Countryside Properties PLC (CSP) is a leading residential construction business based in the UK. Countryside Properties is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 1,924 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||248.8p - 544p|
|50-day moving average||438.303p|
|200-day moving average||371.3589p|
|Wall St. target price||388.75p|
|Dividend yield||0.16p (6.01%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||32.6p|
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Valuing Countryside Properties stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Countryside Properties's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Countryside Properties's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 14x. In other words, Countryside Properties shares trade at around 14x 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.
Countryside Properties's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £50.9 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Countryside Properties's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£892 million|
|Operating margin TTM||4.31%|
|Gross profit TTM||£129.7 million|
|Return on assets TTM||1.6%|
|Return on equity TTM||-0.4%|
|Market capitalisation||£2.2 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 Countryside Properties.
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: 18.36
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Countryside Properties's overall score of 18.36 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 17th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Countryside Properties 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: 3.11/100
Countryside Properties's environmental score of 3.11 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Countryside Properties is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 7.59/100
Countryside Properties's social score of 7.59 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Countryside Properties is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 8.17/100
Countryside Properties's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Countryside Properties is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Countryside Properties scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Countryside Properties hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||18.36|
|Total ESG percentile||17.22|
|Environmental score percentile||3|
|Social score percentile||3|
|Governance score percentile||3|
|Level of controversy||3|
Dividend payout ratio: 50% of net profits
Recently Countryside Properties has paid out, on average, around 50% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.01% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Countryside Properties shareholders could enjoy a 6.01% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Countryside Properties's case, that would currently equate to about 0.16p per share.
Countryside Properties'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 19 December 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Countryside Properties's shares have ranged in value from as little as 248.8p up to 544p. 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 Countryside Properties's is 1.4434. This would suggest that Countryside Properties's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Countryside Properties PLC operates as a home builder and urban regeneration partner in the United Kingdom. It operates through two segments, Partnerships and Housebuilding. The Partnerships segment specializes in the urban regeneration of public sector land that delivers private, affordable, and private rented sector homes in partnership with local authorities and housing associations. This segment also develops brownfield land in the Midlands, the North West of England, and Yorkshire. The Housebuilding segment delivers homes to local owner occupiers; and develops primarily private and affordable homes located in outer London and the home counties. The company also offers estate management services. It has a total land bank of 42,000 plots. The company was formerly known as Hackplimco (No. 121) plc and changed its name to Countryside Properties PLC in January 2016. Countryside Properties PLC was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Brentwood, the United Kingdom.
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