Results

Hornby – results, ‘new strategy’ & fundraising. But is turnaround really ahoy?

Published 14 hours ago

Previously writing on models and collectibles company Hornby (HRN), I noted no longer offering bulk sales at a discount & profit warning, but would it have been profit warning anyway? We now have the results for the six months ended 30th September 2017, a strategy update and a placing and open offer announcement…

SRT Marine Systems – interims claim “steady financial progress”. Really?

Published 22 hours ago

SRT Marine Systems (SRT) has announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2017, stating “steady financial progress broadly in line with our expectations and significant operational and project related activities” and “look forward optimistically to the second half”. Sounds encouraging…

Idox – 3:45pm “Year End Trading Update”. Uh oh…

Published 3 days ago

I previously wrote on information management software and services company Idox plc (IDOX) with the shares above 60p in August, concluding that I’d at least want to see some concrete evidence towards delivering the growth forecast and improving cash flow and balance sheet dynamics before considering this stock as an investment. There’s now been a 3:45pm “Year End Trading Update” announcement. Uh oh…

Quarto Group – another profit warning, discounted fundraising ahoy?

Published 9 days ago

Previously writing on publishing group Quarto (QRT) in August, I concluded that a soft retail environment expected to continue and financial concerns saw me continue to avoid. The shares have recently risen to above 145p, but are now back towards 120p following a “Trading Update” announcement…

Stadium Group – “Trading Update & Notice of Results” = Profit Warning

Published 10 days ago

“Trading Update & Notice of Results” announcement from Stadium Group (SDM) commences that “Significant progress continues to be made in transitioning Stadium from a purely electronic assemblies business to a design-led technology business. The company expects to report a year-on-year increase in revenues of 15% to £61m (2016: £53.1m)”. Sounds pretty good... “Whilst revenue growth and the development of the forward order book are in-line with expectations for the current year,”… Uh oh…

Augean – following recent trading & HMRC woes, what now from HMRC?

Published 19 days ago

Following a July profit warning hitting the shares from above 60p and an August HMRC assessment from above 50p, there has now been an “HMRC update” announcement from waste management company Augean (AUG)…

Norcros - still a buy following encouraging trading update

Published 25 days ago

Bathroom and kitchen products manufacturer and supplier under the Triton Showers, Vado, Croydex, Abode, Norcros Adhesives, Johnson Tiles, Tile Africa and TAL brands, Norcros plc (NXR) has recently updated encouragingly on trading, yet the shares have thus far responded quite modestly – and only returning them to the 180p at which they commenced this year.

Pressure Technologies – indebted, follows profit warning with a placing… though claims it’s for “a number of benefits”

Published 32 days ago

Engineering group Pressure Technologies (PRES) “is pleased to announce” the result of a bookbuild. This is of a gross £5 million placing at 122p per share. This comparing to a prior closing 126p share price and more than 140p prior to a most recent trading statement at the end of August…

Augean – “Board Changes and Trading Update”; as suggested, it has got worse

Published 33 days ago

Writing on waste management group Augean (AUG) previously in August, I stated harmed by HMRC assessment… and worse to come? Well, there is now a “Board Changes and Trading Update” announcement…

Accrol – updates on Health & Safety hearing, still a tale of AIM IPO shame

Published 36 days ago

Having only been “pleased to announce” it had IPO’d on AIM in June last year, last week saw Accrol Group (ACRL) shares suspended whilst the board considered the anticipated impact on its net debt situation of a now expected “significantly below” expectations earnings performance. This was with “challenging trading conditions” and as it had “recently been advised that a Health and Safety incident, which occurred prior to the company's AIM IPO, may now result in a more significant fine being imposed by the Health and Safety Executive than was previously anticipated”. There is now an “Update on Health and Safety incident” announcement…

Goals Soccer Centres – a month after interim results disappointment, “directorate change”

Published 37 days ago

Following a 12th September interim results announcement which saw me consider it clearly tough operating conditions and (further) forecast downgrades ahoy, Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL) has now made a “Directorate Change” announcement…

Renold – again “Trading Update” = Profit Warning

Published 37 days ago

Industrial chains and related power transmission products supplier Renold (RNO) has updated on trading including “the torque transmission division performed in-line with expectations. The Chain division delivered organic growth, but profitability was affected by machine break-downs at our Einbeck facility and by sustained increases in raw material costs”. Uh oh…

Mirada – shares soar on contract win, but what about that financing needed?

Published 43 days ago

Shares in Mirada (MIRA) are currently soaring from just above 1p on the back of a “New Contract Win” announcement. Hang on though, isn’t there currently financing needs by this company?...

Accrol – another recent AIM IPO disgrace; profit warning, previously undisclosed Health & Safety fine, shares suspended

Published 44 days ago

Having only been “pleased to announce” it had IPO’d on AIM in June last year, today brings a “Trading Update and Temporary Suspension of Trading” announcement from tissue group Accrol (ACRL). Hmmm…

Stanley Gibbons – results & a revised division sale see shares slide again

Published 47 days ago

Collectibles group Stanley Gibbons (SGI) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2017 and a revised sale of a division. The shares have currently responded more than 13% lower towards 8p…

Photonstar LED – interims; despite delay of roll-out May placing was stated to be for, guess what?

Published 50 days ago

Results for the first half of 2017 from PhotonStar LED (PSL) include that “during H1 2017 steady progress has continued to be made in transitioning the group into becoming a retrofit connected lighting and building management business” and that “we… believe… we are now well positioned to achieve the successful delivery of Halcyon” (the company’s ‘Internet of Things’ platform for retrofit into commercial buildings). The shares have responded, er, more than 30% lower to 0.825p…

Epwin – a half-year results further profit warning

Published 66 days ago

Epwin Group (EPWN) has announced results for the first half of 2017 emphasising as a first highlight “sound performance in challenging market conditions”. The shares have responded, er, currently approaching 4% lower to circa 70p…

Goals Soccer Centres – argues “significant strategic progress” & “early signs of turnaround”, so why are the shares lower?

