Strix Group PLC
Strix is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of kettle safety controls and other components and devices involving water heating and temperature control, steam management and water filtration.
Signs of recovery now apparent
Today, Strix has published its H1 20 pre-close update (interims due in Sept). Against a backdrop of global disruption caused by COVID-19, Strix’s H1 performance is said to be in line with expectations. Net sales down 21% YoY, with a much smaller impact on net profits on the back of strong cost management. Encouragingly, there are now signs of a bounce-back in H2 with a solid performance for June and a strong order book for July and August. FY profit expectations are largely intact, which the market should respond well to.
Current share levels provide an attractively rated entry point. Valuation multiples are 12.9x PER 19, and 13.3x PER20. Strix has shown commitment to its dividend, and the yield at the current price is an attractive 4%. We estimate that fair value for the shares lies in the 220p-240p share price range.Download Now Missing Out Get our research first
CEO Interview - Signs of recovery now apparent
Mark Bartlett, CEO of Strix plc, discussess the company's trading update after a tough four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these headwinds, this experienced management team have minimised the hit to the bottom line, and are now seeing strong orders coming through, giving confidence to a recovery in the second half.
Reassuring AGM update, still attractively valued
Strix 2020 AGM trading update: Strix last week issued a reassuring statement. ‘Strix has continued to make a solid start to 2020, given the global macroeconomic disruption caused by COVID-19…We have successfully implemented a range of efficiency measures and strategic initiatives to limit the impact on the FY forecast and continue to monitor consumer demand carefully as lockdown restrictions are eased’ CEO, Mark Bartlett.
Accordingly, we leave our FY 20/21 P&L forecasts unchanged. As a reminder, Strix’s final dividend will be paid shortly (3 June 2020). The Company’s dividend intention is to increase the dividend in line with future underlying earnings, from a 2019 base of 7.7p. This underlines the income attractions of this stock to investors, at a time when UK plc has been widely cutting dividend in response to COVID19 pressures.
Other important news: The new factory is on budget and set to be fully operational by Aug 2021 as planned. Strix has also announced a refinancing of Group debt facilities with RBS and Bank of China, for the first time, providing a £60m RCF with improved financial flexibility. Elsewhere, Strix remains on target to release 14 new products this year, mainly in H2, across their appliance and water categories, as well as the core kettle controls business.
The Strix share price has now rallied 60% from its March lows (a time of widespread market anxiety regarding the emerging pandemic). Strix has clearly reassured investors of its defensive qualities and remains a unique strategic asset on AIM, with industry leading margins and many organic growth initiatives underway.
Current levels provide an attractively rated entry point. Valuation multiples are 13.1x PER, 10.7x EV/EBITDA. The dividend yield at the current price is a compelling 4%. We estimate that fair value for the shares lies in the 220p-240p price range.Download Now Missing Out Get our research first
Solid FY19 results ahead of expectations & COVID 19 resilience
Robust FY19 update, still attractively valued
Strix is a unique strategic asset on the UK market, with industry leading margins and many growth initiatives underway. It screens well for investors with a ‘sustainability’ mandate, given its alignment to health products and improved filtration.
An attractive investment case. The share price has rallied by c 15% in recent months. However, in our view, this is still an attractively rated entry point to the shares. Valuation multiples are undemanding at 13x PER, 9.7x EV/EBITDA. The dividend yield at the current price is a compelling 4%. We estimate that fair value for the shares lies in the 220p-240p share price range.Download Now Missing Out Get our research first