[First, I should give a hat-tip to Universe Group (UNG:LN) – my first write-up, and this recent post particularly, may prove quite relevant here. Despite a significant retracement in the past year, UNG’s delivered a 125%+ return in the past two years, and I believe it continues to offer substantial upside potential. Which inspired me to seek out & research a number of other (relatively) similar companies…]
…And I came across Newmark Security (NWT:LN), which has been AIM-listed since 1997. Newmark’s a leading provider of electronic and physical security systems to ensure the safety & security of company personnel and assets. It has two divisions, consolidated around two companies which have been in business since the ’80s: The Electronic division (Grosvenor Technology, acquired 2002) – design, manufacture & distribution of access control and workforce management systems, and the Asset Protection division (Safetell, acquired 2000) – design, manufacture, installation & maintenance of bullet/attack-resistant screens (doors, walls, etc.) and cash management systems.
At first glance, a GBP 19 million revenue/9 million market cap company looks like a real tiddler in the security industry. But a client list (see here & here) which includes the Post Office, Tesco, Broadgate Estates, Network Rail, and the Met, plus relationships with Assa Abloy (ASSAB:SS) & Loomis (LOOMB:SS), all demonstrate Newmark punches well above its weight. And despite selling an OEM product range via value-added resellers & installation companies, an impressive 42%+ gross margin also attests to the quality of the company’s products, service & relationships (and the profitability of its niche). But why don’t we let the numbers do the talking…
I’ll tackle this in two stages, beginning with the six year period ending in 2012. [Note the April year-end – e.g. FY-2012 is the financial year ending Apr-2012. btw To highlight I’m not cherry-picking here, 2005-06 revenue averaged GBP 12.9 million (i.e. similar to the subsequent 6 yrs)]: