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The Slide Rule
12 Jan 17
What is The Slide Rule? The Slide Rule has been designed to dramatically simplify the identification of the best companies in the UK small/mid-cap sector by making a quantitative assessment of the relative potential of each company. At its core, The Slide Rule aims to identify those companies that create genuine shareholder value through strong returns on capital and solid growth, but also present a value opportunity with the potential tailwind of earnings momentum. Companies are assessed within a Quality, Value, Growth and Momentum (QVGM) framework.
15 Aug 16
Australian fintech company ThinkSmart Ltd intends to switch its quotation from ASX to AIM. This is the culmination of a strategic review started nearly a year ago. Henderson is subscribing for £5m-worth of shares at 25p (A$0.44) each in a pre-flotation placing at a premium to the ASX market price, which will give the fund manager 17% of the enlarged share capital. ThinkSmart requires regulatory approvals and a ruling from the Australian Taxation Office in order to go ahead with the transfer of quotation. Shareholders will also have to agree to the move. The introduction to AIM is expected to happen in early November, following a tender offer for up to 10 million shares. The cash raised from Henderson will be used to develop the business but it will also help to finance the tender offer, which will be at an indicative share price range of A$0.38 to A$0.55. ThinkSmart provides digital, paperless and retail point of sale finance services via its SmartCheck technology. Dixons Carphone Group subsidiary Dixons Retail is a major customer and the relationship goes back 13 years. Together they have developed a leasefinance package called Upgrade Anytime, which enables customers to upgrade to the latest computer and consumer electronics equipment. A contract has recently been won with the Carphone Warehouse subsidiary. Although ThinkSmart is based in Western Australia it also has an office in Manchester.
Making Mobiles Better
17 Jan 17
Mobile phones are increasingly the key connection for the modern world. This means that the performance of mobile phones, and their networks, is going to become more critical for all the apps and businesses that rely on them. New technologies such as VR, AR, and AV will need better, more reliable connections to really move into the mainstream. In this thematic piece we attempt to identify some of the most important issues facing mobile phone networks and their users, and start to identify solutions and enablers that will solve these problems and create value by doing so.
The gift that keeps on giving
05 May 16
With news of orders valued at cUS$24.2m Filtronic proves that it has not just turned a corner – rather it has driven a truck through it. The news is further endorsement of our view that the company (after a very difficult period) appears to have found its mojo. We are very encouraged by; (i) the win rate, (ii) the sharper focus post restructuring, (iii) despite a difficult 24 months this remains an engineering-led organisation; while the roots of success will come from better sales execution, and an improved macro, we like the fact that the heritage of ‘product excellence’ remains intact, (iv) management has a purposeful clarity regarding next steps and concentrates on the ‘show-me-the-money’ commercials. Whilst we have elected to retain our ‘under review’ stance for now, we are very encouraged.
The Cybersecurity Rebellion: “No, I’m Spartacus!”
07 Jun 16
Steve “Woz” Wozniak, infamous co-founder of Apple, was the latest culprit to send shivers across the tech world by claiming Cybersecurity is the greatest threat the world has faced since the atom bomb. Mr Wozniak was alluding to the heightened sense of fear that recent high profile breaches have caused Cybersecurity to be put at the forefront of political, corporate and now it would appear, investor agendas. As the topic gains increasing awareness, it gives rise to a number of companies claiming to be a “thought leader” in the Cybersecurity space, holding the best IP and the best routes to market. With many companies singing from the same loss making hymn sheet it is making it ever difficult to spot the true “Spartacus” from the crowd.