Interims show a sharp recovery in revenues (+63% YoY) and a continued improvement into H2, albeit with the caveat that visibility remains limited in the short term. The building blocks are in place for a strong growth story, but this remains dependent on elective surgery volumes normalising over a consistent period. At the moment, the recovery is somewhat stop-start in nature, hence we cautiously reinstate FY21 estimates, but leave outer years withdrawn for now.
Companies: Surgical Innovations Group plc
SUN’s AGM statement paints a picture of a business recovering well after the challenges posed by the pandemic. It has successfully won new accounts in the UK and US on the back of its strong environmental and health economic credentials. These look to be increasingly resonating and are laying the foundations for a powerful growth story as elective surgery volumes recover. This should be sustained into the medium term as healthcare systems around the world look to reduce waiting times, costs and
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FY20 results reflect the severe impact on the company from the reductions in elective surgeries around the world. However, the business has weathered the storm and looks to be in a stronger position to capitalise when activity levels normalise, especially given pent up demand. In recent months, management has moved to position the business to benefit when this recovery comes, including taking market share by winning new accounts in the UK, completely rebuilding its routes to market in the US, st
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Hot on the heels of signing up Adler as US distributor for its range of surgical instruments, SUN has further strengthened its US market position by appointing Microline Surgical to distribute its range of port access devices and trocars. This is a five year exclusive agreement and comes after SUN achieved 510k approval for its Yelloport Elite device in late 2019. This opens up a ~$380m market opportunity for SUN and even modest penetration would result in material additional revenues over the n
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Surgical Innovations has announced a significant distribution agreement for its range of MIS scissors in the US, which is expected to be worth $12m over its five year term. This is a material breakthrough for SUN and, in our opinion, provides tangible and meaningful evidence of the global growth potential of the group and the increased commercial and strategic focus of the management team. Our forecasts currently remain suspended but, for context, US sales of SI Branded products were £1.85m in F
H1 revenues took an inevitable hit from the reduction in elective surgeries globally, but SUN is showing agility in navigating the challenges. It is well capitalised and has made a number of internal improvements which should stand it in good stead as volumes recover. This recovery looks to be playing out ahead of expectations. We keep our forecasts under review for now, but the direction of travel looks encouraging and the medium term outlook positive given the fully upgraded product suite, pip
Surgical Innovations has provided some useful context to the current trading environment. Whilst revenues are significantly down in Q2 so far, they are perhaps not down to the levels initially expected and there are some encouraging if tentative signs of life as hospitals prepare to recommence elective surgeries. The group’s cash position has increased to £1.65m (from £1.28m at the Y/E) and, with an undrawn £0.5m RCF and a new £1.5m CBILS facility, the group has £3.65m of available liquidity. Th
Revenue growth of 10% in H2 brought FY results in line and the company was looking well set for strong progress in FY20. However, Covid-19 presents a significant short term challenge, given SUN’s focus on elective surgeries. The Board has moved quickly to enact cash preserving and cost saving measures, whilst continuing to supply essential products. Cash on the balance sheet and support from the group’s bankers provides short term liquidity and other indications of financial support are being ac
Surgical Innovations returned to double digit growth in H2, bringing FY19 results in line with expectations. After a difficult H1, particularly around well publicised issues with the NHS, this is a creditable performance and should reassure that the market backdrop is stabilising and Surgical Innovations is back on the front foot. We continue to see material value creation opportunities ahead and look forward to a positive 2020.
It has been a challenging trading period for Surgical Innovations, with the UK facing significant pressures resulting in many elective surgeries being postponed or cancelled. The company is directly exposed to these trends, which unfortunately show no signs of abating in the short term. We reduce our FY19 revenue expectations by £1.5m, which flows through to a £0.7m reduction in PBT. More positively, good progress is being made in opening new accounts (both in the UK and internationally), which
Surgical Innovations has announced that CFO Melanie Ross is to leave the business at the end of the month to pursue other opportunities. Charmaine Day (Group FC and Co Sec) will assume financial responsibilities for the group, reporting directly to CEO David Marsh. In addition, the group has announced the recruitment of an experienced Head of Compliance, further strengthening its regulatory function. Steve Seed will re-join the group in September from Xiros, where he holds a similar position.
