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Maistro issued full year results for FY’18 highlighting revenue growth of 154% to £1.5m. Revenue growth was primarily driven by traction with its core customer (Revenues: £0.9m; 2017: £0.0m) fitting with management’s new, targeted ‘land and expand’ strategy. Cash-burn remained stable at £2.1m. During FY’18 the group completed a successful share issue raising £2.1m net of fees; the cash balance stood at £1.1m at year-end, with £0.9m of the raise collected in early 2019. We are encouraged by continued strong growth; however execution remains key, with performance against management’s strategic goals required to unlock value potential.
Clinigen Group (CLIN LN) FY results in line, further acquisitions & placing | CVS Group (CVSG LN) Reassuring tenor to FY18 finals | Halfords Group (HFD LN) New strategic vision launched to build on existing strengths | Itaconix (ITX LN) Focused on commercial progress following recent fundraise | Maistro (MAIS LN) Momentum continuing to build into H2’18 and beyond | Urban&Civic (UANC LN) Contracting parcels, positive developments towards planning | Vp (VP/ LN) Positive H1 update highlights further good progress | Zinc Media Group (ZIN LN) Strategy boosts visibility and quality
Companies: CLIN CVSG HFD ITX MAIS UANC VP/ ZIN
Green Man Gaming—pure play e-commerce and technology company in the digital video games industry. revenue CAGR growth of 26.7% in the last three years to £47.5m. Due late Sep. EBITDA Profitable. Offer TBA Crossword Cybersecurity PLC* (NEX:CCS)—the technology commercialisation company focusing exclusively on the cyber security sector is exploring its options in relation to a potential move to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange which, if it were to proceed, would likely take place over the next few months. Path Investments (PATH) -RTO of a 50 per cent. participating interest in the producing Alfeld-Elze II gas field located 22 kilometres south of Hannover in Germany. Seeking £10m. Offer TBA. Due Mid September Kropz PLC-Intention to float by the emerging plant nutrient producer with an advanced stage phosphate mining project in South Africa and exploration assets in West Africa
Companies: EML BBSN GHH CNS BOTB OCI CDGP CNIC MAIS AQX
Maistro reported an encouraging FY’17 set of results that show the group is on a much improved trajectory, led by the new Board (appointed in July 2017) and supported by a much stronger balance sheet. Revenues for the group materially increased (164%) in the second half of 2017 compared with the first half of 2017 driven by improved engagement with Enterprise customers particularly in the UK and Eurozone. Adjusted LBITDA reduced 25% to $2.7m with a cash balance at year end of $3.3m following two share placings. The outlook is positive and the group believes it can build on the progress made in H2’17 into 2018 and beyond as Enterprises seek innovation to improve their corporate buying processes.
accesso Technology (ACSO LN) First healthcare partnership | Clinigen Group (CLIN LN) Downgrades irritating, mask more important progress | IDOX (IDOX LN) First steps to rebuilding confidence | IndigoVision Group (IND LN) Period of stabilisation targeted | Maistro (MAIS LN) Much improved H2’17 performance | Nichols (NICL LN) Finals highlight another year of excellent top-line execution | Redde (REDD LN) Growth from new relationship, 3-8% EPS upgrades
Companies: ACSO CLIN IDOX IDOX IND MAIS NICL REDD
Blur issued a positive trading update indicating revenue and gross profit making quarter on quarter progress. The group also talked about an increasing rate of repeat business and the addition of significant new customers though usage of the platform builds up over time. With cash balances at 22 Nov 2017 of £2.7m, the group has sufficient working capital to fund its strategy over the next coming years. We continue to believe there is a strong opportunity to provide enterprises with a technology platform that brings efficiency and transparency in the procurement of business services.
Belluscura— Provider of premium medical devices at value prices to address part of the global unmet need for affordable, premium quality medical devices. Raising £7.5m to £10m. Offer TBA. Due early Dec Ten Lifestyle Hldgs - Technology-enabled lifestyle and travel platform providing trusted concierge services to the world's wealthy. Net revenue increased from £20m in the year ended 31 August 2015 to £33m in the year ended 31 August 2017, a compound annual growth rate of 29%. Offer TBA, expected 27 Nov 2017. Miriad Advertising—Global video advertising company incorporated in 2015 and is engaged in the development of native invideo advertising . 2016 rev £0.7m and £7.3m operating loss. Offer TBA Keystone Law Group— full service law firm with over 250 self-employed lawyers . Due 27 Nov. Raising £10m at 160p. Mkt Cap £50m. Revenue of £25.6 million and EBITDA of £2.1 million. In FYJan17. Beeks Financial Cloud -niche cloud computing and connectivity provider for automated (algorithmic) trading in Forex and Futures financial products . Raising £7m. Mkt Cap c.£24.5m. Due 27 Nov. FYJun17 rev £4m. Profitable at operating level. OnTheMarket—Intention to float on AIM to raise c.£50m which will be used to fund the growth of the OnTheMarket.com portal, already the third biggest UK residential property portal provider. Expected valuation £200m to £250m. OG Graphite, brownfield development-stage graphite company focused on the reactivation of its wholly-owned Kearney natural flake graphite mine and mill located 280 km north of Toronto, Canada. Offer TBA, expected mid November.
