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17/10/2009
12:25
masurenguy: Presumably creditors could seek to expropriate Levine's 5,374,000 shares in the company (4.5%). They could come onto the market which might impact the share price unless they are directly acquired by another director or investor. .................................................................................................................... 'Beano', the runaway financier, and the frantic hunt for £70m Metropolitan Police and the SFO, which confirmed that it had heard a series of serious allegations, are trying to piece together the facts. Why did investors give millions to Mr Levene in the first place? Had the money been embezzled or simply lost on volatile markets? Was this really a fraud or just bad business judgment? The biggest surprise for many of Mr Levene's high-rolling friends is that anyone gave him money to invest on their behalf. "Whether this is fraud or not, this whole operation is staggering," said one well-known financier. "These investors seem to have simply sent Mr Levene millions of pounds, personally, without even a bank account. He wasn't even qualified, he was a broker, a middle man, he should never have been managing money and I never knew that he did." At Leyton Orient, where he and his wife Tracey, 42, had been regulars at home games, he had not been seen since August. The following month, he resigned from the board of Touch Group, a small listed company, citing "personal reasons". http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6361404/Beano-the-runaway-financier-and-the-frantic-hunt-for-70m.html Vanished City trader's losses may hit £200m FOUR clients of a missing City financier claim they have lost £30m each, according to officials investigating the case. Total claims against Nick Levene, a 45-year-old trader and adviser, amount to £200m - three times the sum originally feared. Thirty clients have contacted Deloitte, the insolvency experts investigating Levene, who was declared bankrupt in his absence earlier this month. However, one source who knows Levene well said: "Thirty clients is laughable - there are loads." A source at a firm of private investigators said claims against Levene - nicknamed Beano - could easily exceed £300m, because of the high returns he had told investors they were making. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article6879639.ece?token=null&offset=12&page=2
25/9/2009
12:21
rossstar3: well if they make a small profit eventully , not relying on mr issacs . then from a 2 million loss it would be quiet a swing and you would expect a share price alot higher.
21/1/2008
09:11
haydock: Where the action is: Unconscious - 20 Jan'08 - 17:26 - 184 of 188 Excellent news last week about the £700,000 order to supply and install audio-visual equipment to a London University. The share price moved up nicely on low volume, which may have something to do with the fact that around 55% of the 22.8 million shares in issue are in the hands of major shareholders, so not much of a free float. This company has a lot of positives going for it at the moment. They have implemented a number of measures to reduce costs, mainly in the areas of salary and administration and at the same time recruited more chargeable engineering staff, resulting in a net saving in salaries and employment overheads. The full effect of these changes were expected to be felt during the second half of 2007. They also appear to be getting their act together and putting a lot more effort into promoting themselves, including taking out full page adverts in Design Week, Marketing Magazine, Marketing Week, and currently have banner advertising on Dailydooh.com. They have also carried out some high profile digital signage marketing at a number of retailers including C&A, Debenhams, Diesel at Boots, HMV and Vodafone. The second half of 2007 began with the group's strongest ever quarter, they have a good order book going forward with a number of well known blue-chip clients and as the Christmas period approached, orders from its retail clients had increased. It was also very encouraging to see Chief Executive Geoffrey Robertson buying 60,000 shares in October, raising his stake to 115,000 or 0.5% of the issued share capital. I hold shares in Mediazest and feel very positive about its future prospects. With all the hard work they are putting in to reducing overheads and promoting themselves, IMO the next set of results should be very encouraging and prompt a substantial rise in the share price, particularly as there is a relatively small free float. In the mean time, any further RNS announcements relating to orders should move the price up nicely. They were ahead 18% at one point last week, so it just shows what one order announcement can do! DYOR. Hey looking back i almost have my own bb!!! Anybody out there?
