Lookers plc (LOOK) is a leading auto & truck dealerships business based in the UK. Lookers is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 8,661 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Lookers's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 21p, which is 59.06% down on its pre-crash value of 51.3p and 99.24% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 10.54p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Lookers shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £218.49 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 £396.23.
|52-week range||10.5403p - 66p|
|50-day moving average||21p|
|200-day moving average||21.4286p|
|Wall St. target price||133.83p|
|Dividend yield||0.04p (25.99%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||7.1p|
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Valuing Lookers stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Lookers's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Lookers's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 3x. In other words, Lookers shares trade at around 3x 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.
Lookers's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £70.9 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Lookers's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£4.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||1.06%|
|Gross profit TTM||£515.5 million|
|Return on assets TTM||1.67%|
|Return on equity TTM||7.16%|
|Market capitalisation||£81.9 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 57.46% of net profits
Recently Lookers has paid out, on average, around 57.46% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 25.99% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Lookers shareholders could enjoy a 25.99% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Lookers's case, that would currently equate to about 0.04p per share.
Lookers'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 17 October 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").
Lookers's shares were split on a 5:1 basis on 5 July 2006. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Lookers shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 80% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Lookers shares which in turn could have impacted Lookers's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Lookers's shares have ranged in value from as little as 10.5403p up to 66p. 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 Lookers's is 1.6373. This would suggest that Lookers's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Lookers plc engages in the sale, hire, and maintenance of motor vehicles and motorcycles in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company engages in the sale of new and used cars and vans; and servicing, repair, and sale of franchised parts to customers' vehicles. As of December 31, 2019, it operated 148 franchised dealerships representing 31 manufacturers from 102 locations. The company is also involved in the sale of tires, oils, parts, and accessories. In addition, it offers credit broking services; and vehicle leasing and financing services, as well as related insurance products. Lookers plc was founded in 1908 and is based in Altrincham, the United Kingdom.
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