The Liberum Chemicals and Consumer Ingredients Growth Conference

07 April 2014 | Events

Liberum has assembled an eclectic mix of companies with strong market positions and growth potential for its second annual Chemicals and Consumer Ingredients Growth Conference which takes place in London on the afternoon of 12 June 2014. The event is for Liberum’s institutional clients.

Mail Jenni Herbert >>, our corporate access manager, if you’re an institutional investor interesting in attending.

Here are short profiles of the companies attending and details on who will represent them. 

Chem Conference CRODA 

Croda PLC, CFO + Head of Coatings/Polymers. Croda  is a producer of chemicals, primarily from natural ingredients, for use in cosmetics, healthcare, cropcare and industrial markets – markets with an above average blended growth rate through the cycle of around  4-5%. The business also has a fairly defensive track record due to a wide number of products, a wide number of customers, products that usually account for a low percentage of customer product cost and stable consumer end markets. Our guest speakers are well placed to comment on the M&A strategy and the potential for cyclical recovery in the Coatings/Polymers activities. 

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Chem Conference PURECIRCLE

PureCircle PLC, CFO. PureCircle is the world's #1 in high purity stevia sweeteners for food and beverages with an 80%+ share. It has grown sales 10-fold to $100m since 2007 and should approach full current capacity ($250-300m sales) in the next 2-3 yrs.  Stevia is the only natural, zero calorie sweetener viable for large scale production and growth is being driven by the focus to reduce sugar contents of food & drinks.  PureCircle has supply agreements with all the major F&B companies (Coca Cola, Pepsi, Nestle etc). 


Chem Conference SYMRISE

Symrise AG, Head of IR. Symrise is the world’s fourth largest supplier of Flavour and Fragrance (F&F) Ingredients with a global share of 11% and is also niche cosmetic and healthcare ingredient supplier. Based in Holzminden, Germany the Group has been a public company since 2006, since which it has enjoyed a stable CAGR in sales and EBITDA of around 6%. The F&F sector is a very defensive and cash generative sector. Compared to its peers Symrise is particularly strong in vanilla, onion and menthol and leads the way in terms of its share of revenues from Emerging markets.

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Chem Conference AIR LIQUIDE

Air Liquide, Head of IR. Air Liquide has a leading c22% share of the €65bn Global Industrial Gases sector including oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and specialty gases. It is Global co-leader in Medical and Electronic gases and Europe’s leading supplier of hydrogen to oil refineries and number 3 in North America to the same. Historically it has the most defensive track record of the Big 4 industrial gas companies reflecting a bigger share of Revenues from Tonnage customers (on take and pay contracts) + Healthcare than any of its principal peers.

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Chem Conference ALENT

Alent PLC, CFO+Head of IR. Alentis a global supplier of specialty chemicals to the electronics, automotive and industrial sectors. The business was demerged from Cookson PLC in December 2012. Assembly Materials (Alpha) is a global supplier of solder and other interconnect materials principally used in phone and computer printed circuit boards and Surface Chemistries (Enthone) a global supplier of electroplating materials for the semiconductor, automotive and plumbing fittings sectors. The company is one of the most cash generative in the UK Specialty Chemicals Group yet trades at a 25% PE sector discount. 

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Chem Conference VELOCYS

Velocys PLC, CEO+CFO. Velocys,  previously called Oxford Catalysts,supplies catalysts and reactors for small/medium scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants. According to the company, the capital and operating costs of its systems are competitive  thanks to the deployment of its compact microchannel FT reactors and super-active catalysts. The USA shale oil sector is a key target as many liquid rich fields have low cost ‘byproduct’ methane. The CEO is an eloquent advocate of his business and the economics of GTL.  

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Peter Atherton on BBC's Newsnight: Ofgem surrenders its independence

28 March 2014 | Analyst Insight

Liberum Utilities Analyst Peter Atherton appeared on last night's BBC Newsnight current affairs programme to discuss the implication of Ofgem's referral of the energy utility sector to the Competition and Markets Authority.

CLICK HERE >> to see the clip (Ofgem segment starts at 11:42, Peter Atherton's remarks on Ofgem start at 15:00. Overseas viewers may be unable to use the BBC's iPlayer platform). 

CLICK HERE >> to read Peter Atherton's full commentary on the Ofgem decision.

"As expected Ofgem today initiated a referral of the energy utility sector to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). However the reasons given by Ofgem for the referral were flimsy at best. Indeed, Ofgem's report seems to describe a market where competition was working. And Ofgem's decision to refer the sector before its own extensive reforms have had the opportunity to work is bizarre We can only conclude that Ofgem has responded to political and media pressure to be "seen to do something". Whilst understandable, Ofgem's action will inevitably damage its own credibility and indeed the credibility of independent economic regulation in the UK."

