Investing in Aim shares can make you a great deal of money – but you need to do your research. Michael Taylor of Shifting Shares picks five of his favourites ideas for 2021
Lockdown and coronavirus might have put paid to certain Christmas traditions this year, but one has survived entirely intact – it’s still the season for the newspapers to issue a variety of stock tips in the hope that one of them goes up so that they can then proclaim how well they did, while conveniently forgetting the ones that bombed.
This latter issue is one of the biggest problems with tips in general: often the downside is not mentioned. To get an accurate measure of a company’s investment merits, we don’t just need to know its potential – we also need to be aware of what can go wrong. For example, I’m well aware that any stock mentioned in this article could announce a profit warning in the few days’ gap between me writing the piece and you reading it. Investors must always be mindful of the risks – and it should go without saying that if you are looking for excess rewards, that means taking a higher level of risk.
2020 has provided plenty of opportunity. We have seen a “V-shaped” recovery in the stockmarket and although the economy has taken a significant whack, equities are now pressing all-time highs. Money is being pumped into the market with reckless abandon and asset prices have soared along with investors’ confidence. But it’s not just about money printing. Covid-19 has given boards free rein to do what perhaps should’ve been done a while ago. It’s hard to make unpopular decisions about cutting underperforming parts of the business when companies are announcing record profits, particularly when a brand is in the public eye. However, when survival of the business is at stake, corporate restructuring is accepted and leaner businesses emerge.
Anglo Asian Mining
Anglo Asian Mining is a gold, copper and silver explorer and producer in Azerbaijan. It’s a minnow in the sector, with a market cap of around £150m. The shares have come a long way since they hit a low of below 4p back in 2016, but over the past year have traded in a wide range, with a low of 70p in March and highs of 175p. Estimates for annual metal production are in the region of 68,000-72,000 gold equivalent ounces (a measurement used by miners, expressing total metal production in terms of gold).
Following the recent war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the company announced to the stockmarket that its Vejnaly contract area had been “liberated”. The miner has the rights to explore the mineral-rich area, but it has been under Armenian control since the break-up of the Soviet Union. As a result, it’s quite possible that the market has not ascribed any value to this region’s potential, which comes over and above the fact that Anglo Asian Mining could be a good play on a rising gold price in any case. The price/earnings (p/e) ratio of ten is undemanding, although bear in mind that this may well be down to investors taking into account the volatility of the region.
CloudCall is a cloud-based integrated software provider that allows businesses to improve their communications systems. CloudCall’s products can be integrated into the existing customer relationship management (CRM) system, allowing calls to be recorded, logged and categorised. The company has seen great take-up of its products in the recruitment sector in particular, where outbound calls are the lifeblood of the business, due to its “click to call” (whereby on-screen phone numbers can be dialled simply by clicking on them) and “local dialler” (which displays a number local to the area being dialled, which means people are more likely to pick up) features. However, it believes it has found an even bigger market in the property sector.
US institutions have been taking positions in the share over the past year, although the price has yet to move much. There’s certainly no guarantee that it will go higher. CloudCall is loss-making, and that is likely to remain the case as it continues to invest in growth.
Source: Money Week
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