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Frontier Developments Daily Update: Frontier Developments Plc is listed in the Software & Computer Services sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker FDEV. The last closing price for Frontier Developments was 999p.
Frontier Developments Plc has a 4 week average price of 928p and a 12 week average price of 928p.
The 1 year high share price is 1,440p while the 1 year low share price is currently 730p.
There are currently 38,741,068 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 28,885 shares. The market capitalisation of Frontier Developments Plc is £381,599,519.80.
mark4231: FDEV's last game launch was Jurassic World Evolution, last June, around when the peak share price occurred - it was a bit of "buy the rumour, sell the news" (not that the game launch was a rumour). The share price got ahead of itself, and then the following fall was overdone as well. All my opinion.
yankhanson: dsct, anyone seeking to distract from the week's Planet Zoo news would simply highlight the week's Elite Dangerous news, no? :) FDEV losing its fight with Kickstarter over Elite franchise rights, the Elite Dangerous card game campaign getting cancelled, a major game update releasing with zero beta testing adding another huge slew of bugs with FDEV already forced to withdraw the most hated 'improvement', Steam recent review score down to all-time low 56%. I could go on... ... but but back to Planet Zoo. The best news is it's a game of extremely low ambition, having none of the multiplayer, console, mobile or freemium formats which FDEV's recent attempts have shown to be well outside the company's areas of competence. This means FDEV should have less difficulty this time actually delivering to a reasonable standard. The bad news is that those multiplayer, console, mobile and freemium are the big factors for commercial success in today's game markets. Limiting Planet Zoo to the rapidly declining PC Premium format certainly must be a factor behind FDEV's broker forecasting year #1 earnings so low - under a third of the previous game's. Someone said here a month ago that if this year's FDEV game turns out to be a zoo game, we can all give up hope of a share price recovery. I think he's right. And I think FDEV know it. Which is why the company decided to breach the AIM rule 11 (disclosure of price sensitive information) by failing to put the Planet Zoo news out on RNS. Of course the market found out from the press. And the share price fell.
mark4231: I fully agree endion (and DiscoDave!). I've been invested since well before Planet Coaster was released. The management of the company have delivered pretty much as they have promised. There has been occasional glitches but nothing too major, the biggest I can think of was a delay in the Horizons release. It happens. It is the way of software development. We have a rough idea of when future franchises will launch, but nothing can be set in stone because the company won't know exactly when franchises are going to be released either, they can only make a best guess from their project planning. Also, they don't know what revenue they will derive from each future release, again they can only make a best guess and market their games as best they can to achieve the most sales they can. I note that both PC and JWE have competitors, in the form of similar games to a point, on Steam but PC and JWE have both sold much better - so FDEV must be doing something right. From what I can see they are focusing on growing the company. It's true that they aren't releasing RNS to promote the share price, but should they be, or should they do what they're doing by growing the company, increasing their profit and then the share price will surely follow? Eventually! The RNS they have released over the last couple of years has been good news after good news. I agree that the recent Elite: Dangerous 2020 update news should have been RNSed, as it is big news, and in a positive way for the patient. But the information is out there, in this case on the forums - and when it is a hidden away, like in this case, us investors can take advantage of the opportunity. The players (and me) are disappointed the update isn't this year but FDEV hadn't announced a big update previously, never mind a timescale. Now, we have an announcement, and by the sound of it - and the time it is taking to be developed - it is going to be a huge update that will bring in a good amount of revenue. Another thing I would say, that sometimes it is taken as a negative that lots of people are moaning on forums about a particular game. My contrary opinion is that it is a good thing, because at least a lot of people care! If the forums are dead, then the game is dead. Those who say they're finished with Elite: Dangerous, well for the most part, they're not, they'll be back when the next big release happens I'm sure. I do think people's opinions here are getting coloured/coloured by their entry point (mine included) but also the rapid run up to £18, in my opinion, was fueled by people who didn't understand the company. Then we had a big fall and, in my opinion, has continued well past fair value and continued to fall, again fueled by people who don't understand the company. With *hindsight* the tweet that probably triggered Thursday's and Friday's falls was ill advised, but, to be honest I didn't think that until mid-way through Thursday! Perhaps, though, the subsequent falls just proved the tweet's point? Unlike many AIM companies I see no reason whatsoever to think there is anything strange going on with FDEV at all. It's a solid growing and straight forward company and I trust the management to do their best to continue to achieve that. There are risks of course but no more than you would expect of such a company. All my own opinion, I remain fully invested (and patient!), DYOR.
