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Air Partner has issued a further shareholder update, confirming PBT of at least £10m in the first five months of the year to June, an increase of £2.5m since the last update to May. The Group continues to deliver impressive results despite a challenging market backdrop. As has been the case throughout the COVID-19 crisis, performance has been driven by strong activity in the Freight and Group Charter divisions. Crisis driven activity is expected to reduce in H2, with an anticipated recovery in the Group’s core activities, where the update reports positive early indications across the Group’s divisions. The balance sheet is very well supported, with net cash at 30th June standing at £13m post the recent £7.5m fund raise. The Group continues to have access to total debt facilities of £14.5m. Whilst visibility for H2 remains limited, we believe the Group is well placed to deliver a strongly profitable FY21 result.
Companies: Air Partner
Gaming Realms is a creator and licensor of innovative games for mobile, with operations in the UK, U.S. and Canada. Through its unique IP and brands, Gaming Realms brings together media, entertainment and gaming assets in new game formats.
Companies: Gaming Realms
AFC Energy is a global leader in the fuel cell sector. It has a proven fuel cell technology which it is commercialising through its H-Power™ product, an off-grid electric vehicle charging system which is run on hydrogen and produces no emissions. The company's core fuel cell technology is a liquid alkaline fuel cell called HydroX-Cell(L)™. The company is also developing a solid alkaline fuel cell called HydroX-Cell(S)™ , the critical component of which is a is a solid electrolyte which upon validation will be marketed under the AlkaMem™ trademark. We expect the AlkaMem™ product to have multiple electro-chemical applications outside of fuel cells. The purpose of this note is to compare AFC Energy's products, markets and business strategy against its listed peers Ceres Power and ITM Power. The note also assesses the state and outlook of the hydrogen market in addition to the proton exchange membrane market, which is relevant for AFC Energy's AlkaMem™ product. As a reminder, we believe AFC Energy has a fair value of 27p/sh.
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Halfords 3Q IMS is in our view positive with PBT forecasts for FY 2020 held at £50-55m and good LFL in Retail cycles +5.9% and Autocentres +4.6% where most of new management development work has been focused. Retail Motoring products LFL -2.7% continues to show impacts of discretionary spend softness in our view. Management retains its caution about near term demand prospects overall and its development programme in Autocentres and key aspects of the business overall (notably new integrated website) moves up a notch in calendar 2020. This said PBT guidance for 2019/20 has been maintained and this trading shows promise in our view.
Companies: Halfords Group
Directorate change: DWF has announced that Andrew Leaitherland will step down as Group CEO and a managing partner of DWF Law LLP and DWF LLP with immediate effect and will be replaced by the Group’s Chairman Sir Nigel Knowles. Sir Nigel has over 40 years of experience in the legal sector and was previously. Global Co-Chairman and Senior Partner of DLA Piper. We believe he has the experience and leadership qualities required to lead the Group through the near-term challenges it faces. Chris Sullivan, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, has been appointed as interim Chairman.
Companies: DWF Group
The final results revealed adjusted PBT up 99% year-on-year, which was 10% better than forecast despite four upgrades during the financial year. This strong performance reflects the financial benefits that have accrued following the shift in the business model to online only, as well as management’s strategic decision to significantly increase marketing spend. A second special dividend for the 2020 financial year has also been announced, reflecting the strong cash flow characteristics of the business model. Our 2021 profit forecast implies continuing momentum and a year-on-year increase in PBT of 86%. We raise our target price to 1050p.
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DP Poland has issued a scheduled AGM trading update covering the first 5 months of the year. Trading for the period is reported to be broadly in line with management’s expectations. The update adds a bit more colour around the Covid19 impact. Briefly, LFL’s declined to -14% in the last two weeks of March but significantly as Polish consumers adapted to the lockdown restrictions and gravitated to online channels, LFL’s quickly recovered to a robust +3% over April and May, with total system sales +6% - highlighting virtues of having a strong online and delivery proposition. We note this is not too dissimilar to the +5.1% LFL Domino’s Pizza recently reported for its UK business for Q2 but significantly, better than -9.2% for Republic of Ireland. The update reinforces comments made at the 22nd May finals around favourable labour and food input cost trends due to Covid-19. There is also reference to positive interaction with food aggregators, Pyszene.pl (takeaway.com) and Glovo. We see these relationships as accretive in raising brand awareness and volumes outside Warsaw where the company at present has a smaller footprint. New CEO, Iwona Olbrys, continues to focus on enhancing the customer proposition to further differentiate DP Poland from the competition through a stronger online platform, quality and speed of delivery whilst simultaneously targeting cost savings. With little FY20 visibility management recently removed financial guidance. N+1 Singer currently has no formal forecasts in the market and will initiate coverage in due course Overall, looking through the current uncertainty, we feel that with a proven new CEO at the helm and an online focused business model, DP Poland should ultimately reward investors with a move into profitability and value creation.
