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Succession has acquired Birmingham-based Clay Rogers & Partners in a deal potentially worth over £10m The purchase was made through a mix of cash and shares. Clay Rogers has £450m of funds under management, and has been working with Succession since 2013. Co-founder Mark Rogers says: “We are very excited about our rapid integration as […]
Recent figures from HM Revenue & Customs show more than £6bn has been withdrawn from pensions during the 15 months from the introduction of pension freedoms to July 2016. The average withdrawals are relatively low and, as we have not seen the Lamborghini effect that was suggested in the run-up to pension freedoms, many commentators are […]
Over the past few weeks, I have looked in some detail at remuneration planning for SME owners in the light of the changes to dividend taxation. Well, we should also consider how a pension fund might be incorporated into this planning and, if it can, whether and to what extent the pension fund can be […]
What a difference six months makes. Speaking in September last year, we had warned of ‘excessive pessimism’ afflicting the market’s perception of India. Since then, responsible central bank policy from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), alongside improving global growth, has meant that India’s macro environment is strengthening quickly. The current account deficit has shrunk, inflation is falling and the government has embarked on a heavy dose of much needed fiscal consolidation. As a result, the rupee has been one of the strongest global currencies this year while the market has touched all-time highs, rallying by more than 20 per cent (GBP) since September. This begs the question: are we now in a period of ‘irrational exuberance’? Not yet.
By Ali Unwin, head of technology sector research
Apple recently announced the highest-ever recorded quarterly net profit ($18bn), with the sale of 74.4 million iPhones helping the company deliver $74.6bn of revenue for the quarter ending December 2014. These sales were largely driven by strong demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Highlights included Chinese iPhone sales doubling year-on-year and unit growth of 44% in the US — supposedly a well-penetrated market. Apple ended the quarter with $178bn in cash on its balance sheet, having generated a staggering $30bn in free cash flow during the quarter.
At Neptune, we have been long-term believers in the Apple story, and continue to hold the stock in a number of our portfolios based on the company’s long-term growth prospects. This is predicated on our belief that Apple has proved thus far that it can — unusually for a consumer electronics company — maintain high margins for a sustained period of time, even as adoption of new technology slows down and competitors produce similar-specification products.
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