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Equity Investment Instruments 14.81 0.04 0.06 31.7 3.6

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17/8/2018
09:20
Paragon Ent. Daily Update: Paragon Ent. is listed in the Equity Investment Instruments sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker PEL. The last closing price for Paragon Ent. was 1.90p.
Paragon Ent. has a 4 week average price of 1.43p and a 12 week average price of 0.90p.
The 1 year high share price is 4.13p while the 1 year low share price is currently 0.90p.
There are currently 187,680,550 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 105,332 shares. The market capitalisation of Paragon Ent. is £3,565,930.45.
02/7/2018
14:28
pj 1: Someone posted previously that although the share price has been battered, that it was on generally low volume, which is probably an indication that current holding Private Investors either cannot sell or won't sell. So each buy takes the price up as the MM's search for Sellers. Unaware of any Broker note
26/6/2018
15:27
stiffybristol: Quoted Companies that turn over £10M perhaps £20M that are in profit are worth more than £1.78M todays MK cap. It is more about the prospects and until recently Paragon looked like a company that could make £1,000,000 per year. P/E ratio's are more accurate when trading and profits are static yearly. There are plenty of AIM companies nearly bust that are worth far more than Paragon that aside Paragon have not helped themselves and need to tell a much better story than they have done in the past to keep happy shareholders and an upbeat price. There is a lot (like you and many others here) to like about the company, I am sure things are more of a blip than disaster but when a share price grinds to today's level it makes the fundraising if needed really dilute existing shareholders. I have bought Paragon all the way from 2.4p on the way up and from 4.79p on the way down, like you I am not far from that 3% threshold. The fact John Dobson bought at 2.5p inspired me to buy more. To reiterate any problem is about 2018 trading...we are all on the same side and much respect for your posts.
22/6/2018
08:39
pj 1: Rightly or wrongly the Co has been regularly valued EV/EBITDA by the Market at x7 EBITDA. So with my pessimistic head on Id say we're looking at a share price 0.6p ish based on £200k EBITDA, subject to any other news flow. Whilst I'd welcome 3p I cannot see it with the information we have available. Things will change though, so the valuation guess is not to be taken too seriously. I also noticed an interesting RNS from SIM yesterday, who also have Finncap as NOMAD, which includes ''This increases the total Contract value, for which the Company will be entitled to invoice the client up to an additional $315,100 during the 12 month period ending 30 April 2019. The expected revenue from this Contract was already factored into management's expectations for the year ended 31 December 2018. In addition, the Contract is expected to contribute to improved revenue visibility for FY 2019'' https://uk.advfn.com/stock-market/london/simigon-SIM/share-news/SimiGon-Limited-Further-Contract/77711791 It seems it's a bit of a lottery at least as to what differing Company's are allowed to RNS contract wise, with one rule for one and another for another. Maybe it is to suit the ''needs'' of the NOMAD more than the Company? Especially from a Broker who supports Company's with ex US fugitive CEO who was replaced by an inside dealing FD to CEO. And being investigated by the FCA. Assuming they maintain the AIM listing then I see no value whatsoever in having Fincapp as NOMAD, they may as well ''downgrade'' to Allenby and screw them down on price.
21/6/2018
22:52
pj 1: Previous Results 26/03/2014 share price 3.75p Revs £10m EBITDA £600k 26/06/2015 share price 1.73p Breach of Covenants. CFO resigns 14/06/2016 share price 1.48p Closure of legacy issues. More confident outlook 20/04/2017 share price 4.73p Excited about the future So, the trend is the earlier the Results the better the share price performance. The later the Results...…. Late June Results whilst not the norm, have been regular. However, I'm not aware they have ever issued a Results date and then not met that date before.
