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01/5/2008
07:34
nickcduk: I think you would be certifiable if you didn't accept the offer in current market conditions. Without offers on the table IMP share price would be around the 50-60p range. Glad the end is nearly in sight now.
20/12/2007
14:03
nickcduk: Todays news was a turn up for the books. How Hydrogen managed to get 3i to stump up around their current share price was amazing. HYDG share price is falling but the IMP share price is discounting an awfully large fall. It also sets the stage for other interested parties to step upto the plate. Whether its the Irish mafia or OPD coming back with a better offer I just want them to crack on with it.
05/12/2007
07:07
p0lzeath: Hydrogen Possible recommended offer RNS Number:1931J Hydrogen Group PLC 05 December 2007 Hydrogen Group PLC 5 December 2007 NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION 5 December 2007 Hydrogen Group Plc Possible recommended offer for Imprint Group plc The Board of Hydrogen Group plc ("Hydrogen") notes the announcement made by OPD Group plc ("OPD") yesterday, 4 December 2007, of the posting of its offer document containing OPD's recommended offer for Imprint Group plc ("Imprint "). The Board of Hydrogen strongly urges Imprint shareholders to take no action with regard to the OPD offer at this time. On 6 November 2007, Hydrogen announced it had made an approach to the Board of Imprint regarding a possible recommended offer for the entire issued, and to be issued, share capital of Imprint on the basis of 0.461 new Hydrogen shares for each Imprint share. The proposal, if made, would value each Imprint share at 119.9 pence based on the closing share price of a Hydrogen share on 4 December 2007 of 260 pence. Hydrogen notes that the OPD offer, based on the closing share price of OPD of 208.5 pence on 4 December 2007, values each Imprint share at 84.5 pence, materially below Hydrogen's possible proposal and materially below the closing Imprint share price on 4 December 2007 of 92.9 pence. Hydrogen also notes that undertakings to support the OPD offer amount to less that 2% of the Imprint issued share capital. Hydrogen continues to work with Imprint and its advisers towards completing the outstanding areas of due diligence with a view to announcing its proposal, on a recommended basis, as soon as practicable. Hydrogen reserves the right to waive, in whole or part, any of the outstanding pre-conditions (as set out in the announcement by Hydrogen on 6 November 2007) attached to its proposal at its sole discretion. Whilst the discussions are at an advanced stage, there is no certainty that an offer will be forthcoming, even if the pre-conditions are satisfied or waived. Accordingly this announcement does not constitute a firm intention to make an offer under Rule 2.5 of the Takeover Code. Any offer, if made, will contain customary terms and conditions for a UK public offer. A further announcement will be made when appropriate.
08/11/2007
10:13
apatel21: Just noticed this rns from Hydrogen issued yesterday. Why was this not released/noted by IMP in an rns of their own. JG continues to ignore Hydrogen at the expense of IMP shareholders. I haven't copied all of it because of copyright but the most important bits in my view. http://www.investegate.co.uk/Article.aspx?id=200711071458522206H Hydrogen Group Plc Possible recommended offer for Imprint Group plc The Board of Hydrogen strongly urges Imprint shareholders to take no action with regard to the OPD offer at this point. The OPD offer, based on the closing share price of OPD of 277 pence on 6 November 2007, values each Imprint share at 108.9 pence, materially below Hydrogen's proposal and approximately 7 pence below the current Imprint mid-market share price of 116.25 pence. Hydrogen continues to work with Imprint and its advisers towards completing the outstanding areas of due diligence with a view to announcing its proposal, on a recommended basis, as soon as practicable. Hydrogen is currently meeting Imprint shareholders to outline the merits of a combination of Hydrogen and Imprint.
