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Toople – interims, “cash… sufficient to allow business to continue with the growth plan”. Really?...

Published 10 days ago

Previously writing on provider of telecom services to UK SMEs Toople (TOOP), it was argues “tremendous progress”… but what about to that ‘positive cash flow generation’?. Today results for the company’s half-year ended 31st March 2019 argue “this has been an excellent six months for the company… Current trading is strong with another record month in April and a healthy new business pipeline… initiatives and our excellent product offering and customer service will, we believe, ultimately set us on the road to achieve our stated goal of long term future profitability”. The shares have currently responded, er, towards 0.50p – more than 7% lower…

Getech – 2018 results, positive operational gearing to really kick in?

Published 12 days ago

Provider of geoscience and geospatial products and services to companies and governments, Getech (GTC) has announced 2018 calendar year results and that “we have entered 2019 with a busy schedule of sales campaigns and we consider Getech to be well positioned to deliver diversified organic growth”

Victoria plc – “Results To Meet Expectations”… Or Not?...

Published 18 days ago

“FY Trading Update: Results To Meet Expectations” announcement commencing “Victoria PLC (LSE: VCP) the international designers, manufacturers and distributors of innovative floorcoverings is pleased to provide the following trading update”. At the company’s prior year-end, the shares were well above 700p and it was “confident it will deliver another year of significant, earnings-accretive growth in the 2018/19 financial year”, with also “geographic and product diversification, coupled with the low operational gearing inherent in the business, reduces the group's overall operational risk”… The shares are now below 550p. Hmmm…

Can You See a Big Market for 3D Without Specs? Then Look at This Top TV Pioneer

Published 23 days ago

Hello, Share Babies. As the Footsie is so flat at the mo, waiting for MPs to sort out Brexit, my thoughts turn to penny shares which are not so affected. Especially those with big customer bases outside Europe. So let’s have another peek at Grand Vision Media (GVMH)...

Fusion Antibodies – emphasises second half improvement… why a muted share price response?

Published 37 days ago

“Fusion Antibodies plc (AIM: FAB), a pharmaceutical contract research organisation specialising in antibody engineering services, provides a business and unaudited trading update for year ended 31 March 2019, confirming the improvement in second half performance announced on 25 February 2019”. Sounds positive – though despite being down from more than 100p in August and even a start of 2019 more than 50p, the shares nudging up to only 30p?...

Pendragon – update suggests ‘operational and financial prospects’ review ain’t going to be positive

Published 37 days ago

“Directorate Change” announcement follows an “Interim Management Statement” from automotive retailer Pendragon (PDG) – and the shares, at around 23p, are currently more than 10% below levels of earlier this week…

System1 Group – full-year trading update, share price recovery imminent?

Published 40 days ago

Previously writing on marketing services group System1 (SYS1) in November with the shares just under 200p, I concluded amidst a clearly continuing challenging trading environment… I’ll monitor with interest, but re. the shares currently continue to avoid. Now a year ended 31st March 2019 trading update…

Quiz plc – full-year trading update argues “continued expansion”. Er…

Published 44 days ago

An update from fashion retail company Quiz plc (QUIZ) early last month included that it “anticipates revenues for FY 2019 to now be approximately £129.0m… now anticipates that the group's EBITDA will be approximately £4.5m”. Today a “Post-Close Trading Update” including “revenue increased by 12% to £130.9m during the financial year ended 31 March 2019 (‘FY 2019’)”. Good news then?...

LightwaveRF – trading update ‘delight’… but revenue is vanity…

Published 47 days ago

CEO of self-styled “leading smart home solutions provider” LightwaveRF (LWRF), Jason Elliott, is “delighted that Lightwave has maintained the momentum of significantly improved revenue in the quarter” – and the shares have currently responded back above 8p, 10% higher…

CloudCall – results argue “a high degree of confidence in the future”… so why the share price fall?

Published 59 days ago

“CloudCall (AIM: CALL), a leading cloud-based software business that integrates communications technology into customer relationship management platforms, is pleased to announce its audited full year results for the year ended 31 December 2018” and its CEO Simon Cleaver considers “having effectively removed some of the cash constraints from the business with successful placings in late 2017 and early 2019, we are well placed to deliver on our growth plans with a high degree of confidence in the future”. So why have the shares responded to 86.5p, approaching 17% lower?...

Maistro – “pleased to report on the significant progress that has been made in 2018”… so why a further share price fall?

