Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Business Control Solutions Grp LSE:BCT London Ordinary Share GB00B07YXJ41 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 1.25p 0.00p 0.00p - - - 0 06:32:19
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Software & Computer Services 9.7 -0.4 -0.2 - 3.39

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i have 20000 shares anyone offer me 3p
what is the latest on this share
how can i get 3p for my shares. 20.000. got paper certificates
Here's the deal:
And me. Dont know the ramifications of it yet. Another dog down the drain I guess.
Got a note from my broker (Selftrade) that BCS is delisting from AIM. Regards Tt.
Looks like director trying to boost confidence...
watch out for very large buys>>> mbo on the cards
profits warning
Business Control Solutions Group swung to a first-half profit, as a 28% reduction in operating expenses more than offset a 2% fall in turnover. The group said a diverse revenue stream along with current forward order visibility makes it confident of revenue growth for the year. For the six months to June 30th, 2008, the group reported a pretax profit of �29,000 compared with a �425,000 loss a year earlier, while revenue dipped to �4.55m from �4.66m. Software revenue fell 39% but Consulting revenues rose 8%. Overall group operating expenses fell to �1.58m from �2.18m. 'We expect market conditions to remain challenging... for both our Consulting and Software businesses. However, our client base, diversified portfolio and current sales pipeline provide us with confidence that we will be able to successfully navigate our way through these challenging market conditions,' said CEO, Nigel Walder. Walder added the group's cash position remains healthy.
Results out today, any comment, analysis? :-)
why the sharp drop today.. hold from 3.75p
16% up today, 3.50/3.75 and still next to nothing volume ?
market maker2
Quiet here !
market maker2
Buy Business Control Solutions (BCT) at 3p Says exclusive small cap specialist website The 200 members of were exclusively tipped to this stock on 4 April 2008 at 2.125p. If you wish to join the waiting list to get access to this exclusive site click HERE The Investment Case: The credit crunch has left many financial institutions paranoid about the integrity of their balance sheets; none of them want to be the next Northern Rock or Bear Stearns. The stage is set for a huge overhaul of the procedures used by the banking system, of which software will play a major role. With the recent launch of its Balance Sheet Integrity product, which provides instant visibility over the account substantiation process across multiple regions, businesses and currencies, Business Control Solutions (BCT) stands to gain from these developments. Company Description: Business Control Solutions provides management consultancy services and operational control software to financial institutions. Its software packages are aimed at giving its clients visible control over day-to-day business processes while ensuring accurate reporting to meet regulation requirements. Its clients include six of the world's top 10 banks, and the company has offices in London and New York with software development in Peterborough and Romania. The company was formed out of an amalgamation of two companies, B2B (founded in 2000) and Buttonwood (founded in 2001), which, having pursued different clients in the investment banking world, encountered each other at Abbey in 2003 and realised there was potential for co-operation. A joint venture named Visual Control Management was set up soon after, and in 2005 all three entities were combined and listed on AIM through the reverse takeover of cash shell Honeysuckle. Since then the company has significantly increased its client base, thereby reducing the group's reliance on one client, which accounted for 70-80% of revenues in 2004, and giving a much broader spread of revenues. Current trading looks positive, with the company pursuing a transition for its clients to an annual licence model that will ensure an increasing level of recurring revenues for the group going forward (they now account for 25% of software revenues). The company also said it has been enjoying strong growth across its client base and its range of services and that levels of interest in its new balance sheet software have been high. Financials: During the year to 31 December 2007, the group posted losses before tax of £399,000 on revenues of £9.66 million, representing improvements of 44% and 20% on 2006 respectively, and resulting in a loss per share of 0.15p. However, the main issue was the fact that the company turned a profitable second half, at both the operating and pre-tax level. Revenues at the consultancy business increased by 26%, while the software division managed a less impressive 4% increase due to investment in new products and the ongoing transition to an annuity-based model. This is a strategy that appears to be bearing fruit, with contracted annuity income within the software business up by 88% at £776,000 year-on-year. Gross margins were maintained at 38% despite a shift in the sales mix towards the traditionally lower margin consultancy business. Net cash at the year end stood at a useful £2.8 million. Year to 31 December Sales (£m) Pre-Tax Profit (Loss) (£m) Earnings (Loss) Per Share (p) PE Ratio 2006A 8.04 (0.68) (0.31) N/A 2007A 9.66 (0.4) (0.15) N/A 2008E 10.2 0.3 0.11 27.3 Management: The board carries a hefty weighting towards the banking world, giving the company an essential contact network it can utilise when pursuing clients. Most notably, Non-Executive Chairman Steve Russell has spent the last 20 years managing some of Britain's largest and best-known companies, and is currently a non-executive director of Barclays Bank; while Chief Executive Nigel Walder was a senior IT manager at Bankers Trust, before moving to take up the position of Head of Technical Infrastructure and then CIO for NatWest Global Financial Markets. Bull Points: - Transition towards a recurring revenue oriented approach should ensure a more stable and reliable earnings stream. - Rise in awareness of control-related issues in the financial services marketplace. - Broadening client base. - Very strong net cash position significantly de-risks the investment proposition; provides scope for earnings enhancing acquisitions. Bear Points: - Difficult to foresee how investment banks' cost tightening will affect the company, although there has thus far been no sign of a downturn in any of the group's divisions. - loss of one of the larger customers could adversely affect the business. - The spread is wide Valuation and 1-year Target: The shares have been hit hard over the past few months, having traded at around 7p back in May last year. However, with the company having recently moved into profitability and offering products which play to the concerns attributed to the current financial climate, we believe a re-rating is in order. If we discount the net cash position of £2.8 million, we arrive at an enterprise value of just £5.3 million for the company, and the shares therefore trade on an EV/Revenue multiple of just 0.52 for the current year. This is extremely low, as most peer group companies trade on EV/Revenue multiples of not less than 1. If we attach the same value to BCS shares, this implies a price target of 4.845p, giving us upside of 62% Assessment: Business Control Solutions is a profitable and growing company, with products that are of increasing interest to their target markets. Throw in a net cash position covering more than a third of the market capitalisation, and the investment case looks compelling. Buy.
