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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Northamber Plc LSE:NAR London Ordinary Share GB00B2Q99X01 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 72.50 70.00 75.00 72.50 71.00 72.50 89,618 08:00:01
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Technology Hardware & Equipment 52.8 9.9 31.2 2.3 20

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12/11/2010
08:02
Well we managed to grab another hulking great buyback of 5000 shares yesterday :-) Northamber announces that on 11 November 2010 the Company purchased 5,000 ordinary shares for cancellation at 57 pence per share, representing approximately 0.02% per cent. of the Company's current issued ordinary share capital.
cwa1
11/11/2010
16:12
eight trades today, 7 of them on plus markets. regards
rainmaker
11/11/2010
11:12
Lol, CW.SP could easily go 60p+ on the strength of this trading update.Possibly another return of capital next March. regards
rainmaker
11/11/2010
08:14
About as bullish as NAR are ever going to get?
cwa1
11/11/2010
08:13
7.59 announcement....caught me on the hop! Interim Management Statement After the challenging trading conditions of very recent years, it is pleasant to be able to report positive progress and support my cautiously optimistic statement in the recent annual report. Together with the added benefit of some newer areas of activity, turnover in the first fiscal quarter showed improvement over the first quarter of last year and also the last quarter of the year to 30 June 2010. Although the additional sales were achieved on lower gross margins, the sales do contribute to a further dilution of our transactional overheads. The net result was increased pre-tax profitability but at a slightly lower overall gross margin. The reductions made to the cost base last year, together with our continued vigilance in controlling operating costs is reflected in a further reduction in operating costs, compared with the same period last year. The combined effect of greater turnover and our reduced operating cost base was an operating profit compared with the operating loss reported in the comparative period last year. Total Net Assets per share at the 30 September 2010 increased to 89.1p compared with 88.5p at the year end. The Company has no structured debt and had cash in hand of GBP11.6 million at 30 September 2010 compared with GBP9.1 million at 30 September 2009, which represented approximately 40p per share. We therefore continued to meet one of our core objectives which is to have a substantial, sound and liquid funding position, which not only gives us security but a strong negotiating position with both our customers and our suppliers. Whilst seemingly always to be sounding a note of caution with regards to the future, the fluidity of the economy, the unknown effects of the "cuts" which have yet to manifest themselves and the scheduled change to the rate of VAT, are all significant. In such conditions it is impossible to be anything other than cautious, which is another reason why we will continue to place importance in the strength of our balance sheet and the control of our working capital as well as optimising our net revenues.
cwa1
06/11/2010
11:48
Many thanks Davius, that's a fascinating insight and perspective from a Customer's viewpoint. regards
rainmaker
05/11/2010
23:12
Just put my first order Northambers way in about six months. Only for 8 notebooks, but they were prepared to sell them at cost (according to my contact at the manufacturer anyway) which means one of two things. Either they are desperate to sell at any price, or the vendors are so keen to pick up sales they are offering incentives to the disties. I think it's the latter, my vendor contact more or less confirmed this. Margins remain ridiculously tight at present and with no money for IT buying in the majority of the public sector for the next five plus years they will not improve. Fortunately I sell into education, which along with health has been relatively unscathed. The trouble is with a great deal of IT spending being curtailed the resellers and distributors are chasing a shrinking market and everyone is looking to diversify. I suspect more than one will go to the wall, or at least be absorbed by larger rivals (as happened to Maverick, bought out by Computer 2000). Northamber have a reasonably well diversified range, though the loss of HP a couple of years ago will have hurt. But it remains one of the distributors I prefer to do business with, which can't be a bad thing.
