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Eckoh Technologies LSE:ECK London Ordinary Share GB0033359141 ORD 0.25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 40.625p 40.50p 40.75p 40.625p 40.625p 40.625p 27,120 07:54:13
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Media 22.5 2.4 0.9 47.2 97.27

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Eckoh Daily Update: Eckoh Technologies is listed in the Media sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker ECK. The last closing price for Eckoh was 40.63p.
Eckoh Technologies has a 4 week average price of 39.18p and a 12 week average price of 46.64p.
The 1 year high share price is 55.50p while the 1 year low share price is currently 30.50p.
There are currently 239,430,900 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 168,397 shares. The market capitalisation of Eckoh Technologies is £97,268,803.13.
boadicea: That's an interesting appointment announced this morning - More particularly, two sentences in the same paragraph seem to be pointing quite deliberately towards the probability of acquisitve action in due course - "Peter Simmonds was Chief Executive Officer of dotDigital Group plc for eight years ...... " and later in the same paragraph - "Peter also has experience of business acquisition and post-acquisition integration." Both ECK and DOTD (the company of which Peter was formerly CEO and a recent addition to my holdings) have a market capitalisation of a little over £120m. DOTD has a somewhat stronger cash position (assuming the advfn figures are up-to-date.) Perhaps it should not be assumed that DOTD is necessarily the company with which corporate action might occur. There could well be other candidates but the intention to use his background experience in that sort of way is clearly implicit in the statement. Coincidentally, the two stocks sit in direct alphabetical sequence on my portfolio monitor page.
boadicea: Here's your update, mfh - HTTP:// ... and an excellent one too. On to new highs before long, perhaps.
boadicea: Another contract extension in the bag. Rather limited immediate market resonse but we have to recognise that expectation of such events is largely in the current price. It should help to maintain the steady rise seen over the past year - better than an unsustained spike.
mazarin: I've seen this 'action' many times before and quite understand the temptation, however, I have also fallen into the trap of selling on a rise, only to be left out 'on the side lines' and watching it continue on up. Incidentally I remember thinking the same when ECK rose to 19p but finally decided to stay in...clearly quite glad I did now. Retrospective share price movement always indicates exactly when you should have sold, or bought for that matter. And as we all know hindsight is a wonderful thing. Reading between the lines of the Interim Statement I wouldn't be at all surprised to see ECK announce yet another US Contract soon. The real 'value phrase' in the latest statement for me was "100% of all contracts that expired in the period, including a three-year renewal with Vue Cinemas extending the relationship to over a decade" This has also been a characteristic of several previous statements and to me demonstrates the strength of ECK's product range.
oregano: Agreed, it is far better to understate and deliver incrementally positive news than drive hype. These guys are doing seriously well operationally. It is not easy to execute on building operations in a new country. But the shares are expensive. There is clearly a transition going on between shareholders which is keeping a lid on the share price. CEO et all bought shares down in the single digits and are holding on. I am happy to follow their lead.
nickelmer: It is disappointing to see the recent share price performance, however a few things to consider imho 1. The share price was chased to possibly over extended levels when the USA move was first announced. 2. After such an extended run from circa 15p to high 40's there has to be a consolidation period. It's only my opinion but I do not think small investors are allowing Eckoh enough time to develop the USA arm, rather they expect a multi million dollar deal to appear in the first few months. If you read the results statement the company says " Having started to secure contracts in the US it is very pleasing to report that our US operations are already trading profitably, earlier than anticipated and less than a year after their inception" As always we need to take a medium to long term view, lets see where the price lies in a couple of years, north of 38p I suspect....
septimus quaid: A bit counter intuitive but will any further drop in share price encourage a bid?
septimus quaid: Yes, the big dilemma, to take profits or not? Trouble is, this company's share price is very news driven. If you take profits, and are out for a time, you might miss out. This co. feels a nice sized and useful morsel (mark cap £98m) to be taken out at some point.