Next to nothing volume and up again, are the MMs short of stock ?
market maker2
Today's announcement of an agreed partnership with ESP is good news. The current turmoil in the financial market is boosting demand for BCS's consulting services and software products. Rather than seeing a slowdown, the company looks well positioned to take advantage of the need for control-related issues within the financial services marketplace.
barn owl
One purchase and up ?
market maker2
could be a takeover target for business systems group
The recently announced results for 2007 seemed rather positive, with sales up 20% this year at £9.7 million and ahead of house broker Arbuthnot's £9.2 million estimate. The losses were reduced from £684,000 to £399,000. The company seems profitable in the second half-year and finished 2007 with around £2.8 million in the bank. At just under 2p a share to buy today,the market cap is around £6.8 million, with a possible profit of £300,000 on sales of £10.2 million for 2008. The company seems to be growing at 20% year on year, or am i missing something apart from the market turmoil. Looks like a reasonable long-term speculative punt at these levels. Good luck all.
barn owl
RNS Number:6447O Business Control Solutions Grp PLC 25 February 2008 Press release BCS Integrity set to put financial directors back in control Business Control Solutions launches BCS Integrity to improve financial control and reduce operational costs London, 25 February, 2008 - Business Control Solutions (BCS), provider of management consultancy services and operational control software to the financial services sector, has today announced the launch of BCS IntegrityTM. This new software offering improves financial control and reduces operational costs by managing and standardising account reconciliation and substantiation processes. By driving efficiencies across financial institutions, Integrity enables better decision-making. Integrity is designed to reduce control costs while ensuring accountability, ownership and transparency in all financial services organisations, from smaller firms through to complex, global environments with multiple general ledgers and supporting software applications. It enables firms to communicate along the business chain and customise control points according to their needs, rather than a prescribed workflow. Data can be efficiently added, manipulated and consolidated, eliminating issues caused by disparate data systems as well as the need for qualified staff having to do time-consuming tasks. This in turn decreases the risk of human error. "The issue of effective financial control is one that continues to plague the financial services sector," said Eva Weber, analyst, Aite Group. "As business processes inevitably become more complex and regulations more demanding, it's important that dedicated controls are put in place to deliver timely P+L and risk assessments, as well as accurate reconciliation, substantiation and reporting." "Most financial institutions still rely on Excel or Access for account substantiation, which involve too many manual processes, leaving too much room for error. This lack of control increases operational risk and is not sustainable on a cost or operational basis," said Michael Bush, head of product development at BCS. "Currently, every finance director is living with uncertainty. By quantifying the uncertainty, Integrity puts them back in control and helps them sleep at night." Integrity provides an effective and controlled route for managers and financial directors to highlight concerns and generate accurate reporting across multiple regions, business areas, ledgers and currencies. Its account ownership and task completion tools ensure there is no ambiguity over the account status or the person accountable for it. By highlighting inefficiencies and mistakes in the reporting process, it allows users and management to communicate effectively and focus on high-risk issues, resulting in a more efficient, value-driven process. It also enables senior management to make decisions based on accurate information. Firms can use Integrity to provide trend analysis as well as a constant, real-time view of progress. This includes out-of-the-box configuration to cover month-end processes, P&L exposure, progress forecasting and balance sheet briefs. The solution's personalised dashboard provides objective visibility over the end-to-end business process. It can also incorporate feeds from different general ledgers and consolidate them into a single view. Highly flexible and intuitive, Integrity can be customised according to business region, while maintaining a common architecture to further facilitate global reporting. It adapts to each firm's specific requirements and business processes - avoiding the need to make internal changes to suit the technology. As an out of the box solution, Integrity can be implemented in less than three months. It allows firms to focus resources away from development and maintenance towards more profitable projects, which can be easily quantified due to its transparent pricing model. As a result, it provides a viable alternative to costly, in-house developed systems. Moreover, this easy to use solution requires minimal training and ongoing technical support is provided by BCS. - Ends - About Business Control Solutions (BCS) Business Control Solutions (BCS) is a provider of management consultancy services and operational control software to the financial services sector. Its people have operated at senior levels in global organisations and this experience and domain expertise helps its clients to achieve fast-track solutions to difficult and complex problems. Its commitment to successful delivery has resulted in long-term, trusted relationships with its clients, which include six of the world's top ten banks. BCS's management consultants have delivered comprehensive business transformation programs within finance, risk, IT and operations across both the buy- and sell-side. Its innovative technology solutions are designed by industry practitioners to embed control within operational functions and give senior management real time transparency on issues and risks. Business Control Solutions is based in London, with development centres in Peterborough and Romania and is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) as BCT.L. For more information on BCS please visit Press contacts Flora Wilke or Sole Chirco Metia Tel: +44 (0) 20 3100 3500 Email: or This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange NRATAMMTMMJTBBP For more information and to contact AFX: and
making a nice breakout here lately - anyone know what's going on? CR
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