Serco Group plc (SRP) is a leading specialty business services business based in the UK. It opened the day at 116.2p after a previous close of 116.3p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 114.7729p to a high of 116.8p. The latest price was 116p (25 minute delay). Serco Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 50,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Serco Group's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 138p, which is 12.33% down on its pre-crash value of 157.4p and 42.27% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 97p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Serco Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £665.20 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 £868.48.
|52-week range||96.2538p - 171.6516p|
|50-day moving average||117.0353p|
|200-day moving average||134.7049p|
|Wall St. target price||106.42p|
|Dividend yield||0.01p (0.84%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||9.8p|
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|1 week (2021-01-08)||-9.38%|
|1 month (2020-12-15)||1.40%|
|3 months (2020-10-16)||-15.94%|
|6 months (2020-07-17)||-26.07%|
|1 year (2020-01-15)||-28.31%|
|2 years (2019-01-15)||4.98%|
|3 years (2018-01-15)||10.06%|
|5 years (2016-01-15)||37.69%|
Valuing Serco Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Serco Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Serco Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 12x. In other words, Serco Group shares trade at around 12x 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.
Serco Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £209 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Serco Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£3.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||4.4%|
|Gross profit TTM||£342.4 million|
|Return on assets TTM||4.7%|
|Return on equity TTM||20.13%|
|Market capitalisation||£1.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 1000% of net profits
Recently Serco Group has paid out, on average, around 1000% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.84% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Serco Group shareholders could enjoy a 0.84% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Serco Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.01p per share.
Serco Group'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 14 May 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Serco Group's shares were split on a 5:1 basis on 10 April 2000. 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 Serco Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 80% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Serco Group shares which in turn could have impacted Serco Group's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Serco Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 96.2538p up to 171.6516p. 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 Serco Group's is 0.353. This would suggest that Serco Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Serco Group plc provides public services in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. The company offers base and operational support engineering, and management and information, as well as nuclear, space, and maritime services for the defense sector; and custodial, immigration detention, and detainee transport and monitoring services for the justice and immigration sectors. It also provides rail, ferry, and cycle operations; road traffic management; and air traffic control services to the transportation sector, as well as integrated facilities management, pathology and non-clinical support, and patient administration and contact services for the health sector. In addition, the company offers citizen services, including contact centers and case management; middle, back office, and IT; and employment and skills services. The company serves the United Kingdom and Canadian governments, devolved authorities, and other public sector customers; and federal and civilian agencies, and various state and municipal governments. Serco Group plc was founded in 1929 and is based in Hook, the United Kingdom.
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