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HSS Hire Group (HSS)     

jimmy b - 30 Jun 2015 11:40


HSS Hire Group plc is a leading provider of tool and equipment hire and related services in the United Kingdom and Ireland with a key focus on delivering safety, value, availability and support to its customers. The Group concentrates on the maintain and operate segments of the tool and equipment hire market, as the Directors believe that these segments offer greater opportunities for the Group to generate higher and more stable returns on assets as opposed to providing large plant and heavy machinery geared to construction activities in the more cyclical new build segment. The Group complements its offering of tool and equipment hire with a range of value-added, specialist services that have been developed in response to customer demand and specifically oriented to the maintain and operate segments. The Directors believe that the combination of these products and services helps to differentiate the Group from its competitors, embed the Group more deeply with its customers and establish a one-stop-shop in order to capture a greater share of its customers' potential spending. The Directors believe that the Group is the second largest provider of tool and equipment hire and related services in the United Kingdom based on revenues and the second largest provider of temporary power generation in the United Kingdom based on fleet size. The Group is also the second largest provider of powered access equipment in the United Kingdom based on fleet size as reported by Cranes & Access magazine.

CC - 30 Jun 2015 13:20 - 2 of 32

That's an interesting chart for the brave.

jimmy b - 30 Jun 2015 16:18 - 3 of 32

Fall overdone CC ..

jimmy b - 30 Jun 2015 16:32 - 4 of 32

Director Deals - HSS Hire Grp Plc (HSS)


Alan Peterson, Chairman, bought 29,016 shares in the company on the 19th June 2015 at a price of 173.00p. The Director now holds 937,217 shares.

HSS Hire Q2 marginally below expectations

HSS Hire Group's second quarter trading performance was marginally below expectations, according to a pre-close update for the six months to 27 June.

It says this was primarily due to weakness in 'key accounts' customer activity across a number of sectors particularly in April and May, as well as reduced demand for cooling equipment during the period.

But the group says it has seen customer activity begin to return to more normalised levels in June, with order books building into the second half of the year.

The update says: "We believe the group continued to take market share over the period and consequently expect to report high-single digit organic revenue growth for Q2 15.

"This revenue performance, combined with the start-up costs of new branches in their first year of trading, is expected to result in H1 2015 adjusted EBITDA being in line with the comparative period in 2014."

At 8:03am: (LON:HSS) HSS Hire Grp Plc share price was -27.5p at 155p

dreamcatcher - 30 Jun 2015 18:52 - 5 of 32

30 Jun JP Morgan... 240.00 Overweight
30 Jun Berenberg 200.00 Buy

jimmy b - 02 Jul 2015 16:14 - 6 of 32

Bouncing back ...


HARRYCAT - 26 Aug 2015 11:50 - 7 of 32

Numis note:
"HSS' Interim results are in line with the profit warning on 29-Jun. However, the variable market backdrop since then has contributed to revenue growth in line with management's expectations for July but below for Aug. Management is guiding to full-year revenue growth of 8-11%, which implies 4-10% in 2H15 (post 12% in H1). We reduce our revenue forecast for the full year by 4%. Owing to the significant level of operational gearing in the business, we cut our 2015 EBITA forecast by 32% to £22.4m and our EPS forecast by 55% to 4.5p. We lower our price target to 140p, and believe that NAV (103p at 1H15) may offer some support to the shares.
Market variability hampers forecasting. A second profit warning within six months of the IPO has reduced our confidence that HSS can deliver growth rates significantly ahead of the market. We have reduced our revenue growth assumptions for 2016-17 by c.10% and our EPS by c.40%.
A tale of two divisions. The Core business (including OneCall and HSS Training) saw organic growth slow from 12.4% in Q1 to 6.2% in Q2, whereas the Specialist business delivered c.20% organic growth through the half (and 32% growth including acquisitions). Management attribute the Core slowdown to reduced demand from Key Accounts (c.30% of Group revenues, but c.35% of the Core)
Profitability impacted by investment. The 1H15 EBITA margin was 2.5% vs 8.2% in 1H14 (EBITA of £3.7m vs £10.7m). Owing to the step-up in capex in 2014, 1H15 depreciation (inc. software amortisation) was £25.2m (17.2% of revenues) vs £18.1m (13.9% of revenues). The step-up in the roll-out rate of Local Branches (27 vs 8) also contributed a drag to profits of c.£1m, we estimate
Addressing the issues. Management has indicated that in the light of the weaker demand patterns its capital additions for 2015 will be below that for 2014. We now model £72m (previously £75m). It is also seeking to reduce costs by £8-12m, with £1.5-3m in 4Q15 and the remainder in 2016.
Balance sheet flexibility. 1H net debt was £197.2m (2.77x LTM net debt/EBITDA). We forecast year-end net debt of c.£200m (2.9x ND/EBITDA). The £136m senior secured note has no covenants and the RCF requires a minimum rolling EBITDA of £35m. A potential re-financing of the SSN in 2016 would reduce the cost of debt."

jimmy b - 26 Aug 2015 11:59 - 8 of 32

I bought in after the first drop to the 130's and luckily sold out as there was no bounce back ,taking a small loss ,glad now that i did .

