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HappyHiker01 Dec 2017 6:38 a.m. PST

Found this article on GW and thought it might be of interest

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Thanks Sgt Heres the text:
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Little figurines, big investment gains.

Games Workshop, the best performing stock this year on the London market, said its revenues and earnings climbed significantly over the past six months, pushing shares up a further 9 per cent at the open on Friday.

The group, known for its table games based around characters with names like Gutrot Spume and Festus the Leechlord, said in a trading update that preliminary estimates point to sales of £109.00 GBPm in the half-year to November 26, up 53.7 per cent over the same period in the previous year. Operating profits climbed at a more rapid rate to £38.00 GBPm from £13.80 GBPm.

Games Workshop, founded over 30 years ago, makes miniature figurine armies that are used in intricate fantasy games, like Warhammer 40,000 and one based on The Hobbit. Players spend time customising their models such as tanks and various creatures by painting them and swapping out their bases. ("True mastery" of the art, "takes time and dedication", the company says.)

The group's shares have soared 174.4 per cent since the end of last year, making Games Workshop by far the best-performing stock on the FTSE All-Share index, according to FactSet data.

Games Workshop is based in the UK, but 70 per cent of direct sales are generated overseas from countries such as the US, Australia, China and Japan, helping to buffer its exposure to British economic tumult.

HappyHiker01 Dec 2017 6:40 a.m. PST

Found this article on GW and thought it might be of interest

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Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 6:44 a.m. PST

Link does not work. Thanks.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 9:02 a.m. PST

"…by painting them and swapping out their bases."

WTF?

Snarky dick. Oh, well, anyone who call them "figurines" is invariably a waste of fluids and tissues to begin with.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 9:24 a.m. PST

The reporter is into finance, not miniatures, IMHO.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 9:34 a.m. PST

All the more reason why he/she/it could have added a useful blurb to explain what "The Games Workshop Hobby" is to John Q. Public, rather than EDITORIALIZING, just like 99% of "reporters" these days.

HappyHiker01 Dec 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

I think you're missing the point guys.

Want to get rich, want to invest in the future ? Do you go with google, or amazon or big pharma, or renewables ? No you make little plastic soldiers…because that's
the best performing stock this year on the London market,
That's out of… well everything. Plastic soldiers are the thing to invest in. Who'd have thought ?

Anyone in the wargaming business whose not filthy rich is missing a trick. I'm not entirely sure what the trick is, but everyone apart from GW is missing it.

Palewarrior01 Dec 2017 10:01 a.m. PST

Off topic a moment

Snarky dick. Oh, well, anyone who call them "figurines" is invariably a waste of fluids and tissues to begin with.

lol. cheers tBR, If I ever play a pirate character (and I will…) Snarky Dick it will be :)

and..back to the thread

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 10:05 a.m. PST

Actually, the character's name is Captain Sir Festimus Richards, RN. Only those who know him well call him Snarky Dick.

jwebster01 Dec 2017 11:35 a.m. PST

GW financials are always "interesting", very volatile. thanks for posting.

I didn't check but usually this year's best performer didn't look so good last year ….

109 million pounds sales for the year. Every other manufacturer is just an amateur.

Personally I don't like their figures very much – they are "fussy" and the details often obscure the model. Not to mention the expense ….

Every 40K or Sigmarine player could potentially diversify into the hobby as a whole, so GW doing well has to be a good sign for the hobby.

John

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

Is that the bug, or did you really crosspost this to the ACW and Napoleonic boards?

Lambert Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 3:09 p.m. PST

"Anyone in the wargaming business whose not filthy rich is missing a trick. I'm not entirely sure what the trick is…"

It's making Napoleonic mounted artillery figures. Everybody wants them, nobody makes them.

HappyHiker01 Dec 2017 3:09 p.m. PST

"Did you really cross post…"
Ha, no I really did, I thought it was fascinating that historical manufacturers really struggle to make a living whilst games workshop are by far the best performing stock on the FTSE, thats not quite good, that's the best. I thought that was shocking, maybe no one else does but really GW and toy soldiers better investment than ANYTHING else. How can toy soldiers be the best investment all year. If GW can do it, so can someone else. I mean if you are a billionaire and want to invest in something, right now wargaming is the best investment you could possibly make. Not gold, or houses or electric google cars, but little soldiers that you have to paint yourself. Does no one else find that totally mind blowing ?

Just me them.. I'll get my coat… oh and go form a rival company that makes wargaming zombie confederates and the grande armee of the vampires….

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 4:16 p.m. PST

Coming in at around $30.10 USD as of today and it is up quite a bit. Oh and I know why they are up and it not because of them making miniatures.

109 million pounds sales for the year. Every other manufacturer is just an amateur.

Really now you do know that Asmodee had revenue of over $330 USD million pounds in 2016 and they are probably going to have more this year.

In 2016, Asmodee posted revenue of €377.20 EUR million, up +39.5% on a reported basis compared to the previous year, and solid organic growth of +18.5% at constant scope and exchange rates.

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For the first half of 2017 they had revenue of $171.7 USD million pounds. So they could be over $350 USD million pounds in revenue for this year.

Personal logo Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 9:58 p.m. PST

Here's a big reason why and it ain't minis…board and dice games with Wizkids.

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Edwulf01 Dec 2017 10:14 p.m. PST

Blood Bowl and now Necromunda have done a lot towards bringing people back.

GW made more money off me this year than in the last 10 combined.

Codsticker01 Dec 2017 11:40 p.m. PST

Really now you do know that Asmodee had revenue of over $330.00 USD USD million pounds in 2016 and they are probably going to have more this year.

Slightly different basket of fruit.

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