Published 67 days ago

A half year 2017 results announcement from Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL) is headlined “significant strategic progress in the period, early signs of turnaround”. The shares have responded… er, currently at 93.5p, more than 10% lower!...

Van Elle – argues first quarter “encouraging”, BUT…

Published 67 days ago

An update from Van Elle Holdings (VANL) ahead of its AGM today includes “trading in the first quarter of the financial year has been encouraging” and that the board “remains confident in its expectations for the current financial year as well as the long-term potential of the group”. Sounds encouraging…

Mirada – argues it is interest in its new OPEX model which leads it to seek new financing. Really?!?

Published 79 days ago

On the back of a “New Contract Win” announcement, shares in Mirada (MIRA) are recovering having been heading towards 1p following a trading update earlier this month…

Augean – harmed by HMRC assessment… and worse to come?

Published 85 days ago

I wrote on a trading update last month which would be assumed to be routine, but wasn’t from waste management company Augean (AUG) – concluding, with the current uncertainty and investor confidence now looking needed to be regained, I currently avoid. Hopefully this was followed as the shares are currently the biggest fallers today – on an “HMRC assessment and proposed board appointment” announcement…

Utilitywise – “in line” update… but that is with expectations set on the last day of the year under review!

Published 85 days ago

With its direction of financial performance reflected in a share price down from not far off 200p at the commencement of 2017 to 73p, an “in line” trading update from Utilitywise (UTW) might be expected to boost the shares. It hasn’t…

Robinson plc – interims talk of ‘recovering margins’ & “further growth”, so why are the shares slumping?

Published 86 days ago

Packaging company Robinson (RBN) has announced results for the first half of 2017, including “we do expect to see sufficient new business coming through in the second half to achieve growth in revenue for the year as a whole and we expect to continue to build the pipeline for further growth in 2018”. However, the shares are currently 6.5% lower, at 121.5p…

Goodwin – full-year results, sufficient value to compensate for “continued tightening”?

Published 87 days ago

With I having questioned in March 2:15pm ‘Interim Management Statement’ a cause for alarm?, mechanical and refractory engineering company Goodwin (GDWN) has now announced results for its year ended 30th April 2017…

Epwin – a trading update from the same stable as Entu. TIMBERRRRR…

Published 94 days ago

From the same stable as Entu (DISGRACEFUL: having only IPO’d on AIM in October 2014, now “all of the proposals received attribute little value to the equity”), a “Half Year Trading Update and Notice of Results” announcement from Epwin Group (EPWN)…

Vitesse Media – full-year results & more, a lot can happen in 36 minutes here it would seem!

Published 98 days ago

A 10:35am results announcement from Vitesse Media (VIS). Not a portend for a positive announcement I’d suggest - and then 36 minutes later a “Directorate Chg, Hldgs in Co, Proposed Fundraising” announcement. Hmmm…

DFS Furniture – earnings “at the low end” of a range given less than two months ago...

Published 100 days ago

Following a June profit warning which saw them down to 200p, shares in DFS Furniture (DFS) had recovered to above 230p. They are currently though back below 220p on a “Post-Close Trading Update”

Glencore - imminent M&A splurge suggests you should go bye bye

Published 100 days ago

Who remembers the infamous zero pence share price target established by one 'teenage scribbler' broker on Glencore (GLEN) the thick end of a couple of years ago? Funnily enough, via a decent commodity marketing/trading business, a cute money raising and some decent tier 1 mining assets, Glencore shares did not trouble the scorers below even 50p and over the last 20 months have recovered back to levels seen four or five years back. Today's first half numbers continue that renaissance.

Quarto Group – a bad first half, but states there's an ‘attractive price’ takeover approach…

Published 101 days ago

Following a recent profit warning, so tries to emphasise “transitional year”, publishing group Quarto (QRT) has announced results for the first half of 2017… as well as an “attractive” price takeover approach…

Zinc Media – believes profitability “will increase substantially”… though it talking ‘adjusted EBITDA’?

Published 106 days ago

I previously wrote on TV and multimedia content group Zinc Media (ZIN) on its results for its half year ended 31st December 2016 HERE. Recently the company, and now also its broker, have updated…

Stanley Gibbons – with a sale already having been delayed, an “Update on Interiors Division”. Uh oh…

Published 106 days ago

End December-announced half-year results from Stanley Gibbons (SGI) showed, after a net £3.3 million of ‘exceptionals’, a pre-tax loss of over £6 million and noted, with net debt at £16.5 million, it “working on a number” of balance sheet initiatives. In May it announced a £2.4 million sale of a major part of its Interiors division and, with this then delayed to 3rd August, we now have an “Update on Interiors Division” announcement…

Gattaca – argues “broadly in-line” – though forecasts were cut as recently as April…

Published 107 days ago

Having previously written on engineering and technology recruitment company Gattaca (GATC) in April - half-year results, General Election the next ‘uncertainty’?, the company has now updated on trading for its year ended 31st July 2017…

Gulf Marine Services – 3:21pm “Trading Update” announcement. Uh oh…

Published 107 days ago

A 3:21pm (and thus clearly unscheduled) “Trading Update” announcement from Gulf Marine Services (GMS). However, it starts “overall the group is continuing to see good levels of tender activity and is progressing a number of opportunities”. Not as bad as feared then? Er…

Walker Greenbank – “pleased to announce” half-year trading update, are the shares a buy?