10/7/2007
08:54
haydock: Date: Monday 10 Jul 2006 LONDON (ShareCast) - Media marketing services group Touch announced today that the restructuring of the business is beginning to pay dividends in its publishing division. Touch said its publishing arm, Touch Briefings, has achieved a 25% increase in sales revenues to £2.8m in the first six months of the year. The group said Touch Briefings has undergone a major restructuring that has seen significant enhancements to its international publications and as such it now boasts a client base of international companies. Chief executive Tamer Ozmen said, "Over the past 18 months the group has invested considerable effort in realigning and restructuring both divisions and I am very pleased to see the benefits of this, firstly in the publishing division and I look forward to this now being closely followed by the online division." Finally we have the kind of news flow we always wanted from TOU. Favourable, but not profitable, for certain of course.We cannot compare full group figures as far as I can see, but its onward & upward at least. Sounds as if the Verticles have not taken off, thats why they were trimmed. MDZ share price is tanking, just when they seemed to be growing. Maybe TOU will pick up the pieces if it bombs?
29/3/2007
09:57
jailbird: well i would not carried away with Katie potts decision to buy..go on citywire and look at her track record..not without a blemish i can tell..she is human..and makes mistakes like we do..their funds are averaged on winners and losers Several leading fund managers escaped the carnage at AIT today but Katie Potts at Herald investment trust appears to have taken the full brunt of the 80% fall in the software firm's share price, report Simon Hildrey and Graeme Davies. AIT plunged 395p to 97p another example she bought into Vocalis 9.7M i think..in administration now...
27/10/2006
08:52
masurenguy: It would appear that the Benchmark investment of £7m in TL values that company at £9.65m. Therefore £2.65m (or £0.038p per share) will appear on the Touch plc Balance Sheet as an investment in a minority owned subsidary. If you deduct the £2.65m in Touch Local Ltd then that currently values the publishing business at circa £1.85m or £01.95p per share (including the Mediazest holding). Profit takers have already acted and the initial 8% rise in the share price has been expunged. Need to get a real handle on the publishing financials to determine what this really might be worth. In the meantime the share in Touch Local Ltd is now in a privately held company which Benchmark will seek to develop and subsequently sell at some point in the future. This minority investment could ultimately be worth more than the current share price of £0.0575p in its own right but the timeframe involved here is anyones guess. Now appears to have long term potential but investors will probably have to remain patient with this one too.
28/9/2006
12:44
hamidahamida: Touch Group plc. ("Touch" or "the Company") Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2006 HIGHLIGHTS * Group turnover from continuing operations was #4,611,000 (2005 - #3,335,000) up some 38%. Touch Group is on course to realise continued increased revenues in 2006 * Touch Briefings has seen continued expansion in 2006 with sales increasing to #2,801,000 in the first half of the year (2005 - #2,372,000) and now boasts a client base of international companies including 130 of the Fortune 500 companies. * Touch Local achieved turnover of #1,810,000 (2005 - #963,000), an increase of 88% on the prior comparable period * In April 2006, #650,000 was raised through the placing of 8,437,500 shares at 8p * The basic loss per share for the period was 2.8p (2005 restated loss: 2.7p). Top line figures have all improved over the period and we are especially pleased with the significant gains that both Touch Local and Touch Briefings have made during the period under review. We are anticipating record revenues for the full year from both businesses. For further information Vincent Isaacs, Executive Chairman Tel: 020 7452 5222 Touch Group plc Leesa Peters/ Jos Simson Tel: 020 7429 6666 Conduit PR CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT The first six months of 2006 has been an important time for Touch Group plc as we have continued our restructuring programme within the Group in order to maximise growing revenue streams and reduce costs. A very positive picture has emerged as it has become clear that within our Group there are two separate businesses, Touch Local and Touch Briefings, which have their own unique profiles. Group turnover for the period from continuing operations for the period was #4,611,000 (comparable period 2005 - #3,335,000) up some 38%. Operating loss was #1,999,000 (2005 restated- #1,810,000). The loss included an investment impairment charge of #701,000. The impairment has arisen from a decline in the Mediazest share price which we received in part payment when we sold Touch Vision in October 2005. The operating loss from continuing operations, excluding the impairment charge was #1,298,000 (2005 restated - #1,642,000). In April 2006 we raised #650,000 through the placing of 8,437,500 shares at 8p to expand on the investments made in the Touch Local business. The basic loss per share for the period was 2.8p (2005 restated loss - 2.7p). TOUCH LOCAL Touch Local achieved turnover for the period of #1,810,000 (2005 - #963,000), an increase of 88% on the prior comparable period. During this period, we launched our new product portfolio including our flagship product Touch Link Priority Listing. This micro site allows businesses to take advantage of the full benefits of online advertising which is the fastest growing advertising medium. Using sophisticated arbitrage tools, this micro site allows businesses to electronically buy leads from search engines and our own directory