“Trading Update” and “Change of Leadership” announcements from Low & Bonar (LWB). I’m guessing the former ain’t going to be good then!...
Announcing a £54 million equity raise at 15p per share towards the end of January, Low & Bonar (LWB) emphasised “a number of key strategic initiatives to drive sustainable improvement in the group's performance and financial position were implemented during Financial Year 2018. Progress has been made in all of these areas… Further initiatives will be implemented during Financial Year 2019 and the board is confident that these actions will build a stronger business and one capable of delivering sustainable growth and attractive, sustainable returns”. Today a “Trading Update”…
Previously writing on ‘specialist performance materials’ company Low & Bonar (LWB), I concluded “the shares have unsurprisingly sunk, currently to circa 40p. However, with present challenges aplenty, I currently retain previous caution – and note this a further reminder to be cautious of ‘greater second half weighting’ – particularly if amidst already clear challenges!” (see I suggested profit warning, it reckoned greater weighting to the second half). Today a further “Trading Update” – with a first bullet point being “tough market and trading conditions largely unchanged during fourth quarter”. Uh oh…
In April the components of a trading update from Low & Bonar (LWB) saw me note a profit warning then, surely? Instead though the company went for “expects the group's financial results to have a much greater weighting to the second half than in the prior year”. With the shares then heading towards 50p, I concluded a second half reliance amidst clear challenges sees the stock on the bargepole list. Sell. Today another trading update…
Low & Bonar (LWB) has updated commencing “group revenue has increased in the first quarter of the year, despite challenging market conditions in Europe and the USA, led by growth in both the Building & Industrial and Interiors & Transportation businesses”. I though note the shares already down from over 80p in October and currently a further circa 7% down today, heading towards 50p…
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