Cranswick plc (CWK) is a leading packaged foods business based in the UK. Cranswick is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 12,500 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||2641.9799p - 4104.3391p|
|50-day moving average||3508.2942p|
|200-day moving average||3574.183p|
|Wall St. target price||3340p|
|Dividend yield||0.62p (1.83%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||158.6p|
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Valuing Cranswick stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Cranswick's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Cranswick's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, Cranswick shares trade at around 22x 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.
However, Cranswick's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the packaged foods industry or those of similar companies.
Cranswick's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.89. 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 Cranswick's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
However, it's sensible to consider Cranswick's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
Cranswick's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £174.5 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Cranswick's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put Cranswick's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||£1.8 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||6.35%|
|Gross profit TTM||£221.3 million|
|Return on assets TTM||7.61%|
|Return on equity TTM||14.63%|
|Market capitalisation||£1.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 3714.29% of net profits
Recently Cranswick has paid out, on average, around 3714.29% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.83% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Cranswick shareholders could enjoy a 1.83% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Cranswick's case, that would currently equate to about 0.62p per share.
Cranswick'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 17 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Cranswick's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
Cranswick's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 30 July 2002. 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 Cranswick shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Cranswick shares which in turn could have impacted Cranswick's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Cranswick's shares have ranged in value from as little as 2641.9799p up to 4104.3391p. 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 Cranswick's is 0.3631. This would suggest that Cranswick's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put Cranswick's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
Cranswick plc produces and supplies food products to grocery retailers, food service sector, and other food producers in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and internationally. It offers fresh pork, gourmet bacon and gammon, fresh and cooked chicken, and prepared chicken and poultry products, as well as gourmet sausages, cooked meats, continental foods, gourmet pastries, and ingredients. The company was incorporated in 1972 and is based in Hessle, the United Kingdom.
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