17/2/2018
12:16
stiffybristol: Depends how you look at it. Share price lowest ever. PEL turning over more money than ever. Recruiting more staff. Wanting to expand into bigger premises. Or has the work dried up and they are going under. Director bought 1.5M shares at 2.5p recently (you can't buy big blocks, a 200,000 buy jumps the price, a 1,500,000 either way would drop/rise the price 0.5p). Shortly we will know 2017 figures, we know roughly the turnover was near target, we can interpret it could have been a lot higher as two 2017 projects did not make it in that financial year. Potential to make profits of £2,000,000 on a P/E 10 = a share price of 11-12p. I was thinking of adding some more at todays price. Despite the fact I am miles down on my PEL investment already.
06/12/2017
18:43
stiffybristol: If the directors are thinking of taking it private then painting a negative picture when then there is nothing fundamentally wrong is exactly what to do to drive the share price down. If they know the company is sound and want it back for their self then they actually want the share price lower so they buy it back cheaper. I find it baffling, the share price is saying something is very wrong. The projected results did not seem that bad to me factoring the two projects now pushed back into 2018. If they had happened in 2017 Turnover may have been closer to £16/17M. It is still a company making a profit, with a £3.5M MK cap. They have plans to move to streamline and make better profit margins. The directors bought stock at 4p plus. Why are they not buying at 2p. They passed a resolution for the company to buy back shares when they were 4p, why are they not buying them back at this low price. All points to something wrong I suppose.
10/10/2017
05:35
fft: PJ1,Your point about spreadex (and i think someone else mentioned IG) is quite possible.It is one of the problems with gearing on small caps. If the share price drops and you need to sell to get back within margin, that will probably lead to a further share price fall and another margin call. If buyers appear that can bring an end to the misery, but with a thinly traded share like PEL, the misery can continue until you lose your entire position.With Spreadex and IG being limit up, there could have been a lot of anguish with the recent share price movement. Potentially 5 or 6% of PEL shares have been in play.So, either the company has been pulling the wool over our eyes or it appears to be a good opportunity.
30/8/2016
15:43
pj 1: Q&A response to the Director remuneration AGM comments. It also looks as if they are generally within the Remuneration guidelines issued from Sharesoc http://www.sharesoc.org/ShareSoc-Remuneration-Guidelines.pdf http://paragonent.com/investor-centre/qa-forum/a-round-up-of-several-questions-concerning-remuneration A round up of several questions concerning remuneration 30 August 2016 Q1. “Please explain the changes in salaries for executive directors (Mark Pyrah, Pete Holdsworth and Mark Taylor) from 2011 to the present?” A. When the company was listed in 2011, executive directors undertook to earn discounted salaries until certain targets relating to the roll-out of attractions were reached. The 3 executive directors earned, in aggregate, £231k per annum until 2014 when the attractions strategy was abandoned. At this time, the remuneration committee decided to grant a 10% increase and further created a further cash bonus scheme. This increase took the aggregate salaries to £255k per annum and there have been no increases in these annual salaries since then. In retrospect, the Board did not communicate the 2014 increase in salaries to shareholders adequately. By way of background, in November and December 2014, the executive directors waived £42k of salaries to support the business at the time of the profit warning and breach of bank convenant. This waiver was effectively repaid in 2016 when the remuneration committee chairman awarded a discretionary bonus of £42k to the executive directors. There is a typo in the Directors’ Emoluments note in the Report of the Remuneration Committee in the Annual Report 2015 showing that the bonuses were paid in 2015 when this should have read that the bonuses were actually paid in “2016”. Nevertheless, the income statement for 2015 reflects the salaries correctly and the bonuses will only be reflected in the income statement of 2016, so the annual report is correct in all respects, except for the typo in the note. Q2. “Please explain the changes to the Management Participation Scheme for executive directors (Mark Pyrah, Pete Holdsworth and Mark Taylor) which were announced on 22 June 2016?” A. The Management Participation Scheme was created in 2011 and is structured through a subsidiary company, Paragon Entertainment Investments Limited. In summary, it provides for executive directors to participate in 10% of gain in PEL’s shares above 4p per share (ie the share price at which the shares were admitted in 2011), provided that the growth rate