Companies: RGL IDEA MAIS MED TILS YGEN MOGP NTOG CALL ANR
blur reported FY 2016 results showing revenue of $0.83m, adjusted LBITDA of $3.6m and year end cash of $2.5m. The group’s transition to an enterprise-only strategy ceased direct marketing activities at the SME market whilst long sales cycles in the enterprise space meant revenues developed slowly. Significant reductions in cost helped to keep the loss in line with expectations and reduce cash burn. On July 7 2017, the group announced a successful placing raising £1.75m (before expenses) and with it, a refresh of the Board. The new Board is currently conducting a review of the business and during this period, we are suspending our forecasts and will re-publish them in due course. We continue to believe there is a highly attractive opportunity for a platform providing automation for the enterprise procurement process, particularly in services. There group continued to make positive progress in 2017 and we await the update from the new Board as to its strategy to best convert the opportunity.
Altus Strategies—African focused natural resource Company. Offer TBC. Expected Mid July. Harvey Nash Group— Provider of professional recruitment and offshore solutions moving to AIM from Main. No capital to be raised. Mkt Cap c. £57.8m. AnimalCare—RTO of Ecuphar NV, a European animal health company. £30m raise. Ecuphar FY16 rev £68.4m, underlying EBITDA £8.9m. Due 13 July. Angling Direct -Schedule 1 from the specialist fishing tackle retailer in the UK . Raising £9m of which £7.4m new money. Mkt cap c. £27.4m. Due 13 July NEXUS Infrastructure—£35m vendor sale. Mkt cap £70.5m. Provider of essential infrastructure services to the UK housebuilding and commercial sectors. Expected 11 July. FYSep16 rev £135.7m. Greencoat Renewables - Schedule 1. Targeting a portfolio of operating renewable electricity generation assets, initially investing in wind generation assets in Ireland. Offer TBC. Due Mid July. QUIZ— Omni-channel fast fashion womenswear Company intention to float. Due July 2017. Offer TBA I3 Energy –Schedule 1 Update. Independent oil and gas company with assets and operations in the UK. Offer TBC, Mid July admission. Verditek— Sch 1 update. The Company's subsidiaries will be involved in advanced solar photovoltaic, filtration and absorption technologies specialising in providing environmental services. Issue price 10p. Admission late June Rockpool Acquisitions—Northern Ireland based Company seeking strong NI acquisition with an international outlook. Raising £1.5m at 10p. Due 5 July Hipgnosis Songs Fund investment company offering pure-play exposure to Songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. Prospectus yet to be published. Impact Investment Trust—Exposure to a diversified portfolio of funds providing SMEs across developing economies with the growth capital they need to have a positive impact on the lives of the world's poorer populations. Raising up to $150m at $1.00 Residential Secure Income - social housing REIT raising up to £300m Admission due c.12 July. Curzon Energy—Report on Proactive Investors of intended LSE float this year with acquisition of coal bed methane assets in Oregon. Looking to raise £3m plus. NLB Group—financial and banking institution based in Slovenia, with a network of 356 branches. Seeking Ljubliana Stock Exchange listing with GDRs on the LSE. Expected mid June. Kuwait Energy— has not been able to complete its initial public offering as announced in its Intention To Float of 3 May 2017. However, in light of positive feedback from potential investors, the Company remains committed to obtaining a London listing and continues to explore its options. Supermarket Income REIT– Up to £200m raise to acquire a diversified portfolio of supermarket real estate assets in the UK, providing long-term RPI-linked income. Due 21 July.
Companies: FUTR UKOG THR NSCI DX/ MAIS PHD LWLG COS
ABZA (ABZA) Supported by capacity shortage and CDMO M&A | blur Group (BLUR LN) Update on financing, business plan and current trading | Marston’s (MARS LN) Updated forecasts & view
Companies: MARS MAIS ABZA
With blur’s cash at 31 May 2017 standing at $1.14m, the group conducted market soundings with new and existing potential cornerstone investors to see if it can secure additional funding. On conclusion of some of these initial discussions, the proposed investment terms included a number of onerous conditions which the board considered to be not in the best interest of shareholders. As such, it is currently evaluating alternative sources of near-term funding, which may or may not be forthcoming within four to six weeks. blur is continuing to execute on its enterprise customer strategy, remains engaged with a number of customers, continues to control costs with Q1 performance in line with expectations; however, it is clear that protecting/shoring up the equity value can only be achieved by securing additional funding.
