a lot of these share spikes appear to be linked to product releases, in past each faction updates didn't come out as quickly as with current format so far this year has seen quiet a lot come out and will be interesting if fans can keep up with each release. Over the Summer we should see another spike with the release of latest version of the Apocalypse expansion for the current Warhammer 40,000 game. that potentially should have new products/ updates for all factions within the game and thus provide all the GW consumers with a "need" to purchase it
26 May '13
The impression I'm seeing on the Internet is that the Hobbit has been an utter disaster for GW. Many of the stores still have the 'limited edition' sets issued last year (by contrast a one off release of a popular old game a few years ago sold out in about 2 weeks). Hobbit isn't generating fans, and the pricing is extremely high relative to what is on offer - if you dig beneath some of the 'nerd rage' and look at sites where some fairly good business analysts who also play GW lurk, and also listen to the experiences of the 'independent stores' (stores selling gaming ranges including GW products), it is clear that the Hobbit has failed to have anywhere near the effect of Lord of the Rings, and that it has done extremely badly indeed.
21 May '13
Interesting. Fairly sure an investment firm will be looking at this strictly in terms of maintaining dividend though, seriously doubt there'd be anything fundamentally new in terms of ideas. And as a holder, i'm hardly likely to complain at a maintained dividend, but as I mentioned before, I see the Hobbit as a 2-3 year boost at best, exactly as company went through in early 2000's. Afterwards there was a significant restructuring required as they overreached themselves in terms of store expansion. So, wait and see I suppose. But if it hits £9 I'm selling :)
20 May '13
Buy Out ?
I read on the company site that on 9th May notiofication was given, by a Cayman Island company Nomad Investment Partners, of a 16% holding. jim30 it would appear you are correct. COMPANY generates good profits are the short/mid term prospects, with the Hobbits, look interesting. Perhaps the new guys have a better vision for GAW !
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