Keyword results: adjusted EBITDA

ACC
ACC

Access Intelligence – lack of profit but still warning. Acquisition “transformative” currently not in a good way!

Marketing and communications data technology company Access Intelligence (ACC) has made a trading update headlined “Year to 30 November 2021: a transformative year”. That sounds positive… but the current share price response is to 116.5p, more than 23.5% lower! So what’s the story?…

Digitalbox – further trading update, further bottom-line insight?

Previously writing on “mobile-first digital media business, which owns Entertainment Daily, The Daily Mash and The Tab” Digitalbox (DBOX), last month on the shares rising towards 10p on the back of a trading update I asked what about the bottom-line? Today a further trading update following the end of the company’s (calendar) year, so some further insight?…

FLX
FLX

Falanx – interims, trading performance “good” enough for the valuation?

Cyber Security services group Falanx (FLX) has announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2021 and “good trading so far in the second half of the year”. So what of a currently just slightly up 1.275p share price?…

EYE
EYE

Eagle Eye Solutions – “comfortably ahead of management expectations”… but what does that mean financially?...

Marketing technology group Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) has announced “revenue growth of 35% in Q1 versus the prior year, an increase from the Q4 FY21 growth of 27%. As a result, the board now expects adjusted EBITDA for the full year ending 30 June 2022 to be comfortably ahead of management expectations”… and the shares have currently responded circa 5% higher towards 600p. How does the valuation look?…

NET
NET

Netcall – results emphasising “growth opportunities”, but are they to be sufficient?...

Year ended 30th June 2021 results from automation and customer engagement software company Netcall (NET) emphasise “growing cloud business is delivering enhanced profitability and revenue visibility which, combined with our product innovation, produces new growth opportunities”. The shares though closed last month at 88p, yesterday at 85.5p and are currently heading towards 80p. What’s the value situation?…

Fintel – interims, organic growth and acquisition value creation from here?

Formerly SimplyBiz Group, provider of technology and support services to the UK Retail Financial Services sector Fintel (FNTL) has announced results for the first half of 2021 and emphasised “significant financial resources to match our ambitions for the business, both in terms of accelerating organic growth and creating value through acquisitions”. What of the valuation, with the shares little changed at around 235p?…

Ten Lifestyle Group – trading update, is it ‘well positioned’ for anticipated travel & leisure pick up?

Ten Lifestyle Group (TENG“is pleased to announce a trading update ahead of its preliminary results for the year ended 31 August 2021”, with the announcement including that recent activity across many of its core service categories and supplier revenue has recovered to levels above the same period in 2019. The shares are though slightly down to 105p, and comparing to end-2019 134p, so is there value?…

ROO
ROO
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Deliveroo: still delivering a lack of profitability

I reckon that Deliveroo (ROO) has delivered to my home once.  It was okay but – in my view – a bit of a rip off, but it was something a bit different for the family to try.  As for Deliveroo shares I have never owned them, regarding the IPO a few months ago as being at a bonkers price.  Since the share price low of early April, the stock has pushed up but if you did participate in the IPO in March, then you are still losing money. Last month here I wrote some thoughts on its ‘progress’ but observed that I was still avoiding the shares as ‘the underlying reality answer we all need to figure out is where profitability is going to be in full year 2021 and 2022’.  That’s the trouble with a company where the mention of ‘gross profit’ means that it is all going to be comedy EBITDA centred (at best).

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Tungsten Corp – full-year results, “clear opportunities”?...

Self-styled “a leading provider of digital financial management products and software solutions”, Tungsten Corp (TUNG) has announced results for its year ended 30th April 2021 including emphasising “adjusted EBITDA has increased from £2.7 million to £3.6 million” and “an increase in transaction volumes over the Network as we entered the new financial year, and it’s pleasing to see that our year to date transactions are up 10% versus the prior year”. Why then are the shares unchanged at 38p compared to above 40p as recently as last month and also a year ago?

IQG
IQG

IQGeo – how ‘pleasing’ is first-half trading update?...

Previously writing on geospatial software group IQGeo (IQG), in January with the shares rising above 100p I concluded, with what needed to even reach forecasts and the valuation already, I continued to avoid. What now following it “pleased to announce an update… following the close of the company’s first half ended 30 June 2021”?…

IQE
IQE
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Trading a bad stock like IQE

There are two ways of viewing IQE plc (IQE). One, mine, is correct. The other, as pushed by the share promoters, the numerous corporate brokers and financiers who see its constant demands for fresh debt and equity as something of a gravy train, is not. Let’s start with those who are wrong.

