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Ian Pollard: Trakm8 Expects Second Half Profit + Updates on DX Group #DX Taptica International #TAP Versarien #VRS and Firestone Diamonds #FDI

Trakm8 Holdings plc TRAK Confirms that for the third quarter of the year ending 31st March 2019, the Group has seen orders grow in challenging markets as well as  implementing a rigorous cost saving programe. The final quarter has benefited from a strong start with a revamped sales team. The Directors anticipate that the second half will now be profitable, even though full year revenue will be 25% to 35% below last year.

DX ( Group) plc DX has continued to make encouraging progress with its turnaround in the half year to the 31st December and is in a good position to drive further improvements. Positive EBITDA is expected for the full financial year.

Taptica International Ltd TAP, announces it is to merge with RhythmOne Plc  a global leader in advertising technologies for performance-based mobile marketing and brand advertising. The combination of the two businesses is expected to create one of the leading video advertising companies in the US, delivering significant economies of scale, customer base and supply chains to compete with the industry leaders. The merger will be effected way of a recommended offer by Taptica for the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of RhythmOne. Each RhythmOne Shareholder will be entitled to receive 28 New Taptica Shares for every 33 RhythmOne Shares held.

Versarien plc VRS is pleased with the impressive rate of progress which it has continued to make since entering into formal relationship towards the end of last year  with Chinese provincial government bodies. Agreement has been reached with various Chinese partners to progress the use of Versarien’s graphene powders and inks for a number of new applications.

Firestone Diamonds plc FDI had a reasonable second quarter, although  the demand for the smaller, lower value stones deteriorated further but then stabilised at the December and January sales  The demand for larger, better quality stones remains strong. A slower start to the second half was experienced due to equipment failure  during January, which is expected to impact tonnes treated and carats recovered for the third quarter.

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Andrew Hore – Quoted Micro 19 November 2018

NEX EXCHANGE        

Renewable energy supplier Good Energy (GOOD) has traded slightly ahead of expectations and been cash generative in the first ten months of 2018. Customer numbers have remained flat. The financial year should be in line with expectations. This reassurance led to a 17% increase in the share price, although it is still more than two-fifths lower than one year ago.

Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has made a further investment in TG Engineering Ltd, which makes steel and aluminium components for the aerospace and medical sectors. A loan of £150,000 takes the total loan to £625,000, alongside a 35% stake.

MetalNRG (MNRG) has raised £159,500 from a placing at 1p a share and the exercise of warrants. This will fund the investment in the uranium mine in the Kyrgyz Republic, over which MetalNRG has an option, and progress work at the Gold Ridge project in Arizona. There was £77,000 in the bank at the end of August 2018.

NQ Minerals (NQMI) has produced its first lead, gold and silver concentrate from the Hellyer polymetallic project in Tasmania. This has been delivered to Traxys Europe and payment has been received.

Tectonic Gold (TTAU) has mapped a large intrusive intersection of two major crustal faults at Mount Cassidy. This could a significant intrusive related gold system.

Clinical support systems provider DXS International (DXSP) has set a target of achieving a six-fold increase in turnover over the next five years and it believes that post-tax profit could reach £7m a year. This would come on the back of past investment in developing new products, two of which have been launched recently.

Ganapati (GANP) says that its Malta-based subsidiary has signed a games licence agreement with NYX Interactive for the supply of gaming software. After the initial software is supplied, Ganapati will supply one game each month for three years.

TechFinancials Inc (TECH) will receive a $867,000 dividend from 51%-owned Asia Pacific-focused subsidiary DragonFinancials.

AIM    

Frontier IP (FIPP) has raised £2.49m at 65p a share from existing and new investors and this will finance an expansion of the management team and provide working capital for the business. The value of the company’s investment portfolio has increased by one-third to £9m and there was £1.1m in the bank at the end of June 2018. The NAV increased from £11.8m to £12.7m. The cash should last into 2020 even if there are no proceeds from investment realisations.

SVS has pulled the £532,000 placing at 8.5p a share for TomCo Energy (TOM) and resigned as broker. SVS says that there has been a material change because of the suspension of the field test on the Holliday block in Utah. Trading in the shares has been suspended. TomCo has cash of £250,000.

