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06/11/2008
20:09
toptrump: From Interactive Investor: Renegotiated Contracts shuu 1 I know its dangerous to assume, but I assume there must be some longer term upside to these renegotiated contracts. We know from the announcement that ERT will retain valuable IP, but to make that call when your company is loaded with debt and you're about to breach your banking covenants; surely must have been done with future earnings in mind. The £1m loan was around that time too. I would find it very hard to believe that any CEO would make such moves unless 1) they were forced too, or 2) they stand to benefit from it. In Scenario 2 the benefits would still have to pretty special to do it in that climate. If HBOS show support (which they appear to us on the outside) that they are, then it has half a chance. The interest rate cuts may contribute to Xmas trading provided they get passed on to consumers that is. This Xmas is really a make or break trading period for ERT. If they make it past Xmas, then thay have a real chance. I agree with other posters that ERT has never really bagged a big winner ( A bob the builder) Lots of smaller IP, which does occasionally appeal in other continents. If some have to go, which ones? and what will they rasie is the key? Maybe the Lone Ranger franchise is the long awaited special one, but it will still require the movie to be a big hit. I think the hedge funds (Och-Ziff etc) that showed interest some time ago probably have their hands full these days but I'm still not ruling out a private equity vulture. We have seen SEY & SRB attract bid interest in the last week, after collapses in their share price. Who knows, With ERT its balancing a fair set of assets against a dire balance sheet. As I've said, its a punt, high risk - high reward. At these prices though you can tuck away a few shares for not much dough. Its then over to the Lone Ranger to make or break your investment!!!! All IMHO & DYOR, shuu Interesting points, retaining the IP for some of their properties may mean a higher selling price as the trading statement during the interims mentioned - who knows!
28/7/2008
08:40
dubbsie: From Sunday Telegraph Entertainment Rights 8.70p Questor says Buy As Postman Pat lands on the screens of 200m Chinese children, investors are hoping that together with Jess the black and white cat, he will help deliver a turnaround in the media group's fortunes. The £65m company has been on a difficult path this past year due to a problem with distribution before Christmas and fears that consumers are cutting back on buying DVDs and merchandise. Last January's £107m acquisition of US group Classic Media - which owns Lassie, Casper The Friendly Ghost, and the Lone Ranger - also looks poorly timed, not just because of the slowdown in the US but also because of the deal's £15m debt element. Last week, sentiment towards Entertainment Rights improved marginally after the group unveiled a deal to show "Uncle Postman" - as the Chinese call him - on the country's national television network. The network acquired 106 episodes of existing Postman Pat content and Entertainment Rights has secured a DVD distributor and advertising agency to help push the sale of books, cuddly toys and other consumer products in 2009. Charles Stanley, which has a buy rating and 20p price target on the company, noted that merchandising "can be highly lucrative". It hinted such deals "pave the way for potential future upgrades". Questor agrees the share price fall is starting to look overdone. Besides Postman Pat, Entertainment Rights owns key brands including Rupert Bear and Basil Brush. It is likely to sell the rights to some of its characters and while this won't lead to a dividend, it would help reduce the group's £108m debt. The acquisition of Classic Media should in the long term create cross-selling opportunities around the world. For the bold, buy.
19/3/2008
09:49
humphbumph: From the Guardian. The struggling company that owns Postman Pat, Rupert Bear and Basil Brush sought to appease its frustrated shareholders today by announcing the departure of its founder and chief executive. Entertainment Rights, which has seen its shares tumble 73% over the last 12 months, has been hit hard by dwindling demand for its merchandise and a worse-than-expected Christmas following problems with distribution of its DVDs. Michael Heap, its chief executive of nine years, paid the price today for a string of failings at the children's characters business. He will be replaced by a former UK boss of the American music group Warner, Nick Phillips. Entertainment Rights' troubles and dwindling share price have attracted potential buyers in recent months and the company confirmed today that it was in "very preliminary talks with two interested parties". It flagged up, however, the fact that its investors were unlikely to accept any offers seen as overly opportunistic. "The company reiterates that there can be no certainty that any offer for the company, if made, will be at a level which would receive sufficient support from shareholders," it said in a statement. Rod Bransgrove, chairman, added the decision to appoint Phillips as chief executive was taken to ensure the company "maintains an absolute focus on delivering shareholder value and in re-establishing shareholder confidence". Entertainment Rights has been struggling to hold up its share price following big acquisitions in recent years, including in the US, where its revenue prospects from toys, books and other spin-offs have been hit by a consumer downturn. It became the world's biggest independent owner of children's brands in late 2006 when it bought a US rival in a deal that doubled its size. Entertainment Rights paid £106.9m for Classic Media, adding Lassie and the Lone Ranger to its family of characters. Just over a year ago it acquired the hard-to-spot children's character Where's Wally? in a £2.5m deal designed to reach an older age group beyond the tots it targets with Postman Pat and Rupert Bear. Heap's departure from Entertainment Rights is the latest in a series of management shake-ups in the children's character market. Earlier this month saw the departure of Bruce Steinberg from the chief executive role at HIT Entertainment, the Apax-owned home of Pingu and Thomas the Tank Engine.
