Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Swallowfield Plc LSE:SWL London Ordinary Share GB0008667304 ORD 5P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 292.50p 285.00p 300.00p 292.50p 292.50p 292.50p 16,588.00 07:37:17
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Personal Goods 54.5 2.3 17.7 16.5 49.33

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23/1/201709:15SWALLOWFIELD Time to start buying. WAY below NAV and growing!616.00
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Swallowfield Daily Update: Swallowfield Plc is listed in the Personal Goods sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker SWL. The last closing price for Swallowfield was 292.50p.
Swallowfield Plc has a 4 week average price of 273.47p and a 12 week average price of 261.01p.
The 1 year high share price is 305p while the 1 year low share price is currently 147.50p.
There are currently 16,865,401 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 30,704 shares. The market capitalisation of Swallowfield Plc is £49,331,297.93.
investoree: What on earth is going on with the share price and where is the hidden value in SWL that Soros has apparently found? Am tempted to sell before they fall back having held for many years.
countryman5: Well attended AGM with very up-beat presentations. Lots of new irons in the fire. LTIP kicks in when share price reaches 220p for well deserved Executive Directors.
baner: no no this surge in the share price is most likely because there are rumors Shena Winnings and Ian McKinnon are imminently doing a come back here - the "Super Team" protected by certain pigfarming shareholders in the company a couple of years ago...........
smithie6: btw Nephets 1) PG is expecting a cash lump sum from another co. where he has a big holding being bought.... so, in advance he could perhaps be investing some of that cash... 2) CRL Creightons share price also doing well in recent months.... as well as the SWL share price also produce/sell cosmetics etc Twitter @Fulltimeinvest
nehpets81: This upwards creep of the share price shows no sign of letting off. The last update reckoned that full year results would be in line with expectations so I wonder what is causing the increase? I suppose low oil price would help but I can't imagine weakness in the Euro will be very helpful. Any ideas/comments?
farmingrgp: I see that Mr Gyllenhammar is a secret admirer of Shena Winning and her stewardship of SWL. I have just been reading an interview that he gave to Chris Menon of Investing Strategy in November 2009 when the SWL share price was about 100p. In the interview he was talking about the various UK companies in which he was invested and he singled out Swallowfield for praise. He said 'In Swallowfield we are more than 100% up in a weak market. I am surprised how well some of these companies have done in the recession and I am very hopeful regarding many of the companies we are investing in today'. Clearly PG was impressed with the management of SWL, he is just mean in giving praise where praise is due. Baner, would you agree? His desire to get rid of Shena is clearly not about performance. It is either about male ego or else it is about getting control of the company. The big surprise is that WSE allow themselves to be used. They recently paid about 145p for 230,000 shares so they obviously think that SWL is a well managed company unless they bought those shares purely to allow PG to get control.(PS If WSE had invested in NBI at the time, which was an option, they could have doubled their money compared with SWL) The recent company RNS shows the extraordinary extent to which the SWL board has gone to accommodate PG and WSE. The arrogance of PG and WSE who think that they should decide the representative of the Smaller shareholders who will sit on the Board, is beyond utter belief. They think that they can appoint their own board representative AND also appoint the representative of the other shareholders. Democracy is obviously a concept that these two are strangers to. However, the RNS indentifies the roadmap forward and it is the duty of the Board to implement it even if PG and WSE don't approve of the final detail. The road map, that should be implemented as soon as possible is as follows. 1. Shena should step down because her presence is like a red rag to a bull with regard to PG and WSE, despite the fact that they know she has been a damned good chairman. 2. The Board should appoint a temporary chairman until three 'Vested Interest' Directors are appointed to the Board. The Board would then appoint a new chairman and Richard Organ would step down as a Director. 3. No 1 Vested Interest Director would be nominated by PG and WSE and would be appointed to the Board at the same time that all three 'Vested Interest Directors' are ready to take up their seats on the Board. 4. No 2 'Vested Interest Director would be appointed by the newly created 'Swallowfield Smaller Shareholders Association'. This representative body would be administered by the Company Secretary and would nominate and vote for its representative on the Board.There would be a new vote every three years. Voting would be pro rata to shares held. Shena or Richard could stand for this position, it would be illegal to exclude them. 4. No 3 Vested Interest Director would be an elected representative of the employees within the Group. Our employees are a vital stakeholder in the company and having an employee Board member shows an enlightened approach.I also believe that such a representative is popular in Sweden. The Board has spent numerous hours of seeking a way forward and now is the time to say to PG and WSE ' We have listened to what you have to say and this is what we believe to be the democratic way forward and this is what we as a Board are going to implement'. If PG and WSE want to remove the duly elected representative of the Smaller Shareholders or the employees they can call a vote of all shareholders as is their democratic right.
