Rosslyn Data Technologies TICKER: RDT     EXCHANGE: AIM

Rosslyn Data Technologies is a pioneering software company that dramatically shortens time to business insight from days to minutes. Their cloud platform intelligently extracts, aggregates and enriches data from multiple sources so that clients gain a single view of employees, customers and suppliers for complete and accurate self-service reporting and analysis.


Full year results interview September 2019
Published: Sep 18 2019

Roger Bullen, CEO, and Ash Mehta, CFO, discuss the businesses increasing resilience as they move towards profitability, the quality of the clients they are winning, and the steady increase they are achieving in gross margins.  
Mining big value from Big Data
Published: Sep 17 2019

How does a smart investor defuse some of today’s macro uncertainty? One way is to park more money in the bank - albeit interest rates are near zero, and cash doesn’t protect against either inflation and/or a currency devaluation.
Another approach is to look for deeply undervalued software firms with overseas exposure, high recurring revenues and wide competitive moats. We think one such cloud enabled SaaS stock is ‘Big Data’ expert Rosslyn Data Tech. Indeed its cutting edge supply chain focused ‘data mining’, ‘analytics’ and ‘artificial intelligence’ platform (RAPid) actually saves corporates a ton of money. A key customer benefit in the event of another recession.
Moreover with 80%+ gross margins, 5% churn and rich EBITDA drop-through rates - a large chunk of any future incremental turnover should fall straight to the bottom line.
Hence given the strong fundamentals, we reckon the company will become cashflow positive this year on revenues 12% higher at £7.8m (vs £7.0m LY) – and is worth 12p/share. Representing a forward EV/sales multiple of 1.7x, and equivalent to an unjustified 75% discount to peers at 6.7x.
Finally in light of its scalable technology, we suspect Rosslyn could ultimately even become a takeover target, reflecting the voracious appetite of overseas buyers for UK plc. CEO Roger Bullen adding: “We are confident of continued growth as we engage in numerous large client opportunities that we hope to be able to announce later this year”.
Poised for major break-through
Published: May 29 2019

In the good old days, you could put your money into a savings account in January, and hey presto, 12 months’ later the interest earned would be enough to buy the Xmas turkey. Not so today. Faced with such meagre returns, risk tolerant investors are increasingly looking for stocks that are primed for secular ‘breakouts’.
Enter Rosslyn Data Tech, a Big Data & spend control software solution provider, focused squarely on the supply chain. Its best-of-breed cloud platform (RAPid) enables corporates to not only significantly reduce costs and improve productivity, but also enhance revenues, optimise supplier performance and comply with regulations. Saving customers literally £ms in the process.
This morning, the company said FY19 sales were up 8.3% to £7.0m vs £6.4m LY - with Annual License Fees climbing 9.2% to £5.4m (£5.0m), and equivalent to 77% of the group. Likewise, cash from operations rose +£329k (-£3.45m LY), reflecting a 75% improvement in EBITDA (excluding SBPs) to -£432k (-£1.8m), alongside lower opex, which came in at £6.0m (£6.7m) despite absorbing £0.9m of R&D (12.9% sales).
Going forward, thanks to higher future investment in sales & marketing and a promising pipeline, we reckon turnover will jump 15% LFL in FY20 to £8.0m. In turn, driving EBITDA (pre SBPs) above breakeven this year, with Rosslyn becoming self-funded towards the end of FY21.
Indeed with Rosslyn signing numerous contracts last year (eg KLM, Diageo, BAe Systems) across various sectors, including International Logistics, Civil Defence, Healthcare and Pharma – we think the firm is perfectly poised for a major break-through over the next 2 years.
Double thumbs up for new bank facility
Published: Apr 09 2019

Refinancing loans can be a tricky exercise at the best of times, especially given today’s the political impasse at Westminster. Therefore, it was very encouraging to hear this morning that Rosslyn Data Tech had managed to replace its existing £0.75m debt with a new 3 year, £1.5m secured facility from Clydesdale Bank on equivalent terms (ie interest charged to be at 7.75% plus 3 month LIBOR). 
We think this is both a positive step forward to accelerate growth and a major endorsement of RDT’s future prospects. Particularly since the company should shortly become cashflow positive, and continues to win blue chip clients (eg KLM, Diageo, BAe Systems, etc), who benefit from its proprietary big data, analytics and AI platform (RAPid). 
In terms of the numbers, we have held our estimates, reiterate RDT’s 12.5p/share valuation and look forward to the pre-close trading update in May. What’s more, given the rebound in Big Data stocks during the past 3 months, the firm continues to look materially undervalued on a relative and absolute basis.
Momentum continues to build
Published: Feb 11 2019

