Castings P.L.C is a specialty industrial machinery business based in the UK. Castings shares (CGS.LSE) are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and all prices are listed in pence sterling. Castings employs 1,121 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £107.3 million.
|Latest market close||N/Ap|
|52-week range||262.9246p - 425.8228p|
|50-day moving average||366.1471p|
|200-day moving average||348.1268p|
|Wall St. target price||460p|
|Dividend yield||0.15p (4.14%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||8.3p|
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Valuing Castings stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Castings's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Castings's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 44x. In other words, Castings shares trade at around 44x 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.
Castings's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £12.9 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Castings's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£107.3 million|
|Operating margin TTM||3.65%|
|Gross profit TTM||£29.5 million|
|Return on assets TTM||1.59%|
|Return on equity TTM||2.83%|
|Market capitalisation||£157.9 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 18712.5% of net profits
Recently Castings has paid out, on average, around 18712.5% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.14% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Castings shareholders could enjoy a 4.14% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Castings's case, that would currently equate to about 0.15p per share.
Castings'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 26 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Castings's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 10 August 1994. 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 Castings shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Castings shares which in turn could have impacted Castings's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Castings's shares have ranged in value from as little as 262.9246p up to 425.8228p. 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 Castings's is 0.7978. This would suggest that Castings's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Castings P.L.C. engages in the iron casting and machining activities. It operates through Foundry Operations and Machining Operations segments. The company offers ductile iron castings, spheroidal graphite (SG) iron castings, austempered ductile iron castings, simo castings, grey iron castings, and Ni-resist castings. It is also involved in designing, including the virtual analysis of ductile and SG iron castings; and producing rapid prototypes and pre-series castings, as well as fully machined ductile iron castings and sub-assemblies. The company primarily serves the commercial vehicle, automotive, and other markets in the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, rest of Europe, North and South America, and internationally. Castings P.L.C. was founded in 1835 and is based in Brownhills, the United Kingdom.
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