and display important information about their businesses along with maps and pictures. The "essence" of our business is obtaining new revenue with attractive margins and then retaining it. Retention is all about keeping our customers attention by delivering good service and communication. As a young business the retention rate was low for our entry level products ( although retention rates are high for our high end products which currently comprise the majority of our revenues). With the development of our infrastructure, the improvement of our services and our communications, our retention rate for entry level products has increased ten fold since the beginning of the year. This is still improving and is the most revealing indication of Touch Local's progress. In addition our conversion rates (viewers who make a purchase) have increased four fold since the beginning of this year and continues to improve. We believe what we have now achieved will make a considerable contribution to our future revenues. We are determined to increase this figure again by a considerable margin. The breadth of the Touch platform is now such that it is capable of providing for the needs of the smallest SME right up to Blue Chip Institutions with appropriate products for all levels and sales properly automated with people intervention only at the highest level. We have a proven business model but despite this our hardest task has been recruiting the staff capable of executing our strategy. Tamer Ozmen, our Chief Executive Officer, has spent considerable time leveraging his connections in the Internet world to find the talented individuals who now make up all levels of our Management Team. We now have a cohesive Touch Local team, able to deliver. There is now a window of opportunity for Touch Local to become a major player of high value. To take best advantage we need to move quickly. We are exploring a number of solutions to establish significant funds to fulfil the now proven growth potential within Touch Local. We are evaluating the best way of achieving our objectives of providing the required funds for Touch Local whilst increasing the value for our shareholders. TOUCH BRIEFINGS The period has seen continued focus on the (d1) major realignment and restructuring programme which commenced some 18 months ago and which has seen the division make significant enhancements to its international publications. As such it now boasts a client base, which includes 130 of the Fortune 500 companies. The Touch Briefings business produced revenues of #2,801,000 for the period (2005 - #2,372,000) up 18% on prior year. This increase is due to the fact that we published 25 books in the six months compared to 14 in the prior period. Lower margins reflect the fact that there were a significant number of new titles with a lower revenue per publication, which will be improved as additional marketing budget is allocated to this task. All of the initiatives that I mentioned in my statement of 30 June 2006 are progressing well as explained below. In addition to www.touchoilandgas.com, our established online platform for the oil and gas industry, we have launched twelve clinical vertical sites, three of which are now ready for use: www.touchneurology.com, www.touchcardiology.com and www.touchoncologicaldisease.com. All have been carefully enriched with content, providing the breadth and depth necessary to make each an essential place to visit for every therapeutic professional. We are on track to complete the further nine clinical vertical sites before the end of 2006. We have recently received verification from BPA that our Touch Cardiology journal achieved a certified distribution of 21,000. This is a demonstration of value to our clients. Our other key clinical titles will be BPA verified before the end of 2006. We have increased our number of publications by adding new titles to the schedule and by increasing the number of editions of existing titles. We have upgraded many of our clinical titles from annual to biannual frequency. We will publish 11 new titles in 2006, 10 of which launched in the first half of the year. Many are natural extensions into other clinical and pharmaceutical areas. Two new revenue streams have been created in Q3 of 2006. The Special Projects division was formed to extend the Touch Briefings brand to blue chip companies in sectors with which we have no business history, through the offering of a bespoke publishing service that leverages our content and production competencies. We have scored significant early successes with a range of clients. We have secured repeat business within the quarter, and are rapidly growing our pipeline. We have also established a Reprints division to capitalise on our existing high-quality content by selling it on to companies for whom specific articles represent an invaluable arm to their marketing strategy. This division is achieving early success. In July we launched our Key Accounts Division, which offers sponsorship and advertising deals across our entire publication portfolio to 20 of the world's largest healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. The team has made great strides and with the 2007 publication schedule in hand, we are obtaining significant 2006 orders and forward bookings for 2007. In addition we have restructured the entire business: sales floor, production, distribution and editorial. Our new management under the direction of our publishing director Dr Theresa Saklatvala is taking the company to new heights. Touch Briefings is now a profitable company of real substance, content driven with a clear focus on delivery. We are on course to publish 60 journals in 2006, realising record published revenues for the year. During the last few months of this year a clarity within the Group has emerged which will enable us to enter 2007 with the best possible opportunities.
