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On February 3rd, Johnston Press Johnston Press (LON:JPR) put out an RNS stating that following an independent review their pension deficit has been reduced from £90m on 3/1/15 to £53m on 3/1/16. Following the announcement, the share price jumped 12%.This is a massive deficit reduction of 41% at one stroke which is unusual but not entirely unheard of. The company also stated that full details…

Recent UK IPOs have proved to be a rich seam for canny investors. The following three tables analyse UK IPOs over the previous 12 months to 30/10/2015. The data excludes investment trusts and REITS.The first table shows performance from first dealing dates to 30/10/15, both for absolute gains/losses and relative to the FTSE All Shares Index.The second table measures performance 3 months following the first…

Below is the text of an email I sent earlier today to Dmitrios Gryparis, Globo's Finance Director. The main issues have been unashamedly drawn from Paul Scott's blog of today (all E&OE are of course mine).  Any replies I receive will be published here."Dear Mr GryparisI am a Globo Plc investor who has been following your company’s fortunes fairly closely over the last 18 months.…

Today's Sunday Times carries an interesting article on the extent of pension fund liabilities in listed companies balance sheets and impact on prices. Nothing new in this for those who study financial results. What struck me as interesting is that the report saw a ratio of pension liabilities to net assets of 50% as a marker. Anything above 50% is a amber to red flag.…

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Hi Gus - will keep you posted if I have something worthwhile to share. Cheers

Hi Gus I have just about finished reading Stan Weinstein's book you recommended. A lot of good material but as you said awful chart reproductions. Shame because they are crucial in understanding the points he is making. Weinstein is in my opinion a traditional chartist and trader who more or less doesn't care about the type of business or fundamentals. On the other hand Minervini…

simoan, johneustace -There is a separate thread here , Thoughts on ETO, if you haven't seen it already. Excellent analysis by Jane Bolacha.

Hi simoan - I have already recycled the full amount on Entertainment One (LON:ETO). I think ETO is a sitting duck, ripe for takeover. Kind of 80% sure that it will be either KKR or some other US company with deep pockets. ITV fired the starting gun last week.  The upside is in my view north of 300p which is about 20% up from today's…

Re. Empresaria (LON:EMR) There are lots of positives about this company and yet reluctantly I sold out this morning booking around 25% profit in six weeks. Why? because an adjusted eps of 4.3p mid-way is a little short of broker expectation of 11.3p for the full year. That plus the debt burden plus a cautious outlook over the next 6 months. I may well be…

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