in share price is over 12.5%: At 12.5%, the share price needs to be 7.2p by December 2016 when the initial 5 year term expires. The scheme is therefore underwater and is neither an incentive nor a retention tool. The new amendments comprise the following: The base share price target (ie the strike price) of 4p is unchanged. The scheme is extended by 5 years to December 2021. The hurdle rate is reduced from 12.5% to 5% from inception. The company must have achieved a minimum rolling 12 month EBITDA of £800k at the time of exercising the option. The amendments therefore require that the share price target must be 6.5p by the end of 2021 for the executive directors to be permitted to exercise their options. By comparison, at 12.5%, the target share price would have to have been 13p. Note that, at the time of announcing the amendments to the Scheme, the share price was 1.40p. The management EMI scheme for non-directors will be amended to achieve substantially similar economics so that the entire management team is aligned with shareholders. Q3. “What governance process did you follow for these remuneration changes?” A. In case of both the salary increase and the management participation scheme, before seeking the changes, we, as executive directors, asked ourselves if we felt that we were being fair to the company and its stakeholders. Being satisfied with this, we consulted extensively with both our NOMAD and Paragon’s biggest institutional shareholder, and we sought their advice and approval before proceeding. We did some benchmarking against other AIM companies and at the current levels of remuneration, remuneration is fair and in line with other AIM companies. Finally, based on this information, the independent non-executive director of PEL made the final decisions and the executive directors abstained from voting. In respect of the management participation scheme, we also sought an independent option valuation from a firm of professional advisors which confirmed that the benefit conferred on the executive directors was minimal. The directors will pay tax on this benefit. The consequence of the various changes is that the executive directors are each paid a modest but reasonable salary, they have the benefit of a discretionary bonus based on performance, and they are well incentivised to grow the share price through the management participation scheme. We hope that by now we have built up a body of useful Q&A responses to help you think about our business. If we haven’t covered everything that interests you, please continue to engage us by emailing your questions to us at qandq@paragonent.com. - See more at: http://paragonent.com/investor-centre/qa-forum/a-round-up-of-several-questions-concerning-remuneration#sthash.LFfDIydk.dpuf
15/2/2016
10:35
cautoussid: HI Aphapig , only seen your post today ,looks like more sellers clearing shares after Fridays rise ,planning to build up some more shares myself hopefully before pel share price moves back up to much ,like using this board now ,hope you have a successful year investing , has been a difficult start to this year for investors ,atb
15/12/2015
19:34
pj 1: My AGM summary below. The most relevant towards the end as its not in any priority order. Unfortunately, I do not have the full time need to write it up more fully.As always IMO and DYOR apply. Feedback/ questions welcome. PJ Paragon Entertainment (PEL) AGM 11 December 2015 12:30 Venue- Head Office http://paragonent.com/ Attendees Mark Taylor Executive Chairman (MT) Mark Pyrah CEO (MP) Peter Holdsworth Production Director (PH) Martin Barratt NED (MB) Jarrod Marsden Financial Controller (JM) X2 Private Investors, including myself and X2 PI’s via telephone connection. No recording of the AGM was made and this is a representation of my notes and understanding of comments made including interpretations by myself. I am not, nor have I ever been, qualified to give financial advice and nothing in this article should be taken as such. All comments should be taken as in my opinion only (IMO) and as always it is imperative and vital to undertake and do your own research (DYOR). As per the 2014 AGM a presentation was given and questions allowed during the presentation. This resulted in some digression but relevant to the meeting therefore this article does not follow the exact route of the meeting, nor is it in any order of priority. At the time of writing (15th December 2015) I hold a long position in PEL. NOTE- A 7:00AM RNS was issued on the morning of the AGM. http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/12619428.html • Previous market guidance for 2015 EBITDA unchanged at £0.2m, though 2015 turnover likely to be approximately £8.5m and; (from £9m turnover) • Board guidance for 2016: Turnover of £11m and EBITDA of £0.5m • Mark Pyrah will now resume the position of Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect • At the request of a major shareholder the Board will not now be proposing resolution 5 (allotment authority) and