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YU
YU
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Feck Yu Trading Update: Profitable Growth or More of the Same?

AIM-listed alternative energy supplier Yu Group (YU.) has updated the market this morning with a trading statement for the half-year to June. We are told of strong growth in bookings ad revenue with confidence in delivering profitable growth, but whilst cash balances are broadly flat (ie a little down) over the period there is again no discussion of net current assets. So is it just more of the same?

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ALT
ALT

Altitude Group – trading update, is it really “well positioned”?

Self-styled “operator of a leading marketplace for the global promotional products industry” Altitude Group (ALT“is pleased to report that the group continues to trade positively” – and the shares have currently responded back above 40p, 9% higher. However, what does its “positively” actually mean?…

Brave Bison – ‘positioned to meet or exceed expectations’, but what are they?...

Previously writing on Brave Bison Group (BBSN), a couple of years ago I concluded negatively with the shares down towards 1.5p as it was gouged by Facebook’s new policies & no warning at the time (why not?!). Today an AGM Statement” sees the shares currently approaching 8% higher on the day. So what’s the story now?…

Byotrol – trading update, 14% share price rise justified?

Infection and prevention control products company Byotrol (BYOT“is pleased to announce an update on trading” – and the shares have currently responded more than 14% higher to 7p. What’s the story?…

SPE
SPE

Sopheon – “pleased to announce” full-year results, so why a further share price fall?

Sopheon (SPE), “the international provider of software, expertise, and best practices for Enterprise Innovation Performance, is pleased to announce its results for the year ended 31 December 2020”… but, already down from 980p late last month, the shares are currently further lower from a last close 895p…

GMS
GMS

Gulf Marine Services – “as the numbers demonstrate… in a strong position”. Hmmm...

Previously writing on Gulf Marine Services (GMS), in November with the shares at 7.9p I concluded negatively with its debt mountain and uncertainty. The shares last closed at 5.85p but are currently above 7p on the back of news that the company emphasises represents “A New Dawn”…

essensys – argues “results in line with expectations”, but what are the expectations?...

Self-styled “the leading global provider of mission critical software-as-a-service platforms and on-demand cloud services to the flexible workspace industry”, essensys (ESYS) has made a trading update emphasising “a robust performance in the first half of the year… results in line with expectations” and “increasing market opportunity”. The shares have responded further higher to 212.5p, so what’s the detail?…

YU
YU

Yu Group – Very Positive Trading Update, BUT something is missing……

AIM-listed alternative energy provider Yu Group (YU.) updated the market this morning with a trading update which reads extremely positively. The shares are up by a very impressive 40%, but something was missing in this morning’s release. Will investors piling in this morning come to regret it?

UNG
UNG

Universe Group – trading update, what’s happened to the “revenue pipeline for the second half of £12.5 million”?

A trading update from retail management, payment and loyalty systems group Universe (UNG) includes “revenue for the second half of the year is expected to be in line with that of the first half… the company still expects to report a modest level of adjusted EBITDA profitability for the full year” and that it “has a strong financial position”. So why an approaching 12% share price fall, to 3.75p, on the back of the update?…

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Tungsten Corp – interims argue “well placed to capitalise on the opportunities being presented”. Really?...

Tungsten Corp (TUNG) has announced results for its half year ended 31st October 2020. Do they support it being, self-styled, “a leading global electronic invoicing and purchase order transactions network”?…

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ECSC Group – “growing demand”... but what’s the bottom-line impact?

Cyber security group ECSC (ECSC“is pleased to announce an update on trading” – and the shares are currently approaching 4% higher at 70p…

ESC
ESC

Escape Hunt – “pleased to announce its interim results”. Hmmm...

Self-styled “a global leader in the growing escape rooms sector”, Escape Hunt (ESC“is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020”. The shares are currently at 8.5p, down from above 50p as recently as July last year…

Ten Lifestyle – “slightly ahead of market expectations”… so why further share price decline?...

Ten Lifestyle Group (TENG) has updated including that it “expects to report Net Revenue that is slightly ahead of market expectations of £43.3m… Adjusted EBITDA profit is expected to be slightly ahead of market expectations of £4.5m”. However, already down from a start of 2020 134p, the shares are currently slightly further lower at 82p…

ECSC Group – trading update, is it really ‘well positioned’?

Previously writing on cyber security group ECSC (ECSC), last year with the shares having fallen from above 77.5p to 67.5p I questioned “a solid base for ongoing growth” and concluded to avoid. Now a trading update for the first half of 2020 emphasising “Continued strong growth in recurring managed services revenues” and the shares at 65p, though that being up 4% on the update…

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Red Flags at Night – CentralNic Group: NED dumps £155k worth of shares... & look at the balance sheet!

