Good afternoon, it's Paul here.

The good news is that I've now completed Tue & Weds reports, as follows;

Tuesday's report covers updates/accounts from:

  • Begbies Traynor
  • McBride
  • Ilika
  • Amino
  • Bango

Wednesday's report covers:

  • Fulham Shore
  • CloudCall
  • Eve Sleep

On to today's news.

Game Digital (LON:GMD)

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

 Sky news broke this story yesterday, and it's been confirmed in an RNS today. Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has bought a 25.75% stake in Game Digital. This is what GMD said about it today;

GAME Digital plc ("GAME" or the "Group") has been informed that Sports Direct International plc ("Sports Direct") has acquired 44 million shares, equivalent to 25.75% of the share capital of the Group. 
GAME is aware that Sports Direct has taken significant strategic equity stakes in a number of retail and brand businesses across both the UK and USA, and is a leading retailer which partners with major global brands and suppliers. 
GAME is pleased that the strategic value of the group has been recognised by Sports Direct through this acquisition of a 25.75% stake. The Group looks forward to working collaboratively with Sports Direct to explore the clear opportunities that a constructive partnership and collaboration can deliver for all stakeholders in the gaming, live events and rapidly growing esports markets in which it operates.

Windows 10 has just decided to do a major update, without warning me, and it took nearly 2 hours. Great, thanks Microsoft.

Getting back to GMD, I think this one is very interesting indeed. It's still profitable & cash generative, is priced well below its own net cash pile, has a sound balance sheet (unlike when it went bust in 2012), and has an average lease length of only just over 1 year. So this one could get interesting, especially now that Mr Ashley has got involved.

We had a very interesting discussion about the company, here on 30 Jun 2017, prompted by Graham spotting the potential special situation opportunity.

N Brown (LON:BWNG)

Share price: 287.9p (down 5.4% today)
No. shares: 283.4m
Market cap: £815.9m

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

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