Hill & Smith Holdings PLC (HILS) is a leading engineering & construction business based in the UK. Hill-and-Smith is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 4,500 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||822.8824p - 1484p|
|50-day moving average||1397.2354p|
|200-day moving average||777.6346p|
|Wall St. target price||1279.6p|
|Dividend yield||0.2p (1.4%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||46.8p|
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Valuing Hill-and-Smith stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Hill-and-Smith's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Hill-and-Smith's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 30x. In other words, Hill-and-Smith shares trade at around 30x 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.
Hill-and-Smith's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £83.2 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Hill-and-Smith's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£670.8 million|
|Operating margin TTM||8.3%|
|Gross profit TTM||£256.5 million|
|Return on assets TTM||4.93%|
|Return on equity TTM||11.7%|
|Market capitalisation||£1.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 6851.06% of net profits
Recently Hill-and-Smith has paid out, on average, around 6851.06% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.4% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Hill-and-Smith shareholders could enjoy a 1.4% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Hill-and-Smith's case, that would currently equate to about 0.2p per share.
Hill-and-Smith'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 3 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Hill-and-Smith's shares were split on a 16:15 basis on 1 April 1996. So if you had owned 15 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 16 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Hill-and-Smith shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 6.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Hill-and-Smith shares which in turn could have impacted Hill-and-Smith's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Hill-and-Smith's shares have ranged in value from as little as 822.8824p up to 1484p. 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 Hill-and-Smith's is 0.8682. This would suggest that Hill-and-Smith's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Hill & Smith Holdings PLC designs, manufactures, and supplies infrastructure products; and provides galvanizing services. It operates through three segments: Infrastructure Products ? Utilities; Infrastructure Products - Roads; and Galvanizing Services. The Infrastructure Products ? Utilities segment provides industrial floorings, plastic drainage pipes, security fencing, and steel and composite products for a range of infrastructure markets, including energy creation and distribution, rail, water, and house building. This segment offers access systems, building products, cooling towers, electrical utility products, fiber reinforced composites, perimeter security products, pipe supports, and water management products. The Infrastructure Products - Roads segment designs, manufactures, and installs temporary and permanent safety products for the roads market together with intelligent transport systems, which provide information to road users. This segment offers bridge products, lighting and street furniture, technology, vehicle restraint systems, and work zone protection products. The Galvanizing Services segment provides corrosion protection services in the form of zinc and other coatings to external customers and group companies in a range of industrial and commercial applications, including fencing, lighting columns, structural steel work, bridges, electricity substations, and other products for the infrastructure, construction, and agricultural markets. The company offers its products and services in the United Kingdom and rest of Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, and rest of world. Hill & Smith Holdings PLC was founded in 1824 and is based in Solihull, the United Kingdom.
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