The pressures associated with managing its uber-complex supply chain are immense. Having to not only balance real-time ‘demand forecasts’ against detailed raw material, production and finished goods requirements. But also hit tough cost, working capital & profit targets, alongside delivering just-in-time orders to supermarkets, convenience stores, wholesalers, consumers & alike.
Consequently, these type of business are usually forced to hold buffer stock  in order to smooth out any logistical problems, whilst further suffering product wastage, reflecting inefficiencies, customer returns, obsolescence and damages. So what can be done? 
The good news is that by deploying Rosslyn’s big data, analytics and AI software platform (RAPid), large corporates can now generate multi-£ms savings. Perhaps even shaving 1 week off working capital levels, improving yields by 1% and/or reducing procurement costs by another 5%. Thus paying for the software several times over, and in double-quick fashion too.
Hardly surprisingly therefore, that RDT is knocking the ball out the park in terms of contract wins. It signed a raft of blue chip clients in H1’19 - and today announced another 3, worth £500k in total, operating in the International Logistics, Healthcare and Pharma sectors. In turn, pushing annualised recurring revenues to >£6m (vs £5.05m vs 31st Oct’18), and putting the firm within touching distance of becoming cashflow positive. 
Although our FY19 estimates and 12.5p/share valuation remain unchanged, we nevertheless note that the contracts bolster RDT’s P&L cover for this year and next. Namely, FY19 turnover and EBITDA of £7,500k (Act H1 £3,532k vs Est H2 £3,968k) and £242k (Act H1 -£290k vs Est H2 £532k) respectively, generating a +3.2% margin, and rising to £8,250k and £812k (9.8% margin) in FY20. What’s more, the stock at 7.3p trades on a frugal 2.0x CY EV/turnover multiple, representing a substantial discount to Big Data peers at 8.4x
Rosslyn Data technologies at the Equity Development Investor Forum, January 2019
Published: Feb 01 2019

Roger Bullen, Chief Executive and Hugh Cox, Founder explained the history and leading capabilities of RDT whose technology allows some of the most recognised companies in the world to best use their massive quantities of data to enhance their profitability.
Big Data expert primed for major break-out
Published: Jan 28 2019

Forget the $, € or ‎¥. Today, data is the world’s #1 currency and the lifeblood of any ambitious organisation wishing gain a competitive edge. Maximising its utility though is easier said than done - since many corporates operate numerous IT systems (incl. legacy), and are being attacked on all fronts by aggressive tech-enabled rivals (eg Amazon, Facebook, FinTech, etc). 
So what’s the answer? Well increasingly international businesses are turning to Big Data experts, like Rosslyn Data Tech (RDT) – who have combined cutting edge ‘data mining’, ‘analytics’ and ‘artificial intelligence’ into a fully integrated suite of cloud based, software applications (called RAPid). Enabling clients to not only cut costs, comply with regulations and improve cash-flows, but also enhance revenues, manage suppliers and create best-in-class supply chains.
This is proving to be a winning formula too. So much so that for the 6 months ending Oct’18, Rosslyn won a clutch of blue ribbon contracts with tier 1 clients, including a global defence organisation, a European logistics company, a UK based financial services firm and a speciality metals business. Driving H1’19 turnover up 11% (£3.53m), annualised recurring revenues (ARR) 12% higher (£5.05m) and cashflows towards breakeven. 
Nonetheless this is just the tip. We think the Big Data boom is set to deliver double digit top line growth for decades ahead 
The beauty being that – due to RDT’s 80%+ gross margins (Est FY19), 5% churn and rich EBITDA drop-through rates - a large chunk of this incremental revenue should fall straight to the bottom line. In fact, thanks to estimated LFL growth of 16.6% this year (H1 11% vs H2 est 22%) and 10% (prudently set) next, FY20 EBITDA & cashflows should move healthily into the ‘black’.
H1’19 gross margins climbed 3.5% to 78.4% (vs 74.9% LY), whilst the EBITDA loss narrowed to -£213k mirroring favourable operating leverage (on sales +11% £3.5m). For FY19, we anticipate turnover will jump 16.6% to £7,500k (vs £6,433k LY) with net debt closing Apr’19 flat at -£700k (vs -£757k Apr’18, -£451k Oct’18), reflecting tight cost control and working capital management. 
In our view there should be no reason why the firm cannot achieve sustainable 10%-15% pa organic top line growth, 22% EBIT margins and >100% cash conversion – ie in sync with the broader software industry. However we accept that our sales projections are conservative, compared to IDC’s forecasts for the Big Data market of >20% pa (on average) between 2017-22. 
With regards to valuation, employing a 15% discount rate, our DCF analysis calculates the stock to be worth 12.5p/share, offering >75% potential upside for risk-tolerant investors. 
NB investors can hear CEO Roger Bullen present the proposition on this Wed 30th at the ED Forum, registration here: CLICK HERE 


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