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NCC Group – "Trading update", adjusted EBITDA ‘in line with expectations’. Hmmm…

Published 30 days ago

“Trading update” announcement from NCC Group (NCC) opens with that “the group continues to trade in line with the board's expectations for full year Adjusted EBITDA, as announced on 21 February 2017”. Hmmm, adjusted EBITDA you say and what was that announced on 21st February?...

General Election June 8th - Surely there is no doubt as to the outcome, there is no uncertainty now

Published 39 days ago

Bloody Theresa May. There was I off work and she has just gone and called a snap General Election for June 8th. Time for everyone to panic? Er...no.

STM Group – updates on “Budget Changes” as shares hit hard

Published 79 days ago

Having been above 50p, shares in cross-border financial services provider STM Group (STM) are currently down to around 35p on the back of the Budget including, what the company describes as, “significant charges and tax implications for some individuals considering taking out a ‘Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme’ transfer from a UK pension scheme

Biome Technologies – trading update, sales struggle against even recently reduced guidance

Published 127 days ago

Shares in Biome Technologies (BIOM) have retained a slight recovery above 100p following a 2016 “Pre-close Trading Statement, though “the board expects the loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation… to be similar to the level achieved in 2015”

Bonmarche – trading update emphasises expectations unchanged, BUT…

Published 127 days ago

Shares in women's value retailer Bonmarche (BON) are currently recovering more than 7.5%, to 85p, on the back of a trading update which notifies of 3.3% sales growth in the 13 weeks ended 24th December and that “the company's financial position remains sound and the board's expectation for the full year is unchanged”. However,…

Why I think Shares Might Fly when Brexit Gets Closer

Published 128 days ago

Hello Share Skaters. When pushed by the respected blogger Bearfacts on this ground-breaking website this week, my finger was hovering over ‘sell’ buttons more than ‘buy’ switches in this rather scary month.

Cobham – ANOTHER profit warning, though still worse to come?

Published 136 days ago

Aerospace and defence group Cobham (COB) has released a “Post-close Trading Update”, with the shares currently around 15% lower, at 140p, in response. Uh-oh…

Cambria Automobiles – review as shares down on “in line” AGM trading update

Published 143 days ago

Despite being “pleased to announce” an AGM trading update, shares in UK automobiles company Cambria (CAMB) are currently a couple of percent lower, below 60p, on the back of it…

John Lewis of Hungerford – full-year results, “fifth consecutive year of sales growth” BUT…

Published 171 days ago

Specialist kitchen manufacturer and retailer John Lewis of Hungerford (JLH) has announced results for its year ended 31st August 2016 – including a “fifth consecutive year of sales growth, which exceeded £8 million for the first time”. However…

Scholium Group – half-year results admit non-delivery of the expected return on increased capital…

Published 177 days ago

I previously warned on rare books and collectibles group Scholium (SCHO) on the back of an October trading statement – and the shares are currently further lower, at 34p, on the back of the results announcement for the company’s half-year ended 30th September 2016…

Zamano – attempted ‘no one watching o’clock’ “business update”. Uh-oh…

Published 182 days ago

Uh-oh. A Friday, 3:39pm “Business Update & Strategy/Board Changes” announcement. I’ll give you whatever odds you want on this being good news from mobile messaging, marketing and payments company Zamano (ZMNO)… It ain’t…

Renold – trading update, recovery from February profit warning woe?…

Published 225 days ago

Following a February profit warning, supplier of industrial chains and related power transmission products, Renold (RNO) has updated on its six months ended 30th September and its ‘STEP 2020’ strategic plan…

Journey Group – as shares fall back on takeover being voted down, a speculative buy?

Published 236 days ago

On a 240p per share recommended takeover of Journey Group (JNY), I recently concluded that the offer was not attractive but that Harwood Capital looked to be in a strong position to, unfortunately, win the day. A Court Meeting to approve the takeover was held earlier today and…

Zamano – mobile network operator changes, again TIMBERRR!

Published 239 days ago

Having earlier this year gone from “positive performance in revenue & profit” to group contribution margins “lower”, Zamano (ZMNO) stated in late August half-year results “we anticipate an improvement in operating performance during H2 2016 thanks to H1 advertising spend and continuing strong UK sales performance”. Now, it's updated that this anticipated improvement “will not be achieved”. And there’s worse...

