Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Fisher (james) & Sons Plc LSE:FSJ London Ordinary Share GB0003395000 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 303.50 6,496 11:40:06
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
304.00 311.00 303.50 299.50 300.50
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Industrial Transportation 494.10 -29.00 -55.20 153
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
11:20:04 O 3 308.06 GBX

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Fisher (james) & Sons Daily Update: Fisher (james) & Sons Plc is listed in the Industrial Transportation sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker FSJ. The last closing price for Fisher (james) & Sons was 303.50p.
Fisher (james) & Sons Plc has a 4 week average price of 292.50p and a 12 week average price of 292.50p.
The 1 year high share price is 1,036p while the 1 year low share price is currently 280p.
There are currently 50,468,780 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 1,006,340 shares. The market capitalisation of Fisher (james) & Sons Plc is £153,172,747.30.
bottomfisher: The sight of Aberforth Partners appearing on Fisher's share register with a stake of just over 5% is a reassuring sign. Aberforth is a long-term value investor and obviously sees value in the current depressed share price, even if Fisher's own board of well paid non-execs do not.
bottomfisher: Excellent news that James Fisher (FSJ) has found a new chief executive less than a week after the surprise announcement that Eoghan O’Lionaird was quitting. He had been hired in late 2019 to turn round the over-indebted company. But the slump in the company’s share price, from over £20 at the time of his appointment, to less than £4 now, is a reminder that Fisher’s long promised recovery is taking a lot longer than expected to materialise, and cannot all be blamed on the effects of Covid, war in Ukraine, and a sharp global slowdown. The less good news is that the speed of the appointment was no doubt helped by the fact that Jean Vernet, Fisher’s new ceo, was looking for a new job after being subject to a management reshuffle at Smiths Group where he headed John Crane, Smith’s largest division. He has an engineering degree, spent over a decade at Schlumberger (an excellent training ground for the offshore business),and prior to joining Crane was CFO of Expro, the offshore energy services provider, during its successful turnaround. Clearly, he has considerable experience working in the offshore energy sector, and as ceo of Crane one of the world’s largest providers of engineered technology, ran a global business which in terms of revenue and staff is roughly twice as large as James Fisher, and much more profitable. Fisher’s new ceo ticks all the right boxes in terms of his CV. Let’s hope that he has more luck than his predecessor.
bottomfisher: The key issue here is the competence of Fisher's new management team. IMHO the jury remains out on whether the new chairman, ceo and FD are up the job of turning this company round in a reasonably short space of time. None of them appear to have worked in the shipping/marine support industries, and whilst this is not a necessary pre-requisite for a successful turnaround (indeed it can sometimes be a hindrance) there is no real evidence yet from the string of downbeat announcements that the new management team is making anything more than slow progress in restoring Fisher (FSJ) to its former blue chip status. I am a long term holder of both FSJ and PZ Cousins (PZC), another former blue chip which had lost its way. I might be wrong, but so far I have a lot more faith in PZC's new CEO and FD, brought in from similar industry backgrounds, to turn that company round.
our haven: The trading update looks to me unexciting, which is a good thing given the share price falls of late. See how we open but IMO market expectations were low.
1aconic: Yes, fully agree. Elements of the last few reports did look (hopefully not just wishful thinking) like there were strong elements of spring cleaning out bad news and overhangs from previous management. Like you, I'm hopeful (but who knows) that was completed in FY21 and have personally more than tripled my original holding since October's slump. Unfortunately the earlier ones were over 500, but I still consider that a respectable price here. This is so thinly traded that when (if?) postive news does start to flow the rise(s) could possibly (fingers crossed) be as dramatic as the falls. That theory is hopefully backed by the share price movements that started to happen in March following all the talk of governments doubling down on investment in renewables. Unfortunately the FY21 report killed off that momentum! There are perhaps some signs of at least some potential positive news tomorrow. A phrase that really jumped out at me from FY21 was "Return to Fendercare record highs from 2020 is not expected "absent significant volatility in the oil price""... well, there's certainly been no shortage of that. Even mainstream media have commented that ship-to-ship” transfers of oil in the western Mediterranean have surged over recent months. Hopefully that's oil of all origins not just Russian, which i'd prefer FSJ to avoid being involved with. Revenues from Fendercare aren't the long term answer here but they'll be very, very helpful in smoothing the transition.