24/4/2006
14:37
cimbom: Hot of the press. http://www.proactiveinvestors.com/registered/articles/article.asp?TOU Touch Group: Share price 6.5p, directors inject cash at 8p!? If I was a punter and read the title of this article, I would be tempted to rush out and buy stock in this company. . I am not a punter. I am a tight bottomed conservative investor who likes value. Even as a value investor, I have to admit that one of my eyebrows raised when I read an RNS update from Touch Group(TOU) this week. According to the update, this little known internet/media company managed to raise cash at 8p a share when the share price was hovering around 6p. Just like any investor who reads of a company raising cash at a premium to the share price, you have to ask why?
16/3/2006
18:06
masurenguy: From last Februarys placing at 19p. Share price closed at 19p on that day. "Touch Group plc ("Touch" or the "Company") announces that it has today raised £2,070,000 before expenses by way of a conditional placing of 10,894,736 ordinary 1p shares (the "Placing Shares") at 19 pence per ordinary share (the "Placing").The proceeds of the Placing will be used to assist in fast tracking recruitment of new staff and the development of the Company's infrastructure." From last years annual results on March 8th. Share price closed at 22.75p. "Group turnover for the year from continuing operations of £10 million (2003 - 11 months - £8.3 million. Operating loss from continuing operations of £2.7 million (2003- 11 months - £3.5 million)" From last years interims on Sept 26th. Share price closed at 11.50p "Numis Securities, our Brokers and Nomad, raised £2 million net of expenses for us in February of this year, with the specific intention for this to be used to finance our recruitment programme and to further the development of our Java based infrastructure. All of the costs resulting from this initiative have been taken through our profit and loss account. The cost of this development and cost of recruitment, coupled with an increased wage roll over the last six months, has resulted in an operating loss from continuing operations of £1,628,247. We have scoped and built a state of the art robust infrastructure which is designed and capable of supporting a global network. This we own exclusively. We have recruited a high quality team with the diverse talents that we require. We have refocused both our established sales force and our agency to bring our products efficiently to the market place. We have and are establishing a network of recurring income streams which are designed to feed off each other. We now have a great Company and I am confident over the next twelve months we will delight our shareholders." March 14th 2006: Touch share price hits all time low of 4.75p March 16th: Touch share price moves up 36% to 6.50p March 20th 2006: Year End results due. Will Vincent Isaacs deliver on his pledge to 'delight shareholders' ? Hope so but still a long way to go to regain the higher ground of 22.75p where the share price was a year ago !