Brady plc – review as it’s boardroom change ahoy

Published 246 days ago

Having chatted to him in May, I was surprised to see an announcement earlier this month that “after nine years Gavin Lavelle has decided to pursue new opportunities and has stepped down as CEO” of Brady plc (BRY). The company has now also announced that founder Dr Robert Brady has stepped down as a non-executive director. Hmmm…

Bonmarche – profit warning, performing poorly in all weather...

Published 248 days ago

Womens value retailer Bonmarche (BON) has announced it has followed a “generally poor summer season” with “extremely poor” trading in September – stated to be “largely as a consequence of the unseasonably hot weather which has not favoured sales of our new autumn ranges”. Hmmm…

Enteq Upstream – AGM update on company & industry positions

Published 256 days ago

Having slid back towards 12p following a June announcement of results for its year ended 31st March 2016, shares in oilfield services technology and equipment supplier, Enteq Upstream (NTQ) are currently steady at 16p on the back of an “AGM Statement” announcement, which includes an update on current conditions in the industry…

Vipera – “pleased to announce” half-year results, shares respond more than 10% lower...

Published 264 days ago

“Vipera (VIP), the specialist provider of mobile financial services, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016”. The shares are though currently 10.5% lower, at 4.25p, on the back of the announcement. Hmmm…

88 Energy: A Case Study in the Risk Tolerance of Private Investors

Published 273 days ago

For my sins, I took some time to read through 88 Energy’s Interim Report released last Monday. While continuing to believe that the attractiveness of a stock is inversely related to the number of other investors who are analysing it, I decided nevertheless to see what all the fuss was about.

James Latham – AGM trading update, growth still slowing?

Published 274 days ago

Previously, with shares in James Latham (LTHM) at just above 700p, I was deterred by a results statement noting “like for like revenues are 4% higher for April and May than the corresponding period last year… there are some signs that this growth is slowing”. With the shares currently at 670p, I now review following an AGM trading update…

Card Factory – “as convinced as ever of the strong growth prospects”, but recent performance “lower than our normal levels”. Hmmm…

Published 289 days ago

A trading update for the six months ended 31st July 2016 from Card Factory (CARD) notes “we remain as convinced as ever of the strong growth prospects for the business”, though describes a trading performance “lower than our normal levels”. Hmmm...

Elektron Technology – current trading lower, lashings of jam tomorrow…

Published 303 days ago

Elektron Technology (EKT) CEO John Wilson emphasises that “the group continues to make progress in the delivery of new product development programmes in our growth brands, which the board believes will significantly enhance shareholder value”, though current revenues (six months ending 31st July 2016) “are expected to be lower than those for the same period last year”. Hmmm…

DX Group – 9:14am “Trading Update and Board Change”. Hmmm…

Published 317 days ago

Parcels, mail and logistics group DX (DX.) has announced a strangely timed (9:14am) “trading update for the year ended 30 June 2016, including its proposed new central hub and contract with Her Majesty's Passport Office. In addition, it reports a change to its board of directors”. Hmmm…

Samuel Heath & Sons – results a spin-free pleasure to read, bar post-Brexit vote outlook warning

Published 317 days ago

Firstly to thank the eponymous Chairman of builders’ hardware and bathroom products manufacturer, Samuel Heath & Sons (HSM) for a management statement which was a, most rare in these times, spin-free pleasure to read. However, the statement includes an outlook warning…

Forterra – from anticipating “a shortfall in brick supply” to plant mothball proposals in less than 3 months

Published 326 days ago

Having IPO’d in April, brick and other masonry products producer, Forterra (FORT) has updated that “profit for the first half is in line with management's expectations”, but that “given current economic uncertainty and sufficient brick inventory levels, the board has reviewed the current production plan...”

Gulf Marine Services – clients are “seeking cost efficiencies”, Uh oh…

Published 326 days ago

Provider of support vessels to the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, Gulf Marine Services (GMS) has released an “Operational and Trading Update” commencing that clients in the Middle East are “seeking cost efficiencies as a result of the challenging low oil price environment”. Uh oh…

Persimmon – reckons “too soon to judge” Brexit result impact, but is it?

Published 326 days ago

UK housebuilder Persimmon (PSN) has emphasised that “trading through the first half of the year has been strong” and that “we believe… the UK housing market will continue to provide good opportunities”. Hmmm...

Monitise – content business disposal off due to strong performance and prospects & to minimise uncertainty. Really?

Published 361 days ago

With its shares rising fast from sub 2p at the start of March, Monitise (MONI), noting the movement, updated that it was “in very early stage discussions regarding a possible disposal of the Content business”. Now, these discussions have “ceased” - with the shares currently sliding back below 3p in response…

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