06/11/2007
07:25
rivaldo: Wake up chaps! http://www.investegate.co.uk/Article.aspx?id=200711060701320848H " Hydrogen Group Plc Possible offer for Imprint Group plc The Board of Hydrogen Group Plc ('Hydrogen') announces that it made an approach to the Board of Imprint Group plc ('Imprint') on 8 October 2007 regarding a proposed possible offer by Hydrogen for the entire issued, and to be issued, share capital of Imprint. Since then Hydrogen has undertaken extensive due diligence on Imprint. Discussions in regard to the possible offer are well advanced, but ongoing. The key areas of Hydrogen's due diligence, including Hydrogen forming a view on Imprint's prospects for the years ending 31 December 2007 and 2008, have now been substantially completed. Proposed consideration The proposed consideration is 0.461 new Hydrogen shares for each Imprint share. Based on the closing share price of Hydrogen on 5 November 2007 (the last Business day prior to this announcement) of 272.5 pence, this values each Imprint share at approximately 125.6 pence. Imprint's issued and to be issued share capital would be acquired fully paid and free from all liens, equities, charges, encumbrances, rights of pre-emption and other third party rights or interests and together with all rights now or hereafter attaching thereto, including the right to receive and retain all dividends and other distributions (if any) declared, made or paid on or after the date hereof, save for Imprint's interim dividend of 1.5 pence per share that was declared on 7 September 2007. The new Hydrogen shares would rank pari passu with the existing issued share capital of Hydrogen, save for the interim dividend of 2.0 pence per Hydrogen share declared on 11 September 2007. The combined group Hydrogen believes that Hydrogen and Imprint are highly complementary. The Board of Hydrogen believes a combined group would: - have a market leading proposition, that will facilitate the attraction of new staff and be well positioned to enhance its international presence; - have a leading senior management team within the UK recruitment sector; - benefit from a step change in scale; - be one of the largest professional recruitment businesses in the London market in terms of headcount; - have an increased critical mass in the UK finance and accounting recruitment sector; and - maintain a disciplined framework to grow further a broad range of market leading brands. In addition, the Board of Hydrogen anticipates that there is considerable potential for cost savings and synergies to be realised over time. The Board of Hydrogen considers that, subject to the satisfactory conclusion of the ongoing disposals by Imprint, before taking into account the benefit of any synergies the acquisition of Imprint should not be earnings dilutive in its first year. This should not be interpreted to mean that Hydrogen's earnings per share will necessarily be greater, or less, than in its preceding financial year. Pre-conditions to making the offer announcement The proposal is subject, inter alia, to: - the satisfactory completion of certain further limited due diligence; - the Board of Imprint recommending the above proposal; - Hydrogen being satisfied that there are suitable arrangements with regard to the ongoing disposals by Imprint; and - Imprint entering into a satisfactory break fee arrangement with Hydrogen. Hydrogen intends to approach Imprint shareholders with a view to outlining to them the merits of the proposal. Hydrogen reserves the right to waive, in whole or part, any of the above pre-conditions at its sole discretion. Any offer, if made, will contain customary terms and conditions for a UK public offer. Current trading Hydrogen's interim results announcement of 11 September 2007 included the following: 'Trading in the second half of the year has started well and in line with the Board's expectations and our brands continue to show strong growth. We were particularly pleased with the performance of our Sydney office, launched earlier this year. Representing Commerce Partners the office focuses on local market and candidate flow, to and from Australia. 'Whilst the current uncertainty in the debt market has resulted in lower job flow for some of our teams in this sector, overall activity across the business remains high underlining the importance of our diversified business model. The majority of the niche markets on which we focus continue to experience high demand for specialist candidates, underpinned by demographics and increased legislative and regulatory change.' Since 11 September 2007, trading has continued to be in line with the Board's expectations. Other Whilst the discussions are at an advanced stage, there is no certainty that an offer will be forthcoming, even if the pre-conditions are satisfied or waived. Accordingly this announcement does not constitute a firm intention to make an offer under Rule 2.5 of the Takeover Code. A further announcement regarding the proposal will be made when appropriate."
12/10/2007
06:42
mercier et camier: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f43db68c-785c-11dc-8e4c-0000779fd2ac.html Imprint founder Hamill quits after warning By Tom Griggs Published: October 12 2007 03:00 | Last updated: October 12 2007 03:00 Brian Hamill is stepping down as chief executive of Imprint, the recruitment group that he founded, after it issued its third profit warning since April. He will be replaced immediately by Robert Thesiger, who is head of Morgan McKinley, Imprint's most widely recognised brand. John Gordon, Imprint's chairman, said trading last month had been disappointing and that discussions were continuing over a possible offer for the group. Imprint held talks with OPD, a rival, after the latter purchased a 5 per cent stake in June. However, Imprint said those talks had terminated at the start of August. The company then discussed a management buyout, backed by Alchemy Partners, which came to nothing. Further takeover talks were disclosed on September 7. OPD is rumoured to be a likely interested party, having bought its stake at 245p, three times the present share price. OPD was unavailable for comment yesterday. Before the first of this year's profit warnings in April, the share price was hovering at about 290p. It closed down 38½p yesterday at 82¼p. "I hope the discussions will be concluded in a very short time," Mr Gordon said. "The uncertainty is having a damaging effect." Imprint said trading in September had been "materially below expectations", in spite of encouraging trading in July and August. Ian Jermin, analyst at Landesbanki, said: "Imprint has a high exposure to financial services and will suffer from an inevitable moderation of demand following the summer credit squeeze, despite its focus on back office staff. The share price has gone sideways since making three acquisitions in 2005." About 50 per cent of Imprint's net fee income is from financial services.
