Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Argo Group Limited LSE:ARGO London Ordinary Share IM00B2RDSS92 ORD USD0.01
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 12.50 0.00 00:00:00
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
11.00 14.00 12.50 12.50 12.50
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Financial 3.24 0.22 0.74 15.1 8
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
- O 0 12.50 GBX

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Posted at 05/2/2023 08:20 by Argo Daily Update
Argo Group Limited is listed in the General Financial sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker ARGO. The last closing price for Argo was 12.50p.
Argo Group Limited has a 4 week average price of 12.50p and a 12 week average price of 11p.
The 1 year high share price is 20p while the 1 year low share price is currently 11p.
There are currently 61,023,494 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 57,535 shares. The market capitalisation of Argo Group Limited is £7,627,936.75.
Posted at 30/7/2021 08:00 by stemis
I don't imagine the half year results will do much for the share price either way. NAV is currently 42p compared to a share price of 20p.

Within NAV there is $0.9m of unrecognised performance fees and an unrecognised balance due from Argo Real Estate Limited Partnership of $13.7m. If we ever get to the stage of being able to recognise them then the NAV would increase to 69p. Should ARGO similarily manage to increase it's AUM such that it starts to generate a meaningful profit then I suspect we could be looking at a significant increase in the share price.

However it has been like this for a while now. Classic deep value scenario...

Posted at 17/2/2021 12:11 by rovi70
Argo Blockchain #arb is asking shareholders to vote on whether they should release 17 million additional shares, reasons are here: Thoughts?
Posted at 15/2/2021 13:23 by stemis
The history of Argo is very interesting. It was set up in 2000 by Andreas Rialas, who is a former barrister and ex Deutsche Bank emerging markets loan trader -

By 18 Jan 2007 it had $882M AUM (compared to current $130m) and was acquired by Absolute Capital Mgt for £50.46m (for comparison current market cap is £9m), mostly in shares, leaving the Rialas brothers with a 13.8% stake in Absolute.

Absolute Capital Mgt was run by Florian Homm, who turned out to be a crook and was investing in illiquid (and ultimately unrealisable) US pink sheet stocks -

By September 2007 the whole edifice was crumbling. Homm resigned and disappeared.

By February 2008 the Rialas brothers had increase their stake in Absolute to 33% and in May 2008 shares in Argo were distributed in specie to shareholders of Absolute creating, once again an independent quoted entity, with the Rialas brothers as major shareholders -

Posted at 13/2/2021 12:23 by stemis
Here's my summary of the investment case for anyone interested.

The basic numbers – As at 30 June 2020 Argo, which is an alternate hedge fund manager/investor had net assets per share of 39.9p compared to a share price of 23p. Hidden within this is a receivable from AREOF of $12.2m, which is fully provided, and the recovery of which would add 22.7p to NAV value, taking it to 62.6p, or 2.7 x the current share price. Just under a year ago Argo undertook a tender offer to redeem around 17% of it's shares at a price of 26p. Like with many companies, Argo's share price was hit by the crash early in 2020, dropping from 24.5p to 15p. It has only recently started to recovery. The company is run by the Rialas brothers who own 63.6% of the shares.

Why is the share price so low? - As the company itself says “the current level of AUM remains below that required to ensure sustainable profits on a recurring management fee basis in the absence of performance fees.”. Let's also face it, as I'll show, some of the assets are fairly opaque.

What are the risks – before covering the investment case I'll cover this first. Clearly the Rialas brothers, with a 63.6% holding, could probably de-list this anytime they wanted. It's small, unloved and the cost of being a plc is probably significant relative to total overheads. Related party transactions are not uncommon. 56% of their assets are tied up in a loan to Argo Real Estate Limited Partnership (ARE), an entity that is 100% owned by one of the Rialas brothers and whose key asset is a retail park in Odessa, Ukraine - Another 36% is invested in The Argo Fund (TAF), which essentially invests in emerging market debt and which Argo itself manages. Their holding comprises 7% of TAF.