Published 108 days ago

Luxury interior furnishings company Walker Greenbank (WGB) “is pleased to announce its pre-close trading update for the six months ended 31 July 2017” - with this commencing with that brand sales “were up 35.6% in reportable currency compared with the same period last year”. Sounds good, so why are the shares currently sliding back slightly?...

Northbridge Industrial Services – half year update it’s “pleased to issue”… shares further slide

Published 108 days ago

Northbridge Industrial Services (NBI) “is pleased to issue” a half year trading update, which includes “expects the results for the first six months of 2017 to be in line with management's expectations” and that “the growth of renewable power generation in advanced economies have already provided profitable opportunities”. So why are the shares sliding back below 100p?...

Augean – the time for a routine half-year trading update? Er…

Published 116 days ago

With a calendar financial year and no updates on trading since 21st March-announced results for 2016, a “Trading Update” announcement from waste management company Augean (AUG) seems routine. However, the shares are currently circa 14% lower, at below 55p…

Judges Scientific – first half 2017 growth sounds good, but what of the comparative?

Published 118 days ago

I first cautioned on shares in buy-and-build scientific instrument group Judges Scientific (JDG) on this website at above 2200p in 2014 HERE, though also more recently at sub 1300p HERE. They have now risen back towards 1900p helped by a “Trading Update” announcement…

Empresaria – H1 trading update merit resumed share price advance?

Published 120 days ago

Having commenced the year at just over 100p, shares in staffing group Empresaria (EMR) reached 168p at the start of last month before slipping back – closing yesterday at 146.5p. However, they are currently 5.5% higher today on the back of a “Trading Update” announcement…

DX Group – anticipates continuing challenging trading, CEO & FD ‘step down’

Published 127 days ago

Having listed at 100p per share in February 2014 and currently suspended at sub 10p amidst reverse takeover discussions for John Menzies' Distribution division, parcels, mail and logistics group DX (DX.) has now announced “an update on trading, reorganisation of the business and board changes”

Entu – further from bad (en)tu worse; Strategic Review, new financing needed

Published 135 days ago

Last month saw a delayed profit warning from energy efficient-home improvement group Entu (ENTU) – and me particularly noting the net debt and that, although purportedly “strengthened”, the executive team still not seemingly having the answers themselves – ‘from bad (en)tu worse, issues “more complex and extend further” than expected’. There is now a “Strategic Review” announcement. Hmmm…

Proxama – dire results, though emphasises “exciting transition” as needs to get away a confetti issuance extraordinaire

Published 140 days ago

Proxama (PROX) “is pleased to announce its Full Year Results for the year ended 31 December 2016” and “pleased to announce the successful completion of an upsized bookbuild for the placing”. Shareholders probably aren’t so pleased – the shares having responded approaching 70% lower, to 0.04p…

Westminster Group – shares bounce on AGM Statement, but what operational progress is there?

Published 141 days ago

Having recently again been in retreat, shares in Westminster Group (WSG) have risen approaching 20%, towards 16p, on the back of an AGM update. With I having concluded cautiously a few months ago, what developments have caused the bounce?...

eServGlobal – interims argue “strong outlook” & Homesend “sales expansion”, but what about the financials?

Published 141 days ago

eServGlobal (ESG) has announced results for its half year ended 30th April 2017 including “a strong outlook for the year” for the core business and that the Homesend joint venture payment hub “is experiencing a sales expansion which it expects to become more significant across the remainder of 2017”. So why do the shares remain sub 6p, well down from more than 8p reached earlier this year?...

Fairpoint Group – accounts delayed, shares suspended. A fair point towards disaster?

Published 143 days ago

Updating towards the end of March, Fairpoint Group (FRP) stated “the audit of the 2016 results is expected to complete in April”. Towards the end of April, it then updated that results “will be announced mid-May”, then on 24th May that it then expected to announce in June. Now, the shares have been suspended as the company “will not be in a position” to publish its annual report and accounts in the six months from year-end it has under AIM rules – and it gets still worse…

InterQuest – trading warning, but the attempted robber barons admit “solid” longer term fundamentals

Published 155 days ago

“Trading update” announcement from InterQuest (ITQ), a company subject to an attempted robber baron (Oops) management, buyout with a first closing date in less than a week. Hmmm...

Entu – from bad (en)tu worse, issues “more complex and extend further” than expected

Published 157 days ago

October 2014, 100p per share, IPO, Entu (ENTU) has issued a trading update commencing that its strengthened executive team is progressing with the implementation of a detailed action plan, as set out in the full-year results statement, to reduce costs, improve operational efficiency, leverage its supply chain, improve cash collection and strengthen controls. Good, good. But what? The shares currently more than 30% lower on the day at well below 20p. Uh oh…

Porta Communications – announces completion of new banking facility, how’s the balance sheet then?

Published 159 days ago

On the back of a “Financial Completion of New Banking Facility” announcement, shares in PR and marketing group Porta Communications (PTCM) are currently more than 6% lower, sliding back below 4p. Hmmm...

Plastics Capital – placing to help “satisfy increasing demand”, but also dividends ‘suspended’. Hmmm…

Published 176 days ago

“Placing to raise £3.74 million” announcement from Plastics Capital (PLA), including to enable it “to satisfy increasing demand for the group's products and thereby accelerate organic growth”. With also a relatively limited 4.5% discount to the prior 122.5p closing share price, sounds reasonable enough. But what’s that? It is to “be augmented by the decision of the board to suspend dividend payments for at least the next two scheduled payments”. Hmmm...

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

Published 178 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?...

