Softcat plc (SCT) is a leading information technology services business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1298p after a previous close of 1285p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1283.0125p to a high of 1312p. The latest price was 1305p (25 minute delay). Softcat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 1,534 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Softcat's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was 1233p, which is 3.49% up on its pre-crash value of 1190p and 48.17% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 832.17p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Softcat shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £788.20 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 £1,046.69.
|52-week range||815.8704p - 1442.8674p|
|50-day moving average||1185.4412p|
|200-day moving average||1203.0352p|
|Wall St. target price||763p|
|Dividend yield||0.27p (2.04%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||38p|
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|1 month (2020-12-22)||-0.08%|
|3 months (2020-10-22)||9.85%|
|6 months (2020-07-22)||10.22%|
Valuing Softcat stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Softcat's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Softcat's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 35x. In other words, Softcat shares trade at around 35x 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.
Softcat's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £95.1 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Softcat's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£1.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||8.7%|
|Gross profit TTM||£235.7 million|
|Return on assets TTM||14.38%|
|Return on equity TTM||59.08%|
|Market capitalisation||£2.7 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 5789.47% of net profits
Recently Softcat has paid out, on average, around 5789.47% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.04% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Softcat shareholders could enjoy a 2.04% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Softcat's case, that would currently equate to about 0.27p per share.
Softcat'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 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Softcat's shares have ranged in value from as little as 815.8704p up to 1442.8674p. 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 Softcat's is 0.4858. This would suggest that Softcat's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Softcat plc primarily acts as a value-added IT reseller and IT infrastructure solutions provider in the United Kingdom. The company advices, procures, designs, implements, and manages technology, such as software licensing, workplace technology, networking, security, and cloud and datacenter for businesses and public sector organizations. It also offers asset management, business intelligence and analytics, collaboration, commodity sourcing, end user computing and mobility, and general data protection regulation solutions, as well as consulting and professional services; and sells hardware. Softcat plc was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Marlow, the United Kingdom.
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