Companies: DP Poland
We called the stock wrong ahead of these prelims. Instead of market forecasts being upgraded, fresh guidance has led to downgrades. While frustrating for expectant shareholders, this is not a profit warning but a ‘delay’ in the recovery of lost margin (FX mitigation), and an ‘acceleration’ of investment into services and customer capability which should generate a return in outer years. Pending the new CEO’s strategic update in Sept, though, Halfords growth plans in FY20/FY21 are unclear. Including nil growth in FY1, our new forecasts suggest a 6% 3-yr EPS CAGR. Until there is clarity the market will sit on its hands, and collect a 5.3% yield (or 3.5% on the final) in the meantime. To reflect this flat near term growth dynamic, our reduced 12-month target price of 350p is based on a 25% sector discount (6.0x EV/EBITDA). Hold.
The proposed acquisition of easyGym stacks up strategically and financially. It further reinforces the Groups roll-out and consolidation led growth model and strengthens its position in the value segment. Current trading is strong with positive commentary around the premium pricing initiative. We will publish formal forecasts in due course but our preliminary analysis suggest 9%/8% EPS accretion in FY19/FY20. Premium pricing success should add at least a further 5% to these estimates, implying a look through FY19 P/E of 18.5x vs a 3 year EPS CAGR >30%. We lift our 12m TP to 335p – Buy.
Companies: Gym Group
Warren Buffett once said that as an investor, it is wise to be ‘fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful’. Fear is not in short supply right now.
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We highlight the strong Workday numbers overnight which provides cause for enthusiasm for growth equities, the SaaS software sector and most specifically within AIM, could augur well for Kainos, given their close partnership on consulting and implementation. Beyond the beat, most noteworthy comment was that management saw no impact from Brexit as yet nor the trade tensions in the US and China. With enviable growth rates of 32% in the quarter, we highlight few names in AIM such as CloudCall* offer such compelling opportunity.
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Boohoo Group has announced an upgrade to FY20 guidance on the back of continued strong trading momentum over its second quarter ended 31 August 2019. Strong revenue growth across the Group’s key brands (boohoo, boohooMAN, PrettyLittleThing and Nasty Gal) confirms the Group’s multibrand strategy is bearing fruit, with fears around potential cannibalisation firmly allayed. Top-line outperformance is driving operating leverage at Group level, enabling it to maintain full year EBITDA margin guidance at 10% despite the ongoing investment being made in the three brands acquired in the first half. Today’s announcement represents an impressive tenth consecutive upgrade in management guidance over the last three years, as the Group continues to outperform the market and consolidate its position as a leading multi-brand fashion ecommerce platform.
Companies: Boohoo Group Plc
Halfords (HFD) has reported 1H PBT of £25.9m against consensus of £22.8m (1H 2018/19 £30.5m) – all numbers pre IFRS 16. It has also maintained current year profit guidance, indicated investment related reduction to consensus for FY 21 and announced that it will cut the full year dividend and re-base FY 21 dividend to 12p.
The group has released a better Q3 19/20 trading performance in the UK in both the food and clothing businesses, which confirms that the appetite of UK consumers remained solid during the festival period.
However, the limited sales progression in the clothing business (-1.7% lfl vs. -5.5% lfl in H1 19/20) has disappointed the market.
Also, management’s more cautious stance on the gross margin’s guidance was clearly not reassuring.
Companies: Marks And Spencer Group
Arena's planned £9.5m share placing will substantially strengthen its balance sheet and, together with various cost saving measures being undertaken, should help to see the company through the coronavirus crisis for the foreseeable future. Given the uncertainty around how long it will take before normal event scheduling resumes, we withdraw our forecasts and place our rating Under Review, which we will revisit once visibility improves.
Companies: Arena Events