Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Vianet Group Plc LSE:VNET London Ordinary Share GB00B13YVN56 ORD 10P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -6.00 -3.95% 146.00 27,977 16:07:18
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
145.00 147.00 152.00 146.00 152.00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Support Services 15.68 2.66 8.87 16.5 42
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
16:07:02 O 2,000 147.00 GBX

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Vianet Daily Update: Vianet Group Plc is listed in the Support Services sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker VNET. The last closing price for Vianet was 152p.
Vianet Group Plc has a 4 week average price of 138.50p and a 12 week average price of 114.50p.
The 1 year high share price is 161.50p while the 1 year low share price is currently 103p.
There are currently 28,487,414 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 17,046 shares. The market capitalisation of Vianet Group Plc is £41,591,624.44.
galeforce1: The share price is creeping up slowly but nicely. But there's still not a lot of volume and the buy/sell spread is still pretty big.
jeffian: Thank you, galeforce1. My company was one of the first to adopt the beer monitoring technology and I was an earlier investor in the previous ill-fated (well, ill-managed actually) incarnation Comprehensive Business Services which became Brulines, so I felt I knew enough about that side of the business. As you say, it is a useful base 'earner' from which to grow the vending technology business which now seems to have the more exciting prospects. I am also a big fan of companies which maintain a dividend whilst waiting for their growth plans to bear fruit. If the share price is going nowhere for a while, it makes it easier to hold if you are getting some sort of return on your money while you wait.
galeforce1: jeffian - definitely flies below the radar. But on Friday there was an interesting commentary about Vianet on Stockopedia's Small Cap Value Report, which I have copied below in case you haven't seen it. It's very positive, although critical of the company's website which makes it difficult to understand what the company actually does. I agree with this. It took me a while to grasp that 'Smartzones' is the pub measuring business (which is non-growth) and 'Smart Machines' is the vending machine monitoring business (where there is 40% annual revenue growth and loads of potential). Vianet (LON:VNET) Share price: 137p (+3%) No. of shares: 28.5 million Market cap: £39 million Trading Update (Tuesday) This is a "provider of actionable data and business insight through devices connected to its Internet of Things ("IOT") platform". This PLC has been around for a while - since 2006. At its heart is the Brulines business, which records the volume of liquid that passes through beer lines. Trading in H1 is in line with expectations. CEO comment The team has continued to make very good commercial progress, particularly with contract wins for our telemetry and payment solutions in the coffee vending and unattended retail vending market, with solid support from our Smart Zones business which is developing new revenue lines. Double digit growth in the period builds on our successful recent track record and further demonstrates that the strategy of leveraging the power of our cutting edge technology to bring game changing business insight to our customers has exciting prospects." My view I've just spent some time on the company's website and checking its most recent annual report. I'm very excited by what I've read. See its investor relations website. I wanted to remind myself which of its divisions did the beer monitoring, which I understood to be the activity responsible for most of its historical (and present?) profitability. I was presented with two divisions: Smart Machines and Smart Zones. Smart Machines: 5db30e6decc74VNET_20191025.PNG Hmm. Where's the beer monitoring? Maybe it's in Smart Zones: 5db30ebe8af40VNET_20191025_SM.PNG Cloud-based, big data in the Internet of Things. Sounds like the perfect investment, doesn't it? There is a reference to flow monitoring in the description of Smart Machines, so I guess this must be it. Ah yes, iDraught: 5db30f5d361faVNET_20191025_id.PNG Another investor keyword: "ecosytem". So Vianet provides cloud-based, Big Data ecosystems in the Internet of Things. That's almost everything that I'm looking for in an investment, but I also look for "software as a service". Alas, I could find no reference to "Saas" on Vianet's website. It took a little bit of digging but, thankfully, I was able to find a reference to SaaS on Its "Statement of Compliance with the Corporate Governance Code", published last year, dutifully informs us that the company's Directors have the necessary "skills and experience, including in the areas of IOT, b2b, software as a service..." Boom! Vianet makes cloud-based, Big Data, software-as-a-service ecosystems in the Internet of Things. If only it could apply itself to a hot sector like crypto or cannabis, then who could resist investing in it? My actual view Vianet looks fairly valued at 14x forward earnings: it has a stable beer monitoring business which is performing ok (even though pubs in general are doing poorly) and other activities which are growing more quickly from a low base. "Smart Machines" (the growing part of the business) made PBT of nearly £1 million last year. Excluding the acquisition it made, profits in this division were £560k and revenue growth was 42%. Has potential.