There were disappointing phase III trial results for the Hutchison China Meditech (HCM) drug Fruquintinib, which did not achieve the primary endpoint in treating non-small cell lung cancer patients. That knocked nearly one-fifth off the share price.

AB Dynamics (ABDP) continues to grow strongly and is already planning to add to its capacity at its new site. Forecasts were raised for the automotive testing and simulator systems supplier earlier in the year and the full year outcome was a 51% increase in revenues to £37.1m and a jump in underlying pre-tax profit from £5.9m to £8.6m. A profit of £10.4m is expected this year.

Eve Sleep (EVE) is changing its focus following the appointment of a new chief executive. The mattress supplier will focus less on heavy marketing for one-off purchases and instead expand its range and generate repeat purchases. Lower marketing spending will reduce the growth rate of revenues. There was £7m in the bank at the end of October 2018 and the company wants to raise a further £15m.

Genedrive (GDR) has raised £5.6m after expenses from a placing at 23p a share, jointly run by Stanford Capital Partners and Peel Hunt, and an issue of loan notes to the British Growth Fund. There was £3.53m in the bank at the end of June 2018. The funds will finance the launch of the Genedrive HCV-ID kit for hepatitis C diagnosis and further assay development for antibiotic induced hearing loss and tuberculosis.

Trakm8 (LSE: TRAK) slipped out its interims on a Friday, albeit at 7am and not at Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings (IDH) o’clock (around 4.30pm). In the six months to September 2018, revenues fell 38% to £8.84m and even excluding contract manufacturing, which is not done any more, the decline is 26%. Recurring revenues fell by 7%. Even taking the most flattering figures, a pre-tax profit of £363,000 last time was turned into a £2.46m loss. Net debt more than doubled to £5.73m.

Marshall Motor Holdings (MMH) is going to make a better full year profit than expected despite the disruption of new testing rules. That has helped used car sales. The 2018 pre-tax profit is still expected to decline from £29.1m to £25.7m, but that is an improvement for the continuing operations.

Beximco Pharmaceuticals (BXP) has increased its first quarter revenues by 26%, although some of the improvement came from Nuvista, which did not contribute in the corresponding period. Pre-tax profit was 17% higher at BDT973 million. Beximco reported a 37% increase in export sales for its last financial year and they accounted for 12% of total sales. There are five treatments with US approval and it will take time to build up sales. The plan is to eventually generate two-fifths of revenues from exports.

Trinidad-focused oil and gas producer Touchstone Exploration Inc (TXP) generated $9.12m from operations in the nine months to September 2018, up from $2.22m in the corresponding period last year, thanks to higher production and selling prices and slightly lower operating expenses. This cash has been used to increase development spending.

Wynnstay Properties (WSP) is increasing its interim dividend by 8% to 7p a share. The NAV was760p a share at the end of September 2018 and 99% of the property portfolio is let. There was a decline in income due to disposals.

AIM shell Stirling Investments (STRL) had £7.7m of cash at the end of September 2018. Management includes ex-Melrose management. The share price has fallen from 100p to 74.5p, which is less than the cash per share.

IFA Lighthouse Group (LGT) has signed an agreement with Tavistock Investments (TAVI) for the use of the latter’s investment products, which will be offered by Lighthouse as well as its own Luceo Asset Management products. Tavistock raised £1.2m at 3.28p a share and Lighthouse subscribed for £1m of the total.

Event driven marketing technology services provider Mporium Group (MPM) has raised £2.3m at 5p a share.

Mercantile Ports and Logistics (MPL) is raising £27.75m at 2p a share and could raise a further £2.07m via an open offer.

Fastjet (FJET) has raised £9m at 1p a share in order to keep itself going. There has also been a £3.16m subscription from Solenta Aviation and £19.1m worth of shares have been issued to acquire four Embraer 145s from Solenta and settle various fees, charges and loans. A further £4.1m could be raised via and open offer at 1p a share. This should finance the airline business for 2019.

Empyrean Energy (EME) has raised £1m at 10p a share and this will provide working capital.

