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|topvest: This company depresses me. Bought a chunk of shares at 2.7p many years ago, and on average 20 bagged or something. Look at the share price now and it still hasn't paid a dividend. Wished I'd kept a few!|
|glennborthwick: Great to be back. Bit of a cathartic moment. For a year or so I haven't even been able to look at the share price for the "what could have been factor", but if I can do it once I can do it again. It will be interesting to see if I am still good at this game.|
|rivaldo: Two trades of 40k and 45k shares at 655p, and the share price moved up afterwards (now 660.5p mid-price against the 650p open).|
|davidosh: Lots of mention for LOQ and the Qbots and Qbands in tonights Evening Standard with a feature on theme parks....
Lo-Q, the London-listed technology firm behind Q-Bot, the handheld queue-busting device for theme park visitors, has seen its share price leap 83% in the last year and tenfold since 2009
Operators are looking at other ways to use technology. Visitors to Legoland Windsor can pay from £15 a head to rent Lo-Q's clever, handheld Q-Bot device, which lets users reserve a place at a ride in, say, half an hour's time, rather than queue. Lo-Q also offers digital wristbands in some US parks, allowing users quick access to rides.
The next big thing is mobile, letting users turn their phone into a digital pass from entry to the park to using rides and even accessing their hotel room. "We're all getting more technology-literate," says Tom Burnet, chief executive of Lo-Q. "Consumers are coming to the park and expecting to use their phone to add to the experience. The iPhone and other phones have opened their eyes to the art of the possible."
Disney has pioneered its own digital wristband, called My Magic Plus, in Florida, and is looking hard at mobile.|
|davidosh: I totally agree with Martin. Those who are long term holders will appreciate this is a long ride and just like the theme parks there will be roller coaster movements when so much is being built into the future. It is clear that we may see another acquisition at some point this year and a much larger business servicing the entertainment and leisure sector across the world is being built from within LOQ.
Tom and now SB in the US are very heavily supported by institutions with big names on the register. Whether the share price in £5 or £7 today does not interest them and the stock split will not create additional liquidity if there are simply no sellers because everyone is holding for the future.
I have been here nearly ten years and personally feel more comfortable and at the same time enthusiastic for the future than at any time before. Short term price movements on very low volumes are immaterial to me but I can understand TB being keen to see a strong share price if he is considering a paper deal and the vendor wants to see the LOQ currency as fairly stable too.
I think the Sanderson deals are starting to come through now....theme parks are slow to change their habits but that does mean recurring revenues once you are in will be greater too...stickiness with repeat business is a good combo at LOQ.|
|rivaldo: Cheers David, much appreciated. I had to leave after an hour, but it seems that LOQ's prospects are as good and TB as enthusiastic as ever.
It was particularly good to hear TB enthuse about just how good the accesso acquisition has been, since this was obviously a slightly more risky step into the unknown for LOQ. The accesso management appear to have sharpened up LOQ's own operations and surpassed all expectations.
As Spud says, the share price/market cap targets mentioned are rather enticing!
The high level of institutional support indicates that these targets may well be possible/likely assuning LOQ's performing to expectations and innovating into the sort of new markets mentioned.|
|markt: A cynic (like me!) may think that the recent rocket run up in the LOQ share price was due to insider trading knowing that this deal was about to be announced.|
|davidosh: nomunnofun...I am not here to teach anyone anything BUT one thing that I have personally learned with growth stocks and strong stories that build with good newsflow...I never ever sell out completely but prefer slicing little amounts as the share price hits targets or becomes too large a part of my portfolio.
That way I win if the share price continues up as I still have say 80% of my original holding and still feel good if the price falls as I managed to sell some when they were higher. I can always rebuy if it falls too low of course.
I learned a big lesson selling 100,000 ASOS shares at a 70% gain from when I bought them at 7p only eight years ago....they are £27 now !! If only I had sliced those and held even just half of them still now.
I can honestly say that I will never sell ALL my LOQ shares and will probably only leave through the door marked cash takeover but we all know that is not going to be for just £5 and it could be more than double this price.
I am a very happy eight year old...holder !!|
|extrader: Hi markt,
When I follow your suggestion and look at the 5 year chart, I see a share price that has risen roughly 10-fold......
Even allowing for the odd mini-peaks and -troughs, most PI's would be happy with that sort of longer term return.
While the past is obviously not a guide to the future, your concern at LoQ share price possibly having run a bit ahead of itself at the moment doesn't seem particularly critical in the bigger/longer term scheme of things .....
Discl.: No position myself. And you ? Short, perchance ?|
|rivaldo: 200p mid-price now. G78, I have absolutely no desire to sell now - given the apparent success of the new water parks product, plus the revitalisation of the core business by the new management, I'm looking for substantial upside from here.
With all those water parks across the world to aim for, plus more theme parks, plus global potential across other new sectors....I will be very interested to see where the LOQ share price is in a couple of years' time.
Importantly, LOQ appears to have garnered substantial shareholder support recently - the City has evidently warmed to the new LOQ.|
Lo-Q share price data is direct from the London Stock Exchange