yankhanson: endion, you're confusing what's supposed to be in ED with what is. Your character can't die. That feature advertised four years ago still hasn't been added. There's no real plot *now* only because the plot died in last year's development cutbacks. FDev has erased it from the glossy product description. turnip, "some minor glitches might creep in". Bug reports are in the thousands. Complaints on server fails, crash to desktop, broken game actions etc. at an all-time high. Steam's running reviews score at an all-time low. Player numbers down 25% since the update's peak. FDev has cut the the newsletter output to half. In its belated admission of the most serious game breakage, FD says "No ETA" for a fix. The Lead Designer, Executive Producer and now the Community Manager have all quit. Broker forecasts a 50% earnings drop this FY. But don't let that stop you loving it all, including the 50% drop in the FDEV share price. Meanwhile I'll await with interest CEO Braben's promised announcement on the ED game's future, hoping we won't be still waiting after six months like we are for the news of his fourth game.
mark4231: czeck, I'm confident that the interim financial results will be fantastic. What the share price does in reaction I'm not going to predict, been wrong too many times - I was expecting the share price to rocket on the recent trading update but it didn't. I'm personally happy with FDEV's financial PR but your perspective is very relevant rar100 as the lack of news has contributed to the recent share price fall I'm sure. It's only long term holders like me who remembers the news and the potential therein from, say, a year ago and have the patience to wait for it to come to fruition. Related to that article and the mention of the PS5. I see the new consoles as a great opportunity for FDEV. Planet Coaster isn't on the consoles for performance reasons, I believe, so hopefully it or similar games can be released for the new consoles too. JWE feels like a console game even on the PC - it will be nice if the two platforms are much closer in style.
rar100: czeck & nimbo, Thanks to both for your input. According to ii (my inv. platform)FDEV are rated number 1 on AIM all shares for liquidity. A (googled) definition of liquidity is too much cash that could be used elsewhere and also means that a stock can be traded without those trades affecting the share price. The whole world markets are still pretty volatile and depressed imho with short term uplifts, a bit better than October but stuttering on a meaningful retrace to somewhere approaching pre-October levels. The fundamentals for FDEV may be ok (I don't know if they are)but the numbers in isolation don't make it an attractive buy imho. Mello is a chance for FDEV to reassure investors if there is scope to do this, ie, that if they know good numbers that we/the world don't, it's time to state them to stop the rot. 5th June share price was 1825 thanks to JWE hype (I'm not condemning the hype) , since then a few bits of news on updates but nothing to make the markets sit up and take notice imho. I think there are sells to take some profit made not so long back to put into other stocks before those profits are shrunk more by the continuing fall in share price If I was in profit that's what I would do right now. So hopefully good forward guidance at Mello!
endion: Great points there Nimbo1. I imagine that lansdown have been in for a while now and are sitting on a fair amount of profit. It could be that as Fdev share price increases, it crosses a threshold for how much a % of stock they are allowed to make up their portfolio. I've seen it on other stocks, where II's sell down as the share price rises to limit their portfolio exposure.
mark4231: Yes, quite possible China regulators/Tencent news has affected FDEV today - perhaps unfairly as China not a big market for FDEV at the moment I think (unless China potential built into the share price?). FDEV share price seems quite resilient at this level, famous last words. FY18 results statement on Wednesday.
