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Ian Pollard – Gooch & Housego #GHH Impacted by Microelectronic Headwinds

Gooch & Housego plc GHH updates that it is suffering from microelectronic headwinds despite which growth has continued. During the first four months of the financial year the business has seen a downturn in demand particularly from China. A cyclical downturn is also currently being experienced for industrial lasers.  2019 group trading performance is still expected to show low single digit growth compared to last year.

Glencore plc GLEN is pleased to report that it has delivered both record Adjusted EBITDA, up by 8% and significant cash returns to shareholders in 2018. The preliminary results also include net income attributable to equity holders down 41% and basic earnings per share also down 41%. Other highlights are that resolutions have been achieved with the Ontario Securities Commission regarding accounting, governance and disclosure matters and a refreshed management team has been appointed. Committees have been created to oversee the Group’s response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation. Production guidance in all commodities for 2019 is that it is expected to be higher than 2018.

Intu Properties plc INTU  claims its management team has produced robust operational performance in a challenging market for the year to 31st December,  with increased like-for-like net rental income for the fourth consecutive year and 97 per cent occupancy. property valuations declined as sentiment weakened significantly. Valuations fell by a further 3 per cent  in the final quarter of 2018, in addition to the 9 per cent fall over the first nine months. Sentiment in the retail sector is at an all-time low.

Hochschild Mining plc HOC reports another strong year of record production and prudent cost control. Revenue for the year to 31st November fell by 3%, adjusted EBITDA by 11%, Profit from continuing operations (pre-exceptional) was down by 66% and Profit from continuing operations (post-exceptional) by 88%. 2018 operational delivery exceeded guidance.

Lloyds Banking Group LLOY 2018 results show that it was a year of strong strategic and financial delivery. The UK economy has proven itself resilient with record employment, which has enabled the bank to see profits jump by 24% whilst the total ordinary dividend of 3.21 pence per share, is up 5 per cent on 2017 In addition to this a share buyback of up to £1.75 billion is proposed. A continued strong performance is expected for 2019 with a statutory return on tangible equity of 14 to 15 per cent.

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Brand CEO Alan Green talks The AA #AA., Europa Oil & Gas #EOG & RA Intl #RAI on Vox Markets podcast

Brand CEO Alan Green discusses The AA #AA., Europa Oil & Gas #EOG & RA International #RAI with Justin Waite on the Vox Markets podcast. Interview is 22 mins, 30 seconds in.

Ian Pollard – Intercontinental #IHG; Year Of Excellent Progress, Divi Up 10%

Intercontinental Hotels Grp IHG presents a jargon riddled preliminary report for the year to the 31st December which makes for difficult reading, not  made any easier by giving its readers a choice between Segment results and Group results. which excludes exceptional items, except for basic earnings per share. Group results show a 6% rise in revenue, operating profit down by 7% and basic earnings per share down by 34%. The total dividend is to be increased by 10% after what the CEO describes as a year of excellent progress, which delivered a strong set of financial results.

Greggs plc GRG updates that it has made an exceptionally strong start to 2019 with total sales up 14.1% for the seven weeks to 16 February after a strong finish to 2018. Credit goes in the main to the exceptional sales performance  following the January launch of its vegan-friendly sausage roll which apparantly received extensive publicity for some reason. At least it made a change from Brexit headlines.The Board now anticipates that 2019 full year underlying profit before tax  is likely to be ahead of previous expectations.

First Group plc FGP Delivers a winter update which recognises that overall conditions in its markets remain uncertain, and poor weather retains the potential to affect its performance. Reported Group revenue growth for the year to date comes in at 13.7% supporting an unchanged outlook for the full year. Greyhound continues to face a difficult trading environment in some markets.A disappointing operating performance for passengers is recognised at First Rail. This resulted in like-for-like passenger revenue growth slowing  to 4.2%. and is blamed on significant infrastructure challenges.

Spectris plc SXS produced a 2018 performance which was slightly ahead of expectations and on a statutory basis delivered good LFL sales growth of 5% during the year to the 31st December.Profit before tax rose by 22%, basic earnings per share by 20% and the dividend is to be increased by 8%. The new Chief Executive says that Group would benefit from becoming a more focused and simplified business.

