AGM Reports

AGM Reports

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Ocean Wilson (OCN) Analysis and 2012 AGM Report

DISCLAIMER: All views expressed are those of the author, who accepts no responsibility for any errors and is not authorised to give investment advice. Do not rely on this report when making investment decisions. Introduction Ocean Wilsons’ (LSE:OCN) AGM proved a very useful occasion to improve my understanding of the business. Hence, I will set out the key points that I learnt or gained clarification on, before documenting details of the AGM. Based on what I have learnt I will be revising my investment strategy for this company ...

Lidco (LID) AGM Report 2012

Lidco sell hemodynamic monitoring products for patients in critical care situations (in surgery or intensive care). The technology monitors fluid balance, and reduces unwanted side effects of major surgery, often enabling patients to have a much reduced stay in hospital. There are therefore substantial cost benefits for hospitals who implement such technology. For example an NHS report recently recommended wider adoption of fluid management technologies – full adoption across the NHS might result in £400m per annum of savings. The worldwide ...

Graphite Enterprise (ICGT) AGM Report 2012

Graphite Enterprise (GPE) is a private equity investment trust who held their AGM on the 11th June. The performance of this long-established trust has been good over the years (see some data below), but like other similar trusts, the confidence of investors in such companies evaporated in 2008 when they were seen as vulnerable to a cash crisis. At that point some of the other private equity trusts ran into severe problems, while Graphite and others suffered from large discounts (the ...

Judges Scientific (JDG) AGM Report 2012

Judges (AIM:JDG) is a mini-conglomerate of niche, highly specialist, scientific instrument and related supplies companies. Each of its subsidiaries is a dominant player in its own specific niche. Acquisitions have focussed on highly cash-generative businesses, available at prices offering an excellent return on capital. See the annual report for details. Though Judges’ shares have risen considerably over the last year, they remain on an attractive multiple and PEG ratio, as long as you adjust out the distortion caused by the required IAS39 treatment of convertible shares. ...

Hiscox (HSX) AGM Report 2012 – One of the worst

After attending the Judges Scientific Annual General Meeting yesterday (a useful meeting if sparsely attended), I visited the AGM of Hiscox in their offices in the City of London. Technically that statement is not quite correct because although I was there, the actual AGM was held in Bermuda. Hiscox moved their company domicile to Bermuda a few years ago, ostensibly for tax reasons bearing in mind that they have substantial operations there. One resulting peculiarity of this was that most shareholders now ...

Globo (GBO) AGM Report 2012

There were about a dozen shareholders at the Globo AGM today, held in the offices of Daniel Stewart in London. For background, refer to the lengthy profile of Globo in the April 2012 ShareSoc Informer Newsletter – see www.sharesoc.org/ShareSoc_News15.pdf . The company issued an RNS announcement before the AGM giving a “trading update”. It was stated therein that more than 60% of Group revenues are now from outside Greece – mainly from the mobile products (CitronGo! and Go!Social”). They reported 21% growth in active subscribers during ...

Foresight VCT (FTV) AGM Report 2012

Foresight VCT is a Venture Capital Trust which I have been holding for many years – locked in effectively by having claimed capital gains roll-over relief on my initial investment (no longer available to new investors in VCTs unfortunately – perhaps that is a good thing because if you sell the shares you get the relief rolled back out and end up with a large tax bill!). I attended the AGM on the 23rd May 2012. This is quite a brief report. ...

Faroe Petroleum (FPM) AGM Report 2012

Faroe Petroleum is a small oil exploration and production company that is listed on AIM (revenue only £80m last year but that was up from £15m). ShareSoc issued a press release on the 2nd May which complained about the proposed “Exceptional Performance Incentive Plan (EPIP)” and other aspects of the remuneration of directors at this company. To quote from the press release: “Faroe Petroleum is a good example of what is wrong with executive remuneration in public companies. Multiple complex incentive ...

PV Crystalox Solar PLC (PVCS) AGM Report 2012

PV Crystalox Solar is a supplier to the world’s photovoltaic companies, producing multicrystalline silicon wafers for use in solar electricity systems with over 20 years manufacturing experience. This year’s figures are indicative of the industry as a whole - a small profit of €4.1m before exceptional items but after write-downs and provisions the company shows a EBIT loss of €67.5m (2010 profit of €33.3m). I attended the Annual General Meeting of the company today (24th May) in London with 15 or so ...

CHURCHILL CHINA (CHH) AGM Report 2012

This British manufacturer held its annual meeting as usual in Stoke-on-Trent on 16th May. The year’s figures are quite good, with an increase in profits from £2.3 million to £2.7 million on a turnover reduced from £43.7 m to 42.3 m. The reduced turnover reflects their reduction in domestic business, unprofitable as third world product is bought direct by large retailers. The dividend has been held at 14 pence for, I think, the fourth year running, although the financial director gave ...