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OXIG Oxford Instruments Plc

-90.00 (-3.42%)
25 Jun 2024 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Oxford Instruments Plc LSE:OXIG London Ordinary Share GB0006650450 ORD 5P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -90.00 -3.42% 2,545.00 2,535.00 2,540.00 2,635.00 2,515.00 2,515.00 126,366 16:35:21
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Lab Analytical Instruments 444.7M 58.6M 1.0126 25.08 1.47B
Oxford Instruments Plc is listed in the Lab Analytical Instruments sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker OXIG. The last closing price for Oxford Instruments was 2,635p. Over the last year, Oxford Instruments shares have traded in a share price range of 1,634.00p to 2,850.00p.

Oxford Instruments currently has 57,873,131 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Oxford Instruments is £1.47 billion. Oxford Instruments has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of 25.08.

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In this AM, small amount.

Further portfolio consolidation would not surprise me.

Half year report

Financial Highlights:

-- Reported orders up 6.0% to GBP148.5 million (2016: GBP140.1 million), an increase of 1.8% at constant currency

-- Reported revenue in line with previous year, down 4.5% at constant currency
-- Adjusted profit before tax from continuing operations up 24.4% to GBP16.3 million (2016: GBP13.1 million)

-- Adjusted operating margin up 180 basis points primarily reflecting currency benefits
-- Profit before tax from continuing operations of GBP12.7 million (2016: loss of GBP0.6 million)

-- Constant currency order book of GBP141.8 million up 3.3% and 11.8% against September 2016 and March 2017 respectively

-- Significantly strengthened balance sheet with proceeds from sale of Industrial Analysis leading to reduction in net debt to GBP45.5m (2016: GBP141.1 million)

-- Interim dividend maintained at 3.7 pence

You wouldn't buy them for the yield! 1.4% - or are we still pretending that this is a R&D company that will bring in jam tomorrow?

wad collector
Bought back at 960 ; seems irrational drop to me.
wad collector

"As previously reported, in the year to March 2017, the Group delivered a profit performance in line with expectations. We made good progress in developing and announcing the new Horizon strategy to reposition our Group for long-term growth. In July we completed the sale of Industrial Analysis. The management team is now implementing the next phase of the Horizon strategy as we commence the structural changes required to move the business towards sustainable growth.

"Turning to trading for the first five months of the current year: reported revenue is in line with last year, supported by favourable currency benefits. In the same period, revenue and operating profit at constant currency is behind last year due to lower optical microscopy sales and an increase in the proportion of customised magnet and cryogenic systems with longer production lead times.

"Looking ahead, we expect the second half of the financial year to benefit from the timing of new product introductions and the normal seasonal bias, as well as from the favourable currency impact. Overall, expectations for the full year remain unchanged."

wad collector
Traded some out at 1060. The share price has become a bit of a traders dream if the spread stays narrow. Which it mostly doesn't!
wad collector
Still can't decide whether this should be valued as a producer or R&D. Market seems to like the results. Might take a quick 6% as the wider market is in an odd place at the moment , could take a tumble.
wad collector
Reassuring update I thought.
Bought them back at 1010 just now .
wad collector
Time to sell some I reckon ; 1095 tempts me. I suspect the buyback opportunity will arise soon.
wad collector
Some broker tipping here , though quite a lot of disparity with targets , almost as if they are guessing....
wad collector
A few chunky sells today but someone's clearly mopping them up!
Activity does look a bit suspicious of stake building but may just be noise. Hold and hope....
wad collector
Let's hope its a predator and we can wave goodbye to this serial underachiever...
Well, they rose sharply on the asset sale at a hefty premium to asset value. I thought it would fall back gently after that and sold a third of my shares.

But it started off again at midday today. That suggests US buying to me, maybe hedge fund - or just possibly the long-awaited predator.

Always felt this would be ripe for a foreign takeover. Was the reason I invested initially. Someone obviously likes this.
Let's hope they are not selling this too cheaply though the market response suggests otherwise; £35M in assets sold and an annual income of £3.3M for £80M.

Oxford Instruments plc, a leading provider of high technology solutions, information and services for industry and research, today announces that it has agreed to sell its Industrial Analysis business to Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation ('HHT') for a consideration of GBP80 million on a cash and debt free basis. HHT will acquire the companies, assets and liabilities that comprise the Industrial Analysis business.

The Industrial Analysis business is a leading global provider of handheld and bench-top instruments using X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) technologies for analysing materials in a broad range of industrial applications. Headquartered in Oxford, UK, the Industrial Analysis business has research and development and assembly operations in Finland, Germany and China and sales and support operations in a number of countries around the world.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval in Austria, confirmation of receipt by the relevant regulator of the share transfer filing in China, and completion of a pre-sale reorganisation to carve out the relevant businesses. Assuming satisfaction of these conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of the 2017/18 fiscal year. Proceeds will be used to reduce existing borrowings. The current Industrial Analysis management team will transfer with the business.

In the financial year ended 31 March 2016, the Industrial Analysis business had revenue of GBP49.5 million, adjusted operating profit(1) of GBP3.3 million and normalised business level adjusted EBITDA(2) of GBP8.2 million. The gross assets at 30 September 2016 were GBP35.6 million.

Just noticed that I missed the update 2 weeks ago ;

Trading in the second half of the year was consistent with the expectations disclosed in our interim results, supporting our guidance that we expect performance for the full year to be in line with the prior year.

A good performance from NanoTechnology Tools has continued to mitigate an anticipated deterioration in our OI Healthcare business.

Our focus on strengthening the balance sheet has resulted in a reduction in net debt at 31 March 2017 against the same period last year.

Oxford Instruments' results for the year ended 31 March 2017 will be released on 13 June 2017.

wad collector
I think some consideration should be given to increasing the yield. The company is hardly a growth stock any more after a period of dismal performance not helped by a tendency to overpay for acquisitions.
New 1 yr high , I see the brokers are fairly positive and although the yield is derisory , the forecast 2018 EPS is a reasonable 56p.

N+1 Singer
10-04-17 HOLD 38.86 51.46 13.00 42.59 56.39 13.65
Arden Partners
07-04-17 BUY 35.00 46.58 13.00 42.00 55.90 13.00
Numis Securities Ltd
07-04-17 ADD 37.40 50.70 13.00 40.10 54.20 13.70
Peel Hunt LLP
06-04-17 HOLD 37.48 48.49 13.00 44.03 56.96 13.0

wad collector
Quite so. While there's life, there's hope.
Only another £10 to go to reach the 2014 highs.
wad collector
Doesn't stay up for very long though, does it? Seems to meet resistance at a certain level and as you say a very long way off previous high.
We are still less than half the price of 3 yrs ago but I do like the continuing upwards share price creep ; 1 yr high.
wad collector
Well, I hope it won't be bought at anything like this price.
A nice rise last few weeks and a quiet board. Good combo
Ah , a bid rumour , keep it up guys, spread the word.
wad collector
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