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Brewer Adnams (ADB) reported a decline in first half revenues from £35.5m to £34.7m, while the loss increased from £840,000 to £1.15m. Beer volumes were 2% ahead, compared with a 1% decline in the market. Low alcohol beer sales grew. Gin sales fell because of greater competition. A fire at the Ship at Levington hampered the performance of the pubs business. Adnams made an underlying profit in 2018, thanks to a better second half performance. The new IT system went live in March and the implementation has been a distraction to management. The dividends are unchanged at 78p a share for each B share and 19.5p per A share.
Bruce Pubs (PUB) has decided to cancel trading in its 7.2% secured bonds, 31 March 2022. There are £20,000 worth of bonds admitted to the market and there have been no trades. Bruce Pubs had wanted to raise up to £20m from the bond issue. It is therefore not a surprise that Bruce Pubs believes it is not worth having a trading facility. The bonds can be redeemed early by the company.
NQ Minerals (NQMI) has produced 10,164 tonnes of lead concentrate, 7,431 tonnes of zinc concentrate and 46,863 tonnes of pyrite concentrate in the first half of 2019. An operating profit of A$3.6m was made on sales of A$23m.
TechFinancials (TECH) had $1.23m in the bank at the end of June 2019. A reduction in trade receivables meant that there was a small cash inflow from operating activities, but there was $402,000 capitalised developed on the blockchain ticketing system.
China-focused healthcare company MiLOC Group Ltd (ML.P) has raised £755,000 at 30p a share.
Queros Capital Partners (QCP) has gained a quotation for its bonds on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
ICAMAP has acquired 7.94 million shares in easyHotel (EZH) at its offer price of 95p a share, taking its stake to 44.1%. This means that it is a mandatory cash offer.
Iofina (IOF) has launched IofinaEX Global to deal in hemp derived products in Central America and the Caribbean. Iofina will potentially link up with a government in the region that wants to develop its country as a hub for hemp derived products. There are no details of this potential partnership. The company believes that its regulatory expertise in the iodine market will be helpful in the CBD market. The US is likely to be a major market.
LightwaveRF (LWRF) has raised £1.3m at 7p a share. The smart homes equipment supplier wants the cash to finance further growth. There are also plans to secure a facility for stock.
Altitude (ALT) is considering the disposal of its Manchester-based promotion products supplier AdProducts.com. This would enable Altitude to concentrate on its AIM platform for promotional products suppliers.
Greatland Gold (GGP) has raised £4.2m at 1.85p a share and that will be used to finance exploration in the Paterson region of Australia. There has been positive exploration news from the Scallywag prospect in the Paterson region. A ground gravity survey starts this month and an induced polarisation survey next month. Then 3D modelling using the data will come up with drill targets.
Cyber security software and services provider Corero Network Security (CNS) says interim revenues are lower, but operating costs are unchanged. That means that the interim loss has increased. However, full year revenues are expected to be one-fifth higher, but higher investment in sales means that the loss will still be higher. Net cash was $3.6m at the end of June 2019.
Equals Group (EQLS) is raising up to £16m via a placing and open offer. The international payments company has raised £14m at 110p a share and up to £2m will come from the one-for-90 open offer. The cash will be used for acquisitions and working capital.
Tanfield (TAN) says that 49%-owned Snorkel International has moved back into profit in the second quarter of 2019, although the first half was still loss-making. Last year, the value of this investment in the access equipment supplier was cut from £36.3m to £19.1m.
Oil and gas producer President Energy (PPC) says that there should not be a material effect on its operations from a change in Argentinian president. Revenues are US dollar based and cash is held in the same currency, so the decline of the Argentinian peso should not be too much of a problem.
Anthony Laiker has subscribed £25,000 in Vela Technologies (VELA) at 0.1p a share. A general meeting has to approve the share issue to the executive director, as well as an issue of 6.25 million warrants exercisable at 0.15p. Approval of the conversion of £200,000 of loan notes plus interest into nearly 241 million shares will also require the company to be given the ability to issue more shares. Laiker would than own more than 301 million shares.
Gfinity (GFIN) is pulling out of its Australian joint venture because the esports company wants to focus its cash on the US and other important markets.
Workspace software provider Essensys (ESYS) says that its revenues were one-quarter higher at £20.5m in the year to July 2019. That was better than expected. Annual recurring revenues run rate is £17.3m.
