Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Rotala Plc LSE:ROL London Ordinary Share GB00B1Z2MP60 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -1.50 -4.84% 29.50 29.00 30.00 31.00 29.50 31.00 4,910 14:27:29
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Travel & Leisure 78.1 -4.8 -8.1 - 15

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Hi winston270. Only going on my own visual sitings. If you look in B'ham City centre the number of Diamond busses seems to have increased noticably e.g. routes 16 and 56 - and they actually have passengers on them and operate on Sundays as well. Near where I live it's Central Connects ex-Zak's operations on non-WMT routes. So that is as per your posting info. But Zak's don't seem to have many passengers on them. Arriva and Claribel's busses seem to be the cleanest around! Time will tell .... but the sooner the better that TravelWM get 'dented'... whichever operator does it. I presume TWM are 'milking' the system whilst they still have the opportunity. National Express don't seem to have been too successful with rail franchises recently. Perhaps their bus predominant position might go same way eventually.... so I hope that ROL and the other alternative operators are successful. PS: Haven't followed coach operations but always used to see 'Flights' coaches regularly - but they seem to be non existant recently - have they been 'rebranded'? (Last year had a ride on the Flights coach that was used by Aston Villa for their cup parade in 1956. That's still owned by the 'Flights' family themselves and they recently had it refurbed - lovely vehicle inside and out).
don muang
Don, From what I've seen, Diamond are hardly putting much of a dent in TWM's business/profits, there has been very little responce from TWM on competing routes. Since Go-Ahead Group acquired The Birmingham Coach Company & People's Express to form Diamond, they are currently in the process of going through a period of consolidation, i.e dropping Centro tendered routes, school services & night services and concentrating a commericial routes in competetion with TWM. Central Connect (Rotala) on the other hand, up until the recent purchases of North Birmingham Busways & Ludlow's, Halesowen have favoured tendered routes, however the latest acquistions bring with them a number of commercial routes... Ludlows in particular, the majority of the commercial routes operated don't compete directly with TWM, these services link roads/towns not covered by TWM. Ultimately its Rotala's shareholders that should benefit through proposed savings, however the passengers should benefits from increased investment in new vehicles etc....
But will 'savings' only be short term or will they benefit 'customers' - and thereby benefit ROL in the medium long / term? The AA made lots of short term engineering and admin savings which subsequently lost money paying customers who will never return... As far as I'm aware, Zak's are operating from the Long Acre depot already - if they can't organise to get a bus from there to the start of a route on time during off-peak period then..? On one route before that was late then the reason given to peeved paying customers was that the driver overslept... !! ROL need something different to gain business from the primary operator (TravelWM). So far, I've seen that Diamond are making inroads to TravelWM business. As yet it looks like ROL might not be...? As seen from my previous postings a while ago I was optimistic - but having physically seen various things recently then I'm not now 'convinced'...and am now sitting on the fence....
don muang
I Believe recently acquired North Birmingham Busways are moving in with Central Connect/Flights Hallmark at their Long Acre depot in Aston, Birmingham from 1st August. That should result in some engineering, admin savings etc,
So, I presume consolidated price will be quoted from tomorrow. Still undecided on this. Possibly good potential but can they capitalise on it? Passed one of their buses this morning on its way from the garage to its first scheduled journey of the day. It still had someway to go to get to its start point but it was already past its departure time. If they can't start the first journey of the day on time then....?
don muang
Just noticed one (bus) going past on a Zak's route - but not now in Zak's colours - this was all white with no markings except a printed out paper / card on the back with 'Central Connect' on it. No passengers on board although the vehicle on 'active service'.
don muang
I have looked at the Rotala website and it really looks like it was written before the company even began trading. There is no Investor Relations page, no list of news items, no history of the companies it has bought. Worst there is no mention of the management - who are they, what are their skills...Is the company run by its non-exec's only? Only a fool would invest in this company as it stands. Wake up. BTW, its easy to raise money and and companies - its making them successful that is the hard work.
not hanging about is he, hopefully the price will drop to 2.5 so we can all get in for some more
Rotala acquires North Birmingham Busways for 860,000 stg, 68 buses for 1.26 mln LONDON (Thomson Financial) - Transport company Rotala PLC has acquired North Birmingham Busways, which operates 28 buses from a site in Erdington, Birmingham, for 860,000 stg in cash, it announced in a statement. The company's Flights Hallmark subsidiary is also acquiring 68 buses for a total 1.26 mln stg, and additional routes in South Gloucestershire for a further 600,000 stg, it said. The acquisitions are being funded in part through a placing of 100 mln shares at 2.5p each to raise 2.5 mln stg, the company said. The placing has been arranged by Blue Oar Securities, and is conditional upon approval at an EGM on July 17. The company added that it has agreed to buy another unnamed bus company which operates 20 vehicles in the West Midlands.
