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Alan Green talks Armadale Capital #ACP, Destiny Pharma #DEST & LPA Group #LPA on Vox Markets podcast

Alan Green discusses Armadale Capital #ACP, Destiny Pharma #DEST & LPA Group #LPA with Justin Waite on the Vox Markets podcast. We also talk about Maddi’s Butterflies Children’s Cancer Charity Caravan appeal.

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Ian Pollard: LPA – A Blockbuster Of A Gallop; Record Output; Record Orders & A Bonanza

LPA Group plc LPA reports that he last financial year was exceptionally strong and something of a blockbuster  which it finished at a gallop with record output.  The new financial year then started with a record order book and a major contract win the award of the contract for the upgrade of the lighting on London’s Central and Waterloo & City lines rolling stock. The contract is worth 4m. to 2023 and also has an ongoing through-life support contract to 2043. The rail market remains very buoyant, with huge commitments by Government attracting massive inward investment which potentially promises a bonanza. Despite 2018’s strong performance the current financial year is expected to see a return to more regular levels of activity.

Hiscox plc HSX has enjoyed strong growth during the 9 months to the 30th September with gross written premiums rising by 14.3%. As markets remain challenging however, this is expected to moderate over the remainder of the year.  The results were impacted by catastrophes in the US and the Far East as well as by a number of larger individual claims. Plans for Brexit are well advanced and have always assumed a worst-case scenario ‘hard Brexit’ and for that the company is prepared, irrespective of the outcome of the government’s negotiations. So much for the relevance of politicians.

Totally plc TLY The first half of the current year has been a transformational period for the group with interim results showing turnover rising to over 40,000,000 from 3,530,000 last year. In excess of £10m new business and renewed contracts have been announced since the previous results announcement on the10 July.  The Chancellor’s announcement of an increase in NHS funding of £20.5 billion over a 5 year period will no doubt help the transformation continue.

WANdisco WAND has secured a contract with the leading information and communications technology provider in China. The contract is valued at $1 million part of which will be recurring. The company says that the Chinese market represents a significant untapped opportunity.


Versarien VRS Yesterday signed a Framework Agreement with the Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Commerce  in Shandong Province, China, covering cooperation between the parties in the fields of graphene research, development and industrialisation. Qingdao, is a major city in Shandong Province, China, with a population of over nine million people and is one of the major areas of graphite production in China.

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Brand CEO Alan Green talks Andalas Energy #ADL, European Metals #EMH, Cadence #KDNC, 1PM #OPM & LPA Group #LPA on Vox Markets podcast

Brand CEO Alan Green talks Andalas Energy #ADL, European Metals #EMH, Cadence #KDNC, 1PM #OPM & LPA Group #LPA with Justin Waite on the Vox Markets podcast. Interview starts at 24 minute 45 seconds.

Buy LPA Group #LPA says VectorVest. This relatively anonymous co might just be one of the big stock market successes in 2018

Suffolk-based LPA Group Plc (LPA.L) specialises in the design and assembly of LED based lighting and electronic systems and is one of the leading electromechanical systems manufacturers across the globe. The Company has a strong reputation for innovation winning several awards including the Rail Business Award for Environmental Innovation for its LED based LumiPanel® lighting product. LPA employs around 200 people at four locations in the UK and exports to nearly fifty countries.

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On January 23rd 2018, LPA announced record results for the year ended 30 Sept 2017 and a strong start to the new financial year. Sales rose by 4.9% to £22.48m, generating a 26.3% hike in PBT to £1.91m. Basic EPS rose by 17.1% to 14.40p, gearing fell to 25.7% (2016: 29.2%) while the order book rose by 20% to £21.6m. The final dividend increased 10% to 1.65p, totaling 2.70p for the year (2016: 2.50p). CEO Peter Pollock said the 2016 financial year “marked a step change in the performance of the Group, and these record results for the 2017 financial year are confirmation that we are now established at this substantially increased level of activity. “ He added; “We look forward to continuing progress this year and for the future.”

The record numbers revealed in the FY results triggered alerts across VectorVest metrics as far back as November 2017. Today, the VST (VST-Vector) indicator, (the master indicator for ranking every stock in the VectorVest database), rates LPA at 1.26, which is very good on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. Added to this, the GRT (forecasted Earnings Growth Rate) for LPA logs at 16.00%, which again is considered a very good rating on the VectorVest stock analysis and portfolio management system. GRT reflects a company’s one to three year forecasted earnings growth rate in percent per year. VectorVest logs a current value of 219p per share for LPA, so at the current 171p the stock can be considered as undervalued.

The chart of LPA.L is shown above in my usual format. Earnings per share (EPS is growing strongly and the share is on a BUY recommendation on VectorVest. Technicians will have noted the cup and handle formation. This is a highly reliable bullish pattern which gave a buying signal above a price of 165p.

Summary: The never-ending VectorVest quest to identify ‘under the radar’ quality growth companies may just have come up trumps again with LPA. Trifast (TRI.L) was identified as a highly cash generative, albeit relatively anonymous growth play as far back as mid 2016. LPA exhibits many of the same qualities, in terms of earnings and dividend growth, but somewhat surprisingly the current market cap is less than the turnover for the last financial year. This relatively anonymous lighting and electrical group sells to an enviable blue chip client list, has won many prestigious awards and might just be one of the big stock market successes in 2018. Buy.

Dr David Paul

January 24 2018

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Brand CEO Alan Green talks URA Holdings #URA, Tertiary Minerals #TYM & LPA Group #LPA on VOX Markets podcast.

Brand CEO Alan Green discusses URA Holdings #URA, Tertiary Minerals #TYM and LPA Group #LPA with Justin Waite on the VOX Markets podcast. The interview is 21 minutes in.

Bilby – Largest Gas Contractor in South East, Doubles Revenue

Bilby plc BILB With revenue doubling in the year to 31st March and gross profit rising from £6m. to £11.02m.,  Bilby has established itself as the largest gas contractor in London and the South East. However after various non underlying items, profit before tax fell from a restated £0.72m in 2016 to this years £0.06m.  On an adjusted basis last years basic earnings per share of 5.34p has increased to 7.66p. The annual dividend is to be 2.2p per share compared to a restated 2.75p. per share for 2016.

Advanced Oncotherapy AVO announces another year of significant progress and development in the commercialisation of its next-generation technology in the treatment of cancer – LIGHT. Despite some challenges and obstacles during the year to the end of December, these have been overcome and the company looks forward to successfully executing the timelines that were outlined in March 2017. Since the year end, management has been strengthened and significant technical milestones have been reached. New finance has also been agreed and secured.

LPA Group LPA claims that the excellent levels of orders and sales announced at the AGM, has continued through the half year to 31st March. Profit before tax has risen from £782,000 to £976,000 on revenue up by 3.1% Diluted earnings per share  are up from 5.34p to 6.81p per share. The interim dividend is to be raised by 5% to 1.05p per share.However despite those claims about the excellence of the order book, it stands at £22m., exactly where it was at half time, a year ago.

Quantum Pharma plc QP. announces the disposal of its homecare and dispensary business enabling it to focus on its Niche and Specials divisions and eliminate low margin turnover.The Niche & Specials divisions have been trading ahead of plan in the early months of the year and the outperformance here is expected to offset the majority of the loss from the division which is being disposed of.

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