Nichols plc (NICL) is a leading beverages-non-alcoholic business based in the UK. Nichols is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 350 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||814.2233p - 1450p|
|50-day moving average||1286.6912p|
|200-day moving average||1217.9366p|
|Wall St. target price||1576.67p|
|Dividend yield||0.56p (4.09%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||47.7p|
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Valuing Nichols stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Nichols's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Nichols's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 29x. In other words, Nichols shares trade at around 29x 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.
However, Nichols's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the beverages-non-alcoholic industry or those of similar companies.
Nichols's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £30 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Nichols's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put Nichols's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||£134.6 million|
|Operating margin TTM||19.33%|
|Gross profit TTM||£70 million|
|Return on assets TTM||10.77%|
|Return on equity TTM||14.79%|
|Market capitalisation||£506.5 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 11666.67% of net profits
Recently Nichols has paid out, on average, around 11666.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.09% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Nichols shareholders could enjoy a 4.09% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Nichols's case, that would currently equate to about 0.56p per share.
Nichols'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 30 July 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Nichols's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
Nichols's shares were split on a 5:2 basis on 8 October 1993. So if you had owned 2 shares 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 Nichols shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 60% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Nichols shares which in turn could have impacted Nichols's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Nichols's shares have ranged in value from as little as 814.2233p up to 1450p. 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 Nichols's is 0.407. This would suggest that Nichols's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put Nichols's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
Nichols plc, together with its subsidiaries, supplies soft drinks to the retail, wholesale, catering, licensed, and leisure industries in the United Kingdom. The company operates through two segments, Still and Carbonate. It offers still, cordial, carbonated, post-mix, and frozen drinks categories under the Vimto, Feel Good, Levi Roots, Starslush, ICEE, and Sunkist brands. The company offers its products through supermarkets, discount retailers, cash and carries, pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, and leisure outlets. It also exports its products to the Middle East, Africa, and internationally. The company was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Newton-le-Willows, the United Kingdom.
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