davius
05/11/2010
14:44
I stand corrected. IMHO it won't go any lower than current levels and why should it?We're trading at net cash and this is a profitable business even at an operating level(ie before interest earned is added). If you're waiting for lower prices, can they go lower?Is it really worth waiting?However if the recovery has been sustained we could easily be 10/15p higher.Ben, it has to be your call but I know what I would do in your shoes. regards
rainmaker
05/11/2010
13:17
Hi Rainmaker - that was not my 2,500 at 52p. I was hoping to buy more at a lower price. Would you buy at the current level? regards
ben value
05/11/2010
12:42
Ben-you're dipping in for a further 2,500?Went back over the last 4 years and calculated that NAR have paid 19p in dividends, that includes a 10p return of surplus capital around March 2008.From memory I believe the total cost was £2.8mln?If the recovery in NAR's performance continues it's quite conceivable they may do the same again with net cash currently around the market cap. LSE rules dictate that listed Companies have a minimum free float so that may be stopping the Company buying back further shares for cancellation at the moment. regards
rainmaker
03/11/2010
22:26
Northamber's trading update happened on 17 November last year so watch out for that in the near future.The 1.4p final dividend goes ex on 1 December(so if you believe the current share price is underpinned by Company's the large cash balance, that's approx 2.8% return in just over 2 months or nearly 17% on an annualised basis). Dividend is paid on 10 January 2011. regards
rainmaker
31/10/2010
14:35
Well that reduces risk somewhat regards
rainmaker
31/10/2010
09:12
I mention Abbey due to its similarity with Northamber in terms of its net cash in relation to its share price. You may not like the market it is operating in but the downside risk must be low
sleepy
30/10/2010
23:20
Hi Sleepy,good to hear from you. I'm sure that one of these days Northamber will shoot up.I think the key is the Company's extremely small margins and massive turnover.Furthermore it's a very well managed business where costs and working capital has been vigorously controlled. In the aftermath of a recession,I'm very hopeful that profits can balloon from current levels to the extent that, in a low interest rate environment, Northamber can earn a return in excess of it's cost of capital which means we'll be trading over 88p a share. However although I don't think that this strength, if it comes, will last, nevertheless I firmly believe it's worth waiting for. Looking at the risk to reward ratio, where is the downside from current levels when the business is profitable and we're trading at the level of net cash? Very minimal, surely. Re UK Housebuilders,I'm very pessimistic about the housing market not just in terms of falling house prices but demand for new properties. My research is ongoing but I don't believe UK Housebuilders are a buy at current levels. In fact I believe the opposite to be true. I'm sure there will be a tremendous opportunity in this sector but at nothing like current levels. Looking to future, frustratingly the largest and cheapest are also seemingly the riskiest whereas the ones that will survive aren't a screamingly cheap bargains, at least not at the moment. Maybe there has to be "blood on the streets" ie bankruptcies for this to happen. regards
rainmaker
30/10/2010
22:08
I am a holder of Northamber. I am also a holder of Abbey, the housebuilder, where net cash per share is around the current share price.
sleepy
30/10/2010
21:55
For anyone wanting to check Northamber's net working capital and bargain ratio.Go to the last set of results, check the balance sheet, so Current Assets(sum of all stocks, debtors and cash)=£40.014mln less Total Liabilities of £17.058mln = £22.956mln divided by 28.93mln shares=79p per share Net Working Capital Bargain Ratio= 79p Net Working Capital divided by current share price of 50.5p= 79/50.5=1.56 According to Ben Graham an Investor did not need to know what a Company did before buying the shares if a Company's shares could be purchased at two thirds of net working capital ie 2/3 of NWC equates to a bargain ratio of 1.50 regards
rainmaker
30/10/2010
20:58
In case you haven't read it Northamber(NAR) got a mention in yesterdays Investors Chronicle in an article entitled "What would Benjamin Graham think? Shares that might tempt the legendary value investor"- "IT hardware distribution company Northamber has recently returned to profit at an operating level and, trading has been improving. It boasts a net asset value per share of 88.5p and has net cash of £14mln,which compares with a £15mln market capitalisation." "It is a high volume, low margin business which means if conditions worsen it will hurt, However, high levels of stock, bills outstanding and cash means the shares tick Graham's boxes for obvious value and they also pay a dividend" Shame that the Investors Chronicle screwed up the table giving details of each Companies "Bargain" ratio. Just to confirm that Northamber's bargain ratio(ie net working capital/market cap) is NOT 0.50 but actually in excess of 1 since NWC exceeded the current share price. regards
rainmaker
29/10/2010
10:21
Thanks Ben,what did Ben Graham say about a good investment being a good speculation, that if there was litte downside potential(NAR is profitable at the operating level and net cash is 50p a share) then by the same token there must be good upside potential. Not sure I should post my conclusion on Barratt but avoid. regards
rainmaker
29/10/2010
09:29
Hi Rainmaker - I won't be buying Barratt. I may buy some more NAR on weakness. It is good to be back in NAR. I feel like a bit of a "day trader" in NAR as I have made 17 trades since Nov 08. I am pleased to say I am up by over £2,500 on the trades despite the spread and small market size. regards
ben value
29/10/2010
08:57
I know the market is desperately thin.Avoid Barratt Dev at all cost. regards
rainmaker
29/10/2010
08:35
Someone managed to buy 2500 for 50p. He tried to buy another 2500 a few minutes later but the price had increased to 52p regards
ben value
28/10/2010
15:47
Last year's trading update was on 17/11/10 and IMHO the share price is too low for a Company that last reported an upturn in business and trades at around net cash.There's no way in a million years I would sell my holdings at the current price, with nav at 88p it would like exchanging my one pound coin for a bit of loose change. regards
rainmaker
25/10/2010
12:46
C, yep, a positive trading statement could easily send the shares up 10/15p from current levels. I think the market makers are just trying to encourage a few sellers to balance their books. regards
rainmaker
25/10/2010
12:31
R, couldn't agree more. Just one little whiff that things are back on an even or, perhaps improving, keel, should see this one going sharply higher. With recent, modest, share price weakness I had wondered if there was any stock available but no, there isn't sadly. I doubt the company are being too aggressive in the market picking up shares which is sensible enough but I doubt they will get much of the free float at this rate!
cwa1
25/10/2010
11:56
Some Investors just need to be a little more patient. A trading update next month and Northamber COULD go sharply higher IF the recovery in it's markets has been sustained. IMHO if you are a holder it makes absolutely no sense to sell at current levels with net cash around 50p. regards
rainmaker
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