Associated British Engineering (ASBE) made an increased loss of £1.81m, up from £582,000 the previous year. The company’s main pension fund remains a worry and there are ongoing discussions with the Pensions Regulator. There are net liabilities of £3.71m after the pension deficit of £4.98m.
Nanoco (NANO) generated revenues of £7.3m in the year to July 2019, more than double the previous year. The cadmium-free quantum dots developer had £7m in cash at the end of July and expects to have £6m at the end of 2019.
Highway Capital (HWC) has issued €30,000 of new convertible loan notes. These are convertible to a value in excess of 50% of the net asset value of the company at the time of conversion. The terms of an existing convertible loan note of £100,000 have been changed and the conversion price is 5p a share.
Shareholders in Avocet Mining (AVM) have voted against the resolution to wind up the company. This means that it is likely to go into administration unless there is a viable transaction that the board can assess.
Global Resources Investment Trust (GRIT) wanted shareholders to approve the voluntary liquidation of the company, but there is not enough support for the proposal. GRIT has sold 430 million shares in Kalia for £225,000 in order to provide working capital. A new board is being appointed to undertake a strategic review. James Normand will become chairman and Martin Lampshire as an executive director. Stephen Roberts will become a non-executive director.
IMC Exploration (IMC) has been awarded two additional licences in County Wexford. They adjoin an existing licence where there are indications of gold.
Book publisher Quarto (QRT) reduced its interim loss from $6.6m to $4m on flat revenues of $56.4m. There was a change in the mix of revenues with children’s books increasing revenues by14% and in geographic terms more of the revenues were in the US, which moved into profit. Net debt has fallen by 11% to $65m.
Zenith Energy (ZEN) says that drilling has commenced at well C-37 in the Jafarli oilfield.
Pendragon (PDG) is selling its Chevrolet dealership in California for £17.2m. GM can alternatively nominate another purchaser if it wants. The rest of the US business will be sold.
WH Smith plc SMWH is rapidly evolving into two separate businesses one of which does not seem to be able to find the management which it seems to need. The problem is the High Street, the traditional business which keeps on trying to make a profit out of selling newspapers, books and pencils. Smiths highlights its problems as if it is something to be proud of. Like for like High Street revenue fell by 2% in the six months to the 28th February and that, it proudly boasts, is its second best sales performance in a decade.Travel on the other hand is the jewel in the crown, with sales up by 18%, like for like revenue up by 3% and profit by 7%. Travel is expected to produce strong profit growth in the second half, slightly ahead of expectations. and it is thanks to travel that the interim dividend can be increased by 8%.
Quiz plc QUIZ saw group revenue rise by 12% during the year to the 31st March, helped by strong online expansion of 34%, compared to UK stores and concessions and International sales up by 8%. The company operates 108 Debenham concessions in the UK and a further 11 in the Republic of Ireland which between them produce 23% of total revenues. Slower than anticipated growth is expected during the year. and a thorough review of all aspects of the business is being undertaken, to mitigate the effects of the slowdown.It still looks forward to continuing to work productively with Debenhams.
easy Hotel plc EZH continued to outperform for the fourth year its hotel markets in the UK and across Europe during the six months to the 31st March, System sales rose by 24% and revenue by 47%. Regional market performance was weaker compared to a strong London. market., There was a marked deterioration across the UK in in the second quarter compared to the first.. As a result the short-term market outlook remains uncertain and trading is mixed on a country-by-country basis and as in the UK overall market demand has softened.
Christie Group plc CTG The 12 months to the end of December produced a solid performance but it can not be hidden that here is yet another company which is being damaged by our feckless politicians Brexit performance and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit is causing UK transaction related activity to slow.despite that, operating profit rose by 8.4%, revenue by 6.3%, the total dividend is to be increased by 3% and the second half performance is expected to be stronger.
Amino Technologies plc AMO goes straight for the jargon box as it seeks reasons in advance for the full year results due in November. An intensification of external macroeconomic headwinds have been the main problem. These have resulted in lower than anticipated orders, higher than expected component price increases in the second half, as well as orders delayed because of instability in the economies of certain emerging markets. Planned trade tariffs in the US, have created confusion among customers, it is claimed, even before they have had any impact on the companies products. Shareholders will no doubt be delighted that all this gloom and despondency has not prevented Amino from maintaining its commitment to an increase of at least 10% in the final dividend.
