Empiric Student Property plc (ESP) is a leading reit-residential business based in the UK. Empiric Student Property is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 367 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||50.3p - 103.1044p|
|50-day moving average||73.2455p|
|200-day moving average||66.5496p|
|Wall St. target price||102.67p|
|Dividend yield||0.05p (5.97%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||1.9p|
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Valuing Empiric Student Property stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Empiric Student Property's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Empiric Student Property's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 38x. In other words, Empiric Student Property shares trade at around 38x 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.
Empiric Student Property's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £37.2 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Empiric Student Property's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£69.2 million|
|Operating margin TTM||53.61%|
|Gross profit TTM||£47.5 million|
|Return on assets TTM||2.24%|
|Return on equity TTM||1.78%|
|Market capitalisation||£440.3 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 4250% of net profits
Recently Empiric Student Property has paid out, on average, around 4250% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.97% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Empiric Student Property shareholders could enjoy a 5.97% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Empiric Student Property's case, that would currently equate to about 0.05p per share.
Empiric Student Property'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 27 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Empiric Student Property's shares have ranged in value from as little as 50.3p up to 103.1044p. 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 Empiric Student Property's is 1.0347. This would suggest that Empiric Student Property's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Empiric Student Property plc is a leading provider and operator of modern, predominantly direct-let, premium student accommodation located in high-demand university towns and cities across the UK. Investing in both operating and development assets, Empiric is a fully integrated operational student property business focused on premium studio-led accommodation managed through its Hello Student® operating platform, that is attractive to affluent growing student segments. The Company, an internally managed real estate investment trust (REIT) incorporated in England and Wales, listed on the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and was admitted to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange in June 2014.
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