McCarthy & Stone plc (MCS) is a leading residential construction business based in the UK. McCarthy-and-Stone is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 2,523 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||36.5105p - 156.0405p|
|50-day moving average||119.8424p|
|200-day moving average||92.8624p|
|Wall St. target price||131p|
|Dividend yield||0.05p (2.69%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||5.6p|
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Valuing McCarthy-and-Stone stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of McCarthy-and-Stone's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
McCarthy-and-Stone's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, McCarthy-and-Stone shares trade at around 21x 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.
McCarthy-and-Stone's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £53.7 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a McCarthy-and-Stone's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£621.4 million|
|Operating margin TTM||8.15%|
|Gross profit TTM||£89.9 million|
|Return on assets TTM||3.72%|
|Return on equity TTM||0%|
|Market capitalisation||£645.3 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 71.05% of net profits
Recently McCarthy-and-Stone has paid out, on average, around 71.05% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.69% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), McCarthy-and-Stone shareholders could enjoy a 2.69% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In McCarthy-and-Stone's case, that would currently equate to about 0.05p per share.
McCarthy-and-Stone'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 5 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, McCarthy-and-Stone's shares have ranged in value from as little as 36.5105p up to 156.0405p. 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 McCarthy-and-Stone's is 0.5511. This would suggest that McCarthy-and-Stone's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
McCarthy & Stone plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the retirement housing market in the United Kingdom. The company designs, builds, manages, and sells retirement developments. It offers retirement living developments, which provide apartments for customers aged 60 and over; and retirement living plus developments, which are designed for customers aged 70 and over, as well as offers retirement properties with management services, domestic assistance, personal care, and additional support. McCarthy & Stone plc was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Bournemouth, the United Kingdom.
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