Probably get the bounce this time !

JRM - 27 Aug 2015 16:17 - 9 of 32

Just got some, an intersting gamble

jimmy b - 27 Aug 2015 16:27 - 10 of 32

Me too in this afternoon , good luck .

JRM - 28 Aug 2015 10:32 - 11 of 32

I think some Director buying is required, it alays bugs me when they refuse to buy when things turn tough. It was the same with ITV, Taylor Wimpey etc.........

jimmy b - 28 Aug 2015 10:36 - 12 of 32

JRM both ITV and TW. bounced back with a vengeance !!

One of the directors did buy just before results at 173p i think .

Director Deals - HSS Hire Grp Plc (HSS)


Alan Peterson, Chairman, bought 29,016 shares in the company on the 19th June 2015 at a price of 173.00p. The Director now holds 937,217 shares.

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jimmy b - 25 Sep 2015 08:25 - 13 of 32

HSS Hire's CEO

HSS Hire Group has announced that Chris Davies, CEO, is stepping down after nine years. COO John Gill will assume the CEO role immediately. Davies will remain until the end of the year to assist in a smooth handover.

Mr Gill joined the company as CFO in 2009, and was appointed COO in 2014. Before joining HSS he was finance director at Screwfix Direct, a subsidiary of Kingfisher.

The company also said that current trading remains in line with market expectations.

jimmy b - 06 Nov 2015 10:42 - 14 of 32

Getting a bit fed up here ,running a small loss again .

jimmy b - 17 Nov 2015 15:06 - 15 of 32

Sold out today for another small loss. I'll not be back ...

mentor - 17 Nov 2015 22:51 - 16 of 32

small loss?
Lets say bought at 70p as it bounces back,
sold at 52.50p as it drops fast

I would say almost 1/3 the money gone


mentor - 17 Nov 2015 23:32 - 17 of 32

Take it seriously, is worth it if anyone holds and most likely the reason for yet again a new low today

Sales twice the market cap, but ............

They have extremely high borrowings - £173.0m at the half-year stage. At the same point in time, their undrawn committed facilities were just £17.6m, down from £37.7m just six months earlier. Even assuming they cut cap ex drastically (as indicated in the interims), I have negative cash flow through each of the next three half years, with undrawn borrowing facilities being exhausted during the final quarter of 2015.

In short, I believe that HSS will need to raise more cash before the year-end. The business cannot tolerate any more debt, so this is likely to take the form of a deeply discounted equity issue. That is the basis for punters taking short positions, the word around is soon they will run out of cash.

note- other stocks on the same sector
SDY had 2 profit warnings, Travis Perkins had a profit warning a couple weeks ago
25 November trading update due

jimmy b - 18 Nov 2015 16:30 - 18 of 32

Glad i sold out yesterday ,down another 5% today .

mentor - 18 Nov 2015 17:06 - 19 of 32

RESUME of the Liar, Staker at VAST thread.........

jimmy b

mentor i think you need to get your figures right a third of 70p is 23 p .
I sold HSS at a small loss meaning i didn't buy many , however i don't mind admitting when i get something wrong , you seem to be a hot shot (never got one wrong) have you , fiddling around with your 000.1 here and 000.2 there .
Why don't you concentrate on what your losing rather than follow me around ,i'm doing fine but i'm always happy to share my slip ups with people on here ..

mentor - 18 Nov 2015 10:34 - 28 of 36 edit this post
jimmy b

re - HSS and meaning
Twisting and turning does not make it right ... a small loss is not 1/4 or 1/3 of money gone ( 17.5p gone on 70p buy )

I got my fingers alright and my head on the right place, not like you when you open you BIG mouth, spouting diarrhea, I know what I said not LYING like you on two fronts.

Now you never said the price you did buy and sell, meaning I was ALMOST right with 3 month apart.

I said....... "I would say almost 1/3 the money gone"
you add the right price plus charges and commission ( the smaller the trade the bigger % on that ) and almost 1/3 gone..... not small loss as you said.

