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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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DateSubjectAuthorDiscuss
13/11/2007
18:38
Kings Ferry T/O yesterday by NEX passed many by.
dassera
13/11/2007
15:57
Nice to see ROL heading up .... perhaps all the new drivers joining them are hoovering up the stock ;-)
don muang
12/11/2007
10:02
Only a small purchase (18,037 shares @55p) by Nicholas Kennedy (Non-executive Director) - but at least a 'positive' transaction.
don muang
07/11/2007
20:37
They seem to be getting the branding sorted out better now..... ads for drivers in local press have Central Connect logo .... and the double-deckers now seem to be in white with Central Connect logo.... (they'll need to clean the outside of them more often than TWM otherwise white will show the dirt up nicely).
don muang
31/10/2007
12:01
Hadn't looked at the web site recently http://www.rotalaplc.co.uk/default.aspx since I posted the negative critisism of it a few months back. Now it looks very good for a company of this size. From web site it appears significant shareholders (i.e >3%) hold 54% of shares. Also see John Gunn (Non-executive Director and Chairman) is also a director of Corac Group plc - which is quite an interesting company as regards risk/reward prospects. Also the website http://www.connectbuses.co.uk is now under construction for that part of their operation. The website http://www.northbirminghambusways.co.uk is already running.
don muang
30/10/2007
14:59
Chester .... thanks for link.... Noticed they've been advertising regularly in the local press over past few weeks for bus drivers...
don muang
30/10/2007
12:54
DM-this is making nice and steady progress. Equity Development have produced a report on the company which I think you can view on their website- www.equitydevelopment.co.uk -which suggests a conservative dcf fair value of 79p per share. Happy reading Chesters2
chesters2
30/10/2007
12:42
In a pilot scheme, Travel West Midland passengers using the busy 377 route between Walsall and Sutton Coldfield will be offered vouchers if their journey is delayed by more than 15 minutes. http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/mail/news/tm_headline=bus-on-time-or-your-money-back%26method=full%26objectid=20032402%26siteid=50002-name_page.html
don muang
09/10/2007
18:11
Well, as no one appears to be here except me then I'll amuse myself with other busses: A giant pumpkin weighing 1,500 pounds has been dropped from 100 feet in the air onto a bus http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_7030000/newsid_7035300/7035370.stm?bw=bb&mp=wm&asb=1&news=1
don muang
09/10/2007
06:47
Well, given lack of any other posters recently on this thread, then can I presume I'm the only one still holding ROL stock?
don muang
08/10/2007
13:20
'Nice' to see the Centro contracts (or extensions of). ROL have been advertising regularly in local papers for drivers over the last month - so either there's a severe shortage of them in the West Mids or they need quite a few of 'em.
don muang
25/9/2007
10:16
Foreign language students visiting the Isle of Wight are to be taught how to queue for buses. It comes after Southern Vectis, a local bus company, received complaints about students pushing past the queue. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7010456.stm
don muang
05/8/2007
08:36
Don, Yes I remember the Bull Ring Bus Station well!! I used to have to catch the 130, 131 or 132 back to either Hasbury or Halesowen back WMPTE days.... I also remember those red leather seated fleetlines, you used to slide off the seat when going around a corner....
winston270
04/8/2007
16:07
>The BMMO days were a bit too early for me.. I'm only 40 something... !! So you don't remember the delights of the fume filled Midland Red terminal in the old Bull Ring .... and the red leather seats?
don muang
04/8/2007
15:58
winston ... thanks for the reply .... >bid for Chiltern they don't end up paying over the odds Hope whoever 'gets' Chiltern don't make any drastic changes .... if it ain't broke, don't fix it.... >evening services... end up carrying around far more of the scum bags Agreed. Unfortunately from what I've seen the drivers seem to get minimal support from line management ... when they radio in anything, unless it's more serious, they usually seem to be told to 'proceed' on their journey as normal and take no action.... the scum bags know what they can get away with each and everytime they travel on TWM... On one bus I was on recently, the heavy mob of inspectors got on .... one guy was smoking and only had a 'short hop' ticket ... all they did was made him get off (he was told to catch the next bus and pay the correct fare on it).... TWM have spent the first half of 2007 defending not taking action against smokers by saying they'd wait until new smoking rules started on 1st July and then clamp down ... but personally I haven't seen any sign of that clamp down... >The cleanliness issue at TWM arises from their vehicles being on the road 18hrs a day But they're dirty even in the morning on first runs of the day. And some of the interior repairs / patch-ups I've seen could have been done better by a blind nun.. Was on one the other day that had a badely damaged upper deck nearside front window - but was still in passenger service - looked like it'd been damaged from outside by hitting something like an overhanging branch rather than vandalism - and that was on a Sunday morning service so no excuse for no spare undamaged busses being available on that day... >with the use of single deckers, passengers often prefer these over double deckers On a couple of routes of TWM they've gone over to about 50% single deckers instead of all double deckers this year .... but anti-social element still doing what comes naturally to them at the back of the TWM single deckers ... and getting away with it.
