Small Cap Report - AFN, HFG, DIA, TSCO, JD., INS, GOAL, AVS, APC, TTG

Thursday, Jan 10 2013 by

Shares website Advfn (AFN) issues a nice marketing statement, explaining content continues to grow in the areas of mobile, books, and newsletters. No financial details of course, as results normally show how all the hype is achieving no return for shareholders, and no growth in profits (it barely scrapes into the black at the cashflow level). Good, and useful website, but the £30m mkt cap is bonkers. Based purely on the financials, and ignoring the perpetual hype from its RNSs, I cannot see why advfn is valued at more than £5-6m. So it's a 1p share in underlying value, by my calculations. No idea why the market values it at 4.7p.

Hilton Food (LON:HFG)

Hilton Foods, a £205m mkt cap (at 290p a share) meat packing group, announces a solid trading statement for y/e 31 Dec 2012, saying they have traded in line with the Board's expectations, which one always has to assume are also the same as market expectations? But it is an ambiguity when companies talk about the Board's rather than the market's expectations. It looks a sound company, on a PER of 11 (looks about right), and a decent divi yield of 4%.

Dialight (LON:DIA)

Stellar growth is once again reported by LED lighting company Dialight. Earnings for 2012 are in line with expectations, so that means around 40p EPS, putting the shares on a PER of 25 times, at 1012. Racy stuff, but the growth justifies a high rating, if you think it's likely to continue. I don't have a view on that, so cannot value it.

Tesco (LON:TSCO) 

Tesco issues a Xmas trading statement, which is pretty solid - LFL sales up 1.8%in the UK, the best performance for 3 years. Its PER of 10.4 and 4.4% divi yield are in the same ballpark as the other Listed supermarkets, although worth bearing in mind Tesco is carrying a lot of debt on its balance sheet.
I'm not a Tesco fan. Their pricing strategy of constantly raising & lowering their prices is dishonest, and creates a feeling that they are trying to trick you into overpaying, thus alienating customers. You build a business by behaving in a way which leads your customers to trust you, not by playing a game of cat & mouse with them. 

JD Sports (JD.) always looks cheap on a PER basis. They have had a good Xmas, with LFL sales up 3.2% in the busy 7 week period ending 5 Jan. The group is still suffering indigestion from the acquisition out of Administration of Blacks Leisure (outdoor, camping, hiking shops), but that's to be expected, and should benefit future years as the losses are eradicated. The shares are illiquid, and 57% owned by Pentland Group, which is a major drawback - nobody likes investing in companies where there is one controlling shareholder. That said, on a PER of just 6 times next year's forecast earnings, it does look tempting, and the divi yield is good at around 4%.

The trading statement from Instem (INS) looks potentially interesting, although I don't know the company. It's a £10m mkt cap (at 84p) software company for the pharmaceuticals industry. They say trading for 2012 is in line with market forecasts (6.1p EPS, so that's a PER of 13.8), which is not cheap enough to spark my interest. Although they do refer to recent contract wins with big name pharmas.

Goals Soccer Centres (LON:GOAL)

GOAL has always intrigued me, although the growth has stalled, with new openings on hold until high levels of debt are reduced. Trading for 2012 is in line with expectations, and LFL sales for the year were up 2%. The PER of 14 is not attractive, particularly considering there is a lot of debt. Although it starts to looks a lot more attractive when you add back depreciation charges, and look at cashflow. But for the time being think I will sit on the sidelines.

Correction: Thank you to David, who emailed me to say that forecast EPS for GOAL is 14p, which gives a PER of 8.8 at 123p a share. I switched the PER and EPS figures by mistake, and wrote above (in grey) that the PER was 14, which is wrong. Apologies for this error.

Avesco (LON:AVS)

Avesco (AVS) often crops up on cashflow filters that I run, as it seems to generate a lot of cash, but this is due to capex with very high depreciation rates (i.e. short lifespan). At first glance the results for y/e 30 Sep 2012 announced this morning look very impressive, but I've been confused by this company's accounts before, so whilst it may be worth a further look, will proceed with caution. Reintroduction of dividends is a good sign though, with a 3p final, giving 4p total for the year, a yield of about 2.3% - not bad going if, as seems likely, it could be raised in future. Although they do say that the Olympics gave them a boost in 2012. Of all the results this morning, this is the set that I will probably spend the most time delving into.

Advanced Power Components (APC) shares have shot up 30% on the back of a £2m contract win with a UK retailer for energy efficient LED lights. Look potentially interesting, so I might do some digging on this company.

TT Electronics (TTG) says that the last 2 months of the year were in line with expectations, with margins up on 2011 as expected. They also give details of acquisitions and disposals. The valuation looks reasonable, on a PER of about 10, and an attractive 3.9% dividend yield.

Ok, that's it for today. Just to say that on my DryAthlon (renouncing alcohol for January in aid of Cancer Research), all is going well, and I haven't touched a drop for 2 weeks now (started early). Have lost nearly half a stone, and feel great, so it is recommended! Doing training runs every 2 days too, so all systems go.

One very kind reader has offered to match any new donations to my DryAthlon pound for pound, up to a total of £200 - what a star, thanks! So if you feel like sending a virtual diet coke for the benefit of Cancer Research, then it will have double the benefit due to the matching donation above. The link to my JustGiving page is here. Cheers!

Regards, Paul.

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Elias Jones 10th Jan '13 1 of 1

Hi Paul,

Nice to see you covering APC this morning, the order announced today which has an initial value for the preliminary work of £2m is going to be worth a sizeable amount above this figure once the store survey is complete and the major retailer confirms the package they want. The last order was 1.5m for 34 stores and I believe the store installation work this time round has increased.

“The final order value will be confirmed once product quantities have been determined following the store surveys.”

If you are going to dig around for info I am sure the CEO Mark Robinson would be delighted to meet up with you for a chat or reply to any questions you have.

Also a good interview with CEO, Mark Robinson about the major contract win today from BRR media, Mark mentions that the turonover of APC this year will be the largest in its 30 year history.

Hopefully we can have you as an APC shareholder one day.


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Paul trained as an accountant, then spent 8 years as FD for a ladieswear retail chain.He became a professional small caps investor in 2002 to date.Paul writes a small caps report for on weekday mornings. He joined Fundamental Asset Management Ltd as a research associate in 2014, as part of their Small Cap Value Portfolio team. more »


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