Archive for February 2021

piworld interview with Edmund Shing: The Idle Investor

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Edmund is CIO at BNP Paribas Wealth management. He talks to us about his approach to investing, which he’s been doing since he was 14 years old. Today, he targets a 20%+ return pa. We learn more about his asset allocation, how he selects investments, some of his top holdings, and his outlook for the retail market and equities. An engaging and informative interview. Thank you Edmund!

00:32 Edmund’s background
02:53 Edmund’s investing journey
03:54 The Idle Investor, the book
04:50 Performance
06:35 Asset allocation
07:19 Property
08:12 Commodities
10:49 Equity selection
12:35 Top holdings: Mpac (MPAC), Caledonia Mining (CMCL); Sylvania Platinum (SLP)
14:00 Equities to ETFs
14:14 ETFs: Semi Conductor; Video Games & eSports
15:26 Cybersecurity: Intercede (IGP); Kape (KAPE)
17:24 Renewable Energy Infrastructure: Gresham House Energy Storage Fund (GRID)
18:36 Retail investor environment
20:44 Equities outlook for 2021

Edmund on Twitter: @TheIdleInvestor

Edmund Shing has over 25 years of experience in financial markets in a wide variety of positions, ranging from proprietary trading to portfolio manager in a number of financial institutions in London and Paris. Since 2015, he has held the role of Global Head of Equity and Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London.

Edmund has a PhD in Cognitive and Computing Science from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and has done advanced studies in Knowledge-Based Systems and in Experimental Psychology. He is an EFFAS-certified financial analyst. He has also authored the book “The Idle Investor” published by Harriman House in 2015, proposing 3 simple investment strategies that take only a few minutes to execute per month.

He is married with four children.  


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Various Eateries (VARE) Full Year 2020 results overview

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Various Eateries (VARE) FY20 results overview with Andy Bassadone, Chairman, Yishay Malkov, CEO & Oli Williams, CFO, who outline the business, and the opportunities in the post CV19 world. They are an experienced management team, confident in their brands with a strong balance sheet. They face a market of pent-up demand, less competition, a massive choice of sites and great talent. They say they are ‘a coiled spring ready to pounce!’

Andy Bassadone, Chairman
00:35 Who are Various Eateries?
01:17 The team
02:53 The opportunity

Yishay Malkov, CEO
06:22 Key highlights

Oli Willliams, CFO
08:54 Financial highlights

Andy Bassadone, Chairman
10:33 Outlook

Various Eateries PLC is a United Kingdom-based company that owns, develops and operates restaurant sites. The Company operates its restaurant business under Coppa Club and Tavolino brands across ten locations. Coppa Club is a multi-use, all-day concept that combines restaurant, terrace, cafe, lounge, bar and work-spaces together. The Tavolino, is an Italian food restaurant brand.

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dotdigital Group plc (DOTD) Interim Results Overview

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Milan Patel, CEO, outlines the key drivers during the period, including new and existing customers, with SMS channels being particularly strong. Growth still comes from product innovation, strategic partnerships and geographic expansion. Digital spend is going up, accelerated by CV19. Paraag Amin, CFO, summarises the financials with 22% revenue growth, 93% of which is recurring revenue; with ebitda margin 37%; and Adj op profit 27%. Cash £27.6m. For the outlook, DOTD experiences strong trading momentum as global digital marketing spend continues to grow dramatically.

Milan Patel, CEO
00:29 H1 highlights
02:58 The market

Paraag Amin, CFO
04:14 Financial highlights

Milan Patel, CEO
06:15 Outlook

dotdigital Group Plc is a United Kingdom-based company, which is engaged in providing software as a service (SaaS) and managed services to digital marketing professionals. The Company offers dotmailer, which provides e-mail and multi-channel marketing automation platform with various tools that enable marketers to create, manage, execute and evaluate various campaigns. In addition to its automation technologies, the Company also provides multi-channel marketing consultancy and services for businesses seeking to manage customer acquisition, conversion and retention. The Company also has pre-built integrations with e-commerce platforms and customer relationship management (CRM) products, such as Magento and Salesforce. dotmailer helps in using contact data to design, test and send automated campaigns. The Company's subsidiaries include dotmailer Limited, dotsearch Europe Limited and dotmailer Inc. Through its subsidiaries, it is engaged in providing Web- and e-mail-based marketing.

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The first virtual StockSlam was hosted by Damian Cannon, following the historical physical events in London. Over 1,350 investors joined the event live to hear 11 esteemed investors presenting their best stock idea in 3 minutes. Bite-sized nuggets to inspire your further research. Superb ideas and highly entertaining.

00:00 Start
00:18 Damian Cannon Introduction
03:35 Caledonia Mining (CMCL) - Damian Cannon
10:10 Unite (UTG) - David Brunsdon
17:15 RWS Holdings (RWS) – Nick Cotton
23:27 Braemar Shipping Service (BMS) – John Sladden
29:13 Renold (RNO) – Paul Scott
36:07 SDI (SDI) – Rebecca Stewart & Tamzin Freeman
42:11 Cake Box Holdings (CBOX) – Ed Croft
48:52 Gear4music (G4M) – Martin Flitton
55:52 Halfords (HFD) – Diarmuid O’Hare
01:02:44 Atalaya Mining (ATYM) – Edmund Shing
01:09:26 Close by Damian Cannon

The next stock slam is Wednesday 7th April, 6pm. Details to register will be found in due course on our events page. 