resolution 6 (disapplication of pre-emption rights). The primary purpose of resolutions 5 and 6 was to ensure that Paragon was able to meet all and any legal commitments it might have to issue shares Recently over a number of months prior to the meeting (and continuing after) the share price had been subject to increasing volatility and increased volumes including both Amati and Vulcan Holdings (ex Director interest) reducing below the 3% notifiable level and exiting as shareholders. On the morning of the 11th December the shares actually opened up 4% but were quickly sold off and at one point were down over 30% on the day (with selling continuing post AGM date). Over this same period whilst the ADFN Bulletin Board remained quiet as it usually was, there was a noticeable large increase in the mention of PEL via social media in general. If the reduction in 2015 Revs was taken as another profit warning (although note EBITDA remains the same) or the £11m turnover guidance for 2016 being below expectations, or a combination of the 2, were perhaps the reasons remains to be seen? The volatility on the day prevented at least 3 Private Investors missing the meeting that I know to. The meeting was delayed by 20 minutes for a late arrival (PI), opened and chaired by Mark Taylor. Mark Pyrah then did the presentation and I have tried to comment from the questions raised in the order of the presentation. http://paragonent.com/documents/PEL_AGM_2015_final_presentation.pdf Page 3. No current focus on the Attractions division although not ruled out medium to long term following exit from Quest Merry Hill. Main focus is on the Design and Build (D&B) as this is the bread and butter and what PEL currently do best. Licenses are secondary; however there could be some future overlap similar to Hamleys license with NERF for example. Whilst Quest failed financially it did open doors to Hamleys and other (unknown as not divulged to us yet) relationships. No further accounting needed for Quest exit (I assume that meant post 2014 write offs) Page5.Trail of profit warnings needs to stop and has contributed to little sentiment towards the Company in the Market, also compounded by covenant breach and late 2014 Results due to disputes. (Kidzania?). Covenant breach is now in the past and trading with terms, although currently in overdraft. BoD looks light as MP has sales and design strength, MT and MB managing attractions strength but no manufacturing. New COO to have more manufacturing experience to compliment the team and release MP and PH more to their relevant levels of strength and focus (Note COO is accounted for in any 2016 projections) Page 9 &10. Main focus going forward on Hamleys, Lambda, Majif Al Futtaim (MAF), Olympic Committee, Dubai Park (motiongate, DreamWorks), Golden Hall (Lamda) as all offer substantial repeat projects. Note-Hellinikon Athens (Lamda project, LOI signed but nothing expected for 2 years due to size of project and Greek Government involvement) Page 11. Current D&B capacity around £12m to £13m not space constrained although the set up is spread over a number of Sites (far from ideal), and it does seem on easy in/out and short term lease’s. Currently no problems recruiting direct staff. Project Managers are included in cost of sales (i.e. in Gross profit) Strategic alliances, framework agreement and partnerships are starting to bear fruit but have taken longer than hoped. For example Hamleys has taken over 3 years to get the framework signed. Page 12.Order book at record high. No figures were given for (contracted) order book or overall Pipeline. It was stated PEL need to be consistent in reporting these in future. Page 13. Licensing. Target for some growth but secondary to D&B. Note Funlandia is the old ‘soft play’, HiLo challenge domes still includes possibility of Bear Grylls but some capex required so on a back burner. Page 14. Emphasis was placed on advising the Co. to move to and include eps predictions along side EBITDA as soon as possible EPS and free cash flow positive by end 2016. Margins- Guidance was given for 22% Gross Profit. This is lower than previous guidance at the 2014 AGM of 25%; however, as repeated by the Co Margin improvement is a key target. Headcount has reduced from 100 to roughly 80. However that is just a headcount, No of part time etc not included. More use of stated Freelance may explain it No major use currently of use of sub contract. Any major project sub-contracting reduces to 10%margin so PEL trying to keep all in house. Page 15. Note Co has increased turnover in 4 out of the last 5 years. 