My Portfolio: Year In Review 2016

01 January 2017
By Maynard Paton

Happy New Year!

I trust you enjoyed the festive break and are now raring to do battle with the market for another twelve months!

This first Blog post of 2017 provides a ‘year-in-review’ of my current portfolio holdings. I recap how each of the underlying businesses performed during 2016, as well as provide a few remarks about valuation.

As I mentioned this time last year, I find writing such reviews extremely useful — not least because it encourages me to double-check my investment logic to ensure I am still invested for all the right reasons!

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Bioventix: £1m Special Dividend Declared As H2 Margin Hits 80%

26 October 2016
By Maynard Paton

Quick update on Bioventix (BVXP).

Event: Preliminary results and shareholder presentation for the year to 30 June 2016 published 17 October 2016

Summary: The antibody developer had already said this statement would reveal bumper results, but the figures were still better than I had expected. Although progress was helped by post-Brexit currency movements, it was clear the underlying business delivered yet another robust performance. The financials remain extremely impressive, with the second-half operating margin hitting an incredible 80%. The icing on the cake was management underpinning its confidence with the declaration of a welcome £1m special dividend. I continue to hold.

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Bioventix: I Could Not Resist Paying Up For Growth

10 October 2016
By Maynard Paton

Today I’m reviewing another of my recent investments.

The company in question is Bioventix (BVXP), which you may recall I revealed as a fresh holding within this third-quarter portfolio update.

I purchased my BVXP shares at an average price of 1,133p (including all costs) during August 2016. The bid price is presently 1,250p and the position currently represents approximately 5% of my portfolio.

I have to admit, BVXP is somewhat racy in comparison to many of my existing holdings. In particular, I may have paid ‘a high price for a cheery consensus’ following the company’s impressive progress.

There are also drawbacks involving a limited customer base and certain product revenue about to cease. The business is not that straightforward either — it develops sheep monoclonal antibodies for use in blood tests.

Nonetheless, supporting the notion that BVXP has above-average investment potential is what seems to be a very respectable competitive position, the benefit of long-term royalty income, some impeccable financials and leadership through the group’s founder. 

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Watch List: Updates On Ashmore, Bioventix, Daejan, Goodwin, Latchways And Shoe Zone

5 August 2015
By Maynard Paton

Today I’m reviewing the six shares that reside on my Watch List. After all, there’s no point in me operating a Watch List if I don’t occasionally review the progress of my potential investments — and ensure I’m all ready to buy when their valuations become more attractive!

So here is what’s happened at my Watch List companies since the initial write-ups.

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Bioventix: 67% Margins From Monoclonal Antibodies

06 May 2015
By Maynard Paton

Today I’m continuing my hunt for Watch List shares with a look at Bioventix (BVXP).

Here are the initial attractions that prompted this research:

Super profitability: Operating margins were a stratospheric 67% in 2014
Asset rich: The balance sheet carries net cash and freehold property
Owner management: The chief exec owns 12% of the business

As usual, I’m applying a question-and-answer template to help me pinpoint companies that match the criteria set out in How I Invest. I’m looking for as many Yes answers as possible.

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