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Hello Share Fanciers. Car designs do not change very much. Apart from the electric hybrids, the petrol driven technology hasn't really altered since they first hit our roads at the end of the nineteenth century. And now motors nearly all look alike.
But one thing that does seem to have made a fairly dramatic change is car lights. They're turning into the nobbly multi-eyed monsters of LED bulbs. Which really cheers a person like me who is always allowing the car battery to flatten, just because I left some hungry lights on.
The new LED lights seem brighter and use far less power. A West Yorkshire company which is exploiting this energetic change is Carclo (CAR). It explores, designs, develops and makes the new lights and provide them for really expensive cars like Aston Martins and Buggatis.
The company also produces sophisticated plastics used in medical devicies, and you've probably gleaned by now that I think many providers of medical stuff are in for prosperous futures, as we all live longer while gathering new ailments.
Oh, and Carclo has a world market for its state-of-the-art plastic bits for the booming electrical and telecom industries, too.
The company has had a harum scarum few years. Three years ago the shares were tickling 500p. Then came disaster and at the end of 2014 they were in penny share territory at 96p. Now they are 130p. But I see no reason why the firm will not learn from past misfortune. The company, begun in 1925, is a brave innovator in a world that seems to require more and more fancy technology by the day.
Carclo suffered its first pre-tax loss in at least four years when it reported about a year ago. But as I mentioned earlier, it is really beginning to benefit from a growing demand for its lighting. And that demand comes from top-of-the-range cars, which I think I remember reading, are building up long waiting lists from an expanding army of very rich customers.
The yield is about 2%. but that is expected to grow to 3% this year.
While I yield myself to the delights of the Punter's Return.
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