Well, well I seems you got caught with the trousers down again, and nothing to show

re - follow you around

not even if you were a bitch on heat
I assume you were the one starting with MONI ( I did not notice until you said so with negative comments. )

note - It is a good practice to have a check on companies, I had to do the same on YOU ( and is a rotten apple to the core say the worms )

jimmy b - 18 Nov 2015 11:51 - 29 of 36

mentor have you ever stopped out of anything or have you made a profit on every share you ever bought ?
You came on to the OPAY thread for no reason and had a dig at me now you don't like it back .
Answer my question ,have you ever made a loss ?

mentor - 18 Nov 2015 12:02 - 30 of 36 edit this post
jimmy b

read post 28
plenty of answer first from you, with the truth (you not on the House of Commons, though it is time now )

re - have you ever made a loss ?
read plenty of my post and you will see, I do post prices and % not like others

re - dig at you
no dig, just NOT clear cut comments from you ( just like yesterday ) need some clarification
OPAY - I posted ... "More pain for OPAY " Nothing to do with you but company share price that I posted at my thread earlier. But you took it personally.

jimmy b - 18 Nov 2015 12:07 - 31 of 36

Have you ever made a loss ??????? I have plenty of times and i admit it .

mentor - 18 Nov 2015 12:54 - 32 of 36 edit this post

Have you ever SHUT UP and read and answer properly post 28, you sound like a Parrot by now.
jimmy b Send an email to jimmy b View jimmy b's profile - 18 Nov 2015 13:21 - 33 of 36

Have you ever made a loss mentor yes or no ?

mentor - 18 Nov 2015 15:36 - 34 of 36 edit this post

Hi parrot

You came to this thread where is nothing to do with the matter you want to discuss ......
.....SMALL or BIGGGGGGGGGGGG loss by you

now enough twisting the matter with asking questions to me and not giving a GOOD reason for you LIE ....... "I sold HSS at a small loss meaning i didn't buy many "

If you had any brains I doubt it by now,
Loss is calculated by the difference from from buying v selling and then : by the buying price give you the % of it.

small loss would be anything from 1 to 5% of the amount invested
not £5, £100 or £10,000,
as 1M to a multi millionaire would be a small loss to him

I now wonder if you the type of investor buying stock on the £100 to £400 at a time
Not even when I started many decades ago would do that as all goes on commissions and charges.

Good bye you are on the BLACK list

jimmy b - 18 Nov 2015 16:12 - 35 of 36

Mentor you have an inferiority complex talking like that ,leave us proper traders to do what we do and go back to ADVFN where you came from .

Oh and one more thing you won't answer,,Have you ever made a loss mentor yes or no ?

mentor - 18 Nov 2015 16:48 - 36 of 36 edit this post

As is the end of the day why not take the P!ss from "brainless" little Jimmy

Little Jimmy is approached by the lifeguard at the public swimming pool.

“You’re not allowed to pee in the pool,” says the lifeguard. “I’m going to report you.”

“But everyone pees in the pool,” said little Jimmy.

“Maybe,” says the lifeguard. “But not from the diving board!”

jimmy b - 18 Nov 2015 17:53 - 20 of 32

Why am i a liar ,i got stopped out of one of my holdings ,are you such a moron that you need to keep following me around .

mentor why don't you f**k off back to ADVFN from where you came ...Do us all a favour .

HARRYCAT - 25 Nov 2015 09:08 - 21 of 32
HSS Hire Group's trading for the 39 week period ended 26 September was in line with management expectations, with continued revenue growth in both the core and specialist businesses.

Group revenue was £230.8m, up 10.7% compared to 9M 14. Revenue in the Core businesses grew 8.2% to £196.6m (9M 14: £181.7m) reflecting strong growth in HSS OneCall and HSS Training together with a growing revenue contribution from the newly opened local branches.

Revenue in the Specialist businesses increased 27.6% to £34.2m (9M 14: £26.8m) reflecting growth in the power and powered access businesses together with incremental revenue from the acquired business, All Seasons Hire. Utilisation was up one percentage point to 48% in the Core business (9M 14: 47%) and up five percentage points to 75% in the Specialist business (9M 14: 70%) as a result of volume led revenue growth.

The group says new key account wins in the H1 and into Q3 are helping to build our pipeline for the remainder of FY15 and into FY16. In addition, this morning the Group opened its 50th new local branch in 2015 in Loughborough.

Group adjusted EBITDA was £51.2m, marginally lower than in 9M 14 (£51.8m), reflecting a number of factors including the investment in the rollout of local branches, revenue mix and the first year of plc costs. Group Adjusted EBITA was lower than in 9M 14 due to higher depreciation charges following the investment in hire fleet to support revenue growth. In 2015 this investment has had a much greater bias to the first part of the year than is usual.

The group says that after the variability seen in July and August, trading conditions were more stable in September and expectations for revenue growth for the 2015 financial year remain in line with the previous guidance of 8-11% ahead of 2014.
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