Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Cenkos Securities Plc LSE:CNKS London Ordinary Share GB00B1FLHR07 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.00% 49.50 2,339,696 08:00:00
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
49.00 50.00 49.50 49.50 49.50
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Financial 44.95 2.35 4.20 11.8 28.0
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
16:09:45 O 1,137 49.00 GBX

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Cenkos Securities Daily Update: Cenkos Securities Plc is listed in the General Financial sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker CNKS. The last closing price for Cenkos Securities was 49.50p.
Cenkos Securities Plc has a 4 week average price of 46.50p and a 12 week average price of 46.50p.
The 1 year high share price is 106.50p while the 1 year low share price is currently 46.50p.
There are currently 56,694,783 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 401,868 shares. The market capitalisation of Cenkos Securities Plc is £28,063,917.59.
lord gnome: Interesting that Stockopedia indicates that the company is currently valued at £36 millions and yet it has £40 millions of net cash on the balance sheet. Valued at less than the cash it holds. I realise that this is held for regulatory purposes, but even so, if anyone can even begin to turn this around, the share price should easily double for starters. Pity is that currently, I can't see it happening.
albert zog: I’m out of my measly position. Divi flow has been ok. But not clear to me when share price will ever pick up. Management situation here is bizarre. Deal execution in these markets also very poor, for all brokers not just Cnk. Can’t see there being consolidation either.
lord gnome: Post 3079 - as QP intimated, the two things, Durkin and a takeover, might be linked. Interesting times. Perhaps that article might spark some share price action and smoke out the bid interest.
speedsgh: Hi QP. I am not qualified to make a qualitative comparison between WHI & CNKS. However the CNKS TU of 19/12 was backward-looking (and I am guessing largely as a result of the fees earned on the ESUR takeover which completed in Dec) whereas the WHI statement today is forward-looking so of potential relevance to all sector peers. AFAICT CNKS have been involved in just 2 fundraisings in Jan/Feb 2019: a £1.15m subscription for Personal Group (PGH) & a £21m placing/open offer for Kromek Group (KMK). Whilst 2 months does not make a year, it is interesting to compare Jan/Feb performance to recent years (based on fundraisings announced): Jan/Feb 2016: £270m Jan/Feb 2017: £163m Jan/Feb 2018: £54m Jan/Feb 2019: £22.15m Numis AGM Update on 5/2/19: "Since the start of the financial year [on 1/10/2018], UK equity indices have suffered material declines and the domestic political situation has significantly impacted investor sentiment in the UK. As a result the market backdrop has been particularly challenging for our corporate and institutional clients, which has ultimately impacted our trading performance in the first four months of the year... ... We have a good pipeline of opportunities, and would expect to see a meaningful increase in revenue, as and when there is greater clarity regarding the UK macro-economic and political landscape." All this would suggest that times are tough for the sector. AFAICS possible short-term drivers of CNKs share price: > Corporate action > Removal of Brexit uncertainty allowing UK plc to start investing again which would be beneficial for the sector AIMHO
speedsgh: Just some thinking out loud... Intriguing situation with Cenkos. Activist investor, Crystal Amber (CRS), notified Cenkos that it held 7.14% of the company in Feb 2018. No further update in their holding has been made since so one assumes they hold around the same level today (the Monthly NAV release for Dec 2018 on the CRS website actually shows them as owning 6.9% of Cenkos share capital). In their final results released on 7/9/18, Crystal Amber made the following comment: "The Fund has been a shareholder in Cenkos since late 2010 and increased its holding significantly during January 2018 at a share price which we believe ascribes little probability to the company being able to secure any further exceptionally large deals. Given the pressing need to deal with forthcoming retirement/succession issues relating to a number of Cenkos’s founders and the evident strategic interest in this sector (2017 takeover of Panmure Gordon and 2016 Kuwaiti investment in WH Ireland), we have now proposed to the board that it undertakes a strategic review of the company." Following this: CNKS rns dd 9/10/18 - CEO Anthony Hotson to stand down from the Board on 31/10/18 but remain an employee until 31/12/18. CNKS rns dd 31/10/18 - Anthony Hotson to remain an executive director & CEO until his successor has received FCA regulatory approval. CNKS rns dd 5/11/18 - Former CEO, Jim Durkin, to be appointed executive director & CEO upon receipt of regulatory approval; Antony Hotson to remain CEO in the interim. CNKS rns dd 12/12/18 - CFO Philip Anderson (appointed by Anthony Hotson in Jan 2018) to step down from the Board & leave Cenkos on 31/3/19. Anthony Hotson is still interim CEO today & regulatory approval of Jim Durkin remains outstanding. By way of comparison Anthony Hotson was announced as CEO on 5/7/17 subject to regulatory approval which was subsequently received less than a month later on 2/8/17. Regulatory approval of Jim Durkin's reappointment as CEO would therefore seem to be taking some time i.e. more than 3 months so far. I believe another poster has previously suggested that they have been unable to find evidence of Jim Durkin's application having been lodged with the FCA. If this is correct, what (if anything), does this indicate? Cenkos have lost their position as broker to no less than 10 clients since Aug 2018. AA (AA.), Michelmersh Brick Holdings (MBH), IG Design Group (IGR), Restore (RST), Comptoir Group (COM), Mercia Technologies (MERC), Science in Sport (SIS), Verseon Corporation (VSN), CML Microsystems (CML), Frontier IP Group (FIPP). Some of these would appear to be from the 'better quality' end of the Cenkos client portfolio. Over the same period Cenkos have independently acquired 3 new clients - Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd (FOG), Venture Life Group (VLG), Landore Resources Ltd (LND) - as well as the 12 Smith & Williamson clients upon completion of the acquisition of its Nomad & Corporate Broker business in Dec 2018. Clients acquired would appear to be lower quality than those lost. Crystal Amber "increased its holding significantly during January 2018 at a share price which we believe ascribes little probability to the company being able to secure any further exceptionally large deals." The share price in Jan 2018 was north of 100p so one would assume that they are not overly happy with the current share price. Having said that their stats as an activist investor would suggest that they have a plan in place & will be actively engaging with the Cenkos board in order to create longer term value so they may be less concerned over the share price in the short term. Whether the objectives/strategy of the Cenkos board aligns with those of Crystal Amber remains to be seen. Notwithstanding their involvement as adviser to esure Group (ESUR) in their £1.2bn takeover by Bain Capital (first announced in Aug 2018 & completed in Dec 2018), Cenkos fundraising activity would appear to have been pretty thin on the ground since Sept 2018. How much of this is company specific remains to be seen, although it is without doubt that the handling of the Brexit process by UK parliament, the uncertainty that this has created and consequent postponement of investment decisions by UK PLC has been unhelpful to the UK fundraising market in general. It will be interesting to note any commentary on Cenkos by Crystal Amber in their Interim Results which are scheduled to be released on or after 7/3/19.