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TRIG FY20 results presentation, given to analysts and investors on 17/02/21 by the management team.

0:00 Start

Helen Mahy, Chairman
1:09 Introduction
2:36 TRIG 2020 Overview

Richard Crawford, Director, Infrastructure
4:18 Net Asset Value & dividends
5:17 Investments & share price performance

Phil George, Director, Infrastructure
15:34 Financial highlights

Chris Sweetman, TRIG Operations Director
18:01 Operational performance
19:42 Weather and operational highlights

Jaz Bains, Group Risk Investment Director
21:39 Value enhancements
22:41 Sustainability in practice
23:38 Positively impacting communities

Minesh Shah, Investment Director Infrastructure
24:49 Responsible investment process

Richard Crawford, Director, Infrastructure
27:53 Portfolio additions
30:47 Concluding remarks

About: The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited is a Guernsey-based closed-ended investment company. The Company invests in operational renewable energy generation projects, predominantly in onshore and offshore wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) segments, across the United Kingdom and Northern Europe. Its portfolio consists of over 70 wind, solar and battery storage projects with aggregate net generating capacity of approximately 1,664megawatts (MW). Its assets are located across United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Sweden and Germany. InfraRed Capital Partners Limited is the Company’s investment manager.

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4basebio (4BB) Investor Presentation February 2021

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4basebio (4BB) lists on AIM on 17th March 2021. Heikki Lanckriet, CEO gives us an overview of the business, what it does, the market opportunity, and how it plans to capitalise on it; its capital structure, and its short-term objectives on listing.

About Heikki Lanckriet, CEO – 00:18
About 4basebio UK Societas – 01:08
Admission to AIM – 04:15
Business focus - 04:47
Genomics assets - 06:16
Where are 4BB in terms of their development - 08:05
Market opportunity - 09:34
Non-viral delivery systems 10:12
Where is 4BB in the delivery of technology? - 11:59
Commercial summary - 12:39
4BB focus – summary – 13:46
Management & Capital Structure - 15:53
Financial expectations and near term objectives - 16:13

About 4basebio
4basebio UK Societas is a specialist life sciences group focused on therapeutic DNA for gene therapies and DNA vaccines and providing solutions for effective and safe delivery of these DNA based products to patients. Its main country of operation is the UK. The Company intends to become a market leader in the manufacture and supply of high purity, synthetic DNA for research, therapeutic and pharmacological use. The principal objective of 4bb is to validate and scale its DNA synthesis process with a view to manufacturing. Good Manufacturing Practice ("GMP") grade DNA, suitable for use in gene therapies and DNA vaccines.

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piworld interview - Charlie Morris: All about bitcoin

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Charlie gives us a comprehensive overview of bitcoin. He helps us make sense of the febrile bitcoin market which is experiencing the Elon Musk's and Michael Saylor's impact. He outlines the key elements of bitcoins price, namely inflows and outflows; and more broadly talks of transaction speed; regulation; ESG credentials and more. We’re even told how we can buy our own bitcoin! Topical with this week’s market action.

Charlie’s background – 00:38
The value of bitcoin - 01:26
What should investors look for to invest in bitcoin? - 03:22
Are institutions buying now? - 08:06
What’s a fair price for bitcoin? – 09:35
The cost of production - 11:43
Is bitcoin the only crypto currency, or are there others that are significant? - 13:55
Transactions per second – 16:00
Can you see bitcoin replacing fiat currency? – 18:57
Regulation - 21:39
ESG - 24:33
How do I buy bitcoin? – 26:23
Security and access to your bitcoin - 27:43
Is there an estimate of ‘lost’ bitcoin? - 28:36
Collective instruments in bitcoin? - 30:18
Asset allocation between gold-equities-bitcoin etc? - 31:22
Where to find Charlie - 33:52

About Charlie Morris Charlie is the Chief Investment Officer at ByteTree Asset Management (BTAM) and founder of He has 23 years’ experience in fund management, where he has built a reputation for managing actively managed, multi-asset portfolios, with an emphasis on efficient diversification and risk management. Although well versed in traditional asset classes, Charlie is best known for his expertise in alternative assets, notably gold and Bitcoin. In previous roles, Charlie was the head of Multi Asset at Atlantic House Fund Management until June 2020, where he managed Total Return Fund. At the time of his departure, his fund ranked 1st out of 47 funds in the Trustnet multi-asset, absolute return sector. Before that, he was the Chief Investment Officer at Newscape (2016 to 2018) and the Head of Absolute Return at HSBC Global Asset Management until (1998 to 2015) where managed $3bn of assets. Prior to fund management, Charlie was an officer in the Grenadier Guards, British Army. Charlie is also the editor of the leading UK investment newsletter, The Fleet Street Letter (est 1938) since 2015. While not working, he can often be found somewhere in the North Sea. Contact Charlie at  

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Reg’s Investment Trust performance during 2020 played out very positively. Here, Reg follows-up on some of the Investment Trusts he mentioned in his last presentation (given May 2020), he tells us what he top sliced and what he’s bought into, his top pick, and the market outlook.

