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Porta Comms. LSE:PTCM London Ordinary Share GB00B71C7K21 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 1.25p 1.00p 1.50p 1.25p 1.25p 1.25p 0 05:00:01
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Support Services 40.3 -3.0 -1.4 - 5.54

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DateSubjectAuthorDiscuss
24/11/2018
11:37
I think the idea was to grow hugely and start making cost savings by major acquisitions. If these were in planning stage they never happened. By buying big you can shave out 1-2m in costs and take on profitable businesses at the same time. This started to go downhill when part of the business turning over 8-10 million lost a major client and went under. I forget the name but I did meet the owner at the AGM. They have been making 1-2 million or in cost savings over last year or so. Have to see what this is doing for the bottom line. You can still be a loss making business and be successful in your area. They won a financial award in Asia for being a financial comms. See Holmes report. Also up for THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR REGIONAL NETWORK OF THE YEAR Shortlist: The Hoffman Agency Asia Pacific Carves Out a New Path Newgate Communications Weber Shandwick Asia Pacific. The main issue with Porta is debt and the cost of this. I think they also had a lot of expensive employees not paying their wages through clients. Right now they appear to be focusing on where the money is and have a clear plan how all the businesses can work together as one unit. I do hope they can turn this around. Q4 2018 is where the savings should start to kick in. They have ditched Redleaf offices. They do have a profitable Asian network and hopefully they will eventually set up a strong PR network in China. That could be huge. I wonder too what economies of scale could be made with SEC and Porta merging. Newington have offices in London that could be moved to Porta HQ.Trouble us at 1p this won't happen.
guildedge
24/11/2018
11:37
I think the idea was to grow hugely and start making cost savings by major acquisitions. If these were in planning stage they never happened. By buying big you can shave out 1-2m in costs and take on profitable businesses at the same time. This started to go downhill when part of the business turning over 8-10 million lost a major client and went under. I forget the name but I did meet the owner at the AGM. They have been making 1-2 million or in cost savings over last year or so. Have to see what this is doing for the bottom line. You can still be a loss making business and be successful in your area. They won a financial award in Asia for being a financial comms. See Holmes report. Also up for THE GOLD STANDARD AWARD FOR REGIONAL NETWORK OF THE YEAR Shortlist: The Hoffman Agency Asia Pacific Carves Out a New Path Newgate Communications Weber Shandwick Asia Pacific. The main issue with Porta is debt and the cost of this. I think they also had a lot of expensive employees not paying their wages through clients. Right now they appear to be focusing on where the money is and have a clear plan how all the businesses can work together as one unit. I do hope they can turn this around. Q4 2018 is where the savings should start to kick in. They have ditched Redleaf offices. They do have a profitable Asian network and hopefully they will eventually set up a strong PR network in China. That could be huge. I wonder too what economies of scale could be made with SEC and Porta merging. Newington have offices in London that could be moved to Porta HQ.Trouble us at 1p this won't happen.
guildedge
24/11/2018
07:56
I am still puzzled how any client takes seriously a PR and IR adviser which has never made money. It is all very well being No 5 in the Far East and having great brands, but who cares if you never ever make a profit and have significant debts. How about getting yr own house in order first ?
graham1ty
23/11/2018
23:16
Still about. Just not much news to report. Most news they do have seems to go on their Twitter account. Or their website. hxxps://www.newgatecomms.com/blog/index.php/2018/11/21/seneca-im-appoints-newgate/ Looks like they now only have 3 brands Newgate, 2112 and CAG. Their staff page with Newgate, Redleaf and Publicasity staff has 92 people now. They seem to be hiring with 6-7 new clients lately. Again hard to know which clients have left when the expensive senior hires were kicked out. Most of David Wright's senior hires have now gone. Simon Gentry is still there. Seems to be 2 people/investors in background exchanging shares here. Overall this needs some big news to move northwards. They could well be holding back for now. Last TU seemed to suggest trading ahead of expectations. I expect next one in January. Plus maybe some debt news. Also how partnership with SEC is going. SEC announced a takeover of a firm on 21st November 2018. Looks to be a French firm. This will be costing them 500k a year for 10% chunks. The new firm appears to be making money on turnover of 4m. SEC still not tempted for a Porta takeover yet. Porta need to show they can make money first. Plus SEC last cash call barely raised 1m. Not great.