Last night, at no-one-is-watching o’clock (four minutes to six pm) it was announced that Mr Samuel Dayani, a NED at AIM-listed CentralNic Group (CNIC) has been dumping shares – the best part of £155,000 worth. We are told that he still has a boat-load of the stock (11.36% of the shares) but nonetheless that’s quite a bit of cash especially when the company has recently done a 'Capital Markets event' and seen paid-for researcher Edison produce a gushing note last month. Goodness me, that was good timing!...

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KRM
KRM

KRM22 – equity investment commitment it is “pleased to confirm”. Really?...

Previously writing on capital markets risk management technology-focused KRM22 (KRM), with the shares above 50p I questioned a trading update and a director share acquisition providing confidence. Now an equity fundraising announcement...

Bagir Group – Ouzo time for Steve Moore as shares are suspended and company seeks insolvency advice

You cannot say that you were not warned here on ShareProphets, this time by the excellent Steve Moore who described AIM-listed Bagir Group (BAGR) as a avoid/sell HERE; this morning the shares were suspended as a significant proportion of the Company’s previous order book is now on hold or cancelled and the company takeinsolvency advice whilst it scratches around for additional funding and the business is no longer regarded as a going concern. In short, it is bust.

Tungsten – argues transformation to sustainably profitable “remains firmly on track”. Er, really?...

“Trading Update for the Nine Months to 31 Jan 2020” from Tungsten (TUNG) which includes “revenues remain in line with our YTD Q3-FY20 expectations” and “our transformation to a sustainably profitable e-invoicing enterprise remains firmly on track”. The shares though remain below 34p – having been approaching 40p last month…

Safestay – after early February “forward bookings for Q1 are very encouraging”, now…

Having updated early last month, today branded hostels company Safestay (SSTY) makes another “Trading Statement”. The early February one included “performance in the first month of 2020 and forward bookings for Q1 are very encouraging, a positive signal for the coming year, which will also benefit from the acquisitions made last year”. Now…

Ten Lifestyle – update “as expected on a group-wide basis”… Or not?...

‘Travel and lifestyle service’ group Ten Lifestyle (TENG) has updated commencing “adjusted EBITDA is expected to be breakeven, in line with the board's expectations and a significant improvement on adjusted EBITDA loss of £2.5m in H1 FY19, with continuing improvements in operating cost efficiencies”… the shares, having already fallen from approaching 130p last month, have currently responded towards 78p – a further approaching 6% lower…

Boku – argues “confident of meeting market expectations”… but you’d certainly hope so…

Having been heading back up, towards 100p, in early January, shares in Boku Inc (BOKU) recently fell below 60p but are currently back on the rise today on the back of an update including on Coronavirus impact on trading; “the recent growth we have seen in those countries that are most affected has been higher than in those where the virus has had a more limited impact so far”

Pelatro – argues “in line with its expectations”… but that any real achievement?

Self-styled “multichannel marketing hub software specialist” Pelatro (PTRO) has updated on 2019 that it “expects to report revenue and adjusted EBITDA for the year in line with its expectations” and that it “continues to show strong commercial momentum, evidenced by recent contract wins, and now has 19 customers with fully operational software, of which 5 were won in 2019… The group's pipeline remains strong at about $16m of which about $6m is from existing customers”. The shares have currently responded to 67.5p, 9% higher…

NET
NET

Netcall – having argued “board confidence in the ongoing success”… why a trading update 10%+ share price fall?

Previously writing on Netcall (NET), I questioned argues “board confidence in the ongoing success”… but how confident can it really be?. Today a “Trading Update” – and the shares currently more than 10% lower on the back of it…

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Bury bad news on Election day – shocking interims and the cash is running out. No3 – Purplebricks

Estate agency business which argues it “combines highly experienced and professional Local Property Experts and innovative technology”, Purplebricks (PURP) has announced results for its half-year ended 31st October 2019 – on election day. Hmmm…

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ACC
ACC

Access Intelligence – recent acquisition “very exciting and integration is progressing well”. Er…

“Full year trading update” from Access Intelligence (ACC) includes “excluding the Pulsar acquisition, Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the order of £1.1m, in line with market expectations” and “the acquisition of Pulsar, which has expanded Access Intelligence's capabilities in social media analysis, audience segmentation and social media marketing evaluation, is very exciting and integration is progressing well”. The shares have currently responded to 47p... er, more than 12% lower!...

