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Simon Thompson

Running bumper gains ‘Simon Thompson’s small cap picks have been making hay this year’ ...

29 June 2015

Simon Thompson

About Simon Thompson

Winning stock and trading ideas from the creator of the Bargain Portfolio

Recent articles

  1. A slick investment

    A slick investment

    25 June 2015

    With the oil price recovering there should be more upside for shares in an exploration and production company

    ‘The oil price momentum is unlikely to stop here either as the 1.5m barrel a day surplus in the global market which depressed oil prices earlier this year is only marginally above the 1.2m barrel a day growth in global demand forecast by OPEC in 2015. A market in surplus could easily become a tight market if global economic conditions confound the sceptics as I believe will be the case.’

  2. Soaring small caps

    Soaring small caps

    24 June 2015

    A trio of small cap shares have soared in value in recent months, but is there more upside to come?

    'True, analysts only predict a modest increase in operating profit in 2015, so the business is solid albeit not producing much in the way of earnings growth. But equally that is reflected a rating of just 12 times last year's reported net earnings.'

  3. A triple play of small cap value picks

    A triple play of small cap value picks

    23 June 2015

    Shares in three companies all offer solid asset backing and potential for re-ratings in time

    'The company will make available to the trust a seed portfolio of its existing loan investments and which could account for around a fifth of the trust's assets. It will also earn an additional income stream from management fees of around 75 basis points on a projected £100m minimum fund size at launch.'

  4. Building up for a takeover

    Building up for a takeover

    22 June 2015

    A small cap products and packaging company is ripe for a bid

    'With the shares offering 30 per cent potential upside to my target price, I rate them a decent buy given the potential for a bid for the company. In fact, the downside risk looks limited in the event that a sale of the company fails to materialise given that the company will have a robust cash position and one that could easily lead to a chunky special dividend.'

  5. Riding an earnings upgrade cycle

    Riding an earnings upgrade cycle

    18 June 2015

    A trio of modestly valued small caps offer sound investment credentials

    ‘The open market value for the company’s 1,656 plots of owned land could easily be in excess of £80,000 a plot, or more than double the carrying value in the last set of accounts. The difference between book value and open market value on these land holdings alone is around £70m, a sum worth 35p per share. In turn it’s really not that difficult to make a case that once you mark all the land holdings to market value, including the value tied up in land under option, then underlying net asset value per share could be 40 per cent above the current share price.’

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