The Sage Group plc (SGE) is a leading software-application business based in the UK. It opened the day at 729.8p after a previous close of 735.2p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 724.4p to a high of 739.4p. The latest price was 734.2p (25 minute delay). Sage is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 11,647 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Sage's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 711.6p, which is 8.04% down on its pre-crash value of 773.8p and 38.01% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 515.6p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Sage shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £710.21 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 £945.00.
|52-week range||511.0957p - 787.6584p|
|50-day moving average||608.9412p|
|200-day moving average||682.3127p|
|Wall St. target price||617p|
|Dividend yield||0.23p (3.88%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||28.1p|
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|1 week (2021-01-08)||25.50%|
|1 month (2020-12-15)||27.64%|
|3 months (2020-10-16)||3.18%|
|6 months (2020-07-17)||7.97%|
|1 year (2020-01-15)||-0.54%|
|2 years (2019-01-15)||21.56%|
|3 years (2018-01-15)||-9.40%|
|5 years (2016-01-15)||31.81%|
Valuing Sage stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Sage's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Sage's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Sage shares trade at around 21x 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.
Sage's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.7579. 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 Sage's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Sage's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £555 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Sage's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£1.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||27.27%|
|Gross profit TTM||£1.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||9.18%|
|Return on equity TTM||19.65%|
|Market capitalisation||£6.4 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
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 Sage.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 22.34
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Sage's overall score of 22.34 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Sage 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.).
Environmental score: 5.77/100
Sage's environmental score of 5.77 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sage is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 15.75/100
Sage's social score of 15.75 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sage is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 11.82/100
Sage's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Sage is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Sage scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Sage has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||22.34|
|Total ESG percentile||15.74|
|Environmental score percentile||8|
|Social score percentile||8|
|Governance score percentile||8|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dividend payout ratio: 10132.14% of net profits
Recently Sage has paid out, on average, around 10132.14% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.88% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Sage shareholders could enjoy a 3.88% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Sage's case, that would currently equate to about 0.23p per share.
Sage'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 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Sage's shares were split on a 77:81 basis on 10 June 2013. So if you had owned 81 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 77 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Sage shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 5.2% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Sage shares which in turn could have impacted Sage's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Sage's shares have ranged in value from as little as 511.0957p up to 787.6584p. 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 Sage's is 0.5101. This would suggest that Sage's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
The Sage Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides technology solutions and services for small and medium businesses in North America, Northern Europe, Central and Southern Europe, and internationally. It offers cloud native solutions, such as Sage Intacct, a cloud financial management platform; Sage People, a cloud HR and people management solution; Sage Accounting, a solution for small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers to remotely manage customer data, accounts, and people; Sage Payroll, a payroll and HR software; and CakeHR, a HR management solution that enables small businesses to manage workforces with tools comprises reporting, organization chart, pay slip, and absence request. The company also provides cloud connected and hybrid solutions, including Sage X3, a business management solution; and Sage 50cloud and Sage 200cloud provides a range of cloud connected accounting solutions. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, the United Kingdom.
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