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Where is the Value in Small Caps?

04/03/2016 · H&T Group (HAT)  · Lavendon Group PLC (LVD)  · Somero Enterprises (SOM) 

This is a question we asked ourselves a lot in 2015, as momentum propelled growth stocks ever skyward. Value shares were very much out of fashion and the share prices of many good value smaller quoted companies simply languished, attracting little investor interest. From what we have witnessed at the start of 2016, ‘Value’ appears to be making a come-back. Indeed, the growing number of opportunities and more supportive market conditions has seen our associates at Fundamental Asset Management open up the Paul Scott Small Cap Value Portfolio to new investors. So what sort of value opportunities are we coming across? Our latest Blog here offers 5 small cap value ideas. If you would like to learn more about value investing from some of the worlds’ leading investors we would highly recommend you attend The London Value Investor Conference on 26th May 2016 which we also cover in our Blog below.

Having recently a delivered fabulous set of results for the year to ending 31st December 2015, we think US based Somero Enterprises Inc. (AIM:SOM) is definitely worth a look. The Group manufactures laser-guided machinery used in horizontal concrete placement, to “advance the productivity, concrete flatness and efficiency of the jobsite”. Key end markets for the Group’s products are distribution warehouses which, due to automation and very high racking, demand perfectly flat concrete surfaces.

For the year ending December 31st 2015 revenue increased 18% to US$ 70.2m, pre-tax was up 40% to US$ 17.4m and basic adjusted net income per share grew 28% to US$ 0.23. We are big fans of small caps that deliver material cash and Somero didn’t disappoint in this regard either with operating profit of US$17.57m resulting in a net operating cash inflow of US$14.51m boosting year end net cash to US$13.7m. Operating margins were 25% up from 21%…

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