Allenby Capital has resigned as nominated adviser to CSF Group (CSFG) and will step down at the end of 2018. CSF has been turned down by potential replacements and trading is likely to be suspended at the end of 2018 and the quotation cancelled at the end of January 2019.

Rasmala (RMA) plans to cancel its AIM quotation and tender for up to 20% of tis share capital at 150p a share.

MAIN MARKET  

Resources-focused standard list shell Cobra Resources (COBR) floated on 15 November when it raised £523,500 at 1.5p a share. The share price ended the week at 1.75p. The board believes this is a good time to identify and acquire undervalued base and precious metals projects, which are already have a good management team and are well on the way to becoming a producing asset. There could be direct investments or farm-ins. There are 59.9 million warrants exercisable at 2p each.

The former Golden Saint Resources, now known as Golden Saint Technologies (GST), is planning to join the standard list. A placing at 0.75p a share will raise £911,000, of which £270,000 will go to pay directors fees that are owed. The rest will pay other costs. The company has switched from diamond exploration to an installer of network and connectivity products.

Trifast (TRI) reported interims in line with expectations and the fastenings supplier is on track to improve full year pre-tax profit from £22.2m to £23.1m. Management is cautious about the UK, but two-thirds of revenues are overseas.

Andrew Gaughan is stepping down as chief executive of Sportech (SPO) in February. The chairman will take up an executive position for an interim period and he purchased 250,000 shares at 40.6p each. The potential acquisition of ilottery provider Lot.to Systems was also announced with a strategic alliance initially put in place.

Avation (AVAP) has announced a 2 cents a share interim dividend. The aviation leasing business estimates that in the six months to December 2018 leasing revenues will increase from $41.7m to $57.8m and, along with a disposal gain, this means that interim profit will be better than expected and much higher than the $7.3m achieved in the first half of the previous year.

IQ-AI (IQAI) has made its first commercial sale of StoneChecker Software to a South Korean hospital.

BigDish (DISH) is building up resources to grow its business in the UK next year. The restaurants platform is considering selling its Asian business.

Bluebird Merchant Ventures Ltd (BMV) has completed a $380,000 placing at 2.5p a share. Each of the new shares has a warrant exercisable at 2.5p, which has to be done if the share price trades at 3p a share or above for ten consecutive days.

Andrew Hore

Ian Pollard – Plus 500 #PLUS Benefits From Trump Tariffs

Plus 500 Ltd  PLUS has again, after a strong second quarter, performed strongly in the first half and materially increased its expectations for the Group’s financial performance for the year to the end of  December. What it describes as geopolitical events particularly with regard to US import tariffs have resulted in higher than expected levels of market volatility, resulting in the strong second quarter.

Meggitt MGGT Trading in quarter two has been stronger than expected with good growth across its Civil aftermarket and the military and energy markets. Organic revenue growth for the year in Military is now expected to between 6% – 8%, up from 3-5%whilst total oganic revenue growth is expected to rise to between 4 -6% instead of 2-4%

Trakm8 Holdings plc TRAK reports very strong progress during the year to the end of March with revenue up by 12% and profit before tax by 69%. However revenue and profit for the first half of the current year are expected to be below those for the first half of 2018  the second half figures will be considerably better than last year leading to  higher figures for the full year.

Kromek Group KMK had another good year of growth in the 12 months to the 30th April,with revenue rising by 32% and the loss before tax falling from £3.8m to £2.5m. The customer base was developed and becoming EBITDA positive for the first time, making it a  milestone year on the way to reaching cash flow break even and pre-tax profits.. The momentum has continued into the current financial year

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Ian Pollard – Sage revises margins from 27.5% to 27.5%

Sage Group plc SGE The update for the half year to 31st March indicates that all is not well and makes for some   peculiar reading .Full year guidance for 2018 organic operating margins has been revised from 27.5% to believe it or not, 27.5%. For the first half year organic revenue growth of 6.3% is below management expectations and management  does not pull its punches in the blame game. The fall is due it admits quite openly, to inconsistent operational execution and then it goes on to contradict itself by further claiming that operational execution has been robust in most of what it calls its Geographies. A Geography is the new  buzz word in company speak for those who have not yet learnt what a country or a region are. Beware when you see senior executives of a major company reduced to displaying their inability  to speak proper ! (sic). Northern Europe and Africa Middle East did fit the pattern by coming in below expectations.

