UK Stock Market News Today – 3-May-2018
Reach (RCH) – 86.5p – £258.9m – PER 2.38
Trading Update For The 4 Months To End April 2018 – In-line (although everything seems down), Net Debt £85m (before payment of £10m Dividend), expects 2018 will be another year of progress.
Still quite a few negatives here – The Pension Deficit, the terminal decline of the print sector and the integration of Northern and Shell. The Dividend now equates to about 7% and it’s unloved on a PER of 2.38. This is a bit of a tricky update to fully understand so although this was on my Watchlist at 70p, for now I am going to go Neutral.
Elektron Technology (EKT) – 28p – £52.1m – PER 73.3
Final Results For The 12 Months To End January 2018 – Net cash £5.2m (2017: £1.0m), Revenues up 11.2% to £29.8m (2017: £26.8m), Operating Profit £2.6m (2017: loss £0.6m).
I’m still not getting the story here for some reason. No mention of forecasts in this update and no broker notes either (that I can find). There is this statement “The Board’s visibility does not extend beyond the first half and so remains cautious on second half performance due to potential economic uncertainty”. I just find it hard to pull the trigger on a stock with a PER of 73.3 with so little information.
Van Elle Holdings (VANL) – 81.5p – £65.2m – PER 7.13
Year End Trading Update (To End April 2018) – This looks like a miss (PBT to be £10.5m) by I reckon, about 25% (based on Stockopedia 2018E £10.4m Net Profit (my rough calculation being, add 25% for 20% Corp Tax).
Too much doubt here, I remain Neutral.
As always, all comment most welcome!