Ashtead Group plc (AHT) is a leading rental & leasing services business based in the UK. Ashtead Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 18,270 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||995.9486p - 3898p|
|50-day moving average||3491.0881p|
|200-day moving average||2989.993p|
|Wall St. target price||2438.13p|
|Dividend yield||0.41p (1.06%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||137.6p|
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Valuing Ashtead Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Ashtead Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Ashtead Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 28x. In other words, Ashtead Group shares trade at around 28x 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.
Ashtead Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.1465. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Ashtead Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Ashtead Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £2.2 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Ashtead Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£4.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||21.98%|
|Gross profit TTM||£4.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||6.77%|
|Return on equity TTM||20.62%|
|Market capitalisation||£17.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Ashtead Group.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 25.91
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Ashtead Group's overall score of 25.91 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 25th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Ashtead Group is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 13.51/100
Ashtead Group's environmental score of 13.51 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ashtead Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 9.07/100
Ashtead Group's social score of 9.07 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ashtead Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 12.33/100
Ashtead Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Ashtead Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 1/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Ashtead Group scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Ashtead Group has managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||25.91|
|Total ESG percentile||25.02|
|Environmental score percentile||7|
|Social score percentile||7|
|Governance score percentile||7|
|Level of controversy||1|
Dividend payout ratio: 2688.49% of net profits
Recently Ashtead Group has paid out, on average, around 2688.49% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.06% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Ashtead Group shareholders could enjoy a 1.06% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ashtead Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.41p per share.
Ashtead Group'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 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Ashtead Group's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 4 November 1997. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Ashtead Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Ashtead Group shares which in turn could have impacted Ashtead Group's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Ashtead Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 995.9486p up to 3898p. 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 Ashtead Group's is 1.2666. This would suggest that Ashtead Group's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Ashtead Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the construction, industrial, and general equipment rental business in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It offers range of products and services, such as general tools, air compressors and accessories, compaction and earth moving, climate control services, power and HVAC, pump solutions, remediation and restoration, flooring solutions, and lighting and grip. The company also provides power generation, heating, cooling, scaffolding, traffic management, temporary flooring, trench shoring, and lifting services. It offers its products and services for facilities maintenance and municipalities, such as office complexes, apartment complexes, government, hospitals, data centers, parks and recreation departments, schools and universities, shopping centers, pavement/kerb repairs, and golf course maintenance; construction of airports, highways and bridges, office buildings, data centers, schools and universities, shopping centers, residential, and remodeling; emergency response for fire, hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, winter, storms, residential emergencies, covid-19, alternative care facilities, points of distribution, and mobile testing facilities; and entertainment and special events, including national events, concerts, sporting events, film/TV production, theme parks, festivals farmers' markets, local 5k runs, and cycle races. The company operates 873 stores in the United States, 75 stores in Canada, and 193 stores in the United Kingdom under the Sunbelt Rentals brand. Ashtead Group plc was founded in 1947 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
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