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Ian Pollard – Shaftesbury #SHB beats the High St blues

Shaftesbury Plc SHB updates that it enjoyed robust footfall and trading over Chistmas and the New Year, with resilient demand for  regular space and high occupancy, leaving one wondering whether the demise of the high street was just another media myth. Occupiers generally, they claim, reported growth in turnover compared with the same period in 2017 and despite reports to the contrary Shaftesbury’s restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars were particularly busy throughout the festive period.”

SSE plc SSE updates for its third quarter ending on the 31st December that it still intends to recommend a full-year dividend for 2018/19 of 97.5 pence per share and to deliver the five-year dividend plan set out in May 2018;However surrounded on all sides by interfering busybodies from the Europen Court of Justice to ministers of the Crown and our own ridiculous looking politicians, there is little wonder that it ever finds time to get down to its real job of keeping our homes war. If the Brexit shambles ever taught anything it must be that politicians and Bureaucrats must never be allowed anywhere near industry. This years consequnce of so doing is that there will be a directly attributable fall of 6% in earnings per share from 64p to 69p per share. Imagine the screams and accusations from Parliament if a major UK company caused so much damage to itself. It is at least happy that it has been able to make good progress in our core businesses and also demonstrated its ability to create value for shareholders. No mean achievements in  view of the obstacles placed in its way.

Smart Metering Sys SMS produced a 54% increase in  the total number of metering and data assets under management  by 31 December 2018. The portfolio of domestic smart meters increased by 100% increase year on year from 423,000 at 31 December 2017 to 846,000 a year later.The company has also signed an agreement with Co-operative Energy Limited  to be appointed preferred supplier fund and install Co-operative Energy’s meters of which it already has 326,000.

MySale Group MYSL experienced challenging trading in the first half with Group revenue decreasing by 17% and gross profit down by 35% with active customers falling by 7% .The performance is admitted to be disappointing but management claims that immediate action has been taken to remedy it and an improved performance will be delivered in the second half when a positive underlying EBITDA is expected.

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Brand CEO Alan Green discusses i3 Energy #I3E, Itaconix #ITX, Smart Metering #SMS & Hastings Grp #HSTG on the Vox Markets podcast

Brand CEO Alan Green discusses i3 Energy #I3E, Itaconix #ITX, Smart Metering #SMS & Hastings Grp #HSTG with Justin Waite on the Vox Markets podcast. Interview starts at 12 minutes 45 seconds.

Ian Pollard – Ocado #OCDO lifted by new Warehouse facility

Ocado Group plc OCDO produced revenue growth of 11.5% in the quarter to the 2nd September plus double digit growth of 11.4% in the average number of weekly orders.The average size of the orders remained constant at 106. The unique proprietary technology at the new warehouse at Erith enabled Ocado to process over 20,000 customer orders with 14 weeks of opening, compared to the 15 months it took the Andover warehouse to achieve the same throughput.

BBA Aviation BBA announces that it has acquired Firstmark Corp for a consideration of $97m. Firstmark is a leading provider of highly engineered, proprietary components and subsystems for the aerospace and defence industries.The acquisition enhances BBA’s exposure to the commercial and military aerospace markets.

Spire Healthcare Group SPI managed to maintain its interim dividend at 1.3p per share despite a decline in performance for the six months to the 30th June. NHS admissions fell significantly, coupled with lower than anticipated growth in Private admissions and the cost of investment in Clinical quality and Consumer engagement.Whilst revenue only fell by 1.1%, EBITDA was down by 20.6%, adjusted profit after tax  by 52.7% and basic earnings per share by 52.9%. The company admits that the results are disappointing but claims that everybody else is facing similar headwinds and significant business challenges. Nonetheless it has a new strategy, which it claims “is absolutely the right one”, albeit the outlook for the full year has still had to be revised.

Plant Healthcare PHC expects strong revenue growth in the second half which would lead to growth of 30% for the full year. Revenue for the six months to the 30th June was down slightly from $3.1m to $3m.The company also expects to become cash positive in 2020.

Pure Circle Limited PURE showed a return to growth in both revenue and net profit after tax for the year to the 30th June. Sales rose by 10%, with a particularly strong recovery in North America, volume was up by 17% and net profit after tax by 20%.

