My beef with Angling Direct (ANG) is that I view fishing as a sport increasingly enjoyed by old codgers. I look at the local club that rents our stretch of the River Dee and fear that after each cold winter it will be needing rather fewer pegs. I see a business growing its online sales sharply but whose offline operation still accounts for half of sales and which, for all the usual reasons, must be in decline. And today we have a Covid 19 update and a big warning on cash which, for reasons I am sure you can guess, does not actually say how little cash is left.
The largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK, Angling Direct (ANG) has updated including “in-store sales were £27.9 million, an increase of 41.3% on the prior year period and up 12.0% on a like-for-like basis” and “online sales grew to £25.2 million, an increase of 13.3% on the prior year period”. The shares have currently responded to around 60p – circa 13% lower. Hmmm…
The angling market is a sector that I know very well as I also work in marketing for the UK’s largest tackle manufacturer, and in the past I haven’t been convinced that the shares in Angling Direct (ANG) have offered any value for investors...
A “New Store Opening and Trading Update” from fishing tackle and equipment retailer Angling Direct (ANG), which the company “is pleased to announce” and sees CEO Darren Bailey “very excited to have opened our Nottingham store” and also stating “whilst other areas of the retail sector may be experiencing difficulties, we are delighted that our strategic focus on customer experience and service, as well as positioning our stores in the correct locations, is driving our growth and brand value”. Great news then?...
“Angling Direct plc (AIM: ANG.L), the largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK, is pleased to announce its trading update for the six months ended 31 July 2018. Revenue for the period was ahead of management's expectations”. Sounds promising - but what about profit?, cash?...
Following the successful floatation of Fishing Republic (FISH) a couple of years back, it was only a matter of time before one of the other large fishing tackle retailers followed the same route, and we’ve just seen Angling Direct (ANG) list on the AIM market.
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