Trakm8 Holdings TRAK Produced 26% growth in its core business during the year to the 31st March.Year on year headline revenue growth was 13% taking the total to over £30m. growth. All activities outside the provision of Telematic Services as part of the aim to streamline the company’s activities. After a strong first half, continued progress has been made in the second half and positive momentum is expected for the future in the core business, especially having regard to robust demand from existing customers.

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Andrew Hore – Quoted Micro 8 January 2018

NEX EXCHANGE    

Kryptonite 1 (KR1) has invested $249,000 in a presale of 4,775,686 Simple tokens in a project administered by OpenST Ltd. The plan is for the tokens to be used to enable digital currencies to be launched by businesses. There has also been a $100,000 investment in the presale of tokens in the Props project. That bought 859,569 Props tokens. These tokens are used as a cryptocurrency as part of a decentralised ecosystem of video applications.

DagangHalal (DGHL) has launched its mobile app MEEMBAR (meaning raised platform in Arabic), which is targeted at Muslim travellers, on the Android platform. The app provides details of mosques, hotels and restaurants in an area. The app will become available on the IoS platform later this year. Longer-term, the company wants to introduce the ability to undertake transactions.

AIM…….

Housing developer Inland Homes (INL) ended the year strongly, selling two sites for a total of £12.7m. Inland Partnerships, which develops social housing, has entered into a £29.5m contract to develop 136 homes.

Kestrel Partners has taken a 4.32% stake in telematics equipment and services provider Trakm8 (TRAK).

Gear4Music (G4M) says that Christmas sales grew by 42%. The online musical instruments retailer is still on course for a full year profit of £2.4m.

Peter Scott is taking on the role of chief executive at digital marketing services provider Be Heard Group (BHRD) and David Morrison will replace him as chairman.

Smart metering technology supplier CyanConnode (CYAN) says that its order book is in excess of $100m even though a large order has been delayed. There was £5.5m in the bank at the end of 2017.

Cambria Automobiles (CAMB) has announced a new Lamborghini dealership in Chelmsford on the same site as the Bentley dealership. The showroom should be open by the end of the first quarter. A new site in Hatfield to house the new McLaren dealership and the company’s other dealerships in the area should be completed by the end of the year. Cambria is still cautious about the UK car market. Trading in the first quarter is in line with expectations. Chairman Philip Swatman and his wife sold 100,000 shares at 57p a share, leaving them with 200,000 shares.

Marble quarry operator Fox Marble Holdings (FOX) is raising £2.76m through a placing at 10.5p a share and Indian firm Kesari Tours PVT is investing £2m of the cash. Kesari boss Shailesh Patil has committed to buying a minimum of 3,000 tonnes a year of marble in return for exclusivity in the Arabian Gulf. Fox is also raising £235,000 via a convertible loan note issue and capitalising £783,000 of debt. Directors are also taking part of their pay in the form of shares. Fox will use £1.5m of the cash to repay debt and the rest will go towards expanding production. Total marble production was 8,800 tonnes in 2017. The new processing facility has capacity of up to 440,000 square metres a year so it will be able to cope with much higher quarry production.

Network data processing technology supplier Ethernet Networks Ltd (ENET) has disappointed the market six months after flotation. A customer has chosen to sign up to a different proposal than expected and two other projects have been delayed until 2018. This means that 2017 revenues and profit will be lower than anticipated, although profit will be higher than 2016. In 2016, revenues were $2.16m and operating profit was $339,000, which was exceeded in the first half of 2017 even though revenues were much lower.

Victoria Oil and Gas (VOG) says that its gas supply contract with ENEO in Cameroon has not been extended. This had covered 53% of Logbaba gas sales revenues in 2017. ENEO owes $8.7m.

Churchill China (CHH) says that its 2017 results will be slightly better than expected thanks to strong export sales. Full year figures will be published on 27 March.