2013 peaked at circa £9.5m Page 16- Rough 26% Management and 26% II holdings Page 19- Note Framework is for Hamleys World. Pi’s have found to date 11 possible Hamleys worlds for next few years. Also plans for expansion via smaller stores but unlikely any work for PEL (airports etc) Note any Hamleys over 3 for 2016 and/or 4 for 2017 will be above any current forecasts LAMDA-Possible 4 projects excluding Hellinkon Athens MAF-significant opportunities above and beyond 2016 (INCORP) Page 22. High profile customers and relationships. Hopeful of new representation deal early in new year. Page 28. Targeting 20% growth per annum over the next 5 years. Turnover has doubled since 2010 Communications/ Strategy/Performance. As the meeting progressed there was quite some digression and discussion. The feeling from PI’s was that the good news ref. Hamleys and Dubai Park had not been communicated in an effective way to maximise the share price and deliver share holder value. It has to be said though that this news has been tempered with a string of profit warnings from the Company all related to delayed or rescheduled contracts. There was also an undercurrent of feeling that PEL do not understand the working of the Market. This will always be a live threat the PEL turnover as they are not often in a position when if one contract is delayed that another can be pulled in to its place. However it also needs to be stated that bespoke short term contracts for quick delivery can be forthcoming, but generally a risk to turnover remains. 2014 resulted in 2 profit warnings which I assume to be kidzania related. Looking at the opening of that project in London I suspect KZ also fell into 2015 through no direct fault of PEL. I am also of the opinion that PEL have always predicted their then total contracted order book for that year. I.e. contracted order book for 2014 £10m so prediction equals £10m. So any delays equals a miss and profit warning, Pel are left with no where to go. In fact looking at 2015 I wonder if they predicted more than the then current order book as it appears Dubai Park was delayed until Q3 hence profit warns in 2015? In some ways it was not an easy meeting as the BoD were hit around the head with previous profit failures a number of times, despite increases in turnover. It appears (please refer to previous notes) that ‘unofficial’ market expectations for 2016 projections were much higher than the £11m predicted, and that a significant % of the Company was in the hands of short term traders, hence the sell off on the day of and following the AGM? PEL have reviewed part of their procedures and strategies which I understand to be- • The Management will not focus on short term share price movements. They commit to generating shareholder value as has always been the goal over the medium / long term • No immediate dilution (Note- if my understanding is correct then it would require an EGM for that to happen before the next AGM). Nor are their any plans for dilution. • They are looking at ways of reducing reliance on overdraft from a number of ways including pre-payments. One customer offered a substantial pre payment (I believe Dubai Parks) up to £1m but this can be counter effective as a Bond as ‘insurance’ needs to be entered. The full pre payment was not taken up, but indication some of it was. • The Company is usually under a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with contracts and Frameworks which greatly restricts the amount of particularly financial detail which can be communicated, as it could compromise the position of the Client (customer). Hence no direct financial detail with Hamleys. • RNS will be forthcoming as per Market regulations and taking advice from the NOMAD (Finncap) including any NDA restrictions, and within the remit of their Q& A statements on the web site • Whilst no current contracted order book figure is available the Company strives to reduce the chances of further profit warnings as they realise the effect on sentiment and share price performance this leads to. To that end the BoD are endeavouring to find a % of order book to predict with the goal of eliminating future profit warnings to a minimum by allowing for a certain amount of contract deferral. It was stressed that both contracted order book and total pipeline are both at record highs. (Note x10 fold increase in pipeline since listing at end 2014). It was stressed the Co needs to communicate the order book and pipeline in future communications in a uniform way. Therefore my understanding is that the current contracted order book for 2016 is well in excess of £11m. • My understanding is that 2 years of revenue visibility is not currently realistic. However ,my understanding is that some works are already contracted for 2017. • The BoD will endeavour to promote the Company via presentations and meetings etc. Proposed Resolutions. All were passed but note as previous Resolutions 5 and 6 were withdrawn at request of a major shareholder. My understanding is that this prevents any dilution other than at an EGM. Please also note that the Company have verbally committed to bring the next AGM forward to a more logical date of June 2016 (6 months away) The meeting was closed but unfortunately MT had to leave promptly which can be annoying to attendees and hope is not repeated next year. (Unless personal reasons prevailed off course)
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