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H1 EBITDA declined by 45% YoY, albeit this was slightly better than we had anticipated after the pre-close update in August. The beat was cost related (efficiencies/savings). There was a significant gross margin drag though and, while transitory in nature and diminishing in H2, this means further savings need to be realised to hit full year forecasts. This is our view and we retain a good level of confidence in next year’s forecasts. Having de-rated, valuation looks very undemanding now on just
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Venture Life has announced its interim results for the six months to June 2021. As previously announced in the August trading statement, revenues were down YoY due to lower HSG sales and sales to the Chinese partner, though revenues are expected to grow subsequently, benefiting from the two recent acquisitions. H1/21 gross margin was impacted by a number of factors including supply chain costs and stockholding costs; however, the company expect margins to improve in H2/21E. Despite the set-backs
Cambridge Cognition has announced strong interims which are consistent with our recently upgraded forecasts. Revenue increased 50% YoY, which outstripped growth in admin expenses leading the group to swing to a net profit. Demand for the company's software & services to support clinical trials continues to be strong, with a contracted order book of £15.2m at the end of H1 21 (+36% HOH; +105% YoY). Contract prepayments aided strong cash generation which led net cash to increase +37% versus FY20 Y
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Warpaint’s interim results for the six months ended 30th June demonstrate a highly encouraging rebound in sales and profitability as the markets have reopened post various degrees of Coronavirus lockdown. Strong strategic progress has been made, with the relationship with Tesco expanded and an 84-store trial with the UK’s leading cosmetics retailer Boots confirmed; this is very good news to us. Whilst ahead of our expectations for H1, we leave FY21 forecasts unchanged reflecting the very well do
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Allergy Therapeutics reported FY 2021 results that were 95% (+£2.1m) ahead of adjusted pre-tax profit expectations, driven by lower than forecast overhead costs. This underpinned 20% growth in pre-R&D EBIT to £16.9m on 6% CER revenue growth. Year-end net cash was £36.9m, providing the company with the financial resources to complete both its Grass MATA MPL Phase III trial and complete the VLP Peanut Phase I trial. The readout of the exploratory Phase III (G309) Grass MATA MPL study in the autumn
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Full year PBT is 4% ahead of our expectations and strong trading momentum has continued into FY22 (14.4% LFL). The strength of the results reflects favourably on the strategy new management put in place in 2019 to focus on optimal patient care and to make CVS an employer of choice. Having shown remarkable resilience through the pandemic, CVS is emerging as a stronger business with excellent ongoing growth prospects. Its integrated veterinary model is ideally positioned to capitalise on sector ta
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Exactly one year ago, the FTSE 100 closed at 5,862, having fallen 100 points on the day, the lowest point since mid-May 2020, due in part, to the strength of sterling vs US$ at $1.34. One year on, the FTSE 100 has risen to 7,119, a rise of 21%, it remains 7% below the peak in January 2020. From an international viewpoint, US and European markets continue to trade at record highs. The US Federal Reserve is close to withdrawing some of its economic support this year as inflation picks up and the e
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Interim results to 30 June 2021 were in line with the trading update issued on 3 August, which resulted in upgrades to our forecasts and target price. On the back of a 50% (£1.5m) rise in revenues to £4.5m, adjusted EBITDA increased £0.5m to £0.2m, illustrating the operational leverage of 80% gross margin software & services. Period-end cash increased 38% (+£1.2m) in the period to£ 4.2m. Cambridge Cognition is well positioned to be a long-term beneficiary of the trend of running virtual decentra
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Deltex has reported 2021 interim results which reflect the challenges of the current healthcare environment with COVID cases causing disruption to the Company's core elective surgery market. That said, the Company has demonstrated it is able to keep costs low to match the current low activity, in anticipation of improving activity in 2022.
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Synairgen reported FY 2020 results that showed an adjusted net loss of £13.7m, with year-end cash of £75.0m, some £27m higher than our expectations. The delta can largely be accounted for by delays in starting enrolment into the Phase III trial as well as the treatment of prepayments for drug substance and nebulisers: the latter reflected in working capital rather than expensed through the income statement. Near-term focus remains on the outcome of the Phase III study (SG018), and with the enrol
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Yourgene has made a strong start to FY22, benefitting from the investments made in FY21. Q1 revenues are up 80% to >£6.0m, a record performance, driven by a return of the core business (+30%) and renewed momentum around Covid-19 testing. Delays to mobilising new clients are easing and Yourgene has signed a number of notable contracts in recent months with blue chip partners. These should contribute materially in time, providing a strong underpinning for a multi-year growth story. We leave our fo
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EKF has delivered another strong set of results, with the step change in the scale of the business firmly consolidated. H1 revenues increased 46.5% driven by an ongoing recovery in the core business and strong demand from a number of public and private sector customers for sample collection devices. The outlook remains positive and progress is being made against the new strategy set out earlier in the year. We upgrade our FY21 revenue forecasts by 7% and EBITDA by 13% noting this still implies a
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Momentum is building in Circassia, with the recovery from the pandemic gaining traction and actions taken by management to focus the business having a material impact on the bottom line. Having already upgraded in July, we are upgrading forecasts again today to reflect the further progress on reducing fixed costs. We now expect the group to trade close to EBITDA breakeven this year and for significantly improved profitability and cash generation from next year onwards.
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