What is the investment case? – first, on balance, I don't believe the Rialas brothers will screw over minority shareholders. They've had plenty of time to do this (it's been listed since 2008) and frankly, badly treating the investment community when you rely on it to invest in the funds you manage wouldn't be a good look. But no promises... The loan to ARE is basically so that the Odessa development can access funding from the EBRD and complete the project. That would facilitate recovery of outstanding fees from AREOF mentioned above, which is worth 22.7p a share to Argo. Argo have always seemed quite optimistic about recovering these fees although provided for them in the accounts. Finally, success in increasing the AUM by Argo should trigger a more realistic valuation by the market of Argo's assets. This is what they say in their accounts - "The Board remains optimistic about the Group's prospects based on the transactions in the pipeline and the Group's initiatives to increase AUM....Boosting AUM will be Argo's top priority in the next six months. The Group's marketing efforts will continue to focus on TAF which has a 19-year track record as well as identifying acquisitions that are earnings enhancing... Over the longer term, the Board believes there is significant opportunity for growth in assets and profits...Finally in July 2020 we have launched the Argo US Feeder Fund in an effort to attract US onshore investors as the Group's main target is to increase assets under management.''

This is obviously deep value sort of stuff and not most investors cup of tea. It also relies on your view of the Rialas brothers, both whether they know what they are doing and whether they can be trusted. Of that I can give no guarantees...

Posted at 17/2/2020 08:31 by stemis
Once again, this company is not ARGO blockchain (whose ticker is ARB)!!! This is the thread for ARGO, the alternative investment manager focused on global emerging markets. Take your ramping elsewhere.
Posted at 14/2/2020 13:33 by stemis
Interesting development. I think the most important part of it though is the statement

"As an additional benefit from the Loan, AGL will possibly benefit from a better recovery on the outstanding EUR 8 m of unpaid fees due from AREOF. Currently, these fees due to AGL are carried at zero value. The Company believes the recovery of outstanding fees is greatly enhanced by the EBRD refinancing and the offered return is attractive compared to other alternatives."

As at the last interims the provision against all amounts outstanding from AREOF was $11.8m. Recovery of those amounts would add 23.3p a share to NAV, taking it to 66.6p. Current share price is 24.5p...

Posted at 14/1/2020 17:10 by stemis
Once again, this is NOT the thread for Argo Blockchain.
Posted at 31/7/2019 07:17 by stemis
NAV per share = 56.3c (46.2p). If they do manage to recover mgt fees full provided for (which they claim to be confident of) that becomes 87.2c (71.4p). Share price 21p???
Posted at 13/3/2019 13:53 by stemis

All fair points although I think 90% is the threshold for an enforced purchase of remaining shareholders.

I think there is some reputational risk in screwing over minority shareholders when your business is looking after people's money so maybe for a couple of million it won't be worth it. Certainly, though, they've not been averse in the past to stripping money out of the company through bonuses.

Once they've distributed the cash, ARGO will pretty much (91% of NAV) be just a 23% holding in The Argo Fund (TAF). Of the other three funds, Argo Distressed Credit Fund and Argo Special Situations Fund are closed to new investment so I guess in wind down mode (AUMs down 36% last year). Argo Real Estate Opportunities Fund (AREOF) is basically owned (83%) by the other funds and ARGO itself.

So I don't know why they don't collapse ARGO in TAF. What's the point of the quote? They could liquidate ARGO and distribute the shares in TAF to shareholders of ARGO and then allow redemption for those who want to cash in? Would save the costs of being a plc.

Posted at 07/3/2019 09:58 by stemis
Interesting developments.

SP now 17p compared to NAV of 38.1p. This excludes the amounts due from AREOF, which are fully provided against but management continue to insist are fully recoverable. This would add another 14.5p to NAV (making it 52.6p). Interesting that AREOF now has a NAV of $15.0m (up from $0.7m), which is presumably after the accrued $8.9m to ARGO. So in a winding up they have the assets to pay the debt.

The tender offer, which could range from 18p to 26p, will increase the net asset value per share to 41.2p - 46.5p. I'm guessing they'll get enough tendered to make it 18p therefore increasing NAV to 46.5p. Add backing the AREOF receivable would make that 67.1p.

The timing here is interesting. The tender will absorb $3.25m of their $4.0m cash. I can't believe they'd do that without a lot of confidence about the 'future'. TAF was up by 2.7% in January and AUM increased by $12m to $80m during 2018. Talk of increasing it to 'well over' $100m.

Post tender ARGO will be basically an investment in TAF ($18.2m out of net assets of $20.0m) owned 74.8% by the Rialas brothers (assuming tender at 18p). That's not sustainable. The value of shares in ARGO at 17p not owned by the Rialas brothers would be a mere £1.4m. Surely the Rialas brothers could sweep them up for say £2m and take this private?

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