William Hill plc (WMH) is a leading gambling business based in the UK. William Hill is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 12,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||26.9892p - 287.6p|
|50-day moving average||269.4576p|
|200-day moving average||224.0092p|
|Wall St. target price||264.08p|
|Dividend yield||0.1p (13.02%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||17.1p|
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Valuing William Hill stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of William Hill's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
William Hill's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, William Hill shares trade at around 16x 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.
However, William Hill's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the gambling industry or those of similar companies.
William Hill's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £87.4 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a William Hill's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put William Hill's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||£1.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||3.95%|
|Gross profit TTM||£1.2 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||1.48%|
|Return on equity TTM||29.47%|
|Market capitalisation||£2.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 3141.18% of net profits
Recently William Hill has paid out, on average, around 3141.18% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 13.02% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), William Hill shareholders could enjoy a 13.02% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In William Hill's case, that would currently equate to about 0.1p per share.
William Hill'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 April 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
William Hill's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
William Hill's shares were split on a 1000:1078 basis on 19 March 2013. So if you had owned 1078 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your William Hill shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 7.8% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for William Hill shares which in turn could have impacted William Hill's share price.
Over the last 12 months, William Hill's shares have ranged in value from as little as 26.9892p up to 287.6p. 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 William Hill's is 1.5787. This would suggest that William Hill's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
To put William Hill's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
William Hill plc provides sports betting and gaming services in the United Kingdom, the United States, and internationally. It operates through Retail, Online, US Existing, US Expansion, and Other segments. The company operates licensed betting offices (LBOs) that offer sports betting services on football, horseracing, and other sports, as well as gaming machines. It also operates online betting and gaming business that provides in-play and pre-match sports betting services and a range of gaming products; and offers casino, poker, and other gaming products, as well as telephone betting services. In addition, the company is involved in on-course betting operations. As at December 31, 2019, it operated 1,568 LBOs. William Hill plc was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
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