James Latham plc is an industrial distribution business based in the UK. James Latham shares (LTHM.LSE) are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and all prices are listed in pence sterling. James Latham employs 432 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £228.5 million.
|Latest market close||N/Ap|
|52-week range||476.1688p - 1001.4272p|
|50-day moving average||916.4706p|
|200-day moving average||868.9085p|
|Wall St. target price||980p|
|Dividend yield||0.16p (1.75%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||54.8p|
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Valuing James Latham stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of James Latham's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
James Latham's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, James Latham shares trade at around 16x 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.
James Latham's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £16.6 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a James Latham's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£228.5 million|
|Operating margin TTM||6.08%|
|Gross profit TTM||£43.4 million|
|Return on assets TTM||5.69%|
|Return on equity TTM||10.54%|
|Market capitalisation||£178.6 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 2854.55% of net profits
Recently James Latham has paid out, on average, around 2854.55% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.75% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), James Latham shareholders could enjoy a 1.75% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In James Latham's case, that would currently equate to about 0.16p per share.
James Latham'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 31 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
James Latham's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 13 January 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your James Latham shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for James Latham shares which in turn could have impacted James Latham's share price.
Over the last 12 months, James Latham's shares have ranged in value from as little as 476.1688p up to 1001.4272p. 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 James Latham's is 0.7686. This would suggest that James Latham's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
James Latham plc, together with its subsidiaries, imports and distributes timber and panel products in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, rest of Europe, and internationally. The company offers panels, melamine, veneer, laminates, solid surface products, door blanks, plastics, hardwoods and softwoods, engineered timber products, flooring products, decking and cladding products, modified timbers and panels, fire retardant panels, advanced technical panels, and treatments. It serves the public and private construction/housing, retail, transport, exhibition, and other sectors. The company was founded in 1757 and is headquartered in Hemel Hempstead, the United Kingdom.
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