SDL plc (SDL) is a leading software-application business based in the UK. SDL is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 4,300 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, SDL's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was 740p, which is 21.08% up on its pre-crash value of 584p and 94.74% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 380p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of SDL shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £630.92 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 £1,167.20.
|52-week range||367p - 800p|
|50-day moving average||690.2667p|
|200-day moving average||592.061p|
|Wall St. target price||534.5p|
|Dividend yield||0.07p (1.65%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||23.5p|
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Valuing SDL stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of SDL's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
SDL's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 28x. In other words, SDL shares trade at around 28x 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.
SDL's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £42.5 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a SDL's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£374.5 million|
|Operating margin TTM||9.48%|
|Gross profit TTM||£196 million|
|Return on assets TTM||5.36%|
|Return on equity TTM||0%|
|Market capitalisation||£610.8 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
We're not expecting SDL to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.
Over the last 12 months, SDL's shares have ranged in value from as little as 367p up to 800p. 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 SDL's is 1.3405. This would suggest that SDL's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
SDL plc provides language and content management solutions. It operates through Language Services, Language Technologies, and Content Technologies segments. Its products include SDL Tridion Sites, a web content management system; SDL Tridion Docs, a structured content management solution; SDL Tridion DX, an integrated solution that combines SDL Tridion Sites, SDL Tridion Docs solutions, and SDL Dynamic Experience Delivery; SDL Contenta Publishing Suite, a technical content creation, management, and delivery solution; SDL Contenta/Contenta S1000D, a solution for use of common source database to enhance productivity for technical authors, editors, and publishers in the creation, management, and delivery of S1000D technical publications; SDL LiveContent S1000D, an interactive electronic technical publishing solution; and SDL XPP, an automated PDF/print publishing solution. The company also provides SDL Language Cloud, a cloud translation platform; SDL Translation Management System and SDL WorldServer solutions that enable to centralize, own, and manage translation operations; SDL BeGlobal; and SDL LW Enterprise Translation Server. In addition, it offers SDL Trados GroupShare, a project management software; SDL MultiTerm solution to store, manage, and share terminology; SDL Trados Studio solution to edit, review, and manage translation projects and corporate terminology; SDL Passolo solution to translate, share, and collaborate on software localization projects; and SDL Enterprise Translation Server. The company serves aerospace and defense, automotive, financial services, government, healthcare, high tech software, industrial manufacturing, legal, life sciences, and retail, as well as travel, leisure, and hospitality industries. SDL plc has a strategic partnership with parson AG. SDL plc was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Maidenhead, the United Kingdom. As of November 4, 2020, SDL plc operates as a subsidiary of RWS Holdings plc.
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