Spirent Communications plc (SPT) is a leading software-infrastructure business based in the UK. Spirent Communications is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 1,382 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||145.9711p - 311.085p|
|50-day moving average||261.7206p|
|200-day moving average||273.5634p|
|Wall St. target price||1.77p|
|Dividend yield||0.04p (1.71%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||15.2p|
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Valuing Spirent Communications stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Spirent Communications's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Spirent Communications'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, Spirent Communications 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.
Spirent Communications's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £122.8 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Spirent Communications's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£519.9 million|
|Operating margin TTM||20.72%|
|Gross profit TTM||£368.6 million|
|Return on assets TTM||11.96%|
|Return on equity TTM||24.78%|
|Market capitalisation||£1.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 34.79% of net profits
Recently Spirent Communications has paid out, on average, around 34.79% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.71% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Spirent Communications shareholders could enjoy a 1.71% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Spirent Communications's case, that would currently equate to about 0.04p per share.
While Spirent Communications's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Spirent Communications may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Spirent Communications's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 15 May 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Spirent Communications shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Spirent Communications shares which in turn could have impacted Spirent Communications's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Spirent Communications's shares have ranged in value from as little as 145.9711p up to 311.085p. 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 Spirent Communications's is 0.3917. This would suggest that Spirent Communications's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Spirent Communications plc provides solutions to develop devices and equipment and to operate networks worldwide. The company operates through Networks & Security, Lifecycle Service Assurance, and Connected Devices segments. The Networks & Security segment develops performance and security test systems to accelerate the development of new devices, networks, and applications for high-speed Ethernet/IP, mobile, and global satellite navigation systems. The Lifecycle Service Assurance segment provides assurance systems to accelerate the turn up of new services, troubleshooting of customer, and production network problems. The Connected Devices segment develops systems for wireless connectivity. It serves communication, government, financial services, healthcare, retail, and transportation businesses. The company was formerly known as Spirent plc and changed its name to Spirent Communications plc in May 2006. Spirent Communications plc was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Crawley, the United Kingdom.
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