Strand Hanson has resigned as nominated adviser to BNN Technology (BNN) following news that the company failed to account for a bonus claimed by Darren Mercer. The £270,000 bonus has been offset against the £450,000 he owes the company. Mercer also claims that the remaining amount of the loan should be reduced.

Corero Network Services (CNS) has gained $400,000 of contracts for its SmartWall cyber security system.

Ultrasound simulation technology provider Medaphor Group (MED) says that 2017 revenues were 27% ahead at £4.2m. The loss will be £2.9m. There was £4.2m in the bank at the end of 2017.

Cantor Fitzgerald has downgraded its 2017 profit forecast for waste treatment and energy generation plants developer Green and Smart Holdings (GSH) from RM7m to RM6.7m and the 2018 figure from RM16.9m to RM10.8m because of delays to electricity generation projects. Local project finance is taking longer than expected to secure.

Attractions designer Paragon Entertainment Ltd (PEL) chief executive John Dobson has acquired 1.43 million shares at 2.5p each. That increases his stake to 6.55%. This has helped the share price to recover after almost a year of decline following disappointing trading statement.

Babestation producer Cellcast (CLTV) says that it intends to provide for the £495,000 it had invested in the Lexinta fund, which is being investigated by the Swiss authorities. The investment vale had been raised to £754,000 in the last accounts. This appears to be in the trade receivables in the balance sheet last June. There was £862,000 in cash in the bank.

European PR firm SEC (SECG) has acquired 51% of Colombia-based Newlink for up to €2.2m and this could rise to €4.3m if the option to acquire the rest of the shares is taken up in the next five years.

TyraTech Inc (TYR) will buy back $8.4m worth of shares at the tender price of 3p a share.

Oil and gas firm San Leon Energy (SLE) has ended bid discussions with two potential bidders. A potential reverse takeover is still on the cards.

Even though Crawshaw Group (CRAW) says that the performance of its factory shops has been good, like-for-like sales for the delicatessen products retailer have declined. This has led Peel Hunt to increase its loss forecasts for this year and next year as like-for-like revenues are expected to continue to decline.

Egdon Resources (EDR) has had its appeal for planning permission for the Wressle oil development in Lincolnshire. Egdon owns 25% and Union Jack Oil (UJO) has a 15% stake. Egdon has been allow to retain the original planning permission until the end of April.

ReNeuron (RENE) is consolidating 100 shares into one new share. Management hopes that this will help to attract institutional investors. The cell-based therapeutics developer had £45.3m in the bank at the end of September 2017.

Christopher Brown is stepping down as chief executive of TomCo Energy (TOM) but he will remain for the short-term. He has agreed to loan £100,000 to the company.

Packaging machinery manufacturer Molins (MLIN) is changing its name to Mpac following the sale of the Molins tobacco machinery business.

The People’s Operator (TPOP) has returned from suspension having completed its £2.82m fundraising at 0.1p a share. The London Stock Exchange says that the settlement of outstanding trades is occurring and it allowed the restoration in dealings, but it says that it will continue to closely monitor the situation.

BOS Global Holdings (BOS) has appointed Marcus Yeoman, Will Giles and Michael Wilczynski to the board andMark Uren has resigned, which means that it does have the minimum required number of three directors. The finances of the software developer remain uncertain and trading in the shares is still suspended. A general meeting requisition has been withdrawn.

Average oil production from the Trinidad operations of Range Resources Ltd (RRL) in the fourth quarter of 2017 was 629 barrels a day and the current daily production is 703 barrels a day.

Premier African Minerals (PREM) did not meet its guidance on production at the RHA tungsten mine in the last quarter of 2017 and this means that it did not achieve profitable production in December. Premier has said that it would not provide any more cash unless profitability were achieved. Premier is spinning off the Zulu lithium project, which could have a value greater than Premier, and drilling programmes could be funded by offering a stake in the new company.

MAIN MARKET  

Cayman Islands-based cash shell AIQ Ltd (AIQ) (ww.aiqhub.com) is joining the standard list on 9 January. AIQ has raised £3.6m after expenses, mainly at 8p a share. The plan is to seek an e-commerce acquisition, which has a strong management and is near to cash generation.