markt: Does anyone know what are the WSE/P.G. plans for developing/changing SWL to increase future profitability and hence increase the SWL share price in the future years ? Various opinions and posts over the last few weeks and letters to shareholders in advance of the EGM.....but I haven't seen on this message board any info. about WSE/P.G. plans for developing/changing SWL ... (at the end of the day...ignoring who sits on the is I think the plans for developing SWL in the future that matter..and one assumes that WSE/P.G. have different plans than the existing board or at least that they want adjustments) the WSE letter gives any info ?
markt: Hi Topvest (Apologies to any SWL I wander off thread a little with this post) I disagree when you say that "WSE has generally good investment record, if not spectacular" WSE share price and NAV is lower now than it was 10-15 years ago. 2006 warrant exercise price was 64p, X millions exercised if my memory is correct a South African mining Pension Fund bt 2.7 millions of new WSE shares at 56pin 1996-1997 (converted for 4:1 consolidation later). Warrants issue shares of 2007 resulted in 50p/share effective price, millions of shares exercised; 2 new for 5 old. . Total number of WSE shares has increased from 11M to 18M now. All of those shares are showing a notable loss, so the performance has not been spectacular. And the WSE share price now is 37p-43p. Definitely not spectacular !!. On the plus side, the WSE NAV and share price has been increasing since the market low of April 2009.....and if it manages to continue then the share price will hopefully increase. (the investment is Northbridge, I would agree has performed in spectacular way, from 1 pound cost to be in the 2 pound region now....but !!....imho, WSE did not take up all its rights in the rights issue at 125p !; turns out it was not a rights issue but a private placing, why ?) (WSE and LFI have sufferred drastically by staying invested in companies when the share price was falling, MWB, CRE..loss of millions of pounds...a major -ve factor of the LFI/WSE investing model/strategy imho. MWB was 300p, now it is 43p, LFI did not sell out, result, LFI share price crashed from 50p to 15p) Although one must admit that the last 10 years have been difficult times for investing, with market ups and downs, the 2007-2009 economic crash and banking collapse being the biggest for many decades. And with hindsight any analysis is of course very easy. And LFI/WSE are still around with NAV in same region as in the past, so there is the chance of recovery. While many companies have gone bust over the last 10-15 years. Hence at "this exact moment in time", the conclusion imho is that the the WSE/LFI investment strategy/model does not work. In the future hopefully it will be different. WSE and P.G. are trying to make things happen at SWL, eg. the EGM....hopefully we will see more news over the coming months...and hopefully the SWL share price may increase over time. WSE and P.G. have big investments in SWL so any changes they try to make, one can assumes that they expect to be beneficial to themselves, and hence to all shareholders. P.G. and WSE/LFI have lots of contacts and contacts of I am hoping that any future changes at SWL that WSE/P.G. want would be beneficial to all SWL shareholders. P.G. owns around 30% of approx. 20 companies (or more) so he clearly has a lot of contacts with other directors and chairmen. Just a case of waiting to see what unravels I think.
