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The safety expert has reported decent trading and is now on the hunt for larger acquisitions
Thursday 06 Dec 2018 Author: Daniel Coatsworth

Marlowe (MRL:AIM) 434p

Gain to date: 1.9%

Original entry point: Buy at 426p, 28 June 2018

The safety expert says full year results will now be better than previous market expectations, thanks to good trading across its business and positive contribution from recent acquisitions.

Stockbroker Cenkos has subsequently upgraded its earnings per share forecast by 18% to 17.9p for the year to March 2019, and by 19% to 20.5p for 2020.

Marlowe’s chief executive Alex Dacre says half-year organic growth was just below 5%, approximately split into 6% for its water division and 4% for its fire division. He believe the company can achieve 7% annual organic growth in the long term via cross-selling and efficiency gains.

He is looking to increase the scale of acquisitions and is targeting deals in the health and safety auditing and inspection market. ‘This is an attractive market underpinned by critical regulation, following similar themes to the rest of our business,’ comments Dacre.

Marlowe’s current focus is installing, testing, inspecting and certifying fire systems to make sure they are working and comply with legislation. It does the same with water and ventilation systems.

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