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08 Nov 16
"And so, the day has finally arrived. Clinton or Trump? Does American democracy now face its gravest test? Whatever the outcome, Europe appears to be between a rock and a hard place. The former is thought capable of putting the transatlantic relationship in peril, while the latter proposes to rip the US Constitution apart with the potential to leave the western world in shock. Clinton, whose victory will undoubtedly spark some form of relief rally, offers investors continuity and growth; but only on her terms will there be scope for additional stimulation through tax reform and infrastructural spending, while the EU can expect to finds itself pressurised to dig deep in its pocket and even deeper into its conscience with regard to adoption of the US's interventionist policy across territories ranging from Syria to Putin's Russia. By comparison, the many faces of Trump and a hopelessly divided Republican party present markets with a complete confusion of policy; by effectively challenging the nation's civic religion while proposing disregard for the process of law as it tears up established treaties, the US is immediately pushed off of the moral highground as xenophobia and bigotry prompts a rise in protectionism as the population looks increasingly inward. Sounds absolutely awful! But then perhaps, just perhaps, that is the clever thing about the US political system; historically there has been sufficient institutional safeguards built into the two congressional chambers to mitigate, defer and effectively neuter irresponsible actions that otherwise might be seen to irrevocably threaten status and reputation built-up over past decades. Investors had better hope so! Indeed, judging by the overnight markets, they were already counting on it, as all the US's principal indices rallied strongly with the S&P reversing 9 consecutive days of losses putting in its biggest gain since March. Asian markets initially followed suit, but a lack of follow- through having already covered most of their short positions during the previous session meant that the Nikkei and ASX eventually closed with fractional losses although the Chinese indices remained modestly positive throughout having received confirmation that exports declined at a reduced pace during October. With Europe's market open, the Dollar, Treasuries, Oil and Gold will narrowly range trade, ready to leap in one direction or the other with any decisive steer on the outcome. Neither is London likely to be in the mood to celebrate yesterday's better than expected October BRC sales data, suggesting the FTSE-100 will rise a modest 5 points or so in opening trade. The UK will release Industrial Production figures this morning, while OPEC publishes its world oil outlook. UK Corporates due to release earnings or trading updates include Associated British Foods (ABF.L), AVEVA (AVV.L), BBA Aviation (BBA.L), Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) and Punch Taverns (PUB.L). But really there is only one story today, and all market eyes will remain firmly fixed on the United States; back in 2012, the Associated Press called the result for Barack Obama at 04:38hrs, on which basis there are just over 20 hours to wait from the release of today's Breakfast Today before we know the result." - Barry Gibb, Research Analyst
28 Jul 16
"The FOMC delivered much as expected. Rates were left on hold but, by stating that 'Near-term risks to the economic outlook risks have diminished', the door has been left open for its first rate hike since December 2015 with the hot money remaining on +25bp in September and another +25bp before the year end. Lacking new excitement, London equities are expected to open marginally down, with the FTSE-100 seen down between 5 and 10 points in early trade. US markets closed in a similar mood, with the Dow and S&P 500 left virtually unchanged, leaving only the technology-heavy NASDAQ celebrating better than expected results from Apple following the previous close. Sentiment in Asia continued to yo-yo on the longawaited Japanese stimulus package, forcing the Nikkei to give back half of yesterday's gains, while the Shanghai Composite remained nervous amid threats of new regulation on wealth management products, leaving only the commoditydominated ASX enjoying a small positive by the close. Amongst UK corporates, investors are now able to put a figure on the cost to BHP Billiton (BLT.L) shareholders over the Samarco Dam disaster, with the company indicating a US$1.1bn to US$1.3bn provision, while in yesterday's statement GSK's (GSK.L) Board suggested the post-Brexit fall in Sterling presents a mix of new challenges to the Group. This morning, UK markets anticipate release of the Nationwide House Price Index along with a heavy clutch of results including, Anglo American (AAL.L), AstraZeneca (AZN.L), BAE (BA..L), Centrica (CNA.L), Diageo (DGE.L), Rolls Royce (RR..L), Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA.L) and Weir Group (WEIR.L)." - Barry Gibb, Research Analyst
29 Jun 16
Despite politicians and corporates across the world starting to outline the prospective economic pain and disruption likely to be felt by the UK as measures to effect its separation are put into place, equity investors remain in the mood to bargain hunt following the market plunge that resulted from Brexit. The FTSE- 100 is seen opening up around 55 points and is expected to continue to drag the principal European indices behind it. The ECB president, Mario Draghi, nevertheless has suggested the impact of the vote will be to knock 0.5% off Eurozone growth over three years, EU leaders have warned Westminster to expect hefty financial costs while even telecom blue chip, Vodafone, has informed shareholders that it is now considering moving its UK headquarters overseas. This gloomy background has been darkened further by the attack at Istanbul Airport, which reminds all that that a terrorist’s shadow remains cast over the developed world. Overnight, however, international markets shrugged off such concerns with the US indices regaining the previous day’s losses, with all three principal indices firmly up. This morning Asia followed suit, as speculators seized on sectors most hurt during Friday’s knee-jerk sell off, focussing particularly on the financials. Data watchers will be interested in this morning’s UK releases, which include Nationwide’s House Price Index and the Bank of England’s latest money and credit numbers, while the Conservative Party leadership contest nomination period opens. Amongst corporates, expect results from Dixons Carphone.
