Tracking and security products developer Starcom (STAR), which floated on AIM in February 2013, has been selling its WatchLock padlock for a couple of years but with the backing of global locks supplier Assa Abloy the sales could grow even faster.
Assa Abloy is about to start selling the WatchLock in the UK and in April it will be launched in the US to be followed by roll-outs in other countries. The WatchLock will be sold under the Assa Abloy, Mul-T-Lock and Yale brands.
As equity markets press on to record highs, we are seeing an increase in the number of companies looking to list their shares on open markets. Are they likely to be worth investing in?
Last year saw the highly-publicised flotation of Royal Mail (RMG), and white goods retailer AO.comrecently joined the market as AO World (AO.). Now a number of retailers are moving along the road to becoming publicly listed.
Small company finance provider 1PM (OPM) has come a long way in the past few years. The company has achieved a turnaround by increasing lending at the same time as minimising bad debts. 1PM has also attracted the backing of a major financial institution.
Small businesses are finding it difficult to gain finance from high street banks and 1PM is well placed to take advantage. It has been able to attract funding that has allowed the lending portfolio to grow.
Facebook’s tenth birthday today will be celebrated along with record quarterly results, released last week, beating all analyst expectations for the social network.
Interestingly just UK six investment trusts have exposure to the social media giant. This limited exposure may reflect some of the cynicism of many investment commentators at the time of Facebook’s IPO on 18 May 2012.
Broadcast and surveillance electronics supplier Vislink VLK moved from the Main Market to AIM in January and now that the core operations are consistently running at a profit it is ready to seek acquisitions to enable it to achieve its three-year target.
Management wants to achieve revenues of £80m with £8m of operating profit for 2014 but the current forecasts show that the existing businesses will not achieve that on their own. Add-on acquisitions will enable the target to be hit.
Sage Group’s shares have increased in value sharply, mostly as a result of the excellent annual results for 2013 which were published in December. A price increase means the shares are now more expensive, but are they too expensive?
As a defensive investor I’m always on the lookout for high quality, low risk businesses which I can buy and own for a number of years, and Sage fits that description well.
Here are the 2014 stocks and shares tipped by the share experts on all the UK newspapers for the year ahead. Should any of them take your fancy add them to your BullBearings virtual share portfolio, but if investing for real do bear in mind that it's always wise to thoroughly research a stock before committing your own cash.
Also, as the Times' Martin Waller (aka Tempus) warns: “This is, though fun, a bit of an artificial exercise. Fund managers do not construct a portfolio on January 3, hold every one religiously for exactly a year and then tally up the result. So don’t bet the farm — or even one of the smaller outbuildings.”
There was a note about Big Tobacco's reaction to the rise of e-cigarettes written by financial analysts at broker Panmure Gordon just before Christmas after cigarette maker Philip Morris International (PMI) and its US parent Altria announced that PMI would commercialise Altria’s MarkTen e-cigarettes outside the USA. Will there be any read-accross for British American Tobacco (BATS) and Imperial Tobacco (IMT)?
In addition Altria will sell two of PMI’s “reduced harm” products in the US. The agreement also includes cooperation with regards scientific assessment and regulatory engagement with the relevant authorities for next generation products.
Motor dealer Cambria Automobiles (CAMB) has a strong balance sheet and experienced management. The company has a good track record of acquiring dealerships and it has the finances to make more earnings enhancing acquisitions.
Cambria has 42 dealerships selling 17 different brands, including two Triumph motorcycle dealerships. Cambria has strong relationships with its main brands and they are helping the company to find additional acquisition opportunities.
So, the Federal Reserve finally pulled the taper trigger to its bond buying programme yesterday, reducing the pace of asset purchases by $10billion to $75billion per month, starting from January 2014.
Looks like Fed Chairman Bernanke wanted to go out with a big bang, hailing the end to what he started, his baby – the QE programme which has inflated the Fed’s balance sheet by around $4trillion since its inception in 2009.
Thu, 1st Jan - * G4S failed to impress with its 2013 results after an 'extremely challenging year' which saw the security solutions provider swing to a statutory pre-tax loss of 170m pounds, from a profit of 313m pounds in 2012.