Look at that for a 1st post date! These guys were posting on here before Steve Jobs built his first Apple. Have to say I'm impressed. Way ahead of its time.
Agreed .... very informative statement .... They seem to require additional staff in Brum as they're advertising in the paper there today for drivers that can start later this month. Final bullet of ad says 'A chance to be in at the start of a new and exciting opportunity'...... There's a 'Eyes on the Busses' debate in Brum later this month. The panal includes R. Bowker (CEO National Express). Haven't sen any more details of names so don't know if Central Connect (ROL) will be there.
don muang
refreshing to read a chairmans statement that is factual and has depth, not full off waffle, wonder if they have approached the freeholder of the second property, M r Gunn strikes me as someone who likes freeholds not leases as per the changes afoot on the vehicles, shame we had a dodgy start but it seems to be going well enough now
just getting on with it, be nice in the results to see what it adds to the bottom line as opposed to the revenue stream.
News release issued by Bristol City Council yesterday Rotala making some nice progress ++ New Park and Ride contracts will deliver new service for Bristol's 'early bird' workers ++ Commuters in Bristol are to benefit from an improved park and ride service at two of the city's three sites thanks to the award of new five year contracts for the provision of bus services to serve the schemes. Flights Hallmark have been awarded a contract to provide bus services for the city's Portway Park and Ride by Bristol City Council - and have been awarded a similar deal to deliver services for the city's Long Ashton site by operators Park and Ride Limited, who run the site under an agreement with the city council. Under the deal, Flights Hallmark will provide a new bus fleet and introduce services from 6.15am - something Bristol's employers have been asking for and which will particularly meet the need of the city's extensive health service sector. As the regional capital, the city is home to a number of hospitals providing specialist services for much of south west England. Flights Hallmark, part of the Rotala Group, won the contract for Long Ashton against two other bidders and for Portway against three other competitors. The contracts - worth in the region of £600,000-a-year for each site - were awarded against a range of criteria, including price and quality. The company operate bus contracts in Birmingham, Surrey and Staffordshire and provide airport bus services at Gatwick and Heathrow. The city's third Park and Ride site, off the A4 Bath Road at Brislington, will continue to be served by First Bus who secured a five contract from the city council last year. First previously provided the services at both Long Ashton and Portway. The Long Ashton site, off the A370 to the south of the city centre, serves commuters travelling into Bristol from Somerset and beyond, including major urban areas such as Weston Super Mare, Bridgewater and Taunton. It currently delivers some 506,000 passenger journeys a year. The Portway site, off the A4 near Avonmouth, serves commuters coming to the city from Gloucestershire, the Midlands and Wales and is the city's newest scheme. Use of the site continues to grow and last year topped 235,000 passenger journeys. Over 91,000 people work in Bristol City Centre and the city serves a travel to work population of 900,000 Councillor Dennis Brown, Bristol's Executive Member for Transport, said: "This new contract will deliver some significant improvements to the services we provide directly and indirectly through these two Park and Ride sites. In particular, we believe that the services from 6.15am will encourage more commuters to leave their car on the edge of the city and complete their journey by bus, reducing congestion and pollution - and their own stress too." ends Note to Editors Under the new contract, the inbound morning Park and Ride services will run every 15 minutes from 6.15am to 7am - then every 10 minutes during the peak period, from 7am to 9.30am, as currently. Flights Hallmark's contact number is 0121 322 2222. Simon Caplan Head of Corporate Communications Bristol City Council Phone: 0117 922 2647 Fax: 0117 922 4330 From January 23rd, we're changing our email and website address for the better. Please use: simon.caplan@bristol.gov.uk For latest press releases visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/news Subscribe to Bristol News Direct and get the latest council news sent direct to your desktop. www.bristol.gov.uk/newsdirect ______________________________________________________________________ Please note the new simpler name for our website: http://www.bristol.gov.uk Our email addresses have also changed - visit http://www.bristol.gov.uk/bigchange for further details. Sign-up for our email bulletin giving news, have-your-say and event information at: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/newsdirect
Spread has narrowed to a more reasonable level. A survey published this week reported that 58.9% of people said the bus service had worsened in the last five years in Birmingham / West Midlands. Let's see if an expanded Central Connect operation can improve services (whilst making a margin) and take away some business from those lot at TravelWM who seem to have lost the confidence of the traveling public in the region....
