Spectris plc (SXS) is a leading scientific & technical instruments business based in the UK. Spectris is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 9,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||1974.4592p - 3192p|
|50-day moving average||2834.368p|
|200-day moving average||2640.729p|
|Wall St. target price||2717.08p|
|Dividend yield||0.65p (2.11%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||185.8p|
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Valuing Spectris stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Spectris's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Spectris's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Spectris shares trade at around 17x 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.
Spectris's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £172.4 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Spectris's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£1.5 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||5.13%|
|Gross profit TTM||£914.2 million|
|Return on assets TTM||2.34%|
|Return on equity TTM||17.65%|
|Market capitalisation||£3.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 5854.05% of net profits
Recently Spectris has paid out, on average, around 5854.05% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.11% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Spectris shareholders could enjoy a 2.11% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Spectris's case, that would currently equate to about 0.65p per share.
Spectris'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 15 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Spectris's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 June 1994. So if you had owned 1 share 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 Spectris shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Spectris shares which in turn could have impacted Spectris's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Spectris's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1974.4592p up to 3192p. 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 Spectris's is 0.7017. This would suggest that Spectris's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Spectris plc manufactures and sells measuring instruments and controls worldwide. It operates through four segments: Malvern Panalytical, HBK, and Omega, and Industrial Solutions. The company provides products and services, which enable customers to determine structure, composition, quantity, and quality of particles and materials during their research and product development processes, when assessing materials before production, or during the manufacturing process; various range of life science services; products for measurement and control of temperature, humidity, pressure, strain, force, flow, level, pH, and conductivity; and data acquisition, electric heating, and custom-engineered products. It also supplies test, measurement, and analysis equipment, software, and services for product design optimization and manufacturing control; designs and manufactures tooling and monitoring system for installation and acquisition services, data processing services, 24/7 monitoring, and advanced analytics consulting; and manufactures various industrial control products, including human machine interface, digital and analogue panel meters, and process control. In addition, the company offers machinery protection and condition monitoring systems; portable vibration analyzers, data collectors, and field balancers; vibration monitors for machine protection; vibration sensors and accessories; installation and commissioning, remote monitoring, and product and vibration measurement training services; instrumentation and solutions for on-line and off-line process measurement and control; and vehicle test, validation and engineering services. Further, it provides particle measuring systems; and supplies gas analysis solutions and various related product and services. The company was formerly known as Fairey Aviation Company Ltd. and changed its name to Spectris plc in May 2001. Spectris plc was founded in 1915 and is based in Egham, the United Kingdom.
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