22/8/2007
22:04
tonyr: Interesting looking at the timeline of what's happened here:- 1. Neutral/Upbeat AGM statment on 19 April :- "At my first AGM as Chairman of Imprint, I am pleased to be able to report that the Group traded in line with expectations over the first quarter of 2007..." 2. Couple of weeks later, share price began to slide, albeit on low volumes. Maybe some employees had noticed that trading was quiter than expected in late April and decided to offload a few shares. Whatever, the slide soon developed some momentum, tanked in mid May, then slid a bot more to around the 200p level by June. 3. By this point, a lot of folks began to look at IMP, trying to figure out whether it was now very cheap (on a sell-off occurring for no known reason), or whether "something is up". 4. Mid June, a lot of stock began to change hands as new holders came in looking for IMP to bounce. A great deal of uncertainty around. "Something must be up for it to have fallen like this", is probably what plenty of people felt. 5. 19 June, Trading Update:- "The Board of Imprint, the international recruitment services group, notes the recent weakness in its share price and, as a consequence, has decided to bring forward the publication of its customary half year trading update. As noted at the time of the Company's AGM in April 2007, the Group traded in line with expectations during the first quarter of the current year. Although trading was somewhat quieter than expected during the Easter period, the Group is enjoying a stronger end to the first half-year. On the basis of the financial performance of the Group in the year to date and on current activity levels, the Board is confident that the Group's operating profits for the first half of the current year will exceed those of the comparable period last year. Furthermore, notwithstanding additional costs incurred in developing the Group's international office network, trading cash flows in the year to date have been robust and the balance sheet remains strong, with debtor days in line with those reported at the last year end. In addition, provided that the economic backdrop remains favourable and current business trends continue throughout the second half, the Board is satisfied that, whilst challenging, expectations for the full year remain achievable. Presumably designed to allay concerns, while acknowledging that trading had slipped a bit around Easter (perhaps the initial reason for a slight sell-off, although not a justification for the rout which had taken place). Brokers EPS forecasts get trimmed a little around this time. Also, directors start buying the shares. 6. Unfortunately, seems the sharp fall in share price up to this point had already caused people to assume that "something serious must be up" and the Trading Update didn't allay fears sufficiently; stock sold off heavily again! Directors' purchases viewed by some as token gestures. Volumes becoming extremely high and signs, in the price action, of people panicking, just wanting out. "Something must be up!" feelings possibly stronger than ever, despite the Trading Update. Efficient markets? Pah! 7. 22 June: OPD pops up with a stake, acquired during the rout. share price jumps. IMP management issue statement that OPD are seeking exploratory discussions. share price jumps further, before settlign back a bit. At this point, some chunky figures being bandied about for what OPD will have to pay. Seems the previous fear that "something was up" in the minds of many investors has now evaporated - was all a panic about nothing much. 8. 2 August: Oh Dear, OPD terminates takeover discussions. IMP management make a point of highlighting in the RNS that OPD's share price had tanked in the meantime (during the early part of the sub-prime wobbles), suggesting this was why they'd walked, the implication being that it was not due to anything wrong they'd found at IMP per se. 9. Unfortunately for them, OPD walking poured new fuel onto the "something must be up" worries surrounding IMP, compounded now by the seriously deteriorating mkts due to the subprime thingumy. IMP share price completely tanks, getting down to 154p. 10. 9 August: possible MBO on the cards, offering a lowly 210p. share price opens 10p below the possible offer price, then sells-off, and continues to sell off for the next 2 weeks!!! Just shows how circumstances & fears (both company specific and general market) can combine in a perfect storm to cause such a total deterioration in sentiment and result in complete mistrust. Amazing really. If the business is still in good shape, as has been indicated, and the management succeed in bagging this for just 210p, I bet they really won't believe their luck....
