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Stock Name Stock Symbol Market Stock Type Stock ISIN Stock Description
4imprint Group Plc FOUR London Ordinary Share GB0006640972 ORD 38 6/13P
  Price Change Price Change % Stock Price Last Trade
-195.00 -7.59% 2,375.00 16:35:03
Open Price Low Price High Price Close Price Previous Close
2,520.00 2,390.00 2,565.00 2,375.00 2,570.00
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jeffian: Well I've taken the latter view and bought some. They've been on my watchlist for some time and, as a long-term investor, I see this as a buying opportunity. Funnily enough, I used to own them in another life when they were the physical printers Bemrose of Derby and sold at 40p-odd because I didn't understand the shift from physical printing to promotional stuff. How wrong can you be?! One of my biggest 'ones that got away'.
shanklin: The presentation available from https://investors.4imprint.com/investors/results-reports-presentations/?t=Presentations is helpful. Slide 5 of the 2020 presentation shows a cost breakdown. It will be interesting to know the extent to which they can flex their costs.
snadgey: This company has been under the radar for years. Low volumes causing sharp moves in both directions. Another sound announcement and promising future. Have a core holding but tend to buy just before announcements and sell a few on the spike up before the inevitable fall back on lack of investor interest! All the best!
betelgeuse1: thanks for heads up on IGR just gone to a new high MIDAS SHARE TIPS: It's Christmas every day as gift-wrap and greeting card giant IG Design cuts reliance on the festive season In 2005, IG Design Group (then known as International Greetings) was valued on the stock market at about £240million and was making annual profits of more than £16million. Less than three years later, the group’s value had crashed to just £6million, it was loss-making and was almost buried beneath a mountain of debt. Today, IG Design has returned to rude health. The road to recovery has been long and tough-going, but prospects are now extremely bright. The stock has done well in recent months, but the company is only valued at £133million and the shares, at 218½p, should prove rewarding. What a cracker: IG Design, under the direction of Paul Fineman, is the world¿s largest maker of Christmas crackers +4 What a cracker: IG Design is the world¿s largest maker of Christmas crackers +4 What a cracker: IG Design, under the direction of Paul Fineman, is the world’s largest maker of Christmas crackers IG Design is the world’s largest maker of Christmas crackers and numbers the Queen among its festive customers. The group also makes gift-wrap, greetings cards (hence its original name), gift bags and stationery. There is a thriving children’s business too, with products such as colouring books, finger paints and stickers, 750 million of which were sold last year alone. IG’s biggest customer is the cut-price international retailer Costco, but it also supplies major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose, as well as US giants Wal-Mart and Target. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Can Blue Chip bonds still pay you an income? Fears interest... Investors spooked by Brexit and commercial property fears... Investing Show: Best places to invest around the world to... MITON CAUTIOUS MONTHLY INCOME: The fund's tortoise technique... SHARE THIS ARTICLE Share HOW THIS IS MONEY CAN HELP IG Design shares: Check the latest price here Initially a UK-focused business, the company now derives a third of its sales from Britain, with about 40 per cent coming from North America and the rest from the Continent, Mexico and Brazil. Much of the company’s international expansion and its move into a broader range of products came about under the direction of Paul Fineman, who became chief executive when the group was at its low point in 2008. Fineman joined IG three years earlier when it bought his family’s business, stationery group Anker International. Now 57, Fineman joined Anker at 19 and has worked in the gifting and stationery market ever since. His strategy has been clear from the moment he took the helm at IG – to reduce the debt mountain and create a more balanced company, less reliant on cards and Christmas. Today, that work is almost done. The debt is well under control and shrinking rapidly each year. Cards account for less than 9 per cent of the business and, though Christmas generates half of IG’s sales, the company sells a wider range of products in 80 countries. Fineman has also shifted the product range downmarket. Happy days: IG Design, which also makes stationary, has returned to rude health +4 Happy days: IG Design, which also makes stationary, has returned to rude health IG sells 500million products a year to retailers at an average price of about 55p, and these are usually priced in shops at between £1 and £2. This segment of the market is more resilient than more expensive categories, so even if economic growth stagnates, demand for IG’s products should persist. To ensure that the company can make money despite charging low prices, efficiency