LightwaveRF – “Google Assistant voice control” ramparoonie

Published 184 days ago

Shares in LightwaveRF (LWRF) are currently circa 65% higher on the day, above 25p, on the back of a “Launch of Google Assistant voice control”-entitled ramparoonie (Oops) RNS announcement...

Redcentric – “pleased to be able to report that trading is in line with expectations”. Hmmm…

Published 197 days ago

After announcing “Accounting misstatements” in November, Redcentric (RCN) is “pleased to be able to report that trading is in line with expectations” and “good sales momentum in the year” (to 31st March 2017). Hmmm…

Goals Soccer Centres – admits preliminary merger discussions, but a golden opportunity?

Published 208 days ago

Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL) has admitted “preliminary discussions with key rival Powerleague on “combining the two businesses”, though emphasises that is “but one of the strategic opportunities currently being assessed by the Goals board”

Hayward Tyler – does trading update support recently stated “good progress”?

Published 212 days ago

Last week I questioned stated “continued good progress” by Hayward Tyler (HAYT), with it having produced a profit warning as recently as 20th February. The following updates with the shares currently on the rise, at around 55p, on the back of a trading update the company “is pleased to provide” for its year ended 31st March 2017…

Pebble Beach Systems – “Final Settlement of VCS Consideration”, so much for “substantially debt-free”!

Published 243 days ago

“Final Settlement of VCS Consideration” announcement from Pebble Beach Systems (PEB). I remind that on the conditional sale being announced on 20th October that RNS concluded “if the transaction completes then the group will be left substantially debt-free and to execute its software transition strategy with Pebble Beach Systems”

Eagle Eye Solutions – interim results & Europe partnership, balance sheet “sufficient”?

Published 249 days ago

Having previously emphasised caution on digital promotions technology company Eagle Eye (EYE), I note the shares currently circa 6% higher today at 145p on the back of results for its half year ended 31st December 2016 and a partnership to deliver digital loyalty solutions in Europe with retail marketing company TCC Global…

7digital – completion of share placing, broker updates

Published 250 days ago

Following its 2016 results, digital music and radio services group 7digital (7DIG) has successfully placed 34,769,239 new shares at 6.5p to raise a gross approximately £2.26 million and house broker, finnCap, has updated on the company's manoeuvrings...

Goodwin – 2:15pm ‘Interim Management Statement’ a cause for alarm?

Published 252 days ago

Previously writing on engineering company Goodwin (GDWN) in September with the shares at 1980p, I concluded that the energy industry environment saw me cautious and avoiding the shares. They were little changed on the prior 1895p close before an “Interim Management Statement” announcement at 2:15pm. A cause for alarm?...

7digital Group – 2016 results argue “good progress” & “ideally positioned”, so why are the shares lower?

Published 253 days ago

Digital music and radio services group, 7digital (7DIG) has announced results for the 2016 calendar year, including that this “was a year of good progress… as we delivered on our commitment to reach operating profit by the year end” and that it “is ideally positioned to capitalise on the continued growth of streaming in 2017 and beyond”. So why are the shares currently approaching 7% lower, at 6.75p?...

Flowtech Fluidpower – review as argues “successful fundraise of £10 million”

Published 253 days ago

Writing in January on fluid power products supplier Flowtech (FLO) with the shares just below 130p, I noted that there looked potentially interesting value, but also “c.£13 million” of net debt and a downward forecast trend which deterred. The company has now announced a “successful fundraise of £10 million at 120p per share”

Portmeirion Group – looking through the 2016 results spin…

Published 254 days ago

Shares in Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester, Wax Lyrical and Pimpernel homewares group Portmeirion (PMP) are currently slightly lower despite it “delighted to be reporting an eighth consecutive year of record revenue”, this up by £8 million (11.7%) to £76.7 million…

Pebble Beach Systems – disposal updates include buyer reserving its rights as it claims “numerous breaches of the contract”!

Published 255 days ago

After results for the first half of 2016 showed an increased £8.8 million of net debt, Pebble Beach Systems (PEB, then Vislink) announced a $16 million sale of its hardware division, Vislink Communication Systems, to NASDAQ-listed xG Technology, Inc – stating the disposal to see it “be left substantially debt-free and to execute its software transition strategy”. There are now further updates on how this is working out – including a 5:25pm “Response to xG Technology Inc Press Release” announcement. Uh oh…

Idox – “strong start” to year & “encouraging” outlook, but are the shares good value?

Published 266 days ago

Information management software and services supplier, Idox plc (IDOX) has updated on “a strong start to the new financial year” and an “encouraging” outlook…

OneView – as shares soar on “Multi-Million Dollar” agreement, caveat emptor?

Published 269 days ago

Shares in OneView Group (ONEV) are currently soaring ahead on the back of a “Multi-Million Dollar Cloud-Based Hosting Agreement”. With I previously having been bearish here and the ramptastic use of “Multi-Million Dollar” in the announcement title, does this remain a case of caveat emptor?...

Driver Group – full-year loss & bailout fundraising. “Renewed confidence”?

Published 274 days ago

Driver Group (DRV) has announced self-admitted “disappointing” results for its year ended 30th September 2016 and a bailout fundraising, though argues that stakeholders should soon be able to “look forward to the future with renewed confidence”. Hmmm...

Plastics Capital – with trading conditions “generally good”, what of my previously cautious stance?

Published 278 days ago

Niche plastics products manufacturing group, Plastics Capital (PLA) has updated that it “continues to trade in line with market expectations” and that “trading conditions are generally good”. Should I thus alter my previous cautious stance?…

Hornby – claims turnaround “on track” and “robust current trading”. A recovery play?

Published 284 days ago

Hobby products group, Hornby (HRN) has emphasised “turnaround plan on track and robust current trading” - and the shares have responded currently just over 7% higher to 33.5p. Is it recovery ahoy here?...

