WPP & Royal Bank of Scotland - Chris Bailey reviews...

Audioboom – placing flops and it still dissembles: Gotcha says Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM, HERE

There are not many corporate names that always seem to report on a Friday but advertising giant WPP (WPP) and financial behemoth Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are two of them. I guess it might lead to an extra few column inches in the press over the resulting 24 hours. I said on (inevitably Friday) 1st March about WPP that 'I don't have enough confidence yet of the future vision. Technical adherents may like to have a go if the share breaks above the nine quid level but for me I am still not sure whether the first half revenue decline is ultimately going to be the good or the bad part of 2019'. The latest quarterly comments do not add that much extra useful colour, with like-for-like revenues down 2.8% but still 'continued progress in implementing three-year turnaround plan'.

Xeros Technology – 2018 results… to be calling Neil Woodford with a ‘bring the cheque book’ AGAIN! Read HERE

Geographically, WPP's US business was the area which took a real hit with 'the impact of assignment losses among automotive, pharmaceutical and FMCG clients' but otherwise business life progress was either side of zero...meh. And a similar thought could be made about the share price progress, where - despite broader markets being up - WPP shares have only risen a tad above the aforementioned 'nine quid' level. Still a work-in-progress...although at least it is continuing to chivvy down debt and also noted 'the previously announced sale process of Kantar is progressing well'. Sensible stuff in an industry which is clearly still changing fast with new competitors - including old boss Martin Sorrell - lurking.

Watching & dissecting Carole Cadwalladr’s Brexit TED talk - how I suffer for Woodlarks. From Tom Winnifrith HERE

Advertising is a business that is linked to the business cycle and you can certainly say the same about banking. RBS' numbers were actually alright in the wider scheme of things and slightly beat hopes due to lower exceptional costs – well conduct and restructuring expenditures have been so high over the last decade or so. However profits were still down compared to the first quarter of last year not helped by continuing trends such as ultra-low interest rates. Net interest margins - traditionally how banks make money - continued to falter (down to 1.80% from 1.95% in the previous quarter) and then again there was the 'great uncertainty' associated with Brexit meaning 'growth (is) more challenging in the near term'. Back to banking and its link with the economic cycle.

Red Flags at Night: POS Challenger Acquisitions results at 5.24pm as the wheels come off. Read from Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM, HERE

General progress on cost cuts, increased use of digital apps and capital generation continues apace. Tangible net asset value edged up to 289p a share meaning the share is now trading at around x0.8 tangible book value. For a boring retail bank that is probably cheap if economies do not roll over...but there is your call. Certainly you can understand why the CEO - who has battled through complex restructurings to get the group to this point of profitability/paying dividends/reduced government stake and related - has decided to move on after a number of years dealing with the hassles of government, legacy matters and the competitive economy naturally. I still like RBS as an investment and - for my sins do hold the stock- but I get it if you say 'meh'. Maybe investors would be more fired up if they were not pacing through numbers when their minds are half on the weekend!

Ideas update – Whitbread, Greene King, DS Smith & Breedon. Read more from Chris Bailey HERE

Filed under: WPP, RBS, Audioboom, Xeros, Cadwalladr, Challenger Acquisitions, Chris Bailey

Versarien - the point at which it must deliver is approaching says Lucian Miers

09/17/2019

5 slam-dunk sells for 2019 - September update. Nigel Somerville writes...

09/16/2019

Barclays & Lloyds fess up to new PPI horrors... but that is fine. Chris Bailey writes...

09/12/2019

Finding it hard to find any reason not to invest in Jadestone Energy says Gary Newman

09/11/2019

Ferrexpo - time for another go says Lucian Miers...

09/10/2019

Intu Properties - when even a takeover cannot help...

09/09/2019

Boohoo says boo hoo to the doubters. Chris Bailey writes...

09/06/2019

President Energy can weather the economic problems in Argentina considers Gary Newman

09/05/2019

IQE - why that shiny new debt facility?