and economies of scale are crucial, so Fineman has invested in state-of-the-art equipment to produce goods as quickly and cheaply as possible. The group has manufacturing plants in The Netherlands, Wales, China and the US and has modernised the European ones first. These produce 45 miles of wrapping paper an hour, one of the fastest gift-wrap production lines in the world. Looking ahead, Fineman is determined to expand IG’s American business. The group already has a decent foothold in the region, but the US is the biggest market in the world for gift products and children’s stationery, so the potential for growth is huge. A two-stage investment process is under way to upgrade US manufacturing and this should be complete by early next year, enabling IG to make goods faster and cheaper. IG sells 500million products a year to retailers at an average price of about 55p +4 IG sells 500million products a year to retailers at an average price of about 55p At the same time, IG is keen to sell a wider range of goods to existing customers and to target new ones, particularly regional retailers, which typically own about 1,000 stores each – about the same number as many national UK shopping chains. Last month, the firm bought a small US giftware company, Lang, for $3.6million (£2.75million), which does not just sell to shops but also directly to consumers via its own website. Over time, IG may use this business to develop its own e-commerce service. There are also a few areas where IG is not focused on the value end of the market. It has recently started making smart carrier bags for designers such as Kurt Geiger and J.Crew, and this division is growing rapidly. Brokers are optimistic about the company, expecting it to deliver a 13 per cent increase in sales to £269million for the year to March 31, 2017. Profits are expected to rise by 14 per cent to £12.3million, with an extra 20 per cent climb to £14.8million in 2018. Following the near collapse of the company around the time of the financial crisis, IG stopped paying dividends. It has since restarted, but has adopted a cautious approach, paying out 2.5p for 2016, while 3.5p is forecast for next year. Over time, Fineman is expected to become more generous, suggesting that dividends will increase at a faster pace than profits, even as profits themselves pick up pace. Midas verdict: IG Design Group has come a long way over the past eight years, but there is still a lot more mileage in the company. Fineman knows what he is doing and the outlook is strong. The company should also benefit if sterling stays weak against the dollar. Buy.
snadgey: Company is still under most investors' radar. Very low volume most days. A long term hold for patient investors. All the best.
snadgey: FOUR came 9th in Investors Chronicle 'cash magic' stock screen of all share index. Screen based on cash return on capital invested (71%) and ev/free cash flow (12).
housemartin2: Ah Snadgey, you caught me ! Mrs HM2 tells me that I sometimes have a humour problem. As a buy and hold investor generally I am more excited by investment for growth in my companies than special divis and buy backs, so to me this company just gets better & better at each reporting. I have not read the detailed report yet but will do so by the end of the weekend - looks like its going to be a good time !
cambium: LONDON (Dow Jones)--Promotional products supplier 4imprint Group PLC (FOUR.LN) said Friday it has sold two of its business units to a private equity firm for up to GBP24 million in cash. The company said it has sold Brand Addition Ltd. and Kreyer Promotion Service, both of which provide promotional merchandise to medium and large businesses, to companies controlled by H.I.G. Capital LLC, a global private equity investor. The initial fee for the sale is GBP22.75 million, with an additional GBP1.25 million payable a year after completion. 4imprint said the sale was consistent with its strategy of focusing resources on organic growth in its direct marketing business, adding that the proceeds of the sale would be used in part to pay down debt.
nick2008: Topped up last week, this will go up.......300p here we come EDIT This is definitely a BUY http://www.growthcompany.co.uk/recommendations/1647038/4imprint.thtml Investors are to be rewarded with a 6% hike in the interim dividend to 5p a share - with a forecast of 14.3p expected for the year. Peel Hunt has upped its 2011 pre-tax profit forecast by 3% to £12m (and share price target to 345p), to produce EPS of 35.7p. Though economic headwinds are unhelpful, at 225p, a forward PE rating of just 6 and a predicted yield of 6.4% leaves 4Imprint firmly in the value stock category. Buy DYOR Nick
mesquida: Large trade reported - one side only - indicated seller has gone and trade is for an odd number of shares which suggests it might be the end of the line that has been hanging over this stock for some time now. Could be very bullish signal. Meanwhile brokers are upgrading their forecasts by about 3% and the Directors are in the City today for a series of investor meetings. Shame about the market background!
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