Good morning subscribers! It's Paul here, I'm on duty this week.

Thanks to Graham for his interesting reports last week. I think he made a compelling case for Tandem (LON:TND) and I picked up a little stock myself after reading Graham's report. Although tiny, illiquid shares, can be problematic, especially in turbulent markets, as it can be very difficult to sell. The bid/offer spread was horrible.

The so-called Brexit cliff-edge seems to have receded until end Oct 2019 now (and likely to drag on well beyond that). So I think we could see buyers returning to oversold small caps. Or at least ones which report positive trading updates.

I'm experimenting with the format here, and have today trialled the idea of posting some earlier, briefer, comments each day. Then expanding on the more interesting announcements in more detail, as the day progresses, and when I've had time to do some more digging, got broker updates, etc. Let me know what you think!

IG Design

IG Design Group plc, one of the world's leading designers, innovators and manufacturers of Gift Packaging & Celebrations, Stationery & Creative Play, Giftware & related product categories announces its trading update in relation to the year ended 31 March 2019.

Strong final quarter, which was expected, as the result is in line with expectations (not above);

The Group's strong trading performance continued in the final quarter delivering revenue and profit growth across all regions in the year.

As a result, the Board anticipates the financial performance of the Group to be in line with market expectations and significantly up year on year.
  • Results helped by acquisition, called Impact
  • Net cash better than expected, and improved on last year
  • Dividend will be increased
  • Directorspeak emphasises international operations
  • Outlook - nothing specific, but management sound positive about further growth

My view - remains positive. This group has a superb track record to date.

Valuation of 19 times FY 3/2020 forecast earnings looks justified.

StockRank of 77 is good. Classified as a "High flyer".

(above written at 07:30)


UPDATE: The initial market reaction to IGR's update seems somewhat underwhelmed, with the share price down slightly - albeit with only 45k shares reported as having been traded so far. Of course it's only the small trades that are reported straight away. Larger trades could…

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