DX Group – another profit warning, from 100p IPO to sub 10p in less than 3 years…

Published 284 days ago

I previously cautioned on parcels, mail and logistics group DX (DX.) with the shares at 30p HERE and 16p HERE. Hopefully the warnings were heeded as a “Trading update” announcement currently sees the shares 60% lower, heading towards 7p…

Pebble Beach Systems (formerly Vislink) – change of name announced Friday, now profit warning ahoy!

Published 285 days ago

Friday 3rd February 2017: “Vislink confirms that it has changed its registered name to Pebble Beach Systems Group plc” (PEB). Monday 6th February 2017: “The company informs shareholders that the results for FY2016 are expected to be materially below the board's previous expectations”. Well, that didn’t take long!...

Eagle Eye Solutions – claims ‘confidence in prospects’, but cash crunch ahoy?

Published 290 days ago

Digital promotions technology company, Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) has updated that during its half year ended 31st December 2016 it “has continued to trade well delivering revenue… ahead of market expectations”. But what’s that? A swing into a net debt position. Uh oh…

Quarto – 2016 impacted by Books & Gifts Direct business, but potential value?

Published 291 days ago

Shares in illustrated book publishing group Quarto (QRT) currently trade approaching 9% lower, at 290p, despite a trading update for 2016 including that “a resilient performance in the core publishing businesses means the group expects to report profits in line with management expectations,…”. Ah. “… excluding the impact of our Books & Gifts Direct business”

Flowtech Fluidpower – states dividend “in line with current market expectations”, but not profit. Wonder why?...

Published 299 days ago

Updating on its 2016 performance, fluid power products supplier Flowtech (FLO) notes that it intends to propose a 5% increased dividend “in line with current market expectations” and “expects underlying profit before tax will be in the range £7.0m to £7.2m”. How does the latter compare with expectations then?...

SIG – trading update review as shares rise

Published 309 days ago

Shares in building products distributor SIG plc (SHI) are currently recovering approaching 11%, above 100p, on the back of a “Trading Update” announcement…

Cobham – ANOTHER profit warning, though still worse to come?

Published 311 days ago

Aerospace and defence group Cobham (COB) has released a “Post-close Trading Update”, with the shares currently around 15% lower, at 140p, in response. Uh-oh…

eServGlobal – full-year results, to “provide further evidence of our success”. Really?

Published 333 days ago

eServGlobal (ESG) has announced results for its year ended 31st October 2016 emphasising “steady progress in the re-alignment of the business” and “we are confident we will provide further evidence of our success in the year ahead”. Hmmm…

OneView Group – half-year results show reason for additional loan facility

Published 347 days ago

Having most recently warned on OneView Group (ONEV) last month HERE, the company has now announced an additional loan facility and results for its half year ended 30th September 2016 showing why…

Hayward Tyler – “momentum is continuing to build”, but it needs to…

Published 354 days ago

Engineering group Hayward Tyler (HAYT) has recently been “pleased to announce a series of contract wins, totalling in excess of £4.5m which… confirm that momentum is continuing to build”. However, the shares remain down on the year at a current 83.5p…

Hornby – turnaround progress any smoother than half year results issuance?

Published 359 days ago

Hobby products company, Hornby (HRN) announced results for the six months ended 30th September 2016 at 7am claiming “good progress with turnaround plan”. This didn’t though extend to the announcement itself - as the financial tables weren’t included! A replacement announcement was then made at 09:41 – does the company's turnaround progress look smoother? …

Redcentric – “Accounting misstatements” announcement. Uh Oh…

Published 376 days ago

“Redcentric plc (RCN), a leading UK IT managed services provider, announces that an internal review by the company's audit committee in relation to the interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2016 has discovered misstated accounting balances in the group's balance sheet”. Uh-oh…

Gattaca – full-year numbers suggest compelling value, but is it?

Published 380 days ago

Shares in engineering and technology recruitment group, Gattaca (GATC) are currently 15% lower today, at sub 300p, despite a results announcement emphasising “profits in line with market expectations”. Hmmm…

RTC Group – having “successfully navigated… period of market anxiety leading up to the EU referendum”, a profit warning…

Published 393 days ago

Having in August stated that its engineering and technical recruitment consultancy ATA “has successfully navigated through the period of market anxiety leading up to the EU referendum”, RTC Group (RTC) has now announced its short-term performance has been impacted by delays in the commencement of infrastructure projects…

NCC Group – “Trading update” announcement a profit warning or not?, what day is 31 November 2016?

Published 394 days ago

Cyber security and risk mitigation group NCC (NCC) has updated on four month to 30th September organic revenue growth of 21% in an announcement that also includes that “rate of growth in profitability will now be more biased towards the second half of the year than initially expected, but remains in line with the board's expectations”. Hmmm...

Hayward Tyler – disappointing H1, but reckons still to meet full year expectations. Hmmm…

Published 394 days ago

Shares in specialist engineering group Hayward Tyler (HAYT) currently trade more than 10% lower, heading towards 80p, despite a trading update announcement including “management is positive in the group's ability to meet full year market expectations”. Hmmm…

Hotel Chocolat – “pleased” with full-year results, but valuation tasty?

