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SYNT Synthomer Plc

-5.50 (-1.99%)
14 Jun 2024 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Synthomer Plc LSE:SYNT London Ordinary Share GB00BNTVWJ75 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -5.50 -1.99% 271.00 268.00 271.00 276.00 267.50 272.00 309,729 16:35:01
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Chemicals & Chem Preps, Nec 2.02B -67M -0.4096 -6.56 439.18M
Synthomer Plc is listed in the Chemicals & Chem Preps sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker SYNT. The last closing price for Synthomer was 276.50p. Over the last year, Synthomer shares have traded in a share price range of 118.00p to 1,838.00p.

Synthomer currently has 163,567,621 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Synthomer is £439.18 million. Synthomer has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of -6.56.

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EV=Market Cap+Total Debt-Cash

At interims, they had cash of £232 million
They had Debt of £995 million
Plus £74 million of pension liabilities
and they currently have a market cap of £330 million

I made that north of a billion.

The rights issue has reduced that below a billion since then, so lets adjust that to £880 million. I dumped my shares a while ago so I'm not following as closely as I might and when I saw the £200 million plus payment of debt in the results I put it down to the placing rather than the disposal and didn't look any further. It changes very little.

That's £880 million of enterprise value for a company that had revenue of £1 billion in H1 and managed £49 milion of operating free cashflow. The company is "washing it's face" with share holder cash, it's certainly not throwing off cash at an operating level.

In the companies own words the placing was to stave off a situation where they breached their debt covenants (read the going concern notes in the H1 results), that's hardly the sign of a great business and my point was that the company has a long road to travel before it gets back on it's feet and it needs good to great management to get there imv. There is no evidence that management are up to the task right now.

I've responded to your criticisms of my post, care to respond to any of mine?

To summarise:

1. You didn't take WB's comments in context.
2. Poor management in Synthomer would be a disaster for the business.
3. Trading "within expected boundaries" doesn't warrant share price appreciation given what those boundaries are.
4. Synthomers valuation is far higher than it's market cap.

and I'll throw in:

5. Having creditors breathing down your neck is not a positive for a business trying to restructure.


Always worth looking at the context of a WB comment like that. One of his main criteria when investing in or buying a business is the quality of management because 99.9999% (recurring) of businesses cannot be run well without quality management. I think Synthomers management have proven that their company certainly isn't one of the vanishingly small number of companies that can.

Synthomer currently have an enterprise value north of a billion pounds, a far cry from zero, unfortunately most of it is debt. They also boast revenue that declined 12%, a profit margin of -5.83% and a return on equity of -15%.

The trading update shows they are trading "within expected boundaries", but those are set out as:

Subdued volumes
Limited visibility
Challenging macro conditions
No expectation of any improvement in 2023.
Risk of modest further slowdown in activity (surely that would be 2024?)
Only "RELATIVE" strength and resilience of their speciality businesses

Meanwhile management talk of restructuring the business which doesn't come for free particularly with debt levels where they are.

I think there is a good business that has value burried somewhere inside sythomer. Management have lost it and until they realise that, admit it and start to take the measures necesary to get it back, the company is uninvestable. They talk of their restructuring as if it's all part of the plan to move to a higher margin, less cyclical business... it isn't. It's a sticking plaster that is required as a result of massively overpaying for a business and financing that acquisition in the worst way possible, right at the top of the cycle.

Synthomer needs, not just good management right now, they need world class management.

"You should invest in a business that even a fool can run, because someday a fool will." Warren Buffett... Given the valuation and market positions, even a fool should be able to make the valuation rise from here over the medium term. Furthermore, the fools won't have half the leverage they used to, now the lenders are casting a closer eye. Then again, one may have the unusual view of believing that a company with weak management always has zero value.
The low trading volumes are remarkable for a company the size of Synthomer - with £2.2bn+ revenues. Rather reminiscent of pre RI days, large uncrossing sell trades each day after the bell. It is almost as if institutional buyers have gone on strike. Why might that be? Is it that ONCE AGAIN Synthomer have poorly communicated with the market at large? Certainly for a company that claims that trading is within expected boundaries, the resulting drop in price is rather hard to fathom.
Since they knocked the divi on the head, that's all they have delivered dodgy no hope statements. Give that women another 20% pay rise !!
Bought GNC today
Dodgy trading statement
November 15th Q3 trading statement
I didn't edit my post?
What from and to?

You are a bitter old 'rent a troll' fukwit :)

Darrin. Maybe. But I only weeny slice of portfolio in here, if drops a lot I could double up, if it looks OK to do, if not, at these levels am happy to let it play out.
You pays yer money...

ham: from your sharecast link:
"Synthomer was a classic early cycle share"
"weaker volume outlook in 2024 for the construction-and-coatings linked component of sales."

About 40% of SYNT revenue comes from coatings & construction solutions. IMO this cycle is different from the GFC as interest rates were slashed during the GFC and today we are only just entering a period of "for higher and longer" interest rates. If the narrative remains higher and longer then construction still has a way to fall and the cycle has several years before it turns.

Nice start, ahhh the nay sayers... ;)
(and cue downtick by MRF)

You are going to miss out on a broad market rise over next 2 months. Watch and see...
MYF, what is the net asset value here, do you know?
And Sell!!!
that is one hell of a director buy
Out now & going to buy GATC
Ok thanks for the information pal.
I really meant the CEO and FD who were responsible for buying Eastman in 2022, consequently leveraging the balance sheet excessively, and also p1ssing away the hundreds of millions extra earned during covid... Caroline Johnstone has been chair since 2020 and presumably party to all these abysmal decisions - I have no idea why shareholders are still paying her £235k pa, and it is embarrassing that she has not been shown the door, imo.
Hi Wigwammer,

Was that the reason for todays rise? where did you hear this information? as I can't see any RNS.


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