hastings: Last month I went along to the opening of the new Frontier HQ and subsequently wrote the piece below. I was in two minds as to whether to post those thoughts here, wondering if there would prove enough of interest. Anyway, suffice to say I'm giving it a go, not least as a few people now have asked if I would do so and I have updated a couple of aspects in the write up. Hopefully, it may prove of interest to others and I will be following up in due course with another piece, most likely for the Cambridge News business section once again. No questions on the below though please, I'll leave others to stick to their own conclusions, which I know do differ! ---Shareholders in Frontier Developments can perhaps be forgiven for being somewhat mystified by the recent drop in it's share price, which comes on the back of a raft of positive news. The shares, which not too long ago hit £18.00, have recently retraced sharply to a current £10.50p.  Hopefully, the majority of those who who have been following the Frontier story as long as I have remain well into profit, although some may understandably have elected to take a bit off the table.  So, what is behind this recent rout that has seen various theories touted around on the likes of the ADVFN message board thread, which includes the notion that Frontier has been eyeing a placing.  Fortunately, I recently took up an invite to attend the official opening of Frontiers new HQ on the Cambridge Science Park, which proved ideal to catch up with CEO David Braben, CFO Alex Bevis and the man spearheading the animation Jonny Watts, who has been with the company twenty odd years now.  For me, as I was with a Cambrdige News colleague who was conducting the interview work on the day it presented an ideal opportunity to mingle with some of the 380 workforce that are now housed in this massively impressive building and who were enjoying the sun with cold beers, ice creams, burgers and pitza's.  The atmosphere was very much akin to a carnival, the ambiance one of enjoyable enthusiasm, where some undoubtedly happy looking people took time out to enjoy the afternoon, as Mr Braben prepared to cut the ribbon,  If this all sounds a bit too good to believe and appears to by-pass the issue that is burning for some holders, let me return to the matter in hand, as I asked Alex Bevis directly about the recent share price activity.  Bevis explained that they were made aware that there had been a short in place, which although nothing of great size was nevertheless unwelcome, but that it is all part of the market. There had also been a bit of selling from a few very long term holders who had decided to take something off the table so to speak, which is of course nothing different than the rest of us would do.  Frontier I suspect would most certainly come out and say something if anything was untoward and on that front, everything looks as positive as the recent news has conveyed, the key players here all sounding very upbeat.  My own view is perhaps the share price and market cap did get a bit ahead of itself providing for that short, whilst the recent retrace has probably fueled some retail profit taking too.  That said, let us get this right, in that this is no loss making blue sky jam tomorrow stock, rather, it is a quality fast growing, cash generative and profitable company with big aspirations for the future.  Bevis again reiterates that as annoying as the recent fall is, they are very much looking to the long term and delivering on their business plan and that is all going very well. He points out the respected Oppenheimer Funds recent upping its stake and adds that there are other funds out there who are now sitting up and taking notice of the company as things progress further.  Presumably retail shareholders are also taking a similar view, although again, eyeing some of the posts on ADVFN it would appear a few are attempting to trade FDEV, which given the limited free float appears a dangerous exercise.  For the record here, I have taken a contrary opinion to the recent market trend and now averaged up, buying some further shares that has taken my average closer to the £2.00p mark. Not a hard decision for me to make, particularly as the shares now stand on forward PER of circa 24 which may well prove conservative given the most recent excellent news.  Braben told me in between talking about gardens and the bumps on the Cam that he is absolutely delighted with the recent JWE numbers which he says is an absolute testament to an excellent team.  And what good reading those numbers make, blowing the early forecasts for this game out of the water. Remember, the brokers originally penciled in around a million unit sales for the whole year on the JWE game before upgrading that more recently to 1.8m. In both cases, particularly the first, I wrote previously in the Cambridge News that I thought they were conservative and that Frontier could surpass these by a margin. So, the revelation that it had already achieved 1 million sales in just five weeks is an amazing result.  Let's put that into some kind of context, where both Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster took more than 9 months to achieve the same figure.  Of course, JWE was launched in conjunction with the film, so naturally one would expect a decent enough result. However, the number has clearly surpassed Frontiers and the brokers expectations which translates into circa £40m of revenue already being booked in just a matter of weeks.  Liberum had estimated in its last upgrade £59m of sales for JWE being achieved in the full year, which also now looks low with plenty of time ahead to ramp up further.  Although historically summer is not the best of times for game sales, kids will no doubt have been visiting cinemas across the globe through the peak holiday period/s which taking in the new Jurassic film should have further fueled the interest in JWE.  Then, we have the Christmas period to come, which is the real stellar time for the sector, providing for plenty of potential going forward.  Looking back to last month the latest game remained on Steam's platinum best seller list which must surely bode very well for the remainder of the year.  The third franchise aside, the other two are also continuing to perform well with Elite Dangerous now in its fourth year having enjoyed a record year in revenue which further proves that the model of building longevity within these games truly works.  Having enjoyed an extensive tour around the building it is clear that Braben and co are building a seriously big operation here, with aspirations of surpassing its current accepted position as the UK's number one gaming company into a global major.  