I thought Stockopedia readers might welcome a weekly round-up of happenings in and around AIM from AIM Prospector's view.

So, here goes with the first AIM Prospector weekly missive.


Over-fifties fashion retailer Bonmarche Holdings (LON:BON) announced interims on December 1st.


Everything looks great:

Total revenue up 11.8% at £91.1m (H1 FY14: £81.5m)
Store LFL sales growth of 7.8%
Profit before tax of £6.4m up 68.1% (H1 FY14: £3.8m); growth of 15% on underlying basis
Profit before tax margin increased from 4.7% to 7.0% (6.8% to 7.0% on an underlying basis)
Earnings per share were 9.9p (H1 FY14: 5.2p*; 8.7p** on underlying basis)
Strong cash generation with cash and cash equivalents at half year end of £13.5m (H1 FY14: £11.3m)
Interim dividend of 2.3 pence per share


Towards the end of Q2, trading conditions became more difficult due to the unseasonably warm weather. These conditions have continued into the second half; however, on the basis that the weather returns to its normal seasonal pattern, the Board expects the current year's performance to be in line with its original expectations.

So there is a warning there that the outcome for the full year will probably be less than was being hoped for a few months ago. Stockopedia has consensus normalised EPS at 19.3 for the full year and an expected dividend of 6.8p per share. That puts Bonmarche Holdings (LON:BON) on a 2015 P/E of 13.7, with a forecast yield of 2.6%. Online sales grew 50.6%. I expect that online has a lot further to go at the company.

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