For investors, the UK telecoms sector has presented immense challenges. Having boomed in the 1990s, mainly on the back of mobile telephony growth rates, telecom shares subsequently fell back sharply, as major debt concerns predominated. With Cable & Wireless (C & W) having exited, the UK sector now consists of little more than British Telecom (BT), privatised in 1984, and Vodafone, which was founded in the early 1980s.
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Filta Group (Filta) announced FY’20 results in line with expectations. We are not changing the forecasts we published last month. What is clear is that the business has performed robustly during COVID-19, adding new clients and becoming an important part of its clients’ processes. With business levels back to 70% of preCOVID-19 levels and with its largest clients yet to reopen, Filta is emerging from this fog stronger than ever. Assuming there is no reversion to widescale lockdowns, our forecast
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Despite the pandemic causing major disruption to many of the group's customers, Filta navigated FY20A well, generating positive Adj EBITDA (£1.1m) and FCF (£0.8m). Successful vaccination programmes in Filta's core USA and UK markets are enabling venues to steadily reopen. With consumers sitting on record levels of savings, and there being significant pent-up demand for leisure activities that Filta service (eg restaurants, sports venues etc), the outlook appears increasingly positive for the gro
In the past few weeks, all the listed multi-national pharmaceutical companies have reported results for 2020, which has given us the opportunity to update our industry statistics and drug database. This report provides the first, snapshot publication of global and US rankings of the top 20 drug companies for 2020. Comparisons are made with historical data to show how different company strategies have evolved. In addition, summary analysis has been provided for the sales evolution of therapeutic
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Filta Group (Filta) announced that it had remained EBITDA-positive in 2020, despite most of its customers closing for part of the period and revenue falling by a third. Net debt fell to £0.5m. The US reopening is accelerating, while the UK is due to follow in April. Filta has used the period to reduce costs and improve its business model. We expect it to emerge as an even better business as COVID-19 is tamed. Our forecasts are reinstated: we see 2021 EBITDA similar to 2018, and we estimate a rec
Despite the significant impact COVID-19 had on many of the group's customers in FY20E, Filta was able to report positive EBITDA (c£1m) and an improved net debt position. Group run-rate revenues are now at c60-65% of FY19A levels, and with the successful roll-out of vaccine programmes across the group's key markets (US and UK), the outlook appears increasingly positive for Filta. Given the improving visibility, we reinstate forecasts (FY21E and FY22E Adj EBITDA of £2.8m and £4.5m respectively), a
UK railway privatisation, which was launched in the mid-1990s, has finally turned full circle: the Department of Transport has recently confirmed that its controversial railway franchise system will be scrapped.
In this month's feature article, Nigel Hawkins, the Infrastructure analyst at Hardman & Co, examines the 25-year history of railway privatisation and chronicles its ups and its downs. The successes of railway privatisation, such as new rolling stock, are addressed, along with the ma
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In the past two years, since Hardman & Co first started to target the IC sector, we have heard many managers of ICs and boards talk of the growth of the retail investor on their registers. Many have approached Hardman & Co for help in addressing this market, since we have a unique strength in this field relative to other providers.
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Filta's FY20 trading update confirms a much stronger performance for the group in H2 versus that in H1, boosted by an increasing number of customers opening up during the summer period. Despite Covid-19 significantly affecting the restaurant and leisure sector, a strong focus on cash management meant that Filta reduced its net debt (excluding leases) by £0.4m YoY to £0.5m. With a healthy sales pipeline, solid balance sheet cash position (£4.2m), and vaccine roll-out progress, management has more
Although 2020 will probably go down in history as one of the most challenging years experienced during our lifetime, it will also likely be chronicled as one of the best years for the recognition and appreciation of science. As we entered 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was in its infancy. However, it rapidly evolved through the exponential rise in infections and mortality globally. Much has been achieved during the past 12 months in the fight against COVID-19, but, as we enter 2021, there are consi
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President Trump likes to project himself as a highly successful businessman, but surprisingly little is known about his true financial position. Various articles, including a 2016 in-depth analysis by The Wall Street Journal, have speculated about his income and asset base. All sorts of claims and counter-claims have been made about his wealth – by Trump himself, pitching his fortune at some $9bn, and by journalist Timothy O'Brien, suggesting that it is as “low” as $150m-$250m. It is doubtful wh
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Filta Group (Filta) announced that it remained EBITDA-positive in 1H’20, despite most of its customers closing for part of the period. Business is returning as customers reopen, with sports stadia expected to be the last to resume catering. Filta has used the period to reduce costs and improve its business model. We expect it to emerge as an even better business when COVID-19 is tamed. Our 2020 forecasts remain suspended.
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The group has released a positive trading update with strong trading seen recently in the US along with signs of recovery in Europe and Australia. It is quite unusual for this conservative company to boost its guidance at this fairly early stage in the year, with raised guidance for FY21 leading us to increase our adjusted EPS by 15%. The shares trade on a discount to peers and offer a premium yield. We lift our price target from 435p to 520p, up 20% and offering decent upside to current levels.