illiswilgig: FSJ RNS yeeterday on 300k new share options for execs to vest in 2025 based upon 2024 performance - 2 years from now. I don't normally pay much attention to the detail of share award criteria regarding them as a salary topup system with the thresholds generally set far too low - but in this case it is very clear on the criteria and makes useful reading for an insight into the boards current assessment of future eps. The criteria cover eps 50% of award, total shareholder return 30% and ROCE 20%. Below 66p eps zero shares vest. From 66p to 76p a sliding scale from 25% to 100% vest. Similarly for TSR cf FTSE250. Below FTSE250 median zero vest. From median to upper quartile 25% to 100% and for ROCE below 11% zero vest. 25% - 100% from 11% to 13% If the current challenging environment extends - then 66p eps is an ok result and 76p is a modest improvement. I'm ok with that. At a multiple of 12x (well below fishers historic multiple of 20x) that corresponds to a shareprice of 792p to 912p in two years time. Over 2x return on current share price As it happens I expect more - because I expect the environment for renewables, nuclear, defence, decommissioning and even O&G to improve. My share price target for 2024 is 1200p These criteria seem well set, the award is modest abd most of all its very clear. Best of all it gives some insight to board thinking right now - that 66p eps and 11% roce is their base case. Below that management get null points! Its hard to find funds right now - as I live off my investments - but when funds allow I will continue to add below 380p as I rarely see profitable companies with good products in growing markets at such low valuations. Seems mispriced to me, cheers all,
illiswilgig: Hello Boule, good to hear from you. Optimistic. Hah! Right now that feels a little way off. Sorry you've been depressed, but then its hard not to be. I have. Hard to be making money in the UK markets over the last few months. Very few will have. I hear a lot of pain and anguish. Emotionally stressing if you live off your investment as I do. I try not to anchor my expectations to previous prices and losses. That was then and today is different. I think it was Warren buffett (or someone similar) who said - the stock that lost you money is unlikely to be the one that makes it back for you. The question I ask myself is always - is the share a good buy now. Would I buy it if I didn't already own it? For the me the answer is yes. You have to make your own mind up. I have been buying recently from 290p but stopped at 390p as the price ramped up. It's on my buy list at the moment. But so are a lot of other shares! Spoilt for choice. And no funds spare. I think this is the turning point for Fisher. For the business not necessarily for the share price. Though if the H1's don't meet my expectations I may have to change my stance. I think the opportunity is huge and they have managed to keep the businesses intact. At the moment my longer term forecasts are for 1200 - 1400p in 2-3 years. Maybe a little longer if the global situation doesn't improve. That's a long way from today and much lower than the 2000p+ it was some years ago - but its still 3 or 4 times the current price. Right I'm off to check down the back of the sofa and see if I can find a few more quid to buy some shares, I may well prove to have been a bit too previous - it wouldn't be the first time - so Don't forget to Do Your Own Research and Good Luck All, cheers Illis
illiswilgig: Well that was a wild ride. Well done to anyone who sold some at close to the £5 - seems to have been a classic case of buy the rumour and sell the news. Perversely I am quite reassured by the results. Given the context. Only 3 months ago the share price was below £3, the risk of a placing seemed high - and the statement that they would remain within the covenants always seems to promote the risk of the reverse. The underlying results were as expected. Revenue and operating profit were in line with my (reduced) expectations and the net debt/ebitda as well so the headroom on the covenants was also as expected. Which under the circumstances - is a lot better than people were expecting just a few months ago. Not great - but I do find it reassuring when figures are consistent. It's a start. Cash generation was good under the circumstances (delivery and milestones on 4 large projects delayed over the year together with new contract signings). £58m which allowed them to pay down some debt, invest £20m in their growing businesses and reduce net debt by £25m due to the growing cash figure. NB - net debt including leases reduced by only £12m - due to new leases signed on tankers which obscures the progress. The exceptional write-offs were much larger than I expected. But again the context is important - the CFO, Chairman and 2 new NED's joined in the second half of the year - a fresh set of eyes is good, and I'd be surprised if a new CFO and Chairman were not intending to reset expecations to a level they can meet and likely exceed. As these are mostly non-cash (though the £3.1m litigation charge was a nasty surprise and I'd like to see more detail upon this - and any future expectations) then the written down asset values should help reduce future write-downs and provide a tail-wind of profits in