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31Oct16 04:15 RNS Total Voting Rights
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25Aug16 12:00 RNS Block listing Interim Review
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Support Group

  • 02 Jun 16

Highlights this quarter: Topic of the quarter: A significant proportion of the Support Services industry is characterised by regular, scheduled visits driven by fear that something might be about to go wrong. Maintenance schedules by Facilities Managers or visits by Home Carers for example. An entire cost base dedicated to continuously rotating skills around a client base (preventative) sits alongside another cost base focused on fixing a problem when the safety net fails (reactive). But what if you could tell that a part is about to fail or a particular service is about to be needed (predictive)? The Internet of Things holds enormous potential for the Support Services sector. Those fleets of white vans that currently monotonously tour clients will only be seen when they are on-route to a specific need, laden with precisely the right part. Economic indicators: The outlook remains weak. While services PMIs remain better than manufacturing, service sector growth in the UK weakened in April. Labour markets remain strong but uncertainty in the UK, driven in part by the potential Brexit, has resulted in a switch from permanent hiring to temporary, despite the National Living Wage driving the sharpest rise in temporary pay since mid-2007. Sector newsflow: People skills are in demand this quarter with takeover bids for Penna and Sweett Group (following on from ISG and Xchanging last quarter). Serco continues on its recovery path with contract renegotiations yielding benefits, and Babcock has extended its track record of delivery with another good set of results and solid outlook. MITIE highlighted lower UK growth rates with further government spending cuts, increasing labour costs and uncertainty relating to the EU referendum. HSS has seen some signs of softness in the UK and Lakehouse revised down its expectations again. Sector valuation: The sector has underperformed the All Share by -0.8% in 2016 with smaller companies reversing some of the significant outperformance from 2015. Logistics (driven by Menzies and the mail providers) and Equipment Rental (as Aggreko and HSS started to reverse significant declines in 2015) are the best relative performers to date. Other outperformers are Consultants (we highlight Utilitywise in this note), Distributors (Acal is also set to benefit from IoT) and Self Storage (where we continue to highlight Lok'nStore as the best way to play structural growth here, supported by relative valuation).