06/3/2008
20:53
petepostman: Seems to me that no one posting here has much idea of what is happening..! I would make these obsevations though; 1. ERT share price has always suffered from a lack of news flow, ever since I have held them (1999). There is no news for months and the share price stagnates or more often than not just drifts lower in a general malaise and lack of interest. It seems that the lack of news is causing something similar now. 2. The market in general is having a hard time, ALL shares seem to be drifting lower, I can't think that the market will react any differently to ERT, at least until news is forthcoming. 3. The very large deals seem to have dried up, seems like lots of smaller deals trading. There were mainly "buys" today but still the price was hammered. Perhaps the main players have dug their postions and are waiting for the start of the final bidding. 4. Personally I can't see any winner except Ashby Manor unless another bidder offers up a high price. Ashby just won't sell at a low price, why should they when they have historically paid so much more. They are in it to make money, not lose it. (Just my opinion for what it's worth). 5. Fingers crossed I don't get ripped off..!
20/1/2008
13:18
samjac: Times 19 January 2008 "Oh Pat! Whatever happened to the DVDs that were meant for Christmas? Postman Pat wold have never allowed such a delivery disaster to happen in Greendale. Entertainment Rights, the media group that owns the rights to Britain's favourite postman, Basil Brush and Rupert the Bear, yesterday said that Christmas had been worse than expected because British shops did not receive key DVDs in time for Christmas. The result was carnage for investors. Shares in the group fell more than a quarter as it admitted that revenues for 2007 were expected to be "slightly below the lower end of the current range of market expectations". Mike Heap, the group's chief executive, tried to reassure that Entertainment Rights had a bright future, revealing plans yesterday that include the return of Lassie to the small screen and a Jerry Bruckheimer production of The Lone Ranger. Both assets were acquired a year ago when Entertainment Rights bought Classic Media, a rival. However, aside from news that supply chain problems restricted the availability of DVD titles in the UK during November and December, analysts also raised concerns over the market in America, saying that DVD sales may not have been up to expectations. "Although sales of the Christmas titles were strong and in line with expectations, other titles appear to have fared less well," Collins Stewart said in a note. Mr Heap insisted that the group's core characters were all performing well, with Postman Pat a huge hit internationally, plans to create a Rupert the Bear film and the announcment last month of a new BBC commission – Basil's Swap Shop. He added that the group's most popular character was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, acquired as part of the Classic Media deal. A television series featuring Santa Claus's favourite reindeer was watched by 31 million people in the United States. However, he acknowledged that Entertainment Rights has yet to secure a big licensing agreement for Basil Brush, as the character does not appeal to one particular age group. "There's only so much you can do with Basil Brush – T-Shirts and maybe soft toys that shout 'boom, boom'," one industry source said. Mr Heap is keen to license Basil Brush to the computer games market. Revealing plans to bring Lassie back to the small screen in the "not too distant future", Mr Heap said he was keen to create a series similar to the original and plans to use a descendant of the orignal dog. "There's a blood line that goes all the way back," he said. "The show will have strong moral values, but be a little on the cheesy side – boy loses dog, boy finds dog . . ." Analysts said yesterday that the level of Entertainment Rights' share price made the intellectual property group a likely bid target. The group could attract interest from larger trade players or from private equity. Apax Partners, which acquired the Bob the Builder-owner Hit Entertainment in June 2005, could be interested. Mr Heap said that an approach in the present market, with the company's market capitalisation at about £80 million, was likely to "significantly undervalue the company". While Entertainment Rights said that underlying earnings during the key Christmas period did not meet the company's expectations, it said that there had been year-on-year growth in revenue from the sale of the Christmas DVD titles in America of 25 per cent. The company releases DVDs under Right Entertainment, its own home entertainment label, through an exclusive sales and distribution agreement with Universal Pictures UK. Last year, UPUK notified Entertainment Rights that it was encountering issues with the replication and distribution of DVDs as a result of problems with ODS, a European DVD manufacturer. The group added that cost savings from the acquisition of Classic Media are in line with its expectations. Shares in Entertainment Rights yesterday closed down 3p at 8p. The shares have fallen more than 75 per cent in the past year." • HAVE YOUR SAY Supply chain problems are always management problems. Trying to pass the buck is not good enough. Poor managers should be routed out and replaced. Paul Davis, York, uk
18/1/2008
09:48
53tom: The fall of the ERT share price has puzzled me for some time. The share price has constantly slid on low volumes, and on days when it was up then just before the bell a sell has dropped the price. It feels like the price has been manipulated. If one compares to other companies who have fallen short of expectations, say character group, then ERT share price has suffered twice as badly. The timing and drip feed of the bad news statements has maximised the share price falls. The lack of news flow has been deafening. One could be forgiven for thinking that the ERT management wanted or were even complicite in the share price fall. Perhaps they want a management buy-out at a cheap price, or they want to fill their boots with zero risk share options at a price more likely to offer large windfall gains. Certainly something does not feel right.