09/04/2019

Horizonte Minerals - after positive news on funding...

09/03/2019

Whilst some go back to school, M&S goes back to the FTSE-250...

09/02/2019

Optibiotix - interims do not impress but it really is a strong buy argues Tom Winnifrith

08/30/2019

Another Crack at Wayfair says Lucian Miers

08/29/2019

Motels, gold and the stock no active investor should buy. Chris Bailey writes...

08/28/2019

ITM Power - a buy on a long term investment basis considers Peter Brailey

08/27/2019

Rockhopper Exploration - update following further positive news on Sea Lion

08/23/2019

Ferguson plc & woe betide the future of the UK stockmarket?

08/22/2019

Wood Group - I remain a buyer says Chris Bailey

08/21/2019

ConvaTec - still a buy after further management change?

08/20/2019

A share tip of the year for 2019 update...

08/19/2019

GVC raises numbers but please no more number of the beast share sales says Chris Bailey

08/16/2019

The thoughts of Lucian Miers on the Burford fiasco

08/15/2019

Gold - rushing ever-higher. What I will do reviews Nigel Somerville...

08/14/2019

Eco Atlantic - what to do after a great first drill?

08/13/2019

Spin City at G4S. Chris Bailey writes...

08/12/2019

Aviva, Cineworld and Funding Circle reviewed by Chris Bailey

08/09/2019

Thomas Cook - doing the Fandango. Lucian Miers writes...

08/08/2019

Chris Bailey confesses he is now a Dominos Pizza customer, but to buy the shares?

08/07/2019

Volex - ahead of expectations. Buy say Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore

08/06/2019

Petra Diamonds could still turnaround considers Gary Newman

08/05/2019

Opportunities in Barclays, Lloyds and ConvaTec? Chris Bailey reviews...

08/02/2019

Fresnillo - big drop in share price an opportunity? Gary Newman reviews...

08/01/2019

Columbus Energy Resources - a buy ahead of South West Peninsula drilling?

07/31/2019

Tesla Q2 another milestone on the road to bankruptcy and ruin says Lucian Miers

07/30/2019

Amino Technologies - a recovery buy suggest Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore

07/29/2019

I remain calm and collected amidst the heat, M&A activity & as Sage stumbles says Chris Bailey

07/26/2019

RockRose Energy tip up nearly 450%, so what now reviews Gary Newman

07/25/2019

PZ Cussons - losses in Africa... but still a buy? Chris Bailey reviews...

07/24/2019

Block Energy - let winner run or take a healthy profit?

07/23/2019

Sell Netflix short as US subscribers back off says Lucian Miers

07/22/2019

OptiBiotix Health - scientific and commercial update adding to confidence?

07/19/2019

Thoughts On Thomas Cook & Kier from Lucian Miers

07/18/2019

Burberry - excitements sufficient? Chris Bailey reviews

07/17/2019

KEFI Minerals - Q2 2019 operational update, shares remain a Buy says HotStockRockets

07/16/2019

Angling Direct could have long-term potential says Gary Newman

07/15/2019

Hurricane Energy - Lancaster early production system delivering, Buy says Peter Brailey

07/12/2019

I remain to be convinced that asset sale will justify the valuation of Sound Energy says Gary Newman

07/11/2019

Imperial Brands goes progressive on its dividend...and the market likes it

07/10/2019

Tesla and me - Chris Bailey writes...

07/09/2019

Woodford Patient Capital Trust - still a sell says Lucian Miers

07/08/2019

Versarien - the only question is WHEN do the shares collapse says Lucian Miers

07/05/2019

Sainsbury - still searching for a strategy?