site manager: Alan, There was an acquisition on the 4th Oct - Vendman. The previous post refers to that, we had a nice leap in the share price then too.
jeffian: Hi Alan. One of the points I always make to managements who rush to cut the divi is that shareholders will put up with an awful lot if they have a bit of income to sustain them through the hard times. A divi cut will slaughter the share price so it's a lose/lose. If it's unaffordable, that's a different matter, but if they can afford it, they should pay one.
illiswilgig: Interims out today. Lots of adjustments to the figures to account for the sale of the fuel monitoring division and deferred tax which I find makes it hard to figure out whether the results are good or bad. But with the share price around 95p and reported H1 eps of 2.94p the price doesn't look too cheap right now? The company prefers to focus upon their pre-exceptional pre-deferred tax figure of 4.6p for eps which makes the share price seem more reasonable. Trouble is that the expected growth in profits and turnover is always just around the corner for this company. To be fair it is delivering good cashflow and is debt free with approx £2M net cash. If they can continue to keep the cash flowing then this might turn out to be one to tuck under the mattress rather than a growth tomorrow story? Technology is moving fast in this area and a major risk is that competition wipes them out instead, cheers
alan@bj: Just been looking back at the February 2013 Trading Update, which knocked the share price off its +120p peak. Interestingly, they then reported a reduction in operating profit from £3.9m to £3.2m, and have now reported a very similar operating profit of £3.18m. The big difference between then and now though is that then there were fears around pub closures and the government's pub operating companies' Code of Conduct - all perfectly valid - but now those issues are much clearer, as is VNET's strategy and confidence in the future. An annual dividend of 5.7p gives a return of 4.75% at a share price of 120p, and just over 4% at 140p.
speedsgh: VNET seems like it may have been consolidating since mid 2013, trading in a fairly wide sideways channel. Would be postive if the share price could move back up into the 90s, then set about breaking out of the long term downtrend channel which started back in 2007. However this will require substantial contract/other news imo. Some way to go before we can start talking seriously about long term trend reversal though. CEO appears to still believe as he continues to accumulate which can be construed as a positive. Aimho.
speedsgh: AIM's five biggest dividend payers for 2015 - HTTP:// Fluid monitoring and machine-to-machine systems supplier Vianet should be able to maintain its dividend and, if its profit recovers significantly, the dividend could start to increase again. The current total dividend is 5.7p a share and this set to be maintained for a third year, although the dividend cover will fall below two times. Uncertainty about the pubs market has hit sales of the core fluid monitoring products and the ending of this uncertainty should enable sales levels to recover. Prospective dividend yield 8.1% Market capitalisation £19.1 million Share price 70.5p % change year to date -8.4% The statutory code for pub companies is in legislation that could become law next spring, although there may be legal challenges from pub companies. That could prolong uncertainty and delay recovery. In the six months to September 2014, revenues improved from £9.01 million to £9.14 million, while underlying profit rose from £1.3 million to £1.52 million as fuel services returned to profit and the vending division improved its contribution. Both those divisions have the ability to make significantly bigger profit contributions. Group full-year profit is forecast to fall to £2.6 million this year and the shares are trading on just over seven times prospective earnings. Profit should start to recover from next year, but the dividend is likely to remain less than twice covered.
xdavid: "If Punch Taverns cannot re- structure its £2.3 billion debt mountain, it will simply go bust" For something about to go bust, PUB's share price is holding up surprisingly well! (So market does not expect them to go bust). VNET is suffering more than PUB so I would say nothing to do with Punch. Just drifting IMO until some clarity introduced next month.
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