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Accesso Technology readies for new normal in theme parks

Snapshot

  • Provides ticketing e-commerce, virtual queuing and guest experience solutions
  • Operates in leisure, entertainment and cultural markets in several countries
  • Virtual queuing set for boost from coronavirus restrictions
  • Peel Hunt has 265p target price
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Quick facts: Accesso Technology Group PLC

Price: 277.5 GBX

LSE:ACSO
Market: LSE
Market Cap: £114.3 m
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With customers now deploying multiple accesso solutions on an integrated basis and a lengthy company sale process in the rear-view mirror, I am generally optimistic about the future

Chief executive, Steve Brown

 

What accesso Technology does

accesso Technology Group PLC (LON:ACSO) is an AIM-listed firm providing ticketing e-commerce, virtual queuing and guest experience solutions.

The company has active subsidiary companies in several countries, including the USA and Canada, and operates in the leisure, entertainment and cultural markets for customers as varied as Village Roadshow, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Merlin Entertainments

How it's doing

In May, accesso said it was “essential” to strengthen its liquidity position to trade through the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused most of its client theme parks and attractions to close.

The company said it had sufficient liquidity to support its business until the autumn, however, the extra funds will allow it to avoid breaching debt covenants at its June 2020 and September 2020 test dates.

“This additional liquidity will leave the Group well placed to navigate the current crisis and capitalise on future growth opportunities, and will also protect the business in the event that its reasonable worst-case scenario materialises”, the company said in a statement.

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Inflexion points 

  • Steve Brown returned to the company as CEO in late January
  • Raised £39mln in placing and open offer in June
  • Virtual queuing technology set for major boost due to coronavirus restrictions

What the broker says

Accesso's fundraise gives it the firepower to survive the current theme park lockdowns and cash in when they re-open with new social distancing protocols, says Peel Hunt.

The theme park industry has been discussing recently what measures it needs to introduce to allow them safely to re-open once lockdown restrictions ease.survival.

Virtual queuing, advanced online tickets and contactless payments are all possibilities, says the broker, which would shift accesso’s product set from nice-to-have to essential for a theme park’s

Accesso will raise up to £39mln through the share issues and has set up a new £8mln bank facility.

“Last night’s raise gives us more confidence it will get through the crisis,” said Peel Hunt which has an ‘add’ rating and 265p target price on the shares.

The company said it had sufficient liquidity to support its business until the autumn, but the extra funds will allow it to avoid breaching debt covenants at its June 2020 and September 2020 test dates.

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Accesso's chief seeing "good growth" across all markets and products

Tom Burnet, chief executive at theme park services provider Accesso Technology Group (LON:ACSO) talks to Proactive Investors about the key contracts the company has won recently, including the large win with Merlin. Burnet says trading has started well in 2016, and that the company is...

on 05/04/2016

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