How different it was eighteen months ago when Investec raised £62.5 million at 160p to IPO Theworks.co.uk (WRKS). Just think about how much coke and how many hookers you could snaffle from crony capitalist Investec’s fees on that deal! Hmmmmmm. You bring the hookers, I’ll bring the Charlie, the lads at Investec are ‘avin’ a party. Today, after just avoiding yet another profits warning, the CEO has been resigned with immediate effect and the shares are just 33.9p. Ouch.
This operator of 525 outlets flogging gifts, arts, crafts, toys, books and stationery raised a stonking £62.5 million at 160p, c/o crony capitalists Investec in July of last year. Just imagine the fees it earned on that deal. Coke and hookers all round. After a profits warning today shares in TheWorks (WRKS) are just 44p and the company will pretty soon be in net debt, in fact I suspect it already is. Yikes. Cue the ShareProphets National Anthem below….
“TheWorks.co.uk plc (WRKS), the multi-channel value retailer of gifts, arts, crafts, toys, books and stationery, announces today a trading update covering the 52-week period to 28 April 2019… like-for-like sales growth of 3.0%... Returns on new stores in the period have been particularly strong”… And a current approaching 20% share price decline, below 100p?...
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