Published 64 days ago

CEO of ‘Procurement-as-a-Service’ platform company Maistro (MAIS, formerly Blur), Laurence Cook is “pleased to report on the significant progress that has been made in 2018”. The shares have responded currently to 1.25p – 4% lower. Hmmm…

Like the Bubbles in its Glasses, Shares in this Drinks Jumbo Keep on Rising

Published 79 days ago

Hello, Share Trimmers. With Brexit arrangements no further forward, it’s harder to justify any big buys of companies which focus on sales or imports from Europe. So we need to look at the really global sellers if we want to feel a bit safer in our beds. So I turn again to my old favourite Diageo (DGE)...

Autins – “pleased to announce” results & “confident 2019 will deliver positive results”. Really?

Published 80 days ago

Previously writing on automotive sector acoustic and thermal insulation group Autins (AUTG) in October, it was with the shares falling further from the mid 30p’s; “many opportunities to grow and diversify” - why the ‘cost base steps’ then?. The shares are currently again lower to 20p on the back of “pleased to announce” full-year results. Hmmm…

Hotel Chocolat – argues “another strong Christmas”, but how’s the outlook v. the valuation?

Published 122 days ago

“Premium British chocolatier and omni-channel retailer”, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) has updated on the 13 weeks ended 30th December including “this was another strong Christmas for Hotel Chocolat” and adding “trading since December continues to be in line with management's expectations”. What are expectations though?, and how do they compare to the valuation? – the shares currently circa 5% higher on the day, above 280p – capitalising the company at approaching £320 million…

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

Published 122 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…

Obtala – quarterly update, now ‘supercharging development’

Published 129 days ago

Obtala (OBT) “is pleased to provide a quarterly update on operations for the three months ended 31 December 2018” – and this includes revenue up by 16% over the previous quarter to $3.7 million, taking the full-year to $13.5 million…

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

Published 171 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?

Blue Prism Group – an update it’s “pleased to report”, so why are the shares down in response?

Published 179 days ago

“Robotic Process Automation” group Blue Prism (PRSM) has updated commencing “the board is pleased to report that the strong sales momentum seen in the first half of 2018 has continued, with a strong second half, particularly in the fourth quarter”. So why a current 15% share price decline, to sub 1400p?…

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

Published 190 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…

Victoria plc – warns on margins, Lucian’s ‘roll up unravel’ underway?

Published 207 days ago

“Trading Statement” from self-styled “international designers, manufacturers and distributors of innovative floor coverings” Victoria plc (VCP) emphasises early; “The group is realising the benefits of the growth and diversification of the business over the past few years”. A positive trading update then… You what? The shares are down approaching 25%, to 455p?!?...

Take a Look at these Cybermen if You want to Invest in a Whiz Bang Market

Published 211 days ago

Hello, Share Skimmers. Maybe the word Osirium means something to you, but I own up to ignorance of the subject. And I do wish directors would not choose obscure names which are hard to remember. That said Osirium Technologies (OSI) looks a firm worth keeping tabs on.

Shoe Zone – shares jump on ‘ahead of expectations’ update, but still an income buy

Published 219 days ago

Shoe Zone (SHOE) “now expects to report a full year profit before tax for the year ahead of market expectations and in excess of £11.0m”

Seeing Machines – not ‘pleased’ to announce results then?

Published 248 days ago

Seeing Machines (SEE), the “computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety, has published its audited results for the year to 30 June 2018”. Not ‘pleased’ to do so then? – though I note “highlights” emphasising “five program awards now under contract with global OEMs to be delivered through multiple Tier 1 automotive suppliers” and “revenue up 117% to A$30.7 million”

Maistro – “Business Update” from the former blur Group… but it’s what has not been said

Published 260 days ago

Previously writing on - then blur Group - Maistro (MAIS), I concluded the company’s track record suggests otherwise re. the company expecting a springboard for value creation. A “Business Update” announcement though sees the shares currently back up to 5p…

Corero Network Security – “excellent operational gains” & ‘confidence in prospects’. Really?

Published 261 days ago

Corero Network Security (CNS) has updated including it “has delivered excellent operational gains in the first half of the year, which, coupled with its new business pipeline and developing go-to-market partnerships, gives the board confidence in the company's prospects”. Currently at sub 8.5p though, the shares remain comfortably below 11p they approached in May and 20p of a couple of years ago…

Profits Soar for this Futuristic Advertising Venture with a Nice War Chest

Published 261 days ago

Hello, Share Squeezers. I wonder if you might fancy investing in an advertising firm listed on AIM? Doesn't sound over-attractive, does it? But you might want to take a further look at Taptica International (TAP).

