Watkin Jones Plc is a residential construction business based in the UK. Watkin Jones shares (WJG.LSE) are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and all prices are listed in pence sterling. Its last market close was 141.4p – a decrease of 4.97% over the previous week. Watkin Jones employs 700 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £401.4 million.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Watkin Jones's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 141.4p, which is 50.56% down on its pre-crash value of 286p and 19.66% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 118.17p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Watkin Jones shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £558.52 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 £580.70.
|Latest market close||141.4p|
|52-week range||118.17p - 299.5p|
|50-day moving average||173.1824p|
|200-day moving average||151.8p|
|Wall St. target price||241.67p|
|Dividend yield||0.11p (7.6%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||17.2p|
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|3 months (2020-10-16)||23.06%|
|6 months (2020-07-17)||25.54%|
Valuing Watkin Jones stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Watkin Jones's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Watkin Jones's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, Watkin Jones shares trade at around 10x 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.
Watkin Jones's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £55.6 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Watkin Jones's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£401.4 million|
|Operating margin TTM||13.5%|
|Gross profit TTM||£76.8 million|
|Return on assets TTM||9.43%|
|Return on equity TTM||26.73%|
|Market capitalisation||£462.1 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 3500% of net profits
Recently Watkin Jones has paid out, on average, around 3500% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.6% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Watkin Jones shareholders could enjoy a 7.6% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Watkin Jones's case, that would currently equate to about 0.11p per share.
Watkin Jones'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 23 January 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Watkin Jones's shares have ranged in value from as little as 118.17p up to 299.5p. 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 Watkin Jones's is 1.2392. This would suggest that Watkin Jones's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Watkin Jones Plc engages in the development and the management of properties for residential occupation in the United Kingdom. The company operates through Student Accommodation, Build To Rent, Residential, and Accommodation Management segments. It is also involved in the development of purpose-built student accommodation, build to rent accommodation, and traditional residential property; and management of student accommodation and build to rent property. The company was formerly known as Watkin Jones Limited and changed its name to Watkin Jones Plc in March 2016. Watkin Jones Plc was founded in 1791 and is headquartered in Bangor, the United Kingdom.
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