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Ian Pollard Victoria Plc (VCP) Politely Invites Shareholders To Take A Walk

Victoria plc VCP decided to take advantage of difficult market conditions to  pursue market share. The Board now recognises this impacted earnings this year and has unsettled some shareholders. It believes however that the strategy is in the best long-term interests of the Group and its shareholders and appears in effect to have told the shareholders to take a walk and has continued with the strategy. The  Board believes markets are down 6-8% in the UK and Australia and flat in Europe but the Group has continued to grow overall like-for-like revenues and gained meaningful market share. The Group expects that the current-year to March 2019 EBITDA is likely to be £95m-£97 million a rise of nearly 50% over the year to March 2018 and the Group’s 2019 underlying pre-tax profits are expected to be around around 35-39% higher than 2018.

Reckitt Benckiser Gp plc  RB  claims that 2018 was a year of good financial progress, achieved in an environment of challenging market conditions. Pro-forma and LFL growth  came in at 3%. plus 2% from volume and +1% from price / mix.The final dividend is being being increased to 100.2p, a rise of  3% and like for like net growth is targeted at 3.4% for 2019. The CEO says that the company is well positioned for long term, sustainable growth. 

Angling Direct plc ANG expects to report revenue of £42.0 million,an increase of 38.9% for the 12 months to the 31st January compared to the same period in the previous year.In store sales showed an increase of 50% overall or 6.2% on a like for like basis. whilst online sales grew by 30.3%. International sales surged by 98% to £4.66m and now account for 20.9% of the Group’s online sales. with shipments going to 49 different countries, this success has delighted the board. The business has also now been structured in readiness for Brexit

Xpediator plc XPD confirms that it  has achieved its growth objectives and recorded significant increases in sales and profits for the twelve months to 31 December 2018. Total revenues increased by 54% Import Services Logistics and Anglia Forwarding, both of which were acquired during 2018, contributed an additional  18% in revenue and added over 400 new customers. The Company’s Brexit team has been working closely with leading transport associations and port authorities to plan ahead. and will be able to support both exporters and importers post Brexit.

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Andrew Hore – Quoted Micro 18 February 2019

NEX EXCHANGE

National Milk Records (NMRP) increased its interim revenues from £10.5m to £11.7m, although some of this was due to seasonal factors and one-off testing business. Pre-tax profit improved from £0.96m to £1.13m. Net debt was £2.06m at the end of December 2018. Every part of the business grew its revenues. Milk volumes are set to be strong in the second half, although milk margins are been squeezed by a decline in the milk price and higher feed costs.

Barkby (BARK) has completed the acquisition of Centurian Automotive for an initial payment of £201,000 in shares at 4.775p each, with up to £251,000 more based on performance over three years. Operating profit in each of the years is required to be at least £200,000 in order to achieve the full payment. The consideration represents a discount to net assets and will be equivalent to up to 20% of Barkby. In the year to March 2018, the automotive dealer made a pre-tax profit of £123,000 on revenues of £5.6m.

Sandal (SAND) says there was a significant increase in Energie MiHome sales in December, particularly later in the month, but trading is still below expectations because of a lack of cash to spend on marketing. The stock overhang has been unwound. A Wi-Fi adapter plug has been added to the range, which is being rolled out in Denman’s Electrical Wholesale branches.

Sport Capital Group (SCG) owned Palermo Football Club for less than one month before selling it back to the previous management team. It was bought for a nominal sum and is being sold for a nominal value, following further due diligence. The company’s representatives joined the board in December and resigned last week. Debt will be settled at the same time. Sports Capital had been trying to raise up to £20m over the next few months.

Trading has recommenced in the shares of EcoVista (EVTP) after it published its results for the year to August 2018. There was a £142,000 property revaluation gain and net assets were £1.39m. There are plans to launch a €10m Eurobond issue to fund further property site acquisitions in London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Gold explorer Tectonic Gold (TTAU) has completed stage one drilling on the Specimen Hill project in Queensland and each hole drilled intersected gold. Geological modelling results will be available in March. A further 7,500 metres of drilling is being planned.

