Good morning!

The market mood certainly seems to have changed lately - small cap growth stocks are forging ahead, and it seems that investors are now prepared to pay up, often very high PERs, for growth companies.

I was discussing this with a broker friend this week over lunch, and he pointed out that a PER of 20 might seem high, but actually it's an earnings yield of 5%, which is enough to pay a twice-covered divi of 2.5%, and for a company that is growing strongly organically, those numbers will improve each year. When practically everything else is expensive, or ex-growth, then a 5%, growing return (half of which is paid out, half reinvested in growth) is actually not bad at all, in an era of ultra-low interest rates.

However, it won't look quite so good when interest rates go back to normal (if they ever do!), so it's difficult to know how to handle things.

Zytronic (LON:ZYT)

Share price: 337p (up 10.9% today)
No. shares: 15.3m
Market cap: £51.6m

(at the time of writing, I hold a long position in this share)

Trading update - there's excellent news today from this specialist manufacturer of touch screens (for things like cashpoints, vending & gaming machines);

Further to the outlook statement made with the interim results on 19 May 2015, the second half showed an improvement in revenues over that reported for the first half. This was particularly marked over the last quarter, resulting in a 13% increase in total revenues for the year above that reported for 2014.
The improvement in revenues, together with the continuing benefits of the production efficiencies and capital investments, as reported upon at the time of the interim results, have resulted in the Board expecting pre-tax profit for the full year to be materially ahead of market expectations.

Materiality is usually described as 10% or more. It's interesting to see that broker(s) have been edging forecasts up this year, so clearly the company has been doing well for a while - this graph is often a good indicator (but not always);


Valuation - so it looks to me as if Zytronic is probably heading for about 23-25p EPS for the year just ended, 30 Sep 2015. It also has a considerable cash pile, so the shares certainly don't look expensive, even after this morning's increase in price.

My opinion

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