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Volution appoints Liberum Joint Corporate Broker

29 September 2014 | Corporate Brokerships

Volution Group plc (Ticker: FAN LN), a leading supplier of ventilation products to the residential construction market, has named Liberum as Joint Corporate Broker. 

Volution

The company operates five key brands - Vent-Axia, Manrose, Fresh, PAX and inVENTer - and is focused primarily on the UK, Swedish and German ventilation markets. It has two divisions. The Ventilation Group principally supplies ventilation products for residential and commercial construction applications and Torin-Sifan supplies motors, fans and blowers. 

The company sold approximately 20 million ventilation products and accessories in the financial year ended 31 July 2014. 

In June 2014, Liberum acted as joint bookrunner on Volution’s £100m initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. The IPO attracted a number of high-quality institutional investors, despite volatile market conditions for new issues. 

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Next Event : Full-year 2014 Results on October 23, 2014

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Christopher Lewey joins Liberum as Head of Sponsor Coverage

24 September 2014 | People

Liberum has appointed Christopher Lewey as Head of Sponsor Coverage, adding 21 years of corporate finance experience gained at Close Brothers, Betfair and law firm Irwin Mitchell. He starts on 29 September 2009. 

“Christopher will develop and manage Liberum's relationships with the private equity and venture capital community,” said Peter Tracey, Liberum’s Head of Investment Banking. “He has a track record that makes him perfect for this role, having experience of both advisory and client side work.”

Christopher qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving to a corporate finance role with Rea Brothers in 1993 and subsequently became Head of Leisure and Retail in 2001 at Close Brothers Corporate Finance. 

He joined Betfair in 2007, where he was responsible for M&A and new ventures. This role included management of Betfair's initial public offering in October 2010.   

Christopher comes to Liberum from Irwin Mitchell, which he joined in May 2011, where he was again responsible for M&A strategy and execution as well as wider strategy development. 

His appointment follows that of Anna Hartropp to the investment banking team at Liberum earlier in September, bringing nine years of FTSE100 and FTSE250 experience from Marks & Spencer, Cookson and, most recently, global technology company Laird PLC. 

Liberum celebrated its seventh anniversary on September 10th and over that period it has played a role in 25 initial public offerings, most recently those of GAME Digital, Volution and P2P Global Investments. 

Some £12.6 billion has been raised by Liberum and syndicates on behalf of companies and Topps Tiles and Photo-Me International are the most recent to join its roster of corporate clients.

Liberum provides research, sales, trading and corporate advice to European and North American institutional investors and companies. It covers more than 380 stocks that constitute 80% of the FTSE100 and 50% of FTSE250.

Click on this infographic here >> to know more about Liberum's growing business.

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Tom Gadsby joins Liberum as Retail Analyst

23 September 2014 | People

Tom Gadsby is to join Liberum as a research analyst on September 29 to cover the Retail Sector.

He brings more than 18 years' markets experience including, most recently, nearly ten years at Societe Generale as both retail analyst - where he was highly ranked in the independent Extel Survey two years in a row - and retail specialist sales.

Prior to that, Tom worked for Wiliams de Broe, also as a retail analyst, where corporate clients included Majestic Wine and Laura Ashley, and Buchanan Communications advising companies on corporate transactions.  

Tom was educated at Winchester College, Durham University and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst after which he spent five years as an infantry officer in the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

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Liberum Consumer Confidence Survey weakens - an infographic

22 September 2014 | Mentions of Liberum

The latest Liberum UK Consumer Confidence Survey reveals a weakening in sentiment as expectations for an interest rate hike move closer and the outlook for house price rises softens.  

Get the PDF of the image below by clicking on it >>

Consumersurveyimage

Graphic by Liberum's Emily Leigh

The survey, carried out among 1,022 participants in July and August, also explored how British consumers feel about cuts in local authority spending  - affordable housing a preferred focus here - and monitors changes in how they expect their personal spending to change in a time of rising interest rates (a greater willingness to cut back on fags, booze and fuel).

Voters were subtantially more likely to vote for cuts to VAT - marginally ahead of spending on elderly care - than defence or high-speed rail.

The full survey is available to professional investors and media from the Liberum Media team led by Ian Whittaker. Email the team here >>

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Liberum's Whittaker, Atherton on CityAM Analyst of the Year shortlist

11 September 2014 | Mentions of Liberum

Liberum analysts Ian Whittaker and Peter Atherton have been shortlisted for the prestigious City AM Analyst of the Year Awards 2014, set to take place November 13 in London, two of five analysts on the list.

Below: Ian Whittaker, Liberum Media Analyst, left and Peter Atherton, Utilities Analyst, right.

Ian Whittaker And Peter Atherton

It is the second consecutive year that Ian, who covers media, has made the cut.

The pair are on a shortlist of analysts that CityAM said "all stand out for their impressive foresight in their respective sectors and their revered reputations in the industry." They are "truly at the top of their game," it added.

Peter (follow him on Twitter here >>) has garnered a high-profile for his no-holds-barred deep insight into the UK utilities sector, centering on UK government energy policy and the cost of its nuclear power ambitions and meeting its environmental obligations.

Click on the image below to see a short video >> of Peter discussing UK energy policy in the run up to the May 2015 general election.

Atherton Video

Ian (follow him on Twitter here >>), meanwhile, has held a positive view of FTSE100 commercial broadcaster ITV since he began his coverage of the company in 2008 with a Buy rating and a 34-pence price target. It has climbed six-fold since to 212 pence on 10/09/2014. At the time of his initiation of coverage, ITV was among the least favoured media stocks in Europe.

Liberum this year achieved its best results in its seven-year history in the 2014 Thomson Reuters Extel Survey, the annual analyst surveys which rank broker and independent research based on the responses from more than 16,000 fund managers and institutional investors.

It rose to second place in the key category: Leading Pan European brokerage firm - UK Small & Mid Caps. In 2013, Liberum ranked fifth.

The CityAM Awards website is here >>

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Archie Soames joins Liberum’s investment banking team

09 September 2014 | People

Archie Soames has joined Liberum’s investment banking team from commodities company Glencore, his second role at the staff-owned pan-European investment bank.

He spent the last 18 months with Switzerland-based Glencore’s investor relations and corporate affairs team. Prior to that he worked for three years with Liberum in an equity sales position.

Liberum celebrates its seventh birthday Wednesday and over that period it has played a role in 25 initial public offerings, most recently those of GAME Digital, Volution and P2P Global Investments. 

Some £12.6 billion has been raised by Liberum and syndicates on behalf of companies and Topps Tiles and Photo-Me International are the most recent to join its roster of corporate clients. 

Liberum began trading on September 10, 2007 and provides research, sales, trading and corporate advice to European and North American institutional investors and companies. It covers more than 380 stocks that constitute 80% of the FTSE100 and 50% of FTSE250. 

Click here for an infographic on how Liberum’s business is growing and changing. 

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