Auxico Resources Canada Inc (AUAG) has raised $400,000 at 20 cents a unit (one share and one-half warrant). The expenses of the placing were $28,000. The cash will be used for assessing coltan opportunities in Colombia and Brazil. NQ Mining (NQMI) has raised £54,000 at 11p a share.

AIM  

Panoply Holdings (TPX) has made its third acquisition since floating in December. UK-based GreenShoot Labs provides digital services using artificial intelligence technology. There is no initial consideration and any payment will depend on performance.

Marketing and media services provider Ebiquity (EBQ) traded in line with expectations last year. The disposal of the advertising intelligence was completed on 2 January. This cut net debt to around £8m. The continuing business is expected to continue to grow at 8% a year.

Online merchandising software and services provider ATTRAQT Group (ATQT) increased its 2018 revenues by 26% to £17.1m and the loss declined from £4.1m to £2.7m. The largest customer has renewed for two years. Annual recurring revenues are £16m.

GRC International (GRC) has acquired data consulting business DQM Group for an initial £5.9m with up to £5m in deferred consideration, although it is not expected to be more than £3.5m. This is a significantly earnings enhancing deal.

Cabot Energy (CAB) is consolidating 100 shares into one new share and raising up to £2.85m at 10p per consolidated share. The cash will pay off trade creditors. The main focus is Canada but Cabot believes its Italian oil and gas exploration assets could still be valuable even though the Italian government has suspended exploration work and is reviewing the situation.

The administrator has sold most of the businesses of Patisserie Holdings (CAKE) but there will be no money for shareholders. Dublin-based Causeway Capital has acquired Patisserie Valerie and AF Blakemore acquired Philpotts for a total of £13m, of which £3m is deferred. Baker and Spice was sold to the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs for £2.5m. The AIM quotation will be cancelled on 25 February. Paul Mumford of Cavendish Asset Management believes that the company’s banks should have supported a rescue and been more attentive to what was happening at the company. He thinks that shareholders should seek compensation from the banks.

Malvern International (MLVN) has confirmed that it moved into profit in 2018. The education business has doubled its London-based revenues and this made up for difficult trading in Malaysia.

Realm Therapeutics (RLM) is selling is hypochlorous acid assets for $10m and intends to leave AIM. Realm already had $18.8m in the bank at the end of 2018. The plan is to use the cash to complete a strategic transaction in the life sciences sector. The ADSs will continue to be listed on Nasdaq.

Stride Gaming (STR) has started a strategic review. The choices are acquisitive or organic expansion or the sale of the online gaming company.

Renalytix AI (RENX) has secured a joint venture with laboratory and clinical trials operator AKESOgen and this will enable Renalytix AI to provide additional services in the US. The artificial intelligence-based kidney diagnostics already has a presence in New York and the new joint venture is based in Georgia.

Administrators have been appointed to Utilitywise (UTW) but none of the subsidiaries is in administration. Shareholders are not likely to get anything from the administration process. Unitlitywise was unable to raise the cash it required to keep going and meet liabilities.

Heavitree Brewery (HVT) improved full year revenues from £7.3m to £7.61m and pre-tax profit grew from £1.55m to £2.25m, although that included profit on the sale of pubs and other property of £824,000, up from £6,000. The previous year had benefited from the write-back of a bad debt provision. The final dividend is being increased from 4p a share to 4.25p a share. Heavitree no longer has to cover a pension scheme deficit because three people transferred out of the scheme.

Bowmark Capital has launched a 110p a share recommended cash bid for Tax Systems (TAX) and MXC Capital Ltd (MXC) has accepted with its 25.6% stake. The bid values the tax software provider at £100.6m.

Kodal Minerals (KOD) has published the results of the drilling programme at the Bougouni lithium project. These will be used to update the JORC resource, which should happen by the end of February. Kodal has met with the Mali authorities to update them.

Insignals Neurotech is the third Portuguese spin out for Frontier IP (FIPP) and it will hold a 33% stake. Insignals is developing technology for brain stimulation surgery.

Scientific Digital Imaging (SDI) has made another scientific instruments acquisition and it has raised £2.5m at 34p a share to help finance it. A further £100,000 was raised via PrimaryBid. Graticules manufactures reticules and graticules and fits with the digital imaging division. It cost £3.4m and has added 6% to next year’s earnings per share.