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AFC Energy hosted a virtual Capital Markets Event yesterday attended by over 750 participants.
The company re-emphasised its key technological advantage, namely, AFC Energy's technology can successfully run on a range of cheaper hydrogen sources including hydrogen ‘cracked' from green ammonia. Based on AFC Energy's market analysis, it stated that on an energy equivalent basis ammonia costs less than one quarter of the cost of hydrogen. Ammonia is a liquid under normal conditions, making it a d
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AFC Energy hosted its maiden Capital Markets Event yesterday, giving an excellent summary of its progress in the last year and its prospects. The company is making good progress in commercialising its EV charging product alongside ABB and should be ready for market in 2022. We believe the long-term prospects for the company remain exciting.
Powerhouse has announced progress with the international roll out of its DMG waste to hydrogen technology with an agreement towards the licencing of the technology in Greece and Hungary. This follows a similar agreement in Poland and demonstrates the global appeal of Powerhouse’s solution in our view. While development of the Protos project in the UK remains important, the ability to expand internationally is part of the appeal of the Powerhouse investment case and it is good to see progress her
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The AGM trading update quantifies the current order book position which, at a fully committed £472m, has put on another 3.5% since the end of January. In itself that may look a modest sum but YoY the increase is 23.5% and is a critical aspect of the trajectory towards its medium-term target of £500m revenue (pre-COVID 2019 was £335m). Allied to strong levels of outstanding tenders and pipeline bid opportunities, management's target revenue is becoming more credible and with it the underpinning o
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The UK market showed a continued recovery in the first quarter albeit the indices are still well short of their all-time peaks, unlike many of their international peers. The FTSE 100 has risen by 1,186 points (21.4%) since the end of October and the FTSE 250 by 4,304 points (25.0%). The comparable performance since the start of the year is less spectacular- the FTSE 100 has risen by 253 points (3.9%) and the FTSE 250 has risen by 1,070 points (5.0%). The factors behind the sustained rally are fa
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Semper Fortis Esports* recently announced its intention to IPO onto the Access Segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market. Semper is a multi-operational Esports organisation focusing on gaming technology solutions, brand enhancement and high growth team infrastructures. The company plans to raise £2.5m to develop their three core areas of establishing an esports team, forming partnerships with brands for sponsorship and B2B consultancy services. The Board are highly experienced in spor
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Oil rose this month with a slew of positive economic data and signs of a budding fuel consumption revival in key economies offsetting a worsening coronavirus crisis elsewhere.
Futures in New York rose this week, extending its monthly gain to 7.5%. The near-certain likelihood of higher fuel consumption in the US, China and the UK has brightened the overall demand outlook, even as a resurgent pandemic in countries such as India, Brazil and Japan cloud those prospects. OPEC and its allies see wo
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Bacanora Lithium (BCN LN) – Potential offer from Ganfeng
Lucara Diamonds (LUC CN) – Reports healthiest diamond market for 5 years
Pasofino Gold (VEIN CN) – C$9m equity raise
Power Metal Resources* (POW LN) – New corporate presentation
Rambler Metals and Mining* (RMM LN) – 2021 Q1 results and progress of recovery plan
Rio Tinto (RIO LN) – Battery-grade lithium produced at California plant
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MAST Energy Developments (MED) is to IPO on the Standard List on 14th April 2021 under the ticker MAST. The company has raised £5m giving a market capitalisation on listing of c. £23m. MED is currently a 100% subsidiary company of AIM quoted, Kibo Energy*. MED was established to acquire and develop a portfolio of flexible power plants in the UK and become a multi-asset operator in the rapidly growing Reserve Power market. PensionBee has confirmed its intention to float on the High Growth Se
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Microsaic’s business model is evolving, and whilst results today reflect a financial performance that has been severally tempered by COVID-19, there are encouraging early signs of a turnaround now funding has been secured. Microsaic is transitioning its business beyond the capital sale of its novel miniaturised mass spectrometry (MS) instruments, consumables and support services, to a business model that uses its technology and instruments to deliver complex solutions for end users. There are a
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CRU has announced the sale of its Haydock property which it had retained following the sale of Coral Mouldings. It needs to spend £650k replacing the roof and the property will then be sold for £3.5m which should generate a book profit of £350k. The proceeds should be received by the end of 3Q 2021. We forecast cash balances as at April 2022 will be c.£12m, or £8m net of lease liabilities and other borrowings. NAV should be c.17.5p.
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On 6 May 2021, AEG received a notice of violation issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ). The letter advises AEG to submit a permit modification application as soon as possible to address the changes made, and not to construct or operate any ‘unpermitted emission control device' or operate any part of the process that has been modified from the original permit/application submitted. AEG has declared that it has already made a submission to the NCDEQ to modify th
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Oil posted a gain this week as expectations for growing economic activity in nations from the US to Europe fuelled optimism around stronger summer demand. Futures in New York advanced 2.1% this week in the first back-to-back weekly increase since early March. Fuel sales in the UK rose to the highest since the pandemic again, and in the US, refineries are running at their highest rate since the pandemic began as they gear up for the summer driving season.
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