12/8/2007
18:18
polzeath: The inimitable Colin: Pierce Casey moment of the week Another action-packed week in the life of Imprint (IMP), once a dull 'international recruitment company', now the Carlos Tevez of the AiM-market – who will IMP 'sign for'? A bit of history: - 11 April 2007, Pierce Casey resigns as non-exec Chairman of IMP, John Gordon, was a non-exec, steps up to the plate. - 19 April 2007, IMP's 2007 AGM: trading in line with expectations. - Share price falls sharply over several weeks, from above 275p to under 200p. - 19 June 2007, IMP issues a trading update, 1st half up on the comparable period for last year, balance sheet strong, full year's expectations remain achievable. Directors buy 49k of shares, cost circa 200p per share. - 21 June 2007, OPD, another recruitment company, takes a 5.23% equity stake. - 21 June 2007, IMP announces that OPD is seeking exploratory talks which may or may not lead to an offer to the company – it's takeover time. Shares tick up above 200p. - 2 August 2007, talks with OPD terminated. IMP notes the recent fall in OPD's share price – wow, is that a hint. Shares fall back to under 170p. - 9 August 2007, IMP announces a preliminary approach by a number of the executive directors backed by Alchemy Partners, offer price 210p. A committee has been set up to consider the offer. Alchemy Partners – now why does that name ring a bell? Cue a look at the Alchemy Partners website: http://www.alchemypartners.com/ Aye Carumba! Pierce Casey is a partner at Alchemy Partners. So let's recap: - PC was a non-executive director at IMP. - Share price fell after PC resigned – note this is probably completely coincidental. - Exploratory talks with OPD. - Talks are terminated, OPD's share price has fallen – hint, hint, hint. - Executive directors make a low-ball offer for the company – trading in line with expectations, balance sheet strong, 2006 EPS 23.8p – backed by a venture capitalist company where PC is a director. And the punch-line, the share price ended the week 10% down on the lowball offer. Boy, are people dubious about whether the offer is going to succeed, and are ignoring the possibility that either the IMP independent committee rejects the offer as being too low, with the expectation that the directors come back with a higher offer, or OPD comes up with a counter offer. I don't expect due diligence to take long – I guess that the executive directors, and Alchemy Partners, as briefed by PC, know IMP quite well. Food for thought – I wonder if OPD made an all paper offer for IMP that was higher than the current on-the-table offer of 210p and that offer was rejected by the IMP board? Should the IMP independent committee make approach OPD again and ask whether they would make that offer again. Would shareholders be willing to receive 210p per share in cash, or a considerably higher figure in OPD shares? http://boards.fool.co.uk/Message.asp?mid=10660378&sort=postdate
19/7/2007
18:02
rivaldo: Ta. And furthermore - here's the full Shares Mag tip :o)) "IMPRINT (IMP:AIM) – 197.75p PLAYS OF THE WEEK There is an old market saying: 'Profit warnings come in threes'. It is six months since the first of Imprint's 2007 alerts – the second came in June – and although recent share price movements suggest a third hiccup could be on the way, the lowly valuation suggests a lot of bad news is already priced in. Imprint is an international recruitment business. The Soho based firm has 14 offices in nine countries worldwide and has an excellent record of generating rapid sales and earnings growth, both organically and by acquisition. After three purchases in 2005 and one in 2006, Imprint operates under six brands, namely Accreate, ECHM, Imprint Search & Selection, iQ selection, Morgan McKinley and WoodHamill. Further acquisitions are possible, not least as the company ended last year with £4.3 million of cash on its balance sheet and has a £7.5 million revolving credit facility. Trading conditions in the recruitment market worldwide remain buoyant. Global economic growth is robust, particularly in Asia, where Imprint's 66 fee-earners in four offices leave it well positioned. Company demands for workforce flexibility and government deregulation of labour markets remain long-term positive structural trends. Against such a positive backdrop, companies such as Robert Walters (RWA), Hays (HAS) and Michael Page (MPI) have all coined it this year – and seen their share prices rocket as a result. Yet Imprint has suffered those two profit stumbles and seen its share price crash by over a third from its year peak of 303.75p. The problems appear to have been primarily internal. Staff defections and management issues have held back the UK activities of Imprint Search & Selection, while three local offices have underperformed expectations at ECHM. Action has been taken, including the appointment of new management at Search and Selection. June's trading statement also noted the first half had ended strongly