10/8/2007
17:24
torquayturk: I think he means this coming weekends papers, for possible news/comment on the price movement. An article which summarises 'Price monitoring extentions' detailed below; At the start and end of the trading day, and occasionally in the middle of one, a process known as an 'auction' takes place on shares traded on SETS. (I believe these extensions only happen on SETS - shares traded on SEAQ use something vaguely familiar to auctions, but without the extensions.) The opening auction normally lasts from about 07:50 to 08:00; the closing auction from about 16:30 to about 16:35. A 5-minute auction can also be triggered in the middle of a trading day if prices are moving very rapidly. I believe the purpose of these interday auctions is to slow things down a bit and get the share price to settle down at a stable "market" level: the opening and closing auctions are similarly intended to get stable "market" opening and closing prices. In normal trading, orders are continuously coming in and being matched against each other. Each order is either an "aggressive" one that has to be dealt with at once, or a "persistent" order that can sit around waiting to be matched. The "order book" consists of all the current unmatched persistent orders - each one of which is either a sell or a buy and has a limit price, with all of the sell limit prices being higher than all of the buy limit prices (otherwise, a sell could be matched to a buy). Aggressive orders may or may not have a limit price, and may or may not be allowed to be partly satisfied - depending on the exact combination, they are called "at best", "execute and eliminate" or "fill or kill" orders. An incoming aggressive order gets matched against the order book as far as possible within its constraints; any part of it that is not matched is then rejected. An incoming persistent order is matched against the order book similarly; any part of it that is not satisfied is added to the order book. During an auction, this matching is suspended. Aggressive orders are not allowed to be entered and persistent orders are allowed to build up regardless of whether they could be matched. (Incidentally, I believe this is why you sometimes see things indicating that the "bid" price is higher than the "ask" price at the time of the closing auction: the "bid" price is the highest price of any persistent buy order, the "ask" price the lowest price of any persistent sell order.) In addition, unpriced persistent orders are temporarily allowed on to the order book - they're known as "market orders". They're basically for people who are willing to trade at whatever the market price determined by the auction turns out to be. Then at the end of the auction, the whole set of accumulated persistent orders are matched against each other. The basic idea of this is to find the "uncrossing price" at which the largest number of shares can be traded - the idea being that if you go higher than this price, the number of trades goes down because there are too few people willing to buy, while if you go lower, it goes down because there are too few people willing to sell. The full rules are quite complex though - basically, they need to provide quite a lot of "tie break" rules for when two different prices will both result in the same number of shares being traded. OK, I'm now finally ready to describe what a price monitoring extension is. Remember that the purpose of an auction is to determine a stable market price. A price monitoring extension occurs if the "uncrossing price" determined by the auction turns out to be considerably different from a reference price determined before the auction, indicating that the price is possibly not yet stable. There is also a second possible type of extension, called a "market order extension", which occurs if the matching process doesn't manage to match all of the unpriced market orders described above: having people willing to buy at whatever the market price turns out to be without enough people being willing to sell them shares, or vice versa, is another indication that the price hasn't really stabilised. What happens is that if the matching process determines that either of these things has happened, the auction period is automatically extended by a few minutes, and a message is broadcast to the market that this is happening for that share. The idea is to draw attention to the instability and let people take corrective action. For example, if there are "buy at the market price, whatever it is" market orders that haven't been matched, the "market order extension" alerts potential sellers to the fact that they may be able to get a particularly good price selling to the market order buyers - and also alerts those buyers to the fact that they may be required to pay a particularly high price and gives them a chance to cancel their orders
13/4/2006
13:02
humphbumph: Read post 1032. You can't have it both ways , VQ. Anyway you also said in trying to ride 6 horses at once: "VERY QUICK - 6 Apr'06 - 14:24 - 1044 of 1065 ERT is not going to bid for Chorion: Deadline April 13th Like i said before ERT will call off the Bid for Chorion. ERT share price will be 45p+ on that RNS news. IMHO." Your humble opinion doesn't count for much does it? The RNS is out now and the share price is around 37p, a long long way from 45p+! Your predictions are utterly worthless, VQ!
06/4/2006
13:24
very quick: ERT is not going to bid for Chorion: Deadline April 13th Like i said before ERT will call off the Bid for Chorion. ERT share price will be 45p+ on that RNS news. IMHO.
22/3/2006
13:45
vassily: As there was no lift in the ERT share price, can we assume the 2005 results were already in the share price and dissapointed some people? As for new developments such as the USPS and Jess projects, they suggest someone is doing some thinking and strategic planning. Anyone got constructive criticism of ERT? V
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