HomeServe plc (HSV) is a leading specialty business services business based in the UK. HomeServe is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 7,201 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||741.1178p - 1363.2372p|
|50-day moving average||1078.5p|
|200-day moving average||1207.676p|
|Wall St. target price||987.2p|
|Dividend yield||0.24p (2.22%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||28.5p|
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Valuing HomeServe stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of HomeServe's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
HomeServe'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, HomeServe 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.
HomeServe's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.48. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into HomeServe's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
HomeServe's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £219.4 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a HomeServe's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£1.2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||14.12%|
|Gross profit TTM||£619.7 million|
|Return on assets TTM||6.63%|
|Return on equity TTM||16.19%|
|Market capitalisation||£3.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 7272.73% of net profits
Recently HomeServe has paid out, on average, around 7272.73% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.22% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), HomeServe shareholders could enjoy a 2.22% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In HomeServe's case, that would currently equate to about 0.24p per share.
HomeServe'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 10 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
HomeServe's shares were split on a 13:14 basis on 20 July 2015. So if you had owned 14 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 13 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your HomeServe shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 7.7% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for HomeServe shares which in turn could have impacted HomeServe's share price.
Over the last 12 months, HomeServe's shares have ranged in value from as little as 741.1178p up to 1363.2372p. 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 HomeServe's is 0.3698. This would suggest that HomeServe's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
HomeServe plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides home repair and improvement services to homeowners under the HomeServe brand. The company offers home assistance via subscription-based membership services for plumbing, heating, electrical, locks, glazing, pest control, and technology. It also operates an online marketplace to help homeowners to find local trade on-demand, as well as to help with a range of home repairs and improvements, including landscape gardening and carpet cleaning. HomeServe plc serves approximately 8.3 million customers through a network of engineers and sub-contractors primarily in the United Kingdom, North America, France, and Spain. The company was incorporated in 1991 and is based in Walsall, the United Kingdom.
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