Published 395 days ago

Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) co-founder and CEO, Angus Thirlwell emphasises “I am very pleased with our performance since we were admitted to trading on AIM in May this year. Our results are strong, the Hotel Chocolat brand has continued to strengthen and we have made good progress with our three strategic priorities of investing further in our British chocolate manufacturing operations, growing our store estate and developing our digital offering”. Let’s take a look…

LightwaveRF – “pleased to announce”… an uber-expensive loan (& trading warning)…

Published 399 days ago

LightwaveRF (LWRF), “enabling domestic and commercial users to remotely monitor and control light, heat, power and security by smartphone, tablet or PC… is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with its principal shareholder, Committed Capital Financial Services Limited for a loan of £150,000”. Uh oh – sounds like ‘keep the lights on’ stuff…

Carclo – after dividend failure, an acquisition & placing…

Published 400 days ago

Having recently cancelled its full-year dividend after the ex-dividend date, specialised plastics company Carclo (CAR) has now announced an acquisition! (along with a trading update and placing)…

Progility – “pleased to present results”, shares down approaching 40% in response...

Published 406 days ago

16 Sep 2016: “Progility plc (PGY), the Professional Services, Healthcare and Communications firm… intends to publish its full year results for the period to 30 June 2016 in the week commencing 26 September 2016”27 Sep 2016: “the company now intends to publish its final results, for the year ended 30 June 2016, on or before 7 October 2016”07 Oct 2016, 11:06am: “Final Results” announcement. All sounds a bit disorganised… and the shares slumped by 39% lto 1.6p, despite Executive Chairman Wayne Bos being “pleased to present Progility's results for the twelve months to 30 June 2016”.

CAP-XX – full-year results, talks CrAP (XX)…

Published 410 days ago

Having previously updated sceptically on supercapacitor and energy management systems company CAP-XX (CPX), I note it is now “pleased to announce its audited results for the year ended 30 June 2016”. Let’s take a look…

Digital Globe Services – full-year results it’s “pleased to report”, shares down a further more than 17% in response…

Published 410 days ago

“Digital Globe Services (DGS), a leading provider of digital marketing solutions for large, consumer-facing organisations, is pleased to report its final results for the year ended 30 June 2016”. Hmmm, the shares are currently more than 17% lower, at 38p, in response…

Vislink – half-year results, TIMBERRR!

Published 414 days ago

July profit warning meant results for the first half of 2016 from Vislink (VLK) were not going to be good but, on revenue 15% lower than in the corresponding 2015 period, at £22.6 million, a loss of £32.8 million!?! And there’s worse…

Nature Group – “pleased to announce” results as shares slide on another ludicrous statement…

Published 416 days ago

Following an absolutely ludicrous results statement previously, Nature Group (NGR) is “pleased to announce the unaudited interim results for the six months to 30 June 2016”. The shares are currently approaching 8% lower, at 4.375p, in response. Is the company at it again? …

MediaZest – “New business update” announcement sees shares soar. Hmmm…

Published 417 days ago

At 3:48pm (why?) yesterday it was announced that “MediaZest (MDZ), the creative digital audio visual company, is pleased to update shareholders with more detail on recent business wins”. The shares responded more than 18% higher to 0.1625p. Hmmm…

SpaceandPeople – half-year results suggest it’ll be profit warning ahoy!

Published 418 days ago

Shares in shopping centre and other high footfall venue promotional and retail company SpaceandPeople (SAL) currently trade approaching 30% lower, at well below 30p, on the back of its results for the first half of 2016. Let’s take a look…

Majestic Wine – review of a far from majestic “Trading Update”

Published 423 days ago

Specialist wine seller Majestic (WINE) has announced, despite its retail operations “trading on track”, Naked Wines UK and Australia performing “on plan” and “a return to growth for Lay & Wheeler”, that “EBIT for the current financial year ending 3 April 2017 is expected to fall below current market expectations”. Uh-oh…

Judges Scientific – interims show earnings down & suggest more such woe to come

Published 424 days ago

Half-year results from scientific instruments company Judges Scientific (JDG) include Chairman Alex Hambro “pleased to be able to report, for the eleventh consecutive year, record revenues and dividends”. The shares are currently more than 9% lower, at sub 1300p, in response. Hmmm…

Driver Group – confirms a second half year return to profit, so why are the shares crashing again?

Published 430 days ago

Construction and engineering industries consultancy group Driver (DRV) “is pleased” to confirm a return to profit during the second half of its year ending 30th September on turnover expected to be roughly 7% ahead of that recorded at the interim stage. The following though reviews, with the shares currently more than 11.5% lower, at 42p...

Goals Soccer Centres – half-year results, recovery well underway?

Published 431 days ago

Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL) has announced results for the first half of 2016, emphasising “recovery well underway”. The following updates with the shares currently unchanged at 108.5p on the announcement…

EU Supply – half-year results, working capital looks tight…

Published 437 days ago

Having risen from just above 4p in the first half of June, shares in e-procurement SaaS provider, EU Supply (EUSP) are holding steady above 10p currently post its results for the first half of 2016…

Starcom – half-year results, “sufficient working capital”?

Published 437 days ago

“Starcom (STAR), which specialises in the development of wireless solutions for the remote tracking, monitoring and protection of a variety of assets and people… (is) pleased to report the unaudited results for the six months period ended 30 June 2016”. The shares are currently more than 15% lower, at 3.375p, in response. Hmmm…

HSS Hire – half-year results, appalling balance sheet, also of interest to Speedy Hire shareholders…

Published 443 days ago

UK and Ireland tool, equipment and related services group, HSS Hire (HSS) has announced results for the 27 weeks to 2nd July 2016 – and the shares are currently circa 8% lower, to below 80p, in response. With the results also coming as 19% shareholder in the group, Toscafund, prepares for a General Meeting dust-up with the board of fellow hire group Speedy (SDY) - which it has urged to consider merging with HSS - the following reviews…

Molins – “Half-year Report” announcement = Profit Warning…

Published 451 days ago

Half year results from Molins (MLIN) – the company's first stated “Key point”“Results in line with management expectations”. Good, good. Final such point: “the board is taking a more cautious view of the short-term trading outlook and has revised downwards its trading expectations for the current year”. Uh-oh...

