Results

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

Published 20 days ago

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?...

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

Published 26 days ago

“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 Hire – 2018 results, “significant progress”?

Published 46 days ago

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!

Published 73 days ago

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…

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

Published 81 days ago

“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%!...

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

Published 83 days ago

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 – sell the rally

Published 111 days ago

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...

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

Published 111 days ago

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…

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

Published 117 days ago

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…

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

Published 123 days ago

“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…

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

Published 125 days ago

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”…

Published 132 days ago

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?

Published 165 days ago

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?

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

Published 185 days ago

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…

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

Published 215 days ago

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…

Footasylum – our warnings prove sage as now tripping up badly

Published 259 days ago

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…

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

Published 291 days ago

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!...

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

Published 299 days ago

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?

Published 305 days ago

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?

Published 305 days ago

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

Published 312 days ago

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…

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

Published 329 days ago

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

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

Published 340 days ago

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’?

Published 369 days ago

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

Published 409 days ago

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

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

Published 420 days ago

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?...

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

Published 432 days ago

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”

Published 468 days ago

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

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

Published 480 days ago

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!)

Published 493 days ago

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…

Universe Group – as warned, profit warning…

Published 539 days ago

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

Published 552 days ago

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

Published 557 days ago

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?

Published 587 days ago

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

Published 712 days ago

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?...

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

Published 726 days ago

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…

Published 734 days ago

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

Published 753 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?...

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

Published 761 days ago

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…

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

Published 795 days ago

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?...

Brave Bison – more ‘wrongster’ from the previous Rightster Group, disastrous profit warning…

Published 822 days ago

A 10am “Trading Update” announcement from Brave Bison Group (BBSN), a company which has previously proven a wrongster. Uh oh…

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

Published 826 days ago

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

Published 858 days ago

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?

Published 860 days ago

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…

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

Published 929 days ago

“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?...

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

Published 956 days ago

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?

Published 963 days ago

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 World – shares ahead on Q1 trading statement. Hmmm…

Published 1033 days ago

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

Published 1033 days ago

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

Published 1075 days ago

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...

Published 1140 days ago

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…

Published 1141 days ago

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

Published 1145 days ago

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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