guildedge
06/11/2018
12:58
With the slow sink having stabilised, I added more last week.
albie two shoes
11/10/2018
14:24
For a communications company they don't do a lot of communicating. Slow sink on silence.
albie two shoes
04/10/2018
11:27
As this gradually sinks into oblivion anyone got any good news to cheer the increasingly poor investor. Guildedge where are you?
oldie52
12/9/2018
19:43
htTps://www.holmesreport.com/events-awards/agencies-of-the-year/2018-agencies-of-the-year/asia-pacific/financial-consultancies-of-the-year Winner: Newgate Communications (Porta Group) It wouldn’t be quite right to say that it has all been smooth sailing since Citigate veteran and Porta Group founder David Wright launched Newgate Communications seven years ago—the past few months have seen the departures in quick succession of Porta CEO Steffen Williams and Newgate leader Gavin Devine—but it is reasonable to claim that the Asia-Pacific operations have been perhaps the most consistently successful part of the operation, expanding geographically, rising in the Mergermarket rankings of advisors to M&A transactions, and earning the respect of longer-established competitors in the region. The firm launched its Hong Kong operations in early 2013, under the leadership of former Kreab Gavin Anderson exec Richard Barton, tapped another KGA veteran Terrence Foo to expand into Singapore a few months later, recruited a team of 20 from Gavin Anderson to launch in Australia the same year, expanded into mainland China with a Beijing office in 2014, and added a Shanghai presence under Asia-Pacific co-founder Grace Zhang earlier this year. Much of that leadership team is still in place—Barton, Australian managing director Brian Tyson, Foo, and Sue Vercoe, who leads the research group out of Sydney—and were joined last year by 25-year veteran Raj Seth as partner in Hong Kong and Clarence Fu, who brings two decades of corporate and financial experience to Singapore. The Asia-Pacific operation contributed about $23 million of Newgate’s 2017 PR fee income, about half of the $47 million total, and grew by about 37%, with new business coming from Hillhouse (China's largest asset management group), global consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, and e-commerce company Pinduoduo in Greater China; electrical distributor Endeavour Energy, travel company Expedia, and GOLDOC (the Brisbane-hosted Commonwealth Games) in Australia; and IHH Healthcare Berhad, Azalea Asset Management, Cromwell European REIT and Super Group in Singapore. As is often the case, the financial transaction work—high-value, high-margin assignments in a super-competitive space—were the most eye-catching, with Newgate coming in at number five in Asia (excluding Japan) in terms of the volume of transactions worked (23) last year and number three in terms of the value of those transactions. Other highlights included Newgate Hong Kong's work with AIG and its Director's & Officer's Insurance product, and PR for Pinduoduo's NASDAQ IPO; Newgate Australia’s work with Sydney Metro, Australia's largest public transport project; and Newgate Singapore’s IPO campaign and stakeholder plan for Cromwell European REIT. From M&A to IR to strategic corporate communications, Newgate is now firmly established in the front rank of Asia-Pacific consultancies.
kimboy2
11/9/2018
08:13
He used to hold 24.78%.On 25 June that dropped to 22.36%. Holders of over 3% are meant to notify the Company within a few working days. Not three months
graham1ty
11/9/2018
06:57
Graham what was the change in Morton's holdings and disregard for what rule.
go_baby_go
11/9/2018
06:17
The latest RNS on Morton’s holding showed his total disregard for the rules. The change of holding happened on 25 June and was not notified until 5 September. I suppose he would say he just forgot, or did not notice. Surprised no one has reported him to the Regulator. Or fact that he was “Cold Shouldered” in 2017 means no one will act for him ?
graham1ty
04/9/2018
09:18
Interim Results 2018 - HTTPS://www.investegate.co.uk/porta-communications--ptcm-/rns/interim-results-2018/201809040700136444Z/
speedsgh
03/9/2018
18:20
They said 'refinancing' so I expect it to be kicked out to long grass, or at least longer grass.
