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• Financial performance: Group revenue of £1,982.8m is +13.6% YOY and +41.3% versus FY20, representing significant market share gains versus global apparel markets that remain below pre-pandemic levels (UK: +27.3% versus market -3%, US +3.8% versus market -9%). The UK delivered a standout performance +27.3% YOY with strong growth across both established and new brands. Demand in international markets has been impacted by extended delivery times due to constrained airfreight capacity, a headwind
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H1 results confirm a strong recovery in store sales and a bounce back in profitability, benefitting from 26 weeks of uninterrupted trading. The Group is now debt free and has reinstated its dividend, with an interim distribution of 2.5p declared and scope for further special dividends and share buybacks.
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Zytronic’s interims confirm a continuing improvement in demand, driven by the Gaming and Vending sectors. This has driven a 24% increase in H1 revenue and a profitable outturn (PBT of £0.4m), on track for our full year forecast (SCMe: £1.0m) despite ongoing and well publicised supply chain challenges. Longer term recovery potential remains substantial and the Group is in excellent financial shape (net cash £7.5m post recent share buy-back programme).
Companies: Zytronic plc
Good H1 figures and the turnaround plan on track make the risk/reward tilt upwards given the recent underperformance against BAT. However, we continue to believe that IMB’s combustible focus strategy is not the right one and we see much more positive catalysts when looking at BAT.
Companies: Imperial Brands PLC
Feature article: Latest ONS survey: steady as she goes…and ignore retail investors at your peril
The ONS (Office for National Statistics) has been charting the beneficial ownership of UK-quoted companies periodically since the early 1960s. The latest paper was published in March 2022, and considers the data for December 2020.
At December 2020, “Rest of the World” investors owned 56.3% of the market, a further growth since the last survey, while UK institutions’ ownership edged up to 31.6%.
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BSF Enterprise. Following the successful reverse takeover of 3D Bio-Tissues Limited, a tissue engineering business based in Newcastle, UK, the Company announces admission of the enlarged group to the standard segment of the Official List and initiation of trading on the Main Market under the ticker ' BSFA '. The Admission follows a placing which raised £1.75m at a placing price of 7.37 pence per share.
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Today’s AGM update highlights a satisfactory start to the year. Against a worsening consumer backdrop and further supply chain disruption sales are up 2% and gross margin has nudged up. This reflects favourably on management and the strategy reset. With 80% of profits generated in H2 we leave our forecasts unchanged for now but clearly much will depend on the state of consumer demand in the months ahead. We expect to get better clarity with the H1 update in July but equally, geographic diversity
Companies: Portmeirion Group PLC
Accrol has delivered a robust trading update despite clear inflationary pressures on the business during the period. As a result, we are increasing our FY23 and FY24 revenue forecasts to reflect higher levels of activity and product inflation. Our headline earnings numbers remain unchanged following this update, albeit with growing confidence in FY23. We believe the shares look undervalued in what remains a strategically important player in the industry.
Residential-for-rent developer and manager Watkin Jones has confirmed it
is on track to meet FY2022E expectations of rising profits in today’s interim
results, which showed an 8% rise in revenue and a temporary decline in
adjusted PBT, reflecting previously signalled timing and mix of sales. We are
maintaining our estimates for FY2022E-23E, which show 21% compound
growth in PBT. Longer term, we expect further growth fuelled by increasing
demand for rental property from tenants and internat
Companies: Watkin Jones Plc
A reassuring trading update confirms that SuperGroup continues to deliver attractive top-line growth. Admittedly, the superior wholesale performance means (as previously flagged by the company) that there is likely to be some gross margin erosion, but the focus on operational leverage should still ensure a modest improvement in operating margins going forward. Management’s commercial and pragmatic approach to expansion should mean continued success as the brand rolls out beyond its core markets
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FY21A Results were well flagged in November’s trading update. Today’s announcement reveals the Group is now debt free and reiterates its intention to return to the dividend list in the current period. Shoe Zone has a clear and well-defined plan to transform its store portfolio and grow its digital offer through its shoehub platform, which we believe will deliver a well-balanced retail model that can win market share and drive profitable growth.
Companies: Frontier Developments Plc
RC365 Holding has joined the Main Market (Standard). Founded in Hong Kong in 2013, the Group is a fintech solutions service provider in China and Hong Kong, and is looking to expand its payment gateway services into Europe and the UK. In connection with Admission, the Company successfully raised approx. £2m for the Group at a price of 6.2p per ordinary share. At the Issue Price, the Company's market capitalisation will be approx. £6.7m.
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