Although it was a poor month for small cap tech stocks overall, there were a few stand out gainers. Playtech head the list, with the shares up 56% after the company reported a recommended cash offer at 680p per share. Another stock from our current New Buys list, CentralNic, also made ground after announcing a positive trading statement for the nine months to September 30 together with the acquisition of a publishing network of revenue generating websites for US$6.5m. CentralNic’s share price has almost doubled in the year to date as revenue growth has started to flow through to the bottom line. Other Techinvest New Buy stocks to post double digit gains in October included Gfinity, D4t4, Oxford Metrics, and Filtronic.
Two of the biggest losers during the month were also drawn from our New Buy list. Shares in Iomart lost ground after the company reported a slight increase in customer churn for the first half and also confirmed that hardware reselling and one-off consultancy activity was £2.0m lower than the equivalent period last year. SmartSpace Software was another stock to be marked down after the company reported that the impact of the pandemic on office use continued to be a headwind for the business. Other stocks to suffer heavy losses in October included Arcontech, the provider of financial market data and trading software. The company’s share price has been edging down since the release of full year results in early September which confirmed that Covid-19 was continuing to have an adverse impact on new sales and consequently profit in fiscal 2022 is expected to be flat or lower.