4 Stocks That Have Been Under The Lens By Short Sellers – MND, BAL, SYR, ECX


Selling the shares, you don’t own, and rather have borrowed from existing shareholders with an intent to make money, is termed as short selling. Short selling is sometimes essential for the proper functioning of the stock market as with the ability to short sell, it makes it possible to trade various other instruments like futures, options, CFDs, hybrid instruments and convertible bonds. Here are few of the stocks which are under the lens of short sellers lately.


MONADELPHOUS GROUP LIMITED (ASX: MND) – The stock has seen a stupendous increase in the sales revenue which is up by 41% at $1.784 billion. The net profit after tax was up 24% to be at $71.5 million which led the earning per share to rise by 24% to 76.1 cents. The company hence closed the full year dividend to be at 62cps fully franked. The company has a strong balance sheet with cash as at the end of financial year to be at $208.8 million. The above results were driven by growth from diversification in overseas and infrastructure markets and by strong demand for Monadelphous’ services in Australia. The stock has undergone a performance change of -2.98% over the past 1 year and is trading at a market price of $14.790.

BELLAMY’S AUSTRALIA LIMITED (ASX: BAL) – Full year results posting 37% increase in sales and 65% growth in normalized EBITDA, was recently announced by the company, for the period ended 30 June 2018. Compared to $0.8 million net loss reported last year, despite tough market conditions, the company reached $42.8 million of net profit after tax. Bellamy’s efforts to maintain strong growth continues with sales increasing up to 37% and segment EBITDA increasing up to 65% to $78.12 million. The company has $88 million cash in hand with no debt and has also made $39 million in FY 2018 supply-chain investments. The company’s gross margin improved by 5.8% in 2H 2018. The stock has undergone a performance change of 31.98% over the past 1 year and is trading at a market price of $9.580. 

SYRAH RESOURCES LIMITED (ASX: SYR) – The loss for the interim financial period ending June 30, 2018 amounted to be $8.3 million. As at June 30, 2018, total assets of the consolidated entity were $413.7 million. As at June 30, 2018, cash and cash equivalents were at $56.7 million with working capital of $48.5 million. The company has successfully completed the institutional placement of 42.2 million new fully paid ordinary shares to raise approximately A$94 million. The proceeds from this placement are reported to be utilized in the ramp-up of Balama Graphite operations which contains a significant Vanadium Resource. Balama is reported to be on track to achieve CY2018 production guidance of 135kt to 145kt, enabled by significant month on month production performance improvement. The stock has undergone a performance change of 0.444% over the past 1 year and is trading at a market price of $2.260.

ECLIPX GROUP LIMITED (ASX: ECX) – In the 1H 2018, the company had free cash flow generation of $35.2 million. For the first half of the financial year 2018, the company has reported an increase of 39% over the corresponding period in the net operating income Affected by the slow online auction activity and online brand GraysOnline the company stated that NPATA for the full year 2018 would range between 13% to 17%, which is a cut from the previous forecast of between 27% and 30%. However, the company declared the fully franked interim dividend of 8c per share which is a growth of 7% over the PCP. The stock has undergone a performance change of -28.92% over the past 1 year and is trading at a market price of $2.555. The company also forecasted the cash EPS growth of 10%-12% for FY 18 as against the PCP.

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