Bolloré closed an upbeat Q3, posting impressive revenue growth for its Transportation & Logistics business, as well as a sales surge for Oil Logistics boosted by rising oil prices. On the Vivendi side, the de facto takeover bid of Lagardère following its agreement signed with Amber Capital points to the family’s next major move after the successful completion of the UMG spin-off, which has led to the Bolloré parent holding an 18% stake on the now independent crown jewel.
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Bolloré could be looking to exit its long-standing logistics activities in Africa according to French media. Although the company has not commented on the matter — so it remains all speculation — we see this potential move as a clear positive. Bolloré is faced with the high capital intensity of the business while affronting competitive pressures from deeper-pocketed and expanding rivals. Supportive valuations for logistics & port operators and the upcoming departure of Vincent Bolloré suggest th
In a letter addressed to Vivendi, Bolloré has committed to not ask the French market authority (AMF) for an exemption of launching a takeover bid on Vivendi, triggered if the HoldCo finds itself crossing the regulatory threshold of 30% of the share capital.
Bolloré closed a strong first quarter for its Transportation and Logistics division, partly offset by the weakness from Oil Logistics, while Vivendi was led once again by top performer UMG (soon to be spun-off). The transport and logistics activity outperformance was driven by the strong trading environment stemming from global inventory rebuilding efforts as cyclical sectors emerge from a post-pandemic slumber, a trend that should extend through H1 21.
Vivendi has finally revealed its future plans for UMG, with Bolloré now finding itself as one of the major beneficiaries from the upcoming spin-off of what is, by far, Vivendi’s most valuable asset. This surprising development, which has been most likely orchestrated by Bolloré (up to a certain extent), could result in a complete rethink of the HoldCo’s investment strategy for years to come.
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Following the unexpected resilience shown by the transportation & logistics division in H1, the third quarter trading statement held fewer surprises. The second half seems less challenging than expected for Bolloré’s key businesses, with both communications and transportation & logistics posting very modest, but still positive, sales growth. Nonetheless, the continued weakness in oil logistics risks pulling down the group’s full-year results.
While we were anticipating Bolloré’s Q2 to be tough, particularly for its transportation & logistics division, an unexpected rise in air freight and positive price developments supported the division’s trading results and profitability in H1. The proven resilience of Vivendi (and UMG in particular), in addition to stronger ‘core activities’ at the Bolloré level, point to a less gloomy outlook despite the challenges of a still uncertain H2 economic recovery.
While Bolloré’s group revenues in Q1 saw a limited impact from the COVID-19 outbreak, banking on Vivendi’s relative resilience to the crisis may not prove to be enough to offset the negative impact on the holding’s transport and logistics activities. The 2020 scenario for Bolloré ex-Vivendi remains quite challenging indeed.
Bolloré released sales figures that, despite falling in line with our estimates, paint a worrisome picture for the group’s ‘core activities’ (i.e. excluding Vivendi). Particularly in the context of a latent global slowdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak and its potential impact on global freight volumes and oil product prices. The outlook for 2020 may not differ much from the disappointing performance of Bolloré’s core businesses in 2019.
The widespread decline in air and sea freight volumes spurred on by the trade war and the uncertain macro-economic environment is catching up with Bolloré, with revenues decreasing by 4% lfl in Transportation & Logistics. Nonetheless, the scenario is more upbeat in the Communications division, as UMG continues to post solid rates of growth (up +16%), much to the benefit of Vivendi (+7%). Opportune disposals of non-core assets should keep the cash flowing in spite of a challenging outlook for Bol
Capital Continues to Flow Into LMIs
Through April and May we have seen three more listed managed
investment vehicles (LMIs) start trading on the ASX including two
fixed income focused listed investment trusts (LITs), Perpetual Credit
Income Trust (ASX:PCI) and MCP Wholesale Income Opportunities
Trust (ASX:MOT). Refer to our LMI Monthly Update of 18 March 2019
for more details on these LITs.
Pengana Private Equity Trust (ASX:PE1) units listed in April after
it raised $205m, at the lower
The 11% organic growth posted by Transportation & Logistics, the historical heart of Bolloré, is a positive surprise in a context of downgraded world GDP growth.
Putting it simply, we find it difficult to reconcile our 2018 forecasts with the H1 release which is a measure of the group’s complexity. The underlying business is in better shape than expected while building up the stake in Vivendi is a high-wire exercise.
The boss and owner of Bolloré SA is meeting French judges on African corruption allegations. This matters less than a business which is far too complicated for comfort when issues are surfacing from too many corners (Africa, Italy, Batteries).
Bolloré SA fully consolidates Vivendi and has published unappetising earnings.
