I Read The News Today Oh Boy! 5-Sep-2019

Thursday, Sep 05 2019 by

Morning all!

Altitude ( £ALT ) – 92p – £63m – PER 12.7

Trading Update For The 6 Months To End June 2019 – Quite a lot of waffle here, things not as rosy as forecast.

I am Long here and will monitor the market reaction to this.

Alumasc ( £ALU ) – 87p – £31m – PER 7.1

Results For The 12 Months To End June 2019 – Revenue up 4% to £90.1m, Underlying PBT down from £6m to £5.6m with EPS down from 12p to 10.1p, Dividend unchanged.

This looks like a slight miss and is of little more interest to me at present.

Avation ( £AVAP ) – 293p – £188m – PER 11.6

Results For The 12 Months To End June 2019 – Revenue up 21% to $117.7m, PBT up 28% to $25.7m, EPS up 25% to 40.3c (all records) and with the Dividend upgrade the yield is now up to 3% or so.

This looks like an impressive beat on the forecasts I last saw (which I thought were rather pessimistic – Hindsight eh!). Will however keep an eye out for, hopefully, more accurate forecasts.

Beeks Financial Cloud ( £BKS ) – 80p – £41m – PER 28.4

Results For The 12 Months To End June 2019 – Revenue up 32% to £7.35m, Underlying PBT up 11% to £1.32m with EPS at 2.58p, Net Cash at £1.02m (down from £2.09m), Total Dividend of 0.35p (0.3p).

I still don’t see value here and I remain on the side-lines as I just have no idea if or when those additional Tier 1 clients will come on board (which I believe are necessary to make a material difference here).

McBride ( £MCB ) – 51p – £93m – PER 5.2

Results For The 12 Months To End June 2019 – Revenue up 5% to £721.3m, Adjusted PBT down -26%, EPS -23.6%. Guides FY (this year) on target, flat Revenue and earnings slightly below previous year.

This looks to be as expected and I remain as interested today as I was yesterday.

Morses Club ( £MCL ) – 125p – £164m – PER 9.3

Trading Update For The 27 Weeks To End August 2019 – Trading in-line.

Still a potential for the yield but not enough here for me considering there could always be additional regulation at any stage.


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MrContrarian 5th Sep 1 of 3

My morning smallcap tweet:

Altitude (LON:ALT), Gabelli Value Plus + Trust (LON:GVP)

Altitude (ALT) H1 trading. Rev up 42%, less than expected. Warns on FY. I hold.
Gabelli Value Plus+ (GVP) proposed tender offer cancelled because a GM has been called to to propose a continuation vote.

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andrea34l 5th Sep 2 of 3

Morses Club (LON:MCL) - I am SO glad I sold out at a small loss at 171ish. This update is full of contradicting waffle - "The Company has performed well in the period"... oh no it hasn't, customer numbers are down (or "largely stable" as they attempt to break the ice gently) by 5k, total credit issued is slightly down at £85.5m (H1 2019: £85.7m), and the gross loan book shows a whopping 0.2% growth!!

I am a holder of Avation (LON:AVAP) and happy enough with these results... though I wonder if the lack of share price rise is due to the more moderate increase in NAV compared to profit in the results.

I have been tempted this morning with MPAC (LON:MPAC) though I wonder if I have jumped in too quickly as the initial euphoria has waned a little; they are cautious about the medium term though... but isn't everyone? The only thing I am not sure about is whether there is any organic growth or it is all down to the Lambert acquisition. Only a small holding :-/

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Zipmanpeter 10th Sep 3 of 3

In reply to post #510306

Re MCL - well done for selling out at 171 vs current 125p but  I expect the market for HCC loans to contract steadily as habits change and the old working class ways change with new jobs and immigration.  But MCL only needs to hold this steady (via consolidating exiting smaller players).  Profit  (+18%) and adjusted ROE (29%) were up at the interims

More excitingly but longer term, the growth potential is from developing new products for this new demographic and her its purchases of Curo and U bank into Shelby (itself a smart buy to get online licence cheaply).  Altogether they will have a complete digital bank focused on the non-standard (sub prime) customer run and operated by conservative mgt (unlike the risk-taking NSF Mgt).  Not even Provident will have this focus.

I don't see this consumer group going away and not needing banking/loans anytime soon .

I had worried about further regulation (esp if Labour get in) but I think since FCA have now recently done a review, customer scores are high and they seem to be conservative within the regulation, this is a small (if high impact) concern and government will have other priorities......Or at least, at 125p these are now fully in the price.

What therefore worries you that you will not buy back in at today's much lower price, especially as divi looks secure (if Curo integration remains on track  as the Sept 5th update states)?

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