21st Century Technology – H1 ‘increased profit’. Er, is there a profit at all?

Published 263 days ago

Fleet and passenger systems company 21st Century Technology (C21) has announced results for the first half of 2018, emphasising “the group has generated increased sales, gross profit and operating profit” and “expect our improved performance to continue”. What’s the detail then?...

Coffee Boom and Cash Stash Make this Promising Share, well, Promising

Published 263 days ago

Hello, Share Smashers. It is with some nervousness that I hold onto my Biome (BIOM) shares. They’re now worth quite a lot which is always a difficult stage with penny shares. Especially ones which have previously cost me a lot of dough.

Fox Marble – half-year update, progress being made

Published 292 days ago

Fox Marble (FOX) has updated on the first half of 2018 and that “as we move into the second half of the year our focus will remain on capitalising on growth, increasing our capacity and enhancing our product range in order to strengthen our position in the market”

Seeing Machines – revenue “within the range of the previous guidance”. Er…

Published 295 days ago

A full-year trading update from Seeing Machines (SEE), the self-described “advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety”, commences “total sales revenue was A$30.7 million, an increase of 127% year-on-year (2017: A$13.5 million) and within the range of the previous guidance published”. Sounds promising – so why a current more than 5% share price decline?…

Hotel Chocolat – profit expected to “be in line with market expectations”, but that enough for the valuation?

Published 311 days ago

Previously writing on Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) it was interims emphasise “another period of strong progress”… but progress enough for the valuation?. Now a trading update for the company’s year ended 1st July 2018…

Cloudcall – H1 “played out largely as we expected”. Hmmm, did it?

Published 312 days ago

Previously writing on Cloudcall (CALL) it was 2017 results, emphasises significant reduction in cash burn… but is there?, with the shares more than 6% lower, towards 165p. Today a half-year trading update – and the shares currently down around 10%, at circa 140p…

Billing and Charging Experts Could Be Set to Fly on the Back of a Jolly Set of Numbers

Published 317 days ago

Hello Share Punters. I don't often commend techno/admin companies for your further examination, as they’ve cost me a lot of money over the years. But there is one such company which rather excites me at the mo. And that’s because it has released a very encouraging crop of numbers.

Blue Prism Group – interims from a self-styled “global leader in Robotic Process Automation”. What sort of numbers then?

Published 333 days ago

“Blue Prism (PRSM), a global leader in Robotic Process Automation, is pleased to announce unaudited interim results for the six months to 30 April 2018”. What sort of numbers is such a self-styled “global leader” delivering then?...

Starcom – following announcement of launch of a “high expectations” product last week…

Published 367 days ago

Last week Starcom (STAR) was “pleased to announce the launch of the latest iteration of its awarding winning intelligent padlock, the Watchlock Cube… the company has high expectations for the Cube due to its electronic shell being able to fit a variety of C10 padlocks from various manufacturers, its lower price and a far more durable battery life”. And now… “Placing” (surprise, surprise!)…

As Demand for Its Services Continues to Grow, It May Be Worth a Visit to the Zoo

Published 397 days ago

Hello, Share Carriers. Zoo Digital (ZOO) has a catchy, simple name yet it labours under a jargonistic description as a ‘provider of localisation and digital distribution for the global entertainment industry’. I do wish companies which expect us to invest in them would use language everyone understands.

Itaconix – Q1 trading update, ‘More cash please, Neil’ indeed!

Published 405 days ago

Self-styled “a leading innovator in sustainable performance polymers”, Itaconix (ITX) has announced a trading update for the first quarter of 2018 trumpeting “despite adverse currency movements, group revenue has increased 8% year-on year in the first quarter of 2018”. Sounds decent enough so far…

SRT Marine Systems – “results reflect the excellent progress we have made”. Do they?

Published 409 days ago

Previously writing on SRT Marine Systems (SRT), I concluded in November with the shares at 36p to continue to avoid. They had subsequently slipped to around 20p – but are now recovering towards 25p on the back of a Year End Trading Update

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

Published 426 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?...

Cloudcall – 2017 results, emphasises significant reduction in cash burn… but is there?