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.
Companies: KWS EKT DPP RRL DSG AURA MAIS FLOW TLY KOD
AKERS BIOSCIENCES INC (AKER US) | ASA RESOURCE GROUP PLC (ASA LN) | BLUR GROUP PLC (BLUR LN) | GRIFFIN MINING (GFM LN) | LIDCO GROUP (LID LN) | NORICUM GOLD LIMITED (NMG LN) | PREMIER TECHNICAL SERVICES GRP LTD (PTSG LN) | PROACTIS HLDGS (PHD LN) | VALIRX PLC (VAL LN)
Companies: VAL ASA GFM MAIS NMG PTSG LID PHD AKR
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IQE’s CFO, Tim Pullen, discusses the company’s recent interim results and explains the operational measures IQE has put in place to support growth. He also explains why it is well placed to adapt to shifts in the global electronics supply chain being brought about by US/Chinese trade sanctions. With the infrastructure phase of the capacity-expansion programme nearing completion, he explains why future investment in capacity will be much more linear and discretionary, based on anticipated demand. As a result, supported by recent cost-control measures, the company expects to generate cash in H2. With an increased debt facility in place, management is confident it will not need to raise further capital. Tim ends by discussing how management sees margins evolving and how investors should view the timing of the company’s growth opportunities across multiple different applications.
These are exciting times for Bango as it matures and expands. After many years building merchant and carrier connections and volumes, the payment processing platform has reached profitability and will rapidly scale revenue on a fixed cost base. The data business is a natural evolution, driving greater payment volumes in a steadily accelerating virtuous circle; adding more data sources will spin it ever faster. Well-managed by an experienced team and uniquely positioned in a high growth industry, we launch coverage with the Interims in a seminal year: Bango is now fully funded and its revenues continue to grow rapidly, targeting breakeven this year and promising significant cash profits from next. We feel the market has yet to fully appreciate the exciting prospects for Bango and set a 225p target price.
Tech IPOs year to date have performed well. 8/13 venture-backed tech IPOs this year, including Slack's direct listing, are in profitable territory. If you'd put $1 million into each of them at the IPO price, your $13 million initial investment would be worth $21.7 million - a 67% gain compared to +20% performance in the S&P 500 YTD. As we’ve discussed earlier this month, investors’ appetite for technologies leveraging secular trends appears undiminished
Companies: TRAK CPX SEE QTX
Bango has announced solid H1 2019A results in our view, with momentum remaining strong. At £467m, End User Spend (“EUS”) was confirmed as having more than doubled for a fifth consecutive year, and underlying opex levels remain broadly stable. A further highlight was the positive contribution from the data business, which now contributes over 25% of group revenue. We make revisions to FY 2019E earnings estimates following the release, noting, inter alia, Bango’s continuing commitment to investment in R&D to support its innovative product development. We also introduce FY 2020E forecasts for the first time which reflect the fruits of that investment.
The Interims have been brought forward in light of a warning on H2. Quixant had previously flagged that 2019 would be heavily H2-weighted and H1 is weak but in line with expectations. However, a recent review of customer intentions reveals that H2 orders will not meet expected volumes. The global gaming machine market is still healthy but key customers (notably Ainsworth) have lost significant market share to Aristocrat in Australia and N. America. We cut our FY 2019 and FY 2020 forecasts; however, no customers have been lost and the concentration is much reduced while the long-term growth potential and cash generation remains strong.
ECSC Group plc* (ECSC.L, 72.5p/£6.6m) Interims: Managed Serivces boosts margins; positive start to H2 (11.09.19) | The Character Group plc* (CCT.L, 360p/£77m) Pre-close update: Scandinavia disappoints (13.09.19) | MTI Wireless Edge Ltd* (MWE.L, 29.5p/£25.8m) Contract win: Scope for growth (16.09.19)
Companies: ECSC CCT MWE
Facebook has been working to develop augmented reality glasses out of its Facebook Reality Labs in Redmond, Washington, for the past couple of years, but struggles with the development of the project have led the company to seek help. Now, Facebook is hoping a partnership with RayBan parent company Luxottica will get them completed and ready for consumers between 2023 and 2025, according to people familiar. Needless to say, we highlight a potentially substantial threat to Snap Inc, and a potentially huge opportunity for developers within the Facebook ecosystem.