Empresaria – Half Year results, gains banked prematurely?

Published 457 days ago

We recommended shares in staffing group Empresaria (EMR) on the Nifty Fifty subscription site at a 28.5p offer price in January 2013, banking gains at a 65p bid price last year citing a cautious view on stockmarket valuations. The following updates with the latter decision currently proving further premature on the back of a positive results announcement for the first half of 2016…

Robinson plc – H1 results, reported “soft market conditions” concern on macro, as well as micro, level

Published 457 days ago

Commenting on an AGM update in May from packaging company Robinson plc (RBN), I concluded, with the shares at 155p, that I’d tread cautiously with it looking that the first half year performance at least wasn’t going to be pretty. The following updates, with the shares currently down to 145p, on the results announcement…

MediaZest - “pleased to provide shareholders with final results for the year ended 31 March 2016”. Hmmm…

Published 463 days ago

“MediaZest (MDZ), the creative audio-visual company, is pleased to provide shareholders with final results for the year ended 31 March 2016… Best ever financial results with turnover of £3,144,000 and EBITDA profit of £58,000”. Hmmm, let’s take a closer look…

St Ives – shares soar on results “expected to be in line with current market expectations”. Hmmm…

Published 464 days ago

Marketing services group, St Ives (SIV) has made a “Trading Statement” announcement including that results for its year ended 29th July 2016 “are expected to be in line with current market expectations” - and the shares are currently approaching 24.5% higher, at 122.25p, in response. Hmmm…

Cloudcall – told ya; from ‘clearly enough cash to reach break-even’ to placing in less than 5 months!

Published 465 days ago

Synety, now Cloudcall Group (CALL), - 22 Mar 2016: “clearly shows us having enough cash to deliver this company to break-even without the need to raise further funds”05 Aug 2016: “Interim results announcement… Proposed Placing to raise up to £3.77m”. Hmmm...

Utilitywise – wariness vindicated as company updates on “weaker overall performance than we would have liked”

Published 467 days ago

“Utilitywise (UTW), the leading independent utility cost management consultancy, today provides an update on trading for the year ended 31 July 2016. The group expects to report significant revenue growth in the period with revenues of at least £82m (£69.1m 2015)”. Sounds promising, so why are the shares currently a further 6.5% lower, heading towards 133p? ...

Matchtech – full-year trading update, these shares are a buy

Published 470 days ago

Having commenced the year at above 500p and been around 400p just before the Brexit vote, shares in specialist engineering and technology recruitment group, Matchtech (MTEC) are currently recovering to above 350p on the back of a “Trading Update for 12 months ended 31 July” announcement…

Portmeirion – half year results (following profit warning), does forward confidence look merited?

Published 471 days ago

Following its recent profit warning“Portmeirion Group (PMP) is pleased to announce its performance for the six months ended 30 June 2016”. Hmmm…

Flowtech Fluidpower – acquisition & a penultimate paragraph profit warning

Published 473 days ago

Flowtech Fluidpower (FLO) opens an announcement today with that it “is pleased to announce the further strengthening of its product offering in the hydraulics sector through the acquisition of Triple Six Limited, and provide an update ahead of the release of the company's half-year results”. The shares are currently 5% lower, at 105p, in response. Hmmm…

Renold plc – review of post-profit warning AGM & “Directorate Change” announcements

Published 486 days ago

Having warned on profit in February – as reviewed HERE, today there is an AGM update and a “Directorate Change” announcement from industrial chains and related power transmission products company Renold (RNO). Let’s take a look…

Mirada – CEO “pleased to present” full-year results, though shares down 9.5% in response. Hmmm…

Published 487 days ago

The CEO of provider of software for digital TV Mirada (MIRA), José Luis Vázquez, is “pleased to present the group's financial results for the year ended 31 March 2016”. The shares are though more than 9.5% lower, at 4.75p, in response. Hmmm…

Gulf Marine Services – clients are “seeking cost efficiencies”, Uh oh…

Published 501 days ago

Provider of support vessels to the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, Gulf Marine Services (GMS) has released an “Operational and Trading Update” commencing that clients in the Middle East are “seeking cost efficiencies as a result of the challenging low oil price environment”. Uh oh…

Plastics Capital – after interim numbers failed to impress, what about the full-year?

Published 502 days ago

Having sold on the Nifty Fifty subscription site last year at above 100p, the following updates on Plastics Capital (PLA) with the shares currently at 93p following results for its year ended 31st March 2016…

Hornby – self-declared “disappointing” results, can further new money fund a recovery?

Published 514 days ago

Hobby and toy products group Hornby (HRN) has announced results from an “extremely challenging” year, along with a placing and open offer to fund a new business plan which it is “confident… can be delivered successfully and that Hornby can return to being a profitable and cash generative business which will progress to delivering shareholder value”. Hmmm…

Filtronic – “Trading Update”; it reckons “strong”, but is it?

Published 516 days ago

Electronics products for the wireless telecoms infrastructure and adjacent markets-focused Filtronic (FTC) has released a “Trading Update” announcement emphasising “a strong sequential second half (to 31st May 2016) performance” and helping the shares up currently approaching 7.5%, to 10.875p, in response. Let’s take a look…

Christie Group – AGM statement, relying on second half year recovery. Hmmm…

Published 521 days ago

Shares in provider of professional business services and stock & inventory systems and services, Christie Group (CTG) are currently trading lower on the back of an “AGM Statement” announcement. Let’s take a look…

Starcom – review following recent share price gains

Published 535 days ago

Though currently slipping back today, a still circa 3.5p share price of Starcom plc (STAR) compares to 1.25p hit post the company’s announcement of results for 2015 in March and a 1.5p per share placing later that month. Hmmm, what’s happening here?