Published 431 days ago

“CloudCall (AIM: CALL), a leading cloud-based software business that integrates communications functionality into Customer Relationship Management platforms, is pleased to announce its audited full year results for the year ended 31 December 2017”. The shares have though responded currently more than 6% lower, towards 165p…

LoopUp Group – 2017 results emphasise “ahead of market expectations”… but what’s already in the price?

Published 445 days ago

Remote meetings technology group LoopUp (LOOP) has announced results for the 2017 calendar year, emphasising “we are very pleased to report continued strong business performance ahead of market expectations at all key P&L levels. Our track record of consistent revenue growth in excess of 30% has been maintained, gross margins have improved further and LoopUp EBITDA has grown by 161%”. EBITDA is though, of course, bullshit earnings so what’s the real story…

LoopUp – updates “ahead of market expectations” & “remain confident”, so why are the shares lower?

Published 487 days ago

Remote meetings software group LoopUp (LOOP) has updated including “continued strong business performance ahead of market expectations” and “we remain confident in our ability to deliver future growth”. The shares have currently responded more than 4% lower, to 375p. Hmmm…

Cloudcall – pleased to announce its revenue growth, what about cash burn?

Published 492 days ago

Previously writing on communications-into-CRM platforms integrating software group Cloudcall (CALL), I concluded with the shares at circa 150p that the top line growth interests, but I’d be looking for more net cash generation reassurance. There’s now a Trading Update which has taken the shares to around 160p…

Quiz plc – positive interims, but what’s already in the price?

Published 549 days ago

Writing last month on July AIM-listed Quiz plc (QUIZ), I noted “trading update”… but what about profit & cash? The fast-fashion womenswear company has now announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2017…

Eagle Eye Solutions – argues “delivering on our strategy”, but cash concerns…

Published 562 days ago

An AGM statement from promotions and rewards technology group Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) opens with that “the year ended 30 June 2017 was a successful period for Eagle Eye that saw us exceed management's original revenue expectations... The group's momentum has continued into the current financial year and Q1 FY2018 has delivered revenue growth of 36% to £3.1m”. However, revenue is vanity, cash is reality…

LightwaveRF – trading statement emphasises top-line growth, but why no update on cash?

Published 598 days ago

LightwaveRF (LWRF) commences a trading update for its year ended 30th September 2017 with that “the company anticipates that revenue will have more than doubled from the prior year (2016: £1.44m). Gross margin is also expected to have materially increased (2016: 32.5%)”. However, the shares have currently responded slightly lower to 23.5p…

Hotel Chocolat – full-year results, is the share price recovery justified?

Published 603 days ago

In July, previously writing on Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) I noted trading update omissions and retained previous caution with the shares higher at circa 335p. They would fall towards 250p, but have recovered to a current 306.5p on the back of the results announcement for a 53 week period to 2nd July 2017…

Audioboom – following another quarterly update with Rob omitting the meaningful financials, house broker updates…

Published 625 days ago

Audioboom (BOOM) was able to get its shares up by more than 12%, above 2p, yesterday on the back of a “Third Quarter Update”. Unfortunately though this was achieved by CEO Rob Proctor again substituting jam tomorrow verbiage for meaningful financials – as Tom Winnifrith noted in a BearCast HERE. There has since been an update by house broker Allenby Capital…

Time Out Group – argues “well positioned”, so why are the shares muted?

Published 669 days ago

Time Out (TMO) has updated on the first half of 2017, arguing “we are well positioned to drive further growth, transactional traffic and monetisation of our unique content”. The shares though, at 138p, remain below the 150p June of last year AIM listing price…

Earthport – “not cash flow breakeven in FY 2017”, so it's next year then? Er…

Published 670 days ago

Having declined from more than 45p in September 2015 to sub 13p less than a year ago, shares in Earthport (EPO) approached 30p earlier this year – before declining again in recent months. We now have a “Full Year Trading Statement”

Biome Technologies – trading update uses bullshit earnings, but becoming more interesting?

Published 671 days ago

Shares in Biome Technologies (BIOM) are currently approaching 12% higher, heading towards 200p, on the back of a “Trading Update” announcement...

Audioboom – interims, ‘ideally placed to be a leading player in next evolution of the internet’?

Published 674 days ago

Audioboom (BOOM), which describes itself as “the leading spoken word audio on-demand platform”, has announced results for its half year ended 31st May 2017, with CEO Rob Proctor arguing “we are ideally placed to be a leading player in this next evolution of the internet”

Hotel Chocolat – full-year trading update, revenue “slightly ahead of market expectations” but what about profit & cash?