Strategic Minerals (SML) has announced a trebled resource at Redmoor, in which it has a 50% stake. There is an inferred tin equivalent contained metal of 137,000 tonnes.

James Latham (LTHM) has acquired the timber merchant that has the rights to sell Accoya wood in Ireland. Abbey Woods will cost an initial €1.825m with a further €300,000-€400,000 depending on completion accounts. Further deferred consideration of up to €400,000 depending on performance over two years. Last year, Abbey Woods generated EBITDA of €379,000 on revenues of €7.5m and it has operations in Dublin and Cork.

Vast Resources (VAST) says that the tranche B offtake finance from Mercuria Energy Trading did not happen. This means that the planned December and January repayments of the loan from Sub Sahara Goldia Investments have not been made Talks continue with potential finance providers to replace the cash to invest in 80%-owned copper, silver, gold, zinc, lead, tungsten, molybdenum Baita Plai project. Bergen Global Opportunities Fund is pausing the second tranche of the $3m bridge facility because the share price has been below 0.2p for two days. A placing has raised £896,000 at 0.135p a share and this will repay the £525,000 owed to Bergen. There are discussions with a potential cornerstone investor for a diamond project in Zimbabwe.

RiverFort Global Opportunities (RGO) has subscribed for shares in Pires Investments (PIRI), that will give it a 24.3% stake. RiverFort is taking nearly 50% of the shares issued in a placing that raised £782,000 at 2.4p a share for Pires. The cash will be used for new investments.

Trading in the shares of African Battery Materials (ABM) will resume on Monday 18 February following the issue of 200 million shares at 0.5p each. The cash will be used to pay creditors and leave enough to finance the business for 12 months. Andrew Bell has been appointed executive chairman and Paul Johnson as executive director.

Windar Photonics (WPHO) will undershoot the 2018 forecast, but there should be higher orders from Vestas and another manufacturer next year. Even so, 2019 forecasts are likely to be reduced. Total 2018 revenues were 59% ahead at €3.5m and higher gross margins meant that the loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell from €1.22m to €360,000. The end of year order book was worth €1m.

Nostra Terra Oil and Gas (NTOG) has more than trebled its proved and probable reserves to 2.43 million barrels of oil. Net proved reserves are 764,030 barrels of oil.

President Energy (PPC) has updated the reserves position. The Argentina and Louisiana reserves are valued at almost $300m, which is equivalent to 21p a share. That is more than twice the market capitalisation. Production is predominantly oil but gas production will increase this year.

Harwood Wealth Management (HW.) has acquired IFA Castleton Financial Planning for up to £1.6m.

Trading in the shares of Urals Energy (UEN) has been suspended following the resignation of Allenby as nominated adviser. A general meeting, which will be held on 22 February, has been called by Adler Impex SA in order to remove three directors and appoint four other directors. Oil production was 1,690 barrels/day in January. Loans made without board approval have meant that the company is short of cash.

Waste-to-energy technology developer PowerHouse Energy (PHE) is confident that it could sign up a customer in the next quarter. There is increasing interest and six potential sites are being assessed. Potential engineering, procurement and construction contractors have approached PowerHouse. Development partner Waste2Tricity is in negotiations with Toyota Tsusho, which would be a way of entering the Japanese market.

Braveheart Investment Group (BRH) has reduced its stake in Remote Monitored Systems (RMS) from 5.9% to 1.32%. Stephen Jones increased his stake from below 3% to 14.5% in just over one month.

Dewscope Ltd, where Mark Horrocks is a director, has cut its stake in Sabien Technology (SNT) from 12.7% to less than 3%. Chris Akers has also reduced his stake from 16.9% to less than 3% and Brendan Adams has cut his shareholding from 4.2% to under 3%. These stakes were acquired on 14 December, when the mid-price was 0.11p. On 11 February, when the shares were sold, the share price increased from 0.145p to 0.175p. Sabien reported a decline in interim revenues from £462,000 to £342,000, but the loss was reduced from £233,000 to £207,000 due to cost reductions.

