AIM Investor Focus: April 2015

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AIM Investor Focus, the corporate access event for AIM-quoted companies and their investors, will run again on April 21st in London.

Due to high demand for this event from previous attendees, the event is now closed to private investors. To make sure that you hear of future AIM Investor Focus events in future, contact Blackthorn Focus here.

AIM Investor Focus has run since 2012. In total, 26 companies have participated at the event. Of the 26 companies that have presented, 20 have gone on to increase their dividend to shareholders at each subsequent opportunity.

Another four companies are scheduled to present on April 21st. They are:

NAHL Group, EMIS, Christie Group and Fairpoint.

NAHL Group

NAHL Group is the company behind National Accident Helpline. The company acts as an umbrella brand for solicitors, providing access to justice for people that frequently would not be able to afford up-front legal and consultation costs. AIM Prospector (a Blackthorn Focus publication) wrote in more detail on the NAHL business model in the August edition here.

Since IPO in May 2014 at 200p, shares in NAHL Group today trade at 267p [March 13th]. Stockopedia data puts the shares on a forecast yield for 2014 of 5.7%.

EMIS Group

EMIS Group is a software provider to the healthcare industry. Headquartered in Leeds, the company has a market capitalisation of £540m and is a true AIM blue chip. In the last five years, shares in EMIS have more than doubled. In that time, revenues have risen year-on-year. 2014 results are expected to show a fourth successive increase in both earnings per share and dividends per share.

It is rare for a company of EMIS' scale and track record to present to an audience of private investors.

EMIS featured in the March 2014 edition of AIM Prospector when the shares were 600p (versus 860p today):

Christie Group

The third company to have committed to participating is Christie Group. Christie is famous for being a particular favourite share of Lord John Lee. Lord Lee is perhaps the UK's most celebrated private investor. The company has upgraded profit forecasts twice in the last twelve months.

Christie Group also featured in the March 2014 edition of AIM Prospector. With the comment at the time that the company "looks ideally positioned to benefit from the changing UK economy." Read more here:


Finally, Fairpoint is a £50m company. It is a provider "of consumer professional services including debt solutions and legal services".

With its H1 results, the company announced a 7% dividend increase. This was followed in January by a statement reporting that trading for the full year ending December 2014 was in-line.

According to data website Stockopedia, the shares today trade at 7.0 times consensus forecasts for 2014, with the expectation of dividend yield of 5.5%.

Fairpoint's H1 2014 results:

AIM Investor Focus will take place at the offices of finnCap, 30 New Broad Street, London from 11am on April 21st.

Media for EMIS or Fairpoint should contact Katie Hunt at MHP Communications (+44 (0) 20 3128 8100). Media for NAHL Group should contact James Styles at FTI Consulting (+44 (0) 20 3727 1000).

Fund managers and all other media should contact David O'Hara at Blackthorn Focus (+44 (0)20 3239 5437).