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Few retailers can boast the enviable track record of JD Sports, the ambitious multi-channel ‘athleisure’ business with a fashion-forward offering that combines the major sportswear brands with established own-label ranges. The company’s expanding international footprint is about to be enhanced by a potentially game-changing recently announced US acquisition, which has yet to be reflected in the consensus forecasts.
Companies: JD Sports Fashion Plc
The "king of trainers" is up 8% today after seeing "material growth" in online and overseas sales.
The high street retailer's shares have jumped off the back of their interims today.
Sports retailer's revenues jumped 20% to £970m
JD’s P/E ratio appears reasonable relative to those of other UK retailers of young fashion with international ambitions. However, it is almost twice the level of rival Sports Direct’s (SPD). While there are justifications for a healthy premium, it is likely to act as a brake on the valuation, as will the low dividend yield.
Continued strong trading so far in H2 has led JD to upgrade its full year PBT guidance to c£135m, leading us to upgrade our forecasts by 3.8% from £130m (cons £125m). JD’s prospects look favourable given the ongoing trend towards athletic apparel and footwear, suggesting there may yet be further upside risk to forecasts. However, limited disclosure at a time when divisional and geographic complexity is on the increase makes this difficult to be certain of. With the stock trading on a cal’16 P/E
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JD has delivered an excellent first half result, ahead of our forecast – although, it should be noted that in the absence of any performance details having been released in H1, forecast visibility was low. The beat against our estimate stemmed from the core Sports fascias. The combination of operational initiatives and positive end market trends suggests to us that forecast risk could still be to the upside there. Outdoor is still loss making and continues to carry surplus A/W14 stock, but chang
JD has delivered a strong H1 performance, led by the core Sports fascias where we estimate LFL growth to have continued at the rate seen in H2 (i.e. +12%). This is an important achievement signifying strong growth on growth, and confirms that the favourable trend in athletic footwear and apparel is continuing. We have upgraded FY’16 PBT by 13.6% as a result. It is hard to know if this 2-year run rate can be sustained over the seasonal peak, when densities are higher, but if it can then further u
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Although Oxford Street capex will be >10% of JD’s £70m FY budget the use of funds is not excessive. With international aspirations JD needed to raise its profile in London to attract attention from brands and future partners. So whilst securing the lease came at a significant cost, the flagship is a key stepping stone for future development. On the £3m fit-out it should generate a direct return - the store could break-even in Jan’16 and over time could make £1-2m EBIT. The site visit serves as a
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The FTCs decision to challenge Synergy’s merger with Steris has precipitated a sharp fall in the share price to a level we think looks compelling whether Synergy remains independent or not. If the merger completes, then a quick 20%+ return is possible. If not, then we expect Synergy to be more explicit in its growth ambitions, which in turn should lead to forecast upgrades. We therefore move the stock back onto the Buy list.
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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.
Companies: Shoe Zone PLC
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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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
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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
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According to Proactive Investors, Bridgepoint is said to preparing to list Burger King UK on the London Stock Exchange as early as this spring. A valuation of £600m is expected.
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Melrose embraces sustainability through two avenues: internally through continuous development of its ESG practices and externally through the development of enhanced or completely new products that assist global decarbonisation. The former offers the potential to improve the internal operations of acquired businesses, an inherent part of Melrose’s ‘buy, improve, sell’ strategy, and the latter offers accelerated growth opportunities through the increasing push to reduce global emissions. Improve
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We initiate coverage alongside today’s in-line update for FY2021E. The Group expects to deliver sales 29% ahead at £11.1m and an EBITDA of £0.5m (FY2020 - £1.2m). This reflects the investment in the development and launch of EV battery cell monitoring systems (‘CMS’) to a leading German OEM, resourcing to support growth plans, and costs and inefficiencies associated with CV19 disruption. Looking forward, the EV business is noted to be performing ahead of expectations reflecting momentum in the s
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Burberry has published an encouraging FY21/22 result, reflecting a good progression in margin and brand quality.
However, the group confirmed that the outlook is dependent on the impact of COVID-19 in China, and the group is actively managing the headwind from inflation within the current uncertain macro-economic environment.
The new CEO reaffirmed the continuation of the strategic direction in the medium term, offering greater stability.
Companies: Burberry Group plc