Elecosoft plcwww.elecosoft.com TICKER: ELCO EXCHANGE: AIM
Elecosoft is a developer of on-premise and Cloud/SaaS software for the Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Operator (AECO) and digital marketing industries. Its award winning 6D solutions (>100,000 users) cover project planning, estimating, design/CAD, visualisation, site operations and Building Information Management (BIM).
Delivering infrastructure projects on time, to-spec and within budget has proved a mine-field for corporates & politicians alike. Typically, 80% are late and 40% over-spent with little thought on how best to manage the asset once complete - not exactly ideal! Luckily things are changing...and fast. Technologies such as data analytics, IoT, VR/AR, robotics & artificial intelligence, are transforming the $8 trillion global construction market. In turn helping to drive strong demand at Elecosoft (ELCO), a leading BIM (Building Information Modelling) software developer.
Nor has M&A been too far behind either, with many deep pocketed rivals (eg JLG Technology, Bentley, Nemetschek, RIB Software, Autodesk, Trimble, Hexagon, Dassault & Oracle) hovering up competitors at often hefty premiums.
Even after its recent appreciation, the stock is still not expensive. Trading on EV/sales and PEG ratios of 2.5x (vs peers on 5x) and 1.0x (1.6x) respectively, whilst being 15% below our 85p/share valuation.
Foreign buyers gorging on UK stocks
Document can be downloaded here: UK plc ‘going for a song’
Being a shareholder in a company that receives a juicy takeover offer is a marvellous feeling. Something that many fortunate investors have experienced over the past 3 years. Thanks to a spate of M&A bids by deep pocketed overseas buyers – partly triggered by the June 2016 Brexit result, which sent the £ tumbling and adversely affected the FTSE.
Consequently today, given this trend is unlikely to end anytime soon, we’ve highlighted 30 possible acquisition ideas in the attached research paper. Spilt equally between large and smallcap stocks – covering a broad selection of industries.
What’s more we believe most of these businesses are underpinned by strong fundamentals and substantial upside in the event of predatory interest.
According to Factset Mergerstat/BVR, the average bid premium paid for such deals between 2004-14 was 30% – with the figure trending upwards since the global financial crisis.
Happy investing. Published 27th August 2019