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Is McColl’s a buy?

Whilst I do think there are some interesting travel plays, I am far away from excited by either TUI (TUI) (which reminds me of a German equivalent of Thomas Cook) or SSP Group (SSPG) (where you will not be seeing me buying something from an Upper Crust store at a railway station or an airport). I am a bit intrigued though to see that the Taylor Wimpey (TW.) CEO has decided to move on, especially as we saw last weekend rumours that private equity players may be buying a stake. I wonder if the rumours around this have had an influence, although serving as its CEO for 14 years is a decent innings. I don’t think though I have ever written about McColl’s (MCLS), the convenience shop and newsagent operator with trading names Morrisons Daily and (naturally) McColl's.


Will McColls have to do ANOTHER placing after today’s dismal warning? Do the maths!

In August, McColls (MCLS) raised £33 million gross in a placing and open offer. Natch the crony capitalsts snaffled almost £3 million of that in fees which is perfectly understandable. FFS: Do you know what inflation is running at for upper class hookers and pure Charlie?  Today there was dismal profits warning which begs the question of whether another bailout will be needed. Let's do the maths.

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