TV programme producer DCD Media (DCD) expects to report revenues of £7.3m and a small EBITDA in 2018. Trading has started well in 2019 helped by business that was delayed from last year.

HaloSource (HAL) is seeking shareholder approval for the disposal of assets to Strix (KETL) for $1.3m. The cash will pay creditors and fund the winding down of the business. The AIM quotation will be cancelled on 12 March.

WANdisco (WAND) has raised $17.5m at 546p a share to provide cash to support relationships with partners. WANdisco has become an advanced technology partner with Amazon Web Services.

Adamas Finance Asia Ltd (ADAM) is issuing 6.1 million shares to China Aerospace for a 6.8% stake in Hong Kong Mining Holdings, where Adamas already has a 84.8% stake. This is a complicated deal, but Adamas can tell China Aerospace where to transfer these shares. It means that Adamas will not necessarily increase its shareholding in the mining company. Sorting out what was effectively a stock overhang should make it easier to do a deal that will unlock cash for Adamas.

NetScientific (NSCI) has concluded its strategic review and it has decided to cancel its AIM quotation. The remaining cash will be spent on the investee companies with the best prospects of providing a return before the company runs out of money.

Angus Energy (ANGS) is repaying the £1.5m initial advance from YA II and RiverFort Global Opportunities. Angus has raised £2.2m at 4p a share.

The University of British Columbia has ordered a polariser system from Polarean Imaging (POLX).

Begbies Traynor (BEG) has made the earnings enhancing acquisition of profitable Newcastle insolvency practice KRE. The initial payment is £450,000 with up to £150,000 more based on revenue targets over 12 months.

Full year figures will be lower than expected at IFA Tavistock Investments (TAVI) but a maiden dividend is still on the cards.

Crossword Cybersecurity (CCS) will report a 45% increase in 2018 revenues, with most of the growth coming from software.

MAIN MARKET 

Cryptocurrency mining services provider Argo Blockchain (ARB) is refocusing its business. All existing contracts will be terminated by the beginning of April. The focus will be Argo’s own currency mining. Ongoing costs will be cut by one-third. Net cash is £15m and that is much more than the market capitalisation of Argo. The cash outflow should be stemmed in the second half of 2019. Hadron Capital recently increased its stake to 7.6%.

Trading is in line at fasteners supplier Trifast (TRI) even though the UK automotive market is weak. More than two-thirds of sales are overseas. Additional UK stocks for Brexit are worth around £2m.

Commercial aircraft leasing company Avation (AVAP) expects to report a doubled interim profit on revenues that have risen from $52.4m to $58m.

Outdoor digital media company Grand Vision Media Holdings (GVMH) has signed a partnership agreement with Rakuten Bank in Japan to add to the one it signed with CY Group in South Korea. GVMH’s marketing services will help its partners promote themselves to Chinese tourists. GVMH has glasses-free 3D technology.

Helen Sachdev has been appointed as a non-executive director of Athelney Trust (ATY) and Frank Ashton has taken on the role of executive chairman. Discussions continue with Gresham House Asset Management about taking over the management of the company’s investments.

Future (FUTR) has secured a new £90m revolving credit facility and it is acquiring CyclingNews.com and Procycling Magazine, which generate annual revenues of £2m. This deal widens the sports publishing activities.

REA Holdings (RE.) significantly increased palm oil production in 2018, even though extraction rates were lower than expected. The Kota Bangun coal concession is heading towards reopening the mine, although there are local disputes.

Andrew Hore

LocoSoco Group Plc #LOCO – Amendment: Admission to Trading on Vienna Bourse

(“LocoSoco”, or “the Company”)

Amendment: Admission to Trading on Wiener Borse

 

The following amendments have been made to the ‘Admission to Trading on Wiener Borse’ announcement released on 12/01/2019 at 7:00am under Release reference: PRNUK-1202190628-0386:

Investors should not subscribe for or purchase any securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information in the admission document (the “Admission Document”) published by LocoSoco Group PLC (the “Company”) on 12 February 2019 in connection with the proposed admission of the ordinary shares of 25 pence (traded in Euros) each in the capital of the Company (the “Ordinary Shares”) to trading on Wiener Borse, an internationally recognised and respected market in order to satisfy the liquidity requirements of existing shareholders and to enhance the potential for further fundraising to provide working capital to support the management’s ambitions for expansion

·   On 18 September 2018, the Company entered into a Subscription agreement under which 1,000,000 new ordinary shares are to be issued at 25 pence per share on a date two months after the date of Admission to raise £250,000 gross (there are no costs associated with this).

