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Smiths Group plc (SMIN) is a leading specialty industrial machinery business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1338.5p after a previous close of 1379p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1334.5p to a high of 1380.5p. The latest price was 1376p (25 minute delay). Smiths Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 14,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

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  5. Research Smiths Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
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How has Coronavirus impacted Smiths Group's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Smiths Group's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 1399p, which is 19.85% down on its pre-crash value of 1745.5p and 77.09% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 790p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Smiths Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £524.83 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 £823.87.

Smiths Group share price

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Smiths Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-29.
Open 1338.5p
High 1380.5p
Low 1334.5p
Close 1376p
Previous close 1379p
Change -3p
Change % -0.218%
Volume 749,556
Information last updated 2020-10-20.
52-week range 790p - 1778.5p
50-day moving average 1405.6857p
200-day moving average 1348.6383p
Wall St. target price 1664.33p
PE ratio 85.8282
Dividend yield 0.35p (2.5%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 66.4p
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Is it a good time to buy Smiths Group stock?

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Smiths Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 1376p

1 month (2020-10-29) 2.65%
3 months (2020-08-28) -1.85%

Is Smiths Group under- or over-valued?

Valuing Smiths Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Smiths Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Smiths Group's P/E ratio

Smiths 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 86x. In other words, Smiths Group shares trade at around 86x 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.

Smiths Group's PEG ratio

Smiths Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.2917. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Smiths Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Smiths Group's EBITDA

Smiths Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £375 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Smiths Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Smiths Group financials

Revenue TTM £2.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.87%
Gross profit TTM £989 million
Return on assets TTM 3.23%
Return on equity TTM 2.81%
Profit margin 10.4%
Book value 5.989p
Market capitalisation £5.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Smiths Group's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Smiths Group.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Smiths Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 41.36

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Smiths Group's overall score of 41.36 (as at 10/01/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 87th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Smiths Group is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Smiths Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 18.44/100

Smiths Group's environmental score of 18.44 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Smiths Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Smiths Group's social score

Social score: 17.94/100

Smiths Group's social score of 17.94 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Smiths Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Smiths Group's governance score

Governance score: 9.98/100

Smiths Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Smiths Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Smiths Group's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Smiths Group scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Smiths Group has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Smiths Group plc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 41.36
Total ESG percentile 86.66
Environmental score 18.44
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 17.94
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 9.98
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

Smiths Group share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 5238.1% of net profits

Recently Smiths Group has paid out, on average, around 5238.1% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.5% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Smiths Group shareholders could enjoy a 2.5% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Smiths Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.35p per share.

Smiths 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 22 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Smiths Group's shares ever split?

Smiths Group's shares were split on a 2:3 basis on 18 June 2007. So if you had owned 3 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Smiths Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Smiths Group shares which in turn could have impacted Smiths Group's share price.

Smiths Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Smiths Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 790p up to 1778.5p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SMIN.LSE volatility(beta: 0.71)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Smiths Group's is 0.7149. This would suggest that Smiths Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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Smiths Group overview

Smiths Group plc operates as a technology company serving the medical technology, security and defense, general industrial, energy, and space and aerospace markets worldwide. It operates through John Crane, Smiths Detection, Flex-Tek, Smiths Interconnect divisions. The John Crane division offers mechanical seals, seal support systems, hydrodynamic bearings, packing materials, power transmission couplings, and specialized filtration systems. The Smiths Detection division provides sensors and systems that detect and identify explosives, narcotics, weapons, chemical agents, biohazards, and contraband. The Flex-Tek division offers engineered components that heat and move fluids and gases for the aerospace, medical, industrial, construction, and domestic appliance markets. The Smiths Interconnect division provides specialized electronic and radio frequency board-level and waveguide devices, connectors, cables, test sockets, and sub-systems for applications in the security and defense, medical, general industrial, and space and aerospace markets. The company was formerly known as Smiths Industries and changed its name to Smiths Group plc in 2000. Smiths Group plc was founded in 1851 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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