kimboy2
03/9/2018
18:16
I doubt they would convert those loans at these prices as it would hand control of the company to Morton. Their last results suggested a reduction in the loan rate. So maybe 4-6%. See what tomorrow brings.
guildedge
28/8/2018
09:43
yes, they are going to end up with quite a few shares...
markie7
28/8/2018
09:01
What are they going to do with Retro Grand convertible? "The Company is also having positive ongoing discussions with its lender, Retro Grand Limited, regarding the refinancing of the GBP5.2m convertible 364-day loan that matured on 29 June 2018 and expects to provide the market with a further update in due course." £5.2m convertible, at what price? At today's price, shareholders are pretty well wiped out (more than they already have been!). Can Emma Kane and Board pull off an equity price higher than today as convertible? Can they push it into a long-term debt at attractive rates? Who knows........still not holding, but a decent RNS on this (which I doubt) could see a bounce....DYOR
qs99
03/8/2018
18:18
There have been a lot of 1m, 500k and 400-450k trades all shown as delayed publications. Buys wise 2.480m shares. Sells wise 3.2M or so. Pretty sure this is no coincidence. Assuming these are not arranged trades. So far I figure overall 6-7m shares have been sold and likely from the same seller. This is one of the reason no one bought in on the TU. As they knew it would be sold into. Even with all these buys there seems to be a downward pressure on the shares indicating the seller is not done yet. Wonder who the seller is? I think this will continue for next 1-2 weeks. On a side topic Sec raised just over 1.2M from their share issue. So maybe directors will be making up the 1.8m shortfall? Wasn't in the RNS.
guildedge
03/8/2018
12:46
A £13,000 trade. Yippee. Game changer.
markie7
03/8/2018
12:33
465k buy, again someone is picking up stock.
go_baby_go
02/8/2018
16:30
Looked a good trading update. Adjusted ebitda last year in H1 was £1.16M. Less 15%=£1M. So how much are the other costs related to these cost savings? Debt is a big worry. They paid another 400-500k for Redleaf and any costs from restructuring will be added to the debt? How much has current debt gone up? 1-2m? On Plus side they are not making so many payouts to third party investors. 20% of 600k profits is almost £120k on Redleaf alone. Gradually they are reducing payouts to third parties. I think loan costs will come down too soon. Maybe 4-6%? End of Day Morton wants his money back and he wonn't do that at 2p. We might also see a reduction in D and A soon. I think H2 could be very strong if we expect 1.45m of savings to be added back to the bottom line. (Half of 2.9m.) We know revenue will be lower but by how much? I would suggest the Asain businesses are still doing well. Especially with new offices in China. So what are 1m of non performing costs? Likely job losses! Would need to be quite a few to save 1m. A lot of those senior staff hired last year or so would not of been cheap. It looks like most have now gone. (Charlie Chichester is still there.) Including Steffan Williams. Which could be part of that 1m saving. Share trades today. I still think the bulk of them are large shareholders trading shares. It's the way they have held the share price at 1.7-2p. Directors won't buy till this has been cleared up. I doubt the 2 CEO will buy now they both have millions of shares. See where this goes. I like fact results have moved forward here to early September. Could see full results gradually shift to end of March.
guildedge
02/8/2018
07:29
2.9m in saving. I think this ship is start to turn.
go_baby_go
31/7/2018
20:05
Well if it is a buy that would be interesting. Not the usual trade for Hales Hargreaves. Could be a PI, Gary Wyatt or even a director. I doubt a director as if my SEC theory is right they would all be locked out anyway. Sec will conclude their share issue on 02/08/2018. With maybe 1-2 days till they announce it. Then a question of is that money for Porta? See what happens. I expect more big share trades tomorrow too. Maybe even a delayed late sell trade. Otherwise you had nearly 1.6m buys today with 500k sells.
guildedge
31/7/2018
19:27
Pretty sure that's a buy. Otherwise it would of been down 15-20%. Plus 2 hrs+ delayed. So it's probably what pushed the offer 2.3p
go_baby_go
31/7/2018
18:19
1m trade at 2p 15:56 showing as delayed publication. With share ending down today it could easily be a sell. Or an agreed trade.
guildedge
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