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Koovs Forced to Cut Marketing Spend for 2018

Koovs plc KOOV had a miserable time in the half year to the 30th September, with flat sales and a slight fall in group revenue, impacted by various woes, such as demonitisation, a new Goods & Services tax and high discounting. Operating costs did fall by 9% helping to reduce the loss for the half year by 15% to 7.8m. and there was a brief glimmer of hope in November with a 17% rise in sales and 43% in website traffic but it did not last and 2018 sales are going to be further affected by a forced reduction in marketing spend. The company seems to think that there is  no real problem because brand awareness rose by 21%. What  marketing people easily forget is that brand awareness is meaningless if it doesn’t get customers through the door and buying.

Nicholls plc NICL Group sales in the second half continued the strong trend seen in the first half year both in the UK and in the international business. UK sales of Vimto are 9% ahead of last year compared to average UK market growth of 2.3% and Africa has had an exceptional year with a 20% rise in revenue. The one cloud on the horizon is that the supply route to the Yemen has been blocked by hostilities which will mean that adjusted profit before tax for the year to the 31st December is now expected to be only in line.

Kromek KMK Revenue for the half year to the 31st October rose by 27% and the EBITDA loss was halved to 0.3m. Continued revenue growth has  left the company well positioned to achieve EBITDA break even point over the full year, as expected.

Dotdigital Group plc DOTD The positive trading momentum seen in the second half of the previous financial year has continued into the new one, with strong international sales creating the confidence that the company can achieve its ambitious growth plans

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Koovs Continues To Rocket

Koovs plc KOOV continues to see sales rocket with a rise of 87% in the year to 31st March. Registered users were up by 80% and units shipped and repeat customers rose by 100%, as it pursues its main strategy of significant growth and outperforming e commerce sector growth in India by fivefold. India is now the fastest growing economy in the world.

Keywords Studios KWS enjoyed a year of strong growth in 2016, both organically and from acquisitions and is increasing its final dividend by 10%. Group revenue for the year to 31st December rose by 67%, adjusted basic earnings per share was up by 61% and adjusted profit before tax by 86%. Further good progress is expected in 2017.

ASOS ASC claims a strong set of results for the half year to 28th February but by comparison with Koovs it is positively pedestrian. It also illustrates the continuing decline in the importance of the UK market where sales grew by “only” 18% compared to international sales which rose by 54%. Group revenue rose by 37%, or 31% on a constant currency basis  and profit before tax was up by only 15%, Meanwhile the group pursues its ultimate goal of becoming the worlds no.1 for “fashion loving 20 somthings”.

Wizz Air Holdings WIZZ the largest budget arline in Eastern and Central Europe saw passenger numbers rise by 19% in March whilst load factor rose by 4.1 PPTS to 90%.

W. H. Smith “Strong Group Performance” as High Street Falls 4%

W.H. Smith SMWH claims a strong performance across the group for the 21 weeks to 21st January, presumably hoping that nobody will go as far as reading the actual figures which show that High Street revenue actually fell by 4% and only travel revenue with a 10% increase, saved the day enabling Smiths to show a like for like sales increase of 1% and a total increase of 2%. As a result of the success of the travel division, the group expects that profit growth for the group as a whole will be slightly ahead of plan.

Restaurant Group RTN admits to a catalogue of management failures which led to a fall of 5.9% in 4th quarter trading which continued to be challenging and compares badly with a decline of 3.9% over the 53 weeks to1st January.  The decline is to be countered by improving its proposition and its operating processes, building a better business and delivering an attentive and engaging service, One can only hope that the people who failed to cope with the problems in 2016 will be able to deal with them in 2017, The first half of which is expected to be difficult and  no improvement showing until towards the end of the year.

Koovs KOOV is enjoying another year of excellent growth with sales for the 9 months to 31st December showing a rise of 101% and traffic, registered users and social media all up by 100%. The success of its premium party dress collection which sold out in record time, 59% of it within three days of launch has left the company excited about prospects for 2017

McCarthy & Stone MCS saw legal completions for the 20 weeks to the 20th January fall by 2% compared to the previous year as a result of a lower forward order book and a slight slowing in sales momentum since results were announced on the 15th November. Year to date reservations are  currently running ahead and are expected to bring in an extra 5% revenue, due to price increases. Profit before tax for 2017 will be more than usually weighted towards the second half.

