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Overview

iomart Group PLC (AIM:IOM) enables businesses and organisations to operate their online data and IT environments safely and securely.

Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, iomart partners with leading vendors such as VMware, Amazon, EMC, Microsoft, Asigra, Arbor and Dell to offer customers a centrally managed, controlled and completely agnostic set of hybrid, private and public cloud platforms.

By owning a global network and datacentre infrastructure, iomart can support any customer who wishes to move seamlessly between any and all of these platforms with a consultative level of knowledge and expertise, delivering cloud services to meet exact business needs.

Their website is available at www.iomart.com

Directors

Angus MacSween (CEO): Founded iomart in ’98. Received Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Business Award in’04.

Ian Steele (Chairman): 16 years at Deloitte. NED of STV Group plc and Killinchy Aerospace Holdings Limited

Scott Cunningham(FD): 25 yrs accounting experience. Ex FD AIM listed InterBulk Group plc . Ex Group Financial Controller for Clyde Bergemann Power Group

Andy McDonald (Co Sec), Richard Masters (NED)

Financials

P&L2018
£~000
2017
£~000
Gross Revenue
97,66989,573
Cost of Sales(34,741)(32,266)
Gross Profit62,92857,307
Profit for the year12,28712,083
Total dividend for the year7.18p/ share6.00p/ share
Balance Sheet2018
£~000
2017
£~000
Cash & cash equivalents 9,4958,906
Total assets173,662143,502
Total liabilities(75,197)(49,987)
Net assets98,46593,515

 

Peer Group

Redcentric (AIM:RCN)
A UK IT managed services provider

SDL PLC (LSE: SDL)
Cloud based customer service solutions

Servelec Group Plc (AIM:SERV)
Software services to the healthcare sector

SQS plc (AIM:SQS)
Specialists in software quality

Shareholders

Directors
Angus MacSween – 15.70%
Scott Cunninghan – 0.004%

Other
Liontrust Asset Management – 16.96%
Octopus Investments – 12.98%
Investec Wealth – 5.10%
Noble Grossart Inv’t – 3.23%
Lombard Odier – 2.16%

Macro Indicators

“Gartner estimates the cloud market will grow to some $317bn by 2022 (16.9% CAGR). What is more interesting is Gartner’s estimate that the need for multi-cloud/hybrid-cloud will grow from c30% today to >75% by 2022, making the existence of the likes of iomart a necessity alongside public cloud giants such as Amazon.” Peel Hunt Note (Dec 2018)

“Internet of things grows to $19 trillion.” Washington Post (Jan 2014)

Media Coverage

Investors Chronicle (Dec 2018):“iomart’s sales build on restructuring.”
“There was much to satisfy investors within iomart’s Half Year Results to September. Even though statutory earnings were down on the 2017 Half Year this simply reflects accounting treatment.”

The Times (Dec 2018): “Rising profits boost Iomart’s appetite for making acquisitions”
“iomart is on the lookout for further acquisitions after reporting a 7 per cent rise in half-year profit and an increase in its interim dividend.”

Broker Coverage

Peel Hunt (House Broker – Dec 2018) “Setting the stage for organic acceleration.”
“… iomart is making substantial changes to its sales and marketing effort during the period. We expect benefits of these changes to shine through in the coming periods. In fact, the group is already flagging “substantial growth” in its sales pipeline.”

Numis (Dec 2018): “Good value growth continues…”
“IOM is nothing like the business service providers who profit warned in recent weeks. IOM’s share price may have suffered in sympathy to these companies who, for one, cited delays/problems with government contracts. IOM is a (very accomplished) cloud services company only, and its business with the public sector is immaterial. In addition, no one customer is responsible for more than c.1% of IOM’s total revenue..”

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