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easyJet’s FY21 results correspond to the market’s anticipations as the preliminary figures were communicated previously. Despite the worsening COVID-19 situation in Europe, the group seems upbeat on its capacity forecast for the next FY. Too early to judge whether it is too optimistic as all depends upon the development of the new Omicron variant.
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Public Policy Holding Company, to join AIM. PPHC, through its wholly-owned companies, operates a portfolio of independent firms that offer public affairs, crisis management, lobbying and advocacy services on behalf of corporate, trade association and non-profit client organisations. Mkt Cap and Capital to be raised TBC. Expected admission date Mid Dec.
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After a stellar period of trading through the various stages of Covid 19 restrictions, and easings, ScS
has reported a step-back in trading momentum in recent weeks. We await to see if the slower
trading is temporary, reflective of a change in Christmas shopping patterns, or of a more permanent
basis. We leave forecasts unchanged, looking for CPTP of £13.7m and EPS of 26.5p (both IFRS 16
compliant), as such the stock trades on an undemanding EV/EBITDA multiple of 4x for FY22 and 3.4x
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One Media iP (OMiP) has released a robust FY21E trading update, with Adj EBITDA of £1.65m; slightly below our forecast of £1.8m, owing to it taking a little longer to deploy cash raised on acquisitions of new royalty assets, and adverse foreign exchange movements. The company ended the period with £0.7m of net cash (vs our forecast of £0.3m of net debt), leaving further financial resources available for acquisitions heading into FY22E. Applying a conservative 8x Net Publisher Share (NPS) multipl
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Pendragon has released a trading update today increasing its guidance for FY21 underlying PBT from £70m to approximately £80m. The Group attributes this lower than expected shortfall in the supply of new vehicles in the first two months of Q4 2021. Performance has also been supported by a strong GPPU because of a higher mix of premium vehicles sold. We have increased our FY21 forecasts of underlying PBT by 14.1% to £80.2m. We leave our FY22 and FY23 forecasts unchanged at this stage. Whilst we t
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During the challenges of Covid, N Brown has taken the opportunity to accelerate its transformation programme. Strategic change was augmented by the FY2021 £100m equity raise, which alongside strong underlying cash generation sees the Group with a now comfortable balance sheet, with £80.8m of core net cash and all debt securitised against customer receivables. Management has again reiterated medium term targets for 7% annual Product sales growth and a 14% Group EBITDA margin, from which we take c
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Flutter reported consensus-beating H1 21 numbers as pro forma revenue grew 30%. Adjusted EBITDA declined 13%, attributable to larger US losses.
Management expects FY 21 ex-US adjusted EBITDA of £1,270-1,370m, and a £225-275m loss in the US. Hence, aggregate EBITDA should come in at £1.05-1.1bn, in line with consensus but below our estimates.
Following the H1 performance, we do not expect any major changes to our estimates as top-line momentum will be partially offset by softer margin developme
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Exactly one year ago, the FTSE 100 closed at 5,862, having fallen 100 points on the day, the lowest point since mid-May 2020, due in part, to the strength of sterling vs US$ at $1.34. One year on, the FTSE 100 has risen to 7,119, a rise of 21%, it remains 7% below the peak in January 2020. From an international viewpoint, US and European markets continue to trade at record highs. The US Federal Reserve is close to withdrawing some of its economic support this year as inflation picks up and the e
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Foot Locker has experienced outstanding second-quarter results in 2021, showing excellent signs of recovery as well as deep customer engagement and strong vendor partnerships. The company delivered a 6.9% comp gain on top of the 18.6% gain in the second quarter of 2020. The broad-based growth was driven by effective performances in kids' and women's footwear, coupled with strong demand across apparel and accessories. In addition, with further gains in their inventory productivity and meaningfull
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easyJet has turned down an unsolicited preliminary takeover approach and proposed a rights issue of £1.2bn, representing one third of its current market cap, to strengthen its financial positions and support potential long-term strategic investments. The renewed guidance for the short term is broadly in line with its last update.
easyJet’s Q4 21 results were seemingly stronger than analysts’ expectations and the group upgraded its capacity schedule for Q1 22. As the COVID-19 border restrictions in the UK are lifting, a good trading performance has been seen in the past two weeks. We expect the consensus to be raised.
Entain registered Q3 21 top-line growth of 6%, driven largely by online (10%). In the all-important US market, BetMGM surged ahead with a further expansion in market share of (23% in three months to August vs 22% in Q2 21).
FY21 EBITDA guidance of £850-900m was re-iterated, a positive given the recently announced headwinds from Dutch regulations.
We do not expect any significant change to our estimates, given that the performance was largely in line with our estimates.
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