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|Another Special Dividend to come I would think:-
|Third Special Dividend in 2 years....maybe it is time to start increasing the "normal" dividend at a faster pace.|
|Shares in Best of the Best plc (LON:BOTB) revved higher on Friday morning after the firm’s bullish trading update gave investors a flavour of what to expect when it publishes its interim results early next year.
The company hailed the “strong trading” for the six months to October, adding that it now expects profit before tax for the period to be ahead of its previous expectations.
BotB – which has traditionally conducts most of its business in airports and shopping centres – also said that the proportion of online sales continues to increase.
Pleasingly for investors, operating margins improved during the six months, partly bolstered by a lower-than-expected spend on marketing.
The company – which runs competitions to win luxury cars online and at retail locations – said revenues for the period were in line with its previous forecasts.
City broker finnCap said it would upgrade its forecasts for Best of the Best following management’s revised expectations.
finnCap’s Harold Evans said: “Noting this strong first half performance, we reiterate our full-year revenue expectation of £11.2m (suggesting 11% y-o-y growth) but upgrade at the gross profit and EBITDA level.”
He added: “Revised estimates therefore point to a strong 2017 [financial year], whereby EBITDA (underlying earnings) is set to grow by 32% to £1.4m.
“In keeping the progress being demonstrated this year, we also upgrade our FY18 estimates, suggesting 10% earnings growth, leaving scope for potential outperformance.̶1;
Best of the Best’s target price was also moved upwards by the broker to 260p from its previous forecast of 227p.
The results for the six months to 31 October are due to be released on 18 January 2017.
|I have been reading through RNSs and posts and everything looks good yet the share price seems to be in Free fall. Can anyone throw some light on this as I am looking for fallen shares to invest in.|
|Interview with Harold Evans from finnCap-
Y/E 30/4/17 Pre Tax £1.20m EPS 9.10p Div 1.40p
Y/E 30/4/18 Pre Tax £1.40m EPS 10.70p Div 1.50p|
|Although HMRC always seems to have a further appeal available.
Y/E trading update due shortly.|
|SPO won the VAT appeal case so looks as though £2m + interest will be winging its way to BOTB as well.|
|Read Stockdale Securities's note on BEST OF THE BEST, out this morning, by visiting hxxps://www.research-tree.com/company/GB00B16S3505
"In mid-February, the group highlighted the strength of its balance sheet with its significant cash reserves. As a result, it held cash that was deemed surplus to the operational requirements of its continuing activities and so it declared a special interim dividend of 19.5p. The shares reacted positively to the announcement, rising from 176p to 219p. The payment was made on 19 March 2016 and the payout represented a yield of 11%, based on the opening price on the day of the announcement...."|
|Thanks. I read "The Special Interim Dividend will be paid on 18 March 2016 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 4 March 2016." and forgot that the XD day is ahead of the register cut-off.
Is there an equally obvious reason why XD for a 19p divi leads to a 35p drop in SP?|
|Not holding here but i see its gone XD today.|
|Why the selling, 36 hours before the special dividend goes XD?|
|Ahhhhh Bisto!!!....Special Div of 19.5p, a similar amount to my purchase price and still the chance of the VAT refund to come.|
|I'm interviewing the CEO on 15 Jan (this Friday).
So if you wish to submit a question, pls do so using this link:
NB> I won't be checking back here, so pls don't post any questions here!
Regards, Paul Scott.|
|Yes on-line certainly the main focus now rather than the physical side though expansion in India could prove exciting.
A Brucie Bonus £0.34m tax credit shortly to be received as well.|
|Interims out and show rev up and spend up as go for growth...
|The price moves a long way on low volumes, it seems. When are they next due to report?|
|Here's the CEO William Hindmarch speaking, 29.5.15:
|Paul Scott's audiocast contains some interesting chat (copyright Paul Scott & Richard Crow:
PS: In a similar vein, I’ve been buying something for several months now, called Best of the Best (BOTB), you can only get 1,000 shares at a time usually, so I’ve been buying for 2 or 3 months now.
Now this one really is horribly illiquid, so it’s not for most people at all.
PS: It’s only £14m market cap, and it pays divis - it paid a special divi last year - already profitable - it’s rated on about 21 times earnings, which for a tiny business is a lot, I accept that. But it has the growth coming through, and the online growth is the potentially exciting bit.
Also, BOTB has a lot of followers on Tw.. err, Facebook, I believe (just checked, and their FB page has 130,385 “likes”). Ooh the other thing is, it’s very clever in their marketing. BOTB put a bullseye thing, like in archery, over where the ball is deemed to be, in the spot the ball competition.
Now, if you come close, within the central bit of the bullseye, then you get 100% refund on your ticket price. IF you come in the next outer band, you get say 30% consolation prize, and so on.
So what I find is, every time I do this competition online, I get some money back, for coming close. It’s credited to your account, and you get an email saying, unfortunately you didn’t win, but you were close, so you have won £6.97 in game credits! So of course, that keeps you playing!
Even though I know nothing about football, I’ve been bloody close, nearly every time! So I’m thinking, ooh this (competition) is actually worth doing. The other thing is, they give you 20% discount if you buy 5 tickets, and 40% if you buy 10 tickets, so you end up in practice, buying 10 tickets every time. So I’m looking at this, and thinking to myself, I’m spending £20-25 per week on this competition, and there’s no other form of gambling that I would even consider spending that amount of money on. So it’s addictive for players, and I think these are factors which could lead to the company significantly growing.|