North American oil and gas explorer and producer PennPetro Energy (PPP) acquired Nobel Petroleum UK last May, which gives it a 75% working interest in City of Gonzales petroleum leases in Texas. Nobel has secured £2m in additional funding for the leases. PennPetro joined the standard list and was valued at £17.7m at 25p a share. Former Arsenal managing director Keith Edelman is chairman.

Andrew Hore

Ian Pollard – Beware When Pawnbrokers Prosper

Ramsdens RFX has continued to enjoy strong growth in he half year to 30th September with Foreign Exchange, Pawnbroking and Jewellery Retail all sharing in the success. Group revenue rose by 18%, basic earnings per share by 33% and profit before tax by 63%. The pawnbroking loan book rose by 18% during the half year. Good news for Ramsdens but beware. Prosperous pawnbrokers are usually a sign that the economy is not prosperous

Trakm8 Holdings TRAK enjoyed a period of good organic growth from new and existing customers in the half year to 30th September. Like for like new revenue grew by 17%, basic earnings per share soared by 238% and  profit before tax following closely behind with a  rise of 157%. A strong second half is anticipated.

Cerillion CER The strong final results for the year to 30th September reflect buoyant growth in software revenue. Total revenue rose by 8.3% and on a recurring basis, by 9.6%. Earnings per share soared virtually five fold from 1.3p per share last year to 6.9p this year. Adjusted profit before tax was up by 8.4% and the proposed final dividend is 2.8p per share, making a total of 4.2p for the year, a rise of 7.7%

Patisserie Holdings CAKE produced another year of excellent results  and is proposing to increase its final dividend for the year to the end of September by 20%. Statutory profit before tax rose by 17.1%, basic earnings per share by 19.1% and revenue by 9.7%. 20 new stores were opened during the year, every one of which traded profitably from the day they opened. The company was trading from 199 stores at he year end.

Universe Group UNG is disappointed not to have closed the small group of high value contracts for which it had planned before the year end on the 31st December. Group revenue for the year is now expected to be 19.5m. with adjusted EBITDA of around 2.7m. The company believes that the hoped for deals will materialise early in 2018.

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Real Good Food – Profits Eaten By A Litany of Errors

Real Good Food plc RGD appears to have continued to suffer from serious management problems and is having to admit at today’s AGM that whilst sales have been doing well, that wil not translate into the expected profitability. For the year to 31st March 2018 EBITDA of about £6.5m had been expected but this will now be materially reduced in the second half and for the year as a whole  the company will make a loss.

Total like for like sales growth in the first half year was 13% compared to the previous year and 20% including Brighter Foods but profitability has been disappointing compared to the Boards expectations. The  litany of reasons for the failures are numerous ranging from margins being considerably below expectations, cost increases, labour inefficiencies and materials wastage and all these at just one division, Premium Bakery. Cake Decorations & Food Ingredients was also below expectations in September and group and head office costs are still too high. The amount of the expected loss for the year either remains a secret or the Board does not yet have a clue but an update will be provided in due course.

Spire Healthcare SPI has unanimously rejected a conditional proposal which it has received from Mediclinic International. The offer of 150p in cash plus 0.232 new Mediclinic share values each Spire share at 298.6p which the Board says is a significant undervaluation. Shareholders are advised to take no action.

Trakm8 Holdings plc TRAK has regained good momentum in growing first half revenues organically. On a like for like basis growth was 12% which represent a 24% increase on the continuing business activities.

Renewi plc RWI has produced a particularly strong performance in September with the result that it has had to update the announcement made less than a month ago and results for the year to the end of March 2018 are now expected to be significantly above previous expectations.

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Severn Trent Pleased to Escape North America

Severn Trent plc SVT Not every company admits to being pleased at having to announce the sale of part of its business especially if that business is a strong one but Severn Trent is an exception as it announces the sale of its North American business. Even more strange the Chief Eexecutive admits that under Severn Trent’s management the North American business would not have been able to grow and flourish as it will under new management. Do I detect a great cheer from Severn Trents long suffering users, that at last the message may have begun to get home.

SuperGroup plc SGP enjoyed a super year for the 12 months to the 29th April with like for like retail sales growing by 12.7% and revenue up by 27.4%. Underlying profit before tax rose by 18.4% and the full year ordinary dividend is to be increased by 20.7% to 28p. For 2018 underlying profit before tax is expected to be in line with market expectations.