·   On 22 November 2018, the Company issued 1,000,000 new ordinary shares at 25 pence per share under a Subscription agreement raising £250,000 gross (again there are no costs associated with this).

·    There are currently 12,152,701 Ordinary Shares in issue and 3.5 million warrants also issued with an exercise price of 25p.

All other details remain unchanged.

The full amended text is shown below.

LocoSoco Group Plc

(“LocoSoco”, or “the Company”)

Admission to Trading on Wiener Borse, Vienna and Share Subscription

NOT FOR RELEASE, DISTRIBUTION OR PUBLICATION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO MIGHT CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OR BREACH OF ANY APPLICABLE LAW.

This announcement is an advertisement and not an admission document or a prospectus. It does not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell or issue, or a solicitation of any offer to buy or subscribe for, any securities, nor should it or any part of it form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or commitment whatsoever. Investors should not subscribe for or purchase any securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information in the admission document (the “Admission Document”) published by LocoSoco Group PLC (the “Company”) on 12 February 2019 in connection with the proposed admission of the ordinary shares of 25 pence (traded in Euros) each in the capital of the Company (the “Ordinary Shares”) to trading on Wiener Borse, an internationally recognised and respected market in order to satisfy the liquidity requirements of existing shareholders and to enhance the potential for further fundraising to provide working capital to support the management’s ambitions for expansion. Copies of the Admission Document are available during normal business hours on any day (except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays) from the registered office of the Company.

12th February 2019

LOCOSOCO GROUP PLC

(“LocoSoco Group” or the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”)

Admission to Trading on Wiener Borse and First Day of Dealings

LocoSoco Group PLC, a provider of goods and services to local enterprise and enabler of community owned supply chains is pleased to announcethe admission today of its Ordinary Shares to trading on the Wiener Borse market, Vienna (“Admission”) under the ticker “LOCO”. Keswick Global AG, of Hoffingergasse 16/1/6 A – 1120, Vienna, Austria is acting as Capital Market Coach and Broker to the Company in relation to Admission.

Highlights:

·    Dealings in the Ordinary Shares of 25 pence (traded in Euros) will commence today under the Wiener Borse Ticker “LOCO” with the ISIN GB00BD5BTL23

·    On 18 September 2018, the Company entered into a Subscription agreement under which 1,000,000 new ordinary shares are to be issued at 25 pence per share on a date two months after the date of Admission to raise £250,000 gross (there are no costs associated with this).

·    On 22 November 2018, the Company issued 1,000,000 new ordinary shares at 25 pence per share under a Subscription agreement raising £250,000 gross (again there are no costs associated with this).

·    There are currently 12,152,701 Ordinary Shares in issue and 3.5m warrants also issued with an exercise price of 25p.

The Company’s Admission Document is available on request by emailing contact@locoso.co.

James Perry, CEO of LocoSoco Group Plc, commented:“Our admission to the Wiener Borse today represents a significant milestone for LocoSoco group and strongly positions the company to accelerate its growth plans. 

LocoSoco is uniquely positioned to engage with local business and their communities, enabling all to benefit from and share in the value of the everyday transactions they make with each other, both online and in-store. There are significant opportunities for growth in this new economic model both in the UK and globally which we intend to capitalise on. 

We are delighted with the backing shown by a wide number of investors and we thank them for their support and we very much look forward to life as a public company and to updating the market on our continued progress in the months and years ahead.”

