Angling Direct (ANG)

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The UK’s leading fishing tackle retailer.

16-Feb-2018 – 98.92p – £42.5m – PER 31.9

Trading Update For The 12 Months To End January 2018 –  Revenue ahead of expectations, up 44% to £30.2m (£21.0m last year). Expecting to continue to increase share of the UK angling retail market through both organic and acquired growth. Also intends to introduce country specific websites to drive growth. No mention of Profit but there’s “a very positive outlook despite higher labour costs and increased margin pressure”, so my read is that Profit has been affected – Why not just tell us!

The spidey senses are tingling here. Not even considering paying up here until I see those actuals – 14th May.

14-May-2018 – 104p – £44.7m – PER 33.5

Results For The 12 Months To End January 2018 – Revenue of £30.24m up by 44% (2017: £21.03m) with Operating profit of £0.9m up 27% (2017: £0.7m). A good start to the year, confident of meeting FY targets.

Was hoping for a more bullish set of results than this, will remain Neutral for now.

21-Aug-2018 – 83.5p – £35.9m – PER 34.3

Trading Update For The 6 Months To End July 2018 – Revenue ahead of management’s expectations (up by 56%) at £21.94m in the 6 months to end July. German website launched in June and encouraged by initial results, other European websites to later this year.

Quite a lot to like here but it’s fishing equipment! Just feel Amazon could gobble the on-line side up quite easily if it wanted to and that the retail side is probably running at a tiny profit/loss. I remain Neutral.

8-Oct-2018 – 108p – £46.4m – PER 43.1

Interim Results For The 6 Months To End July 2018 – Revenue up 55.8% to £21.94m, PBT up over 50% to £0.57m, EPS positive 1.11p versus -0.33p last time.

I remain Neutral here although I have to say, I have probably got this one wrong – Last time I said “Quite a lot to like here but it’s fishing equipment! Just feel Amazon could gobble the on-line side up quite easily if it wanted to and that the retail side is probably running at a tiny profit/loss”.

18-Dec-2018 – 82p – £53m – PER n/a

Trading Update For The 4 Months To End November 2018 – Revenue up 31.5% (in-store 7.2%, online 24.3%), confident of meeting FY expectations.

Seems encouraging but I remain unsure whether they can really create a profitable growth story here – In such a small niche. I will remain humble and perhaps humbled on the side-lines.

18-Feb-2019 – 72p – £50m – PER n/a

Trading Update For The 12 Months To End January 2019 – Revenue up 38.% from £30.24m to £42m. Enters the new financial year in a strong position to grow organically and by acquisitions – Confident of acheiving this years targets.

This company is not very good at updating on Profits and that’s the case again here. One must wait to see the actuals.

23-Apr-2019 – 67.5p – £43.6m – PER n/a

Trading Update – A new store has opened and sales growth has been robust with LFL up 29.5% in February and March.

Again no mention of profitability, they’re good at that (not mentioning it) – I remain uninterested until I see actuals.

13-May-2019 – 82p – £53m – PER n/a

Results For The 12 Months To End January 2019 – Revenue up 39%, all reads well until you get to the negative PBT and EPS.

I remain uninterested here, it’s fishing stuff at the end of the day!

12-Aug-2019 – 73p – £47m – PER 978

Interim Results For The 6 Months To End July 2019 – Revenue up 21% (LFL 15%) with Cash at £13m and confident of the outcome for the year.

No mention of Profit (as usual), so expecting a -£0.1m Loss if outcome for the year is achieved (according to my notes) – So it’s still not for me at present.

16-Sep-2019 – 60p – £39m – PER 334

Summer Trading Update – UK store number 30 opened, summer trading up 13.3% in-store and 26.7% on-line.

These guys never (from memory) mention profit in their updates – Until they do so, well, it’s quite tricky to change ones view.

7-Oct-2019 – 59p – £38m – PER 239

Interim Results For The 6 Months To End July 2019 – Revenue up 21%, Gross Profit up 18%, on target to meet FY expectations.

Will wait to see how the FY looks.

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