25-Oct-2017 – 171.25p – £636.7m
Trading Update For The First 5 Months Of The Year – LFL Revenue up 11.2% (CC) consistent with full year expectation and “cash generation remains strong. This continues to support our progressive dividend policy”.
As a holder here, would have liked a more upbeat statement. I have a concern that growth seems to be slowing slightly for the PER of 16.8. However, the ROCE (30%+) is great as is the yield (4%+ plus special dividends). It’s also got a decent amount of cash (5% of Market Cap) which, when it gets too big, is usually paid out to fund those special dividends. I remain a holder here but don’t see this pushing through the elusive 180p ceiling off the back of this update.
11-Dec-2017 – 187p – £704.7m – PER 18.3
Interim Results For The 6 Months To End October 2017 – Revenue up 10.5% to £122.2m (7.8% CC), PBT £32.9m (up 6.1% (3.1% CC)), Net Cash of £47.1m up £7.9m from 30 April 2017 and the Interim Dividend is up 20.1% to 3.71p per share. Laundry revenues up 75% to £17.3m (H1 2017: £9.9m) – Remains the primary growth driver of the Group. Continues to perform in-line.
Covered because I hold from when it was a smaller Market Cap than this. I remain a holder for now (mainly for the yield) as these results are not exactly inspiring! Wondering when the name will change to Laundry International!
Subsequent note: I sold up here in May 2018 after a long overdue tidy up. My main reason for exit was the forecasts did not look so great, EPS +3% next year and +7% the year after. I will now cease coverage as it is currently above my usual £500m Market Cap limit.
10-Jul-2018 – 109.4p – £413.0m – PER 12.1
Results For The 12 Months To End April 2018 – Revenue up 7.1% to £229.8m (5.9% at CC), Underlying PBT up 0.3% (down 1.6% at CC), Net cash £26.7m, Total Ordinary Dividend up 20% to 8.44p.
Looks to be as expected here and after selling out in May 2018 I will remain Neutral while growth remains pedestrian.