I Read The News Today Oh Boy! 11-Jul-2018

Wednesday, Jul 11 2018 by

Morning all!

Low & Bonar ( Low & Bonar (LON:LWB) ) – 47.9p – £158.1m – PER 6.98

Interim Results For The 6 Months To End May 2018 – Revenue is up (slightly) but Profits have taken a circa 50% hit. The Interim Dividend has been maintained.

Although the Interim Dividend has been maintained, if it’s a softener, I doubt it’s enough – Remains on my Avoid list.

Air Partner ( Air Partner (LON:AIR) ) – 111.25p – £58.1m – PER 11.6

AGM Statement – Lots of mention of strong and growth but no mention of Revenue or Profit performance, or at least it wasn’t clear to me.

I sold out here after the accounting issue (which they intend to learn from!) and I don’t see anything in this statement to want to buy back in at present.

Alpha FX ( Alpha FX (LON:AFX) ) – 530p – £176.6m – PER 23.3

Trading Update For The 6 Months To End June 2018 – Revenue up 50%+ and confident of earnings for the FY to be in-line with expectations.

This update provides some confidence that the great Revenue increases will be reflected in EPS. I am tempted here and if I don’t take a position soon it will go on my Watchlist.

Swallowfield ( Swallowfield (LON:SWL) ) – 315p – £54.0m – PER 11.3

Trading Update For The 12 Months To End June 2018 – Broadly in-line, Revenues similar to last year with PBT to be significantly ahead of last year (due to growth in own brand sales). Net Debt at £11m – Expecting it to reduce significantly in the new financial year!

This was on my Watchlist at the 310p level and although we’re there now, I am just not convinced by this update (which I was waiting for) – I am going to go Neutral here and see what the actual results (profits) look like and how that Debt is handled.

Safestyle ( Safestyle UK (LON:SFE) ) – 49.7p – £41.1m – PER 8.20

Trading Update – Revenues to be below…

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Low & Bonar PLC is a United Kingdom-based company engaged in international manufacturing and supply of performance materials. The Company's segments include Building & Industrial, Civil Engineering, Coated Technical Textiles, and Interiors & Transportation. The Building & Industrial global business unit (GBU) supplies a range of technical textile solutions for applications in the building, roofing, air and water filtration and agricultural markets. The Civil Engineering GBU supplies woven and non-woven geotextiles and construction fibers used in infrastructure projects, including road and rail building, land reclamation and coastal defense. The Coated Technical Textiles GBU supplies a range of technical coated fabrics providing aesthetics and design, performance and protection. The Interiors & Transportation GBU supplies technical fabrics used in transportation, interior carpeting, resilient tiles and decorative products. more »

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MrContrarian 11th Jul '18 1 of 2

My morning smallcap tweet: Ilika bigging-up its cells again.

Ilika (LON:IKA), Fishing Republic (LON:FISH), PCI- PAL (LON:PCIP), Swallowfield (LON:SWL), Safestyle UK (LON:SFE), Frenkel Topping (LON:FEN)

Ilika (IKA) £4m placing and £1m open offer at 20p, a 13% discount. Needed for larger battery development but mainly for keeping the lights on (£3m). "Ilika has now extended its commercialisation roadmap to include large format Stereax cells for automotive power and now intends to build a new pre-pilot production line." I don't see how the orders of magnitude increase in capacity will be achieved. The Stereax M250 cell (albeit very small) has 10,000 less capacity than a typical Li-on cell.
Fishing Republic (FISH) guides H1 rev £3.4m (£4.1m). Store LFL -22%. Q1 margins below the Company's expectations mainly as a result of clearing old product lines. They knew they were doing that, right? Q2 margins improved, close to 2017. Absurdly slow reporting of dismal Q1.
PCI PAL (PCIP) guides FY broadly in line with expectations. "Our stated strategy is to focus on the channel sales route to market, evolving away from our previous mainly direct sale route. I am pleased at how quickly this evolution is happening albeit that we are still learning the timelines of the contracting, testing and go-live process."
Swallowfield (SWL) guides FY broadly in line with expectations. Rev flat but pre-tax significantly up despite underlying operating profit marginally behind last year. F/V is for rev up 1%,
Safestyle UK (SFE) warns FY rev below market expectations and small U/L pretax loss. Blames weaker consumer spending, loss of significant numbers of canvass, sales and installation staff to the new competitor.
Frenkel Topping (FEN) warns H1 operating profit halved YoY and FY profit below market expectations.

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BlueFrew 11th Jul '18 2 of 2

Telit Communications (LON:TCM) - As expected really. Net debt up to $25m from $9.3m at the same time a year before (it would have been obvious if they had repeated what they did last year and compared debt at December and at the same point the year before). From June '16 to June '17 they burned through about $30m. Debt went from $29.1m to $9.3m despite a placing which raised $49.7m. So only burning through $15.7m is a result of sorts I suppose.

We don't know how the rest of the balance sheet looks, so we can't see if there are any other shenanigans going on. Especially now there is no independent oversight.

Regardless the banks must be getting pretty nervous, especially with corporate governance as it is now. Peak debt over the year is much higher than either the June or December figures. They should remain within their current facilities, assuming things don't deteriorate and no hidden nasties. But things are getting tight.

The big unknowns are the FCA investigation into insider dealing (I'm surprised it's taking so long) and the BAMES litigation. The information in the public domain about both these things should give anybody still holding here pause for thought.

(Short Telit Communications (LON:TCM) )

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