Household Goods & DIY equity research

Explore the most viewed and latest equity research and media content for companies within the Household Goods & DIY sector. Stocks in this sector include those who specialise in: decoration, furnishing, durable & non-durable home products, and DIY.

Household Goods & DIY equity research

Explore the most viewed and latest equity research and media content for companies within the Household Goods & DIY sector. Stocks in this sector include those who specialise in: decoration, furnishing, durable & non-durable home products, and DIY.

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Erris Resources PLC—a mineral exploration and development company currently focused on two geographic areas. Offer TBC, expected 21 December 2017 CIP Merchant Capital—Closed ended investment Company. Sector focus oil & gas, healthcare, pharma, and real estate. Offer TBA. Due 21 Dec Panthera Resources— The Company was established to act as a holding company for Indo Gold Limited, an unlisted Australian registered company. The Company aims to explore and develop gold assets in India and West Africa. Offer TBC, expected 20 Dec Sumo Group—one of the UK's largest independent developers of AAA-rated video games providing both turnkey and codevelopment solutions, including initial concept and pre-production . Offer TBC. Due late Dec Pelatro—provider of proprietary software solutions to enterprise-level customers for various aspects of precision marketing for use in B2C applications. Offer TBC, expected 19 December 2017 Fusion Antibodies—contract research organisation providing services to biopharmaceutical and diagnostics companies that are involved in the development of antibodies for both therapeutic drug and diagnostic applications. Offer TBA. Due Mid Dec. Sirius Petroleum—RTO. Becoming an operating company in the Ororo Field in Nigeria. Raising £7.2m/ Mkt Cap £35.6m. Due 19 Dec. Bushveld Minerals—RTO of Bushveld Vametco and therefore 78.8% of Strategic Minerals Corporation, the intermediate holding company that owns a 75 per cent. interest in the Vametco Vanadium Mine. Range Resources— oil and gas company listed on the ASX plans to admit to AIM on 13 Dec with mkt cap of £17.4m. Acquiring Range Resources Drilling Services Limited, an oil services business based in Trinidad & Tobago with extensive drilling capabilities. Eqtec—Company with access to a proprietary advanced gasification technology used in industrial size power plants to convert waste into synthetic gas to generate electricity. Raising £1.6m. Mkt Cap £8.7m. Due 21 Dec. Volex VLX.L—The global provider of cable assemblies is proposing to move from the main market to AIM on 19 January. £71m market cap. FYMar18E rev £241.5m and £7.19m PBT 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. Expected 19 Dec. 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.

  • 08 Dec 17
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Reckitt Benckiser

Multiple ailments undermining RB’s Health

Reckitt Benckiser (RB)’s disappointing run continued unabated into Q3 17 (trading update), with the company reporting its second successive sales contraction (-1% lfl in the RB base business, Q2 17: -2%, Q3 16: +2%), albeit a tad healthier than the previous quarter’s near carnage (at -2% lfl, the worst quarter ever for the staples behemoth). The key culprit was the July 2017 cyberattack (Petya, lopping off a good c.2ppt from the top-line), with the situation getting exacerbated by the lingering impact of on-going internal issues (Scholl / Amope impact) as well as adverse market developments (GST in India, the weakness in Latin America markets). At the segment level, Health continued to suffer (-2% lfl), although management maintained that underlying growth was in line with the somewhat muted market return (3% vs. long-term category growth expectation of 4-6%). Durex, Gaviscon and Mucinex were the key growth drivers for the segment. After a poor Q2, Hygiene recovered sequentially (+1% lfl vs. -1% in Q2 17) driven by the strong performance of Finish cleaners. However, this was offset by the protracted weakness in Dettol, in its largest market, India (a combination of fiscal reforms as well as the cyberattacks). While Home remained soft (-4% lfl, -2% in Q2 17) on increased competition and pricing pressure for Vanish, Portfolio Brands saw an uptick (+8% vs. -8% in Q2 17) due to one-off phasing benefits from institutional customers. Reported revenue grew c.30% to £3.2bn, benefiting from the incorporation of Mead Johnson ‘MJN’ (acquisition completed on 15 June, £720m revenue contribution in the quarter) as well as a 2ppt forex benefit. After a shaky start, Mead Johnson positively surprised during the quarter, reporting a +1% lfl growth, ahead of the full year expectation of -2 to 0% growth. Factoring in the soft Q3 results, management again downgraded its full-year guidance (for the second successive time) and now expects the legacy RB (ex-MJN) sales to be ‘flat’ vs. a +2% growth expectation previously. Sales forecast for MJN remains unchanged. From a geographical viewpoint, ENA contracted (-3% vs. 0% in Q3 16, lfl basis) due to continued weakness in Scholl across markets as well as the cyberattack, with North America (supply constraints in Mucinex distribution), the UK and ANZ being the worst hit. On the other hand, DvM expanded, albeit at a slower rate (+3% lfl vs. 7% in Q2 16) as China, Turkey, Indonesia and Pakistan performed strongly while India (GST implementation, flat growth), the Middle East (market weakness) and Brazil (increased competition) remained subdued. The other key highlight of the update was the management’s announcement of the reorganisation of its operations into two separate business units, effective Q1 18 – RB Health (c.60% of sales) and RB Hygiene Home (c.40% of sales). RB Health will be headed by Rakesh Kapoor and will incorporate the current Health segment, MJN and the brands Dettol, Veet and Clearasil from the erstwhile Hygiene segment. RB Hygiene Home will be steered by Rob De Groot (current head of ENA operations) and will include the remaining Hygiene and Home brands (he will report to CEO Rakesh Kapoor). As a reminder, RB completed the divestment of its food business in August (after putting it on the block in April) to McCormick (a US based spices and herbs company) for $4.2bn (c.£3.2bn), much ahead of previous market expectations of c.£2-2.4bn. The sales proceeds will be used to deleverage the balance sheet (debt being the primary mode of funding for the massive $16.6bn Mead Johnson deal). The company also announced the departure of four senior executives in September 2017 (Darrell Stein, SVP, information services; Roberto Funari, EVP, category development; Frederic Larmuseau, Head, developing markets; Deborah Yates, SVP, human resources), a likely fallout of the recent weakness. Moreover, Chairman Adrian Bellamy will be stepping down from the Board (effective at the 2018 AGM) and will be succeeded by Christopher Sinclair (board member since 2015, currently Chairman and former CEO of Mattel Inc.). Additionally, RB incurred a £318m charge in Q2 17 related to its spun-off drug business – Indivior (demerged in 2014) following allegations of illegally impeding generic introductions (related to its Suboxone drug) back in 2013. With discussions still ongoing with the US Department of Justice (DoJ), management has hinted at the possibility of additional charges in the future. More recently, RB has been in the news for being one of the primary bidders for Pfizer’s consumer health business (strategic review commenced in October 2017).

  • 03 Dec 17
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