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The Cohort Group comprises six military, electronics and intelligence development operations spread across the UK, Germany, and Portugal. The six are:  Chess offering electro-optical tracking and surveillance systems for naval and land defence and security customers; EID designs and makes advanced communications systems for naval and land defence customers; ELAC SONAR supplies advanced sonar systems and underwater communications to global customers in the naval marketplace; MASS provides advanced digital services serving the defence and security markets MCL designs, sources and supports advanced electronic and surveillance technology for the UK MOD and other government agencies; SEA delivers and supports technology-based products for the defence and transport markets alongside specialist research and training services.

Record closing order book

For the six months to 31 October 2022, Cohort PLC reported a strong performance: revenue was up 29%YoY to £77.5m; an operating profit (adj.) of £5.0m was achieved (H1 22: £1.7m); and EBITDA (adj.) was £7.1m. Order intake of £88.6m resulted in a record closing order book of £304.2m. The interim dividend is raised 10% to 4.25p/share.

Absorption of working capital meant that H1 net debt was £0.6m; however, Cohort reports that as of 9th December net funds were £7.6m. Added to H1 revenue, over £80m of orders deliverable in the second-half equates to 95% coverage of our revised full year revenue outlook of £165.0m.

A strong interim performance, in particular by MCL, supports an increase in our FY23 revenue outlook of 3%, to £165m, growth of 19.9%YoY; while our EBITDA (adj.) outlook remains at £22.0m (up 13.1%YoY).

We maintain our Fair Value of 650p/share.


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