (BNZL, BUY at 2723p) – Note published: Solid strategic outlook
TESCO^ (TSCO, BUY at 292p) Q3 & Christmas TS – a beat to expectations and so further FY22 upgrades (c5%)
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We believe the narrative for the UK equity market remains very good. Some inflation appears embedded in markets and economic growth seems robust. We saw investors show caution into the end of 2021 and so have cash to deploy in our view. This has been corroborated by investor feedback we’ve had already this year. The UK equity market is materially cheaper than global equities on a relative basis so asset allocators have to be looking at UK equities while UK 2022 GDP growth is likely the best of t
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Genflow Biosciences, a UK-based biotechnology company focused on longevity and the development of therapies to counteract the effects of aging and diseases associated with advanced age intends to float on the Main Market (Standard). The Company will become the first longevity biotechnology firm to list in Europe. Genflow has raised £3.7m in an oversubscribed placing, conditional upon admission becoming effective. The flotation will value Genflow at approximately £23.4m.
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As expected, the industry-wide supply chain challenges and inflationary pressure have weighed on Asos’ activity. However, the group has maintained its FY 22 guidance despite ongoing market headwinds. Also, Asos has announced its intention to move to the main market of LSE.
The confirmation of FY guidance and move to the main market of LSE shows the management’s strong confidence and enhances the strategic visibility after the departure of the CEO and change of chair.
Companies: ASOS plc
Highlights of FY21 are 28% organic revenue growth at Clareti, group EBITDA 8% ahead of our forecasts and net cash nearly £4m ahead of our expectations on “very strong” cash collections and lower than expected acquisition costs. Our unchanged FY22 forecasts are well underpinned by 88% contracted revenues. We forecast ARR will grow a further 17% organic in FY22, which is one of the fastest growth rates in our universe. We introduce a Buy recommendation and 220p price target.
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Genflow Biosciences, a UK-based biotechnology company focused on longevity and the development of therapies to counteract the effects of aging and diseases associated with advanced age intends to float on the Main Market (Standard). The Company will become the first longevity biotechnology firm to list in Europe. Genflow has raised £3.7m in an oversubscribed placing, conditional upon admission becoming effective. The flotation will value Genflow at approximatel
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Mac Alpha Limited (MACA.L) joined the Main Market. (24/12/21)
Atome Energy PLC (ATOM.L) joined AIM. (30/12/21)
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Graft Polymer a business focused on the development of polymer modification and drug delivery systems is to join the Main Market (Standard). Graft Polymer has developed a proprietary set of polymer modification technologies, which can improve existing products and processing methodologies by enhancing per
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Ridgecrest (Formerly Nakama Group) has left AIM.
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Carbon Air, a nano-technology company which leverages the adsorption properties of activated carbon and other advanced materials to improve suspension systems, enhance acoustics or reduce noise, to join AIM. The Company's proprietary technology has allowed it to develop a unique portfolio of solutions for a variety of sizeable end markets, including vehicle suspension systems,
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Following a +24% upgrade to FY21 EBITDA at its 16 December trading update, Audioboom has announced an even stronger end to FY21, and we upgrade our FY21 revenue by +2% to $60.2m, adjusted EBITDA by +19% to $3.0m, adjusted EPS by +22% to $0.16, and net cash by +40% to $3.0m. The upgrades have been driven by Audioboom capitalising on strong advertiser demand for its premium podcast content, strong growth in podcast audiences, and the highly successful launch of its SHOWCASE platform in Q4. For its
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Interims confirm unchanged forecasts after a busy end of 2021 that concluded with a flurry of acquisitions, a capital markets day, and a £104m placing. Six acquisitions in the current financial year (to April) complement 13% annualised organic ARR growth, lifting proforma ARR (including post period end acquisitions) to £86.3m (1H21: £54.8m; FY21: £64.1m). Adj EBITDA of £13.2m maintained an EBITDA margin of 34.1% vs 34.5% in 1H21, compounding the benefit of headline revenue growth of 33% to £38.
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Where next for markets in 2022? In our view, if COVID is not on the way out, we are just going to have to live with it now and it will have less and less impact on economic forecasts going forward. Instead, the bigger issues for investors to deal with in 2022 are cost inflation and staff shortages for business (which are already hitting earnings momentum), energy cost inflation and higher taxes hitting the consumer wallet, and markets that start from very elevated valuation multiples compared wi
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