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Focus Sol.Grp LSE:FSG London Ordinary Share GB0001505303 ORD 10P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 139.50p 0.00p 0.00p - - - 0 06:30:09
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Software & Computer Services 9.8 2.0 5.3 26.4 46.43

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simon gordon: Money Marketing - 7/12/10: Standard Life is to acquire technology firm Focus Solutions for £42m. The offer, tipped by Money Marketing last month, values Focus at a 33 per cent premium to its share price on November 8, the day before it disclosed it was in talks with an unnamed bidder. Standard Life says Focus' technology platform, which includes point of sale software, will combine with its wrap platform and threesixty's support services offering to provide a full solution to advisers as well as helping to grow its retail bank and direct business. Standard Life group chief executive David Nish (pictured) says: "Combining our award-winning Wrap platform, the threesixty proposition and Focus technology enables us to offer a market-leading customer experience, built on a full set of supporting processes and technologies to distributors, alongside our traditional product and investment offerings. "This strengthens the overall position of the group as the UK market for our propositions and services develops further over the next two years leading up to RDR and beyond. These solutions will also help to grow our retail bank and direct-to-customer distribution." Focus chief executive Richard Stevenson says: "While we will continue to deliver best-in-class solutions to our target market, going forward our customers, employees and our business will have the benefit of the support and reach that being part of the Standard Life Group will bring." Focus' half year results, published today, show a £1.12m profit before tax for the first half of 2010, compared to £0.15m for the first half of 2009.
dealit: I agree and judging by the share price rise IMHO Vsoon.
simon gordon: Money Marketing - 17/11/10: Standard Life may acquire Focus Solutions Standard Life and IT firm Mastek are tipped as frontrunners to acquire Focus Solutions after the firm announced it was in acquisition talks. Money Marketing understands that a deal to buy the technology firm has been under discussion for the last six months. Focus, whose customers include Prudential, St James's Place and Openwork, announced last week it is holding preliminary takeover talks. In a statement, Focus said: "The board notes the recent movement in its share price and confirms that it is in preliminary discussions which may or may not lead to an offer being made for the entire issued share capital of the company. "Discussions are at an early stage and there can be no certainty that an offer will be made." Standard Life is thought to be a likely bidder for Focus as the acquisition would provide the technology to integrate with a point-of-sale system. Standard Life acquired support services firm Threesixty in March, increasing its original 25 per cent stake in the business. A Standard Life spokeswoman says: "It is our policy not to comment on market speculation." A spokeswoman for Focus adds: "We have no further information other than what was included in our statement." Mastek denies it is in talks to acquire Focus. ===== threesixty:
davidosh: The article was dated in June so any approach to FSG then would have been when we had only a $20m market cap and 40p share price. Luckily they did not offer 80p and try to take us out before the big contracts came along. Or maybe they did and were told to come back in four months and that is what they have done ?? Anyway one thing is clear $50m will not be enough ! It would be a very big Mastek to offer
davidosh: Just to show where the decision will lie with agreeing a price for the sale of the company. These are the major shareholders... Azini Capital Partners LLP 8,595,686 (28.90%) John Streets 8,000,000 (26.90%) Liontrust Investment Services 3,574,754 (12.01%). updated 10/11 Oryx International Growth Fund 1,440,000 (4.84%) J.O Hambro 1,150,000 ( 3.87%) updated 11/11 Octopus Investments Ltd 969,170 (3.26%) John Streets is the founder of Focus from back in 1995 and is a non exec director in FSG. John has a 20 year track record in IT sales and the financial services business working for Honeywell Information Systems, Wang Computers, Fame Computers and Intuitive Systems. In 2000 he led the floatation of the company on the AIM market, raising £10m to further fund the company's development of its technology and solutions. In 2006 John assisted the Board to recruit Richard Stevenson as Group Chief Executive, John then changed his role to Non-Executive Director. John is currently working with a number of start up software companies. As the float price was over £2 I sense that he would surely want to get more than that to feel the company has been a success for investors. Azini by total contrast bought most of their holding in the downturn and at the depths of the share price so any significant gain from here and with a clean cash exit will be a sensational return for them over three years. Azini are also represented on the board by Nick Habgood who is also a Non-Executive Director. Nick is Managing Partner of Azini Capital Partners LLP ( a private equity fund management firm specialising in the acquisition of shareholdings in private and public technology companies. That all suggests that within the board along with the key executives a deal can be agreed and the company more or less delivered via their majority ownership. This should not be a very long process if there is only one party bidding but I sense there may be quite a lot of interest due to the immense potential and superb client list.
simon gordon: HB Markets - 25/10/10: Focus Solutions Group (LON:FSG) (FSG, 96.0p, £28.56m) has extended its contract with Bank Of Ireland Life for its focus:360 wealth management product. The contract extension is expected to be valued at c.£0.675 including £0.3m of license fees over the next five years and £0.375m of professional services. The contract extension highlights the strength of implementing a single platform solution that can extend to new audiences in line with an organisation's growth ambitions. As expected the recent upbeat trading statement has encouraged the market has upgrades 2011 PBT to £3.5m and EPS of 8.2p. The stock trades on 11.7x 2011 earnings and 7.9x 2012 earnings. We continue to believe the current share price does not reflect the strong order book and the high quality of earnings. We reiterate our BUY recommendation and our target price to 128p – equivalent to 10.5x 2012 earnings.
carver66: how is 70p a 36% rise from the current share price?
simon gordon: Mentioned on Alphaville - 22/10/10: But FinnCap does, being the house broker, and they're giving them a push this morning: Focus Solutions Group has announced its largest contract to date in aggregate, for their personnel training product, focus:progress. We believe these contracts highlight the increasing demands on financial product vendors and brokers to adhere to the emerging business procedures and compliance requirements surrounding the pending RDR. FSG is clearly well-placed to benefit from this trend. Forecasts and Valuation. Whilst these contracts are already included in our forecasts, we believe going forward both the frequency and magnitude of software contracts is set to increase within the financial services sector as the pending RDR (Retail Distribution Review) moves closer. We therefore maintain the downside risk to our forecasts is reducing rapidly and reitereate our fair value estimate of 70p which represents 36% upside to the current share price.
dealit: It is not massive buying that it driving the share price, mm`s must have something large to fill I feel.
simon gordon: HB Markets - 12/10/10: Focus Solutions Group (LON:FSG) (FSG, 92.0p, £27.37m) The trading statement ahead of the interims to 30 September 2010 is positive, with performance ahead of expectations. The provider of multi-channel distribution software to the financial services market expects sales to be up over 25% against the previous year to £5.4m, with a dramatic improvement in operating profit to over £1.1m (H109: £0.1m). The group has a strong order book with 80% of the forecasted revenues already booked. The Coaching Platform acquisition is delivering £0.5m of licence sales in H1 2010. We believe there is scope for the market to upgrade current 2011 estimates of PBT of £2.9m and EPS of 7.0p. The share price has rallied since buy recommendation following the recent £10m contract win. We are pleased by the group's performance and believe a current 2012 PER of 7.5x does not reflect the strong order book and the high quality of earnings. Despite the group exceeding our previous target price, we retain our BUY recommendation and increase our target price to 128p – equivalent to 10.5x 2012 earnings.
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