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Hardman & Co Research: Transformation provides strong growth potential
Trading remains good, with an improved order book, up 6.5%, and with growth enhanced by acquisitions, new product launches and new market entry. The acquisition of Control Micro Systems Inc (CMS) is strategically attractive, providing a platform for further growth. The group remains competitively well positioned, with a world-class reputation and its financial position enhanced by the pension scheme buyout. The shares stand at a discount to the peer group and to a DCF valuation, and offer an appealing yield, in our view.ord has made a double announcement about the Petersen case. Argentina had appealed to the US Supreme Court over the decision about where the case will be heard. The Court has declined to hear the appeal, so proceedings will take place in the US. Burford has also sold another 10% of its entitlement in the case for $100m; implying a market price of $1bn, ca.25% above the value implied by the smaller July 2018 transaction. Additional disclosure is that the sale took place to 11 institutional investors, with 40 having participated in the market now. This adds credibility to the valuation generated by the transactions to date.
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