The 10 Most Successful Companies on AIM

Friday, Jan 04 2013 by

There are a large number of high quality smallcap companies listed on London's AIM market. Using Stockopedia's screening technology I've tried to identify the ten most successful companies on AIM today. I've used a number of metrics* to define 'most sucessful'.

By adjusting the market capitalisation demand, I whittled 1,100 AIM companies down to just 10. The winners (in order of descending market capitalisation) are:

I've picked out five of my favourites.


You may be surprised to learn that a company specialising in tableware is one of the most successful companies in the UK today. Portmeirion has some fantastic assets: the ceramic brands Spode and Royal Worcester both date back to the late 18th century.

Chairman Dick Steele outlines the secrets of Portmeirion's success: "Our continuing investment in product development, our insistence on quality without compromise, our worldwide sales reach (75% of our sales come from outside the UK) and our prudent financial management. These factors all combine to deliver great brands."

Don't doubt the international stature of Portmeirion. Over 40% of sales are to the North American market. The company sells almost as much to South Korea as it does to the UK.

Portmeirion has never cut its dividend and has been paying out since 1988. EPS for 2012 is expected to be 8.1% higher than the 2011 figure and the dividend is forecast to rise 3.1%. That forecast dividend rise could prove conservative, the payout was raised 15% at the interim stage. Sales in the crucial H2 will determine the yield in 2013.


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StrollingMolby 7th Mar '13 1 of 4


One of your Ten above, Nichols (LON:NICL), goes from strength to strength. Results announced today show the following for the Vimto-producer...


· Group sales up 9% to £107.8m (2011: £98.9m)

· Profit before tax up 13% to £20.5m (2011: £18.1m)

· Earnings per share up 14% to 41.4p (2011: 36.3p)

· Proposed final dividend of 11.7p, total dividend for the year up 13% to 17.3p (2011:15.3p)

· Sales in the UK grew 9%, significantly ahead of the market growth rate

· International sales up 8% year on year

The proposed merger of A.G.Barr (LON:BAG) and Britvic (LON:BVIC) (albeit subject to MMC approval) shows the synergies that can be found in this sector, and I wouldn't be in the least surprised if larger groups are running the rule over Nichols and its products.



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Blackthorn Focus 11th Mar '13 2 of 4

Blackthorn Focus is pleased to report that Judges Scientific (LON:JDG), Mattioli Woods (LON:MTW), Portmeirion (LON:PMP), RWS Holdings (LON:RWS) and WYG (LON:WYG) will all be presenting at the forthcoming Blackthorn Focus event AIM Investor Focus 2013 on April 17th.

AIM Investor Focus 2013 is a daytime event in the City and I hope you will be able to join us.

Full details are on the Blackthorn Focus event page here.

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StrollingMolby 19th Apr '14 3 of 4

I've received a notification of the next AIM Investor Focus event, which is scheduled for Wednesday 30 April in London. Management of the following companies will be presenting:

Indigovision (LON:IND)
Share (LON:SHRE)
Brooks Macdonald (LON:BRK)
Alternative Networks (LON:AN.)
Gooch & Housego (LON:GHH)
Lidco (LON:LID)

This is a free daytime event for private investors to attend, held at finnCap's offices near Liverpool St - you can apply for a place here:

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beatingmrindex 20th Apr '14 4 of 4

Very interesting list there thanks.

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