Companies: EVRH ESYS BGO BOKU EQLS IMMO SMRT TECH VRE
ZOO has delivered a strong AGM update, highlighting a solid performance in H1 to date, with profitability buoyed by high-margin technical work. The industry appears to be (albeit very slowly) establishing procurement platforms to build and manage the multiple new systems needed in the rush to direct-to-consumer models. We make no changes to forecasts, but look forward to further announcements during H2 and beyond.
Companies: Zoo Digital Group
Arcontech has reported a strong set of FY19 results that have driven large but still conservative upgrades to our existing 2020 estimates. In this report, we also present an in-depth review of the Arcontech investment case, which we split into two parts. For Arcontech’s organic business, we expect that the company’s robust structural position can continue to deliver at least 6% revenue growth (FY19 +12%) and at least 7% EPS growth (FY19 +26%) in 2020-21. Meanwhile, we believe that Arcontech’s strong balance sheet creates a range of options for Arcontech as an acquirer or target, or could alternatively facilitate greater shareholder returns. We upgrade our price target to 200p based on 25x 2020 EPS, and Arcontech trades on 12m fwd multiples of 19x P/E, an EFCF yield of 3.8%, and a dividend yield of 1.4%.
Companies: Arcontech Group
This morning, Concurrent Technologies, the supplier of Intel based embedded computer systems, announced a strong set interim results for the period to 30 June 2019. Revenue was up 20.3% to £9.5m as sales increased across all sectors, with Defence remaining the largest sector by revenue. Order intake has also increased, resulting in record order book levels, giving confidence in the outlook for FY19. Exports generated 90% of revenue (H1/18: 88%). Cash generation during the period was also strong, with cash in the balance sheet at period end of £10.0m (H1/18: £7.8m), c21.8% of current market cap. Given its steady growth prospects and trading on a basic PER of 15.0x (ex-one-off other income of £1m), a significant cash balance and a prospective yield of 3.9%, the shares look attractively valued.
Companies: Concurrent Technologies
In January, we provided a list of 11 stocks for 2019 that we believed would perform strongly with attractive catalysts that could lead to material outperformance. In this Quarterly Research Outlook, we revisit these views, analysing what has happened and how the remaining six months of the year could play out.
Companies: AMS ANX ARS ATYM AVON BLVN PIER BUR CGS CAML CALL CSRT TIDE CYAN DTG DEMG ELM EMR FPO FST GTLY GENL GRI GEEC GKP HMI HAYD HEAD HILS HTG HUR HYR IBPO IOG INDI JHD JOG KAPE KEYS KCT KGH LAM LIT LOK MACF MANO PCA PANR PXC PHC PMO RBW RMM REDD RSW RNO RKH RBGP ROR SUS SCPA SHG SOLG SOM TWD TRAK TSG TRI VNET VTC ZOO ZTF
Like whales feasting on Krill, overseas firms are today stuffing themselves silly with choice fillets of corporate Britain. Why? Well look no further than geopolitical tensions and Brexit, which have disproportionately impacted UK equities and the £. Indeed the FTSE100 has lagged the S&P500 by a hefty 19% over the past 2 years, with Sterling dropping to 34 year lows vs US$ (see below). That said to us, based purely on fundamentals, this period of underperformance appears over-cooked, leaving many quality British companies vulnerable to predatory interest.
Companies: VOD AV/ AGK CHG CNA ITV BRBY SMIN CTEC SXS OXIG MGAM IMI WEIR WMH KMK EYE GATC ULS INS ALFA RDT TSTL ELCO MBH BLTG IHC 9537 CSRT NBI
Positive operating cash flow in FY19A was a first for Rosslyn. A significantly expanded product set materially enlarges the opportunity for Rosslyn and projected revenue growth this year should leave the company close to fully recovering its cost base. A demonstrable self-sustaining model will be the key for a re-rating and Rosslyn is almost there. Buy.
Companies: Rosslyn Data Technologies
Eckoh has released a short AGM statement, confirming good revenue growth in both the UK and US through the first five months of the year. The level of new business contracted so far is “encouraging” and the group is trading in line with our recently upgraded expectations. The shares trade on a FCF yield of 4.8% rising to 6.1% in FY’21 and we continue to be excited about the group’s growth prospects. With strong underlying momentum in both divisions, a large untapped opportunity in US Secure Payments, and excellent revenue visibility, we believe the shares are highly attractive.
MTI Wireless Edge Ltd* (MWE.L, 22.2p/£19.4m) | Blackbird plc* (BIRD.L, 10.8p/£31.2m) | Mi-Pay Group plc* (MPAY.L, 8p/£3.7m) | Starcom plc* (STAR.L, 1.25p/£4.3m) | Character Group (The) plc* (CCT.L, 425p/£90.8m) |
Companies: MWE BIRD MPAY STAR CCT