markt: One thing I don't understand about the SWL development approach.... Why develop a new factory in the Czech Republic (where labour costs are much lower) BUT also plan to develop the UK factory. If it is best to operate the factory in the UK then why open a factory abroad ? And if production is best done in the Czech republic then why plan to develop the 2 UK factories ( new manufacturing rooms at Wellington and Bideford are coming on line now) and operate 2 factories in the UK and 1 in the Czech Republic (extra management costs, security costs, more tax complication, extra inter factory transport costs etc) ? (SWL have been there before, with a factory in Belgium...which they then closed) The Czech factory has problems of production volatility. (if UK and Czech factories were 1 then there would be less volatility, the volatility has been created by the directors opening a factory in a distant country and moving some product lines, volatility created by the directors). Production volatility reduces profitability (if production team are waiting since have nothing to produce.....or lightly loaded....; recent results show turnover up but profitability down !!) ==== WSE and P.G. can see the costs for the new manufacturing rooms arriving in this reporting period....and see that profitability remains low.....that is perhaps part of their reasoning for calling the EGM (my guess)...seeing that increasing profitability is very slow in arriving, or not at all. They are perhaps not so happy that the last report announces that the profit margin will reduce, when the aim of the company is to increase the profit margin. (and as big shareholders they want the see that profit margin will go up) Perhaps they are also concerned about the cosy image of the board. That is the image I have anyway. The current chairwoman was an ex-director if my memory is not wrong. And the board has recently called up Mr Organ, another past director. I can't see ex-directors as being likely to arrive and shake up the company or being willing to make significant changes to increase the profitability. (personally I would prefer a higher % of the dirs. to be like the ex-L'Oriel chap..with direct sector experience.....). ===== If I was WSE/P.G. (noting I have no experience in the SWL sector, and no interest in the sector !, yes I am invested via WSE) I would want the total value of Inventories and Receivables to be reduced. 18M pounds and cap. value of the company is only 15M !. 18M is high number imho compared to profit of approx 1M/year. Too high imho, especially if profit margin is small. And 2 customers are 35% of the revenue. If 1 customer from this 18M of Inventories/Receivables does not pay, or can only pay 1/2 then profit for the year would be killed. If 10% of receivables was not received = 1.8M, equals 2 years of profits ! One of the risks with SWL. ==== SWL share price has gone up since WSE invested....and other companies where WSE has invested the share price is now lower, X years later. So SWL has done better than some others. Doctors Direct went bust I believe, 750k or so lost, from WSE. (way over valued when invested imho, crazy). ==== Interesting imho that P.G. is receiving a high % return via the dividend. Nice to see that one of his investments has performed, so many have not ! (P.G. paid around 40p for large number of his shares, and dividend is around 6p I think, so a good return....but not so important, the past is the past). The dividend that is paid to WSE is consumed by the running costs of WSE. The WSE shareholders never get any of it. The money that WSE/LFI receives by having people sitting on the boards of companies where they invest helps pay the running costs of WSE/LFI. (Except for Mr D.C.Marshall, his pay for being on any board goes direct to an un-named company (I assume Mr Marshall's company, to avoid tax perhaps), not to WSE/LFI).
markt: SWL compared with WSE and LFI (companies effectively controlled by Mr D.C.Marshall and his associate Mr Robotham) since 2000.... SWL average price around 80p. Price now, 140p. 75% higher. LFI average price perhaps around 25-30p. Price now 21p to buy. Below the average price. WSE. average price perhaps around 50p (eye averaging). Price now 43p to buy. Below the average price. So, at the moment, the SWL share price seems to have outperformed the WSE and LFI share prices since 2000. ...BUT, should also take into account the dividends paid, WSE has been paying 2p in various years (1 year no div) , 10 years = 20p. LFI have been paying around 1p div. , over 10 years = 10p. (rough numbers, you can add it up exactly if you want). If adds these dividends, then SWL share price still outperforms WSE and LFI share prices over 10 years, from what I can see anyway.
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