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Work Service S.a. LSE:WSE London Ordinary Share PLWRKSR00019 ORD BR PLN0.10
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 55.00 0.00 00:00:00
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10.00 100.00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Equity Investment Instruments 0.08 0.40 137.5 10
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
- O 0 55.00 GBX

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Posted at 01/12/2022 08:20 by Work Service Daily Update
Work Service S.a. is listed in the Equity Investment Instruments sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker WSE. The last closing price for Work Service was 55p.
Work Service S.a. has a 4 week average price of 0p and a 12 week average price of 0p.
The 1 year high share price is 0p while the 1 year low share price is currently 0p.
There are currently 17,948,022 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 0 shares. The market capitalisation of Work Service S.a. is £9,871,412.10.
Posted at 09/5/2022 07:25 by topvest
Yes, thanks for flagging. What a disaster. Kinovo will most likely fall into administration as they are on the hook for the parent company guarantees. I did say from the start that it was an unwise investment.

That's it with WSE. I have lost patience and sold my shares first thing this morning. Got 35p, which is not too bad versus 37p or 40p before this fiasco. Still hold LFI but at least its on a reputable exchange. I reckon that there's about 50-55p on the table at WSE, but if its LFI shares then the discount will get you back to below the price in the market. At least there are some better opportunities out there to invest the proceeds, all of which generate a dividend return of between 5 and 10%.

Posted at 27/3/2022 13:33 by topvest
Yes, that would make most sense. I'd forgotten that WSE was originally a mining company. That must cost them a fortune if there are still legacy certificated holdings. Marshall is nearly 78 - maybe he won't want to have as many Board meetings going forward?
The tidying-up of the strategic investments portfolio is starting to show this, with nothing new done since the poor investment in Kinovo and some selling down of existing holdings.
Harwood are a buyer in Northbridge Industrial I think, so there may be an opportunity to exit Northbridge sometime soon.
Even Edward Beale is over 60. Basically, they need to start consolidating some of their activities.

Posted at 24/3/2022 07:40 by russman
Both Share registers are a complete mess. Thousands of small shareholders, South African. Consolidation is overdue (approx 10x)
Offer cash incentive for the small shareholders to sell up(say less 1k shares)
Then merge in paper deal.
Save a lot of admin & overhead.
But that would be the end of the Marshall empire.

Posted at 23/3/2022 19:49 by topvest
Agreed, but I suspect they will take it step by step. Marshall is getting on a bit and so it looks like they might be exiting strategic investments. They certainly haven't made any new ones for about 3 years or so. He might want to tidy things up a bit before he retires. The obvious deal is for LFI to merge with WSE and the deal to be done at net asset value in shares.
Posted at 18/2/2022 08:07 by topvest
Well it looks like change is afoot. See text below from the interims. It looks like they have somewhat belatedly realised that the existing strategy isn't working. The talk of establishing shareholder value is definitely a positive sign. I would be happy with a tender offer at book value or a merger with Lonfin. It will be interesting to see what Lonfin says as well when they issue interim results.

"Business Model

The Company’s business model has been to seek to generate growth in value for shareholders over the medium to long term by taking sizeable minority stakes in relatively small companies, maintaining a dialogue through which the Company could provide advice and support to these growing companies until support was no longer required and the stake could be sold.

Companies that were targeted as Core Holdings had an experienced management team, a credible business model and good prospects for growth. Core Holdings were made in any sector where management felt it had specific competence. The Company also maintains a Treasury Operation consisting of a mix of cash and debt facilities as well as the liquid investments in a General Portfolio of shares which consist of investments, primarily in blue-chip companies in the USA, UK and Europe. The Company aspired to pay a progressive dividend.

Much has changed over the last few years and the concentration of the Company's investment into a small number of illiquid companies, all of which stopped paying dividends over the Covid period, and the increasing regulatory costs of maintaining the listing has taken its toll, resulting in the Company needing to pause its dividend in September 2019. The Board is actively considering strategies to reduce the share price discount to net asset value and establish shareholder value."

Outlook

"The Company remains cautious over future investments during these uncertain times. While considering options for providing greater value to shareholders, the Company will continue to reinvest the proceeds from the sale of its investments when opportunities arise to buy shareholdings in good companies at sensible prices."

Posted at 23/11/2021 13:33 by coolen
As you suggest, the move appears to be 2009 as this was issued on 10/9/2010 "The Board of Western, advises that it has purchased 8,897 Ordinary Shares on
the PLUS Market at 36 pence per share for cancellation."

And still on AIM in April 2008, as this was issued on 16/4/2008 "The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of FinnCap as its Nominated [ie. AIM]
Adviser with immediate effect."

Sorry, does not answer your question re the exact date, but confirms the time zone.

Posted at 09/5/2021 09:52 by topvest
Yes, agreed. Bilby may well recover. WSE will not exit when they need to, which is what you must do on poor quality businesses. Bilby is probably an administration risk at some point as its operating in a poor sector and doesn't really show any signs of being a long term winner!
Posted at 08/2/2021 20:24 by topvest
WSE have increased their stake in Bilby. They really don't learn do they?
You would have thought they would have clinched an understanding by now of what companies and sectors constitute a high quality investment and which should probably be avoided. OK, Bilby might be cheap. It might go much higher, but its also a reasonable candidate for going bust in the next few years as its a poor company in a horrible sector. Even if it does go higher will they exit or just await the cliff edge when things go wrong again as so often they do in this particular sector? Historical experience suggests that they would top-slice a few bit eventually lose the whole investment.

I've lost my patience - change is needed here. The whole investment set up of LFI and WSE is a charade of mediocrity (at best) with the Marshall's profiteering at everyone else's expense.

Posted at 03/10/2020 12:53 by topvest
I would be happy with a merger first of all, so that we just hold shares in the LSE listed Lonfin. We are all trapped in WSE where the bid / offer spread is ludicrous. Why they ever moved onto Ofex (then Plus and now Aquis exchange) is anyone's guess. Maybe it was to cause an intentional trap!

I have noticed though that a few disaster shell companies (held for over a decade) have recently jumped in price. I have actually sold a few duff companies at what I consider to be a fair price on Aquis in the last week which is odd. Nice to tidy up the bottom end of my portfolio from a more speculative style 20 years ago!

I still hold lots of Gledhow Investments and Western Selection though, and will patiently await an exit opportunity.

The unfortunate thing about Lonfin or WSE is that whenever they have a strategic investment, I am convinced that this has a negative impact on the share price of the strategic investment.

I would guess that Brand Architekts starts flying now that WSE have exited!

Posted at 17/4/2019 06:30 by russman
Bilby makes me cringe.
WSE share price performance has been unremarkable considering the "overheads".
Just merge LFI & WSE; life would be so much easier.
Consolidate their share registers. Its a no-brainer.

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