AO
AO

AO World – UK business “world class” & Europe “some challenges”!? Er…

UK and Europe online electrical retailer AO World (AO.) has announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2019, emphasising “pleased with the operational progress that we have made in this period… on track with our plans for sustainable growth” – and the shares have currently responded higher, towards 65p…

dotDigital – with its valuation, right to be “very excited about its financial performance”?

Marketing technology platform group dotDigital (DOTD) has announced results for its year ended 30th June 2019 emphasising, “The group is very excited about its financial performance… strong growth in revenue and profit driven by the group's organic growth strategy and the addition of omni-channel functionality”. Sounds promising…

CTP
CTP

Castleton Technology – more stench from the stable of Redcentric & 365 Agile…

In June Castleton Technology (CTP) argued “another year of significant progress” and “the combination of a healthy pipeline of new business, together with our new development capabilities and our improved organisational structure, give… confidence for the year ahead and… expect that we will show continued progress in both our financial and operational metrics when we next report”. Now is a next report…

TMO
TMO

Time Out Group – interims, Woodford (eventually) correct to sell? (& for the wrong reason and at a lower price, natch)…

Time Out Group (TMO) has announced half-year results from what it argues “has been a transformational period… with the opening of three new food and cultural markets in North America. Combined with the ongoing success of Time Out Market Lisbon, this has driven H1 net revenue growth of 72% for the Time Out Market business”. The shares have though responded little changed at around 128p; how has Woodford got on with this one?…

Tungsten Corp – argues swing to profit & “sales pipeline continues to grow”… so why are the shares lower?

Tungsten Corp (TUNG) has updated on its quarter ended 31st July 2019 including “revenue grew 5% in comparison to Q1-FY19”“reflecting revenue growth, ongoing cost containment and collection of receivables written off in prior periods of £0.2 million… adjusted EBITDA increased to £1.0 million from a £(0.1) million adjusted EBITDA loss in Q1-FY19” and “our sales pipeline continues to grow, both by number and value of opportunities”. The shares have though currently responded to 43.5p, slightly lower…

ZOO
ZOO

Zoo Digital – adjusted EBITDA “ahead of our expectations”… but what are the expectations? And why “adjusted EBITDA”?

Zoo Digital (ZOO) has updated including arguing “good progress” towards being “a leading next-generation media localisation business that offers a unique combination of software and customer service to the film and TV industry's leading players”. With a current market cap of sub £60 million, sounds good…

Epwin Group – “in line with market expectations” & “significant strategic progress”… so why are the shares further lower?

Having been heading towards 85p at the start of June, shares in “manufacturer of low maintenance building products, supplying businesses in the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement, new build and social housing sectors” Epwin Group (EPWN) closed yesterday at 72.7p. Today a half-year trading update including “the board anticipates adjusted profit before tax for both H1 and the full year to be in line with market expectations” and “we have made significant strategic progress with new product launches, the continued reshaping of the group's footprint and the acquisition of PVS” – though the shares further lower towards 70p. Hmmm…

Brave Bison – interims, gouged by Facebook's new policies & no warning at the time (why not?!)

‘Social video company’ Brave Bison (BBSN) announced results for the first half of 2019 including “9% increase in revenue to £10.1 million… adjusted EBITDA of £247,000… (H1 2018: £79,000)”. The shares have responded, er, towards 1.5p – approaching 20% lower!…

NET
NET

Netcall – “Trading Update” & “looks forward to giving a further update”. I wouldn’t be…

“Trading Update” from Netcall (NET) – and the shares currently down more than 9%, at 51.5p, on it. This despite “cloud bookings have continued their strong performance with year over year growth of 160% to £6.5m”, including “public sector customers ordering the group's newly launched Low-code cloud offerings”

XSG
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Xeros Technology – 2018 results… to be calling Neil Woodford with a ‘bring the cheque book’ AGAIN!

Self-styled developer of “disruptive water saving technologies”, Xeros (XSG) has announced 2018 results headlined “good progress towards licensing model”. Natch, with “disruptive” being bandied about here, Woodford’s also about (39.71% shareholding). “Good progress” then?...

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WSG
WSG

Westminster Group – contract award ‘delight’… but still balance sheet fright?

“New $3.48m USD Contract Award - Asia” announcement from Westminster Group (WSG) – with Chief Executive Peter Fowler “delighted to be able to announce this latest new contract award for large scale screening solutions, which has been secured after a prolonged period of negotiations” and the shares currently higher, towards 9p, in response. Hmmm…

HSS
HSS

HSS Hire – 2018 results, “significant progress”?

