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An H1 trading update to December confirms a strong start to FY21, with sales growth accelerating to 22% y/y – a material rebound from a Covid impacted 2H20 (+9% y/y) and +15% achieved prior to this. KPI‘s are strong across the piece, for instance every Geo grew >20%, Connector revenue grew +20% (Shopify: +115%) and ‘enhanced functionality‘ revs grew +20% also. It‘s genuinely hard to find fault with this performance. To us, this evidences how DOTD is executing on its strategy (around products, partners and Geo‘s) while also benefitting from strong thematic tailwinds benefitting its sector and end-markets. We leave recently upgraded FY21 forecasts unchanged, though note the strong H1 sales performance now requires an undemanding +14% y/y growth to hit N+1 estimates, so see upgrade/ outperformance potential. As well as DOTD‘s clear organic growth opportunities, we also highlight how cash continues to accumulate (now £27.6m) and could be deployed in a number of vectors.
Companies: dotDigital Group plc
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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 considerable concerns about the emergence of a mutant version of the virus and the second wave that we are now facing.
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Ahead of the FY Trading Update at the end of January, we revisit RBG’s investment case, and respond to investor concerns over Convex’s M&A pipeline and the short term cash requirements of Litigation Financing. Outperformance of the UK legal industry vs UK GDP over 2020 validates RBL’s continued performance. M&A market data shows an encouraging recovery in deal completions which looks set to continue into 2021, and we anticipate Convex to be well placed to convert its pipeline of >20 deals (c.£18m) into revenues, underpinning forecasts. LionFish is now well seeded, and the Group’s early cash realisations of cases ensure cashflows for the business are broadly neutral. Whilst case outcomes are binary, the de-risked option value here is a compelling addition to the investment case. We see intrinsic value as c.100p; highlighting the breakout potential in these shares.
Companies: RBG Holdings Plc
Time has produced robust interim results, slightly ahead of its earlier trading update, reflecting the gradual recovery of trading from a COVID-19 impacted March to June 2020, which saw a low in the lending book. With own-book origination holding up and arrears/forbearance falling, we view H2/21E positively but note the current UK lockdown presents uncertainty. Still trading at 20% below tangible book value, despite improved macro conditions, we see upside ahead and maintain a “BUY”.
Companies: Time Finance plc
Success has been made in reranking three of the ten targeted websites with Google. The rationalisation of the broader estate is ongoing and 2021 should see the business lean, reranked, cash rich and solidly profitable.
Companies: XLMedia Plc
Ergomed’s H220 trading update highlights a successful end to 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing restrictions for much of the year. Total revenues were £86.4m (up 26.5%). Like-for-like revenues in the PrimeVigilance segment grew 30% (or 56% including the acquisition in January 2020). Unsurprisingly, the CRO segment was flat. However, in H220 revenues were up 11.2% over H120 and up 15.2% y-o-y. Ergomed’s key markets are the US and Europe, where vaccine deployment should be relatively efficient, so we expect the CRO segment to rebound throughout 2021. The recent MedSource acquisition will also significantly add to the 2021 top line. Because of the well-balanced pharma services offering (pharmacovigilance and CRO), Ergomed has proved to be a resilient business with further growth prospects intact, in our view. Net positive revisions to our estimates and an expansion of peer multiples have led to an upgrade of our valuation to £501m or 1,113p/share (from 845p/share previously).
Companies: Ergomed PLC
Results for H1 to end Nov ‘20 show Time’s recovery is well underway from an industry-wide, Covid-induced slump in good quality lending demand and spike in bad debt provisions. This coincides with a Group rebrand, which consolidates 5 years of buy-&-build success and offers a range of new competitive advantages. The share price of 25p is 30% off pre-pandemic levels with valuation multiples suggesting Time looks significantly undervalued in relation to peers.
Foresight Group , the award-winning infrastructure and private equity investment manager to IPO on the Main Market (premium). The Offer will primarily comprise a sale of shares by existing shareholders (c.80% of the Offer) with a smaller offering of new shares (c.20% of the Offer) to be issued by the Company. Details TBA. Cornish Metals (TSX-V: CUSN) intends to list on AIM. The Company is proposing to raise £5 million by way of private placement of new Common Shares (the "Fundraising") to advance the United Downs copper-tin project. The Company expects that Admission will become effective in February 2021. The Company's Common Shares will continue to be listed and trade on the TSX-V in Canada. VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities plc, a closed-ended investment Company focused on making sustainable energy infrastructure investments, today announces intends to launch an initial public offering of shares on the Official List (Premium) of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Due by Early Feb.
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Anglo Asian Mining* (AAZ LN) – STRONG BUY – Update on Restored Contract Areas
Chaarat Gold* (CGH LN) – Kapan production beats guidance and delivers $19m EBITDA
Sunstone Metals (STM AU) – Drilling results from the Espiritu gold-silver prospect in Ecuador
Tertiary Minerals* (TYM LN) – Sale of data on Finnish project
Versarien* (VRS LN) – Interim results
W Resources (WRES LN) – La Parilla Q4 production
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What’s new: SimplyBiz’s trading update gives clear guidance for their full year results due on 16 March:
- £61m revenue (3% below 2019 revenue: £63m);
- 28.3% adjusted EBITDA margin (same as 2019: 28.3%), which implies £17.4m adjusted EBITDA (i.e. 2% lower than 2019 adj EBITDA of £17.8m);
- Robust cash flow conversion (calculated as adjusted EBITDA, less working capital movements, lease payments, CAPEX, development expenditure, corporation tax paid and interest, as a percentage of Adjusted EBITDA) is expected to exceed 65% (2019: 46%);
- Net debt reduced to £19.5m (31 December 2019: £27.0m) and net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio of 1.1x (2019: 1.5x).
Companies: SimplyBiz Group plc
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Anexo has announced a trading update for the year ended 31 December with adjusted PBT in line with current market expectations despite further disruption and restrictions in the UK in the latter part of the year. We believe the resilience shown by the business, investment in legal capacity and growth opportunities positions it well for 2021 and beyond. Reiterate buy rating
Companies: Anexo Group Plc
Anexo’s trading update for the year to the end of December 2020 rounds up a resilient performance from the Group in an operating environment that was influenced by COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns and restrictions. The Board expects to report adjusted PBT in line with current market expectations which we believe is around £16.0m, with our estimate at £16.1m. We make no changes to our numbers. We note the lower than expected spend on the VW emissions case in H2 and assume that other costs have increased faster than we expected in line with growth in the business. The VW case remains a potential significant positive impact on revenue and profits, although we only reflect the costs in our estimates at present. While Anexo has previously flagged cash absorption in H2, we note that cash collections rose ‘significantly’ in Q4 with a record high in December – usually a quieter month in that respect. Overall, we believe that Anexo remains well set for further growth in FY 2021.
Experian delivered a strong show in Q3 FY20/21 (7% organic revenue growth), ahead of management’s guidance of 3-5% yoy. The US mortgage activity and consumer services in North and Latin America continued to drive the top line. However, the top-line momentum is expected to ease in Q4, given the tough comparable base. Management has guided the benchmark EBIT to be similar to the previous year’s.
Companies: Experian PLC