07/04/2019

Creightons - we having said we expected the results to highlight the value…

07/03/2019

PetroTal - rapid growth possible; Buy says Peter Brailey

07/02/2019

Explorers don't get any more exciting than Eco Atlantic, which is why I have been buying says Gary N

07/01/2019

Vela Technologies - Vibe Group gathering momentum & other potential. A buy from HotStockRockets

06/28/2019

OptiBiotix Health - North America deal; this is big, very big says Tom Winnifrith

06/27/2019

A Welcome Slice Of Luck and Thoughts On Purplebricks. Lucian Miers writes...

06/26/2019

I am poorer for not spotting Porvair...but should I care? Chris Bailey reviews...

06/25/2019

Whitbread - looks to continue to have a plan

06/21/2019

Ashtead - what to do after results statement? Chris Bailey reviews...

06/20/2019

Why the share prices of those involved in West Newton, Union Jack and Reabold, have not rocketed

06/19/2019

Board love at DS Smith whilst PZ Cussons is seemingly bored of talking. Chris Bailey writes...

06/18/2019

Boohoo & Reckitt Benckiser - management matters says Chris Bailey

06/14/2019

KEFI Minerals - remains a Buy

06/12/2019

Purplebricks - a Woodford fave that was a sell before and is now slam-dunk says Nigel Somerville

06/11/2019

Woodford Patient Capital Trust - Sell says Lucian Miers

06/10/2019

Joules - a rare retail jewel?

06/07/2019

Provident Financial - failure squared from man of the moment Neil Woodford says Chris Bailey

06/06/2019

Tesla - a fantastic sell says Lucian Miers

06/05/2019

A FTSE reshuffle look by Chris Bailey

06/04/2019

OptiBiotix Health - still a buy?

06/03/2019

Bilby - recovery potential?

05/31/2019

Shoe Zone - still a buy?

05/30/2019

Thomas Cook - still a sell says Lucian Miers

05/29/2019

Red Rock Resources - unbelievably cheap? Tom Winnifrith reviews for HotStockRockets

05/28/2019

Three shares which rose on a shabby day from Chris Bailey

05/24/2019

Marks & Spencer says it is getting match fit, should you back the rights issue?

05/23/2019

Updated thoughts on WH Smith, Halfords and Greencore from Chris Bailey

05/22/2019

Ryanair - what to make of it following results & those of great peer easyJet last week?

05/21/2019

Anglo Asian Mining - what after stellar 2018 results? Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore review...

05/20/2019

Genel Energy has great growth potential says Gary Newman

05/17/2019

Getech - 2018 results, remains a buy considers the HotStockRockets team

05/16/2019

Ariana Resources - more positive news as we wait for more numbers says Nigel Somerville

05/15/2019

Bluebird Merchant Ventures - a buy from HotStockRockets

05/14/2019

Purplebricks headed for 50p says Lucian Miers

05/13/2019

Union Jack Oil - potential share price catalyst, as date set for Wressle planning appeal

05/09/2019

Purplebricks - keep selling says Tom Winnifrith

05/08/2019

Reach4Entertainment - 2018 results, much more to come?

05/07/2019

The implied valuation for Bould Opportunities looks crazy - strong sell says Gary Newman

05/03/2019

Optibiotix - full year numbers, the share price reaction wrong says Tom Winnifrith

05/02/2019

Sirius Minerals - the current drop a good buying opportunity? Gary Newman reviews...

05/01/2019

WPP & Royal Bank of Scotland - Chris Bailey reviews...

04/30/2019

Tesla remains a sell after Q1 fiasco says Lucian Miers

04/29/2019

Barclays, Sainsbury & Taylor Wimpey - Chris Bailey reviews...

04/26/2019

Dividend Munchers Easter 2019 update (and still beating Neil Woodford) says Nigel Somerville

04/24/2019

Gem Diamonds looks too cheap down here - buy for the longer term says Gary Newman

04/23/2019

Atalaya Mining remains a buy after recent updates says Gary Newman

04/18/2019

A couple of ShareProphets share tips of the year updates

04/17/2019

Lessons from Plus500 and time to sell more Purplebricks. From Lucian Miers...

04/16/2019

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