Sopheon plc SPE updates that the third quarter which is usually the quietest of the year, produced a record performance which saw revenue break through the $30m dollar level. Sales activity for the remainder of the year is robust and full year results are expected to exceed current market expectations.
Angling Direct plc ANG enjoyed another highly successful period in the six months to the 31st July. Group revenue rose by 55.8%, gross profit by 52.6% and earnings per share from a loss of 0.33p to a positive 1.44p. The online business increased by an exceptional 60% and In August and September like for like store sales were up by 15.4% and 12% respectively.
eassyHotel plc EZH describes its year to the 30th September as a transformational one, with a strong performance across the portfolio.Total systems sales for the year rose by 25% and as at the end of the year the total owned hotel portfolio increased by 42%. Five new owned hotels with 610 rooms and four new franchised hotels with 297 rooms brought the total network to 33 hotels and 3,068 rooms.
easy Hotel plc EZH Strong trading experienced in the previous year has continued through the year to the end of September. The groups owned hotels have significantly outperformed both the competition and the wider OK hotel market. Franchised hotel have also traded strongly especially in continental Europe.In 2018 four new owned hotels will be opened adding a total of 517 rooms, whilst new franchised hotels due to be opened will add a further 798 rooms.
Sopheon plc SPE The board now expects revenue for the year to he 31st December will be comfortably ahead of market expectations whilst EBITDA and pre tax profits should be significantly ahead.This follows two substantial deals in the final quarter leading to an increase from 49 to 59 in licences for the year as a whole.
James Halstead plc JHD Turnover for the half year to the 31st December rose by 5% to record levels after strong December trading in the UK, Germany and Australia
Utilitywise UTW Trading in the company’s shares will be temporarily suspended at 7-30 this morning as it will not be able to publish its annual audited accounts by the end of this month. The delay is due to the amount of work involved in its new revenue recognition policy and the suspension will be lifted as soon as it is able to publish its results.
Telit Communications TCM has received expressions of interest from numerous parties with regard to the proposed sale of its automotive division and due diligence is now being undertaken. There is no intention of selling any other divisions or activities.
Defenx DFX confirms that revenues for the year to 31st December will be materially below those of the previous year resulting a significant loss for 2017. The appointment of a new CEO in November has resulted in progress being made in solving the company’s problems but difficulties remain in collecting in trade debts and collections have been limited during the last three months.
Mulberry MUL claims it is delivering on its strategy, in which case it should perhaps get a new one. Retail sales for the half year to the 30 September rose by 2% but on a like for like basis they fell by 1% with both UK and International retail sales sliding. Demand from London tourists was said to be strong but the UK as a whole was uncertain. The loss before tax at £0.5m. was almost identical to last years £0.6m. The long term objective is said to be to grow Mulberry as a luxury global brand. That is what most people always thought it was. The lack of growth and mundane performance cast doubts
Saga plc SAGA as soon as one sees that a company has been reduced to using those two dreaded words “impacted” and “headwinds” you know that there’s trouble at mill and Saga is no exception. With only between 1 and 2% growth in underlying profit before tax expected for the current year to 31st January 2018, the growth forecast for next year is that underlying profit before tax will be down by about 5% despite strong trading in travel which will be outweighed by challenging trading conditions in insurance broking and the collapse of Monarch Airlines.
Easy Hotel plc EZH The year to 30th September was a year of strong progress with a 39% rise in revenue and 48.3% in adjusted EBITDA. The costs of an expanding development programme or “pipeline” as those with a preference for jargon, would call it, resulted in a 21.1% drop in profit before tax and 50% in earnings per share. The dividend remains unchanged at0.33p per share.
Oxford Metrics OMG is delighted with its strong performance in the year to 30th September and the final dividend is to be increased by 20% to 1.2p per share after adjusted profit before tax came in ahead of market expectations following the planned investment in Yotta.. Like for like group revenue was up by 10% or 7% on a constant currency basis.
1PM PLC OPM updates that revenue for the half year to the 30th November will show a 73% rise and profit before tax will increase by 70%. The strong trading momentum has continued and is consistent with market expectations for the full year to the end of May.