Previously writing on UK and Ireland tool and equipment hire and related services provider HSS Hire (HSS) in November with its shares at 33p, I concluded at least until there’s more concrete evidence of why to have confidence in the sustainability of the balance sheet, I’ll retain this on the bargepole list. Today results for the company’s year ended 29th December 2018 emphasising “we made significant progress against our strategic priorities and delivered the highest adjusted total EBITDA in the group's history” – and the shares are currently just above 35p…

Brave Bison – update as shares a further 6.5% higher on RNS Reach announcement!

Brave Bison (BBSN) is “delighted” with a deal with The PGA Tour to “include YouTube channel management, digital rights management, and content strategy development”… and the shares have currently responded a further 6.5% higher, to 3.3p…

PHD
PHD

Proactis – adjusted EBITDA down despite acquisition… & worse...

“Proactis Holdings PLC (PHD), the global spend management and B2B eCommerce solution provider, announces that the group expects to report order intake of £5.8m (2018: £5.5m) of total contract value for the 6-month period ended 31 January 2019 and revenue of approximately £27.7m (2018: £26.4m)”. The shares have responded... currently to around 60p – down more than 45%!...

XLM
XLM

XLMedia – from “growth potential in media activities” to “strategic shift away from Media”… in just 5 months!

Digital marketing company XLMedia (XLM) has updated including that it “has identified a number of Publishing growth opportunities in North America… in order to best capitalise on the opportunities available, the board has taken the decision to proactively reduce all the group's non-core, lower margin Media activities”. The shares have responded… er, currently more than 30% lower to below 55p. Hmmm…

IQE
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IQE – sell the rally

It is not, in my view, a great time to be shorting UK names which are sensitive to the underlying market direction as I believe that the UK market, currently suffering from peak uncertainty from Brexit, could see a major re-rating in the event of any solution bar a general election, particularly if there is some sort of fudge of May’s deal which is, I think, the most likely outcome (I am long FTSE 250 not 100 futures to avoid currency considerations). This is not to say that I have downed tools completely on the short side in the UK...

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MAI

Maintel – “expected to be at the top end of the range”, so why are the shares still significantly lower than previously?

A 2018 trading update from provider of communications, cloud and managed services Maintel (MAI) includes “adjusted EBITDA expected to be at the top end of the range” and “the board remains confident in delivering growth in both revenue and EBITDA for the current financial year to 31 December 2019”. The shares have responded higher to 460p – but this still compares to 650p at the commencement of November…

EYE
EYE

Eagle Eye Solutions – “delighted” on H1 & growth expected to continue into H2… but what about that cash burn?

Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) has updated on trading including “we are delighted to confirm a strong first half of the year, delivering significant revenue growth and expansion of the customer base, including the addition of Waitrose and Burger King” and “the growth in revenues and volumes is expected to continue into H2”. The shares have not responded excitedly though – currently unchanged at 172.5p…

ARE
ARE

Arena Events – “Trading Update”… & having only listed on AIM in July 2017…

“Trading Update” from “provider of temporary physical structures, seating, ice rinks, furniture and interiors”, Arena Events (ARE) includes in its first paragraph; “The group experienced strong revenue growth across the UK, US and Middle East divisions with the acquisitions contributing as expected”. The shares have though responded to the update… currently more than 30% lower on the day, at around 40p! Hmmm…

RBG
RBG

Revolution Bars – after weather last time, increased operating costs & economic and political uncertainties this

In June, previously writing on Revolution Bars Group (RBG) I questioned short of expectations in every conceivable weather environment?. Now a Christmas and half-year to 29th December 2018 trading update…

Accrol – “despite… operational improvements and sales price increases”…

In November 2017, I noted on Accrol (ACRL) bailout fundraising… at half of IPO price of only 17 months ago!. That was at 50p per share – but there was still much worse to follow. The shares had recovered from lows to a recent more than 20p – but that was before today a “Trading Update”

Brave Bison – “Trading and Operational Update”, this time “pleased to provide” merited?

Online ‘social video’ company Brave Bison (BBSN) “is pleased to provide a trading and operational update”. However, it has previously been ‘pleased’, or indeed “delighted”, in announcement ramparoonies (e.g. HERE). Is it different this time?

EYE
EYE

Eagle Eye Solutions – argues looks ahead “with confidence”… though why not provide the key numbers then?

I first cautioned on shares in Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) in February 2016 at over 200p and mostly recently this summer at around 150p. Currently the shares are 127.5p – though that a few percent higher on the day on the back of an AGM update…

CPX
CPX

CAP-XX – results argue “very encouraged”, so why the share price slump in response?