Staffline Group STAF is increasing its final dividend by 29% after a year of strong organic growth which saw a rise in revenue of 26%. Underlying profit before tax rose by 30% and undiluted earnings per share by 23%. The company’s success means that it has increased its market share “more than ever”.

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Hargreaves Services – Coal Becoming King Again

Hargreaves Services HSP updates that trading conditions in the six months to the 30th November have become more stable and a strong second half is expected, despite contract delays in the Industrial Services Division. Coal is becoming king again with profits from the UK coal division expected to exceed forecasts and be some £3m ahead of management expectations. The German coal distribution division is trading very strongly helped by price increases and recovery in its markets.

KOOVS plc KOOV Another six months of amazing growth is how Koov’s CEO, Mary Turner, describes the half year to 30th September. The interim loss before tax soared from last years £5.7m to £9.1m due to increasing investment in marketing and technology, whilst sales grew by 114%, active customers by 138% and website traffic by 132%

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Randall & Quilter Rebounds

Randall & Quilter RQIH has produced a significantly stronger first half year performance this year than it did in 2015. Last years first half loss of £4.5m has been transformed into a profit of £1.2m for the current half year to the 30th June  and last years loss per share of of 4.7p  has become a positive 1.5p per share. The company says that the outlook is now very promising and strong trading is expected for the remainder of the year.

Dechra Pharmaceuticals DPH enjoyed strong growth both in its existing operations and in the three acquisitions which it made in the year to 30th June. Revenue from existing operations rose by 11% led by North America with a rise of 37.9% and consolidate revenue which includes acquisitions was up by 21.7%. The final dividend is to be increased by 9% to 18.46p.

Koovs plc KOOV continued to produce further strong growth during the 17 weeks to 31st July, with sales growth of 115%, registered users up by 201% and weekly website traffic by 142%.


Plus 500 Ltd. PLUS produced record revenue and profits for the half year to the end of June and is raising its interim dividend by 10%.  revenue rose by 25%, net profit by 10% and earnings per share by 11%. The second half has started with further strong growth which is expected to contnue for the rest of the year

Wizz Air Holdings WIZZ The continuing boom in the demand for budget air fares saw Wizz Airs passenger numbers rise by 16.6% in August, almost exactly in line with a capacity increase of 17%. On a rolling 12 months basis capacity rose by 18.3% and passenger numbers by 19.8%.Competition in budget fares is not as fierce as it was as at least one of the former budget big boys makes it clear to its passengers that it is quite happy to charge more than the established schedule airlines, when it can get away with it, especially in the peak summer traffic season.


Brand CEO Alan Green discusses Koovs (KOOV) & Nanoco (NANO) on VOX Markets podcast.

AGTipTVBrand CEO Alan Green discusses Koovs (KOOV) & Nanoco (NANO) with Justin Waite on the VOX Markets podcast. The interview is 13 minutes in.

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In Line & Boring Day Saved by Card Factory & Koovs

Rarely have so many companies had so little to say about themselves. Not a single boast this morning.

One of the few hints of excitement comes from Card Factory CARD which is increasing it’s final dividend by 33%, making a 25% increase for the year as a whole. Profit before tax rose by 96.2%, fifty net new stores were opened during the year and online revenue rose by 22.8%.

Cranswick CWK  expects trading performance for the full year to be in line, despite growth in sales volume of 12% for the year to 31st March. Exports rose strongly in the final quarter with robust demand for pork products from the Far East. In quarter 4 it moved into a net funds position compared to borrowings of £18m at the end of quarter 3.

Park Group PKG anticipates results will be broadly in line for the year to 31st March. The first half’s good performance continued through the second half and pre Christmas trading was encouraging across all the company’s operations.  Consumer sales rose by 7% but total billings for Corporate business are expected to have fallen by £2 m.

KOOVS KOOV does produce some real excitement with sales growth of 189% and ahead of target at £10m. volume growth was strong andalso ahead of target. The year to the end of March also saw a rise of 110% in website visitors which are now running at over one million per week.

No sweetener from Mr. Cube as Tate & Lyle TATE says nothing other than the year to 31st March was in line.

Shanks Group SKS boldly announces that its expectations for the year remain unchanged.

Blinkx BLNX main claim is that it has built out a highly salable hybrid cloud infrastructure. Bravo for that, whatever it is.

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