reallyrich: Based on past years results I expected more upward movement in the share price prior to the results
oregano: Review from Megabyte. FYI if you are not familiar with them, they are an industry newsletter rather than an investment house. Eckoh's investments in payments processing paying off handsomly After the company's impressive results last week, we caught up with management of contact centre solutions provider Eckoh to hear the full story. The future looks bright given the company's exposure to several favourable trends – voice recognition, payments and mobile applications – whilst expansion of indirect channels should also help growth. First to recap the results, for the year to March 2012, Eckoh reported revenues up 15% to £10.4m (with 87% recurring), gross profit up 18% to £7.9m and EBITDA up 68% to £2.1m, whilst net cash grew £0.7m to £6.4m. This strong performance came in spite of continued investment in the speech recognition platform, sales and marketing, and an in-house mobile application team, reflecting the inherent operating leverage in the business. In the last four years, Eckoh has grown revenues and gross profit by 56% and 85% respectively, whilst admin costs have increased just 12%. The company has historically been seen as a speech-recognition based contact centre specialist, but the fact that growth is being driven by the payments side of the business, reflecting Eckoh's tier 1 PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Storage Standards) status, means that it is now repositioning itself subtly as a speech recognition and payments solution provider. Add in a strengthening mobile side to the business and new indirect channels, and the future looks very promising. Speech recognition is rapidly becoming mainstream, helped by its adoption on mobile services (e.g. Apple's Siri), and the underlying advances in technology are also leading to even better contact centre solutions. Eckoh highlighted its ASSIST product; a natural language product that asks callers why they are ringing, and then routes the call appropriately, rather than presenting annoying menu options. Interestingly, the system 'learns' over time, making the solution very sticky. As noted, the payments side is becoming an equal and complementary leg to the business, providing payback on the three years and £0.5m it took Eckoh to achieve the highest level of PCI DSS compliance. Eckoh noted that whereas most organisations have proper processes for taking card payments on the web, many (most in our experience) still take details verbally over the phone, which is not PCI compliant. Eckoh's PAY product already takes card details in a secure fashion, whilst its new PROTECT product does this in the middle of a call with a operator, and will be a key growth driver this year. More broadly, Eckoh expects to benefit from increased outsourcing of card payments, given the PCI DSS hurdles imposed on organisations. Eckoh is now having success with developing mobile applications for its clients, after recruiting an in-house team. For example, an app for Power NI enables pre pay electricity users to pay their bills from a credit card using their mobile phone, and now handles 12% of all payments. At a time when the term 'mobile payments' can be a bit overused, this seems to be a genuine example of utilising the power of the smartphone to both make life easier for the consumer and presumably cut costs for Power NI. Another important element of the Eckoh story going forward is the increased use of indirect channels; the existing exclusive agreement with BT was relaxed last year, and Eckoh is now seeing success through partners such as Azzurri and Cybersource. We also touched upon M&A, which Eckoh believes it is now better placed to do given its stronger share price and net cash position. Nothing is at an advanced stage, but the company will consider opportunities that add one or more of customers, products and geography, with expansion outside the UK mentioned (Eckoh's speech recognition licence with Nuance gives it access to all supported languages). Megabuyte view Eckoh is now well and truly in a virtuous circle, tapping in to growing demand for speech recognition based contact centre and payments services, being well placed to exploit mobile channels, and expanding its reach through growing indirect channels. Customer contracts are typically long term, with highly visible revenues, and are proving very sticky with Eckoh achieving a 100% renewal rate. All of this bodes well for growth and margins, though interestingly consensus forecasts are for 'only' 10% revenue and 21% PBT growth this year, i.e. less than the most recent year. Even after a good run (up 41% in the last year), the shares, at 11p represent an estimated 5.8x current year EBITDA and 13.6x PE, and yield 2.3%, which suggests scope for further steady progress.
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