Ascential plc (ASCL) is a leading advertising agencies business based in the UK. It opened the day at 351.2p after a previous close of 358.8p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 350.8p to a high of 363.3945p. The latest price was 362p (25 minute delay). Ascential is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 2,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Ascential's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 298p, which is 15.82% down on its pre-crash value of 354p and 52.27% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 195.7p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Ascential shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £569.39 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth £814.20.
|52-week range||170.8667p - 419.2034p|
|50-day moving average||360.0412p|
|200-day moving average||310.0028p|
|Wall St. target price||452.9p|
|Dividend yield||0.06p (2.58%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||1.9p|
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|1 week (2021-01-08)||-2.53%|
|1 month (2020-12-18)||-0.77%|
|3 months (2020-10-16)||21.48%|
|6 months (2020-07-17)||17.69%|
|1 year (2020-01-17)||-12.22%|
|2 years (2019-01-17)||-5.97%|
|3 years (2018-01-17)||-4.49%|
Valuing Ascential stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Ascential's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Ascential's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 152x. In other words, Ascential shares trade at around 152x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Ascential's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £49.2 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Ascential's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£324.3 million|
|Operating margin TTM||3.15%|
|Gross profit TTM||£264.3 million|
|Return on assets TTM||0.53%|
|Return on equity TTM||-14.4%|
|Market capitalisation||£1.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 300% of net profits
Recently Ascential has paid out, on average, around 300% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.58% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Ascential shareholders could enjoy a 2.58% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ascential's case, that would currently equate to about 0.06p per share.
Ascential's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 May 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Ascential's shares have ranged in value from as little as 170.8667p up to 419.2034p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Ascential's is 0.8412. This would suggest that Ascential's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Ascential plc provides business-to-business information services in the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, the United States, Canada, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The company operates through four segments: Product Design, Marketing, Sales, and Built Environment and Policy. It offers industry-specific business intelligence, insights, and forecasting through data and digital subscription tools. The company was formerly known as Trident Floatco PLC and changed its name to Ascential plc in January 2016. Ascential plc was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
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