20/11/2004
13:56
cockneyrebel: I'm beginning to find this business very interesting and potentially very rewarding. Touch Group Plc were born out of Ambient (ABI). Ambient floated off their old Moneybox Business and left the remaining business as a separate entity. In doing so, Touch Group retained the divi cash that would have been paid and as such at the interims they had net cash and cash in kind of £3.7m and no borrowings. Not bad considering the company's current market cap is £6.6m. Since the interims there will have been some cash burn but in a Buy note by Numis released a few days ago says that touch briefing and touch vision are now cash generative so it's probably safe to assume they still have net cash in excess of £2.5m. At the interims in June, Touch Group lost £1.6m (excluding £300K incurred floating off Moneybox). The company said it intended to become profitable quickly. Last week the company put out a trading statement saying that in the final quarter they will be 'at least' EBITDA positive and they will make a profit in the coming year. This is massive momentum to go from losing £1.6m in H1 to EBITDA positive in the final quarter – as I see it there isn't a lot of interest, tax and depreciation to be done so they must be near earnings positive in Q4 too imo Touch Group have three businesses but they are all covered by the same sales team basically so there is no tripling up of staff. Touch Vision: Web and digital screen communication – customes include BAA, Electronic Arts, HMV, Rolls Royce, London Eye and Moet. Touch Briefing: Information and communication products. Touchlocal.com: An interactive UK directory of on-line information. I won't go through all what these do as you can read all about it here: http://www.touchgroupplc.com/aboutus.cfm Touch Local looks like it could be the jewel in the crown. http://www.touchlocal.com The directory of local businesses and attractions has seen visits to the sites rise from 1.2m in January to over 4 million in October, an increase of 300K per month. This business is now generating over £100K per month in revenues. At the current growth rate they will be seeing revenues of £250K per month or more in a year possibly. In addition to this they have stated their intention to move into the US with touchlocal where they expect a market of 5 times the size. This will kick off in Q1 2005 and will be leveraged off the current infrastructure so far greater visits/sales without increasing the existing infrastructure costs significantly. Chairman Vincent Issacs has been buying shares over the last six months. 250K in June at 10.5p 250K in June at 10.25p 250K in August at 10.25p 1.27m in November at 10p (this was when the market price was 9p) This week, Touch Group put out a trading statement: "We are coming to the end of an amazing year. In March we returned #29 million of value to our shareholders by demerging a subsidiary. In June we changed the trading name of our Company from Ambient plc to Touch Group plc. We also changed the business platform, direction and culture. This was achieved by merging three independent subsidiaries into one Company. We reduced our workforce by cutting out overlap. We appointed a Chief Executive Officer with outstanding online experience. We also appointed a new Chief Financial Officer who is an ex partner of Deloittes. Together they have helped transform the business. All our Company activities are now grouped around our core online activity. In Touch Local we have developed one of the fastest growing Internet directories in the United Kingdom. Nearly 2 million businesses represented and the visits to our sites have gone from 1.5 million in January to over 4 million in October. Touch Briefings, our journal division, is having a record year, concurrently with developing the skills for selling products on line for the first time. Their executives are contributing extensively to the management of the whole Group with both administrative and selling expertise. Touch Vision with its dedicated work force and committed management has made considerable progress, at the same time establishing contracts with a number of major institutions, which underpins profitability. We are on track for a turnover of #10 million and our Online division is making an increasing contribution. We expect to at least breakeven EBITDA in the last quarter of this year and we are looking forward to a profitable 2005." This trading statement has come at the same time as Numis put out this initial coverage http://www.touchgroupplc.com/TouchGroup11Nov20041.pdf They have eps forecasts for the year 2005 of 0.4p and 2006 of 3.2p Taking into account the cash the business has and it's early growth phase they say: "Enterprise Value/Revenue and 2.5x 2005 EVEBITDA. This compares to the media sector average of 2.0x EV/Revenue and 9.5x EV/EBITDA. The discount reflects the start-up phase of the business, although as profits flow through we expect the discount to narrow' FAIR VALUE 18p I think the forecasts are very cautious and we are likely to see upgrades. 3.4p eps in 2006 – you could easily expect these to be trading on a forward PE of 20 by that time, when you look at the growth at is forecast which would see the share trading at 68p in around 12 month. Even a forward PE of 10 in 12 months time would see the share price at 34p. This would indicate an average share price appreciation of 1.8p to 3.6p per month over the coming year. And with a good chance of these forecasts being very conservative, and also the chance they trade on much higer forward PE's for the very high growth they could grow even higher and faster. I also think that the current forecasts err on the low side. With the company saying they will be 'at least' EBITDA break even by the final quarter this year I think they have left scope to post higher – I think the Chairman believes this too – back by his stock buying. You can find a bit of past info searching on ADVFN news under the ticker ABI. This is a good news article referring to TOU's progress and recent contract wins: http://www.advfn.com/p.php?pid=nmona&cb=1100958545&article=7857721&symbol=LSE%3AABI I think the Numis fair value of 18p could well be achieved on or before the Feb prelim results imo. If these are growing as fast as it appears there could be some steep upgrades to this year and next year too. Cash in the business that amounts to nearly half the market cap too. Very well worth a look imo. Some in-depth research and a quote that currently the company true value should be £25m from Equity Developments http://www.equity-development.co.uk CR
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