Enquiries:

LocoSoco Group PLC

James Perry, Chief Executive Officer

Alex Marks, Chief Marketing Officer

Simon Rendell, Non-Executive Chairman

+44 (0)203 538 0716

 

Via Brand Communications and Novus Communications Ltd

Alan Green

+44 (0)7976 431608

+44 (0)207 448 9839

 

Capital Market Coach

Keswick Global AG

info@keswickglobal.com

+43 (1)740 408045

Ian Pollard: Safestore Holdings – Strong Start To The Year

Safestore Holdings plc SAFE claims an excellent start to the financial year, with a strong first quarter performance, continuing the trading momentum seen in the second half of 2018 in both the UK and Paris markets. Group revenue from the 1st November to the 31st January rose by 6.% at constant exchange rates and on a like by like basis by 6.4%. Paris led the way on a like or like basis with a rise of 7.3% compared to 6.1% for the UK. Revenue for the quarter in Paris grew by 8.3 % following the opening of the new store in Poissy in summer 2018.

easyJet PLC EZJ confirms that it is in discussions with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and Delta Air Lines about forming a consortium to explore options for the future operations of Alitalia. In the words of the song there is no certainty at this stage that any transaction will proceed and easyJet will provide a further update in due course, if and when appropriate.

Money Supermarket.com Group PLC MONY made great progress in its Reinvent strategy in 2018 with profit after tax for the year to 31st December up by 11% and the ordinary dividend up by 6%. A good trading performance saw  revenues up 8% and In 2019 it is intended to return an additional £40m to shareholders.

AVEVA Group plc AVV delivered low double-digit revenue growth in the first nine months of the financial year, following the pattern set in the first half. Software sales grew at a faster rate compared to services, resulting in a modest improvement in gross margins. Operating margins also improved, although  some additional costs were incurred due to a better than expected sales performance.

Ashmore Group plc ASHM Profit before tax at £93.0 million, fell by 6% during the half year to the 31st December. The company described it as a respectable operating performance in the first half followed by a positive start to 2019. The investment performance remained strong and out performed by 30% over one year. Revenue growth of 13% was driven by 18% increase in net management fee income.

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Brand Comms CEO Alan Green talks Toople #TOOP, i3 Energy #I3E & Petrofac #PFC on Vox Markets podcast

Brand Comms CEO Alan Green discusses Toople #TOOP, i3 Energy #I3E & Petrofac #PFC with Justin Waite on the Vox Markets podcast. We also talk about Sabien Technology #SNT.

LocoSoco Group #LOCO CEO James Perry introduces the company and the listing on the Vienna Bourse

LocoSoco Group(LOCO.AV) CEO James Perry introduces the company and the listing on the Vienna Bourse.

Through LocoSoco:

– Local Communities share in the value of the transactions they make
– These transactions keep money in the local economy
– A portion of the money spent locally is recycled into local enterprise
– Growing transaction volume = growing investment opportunities
– Local retailers appearing on LocoSoco platform benefit from exposure to a much wider audience

Ian Pollard – Dunelm #DNLM caution over political uncertainty

Dunelm Group plc DNLM saw reported profit before tax rise by 24.3% in the 26 weeks to to the 29th December and strong like for sales up by 6.9%. Revenue was up by a comparatively small 1.2% and basic earnings per share by 23.8%. The Winter sale is described as having traded well but there is caution about the outlook for the remainder of the financial year due to the continuing political uncertainty in the UK. The interim dividend is to be increased 7.1%

Syncona Ltd Sync produced a continuing strong performance across the group of companies for the quarter from the 1st October to the 31st December. Blue Earth  demonstrated strong sales momentum, whilst Nightstar, Autolus and Freeline all made excellent clinical progress. The remaining Syncona companies in the Life Science portfolio continued to make positive progress in the quarter.

Galliford Try plc GFRD claims record pre-exceptional profits and a strong first half group performance.for the six months to the 31st December. When one looks at the actual statistics, however, the performance is not quite as strong as the company would have us believe. In fact on both a pre exceptional and statutory basis, apart from those profits, everything is down, including even the dividend  which has had to be sliced by an unhealthy 18%. At Linden Homes the  private average selling price fell by 5% at £352k which will be very unwelcome news amongst the rest of the housebuilding industry. The Chief Executive tries to put a brave face on it and and describes the outcome as a strong financial and operational performance.

Tullow Oil plc TLW continues to be underpinned by its West African business which performed strongly in 2018. The year to 31st December saw operating profit rise from 22$m to 528$m and last years loss of 175$m turned into a profit of 85$m,  whilst gross profit rose from 815$m to 1082$m

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