Tip Update: Hold at 43.3p
- Tip style
- Risk rating
- LONG TERM
- Our previous tip
- We said BUY at 65.3p on 20 Oct 2016
- Tip performance to date
Low & Bonar (LWB) continued to be affected by a root-and-branch reorganisation, and half-year results for the six months to May 2018 reveal that there is still plenty more to do. Of the four trading divisions, the lossmaking civil engineering business is now going to be sold off entirely, having registered £3m-£5m of expected proceeds from assets already processed for disposal.
Of the three remaining divisions, coated technical textiles generates a third of group sales, although operating profits more than halved to £2.1m, reflecting higher raw material costs. But production problems also trimmed profits, and a move to reduce excess inventories led to some production stoppages. Consequently, of the goodwill allocated to the division, £13.3m has been recognised as an impairment charge.
And while sales grew by 5.3 per cent in the buildings and industrial division, underlying operating profits nearly halved to £3m mainly due to the cost of integrating the Enka business. Trading was also tough, with performance hampered by delays in passing on higher raw material and US freight costs in the face of greater competition.
On a brighter note, interiors and transportation pushed sales ahead by 10 per cent and operating profits by 2.7 per cent to £7.7m. However, extra capacity in the market and rising costs trimmed the level of improvement, putting pressure on margins.
Peel Hunt is forecasting adjusted pre-tax profits for the year to November 2018 of £25m and EPS of 5.3p (from £30.7m and 6.3p in FY2017).
|LOW & BONAR (LWB)|
|ORD PRICE:||43.3p||MARKET VALUE:||£143m|
|TOUCH:||43.3-44.9p||12-MONTH HIGH:||89p||LOW: 43p|
|DIVIDEND YIELD:||7.0%||PE RATIO:||NA|
|NET ASSET VALUE:||49p*||NET DEBT:||86%|
|Half-year to 31 May||Turnover (£m)||Pre-tax profit (£m)||Earnings per share (p)||Dividend per share (p)|
|*Includes intangible assets of £78m, or 24p a share|