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The suggested 35% discount to peers implies that ACL should be trading at almost 500p, compared to the current 320p: Http:// Trading update Sustained uptick in orders drives upgrades Acal£s H118 trading update confirms that strong demand continued into Q218.Both divisions saw a positive trading environment in H1 resulting in group organic revenue growth of 9% y-o-y and group reported revenue growth of 21%.D&M now accounts for 78% of Group underlying profit contribution........We have many growth opportunities ahead of us as we drive towards our stated targets, and our ambition remains to repeat the performance of the last five years by doubling revenue and underlying earnings per share through a combination of organic growth and value-enhancing acquisitions."The highlights section says it all:"Highlights £ Strong growth in sales, orders, profitability and earnings o Sales up 21% ( 15% CER(2)) on orders up 22% ( 15% CER)o Underlying operating profit up 34% ( 23% CER)o Underlying earnings per share up 24%o Interim dividend increased by 8% £ Wide spread organic growth across both divisions o Group organic sales(3) up 9%; orders up 10% in both divisionso D&M(4) organic sales up 11% - now 57% of Group sales (H1 2016/17: 52%)o Custom Supply (previously known as Custom Distribution)(4) organic sales up 7% £ Good progress on key strategic and performance targetso Underlying operating margin increased to 6.2% (H1 2016/17: 5.6 %)o Cross selling of £4.2m, more than doubled from last year (H1 2016/17: £1.9m) o ROCE(5) of 14.5%, up 2.8ppts on last year (H1 2016/17: 11.7%)o Operating cash flow(6) at 95% of underlying operating profit in the last 12 months £ Recent acquisition, Variohm, performing well with strong sales and order growth £ Group well positioned for further growtho Highest ever period end order book of £111m ( 16% CER)o New project design wins increased by 30% to over £90m(7) o Acquisition opportunities developing £ FTSE sector reclassification from Support Services to Electronics and Electrical Equipment effective 18 September 2017 reflecting the scale of our D&M business"spelling out the transition to own customised, higher margin products.... utm_source=Sign-Up.to&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7163-371381-Proactivity - 23/11/2017"Acal building momentum with its higher margin strategy The customised electronics firm said it has generated £good levels of organic growth£ in the opening six months of its year, driven by new project wins and £favourable£ market conditions Broker Peel Hunt is a buyer of the stock Peel Hunt reiterated its £buy£ recommendation after the October trading statement, saying the momentum that started to build back in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 has continued through the first half of fiscal 2018.First-half total revenue jumped by 21% to £190mln for the six months ended 30 September compared with the same period last year (H1 16/17: £157mln).Organic sales in the Design & Manufacturing business £ which accounted for 57% of the total revenue during the period £ grew by 11%, while the Custom Distribution division saw sales rise by 7%.With the short term P/E of 13.7x and dividend yield of 2.9% still attractive against the significant long-term market potential we remain positive on the shares.""Attractive valuation against long-term potential.
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Group orders increased by 15% in the half, taking Acal£s forward order book to another record period end high.
The group margin stabilised and was in line with the final quarter of last year, the company added.£The board is confident of making good progress through the rest of the year, continuing its established strategy of seeking high-quality revenue opportunities in our target markets, along with value-enhancing acquisitions.£Earlier this year, Acal agreed to buy out UK-based components manufacturers Variohm Holdings Limited in a deal which could be worth up to £13.85mln.
Sales increased by 21%, of which 9% was widespread organic growth across the Group, and underlying earnings per share increased by 24%.
The second half has started well and we are on track to deliver full year performance in line with our expectations, supported by a record order book of £111m.