profit 2017 1.64m 2016 0.61m for 6 months
revenue 2017 34.63m 2016 25.00m for 6 months
eps 7.8p 2017 2016 3.3p for 6 months
market cap 30.317m
cash in bank 14.53m
pension liability 2016 5.504,107m 2017 2,410,6767m
total assets 2017 63,414m
dividend up 16%
The directors own a lot of shares
shares in issue 2005 18.0 m 2017 16.6 m
"Big news propels a number of shares into the Decision Engine's buy-zone, as others tumble down the rankings.A semblance of orderThe Decision Engine compares apples and oranges, or, more precisely, market research agencies to kitchen suppliers and ..."
"LSE:MSI:MS International, how don't I love thee? Let me count the waysâ¦1. There are those times I wrote to you and you were diffident, and evasive. It seemed like you didn't want me to understand you.2. You hide yourself away, inviting me just ..."
nice to see profit rise, maintained dividend. and you get the impression that it's a tightly run company with costs being kept under control in tough markets. but there's also much gloominess in the background.
"For the second year running, Money Observer's editor has put a gun to my head and demanded to know the top 10 holdings in the Share Sleuth portfolio - the shares I'd be most likely to add should I start all over again.This time he might actually ..."
"If you just look at the business, MS international is a bargain. There's a little bit more to the investment decision than that though. In full-year results to 2 May 2015, MS International surprised shareholders when revenue only fell 8% and ..."
it's a relief that they've halted the decline. they'll need further improvement to get back to past profits. for now the pe ratio is pretty high - future progress is priced in. i can continue to hold for the dividend which has been reliable in the past.
Perhaps we might add the pension fund to your list. I think the hole is rather a big problem. It wasn't so long ago that the PF bought quite a number of shares in the 190s and I feel the PF may get itself in before the dividend, which leads me to think the yield is under threat.
Add to this that the directors (Bell brothers) have a big shareholding and a big stake in the PF, so my only inclination to buy back into this would be on the possibility of a take-over, but even that is 'maybe'.
I did have a positive view on this company and its management a year or so ago, but not now.
Now I agree with the buy sentiment but will hold back meanwhile. Steel is a week market and I am not sure petrol stations and fork lift trucks are going to boom any time soon. More defence is the only real indicator for me.
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