Trakm8 Holdings TRAK with new orders up by 37% on a year ago, shareholders may have something to look forward to after a dismal year to the end of March which saw profit before tax plummet by 77%, basic earnings per share by 66% and the disappearance of the final dividend. As is usual in these circumstances management seeks refuge and comfort in jargon, with strong new contract and extensions momentum and pipeline and opportunity. Back on planet earth revenues in the first two months of of the new financial year are up 10% on the first two months of last year. The Executive Chairman is confident of achieving a much improved performance in the current year

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Trakm8 Chairmans’ Frustration Comes Too Late

Trakm8 Holdings TRAK Route Monkey is in a trend to move to SaaS revenues. Once you get extreme jargon like that in a company’s trading update you know it has been having a fairly bad time and Trakm8 is no exception. It witters on about its pipelines and how strong they are as if nobody is aware that company’s only start talking about pipelines when things have got bad. In good or even normal times, they are referred to as orders and order books but in bad times the company wants to pretend it is a big oil major so it begins to warble on about pipelines.

The Executive Chairman claims to be frustrated because the company is having to substantially reduce its expectations for this year, despite having such a “strong pipeline”. Looking at the list of woes which the company has produced, it is surprising that his frustrations have only surfaced now just before the year end on the 31st March.

Firstly the growth of installed base units has been lower than expected. Then new revenues are being delayed, some into the next financial year. Short term revenue and cash generation are being suppressed. A reduction in contract manufacturing for third parties has led to a specific revenue loss of £2.5m. The adjusted operating profit for the year will be significantly below that of 2016 and will impact both indebtedness and cash flow. Annualised overheads are being reduced by £1.5m to try and reduce the damage.

The signs were all there at half time when profit before tax for the 6 months to 30th September collapsed by 90%

Interco, Hotels Group IHG is increasing the total dividend for the year to the end of December by 11%, after a rise of 4.6% in revenue, 9.5% in underlying operating profit and 23.1% in adjusted earnings per share. The Chief executive claims that the results demonstrate the strong operational performance of the Group and its long term strategy. At the same time the fundamentals for the hospitality industry remain compelling, he adds.

Lighthouse Group LGT saw profit before tax surge by 119% to £1.9m for the year to 31st December and the final dividend is to be raised from 16p per share to 18p. EBITDA rose by 37%. Revenue rose slightly by 2% but operating costs were kept in check falling by 7%. That plus an increase in the annualised average revenue  per advisor led to the substantial increase in earnings.

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Trakm8; First Half Slump = Another Period of Growth

Trakm8 Holdings TRAK has the audacity to describe its first half results as another period of growth, rather than the disaster which they really are. Profit before tax for the 6 months to the end of September is down by 77%, basic earnings per share by 69% and cash generated from operating activities by 90%. Some people have a funny idea of growth unless you look at the net debt position which has grown In fact it has doubled and to be fair recurring revenue is up by 18% . Seasonality it explains has hit profitability “as expected”, as if last years first half was in a completely different season to this years. Increased investment in sales, marketing and engineering  also get the blame for impacting the results but, surprise, surprise no detail whatsoever, not a single fact or figure to justify this claim, is provided. However shareholders will no doubt be pleased to learn that a strong contract pipeline provides visibility, a statement which, without translation into a reasonably modern language, seems meaningless to the uninitiated.

The share price  does not reflect the growth claimed by management. In fact it is already down by over 27% this morning. Since December it has fallen from 400p to its present 134p. Some “growth”

Draper Esprit GROW has enjoyed a transformational first half with profit after tax of 26m in the 6 months to 30th September in its first year as a public company.  Portfolio value has risen by 36% and NAV per share stands at 352p. Net cash on deposit and available for investment amounts to 48m. The company’s aim is to become a significant European venture capital leader.

Nanoco Group NANO has acquired a group of patents from Kodak relating to the use of quantum dots in electroluminescent displays. The acquisition forms part of the company’s policy of building a commercial position in quantum dot technology and its future applications.

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