Smart Metering Systems SMS is increasing its interim dividend by 15% for the half year to the 30th June, after a 27% rise in sales. EBITDA increased by 29% and profit before tax by 9%

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Ian Pollard – Tesco Forecasts £1.57 Billion Profits and 2p Final Dividend

Tesco TSCO is to publish its prospectus and other documents later today for its proposed merger with Booker. These will include a profit forecast of £1,57 billion for the year to 24th February 2018 and an intention to pay a final dividend of 2p per share.

Electrocomponents ECM  The quarter to the 31st January produced a strong underlying revenue performance with growth of 14%. Each of the 5 regions produced double digit underlying growth. The Performance Improvement Plan stage 1 has now been completed and the company is  excited by the opportunity for further growth and improvement.

Wizz Air Holdings WIZZ Passenger numbers grew by 24.4% in January, slightly less than seat capacity which was up by 24.8%. Load factor fell by 0.3%


Murgitroyd Group MUR is to increase its interim dividend by 30% to 6.5p per share for the half year to the 30th November. Profit before tax rose by 14% and basic earnings per share by 14%. The board is confident of further long term growth.

Croma Security Solutions CSSG trading for the 6 months to the 31st December has been exceptionally strong and EBITDA is expected to have grown from  £0.44m to £1.1m. Record profits are expected for the full year.

Eckoh ECK has secured six sizeable new orders since the interim results were announced on the 17th November. These were in a variety of sectors including, healthcare,  insurance and mobile telecoms where the client was one of the UK’s largest mobile telephone operators. Benefits are expected to start accruing  in the second half.

Smart Metering Systems SMS saw total annualised revenue rise by 38% in the year to the 31st December. In the Electricity division, meter recurring revenue nearly tripled to £11.2m. Results for the year are expected to be inline with current market expectations


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Brand CEO Alan Green discusses #KDNC, #SMS and #URA on VOX Markets podcast

Alan Green, CEO of Brand Communications talks about Cadence Minerals #KDNC, Smart Metering Systems #SMS and URA Holdings #URA with Justin Waite on the VOX Markets. Interview starts at 26 minutes 21 seconds in.

Brand Comms and PIR Multichannel CEO Alan Green talks #SMS,#AVO & #MIDW with Jeremy Naylor on IG TV.

Brand Comms and PIR Multichannel CEO Alan Green discusses Smart Metering #SMS, Advanced Oncotherapy #AVO and Midwich Group #MIDW with Jeremy Naylor on IG TV.

Brand CEO Alan Green talks Smart Metering Systems #SMS, Cadence Minerals #KDNC & South32 #S32 on VOX Markets podcast

Brand CEO Alan Green discusses Smart Metering Systems #SMS, Cadence Minerals #KDNC & South32 #S32 with Justin Waite on the VOX Markets podcast, Interview starts 19 minutes 20 seconds in.

Brand CEO Alan Green discusses AA Group (AA.), Indivior (INDV) & Smart Metering Systems (SMS) on Vox Markets podcast

Brand CEO Alan Green discusses AA Group (AA.), Indivior (INDV) & Smart Metering Systems (SMS) on Vox Markets podcast. The interview is 18 minutes 30 seconds in.

Brand CEO Alan Green talking Andalas Energy (ADL), Smart Metering (SMS) & Cerillion (CER) on VOX Markets podcast

Brand CEO Alan Green discusses the latest news from Andalas Energy (ADL), plus Smart Metering (SMS) & Cerillion (CER) with Justin Waite on the VOX Markets podcast

Johnston Press Blames Brexit, Sterling and Headwinds

Johnston Press JPR saw total revenue fall for the year to 31st December, blame being directed wherever it will not show the board and management in a bad light. Summer trading was difficult and Brexit gets the blame for that by creating uncertainty. In quarter 3 severe headwinds were blamed for a 7% decline in revenue and poor old sterling gets a battering for causing the cost of ink and paper to rise. Signs of an improvement were seen in quarter 4 when the fall fell to 3%. The improvement has continued into 2017 with January producing a strong start  and impressive newspaper sales results. Web page views rose by 15% and Facebook followers were up by 60%

Smart Metering Systems SMS 2016 was a transformational year with the continuation of year on year double digit growth. Recurring annual income rose by 20% in the year to 31st December. Gas meter recurring rent was up by 13% and electricity meter recurring rent more than doubled.

Haydale Graphene Ind. HAYD anticipates that group revenue for the current  financial year will be below market expectations following the customer sampling programme taking longer than expected and meaning that commercial revenue from the customer will be delayed until the first half of the next financial year. In addition the decision to concentrate on collaboration with partners for the long term has and will result in  reduction of short term revenue.

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