the event of asset sales. I expect the 4 project milestones to increase cash generation in 2022 as working capital is unwound and accelerate the paying down of debt - which has to be the top priority alongside increasing ebitda and operating profits. I think this much reduces the risk of a placing to raise fresh capital. It would make sense, but the large shareholders, particularly the Sir John Fisher Foundation which is not in a position to participate,are unlikely to support the dilution unless absolutely necessary. And from these figures results its not. I'd prefer they pay the debt right down before returning to paying a dividend, to maximise investment in the business and future growth, but again I expect the large shareholders will be influential in a return to dividends as soon as possible. I'd not be upset provided it doesn't materially affect reducing debt and investment. I keep an eye on the web-site and monitor the number of vacancies and press releases. Job vacancies have increased recently, either because everyone is leaving or because they are taking on new staff, you choose, and are now running at around twice the recent lows. They've also just chartered am 80m support vessel for their North Sea work this season - which may indicate significant increase in renewable work this season. It's been a difficult time for Fisher shareholders. I previously stated I expected the share pice recovery to start this spring. I think these results support that but the share price got ahead of itself at 520p last week. It will take a while to get over that - and I imagine that brokers who were caught out are scrambling to reduce their forecasts which won't help. I expect steady progress in the next few months and am looking forward to the H1 trading update. Cheers and good luck all,
wunderbar: I decided to exit FSJ today. Reason was very simple. Results were awful, full of write-downs, bad debts, bad acquisitions, litigation costs, underperformance, underestimation of headwinds, not to mention lack of forward guidance. In short, these results were tantamount to a profit warning. Underlying operating profit was £28m. However, Loss before tax was £29m. Notably, Fisher incurred an impairment charge of £29.2m against the company’s marine support and offshore oil divisions. I wasn’t expecting an overall loss and clearly neither was the market hence share price down 23%, -113p @ 386p. What a shocker. I had high hopes for this stock and it was my intention to hold for at least a year but after reading full year report I just couldn’t find any positives or reason to hold (as hard as I tried). In fact I thought overall tone of the report was very gloomy/negative. As such I decided to bail out. In my short time as a shareholder it’s been one hell of a volatile ride having initially bought in November @ 370p, Dec @ 308p and Jan @ 405p. I actually sold 30% of my holding on Monday @ 480p as the inexplicable steep rise seemed too good to pass up (with hindsight wish I’d sold the lot). Unbelievably the share price topped out at 527p only yesterday morning! Today I sold the rest of my holding @ 386p. Very galling having a large chunk of my profit wiped out so quickly but given the dire results and magnitude of today’s fall I consider myself very lucky to have come out of this with any profit whatsoever. I’d now class FSJ as a boom or bust stock. In months/years to come I'll either look back on this share with deep regret for selling out near historic lows or I’ll be breathing a huge sigh of relief should things deteriorate further. As always, time will tell. My hunch is FSJ at some point will tap shareholders for cash via a rights issue. I certainly don’t see any dividends being paid out in the foreseeable future. Best outcome for shareholders in short/medium term might well be a takeover noting the company is currently valued at only £194m with net debt of £186m. I think the next 12-24 months are going to be critical in determining FSJ’s future. Peel Hunt have subsequently reduced their financial year 2022 adjusted EPS forecast by 12 per cent to 32.8p, and cut its financial year 2023 projection down by a quarter to £34m. And that seems to be the problem for Fisher, a worrying trend of downward revisions, reduced profits, and a market valuation eroding at an alarming rate.
bottomfisher: James Fisher would probably find it almost impossible to raise fresh equity even if it wanted to. Leaving aside the slump in its share price, FSJ’s biggest shareholder, the Sir James Fisher Foundation, owns close to 23% of the company, and is not in a position to stump up fresh cash since virtually all of its capital is tied up in FSJ shares. The foundation, set up in 1980 to help the vulnerable and disadvantaged in FSJ’s home town of Barrow in Furness, was donating over £3m a year to around 150 charities in the local area before FSJ axed its dividend. Clearly, the foundation cannot be happy with FSJ’s recent share price performance. One option would be for it to diversify its income by seeking a buyer for all or part of its stake in the 175-year-old shipping company. The foundation does not appear to have a representative on the James Fisher board but one should not underestimate its influence behind the scenes.
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