don muang
anyone wanta job ... Centralconnect currently have vacancies for the following positions: PSV DRIVERS- We are now recruiting drivers for our expanding network of local bus services. For these positions, please call the Company on 0121-322 2222, or click HERE for an application form, and return to: Flights Hallmark Ltd, Beacon House, Long Acre, Birmingham, B7 5JJ
don muang
this is ROL's biggest 'competitor' in the West Mids: Rising bus fares equals rising profits.... http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/mail/news/tm_headline=rising-bus-fares-equals-rising-profits%26method=full%26objectid=18528449%26siteid=50002-name_page.html TRAVEL West Midlands is the most profitable bus company in the world Let's see if an expanded and coordinated Rotala can relieve them of the some of those profits during 2007..
don muang
Rotala's bigger / biggest 'competitor' in Brum seems not to be providing a suitable service .... let's see if Rotala can benefit by impressing the local passenger transport executive.... Councillors hit out at city bus firm. Jan 10 2007. BIRMINGHAM'S biggest bus company has been accused of abusing thousands of passengers through sky-high fare rises and by running unclean and unreliable services rife with anti-social behaviour. Councillors warned they will seek powers to take control of Travel West Midlands' fares and timetables unless the operator puts its affairs in order. http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/mail/news/tm_headline=councillors-hit-out-at-city-bus-firm%26method=full%26objectid=18434819%26siteid=50002-name_page.html
don muang
The report shows that it is possible to turn around the falling use of buses..... http://www.thestirrer.co.uk/0301072.html
don muang
first trading day after xmas then price for buy was 2.125p - today last buy was 3p. more 'good' news to come? ... although someone seems to be ditching in 250k tranches -
don muang
not related to ROL, but an 'interesting' bus story..... Veolia Environnement SA bus contracts put it in some of the world's most dangerous places, from the Watts section of Los Angeles to the crime-ridden neighborhoods of Bogota... http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aQ1Evfj2hUz4&refer=home
don muang
just doing a bit more research on this during a lazy New Years Day afternoon .... seems one part of the company have the ontract for running the Station Link service - http://www.zaksbuses.com/ So, seems ROL is quite an interesting public transport 'play'.... (seems the piece of info on Zaks website concerning BMT takeover is dated three days before the actual RNS came out.... 24 DECEMBER 2006:Zak's Bus and Coach Services Ltd is pleased to announce that it has acquired the operations and certain assets of Birmingham Motor Traction Ltd. and Birmingham Motor Traction (North) Ltd. This purchase will enable the further consolidation of the Central Connect network throughout the West Midlands.)
don muang
http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/birminghampost/business/ BMT just the ticket for Rotala Dec 28 2006 Bus company Birmingham Motor Traction has been taken over in a deal announced to the stock market yesterday. The Sutton Coldfield-based operator has become the latest acquisition in the city by transport firm Rotala, an Aim-listed operator based in London. Rotala said yesterday it had paid £34,000 for BMT, which has a fleet of nine vehicles and turnover of £600,000 a year. It has financed the deal by issuing £400,000-worth of convertible loan notes and warrants that will also cover the cost of acquiring 11 new vehicles as well as contributing to working capital. Rotala bought out Zak's Bus and Coach Services for £30,000 cash in October following its £4.65 million takeover of Flights Group in August 2005. It said yesterday that BMT's operations, which include contracts for Centro, Birmingham City Council and Staffordshire County Council would be merged with those run from the former Flights base in Long Acre. "This step will eliminate duplicated administration and maintenance overheads and realise immediate cost savings," the stock market statement said. "Thus the acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing from the outset." Rotala did not say in the statement whether any BMT employees would become redundant and no-one could be contacted for comment. Latest available figures show that Rotala made a pretax loss of £1.119 million on turnover of £8.027 million in the six months to May 31. Non-executive chairman John Gunn said in yesterday's statement that the BMT acquisition would add to Rotala's presence in the West Midlands. "We believe that government policy on transport will involve the expansion of urban bus services. This has been highlighted in several recent reports."
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