Small Cap Report - GBO, TMMG, CRE, API, SAL, CDY

Friday, Jan 25 2013 by
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OK, let's look at this morning's RNSs.

Globo (GBO) is a share I've always had nagging doubts about, after reading their Annual Report. It is regularly promoted in the financial press (which rings if not alarm, then at least mild warning bells). They divested their Greek operations in Dec 2012. It's a very lop-sided disposal deal with only E1m received on signing, and the other E10.2m sales proceeds deferred. Hmmm. The first thing I would do when scrutinising Globo's next set of accounts is to write off that E10.2m debtor!The other thing I would look closely at, is their policy of capitalising internal costs into intangible assets. You might find that profit is nowhere near as high as they claim, once you adjust the accounts to a more conservative basis expensing all costs.

However there's no denying that the trading statement this morning sounds very good. EBITDA is expected to be E29m for 2012, up 42%. I'd want to add back the costs they capitalise though, and work out what the profit really is, rather than this inflated EBITDA figure. Their mobile offerings, CitronGO!, GO!Social, and GO!Enterprise have all shown strong sales growth. It does look tempting, but I'm not happy with the accounts, so will pass on it (will probably kick myself when they double or triple from here).

Mission Marketing (TMMG) looks potentially interesting. I think this is a good time to be buying into cheap, cyclical shares, such as PR & Marketing companies - several of which are still on cheap multiples of earnings. They have operational gearing, which means that when the economy improves (as I believe is likely for 2013), then profits rise disproportionately fast when increased turnover is achieved (due to most costs being fixed, so extra turnover drops through to much higher profit).

They put out a nice bouncy RNS this morning, gushing about a new contract win (Harley-Davidson) for their subsidiary "Big", based in Leicester. There are no figures of course, that would just complicate the message! Someone was telling me the other day that they never use advisers based in London, because if you use people based elsewhere in the UK, you get the same service for a much lower price. Worth considering as a general point.

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Globo Plc is a technology company engaged in enterprise mobility management and application development. The Company offers solutions, such as application development and delivery services, mobile application development platform, ready for business mobile application and mobile device management, among others. Its products include GO!Enterprise Mobile Device Management, GO!Enterprise Workspace and GO!AppZone. Its GO!Enterprise Mobile Device Management product allows information technology (IT) administrators to manage and secure corporate owned, personally enabled (COPE) and individual-liable devices (bring your own device (BYOD)). Its GO!Enterprise Workspace product is an enterprise mobility solution, which uses a secure mobile application container and mobile backend services to provide management, control and compliance to enterprise applications and data. Its GO!AppZone product helps to develop and deploy cross-platform mobile applications for various audiences. more »

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28.25p
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Mkt Cap (£m)
n/a
P/E (fwd)
n/a
Yield (fwd)
n/a

The Mission Marketing Group plc (the mission) is a United Kingdom-based marketing communications and advertising company. The Company's portfolio comprises integrated, multi-discipline, multi-sector agencies, specialists in specific marketing/communications activities and specialists in particular market sectors. The Company's segments include Branding, Advertising and Digital; Media; Events and Learning, and Public Relations. The mission includes a network of entrepreneurial marketing communications agencies in approximately 20 offices in the United Kingdom, as well as offices in Asia and San Francisco. Its subsidiaries include April Six Ltd, which is engaged in marketing communications and specializes in the technology sector; Big Dog Agency Ltd, which is engaged in Marketing communications, Speed Communications Agency Ltd, which is engaged in public relations, and Bray Leino Ltd, which is engaged in advertising, media buying, digital marketing, events and training, among others. more »

LSE Price
42p
Change
-2.3%
Mkt Cap (£m)
36.2
P/E (fwd)
5.9
Yield (fwd)
3.7

Creston plc is a marketing communications company delivering digital technology-based marketing solutions to a range of clients. The Company operates through two segments. The Communications & Insight segment's services include advertising, brand strategy, customer relationship marketing, digital and direct marketing, local marketing, market research using face-to-face, telephone and online data collection techniques, social media marketing and public relations. The Health segment provides integrated communications solutions to healthcare and pharmaceutical sector and offers services, which include advertising, advocacy, digital and direct marketing, public relations, issues and reputation management, and medical education. Its geographical segments include UK, Rest of Europe and Rest of the World (including US). Its subsidiaries include Colombus Communications Limited, Creston Connections Limited, Creston Unlimited Limited and Emery McLaven Orr Limited. more »

LSE Price
124.25p
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Mkt Cap (£m)
72.9
P/E (fwd)
9.9
Yield (fwd)
3.9



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I trained as an accountant with a Top 5 firm, but that was so boring that I spent too much time in the 1990s being a disco bunny, and busting moves on the dancefloor, and chilling out with mates back at either my house or theirs, and having a lot of fun!Then spent 8 years as FD for a ladieswear retail chain called "Pilot", leaving on great terms in 2002 - having been a key player in growing the business 10 fold. If the truth be told, I partied pretty hard at the weekends too, so bank reconciliations on Monday mornings were more luck than judgement!! But they were always correct.I got bored with that and decided to become a professional small caps investor in 2002. I made millions, but got too cocky, and lost the lot in 2008, due to excessive gearing. A miserable, wilderness period occurred from 2008-2012.Since then, the sun has begun to shine again! I am now utterly briliant again, and immerse myself in small caps, and am a walking encyclopedia on the subject. I love writing a daily report for Stockopedia.com on most weekday mornings, constantly researching daily results & trading updates for small caps. Cheese! more »

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