and earnings will still be higher than in the equivalent period a year ago, despite all of the problems. Imprint still has its risks. As noted, the rotten recent share price performance and prospective PE of barely nine for 2007 – compared with multiples of between 17 and 20 for Hays, Robert Walters and Michael Page – suggests there could still be more bad news to come. It is also ominous that potential Japanese predator Crystal has not made use of the share price weakness to launch a bid (see Shares, 8 February), as Imprint's European base and Asian offices would make it a good fit. Yet rival firm OPD (OPD) must think there is value here, as it snapped up a 5.27% stake in Imprint back in June and has since sought talks which could lead to it launching its own offer. This speculative interest should underpin Imprint's share price at current levels while, assuming it sorts out its internal problems, earnings momentum should reaccelerate and spark a share price recovery as the valuation discount to peers is narrowed whether there is a bid or not. Broker Bridgewell has just slapped a 275p price target on the stock, another encouraging sign that implies 40% upside. by: Russ Mould"
14/7/2007
06:59
polzeath: Bridgewell were already keen on IMP: Imprint's imperious prospects Companies: IMP 29/05/2007 Employers are finding it increasingly difficult to get hold of the right people for the right jobs, particularly in sectors that require a high level of skill. In the UK, although unemployment has been growing of late, the number of job vacancies has also been rising. Data released in April by the Office for National Statistics showed that vacancies in the UK during the first quarter of this year had increased by 5.3 per cent to 635,500 over the previous quarter, as the total number of workforce jobs increased by another 88,000 to 31.6 million. Clearly there is a skills gap that is preventing companies from hiring all the people they need in order to conduct their business effectively. But this is not just a problem for mature labour markets like the UK. In developing countries, such as China, there is also a growing demand for skilled employees. And this is where specialist recruitment businesses like Imprint, run by respected chief executive Brian Hamill, come in. Imprint is focused on serving blue-chip clients in the professional services, commerce and financial services sectors. Although more than 90 per cent of the group's sales come from the UK and continental Europe, Imprint is building its presence in the growing recruitment markets of Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, regions that 'will play an increasingly important role in the future growth of Imprint', according to chairman John Gordon. This spring, the group announced it was expanding its operations into Australia with the opening of an office in Sydney. In Asia-Pacific, it already has offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. In February, Imprint reported an increase in pre-tax profits for last year of more than 55 per cent to £11.3 million thanks, in part, to 33 per cent organic growth in net fee income. Adjusted earnings per share improved by 43.9 per cent to 22.3p. This growth was driven mainly by a 43 per cent increase in revenues from the UK and Europe, where Imprint's subsidiary, Morgan McKinley, benefited from its position as a leading supplier of back office recruitment services to the financial sector during a year when hiring in this sector in the UK reached a record high. Morgan McKinley also launched new services in human resources, commodities and insurance, which were profitable in their first year. All of Imprint's other UK and Europe-focused businesses experienced growth last year. The operations in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East saw net fee income increase by 115 per cent to £5.4 million, the growth being largely organic, with the acquisition of Dubai's Ingram Consultancy adding £680,000 to revenues. In April, the group revealed that it traded in line with expectations during the first quarter. Looking ahead, the short- to medium-term prospects for the recruitment industry are positive, with Imprint's larger recruitment peers Robert Walters and Michael Page both recently reporting favourable conditions thanks to a continuing global shortage of qualified professional people. Recent forecasts from independent broker Bridgewell estimate that Imprint will generate earnings per share of 25.4p this year, rising to 28.1p in 2008. This suggests average annual earnings growth of 12.3 per cent during the next two years, which compares very well with the price-to-earnings rating of 8.6 times 2007's prospective earnings (based on a share price of 218.75p). Imprint is also expected to pay a dividend of more than 4p for 2007. Buy. Jon Mainwaring http://www.smallcompanies.co.uk/about-us/authors/255893/imprints-imperious-prospects.thtml
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