How to buy Hotel Chocolat Group (HOTC) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Hotel Chocolat Group shares.

Hotel Chocolat Group plc
LSE: HOTC - GBX
CONFECTIONERS
p490.00
- p14.00 ( - 2.78%)

Hotel Chocolat Group plc (HOTC) is a leading confectioners business based in the UK. On 5 October Hotel Chocolat Group shares leapt 11.11% to a closing position of 450p. Over the last 12 months, Hotel Chocolat Group's share price has risen by 5.19% from 347p. Hotel Chocolat Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Hotel Chocolat Group

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: HOTC in this case.
  5. Research Hotel Chocolat Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Hotel Chocolat Group shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Hotel Chocolat Group's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Hotel Chocolat Group's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was 490p, which is 16.33% up on its pre-crash value of 410p and 157.89% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 190p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Hotel Chocolat Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £519.33 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth £1,082.85.

Hotel Chocolat Group share price (LSE:HOTC)

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Hotel Chocolat Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-16.
Open380p
High380p
Low365p
Close365p
Previous close372p
Change-7p
Change %-1.8817%
Volume37,508
Information last updated 2021-10-17.
52-week range310p - 520p
50-day moving average408.1072p
200-day moving average385.8969p
Wall St. target price516.67p
PE ratio108.8889
Dividend yield1.2p (0.24%)
Earnings per share (TTM)4.5p
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£365.00 total
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£366.80 total
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£374.50 total
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Is it a good time to buy Hotel Chocolat Group stock?

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Hotel Chocolat Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 365p

1 week (2021-10-07) -20.82%
1 month (2021-09-17) -3.95%
3 months (2021-07-16) -3.95%
6 months (2021-04-16) -9.88%
1 year (2020-10-16) 5.19%
2 years (2019-10-17) -9.88%
3 years (2018-10-17) 36.45%
5 years (2016-10-17) 52.08%

Is Hotel Chocolat Group under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

P/E ratio

Hotel Chocolat 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 109x. In other words, Hotel Chocolat Group shares trade at around 109x 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.

EBITDA

Hotel Chocolat Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £16.9 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Hotel Chocolat Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Financials

Revenue TTM £164.6 million
Operating margin TTM 6.9%
Gross profit TTM £98.4 million
Return on assets TTM 4.75%
Return on equity TTM 8.2%
Profit margin 3.46%
Book value 0.571p
Market capitalisation £672 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Hotel Chocolat Group share dividends

0.2%

Dividend yield: 0.24% of stock value

0.6%

Forward annual dividend yield: 0.63% of stock value

Hotel Chocolat Group has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.24% of its share value annually.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Hotel Chocolat Group dividend history

Dividend Type Ex-dividend date Payment date
£0.006 Interim 05/03/2020 15/04/2020
£0.012 Final 21/11/2019 20/12/2019
£0.006 Interim 07/03/2019 17/04/2019
£0.011 Final 22/11/2018 21/12/2018
£0.006 Interim 01/03/2018 03/04/2018

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Hotel Chocolat Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 310p up to 520p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HOTC.LSE volatility(beta: 1.25)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Hotel Chocolat Group's is 1.2521. This would suggest that Hotel Chocolat Group's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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