A paper by David Pitt-Watson and sponsored by Pension Insurance Corporation,‘The Purpose of Finance’, shines a spotlight on an industry where ‘……many of its activities fail to achieve the purpose that they could and should be pursuing.’
This company was born out of Helphire which hit hard times following the financial crash. It seems to be making good progress now but what business is it really in? Is it a provider of outsourced services to the insurance industry or is it a good old-fashioned car-fleet management business?
This is a fast-growing provider of generic pharmaceutical products. From an investor’s standpoint, however, one would like to hear how the rapid increase in revenues can be turned into increased profitability by increasing Gross Margins – which is likely to mean changing the product mix, putting pressure on suppliers, increasing prices, or a mixture of all of these.
In mid-February 2017 UKSA submitted its response to the government’s Green Paper on corporate governance to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The response to the Green Paper was developed jointly with ShareSoc. The full Green Paper response can be read here .
Better Finance, the European umbrella body of which UKSA is a member, commissioned a major study to identify potential falsely active funds (“closet indexers”) and is calling on regulators to investigate.
This long-established family firm has a reputation for good management. The balance sheet looks exceptionally strong with cash and debtors of £78m and current liabilities of just £26m, which includes a £25m pension deficit. But is the financial management of the company too conservative or is it an excellent investment for investors who like to sleep easily at night?
UKSA’s response to the FCA consultation makes fundamental points about individual responsibility, consumer education, transparency, consumer vulnerability, regulatory philosophy and the Regulator’s relationship with the regulated.
Over 100 shareholders in the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), supported and coordinated by ShareSoc and UKSA, have requisitioned a resolution to install a new "Shareholder Committee" at the company that could include representatives of retail investors.