First Derivatives plc is an information technology services business based in the UK. First Derivatives shares (FDP.LSE) are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and all prices are listed in pence sterling. First Derivatives employs 2,400 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £240.7 million.
|Latest market close||N/Ap|
|52-week range||1700p - 3625p|
|50-day moving average||3072.2727p|
|200-day moving average||3025.4255p|
|Wall St. target price||4903.77p|
|Dividend yield||0.28p (1.37%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||51.7p|
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Valuing First Derivatives stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of First Derivatives's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
First Derivatives's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 59x. In other words, First Derivatives shares trade at around 59x 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.
First Derivatives's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £27.9 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a First Derivatives's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£240.7 million|
|Operating margin TTM||9.66%|
|Gross profit TTM||£101.1 million|
|Return on assets TTM||4.23%|
|Return on equity TTM||8.69%|
|Market capitalisation||£849.6 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 16.41% of net profits
Recently First Derivatives has paid out, on average, around 16.41% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.37% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), First Derivatives shareholders could enjoy a 1.37% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In First Derivatives's case, that would currently equate to about 0.28p per share.
While First Derivatives's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that First Derivatives is investing more in its future growth.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 November 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, First Derivatives's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1700p up to 3625p. 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 First Derivatives's is 0.8626. This would suggest that First Derivatives's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
First Derivatives plc provides software and consulting services in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates through Managed Services and Consulting and Software segments. It provides kdb+, in-memory, time-series database. The company also supports trading systems for front, middle, and back-office operations. In addition, it provides capital markets consulting and managed services, as well as intellectual property and related services. The company serves finance, technology, retail, pharma, manufacturing, telecom, digital marketing, utilities, Industrial Internet of Things, and energy markets. First Derivatives plc was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Newry, the United Kingdom.
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