don muang
04/8/2007
12:47
Don, The BMMO days were a bit too early for me, I'm only 30... Yes I saw NEG's results, its makes sence to change the management structure, I don't see the need for an individual management teams for each of the UK divisions, even more so now that the trains division has some what shrunk.... With the relocation to Birmingham and a central function they forecast some substantial cost savings... I'm surprised NEG didn't do better in the recent franchise awards with Bowker now at the helm, there is still the East Coast Main Line to be awarded and Chiltern Railways has the for sale board up, I just hope if NEG do decide to bid for Chiltern they don't end up paying over the odds to increase the Rail Portfolio..... Up until recently it was generally only TWM that ran the majority of evening services, unfortunately for TWM's double deckers they tend to end up carrying around far more of the scum bags that trash their vehicles and cause anti social problems on board for other passengers. The cleanliness issue at TWM arises from their vehicles being on the road 18hrs a day; however I understand that TWM don't employ the army of cleaners they once used too in WMPTE days. Independent operators seem to suffer fewer problems in terms of vandalism & cleanliness, they don't seem to carry the type of problem clientele that TWM often endure.... with the use of single deckers, passengers often prefer these over double deckers due to feeling safer by being within the drivers view. I notice that TWM claim to have increased passenger numbers by 2% in Birmingham though, I hope with the recent influx of competitors in the form of Go-Ahead & Rotala to the West Midlands, this will focus TWM to become more innovative with new initiatives and increased investment in new vehicles etc.... Time will tell I guess! I will be interesting to see if Rotala retain the North Birmingham Busways & Travel Ludlows brands & liveries, as both operators have a good name in reputation within their operating areas.... I'm personally not keen on Central Connects new livery.... winston
winston270
02/8/2007
14:43
Seems Flights Hallmark are advertising a vacancy for a 'Group Human Resources Manager' - needed due to 'acquisition and organic expansion'. Ad mentions that Rotala currently operates around 300 vehicles....
don muang
30/7/2007
06:50
... Yes, does seem very optimisic update .. (and don't think J. Gunn is given to 'hype'). previously was on the fence on this one .... but my prospective view has moved +ve (even taking in to account volatile markets at present).
don muang
30/7/2007
06:33
certainly seem one of the more active co he is involved with, certainly sticking with it
latestarter
27/7/2007
09:29
... and after saying I hadn't seen a Flights coach for ages .... then passed one half an hour ago.... !!!
don muang
27/7/2007
06:18
winston .... thanks for the info .... you seem very knowlegable on the West Midlands busses... were you around in the days of the BMMO (Midland Red) when you could stop them anywhere outside the Brum boundary....? Presume you also saw from yesterdays Nat Express news that they plan to move the UK operating HQ to Brum by years end and just keep a 'small' registerred office in London. Think most people prefer an alternative to WMT on any route .... whether it be that the busses are cleaner and usualy single decker on the other operators routes ... although have noticed some Diamond double deckers... ROL certainly has an 'opportunity' if they can get it right. Now at 60p offer a with a narrower spread it's more 'interesting' than before as a potential good buy. Yes, also think that if ROL does progress, then It'll be taken out by a bigger operation - perhaps that's what the management are 'expecting' on long term timescale? Birmingham, with the 'disadvantages' of no underground transport, a single Metro line, a 'missmash' of local rail routes, New St station, & expensive city centre parking would seem to provide an excellent opportunity for bus operators...
don muang
26/7/2007
22:53
Don, Sorry I haven't replied sooner, but in terms of Rotala & Flights Coaches Tony Hunters Fotopic site should give you a good indication on the present branding/livery of Rotala's coach fleet: http://west-midlands-buses.fpic.co.uk/c1120503.html From NEG's Interim results today, it seems they are currently in talks with Centro/Network West Midlands with a view to introducing some sort of quality partnership in the coming months (maybe similar to that in Dundee).... Diamond have always done well on the 16, I think the local's prefer single deckers through Handsworth rather than TWM's double deckers, however TWM have an order for 60 x Scania / Omnilink this financial year (some of which are rumoured to be going on to the 16?). Utimately, if Rotala become too successful at making a dent in TWM's margins I thin they will be taken out by either Go-Ahead Group or Veolia.....
winston270
19/7/2007
13:49
Well, there's the consolidated price today - at least it's made the spread narrower - equivalent to 2.48 / 2.68 'old' prices - will wait to see how it goes from here. PS: notice that no NMS is yet showing for these in the advfn data available
don muang
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