Self-styled “a world leader in the design and manufacture of supercapacitors and energy management systems”, CAP-XX (CPX) “is pleased to announce its audited results for the year ended 30 June 2018” - and “with market interest in supercapacitors for a wide range of applications increasing, we are very encouraged by the widening of our licence portfolio and the increase in direct sales opportunities”. The shares have currently responded, er, approaching 15% lower towards 10p! Hmmm…

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Footasylum – our warnings prove sage as now tripping up badly

Footasylum (FOOT) IPO’d on AIM in November at 164p, with CEO Clare Nesbitt stating we “look forward to delivering the significant potential that we see for Footasylum as a quoted business” and “are delighted that our product-led, multi-channel expansion strategy has resonated so strongly with investors”. I though questioned on competition and disposable income challenges, and concluded that the valuation looked too rich. There then followed deviation from the IPO expectations and now a “Trading Statement” update…

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CWD

Countrywide – significant equity fundraising reflects far from propitious circumstances. As warned!

I wrote last week on estate agency and property services company Countrywide (CWD) updating including “the adjusted EBITDA for the group for the six months ended 30 June 2018 was slightly better than the guidance previously provided” - and the shares have responded currently higher, back above 50p, but concluded the market cap is still now circa £120 million and with also it to be attempted significant equity fundraising ahoy in far from propitious circumstances, the stance remains avoid / sell. Today half-year results and a “Firm Placing, Placing and Open Offer 2018” announcement – and the shares down towards 17p!...

EYE
EYE

Eagle Eye Solutions – full-year trading update emphasises a “Breakout year”, so why a 12%+ share price decline?

A trading update for its year ended 30th June 2018 from Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) is headlined “Breakout year sees delivery of world leading digital loyalty programme for Loblaw”. The shares have responded… er, currently circa 12% lower to around 150p…

Audioboom – half-year results, “fully funded through to expected cash break even”. You sure?

Podcasting platform company Audioboom (BOOM) has announced results for its half year ended 31st May 2018, including emphasising “revenue increased by 43% to £2.6 million (H1 2017: £1.8 million)… adjusted EBITDA loss reduced to £2.2 million (H1 2017: £2.6 million)… Fully funded through to expected cash break even”. Hmmm…

Be Heard – 15% like for like revenue growth, so why leading the fallers today?

Shares in Be Heard (BHRD) are currently the leading fallers today on the back of a trading update. The digital marketing services group though commences that with revenue up to more than £14 million, including 15% like-for-like growth. So what’s the problem?...

GYG
GYG

GYG – from confidence “can deliver continued growth” on AIM IPO to trading “significantly weaker than expected” just a year later!

On 5th July 2017 it was “GYG, a market leading superyacht painting, supply and maintenance company, is pleased to announce the commencement… of dealings of its ordinary shares on AIM… Placing price 100p, gross proceeds of the placing £6.9 million… Zeus Capital is acting as the company's nominated adviser and broker”. Now a trading update commencing “trading has been significantly weaker than expected”. Uh oh…

CWD
CWD
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Countrywide – “Capital Structure, Recovery plan & Trading Update” = Confetti Aplenty Ahoy, Changes due to poor trading & Profit Warning

“Capital Structure, Recovery plan & Trading Update” announcement from Countrywide (CWD) – discounted fundraising ahoy to fund changes due to poor trading?...

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RBG
RBG

Revolution Bars – short of expectations in every conceivable weather environment?

Previously writing just over a year ago on Revolution Bars (RBG) it was on it going from ‘platform to be confident about our prospects’ to profit warning in less than 3 months. Then heading towards 130p, the shares jumped a couple of months later on a 200p per share possible offer approach. However, an offer was voted down by shareholders and the shares have subsequently fallen back towards 150p before a Trading Update today…

Blue Prism – argues ‘strong momentum’, but follow the CTO, Sales director & ‘Chief Evangelist’?

Blue Prism (PRSM), “a global leader in Robotic Process Automation, is pleased to announce a pre-close trading update in respect of the six months ended 30 April 2018”. Ooooh - a more than £1 billion capitalised “global leader” pleased to update, should be good then…

AO
AO

AO World – trading statement argues progress, but what of the valuation?

Online electrical retailer AO World (AO.) has updated on its year ended 31st March 2018 – this update with a range of analysts' expectations provided

VIP
VIP

Vipera – trading update, looking forward “with great confidence”… but right to remain sceptical?

Having last week announced a 7.5p per share possible offer for the company, mobile financial services provider Vipera (VIP) is now “pleased to announce a trading update in respect of the year ended 31 December 2017”. Hmmm, only doing this now, almost three months after the year-end? But at least “pleased to announce”, right?...