Below: Peter Atheron, Liberum Utilities Analyst

Peter Atherton

Placings raise £200m on the same day

13 March 2014 | Mentions of Liberum

Two placings on the same day totalling £200 million were supported by Liberum in early March, providing funds for British businesses to expand in real estate and global fertiliser supplies.

Real estate company Shaftesbury PLC announced a placing of new shares at 620p on March 6 to raise £156.6 million. Liberum acted as Joint Corporate Broker and Bookrunner on this transaction.

Shaftesbury invests and manages assets in core central London “villages” such as Carnaby Street (below), Soho, Chinatown, Seven Dials, Covent Garden and Charlotte Street.

Carnsby Street

Some of the funds raised are to be used to acquire Newport Sandringham at the Eastern end of the Chinatown village for £57.5 million. The balance will provide the company with funds to acquire additional properties and undertake capital improvement projects across the portfolio.

The same day, Sirius Minerals Plc, which seeks to develop a new British potash mine in Yorkshire to meet a rising global need for nutrients to boost food production, announced a £43 million capital raise on March 6, placing new ordinary shares at 12p each. Liberum acted as Joint Global Coordinator, Joint Bookrunner and Joint Corporate Broker on the transaction.

The funds raised will be used to progress project development studies and planning approval applications at its wholly-owned York Potash project near Whitby, Yorkshire.

Sirius is targeting the production of polyhalite (below), a naturally occurring mineral that contains four of the six macro-nutrients required for plant growth. 


The company is listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of over £220 million post admission of the new shares. 

CLICK HERE to visit Liberum’s fundraising page here to see how we’re helping companies grow.

Cormac Leech to speak on Alternative Finance at AltFi Summit Tuesday

07 March 2014 | Events

Liberum Banking Analyst Cormac Leech will detail the changing face of Alternative Finance and its growth trajectory at the AltFi Summit 2014 on Tuesday in London, the first European focused event to examine P2P Lending, Crowdfunding and invoice funding. 

Click here for event details, agenda and tickets >>


AltFi Summit 2014 is co-sponsored by Liberum and is set to attract up to 250 professional investors, including wealth managers, hedge funds, family offices, venture capitalists, alongside consultants and key industry players.

Among the speakers are Vince Cable, Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills, Simon Champ, CEO of P2PCS, Rhydian Lewis, CEO and Founder of RateSetter, Ed Wray, Co-Founder of Betfair, Giles Andrews, CEO and Co-Founder of Zopa, Anthony Thomson, Founder and Former Chairman of Metro Bank and Samir Desai, Co-Founder and Director at Funding Circle.

Professional investors can contact Cormac Leech (below) on +44 (0) 20 3100 2264

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Costain announces proposed £75m capital raise

27 February 2014 | Corporate Brokerships

Costain Group plc (Ticker: COST LN) today announced a proposed £75.1m capital raising by way of a Firm Placing, Placing and Open Offer.

Liberum acted as Joint Global Co-ordinator, Joint Bookrunner and Joint Broker to the Company in respect of the transaction, following its appointment as Corporate Broker to the Company in November 2013.

Costain is one of the leading tier one engineering solutions providers to the UK infrastructure, energy and water markets.

The capital raise will provide Costain with the opportunity to accelerate its growth in the medium and long-term in rapidly evolving markets in which it is expected that over £400 billion will be spent in the next ten years.

Costain Group PLC is listed on the LSE Main Market with a current market capitalisation of c£220m.

Company website: Costain Group plc 

Liberum Investment Banking: Steve PearceJames Staveley, Steve Tredget and Josh Hughes on +44 (0) 20 3100 2222

Research: Will Shirley

Sales: Julian Collett

Corporate access: Regan Connor 

Kraus joins Liberum Equity Sales in New York

25 February 2014 | People

Daniel Kraus

Liberum has appointed Daniel Kraus to its New York Equity Sales desk, bringing six years of sales and trading experience to help fuel investor access to European markets.

A one-time professional tennis coach brought up in South Africa, Dan joins us from US institutional broker Wall Street Access. 

“Our commitment to serving US investors with access to quality Continental European companies is shown with the appointment of Dan,” said Liberum’s New York CEO Mark Godridge. 

Dan’s arrival follows Drew Hendrickson who recently joined Liberum as Senior Sales Trader based in London but with a focus on the US equity client base.

Liberum by the numbers:

  • Liberum New York has 118 clients in 24 cities
  • Liberum has 161 staff
  • The number of our corporate clients has risen to 71
  • Almost two-thirds of our business is now derived from large-cap stocks
  • A quarter and rising of our business is coming from Europe
  • We cover 80% of the FTSE100 and 50% of the FTSE250
  • The number of sectors we now cover has grown to 18 covering 300 stocks