Published 675 days ago

“Trading Update” announcement from chocolatier and retailer, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC), which near the start includes revenue “slightly ahead of market expectations”. The shares are though currently slightly lower, at circa 335p. Hmmm...

Eagle Eye Solutions – a “pleased to announce” trading update, so why are the shares lower?

Published 676 days ago

SaaS digital promotions technology company Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) “is pleased to announce” a trading update for its year ended 30th June 2017. The shares have though responded more than 3% lower, below 250p…

CloudCall – H1 trading update emphasises board's confidence, but sufficient to make the shares a buy?

Published 683 days ago

Shares in cloud-based software business integrating communications into CRM platforms, CloudCall (CALL) are currently accelerating beyond 100p on the back of a first half of 2017 trading update…

Blancco Technology – 2 months after placing, cash performance below expectations due to non-payment of receivables. Hmmm…

Published 688 days ago

Having in May been “pleased to announce the completion of a placing of 5,800,000 new ordinary shares… at a price of 169 pence per placing share” (I bet it was pleased - as otherwise it was cash crunch within weeks!), Blancco Technology Group (BLTG) has today released a “Trading Statement” which currently sees the shares down by more than 20% at sub 120p. Those who took part in the placing won’t be “pleased” then!...

The People's Operator – “Make a call, make a change”… shareholders make a loss…

Published 702 days ago

“The People's Operator (TPOP), the cause-based commercial mobile virtual network operator, is pleased to announce its full year results for the period ended 31 December 2016”. Hmmm, these being announced approaching six months after the year-end – rarely a good sign…

Audioboom – Q2 update & summary of some commissioned research. Er, how about some cash information Rob?

Published 718 days ago

Audioboom (BOOM) has updated on the second quarter of its year, emphasising “strong performance for the first quarter of the year continued”. However, the shares have currently responded lower. Hmmm…

Amino Technologies – updates on trading “at record levels”, so why are the shares currently down?

Published 718 days ago

Shares in provider of digital TV and cloud products and services to network operators, Amino Technologies (AMO) have recovered strongly from an October 2015 profit warning, to recently above 200p. However, they are currently sliding back below this level on the back of a “Trading Update” announcement…

LightwaveRF – follows ramparoonie with half-year results showing continued cash burn

Published 736 days ago

Commenting yesterday on the “Launch of Google Assistant voice control” ramparoonie (Oops) RNS announcement from LightwaveRF (LWRF), I suggested it clearly currently remains cash burn ahoy, with results for the six months ended 31st March 2017 following today

CloudCall – 2016 results, sufficiently funded to reach break-even?

Published 787 days ago

Having previously updated on CloudCall (CALL) HERE, I note the integrator of voice communications into customer relationship management platforms has now announced results for the 2016 calendar year. These emphasise “a year of excellent progress for the business” and a “strong start to 2017”, though have currently seen the shares slip back towards 100p…

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

Published 803 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…

Audioboom – claims “impressive KPI performance”, but what about cash?

Published 813 days ago

Shares in spoken-word audio platform company Audioboom (BOOM) are currently recovering above 3p on the back of a “First Quarter KPI Update” announcement. Hmmm, let’s take a look…

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

Published 844 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…

Countrywide – full-year trading statement, a “pleasing” performance?

Published 862 days ago

Following Foxtons earlier this week, Countrywide (CWD) has now updated for the 2016 calendar year with CEO Alison Platt claiming “it is pleasing to report modest full year revenue growth”. Hmmm…

CloudCall – Trading Update emphasises positives, but it remains cash burn ahoy!

Published 865 days ago

Integration of telephony systems into existing customer relationship management software-focused CloudCall (CALL) is “pleased to announce” a full-year trading update – and the following reviews with the shares currently more than 17% higher, at 76p, in response…

James Latham – AGM trading update, growth still slowing?

Published 1003 days ago

Previously, with shares in James Latham (LTHM) at just above 700p, I was deterred by a results statement noting “like for like revenues are 4% higher for April and May than the corresponding period last year… there are some signs that this growth is slowing”. With the shares currently at 670p, I now review following an AGM trading update…

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

Published 1021 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? ...

Good set of results from Boohoo, but is the upside now priced in?

Published 1124 days ago

Online fashion retailer Boohoo (BOO) has undergone a steady recovery over the past 15 months or so, but I would question how much further this run of upwards momentum can extend.

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