CVR
CVR

Conviviality – if the shares don’t respond as hoped, announce news again!... And then it gets very much worse

Trading update on Thursday from Conviviality (CVR) included that “following a review of current year projections, the company now expects that adjusted EBITDA for the current year will be approximately 20% below current market expectations”, but sought to reassure that “the company has not seen any material weakness in overall demand” and was followed by some director share buying. The shares though remained depressed... and there was then a 1:06pm Update to announcement. There's now a 'Further Update'...

Accrol – I having previously noted management flux, it’s again “Board Changes”

Writing on Accrol Group (ACRL) previously last month, business and management flux saw me remain sceptical. Now a Board Changes announcement…

TMO
TMO

Time Out Group – “couldn't be more proud of where the brand stands”, what about the financials?

Time Out Group (TMO) has updated on the 2017 calendar year in an announcement headlined “Time Out delivers strong progress” and including “revenue is expected to have increased by 19% year-on-year on a proforma basis with strong growth across both Time Out Digital and Time Out Market”

Escher Group – “marginally ahead” of 14th November “Trading Update” (it means profit warning!)

Postal, retail and financial industries point of service software provider Escher Group (ESCH) has updated including “revenue is expected to be marginally ahead of the figure published in the Trading Update on 14 November 2017 and adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the order of $2.8m”. The shares have responded slightly higher to a current 137.5p, though that compares with 200p exceeded last year…

UNG
UNG

Universe Group – as warned, profit warning…

Point of sale, payment and on-line loyalty systems developer and supplier Universe Group (UNG) was until recently a constituent of the Nifty Fifty portfolio. However, we concluded a couple of months ago to sell now and bank a small gain at 8p due to fears of a profit warning. Today a “Trading Update”

Escher Group – late-year ‘trading update’ here seemingly means only one thing

A 4th December 2015 “Trading update” from Escher Group (ESCH) was a warning that “the group will not now close additional license sales that it had expected in H2”. There was no late-year update in 2016, but this year there’s now a “Trading Update”. Hmmm...

RhythmOne – “brand consolidation” announcement amidst share price slide

Last week RhythmOne (RTHM) “note(d) the recent weakness in its share price and confirms that it is not aware of any developments since the release of its Trading Update on 17th October 2017 that would change the outlook contained in that statement”. The shares have since continued to fall and there is now a “RhythmOne announces brand consolidation” announcement…

FreeAgent – “pleased to report” trading statement, so why are the shares more than 8% lower?

FreeAgent Holdings (FREE), a provider of cloud-based accounting software and mobile applications designed specifically for UK micro-businesses, “is pleased to report continued strong revenue growth with an evolving channel mix”. The shares have currently responded more than 8% lower, to 83p. Hmmm…

AO
AO

AO World – AO, Oh no! (again)… full-year results see CEO argue “great progress”, but detail suggests otherwise

Results for its year ended 31st March 2017 from UK and Europe online electrical retailer AO World (AO.) see its CEO Steve Caunce emphasising “it's been another year of great progress for AO”. Hmmm, why a significant share price decline then, Steve?...

PSL
PSL

PhotonStar LED – results see CEO McKenzie claim “steady progress”, so why are the shares a further more than 7% lower?

PhotonStar LED Group (PSL) CEO James McKenzie commences his comments on 2016 in the company’s results announcement that “steady progress was made in transitioning the group into becoming a retrofit connected lighting and building management business. We have installed a number of trials in a variety of sectors”. Sounds promising, so why are the shares currently 7.5% lower, at 1.85p, on the back of the announcement?...

RhythmOne – argues “returns to full-year underlying profitability”, but it’s again net cash burn…

RhythmOne (RTHM) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2017, emphasising “Returns to Full-Year Underlying Profitability led by 28% Growth of ‘Core’ Revenues”. The Income Statement though shows a significant loss and the shares have responded more than 6% lower to 45.5p. Hmmm…

NCC
NCC

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

“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?...

LRM
LRM

Lombard Risk Management – emphasises ahead of expectations, but what about sustainable cash generation?

Lombard Risk Management (LRM) has updated that it anticipates exceeding analyst consensus expectations for its year ended 31st March 2017 and “remains confident” looking ahead. What’s that though expected to be “in the region of £2.4m to £2.8m”“Adjusted EBITDA”. Hmmm…

ZIN
ZIN

Zinc Media – emphasises EBITDA profit for "first time in recent years", so why are the shares materially lower?...