N+1 Singer - Morning Song 22-02-2017
22 Feb 17
CORETX (COR LN) Contract wins and new Lifestyle facility | Gooch & Housego (GHH LN) Solid Q1 trading plus earnings enhancing acquisition of StingRay Optics | NCC Group (NCC LN) Further issues in Assurance | PCI-PAL (PCIP LN) Strong H1 underpins positive outlook | UBM (UBM LN) Results | Verona Pharma (VRP LN) Phase IIa RPL554 add-on trial to tiotropium commenced
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.
Acceptance of all-cash offer by Kindred Group
23 Feb 17
32Red has agreed an all cash takeover by Kindred, at 196p per share. Together with an approved 4p dividend, this represents a 32.4% premium to last month’s average. This equates to 10.6x EV/EBITDA and 14.3x P/E for 2017, a small premium to the larger peer group. Given 32Red’s brand strength, regulated bias and growth momentum, this appears justified.
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*.
20 Feb 17
Hayward Tyler Group* (HAYT): Trading update and financial position (CORP) | Petra Diamonds (PDL): Interim results (BUY) | Gemfields* (GEM): Interim results (CORP) | Premaitha Health* (NIPT): Middle East momentum (CORP) | Sound Energy (SOU): Acquisition update and TE-8 well spud (HOLD) | Proactis* (PHD): Interim trading on track (CORP) | 7digital* (7DIG): Automotive contract win (CORP)
The imminent disposal of HotelInvest opens a new page for AccorHotels
23 Feb 17
Strong pace of FY16 results, strong prospects underpinned by a new strategy Accor released its FY16 results, marked by a challenging French market which as expected was heavily impacted by the terrorist attacks last year. But international geographies performed strongly and the overdue disposal of the property arm was further detailed (under the so-called Booster project) with a closing due in H1 17. This is paving the way for a new strategy for the group consisting of boosting the weight of private rental activities and community services (including concierge services via the recently-acquired John Paul), both to be at the heart of the company’s growth. Tough French market, but clear improvements in Q4 FY16 sales grew by 2.2% (+0.9% reported) in line with the market’s expectations with robust performances across most geographies, with improved figures in Q4 (sales lfl +3.1%, RevPAR +1.3%). In France (-2.8% lfl in sales but -1.2% in Q4), trading conditions remained challenging in Paris (RevPAR -13.2% in FY16) as a result of the terrorist activity, contrasting with the Provinces which held tight (+4.2% in RevPAR). At the group level, the UK (+2.3% in FY16 RevPAR, o/w +3.8% in Q4) and Germany (+4% in FY16 RevPAR, +3.1% in Q4) along with a strong Asia Pacific (+5.5% in sales LFL) and the Americas (+4.7% LFL) helped to compensate for the poor French market. Strong international markets, record EBIT level Group EBIT reached a record €696m level (+4.6% reported, +3.8% lfl, the EBIT margin at 12.4%, +50bp yoy) fuelled by a robust Q4 (improved performances in France), organic activity (+€25m), the contribution of FRHI (over 6 months in H2, €48m) and hotel development (€7m), all of which compensated for the negative contribution of new businesses (including Fastbooking, Onefinestay and John Paul) and FX impacts (€18m). The Asia-Pacific region (+32% in EBIT lfl) benefited from the sustained development completed since 2014 while the UK and Germany played as strong supports for the NCEE region (55% of Group EBIT, +9% lfl). Brazil continued to weigh on the Americas’ performances (-18% in EBIT lfl) while France (-13% in EBIT lfl) felt the pain of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice. The group’s net profit rose by 8.6% at €265m while net debt reached €1.6bn (vs €194m of net cash position in FY15), largely due to acquisitions, including FRHI (for €2.6bn, partly financed by €768m of cash).