Equiniti Group plc (EQN) is a leading software-infrastructure business based in the UK. Equiniti Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 5,274 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||96p - 217.3396p|
|50-day moving average||113.7333p|
|200-day moving average||116.805p|
|Wall St. target price||272.5p|
|Dividend yield||0.05p (3.38%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||6p|
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Valuing Equiniti Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Equiniti Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Equiniti Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, Equiniti Group shares trade at around 19x recent earnings.
That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71).
Equiniti Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £78.8 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Equiniti Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£523.6 million|
|Operating margin TTM||8.06%|
|Gross profit TTM||£555.7 million|
|Return on assets TTM||2.36%|
|Return on equity TTM||4.4%|
|Market capitalisation||£423.8 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 2212.5% of net profits
Recently Equiniti Group has paid out, on average, around 2212.5% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.38% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Equiniti Group shareholders could enjoy a 3.38% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Equiniti Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.05p per share.
Equiniti Group'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 16 April 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Equiniti Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 96p up to 217.3396p. 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 Equiniti Group's is 0.525. This would suggest that Equiniti Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Equiniti Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides administration and payment services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Investment Solutions, Intelligent Solutions, Pension Solutions, EQ US, and Interest Income. It offers registration services, including share registration, corporate actions and IPOs, company secretarial, and insider list management services; employee services, such as employee share plans, executive and discretionary share plans, and trustee services; and boardroom advisory services comprising company secretarial, proxy solicitation and stewardship, and investor relations services. The company also provides customer engagement solutions, including expert assessment, complaints handling software, and resourcing solutions; remediation solutions; credit servicing, software, and sourcing solutions; solutions for financial crime threats; case management and covert management systems; data solutions; international payment solutions; and bereavement services. In addition, it offers pension administration solutions; CompendiaTouch, a pension scheme administration system; SuperVal, an actuarial valuation platform used by consulting firms and pension industry actuaries; RetireMe App, a retirement planning app; rewards and benefits solutions; HR, payroll, and appraisal systems; and life and pensions solutions. Further, the company provides investment administration, executive and employee share dealing, and personal investments services; shareowner services, including annual meeting and corporate actions; and Equity Compensation Services, such as ESPP, options, RSUs, performance awards, and stock appreciation rights. Equiniti Group plc was founded in 2007 and is based in Crawley, the United Kingdom.
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