Category Archives: My positions

Nostra Terra Oil – NTOG – Punt

I bought in to Nostra Terra on a punt today at 0.45p. Naughty i know but a well known private investor was tipping on twitter and after a cursory review of the investment case i jumped in. Essentially they had positive well results today and are expecting expecting well results for nearby drills very soon (next month). NTOG have a higher stake in nearby drills. If there is read across then the nearby drills will be successful and this will be a strong catalyst.

PVCS – PV Crystalox Solar – BUY!

I’ve bought £500 at 9.1p. I was looking to buy when they were at just over 8p but dithered and missed my possible entry point by a penny! Their recent interim management statement hints at a return of cash to shareholders. I’ve writtenabout this company before and their massive cash pile. They have been crippled by low prices for their products and their strategy was to conserve cash, cut costs and limp along until prices picked up, perhaps in a few years time. The latest statement shows a marked change of tone: http://www.pvcrystalox.com/scripts/php/rns_viewer.php?id=20506230

 

“The Group has a strong net cash balance and the Board is continuing to reorganise the Group, to enable the return of cash to shareholders.  The Board expects to make a further announcement before the year end. ”

Briliant news and an expected catalyst by year end for share price movement (year year or financial year i wonder). Best case scenario for shareholders is a winding up of the busniess and redistribution of all cash – worth twice the current share price. Worst case, who knows, but just 20% giveaway could be 3.5p.

First Group (FGP) Half year results Wednesday

A little rally from FGP in the last couple of days as we get closer to half year results on Wednesday. I bought these after their drop on news their West Coast franchise win had been revoked due to problems with the bid process. The drop seemed too much and at 190p seems to be the floor for the past 6 months. Forecast EPS puts them on a low P/E rating of around 6.9 which seems too low for a very large profit making company. The yield is large and in the last trading statement 2nd October the board affirms its commitment to continue increasing dividend by 7%.

“…the Board remains committed to its current policy of dividend growth of 7.0% through to the end of the financial year 2012/13.”

This was said only a month before half year results and declaration of the interim dividend. The risk of course is that with lower profits the dividend cover has dropped. Historically it looks like it’s been covered about twice over, at present this looks to be about only 25-30% cover.  I am hoping for half year results in line with expectations and a dividend increase of 7% maintained.

Prudent management perhaps would focus on paying back some of the large debt rather than maintaining a progressive dividend policy. Perhaps this signals management confidence. Either way I am looking for a rise over the next month before I sell.

Also, Trinity Mirror (TNI) interim management statement on Thursday. I want to buy and I’m confident long term holders of TNI will make a profit…I’d just rather try and judge how low the share price might go with regard to the phone hacking allegations. I will do some more thinking today about buying in before a potentially bullish management statement on Thursday.