The results announcement for its half year ended 31st December 2016 from the former Ten Alps plc, now Zinc Media Group (ZIN), emphasises “decisive action taken” and “for the first time in recent years, the company reported a profit at the adjusted EBITDA level”. So why are the shares more than 9% lower, heading towards 1.20p, on the back of the release?...

EGS
EGS

eg solutions – shares soar on update emphasising “now real momentum within the business”, what now?

Back-office workforce optimisation software company eg solutions (EGS) has issued a “Trading Update & Master Services Agreement Signed” announcement. The following updates with the shares presently soaring higher, to a current approaching 50p, in response...

AO
AO

AO World – argues “Continued Growth and Strategic Progress”, BUT…

UK and Europe online electrical retailer, AO World (AO.) headlines a trading update for the quarter to 31st December “Continued Growth and Strategic Progress”, though the shares are currently approaching 8% lower, at 170p, in response. Hmmm…

RedstoneConnect – “Business Update” review, still one to watch?

Having previously concluded that shares in ‘smart’ buildings and workspaces-focused RedstoneConnect (REDS) remained on the watchlist at 1.60p, I now note a “Business Update” announcement from the company…

GMR
GMR

Gaming Realms – claims “maiden profitable quarter”, but was it really?...

“Q3 Trading Update” from developer, publisher and licensor of mobile real money and social games, Gaming Realms (GMR) commences with the headline “Strong revenue growth and maiden profitable quarter”. Sounds good, but is the reality such?...

EYE
EYE

Eagle Eye Solutions – a management either trying to fool you or fooling themselves, whilst at the trough. Oink, oink…

Shares in “SaaS technology company that validates and redeems digital promotions in real-time for the grocery, retail and hospitality industries”, Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) have recently been on the rise – with recent announcements including a share purchase by CEO Tim Mason and results for the company’s year ended 30th June 2016 including “overall the board is pleased with the significant progress made”. Sounds interesting…

Crawshaw – half-year results; is it able to restore material, positive trading momentum?

Writing on fresh meat and food-to-go retailer Crawshaw (CRAW) post a profit warning earlier this month, I concluded that the context meant the severe share price decline, to a then circa 44p, looked merited and the shares best avoided – see HERE. The following updates, with the shares currently at sub 35p, on the back of results for the company’s half year ended 31st July 2016…

AO
AO

AO World – shares ahead on Q1 trading statement. Hmmm…

Having long been bearish, I note shares in online electrical retailer AO World (AO.) are currently more than 10% higher today, at 148p, on the back of an AGM (and first quarter) trading statement. Let’s take a look…

Monitise – MONI, MONI, MONI, another “Trading Update” that’s not funny for shareholders

Long-time specialist in draining shareholder money (sorry, “specialist in financial services technology focused on accelerating the digital transformation of banks and financial institutions”), Monitise (MONI) commences the first two bullet points of a trading update with “in line with previous guidance”, though the last includes that it “expects FY 2017 revenue to be lower than FY 2016 as a result of the continuing transition for the business”. Uh oh…

AO
AO

AO World – full-year results, do the numbers reflect “deliver(ing) huge benefits to the business”?

Online electrical retailer AO World (AO.) has announced results including that “the consistent focus we place on delivering amazing customer service along with the investment we have been making in our brand continues to deliver huge benefits to the business” and that “trading in the current financial year has started well”. The shares though are now down 6%, to 157p, on the back of the announcement. Hmmm, let’s take a look...

blinkx – financials poor (natch), so claims “year of integration and investment”. Hmmm...

Internet media company blinkx (BLNX) has updated on “a year of integration and investment” i.e. a year in which financial performance was poor so we’ll claim to have laid the foundations for future growth instead...

Sepura – “Trading Update”, EBITDA (bullshit earnings) to be lower than expectations & it gets worse…

Sepura plc (SEPU), which describes itself as “a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of digital radios, infrastructure and applications… providing specialist solutions for the public safety, transportation, oil and gas, mining, utilities, industrial and other commercial sectors”, has announced a “Trading Update” for its year ended 1st April 2016. The shares are currently down approaching 30%, at around 140p, in response. It’s profit warning (and worse) ahoy! …

AO
AO

AO World – Q4 “Trading Statement”, with a focus on ‘adjusted EBITDA’ (natch)...

Online retailer of major domestic appliances, AO World (AO.) has updated that its “UK business performed strongly during the fourth quarter with revenue and EBITDA ahead of our expectations” and that also “European adjusted EBITDA for the full year will be slightly better than expected”. This has helped the shares currently more than 5% higher to 182p - but wait, they were over 300p little more than a year ago. Hmmm...

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