speedsgh: Superdry co-founder cuts ties with broker Cenkos - HTTPS:// The co-founder of Superdry has parted company with Cenkos Securities, the stockbroker, as he tries to return to the fashion chain he started. Julian Dunkerton, who left last March after disagreeing with the company’s new strategy under Euan Sutherland, its chief executive, hired the broker to try to help him to persuade the retailer’s shareholders to reinstall him. Mr Dunkerton, 53, the largest shareholder, is unhappy about the collapse in the company’s share price over the past year and believes that he needs to return to restore its fortunes. The Times understands that he and Cenkos did not agree on the approach he should take when contacting shareholders, none of whom have backed him publicly. Mr Dunkerton has not appointed a new broker, but has held talks with Liberum Capital...
lord gnome: Interesting that the share buy back is scheduled to take place over six months, whereas over 10% of the money has been spent in the first few days. We are due results at the end of March - just two months away. If the results are slated to be better than the market was expecting, that event will move the share price. In which case, I venture that Cenkos will want the purchase completed prior to announcing results. Shortening the time frame from six months to two would change the picture completely.
lord gnome: I doubt that they will do little more than mop up any loose stock. As a daily average over 6 months, i.e. 125 trading days, it 'only' equates to £4K per trading day or 6k shares at current prices. Better than nothing, but I doubt it is going to drive the share price to dizzying heights.
speedsgh: FWIW Graham Neary's take on today's acquisition in today's Small Cap Value Report... HTTPS:// I've been mentioning this mid-tier investment bank a few times lately. The share price has been struggling as revenue forecasts for the rest of the year have been slashed. And then shareholder Crystal Amber came out swinging with the call for the entire company to be put up for sale. Today we learn that rather than putting itself up for sale, Cenkos has instead made a purchase of its own: the Nomad/Broker business of Smith & Williamson. The sale price isn't given, but I'm sure that Cenkos can afford it. I've not seen Smith & Williamson signing off vast numbers of RNS announcements. Six staff will join Cenkos as a result of the transaction. I continue to suspect that a trade buyer (for example £NUM? it has a £450 million market cap) would be willing to pay a premium to the current share price to take over Cenkos. There has been speculation that one or two of these smaller banks might be thinking about or hoping to merge. It's not my style to speculate on deals like this, as I've been hurt betting that deals would go through before. Nonetheless, I do think the Cenkos share price is near some interesting levels. The trailing value metrics are extremely strong...
glawsiain: Comment from Paul Scott yesterday on stockopedia: " Cenkos Securities (LON:CNKS) Share price: 110p (up 5.3% today, at 13:51) No. shares: 55.3m Market cap: £60.8m (at the time of writing, I hold a long position in this share) AGM Statement (trading update) Disappointing Q1 Fee income has improved (in Q2, presumably) Pipeline also improving More optimistic on full year outlook Capital position has improved, through asset disposals My opinion - I don't normally invest in financials, but this broker has looked strikingly cheap for some time. The balance sheet is also very strong. Earnings are erratic, but the company pays out hefty dividends in the good years. It's a nice share to tuck away for income, which is why I hold it. Every now and then a whacking great dividend appears in my account. In the last 6 years, it has paid out 65.5p in divis - for a share which you can buy now at 110p. I was worried about the risk of the company de-listing, if the valuation remains this low. Graham's article yesterday on de-listing risk, was I think excellent, and a timely reminder. In the case of Cenkos, I doubt it would de-list, because the listing serves the purpose of allowing staff to cash in their share options & sell them into a market. That continuous selling could be why the share price remains so depressed, maybe? Its profits are highly erratic, because the big years are due to one-off large flotations. Even so, it seems a very attractively-priced share to me, if future business is good. Today's update seems reassuring, and seems to be pointing generally towards more buoyant stock market sentiment. It looks as if this bull market could continue."
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