Forterra plc (FORT) is a leading building materials business based in the UK. Forterra is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 1,900 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||144.162p - 362.7294p|
|50-day moving average||245.5455p|
|200-day moving average||199.0128p|
|Wall St. target price||302.5p|
|Dividend yield||0.15p (5.61%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||23.7p|
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Valuing Forterra stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Forterra's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Forterra's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 7x. In other words, Forterra shares trade at around 7x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Forterra's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £17.6 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Forterra's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£308.8 million|
|Operating margin TTM||1.75%|
|Gross profit TTM||£136.2 million|
|Return on assets TTM||0.96%|
|Return on equity TTM||-0.29%|
|Market capitalisation||£605.9 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 47.26% of net profits
Recently Forterra has paid out, on average, around 47.26% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.61% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Forterra shareholders could enjoy a 5.61% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Forterra's case, that would currently equate to about 0.15p per share.
While Forterra's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Forterra may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 June 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Forterra's shares have ranged in value from as little as 144.162p up to 362.7294p. 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 Forterra's is 1.5738. This would suggest that Forterra's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Forterra plc manufactures and sells masonry products in the United Kingdom. It operates through three segments: Bricks, Blocks, and Bespoke Products. The company offers bricks; aircrete and aggregate blocks; and bespoke products comprising precast concrete flooring, concrete block paving, and chimney and roofing components, as well as other building products under the London Brick, Butterley Brick, Ecostock, Cradley, Thermalite, Conbloc, Bison Precast, Jetfloor, Red Bank, and Formpave brand names. It serves builders' merchants, residential homebuilders, specialized brick merchants, contractors, and subcontractors. The company was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Northampton, the United Kingdom.
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