If you didn’t see the original presentation it’s worth a look. It provides a comprehensive guide to buying Investment Trusts, what they are, selection criteria, Reg’s preferences, and what to expect. Click here to watch it. For now, here’s the update:

How did investment trusts perform in 2020? – 00:33
Reg’s performance 2020 - 03:36
Performance of the cashed-up ITs - 04:53
IT laggards in 2020 - 07:34
What’s Reg been buying or selling? - 10:00
Reg’s IT picks for 2021 - 16:20
Mercia Asset Management - 17:30
The market outlook for 2021 - 20:35
Other Investment Trusts mentioned 16:28: Chrysalis Investments (CRS), Allied Minds (ALM), BP March (BPM), Schroder UK Public Private (SUPP) Tetragon Financial Group (TFG), Macu Property Opportunities (MPO), Crystal Amber (CRS), Dunedin Enterprise (DNE), EPE Special Opportunities (ESO), Hansa Investment Company (HANA)

About Reg Hoare
Reg is a Managing Director of Engine MHP Communications, the leading Financial & Corporate PR firm where he specialises in advising mid-market companies, from FTSE 250 to AIM 100. He has over 35 years’ City experience including a decade in investment banking and securities. In his spare time he is an active private investor, managing his own SIPP and other investments. Reg can be followed on twitter @reghoare  

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David Meaden, CEO and Rob Grubb, CFO, present FY20 results to analysts followed by Q&A.

David Meaden, CEO
Introduction – 00:17
About Idox - 00:58
Investment case - 03:15
Delivering the strategy - 05:43
FY20 financial highlights - 06:54

Rob Grubb, CFO
Financial highlights - 08:55
Public sector – 10:57
Engineering information management - 13:45
Content, compliance & grants – 15:36
Income statement - 17:38
Balance sheet - 19:40
Cashflow – 21:02
Future guidance – 21:26

David Meaden, CEO
Operations & strategy - 23:45
Operational highlights - 24:02
Four pillars strategic framework - 25:49
ESG – 27:39
Run & fly phases - 29:02
Summary & outlook – 30:09

Q&A – 31:27

Idox plc is a supplier of specialist information management solutions and services to the public sector and to regulated asset intensive industries around the world. The Company operates through five business segments: Public Sector Software (PSS), Engineering Information Management (EIM), Grants (GRS) and Compliance (COMP). PSS segment is an application provider to the United Kingdom local government for core functions relating to land, people and property, such as its planning systems and election management software. The EIM segment delivers engineering document management and control solutions to asset intensive industry sector. The GRS segment delivers funding solutions to private and third sector customers. The COMP segment provides compliance solutions to corporate, public and commercial customers.

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Richard Whiting, Chief Executive & Chris Belsham, Group Finance Director present NWF’s interim results (to 30.11.20), to analysts, on 2nd Feburary 2021.

Richard Whiting, Chief Executive
Introduction – 00:17
Results summary – 00:47
Impact and response to COVID-19 – 01:46
Fuels highlights – 02:47
Food highlights – 03:50
Feeds highlights – 05:12
Impact and response to Cyber incident – 06:37

Chris Belsham, Group Finance Director
Financial highlights – 07:42
Income statement – 07-50
Balance sheet- 09:23
Pension – 10:31
Cash flow – 11:36
Net debt – 12:08

Richard Whiting, Chief Executive
Strategy summary – 13:17
UK fuel market – 14:23
Acquisition activity – 14:40

Chris Belsham, Group Finance Director
Acquisition process – 16:36

Richard Whiting, Chief Executive
ESG framework – 19:14
The NWF proposition – 21:02
Summary and outlook – 22:04

Q&A – 23:11

NWF Group plc is engaged in the manufacture and sale of animal feeds, the sale and distribution of fuel oils, and the warehousing and distribution of ambient groceries. The Company operates through three segments: Feeds, Food and Fuels. The Feeds segment is engaged in the manufacture and sale of animal feeds and other agricultural products. The Food segment is engaged in warehousing and distribution of clients’ ambient grocery and other products to supermarket and other retail distribution centers. The Fuels segment is engaged in the sale and distribution of domestic heating, industrial and road fuels. The Company’s subsidiary, Boughey Distribution Limited, is engaged in warehousing and food distribution. Its subsidiaries, NWF Agriculture Limited, S.C. Feeds Limited, New Breed (UK) Limited and Jim Peet (Agriculture) Limited, are engaged in animal feedstuffs and seeds supply. Its subsidiaries, NWF Fuels Limited and Staffordshire Fuels Limited, are engaged in fuel distribution.

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