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Wednesday 06 December 2017

Analysing Oxford Metrics

logoOxford Metrics is not a company we are very familiar with but it could be one to keep eyes on. It provides analytics software for motion measurement and infrastructure asset management, capabilities that will be in ever more demand as preventative maintenance and IoT deployments take off, and it also has fingers in AR and facial recognition.

At the moment, it is an eclectic business serving the government, life sciences, entertainment and engineering sectors via two segments. Yotta provides cloud infrastructure asset management software to local and central government and other infrastructure providers where UK customers include Highways England and Amey. Vicon provides high precision motion measurement analysis and its customer list includes Guy's Hospital, EA Sports, MIT and NASA. The company has a presence in 70 countries.

On a first pass analysis, Oxford Metrics (HQ: Oxford, founded in 1984, current CEO Nick Bolton) looks like two separate companies under one roof serving very diverse industry segments and would benefit from clearer direction. However, it is one year into a five year strategic plan so changes are underway, including what appears to be a shift to more of a software focus. Its financials also point to change. For the year to September 30 2017, revenue was up 10.7% to £29.2m (the bulk from the Vicon segment) with adjusted PBT of £3.9m vs. £5.1m due to investment activity. Companies in change are always worth monitoring, especially mid sized UK companies. 

Posted by Angela Eager at '09:58' - Tagged: results   software   analytics  

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