Card Factory plc (CARD) is a leading specialty retail business based in the UK. Card Factory is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 9,400 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||22p - 95.55p|
|50-day moving average||41.3015p|
|200-day moving average||39.8372p|
|Wall St. target price||213.67p|
|Dividend yield||0.09p (30%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||4.2p|
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Valuing Card Factory stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Card Factory's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Card Factory's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 9x. In other words, Card Factory shares trade at around 9x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Card Factory's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £38.1 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Card Factory's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£356.4 million|
|Operating margin TTM||8.22%|
|Gross profit TTM||£161.7 million|
|Return on assets TTM||3.07%|
|Return on equity TTM||6.77%|
|Market capitalisation||£129 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 69.05% of net profits
Recently Card Factory has paid out, on average, around 69.05% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 30% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Card Factory shareholders could enjoy a 30% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Card Factory's case, that would currently equate to about 0.09p per share.
Card Factory'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 7 November 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Card Factory's shares have ranged in value from as little as 22p up to 95.55p. 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 Card Factory's is 1.8085. This would suggest that Card Factory's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Card Factory plc operates as a specialist retailer of greeting cards in the United Kingdom. The company designs, sources, prints, warehouses, produces, distributes, and sells greeting cards, dressings, and related gift items. It operates through two segments, Card Factory and Getting Personal. The company provides single cards for everyday occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, thank you, get well soon, good luck, congratulations, sympathy, and new baby cards, as well as seasonal occasions, such as Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, thank you teacher, graduation, and exam congratulations; online personalized physical cards; and boxes of various Christmas cards. It also offers gift dressings comprising gift wraps, bags, boxes, tags, bows, and ribbons; small gifts consisting of soft toys, ceramics, glassware, candles, picture frames, and homewares; party products, including balloons, banners, badges, and candles; and other non-card products, such as calendars, diaries, and stamps. The company offers its products through various retail locations, including high streets, shopping centers, and retail parks, as well as through its Websites, such as cardfactory.co.uk. and gettingpersonal.co.uk. It operates approximately 1,000 Card Factory stores. Card Factory plc was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Wakefield, the United Kingdom.
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