380 people are housed in this new ultra modern building and there is ample room to house a further 150 on a floor that at present is empty.  Bevis says that they could easily have leased this out to another party if they had wished, but given they are aggressively recruiting, the preferred option is to keep it ready for its own use.  Braben also tells me that acquisitions are very much on the horizon as they are now generating ample cash that can be put to good use to further drive growth. Just what form that may take is anyone's guess, but suffice to say, whatever Frontier buys will have been well thought out and will be a benefit to its growth strategy.  I also had to attempt to tease a bit more out of David on the WeGame platform developed by Frontiers major shareholder TenCent which has been described as a forthcoming rival to Steam.  The CEO understandably wouldn't be drawn, but my reading from speaking with him is that Frontiers games will in due course be available on this platform which would provide for a further opening to the massive Chinese market.  Pleasingly, Braben tells me that its games could sell on both platforms without any conflict, which is good news going forward.  Importantly though, it is worth noting the company's wider comments to me in that they are happy to add that China is already very big for them. They go on to point out that it is already doing very well in China via the Steam platform, where China features as the no.2 and no.3 country for Planet Coaster and Jurassic World Evolution respectively. Wegame is therefore an interesting incremental channel into China and clearly not a first entry point. Having taken the tour it is a truly impressive set up where all aspects of the games development to completion and sales are able to interact under one roof. There is even an extremely very smart sound proof studio room where the Dinosaur roars can be perfected and other sounds tweaked for perfection.  Then there is the Space Bar, where staff chill out alongside an excellently equipped canteen, the people that work at Frontier certainly being well looked after.  Talking of the next franchise all the key players sing from the same hymn sheet in that they will announce this when the timing is absolutely right.  There is no hint of any delays as some on ADVFN have hinted, more I would hazzard a guess, that the company is perhaps only permitted to announce when its partner such as Universal with JWE is also comfortable to go.  More importantly, Watts says they have an extensive pipeline in place which will keep the ball rolling on, new games coming through supported by the existing one's that continue to evolve and generate serious revenues.  I would expect another upgrade to come through in the coming months as it really looks given the revelation last months numbers that forecasts will be surpassed.  It is certainly not fanciful to see the current top end 2019 total revenues of £88m being beaten and heading closer to £100m, which in turn would deliver increased profits and EPS that would then come out close to say 50p. The latter figure would bring the PER down to 20 at the current price, a figure that looks highly attractive for a fast growing cash generative and cash rich play with a bright future.  Back to the fourth franchise, it looks via the broker/s very much as though we will hear something firm on this front early next year which will then be followed by a further three to four games in subsequent years.  This would, within two/three or four years provide for repeatable revenues in excess of £100m per year, which will most likely be boosted by complementary revenue streams.  It is easy for some investors to get hung up on the daily swings and movement in relation to the share price, particularly if you bought at a higher price. But, the Frontier story is only just beginning to gather momentum and with more games and new initiatives set to follow through, it may prove wise to sit back and take a more long term view. Braben is very relaxed and rightly points out that when JWE was released, within a few weeks people were eagerly asking what the next game will be and that was before those excellent JWE numbers were released. At present, the markets are somewhat choppy and growth stocks that have enjoyed a good run are often the first in the firing line for a pullback. That may however provide a good entry point for those looking to invest for the first time, or, as I have done, top up at what I view as an oversold level in the bigger picture.
endion: What time was the almost million sell? I dont see it reoprted on lse, it may be delayed. I thought Id share a post from a user called MB60 over on lse, he had some interesting points on the share price movement at the time which is still relevant: "I think there are a few questions that need an answer .... Why did FDEV sign up a joint broker in August 2017? Were they unhappy with Finncap and as of now which of these two brokers are are advising Frontier on the SP, and it seems strange that Finncap is the only broker mentioned here hxxp:// Quote from "Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV, "Frontier"), a leading independent creator and publisher of video games, is pleased to announce the appointment of Liberum Capital Limited ("Liberum") as its Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker with immediate effect." I also think you have to figure out who the winners and losers are (or have been over the past 6 weeks) Before I go to far I still think the current fair value of the share price is somewhere between 1300-1400 So the winners so far are BennBridge and who ever is handling the share price (Finncap) they make money on volume and volume has been pretty good since mid May, and that includes day trading and those 'after hour' (closed door) trades  As for those pesky 'day time' small trades .... my guess is either they are the small reward or loss on split second larger day trades, or BenBridge has discovered that if they keep pounding the the share price with as many trades as they can the share price simply breaks. (it has to recalculate it's value on every trade and if someone is messing with the spread then of course the value will change) Another possible ...I'm also guessing the 'shorter' is trying to put 'fear' (or confusion) into the share price ... they are trying to get investors to sell (by choice rather than stop loss) since it seems most of the stop losses have been used up. Remember Shorters will use every trick in the book to drag the share price down."
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