Nature Group – full-year results statement absolutely ludicrous

Published 539 days ago

Shares in provider of port reception facilities and waste treatment solutions for the oil, marine and process industries, Nature Group (NGR) are down approaching 24%, at 5.625p, on the back of a “Final Results” announcement. Recently-appointed Chairman Berend van Straten is though “pleased to announce the 2015 results”. Hmmm…

Imagination Technologies – “underlying performance… broadly in line”, but it’s another profit warning…

Published 541 days ago

Imagination Technologies (IMG) has updated that “the group's underlying performance, before one-off items, has continued to be broadly in line with expectations, as stated in the announcement published on 17 March 2016… (though overall performance) materially below market expectations, as a result of one-off System-on-Chip design services revenue contract adjustments and bad debt write-offs on two specific customers”. Hmmm…

eServGlobal – trading & research update, “on track”... or not?

Published 541 days ago

Shares in mobile financial services company eServGlobal (ESG) have recently moved higher on the back of a trading update particularly emphasising that “the company confirms it remains on track to achieve a small EBITDA* surplus for the core business”. However, researcher Edison has now updated including “we have revised our forecasts to reflect H116 performance, reducing our revenue and EBITDA forecasts”. Hmmm…

Driver Group – interims fail to provide post profit-warning boost as dividend axed

Published 542 days ago

Having updated earlier this month that profit would be “significantly short of market expectations” and an increase in the bad debt provision – see HERE, Driver Group (DRV) has announced results for its half year ended 31st March 2016. As expected, they ain’t pretty…

Portmeirion – shares down 9% despite AGM update including “we expect profit before tax to be in line”. Hmmm…

Published 547 days ago

AIM-listed homewares group encompassing the Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel brands, Portmeirion (PMP) concludes an AGM update that “we expect profit before tax to be in line with market expectations for the full year”. The shares have though responded currently approaching 9% lower, at 1155p. Hmmm…

Ubisense – it’s so long, farewell, Auf Weidersehen, goodbye... to CEO Richard Green & his “performance payments”

Published 548 days ago

Previously on Ubisense Group (UBI), I reviewed a November profit warning and noted an idea where the “further cost actions” can start – see HERE. That was with the shares then at 66p. With them now at 29p, an announcement from the company begins with “that it is to expand the remit of its chairman, Peter Harverson, to become executive chairman with immediate effect”. Hmmm, why’s that then?

Solid State – trading update post shares being trashed by MoJ contract termination

Published 568 days ago

Two months after a Ministry of Justice contract termination trashed its shares (see HERE), Solid State (SOLI) “is pleased to announce that trading results in respect of the year ended 31 March 2016 at the group's core businesses are expected to be in line with market expectations”. Hmmm...

WANdisco – share price rise despite funding crunch ahoy; there’s not a bargepole long enough

Published 575 days ago

March-announced results for 2015 from WANdisco (WAND, the self-described provider of whatever “enterprise-ready, non-stop software solutions that enable globally distributed organizations to meet today's data challenges of secure storage, scalability and continuous availability” are) included that the company had required to make the first drawings on a $10 million revolving credit facility after a $26.1 million net cash outflow before new financing saw year-end cash at $2.6 million. This saw the shares on the retreat back towards 100p, but they have since recovered to a current 175p. Hmmm…

Utilitywise – half year results, same old problems currently remain

Published 578 days ago

Utilitywise (UTW), which seeks to leverage relationships it has with energy suppliers to business customers, has announced results for the six months to 31st January 2016, emphasising “continued strong performance… delivering another period of revenue and profit growth”. What about the all-important cash generation and balance sheet though?

Tricorn Group – revenue warning & worse to come?

Published 585 days ago

Tricorn (TCN), which describes itself as a “manufacturer and specialist manipulator of pipe and tubing assemblies to niche markets worldwide in the Energy and Transportation sectors”, has released a “Trading Statement” including that revenue “is lower than anticipated at the time of the group's interim results announcement released on December 2nd 2015 and reflects further slowing in demand from key markets, particularly within the Energy division”. Hmmm…

Goals Soccer Centres – 2015 results, relegation form

Published 614 days ago

Having most recently warned on shares in Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL) in January HERE, the following updates on today’s self-declared “disappointing” results for 2015…

600 Group – industrial products company “Trading Update” suggests increasing macro woe

Published 640 days ago

Distributor, designer and manufacturer of industrial products, 600 Group (SIXH) has updated that continued weakness within Europe and the UK is now also being encountered in the USA market. Uh oh…

Renold plc - another case of “Trading Update” = Profit Warning

Published 647 days ago

“Trading Update” from manufacturer of industrial chains and related power transmission products used in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, energy, steel and mining, Renold plc (RNO) sees the shares currently down more than 25% to 32p. Another case of “Trading Update” = Profit Warning then…

Why I made Tesco the largest holding in my pension fund this morning

Published 1176 days ago

Last business day of the month.  Last day of a departing CEO’s corporate reign.  Last chance to ‘kitchen sink’ the corporate earnings guidance numbers in the UK’s largest food retailer? A share price back to the level of a decade ago and a 75% cut in the interim dividend does not make pretty headlines.

Thomas Cook – Not a Profits warning but not inspiring: Harriet Green still on borrowed time

Published 1205 days ago

Sadly Thomas Cook (TCG) did not as I had hoped serve up a profits warning today. Its shares are broadly unchanged at 122p but its trading statement is far from inspiring and the City knives are still out for PR obsessed CEO Harriet Green. She cannot afford to slip.

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