Eckoh plc is an information technology services business based in the UK. Eckoh shares (ECK.LSE) are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and all prices are listed in pence sterling. Its last market close was 65.5p – a decrease of 1.5% over the previous week. Eckoh employs 224 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £30.8 million.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Eckoh's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 65.5p, which is 0.76% down on its pre-crash value of 66p and 63.75% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 40p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Eckoh shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £719.30 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth £1,149.13.
|Latest market close||65.5p|
|52-week range||39.6438p - 71p|
|50-day moving average||65.5886p|
|200-day moving average||64.693p|
|Wall St. target price||57.5p|
|Dividend yield||0.01p (1.27%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||1.2p|
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|1 week (2021-01-08)||5.65%|
|1 month (2020-12-18)||1.55%|
|3 months (2020-10-16)||65.5|
|6 months (2020-07-17)||3.97%|
|1 year (2020-01-17)||11.02%|
|2 years (2019-01-17)||89.86%|
|3 years (2018-01-17)||63.75%|
|5 years (2016-01-15)||29.70%|
Valuing Eckoh stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Eckoh's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Eckoh's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 53x. In other words, Eckoh shares trade at around 53x 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.
Eckoh's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £4.8 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Eckoh's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£30.8 million|
|Operating margin TTM||10.59%|
|Gross profit TTM||£26.3 million|
|Return on assets TTM||4.76%|
|Return on equity TTM||15.53%|
|Market capitalisation||£159.8 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 6100% of net profits
Recently Eckoh has paid out, on average, around 6100% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.27% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Eckoh shareholders could enjoy a 1.27% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Eckoh's case, that would currently equate to about 0.01p per share.
Eckoh'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 24 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Eckoh's shares have ranged in value from as little as 39.6438p up to 71p. 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 Eckoh's is 0.3592. This would suggest that Eckoh's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Eckoh plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides secure payment products and customer contact solutions for customer contact centers in the United Kingdom, the United States, and internationally. It offers customer engagement solutions, such as chatbots, email management, knowledge base, messaging, social agent, and Web chat; and interactive voice response (IVR) and speech solutions, including identification and verification, IVR self-service, natural language, and visual IVR. The company also provides secure payment solutions, which include agent assisted, automated payment, e-wallet, Web chat, and remote agent payments; and payment card industry compliance solutions. In addition, it offers contact center solutions, which include agent desktop, call recording, digital transformation, contact center, portal, and number management solutions; and third party support services; agent desktop, call recording, digital transformation, contact center, portal, and number management solutions. Further, the company provides customer engagement, support, and cloud-based software solutions. It serves clients in the business and financial services, housing, insurance, public services, retail, telecoms, and utilities, as well as travel transport and leisure industries. Eckoh plc was incorporated in 1997 and is headquartered in Hemel Hempstead, the United Kingdom.
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