Dominos Pizza Grp DOM Sales during the 13 weeks to the 24th September rose by 11.9% on a like for like and constant currency basis. Demand was strong and the quarter saw a record number of store openings as well as a recovery in like for like sales. Switzerland led the way with like for like growth of 20.4%, following price reductions earlier in the year and a surge of 69.6% in online sales.
Marstons plc MARS Updates that both sales and profits for the year to the end of September, were ahead of last year and despite recent market conditions being subdued further growth is targeted for 2018 when the opening of 15 new pubs and bars and 6 lodges is expected. For brewing the 2017 year has been transformational with own brewed volumes up by 6%. Taverns on the other hand produced like for like sales growth of 1.6% and Destination and Premium only managed 0.9%.
Ted Baker Plc TED Interim results for the 28 weeks to 12th August saw group revenue rise by 9.5% on a constant currency basis whilst basic earnings per share were up by 12.2%. Asia was particularly strong with a rise in sales of 19.6% on a constant currency basis. Overall the half year performance was in line with expectations with profit before tax up by 17.8% and the interim dividend being increased by 17.5%.
easyHotel plc EZH The year to the end of September was one of accelerated growth with a strong like for like performance in both owned and franchised hotels enabling the company to continue to outperform the market. Total sales for the year rose by 39% with like for like revenue in owned hotels up by 13.7% and by 8.6% in franchised hotels. 2560 owned rooms and 2263 frnchised rooms are under negotiation.
Iofina IOF produced more iodine than expected in the third quarter of 2017 which became a landmark period, as at the same time, global iodine prices continued to recover.
Smiths Group SMN The interim report for the half year to the end of January is confusing and obscure. Thus headline, in line, underlying, reported revenue rose by 18%. Headline, underlying, reported operating profit rose by 8% and headline basic earnings per share were up by 30%. Despite flat sales, underlying pre tax profit grew by 10% and the proposed interim dividend is to be increased by 2.3%.
Believe it or not, all this is called “running the business better” which produced declines in revenue and profit at Smiths Medical and at John Crane. But it is not quite clear whether in fact they may mean declines in revenue and profit growth, which is an entirely different matter. Whichever way one reads it the claim at the end of the same paragraph that John Crane showed “a modest return to growth” appears to completely contradict it. Presumably they know what it means.
As for 2017 Cranes first-fit end markets are expected to remain tough. Sales growth is anticipated at Smith Detection and if the decline in sterling does not change then that will provide an added tailwind.
easyHotel plc EZH Revenue growth for the 5 months to the 28th February slightly exceeded the boards expectations, with like for like revenue growth of 19%. Owned hotels materially outperformed. Eight new hotels are to be opened in the current year of which four will be owned and four will be franchised.
IG Design Group IGR updates that record revenues for the year to the end of March will lead to profit after tax and earnings per share for 2017 being significantly ahead of market expectations. Growth in America was particularly strong but Australia was challenging and a robust performances in the UK helped to offset currency headwinds.
Countryside Props. CSP produced strong growth in the year to the end of September which is not surprising with completions up 20% on top of which it managed to impose a swingeing 21% rise in average private selling prices, to £465.000. Adjusted operating profit rose by 40%. Current trading is robust with sales rates and values both above year end levels. The private year end order book is at record levels after a rise of 64%. A final dividend of 3.4% is proposed.
Eckoh ECK Revenue during the 6 months to 30th September rose by 57% and gross profit by 25% despite being impacted by a £0.6m loss incurred by a discontinued division of Eckoh’s US subsidiary, PSS Inc. US operations now account for 30% of group revenue after rising from £31,000 to £4.0 million. The second half year is expected to be strong.
Cranswick CWK is raising its interim dividend by 12.9% after rises of 38.4% in statutory profit before tax and 30.8% in statutory earnings per share. for the half year to end September. Results were helped by a strong contribution from Crown Chicken which was acquired in April and also by strong performances in key export markets, with Far East revenues rising by 83%
Treatt plc TET claims a strong performance in the year to the end of September and is increasing its total dividend by 8% to 4.35p, after an 11% rise in adjusted profit before tax. Basic earnings per share were up by 8% but revenue showed only a modest rise of 2%
Easy Hotels EZH 2015/16 was a transformational year which saw a rise of 38.4% in profit before tax and 40% in basic earnings per share. Total revenue was up by 8.7%. 1527 rooms are now in developments and 576 new rooms will be added by early 2018 with the opening of 5 new hotels.