FTSE 100 Stocks Under Discussion: Berkeley Group Holdings PLC, Associated British Foods plc, Phoenix Group Holdings PLC, EnQuest PLC, and Severn Trent PLC

Berkeley Group Holdings PLC (LON: BKG)

United Kingdom-headquartered, Berkeley Group Holdings PLC is engaged in the development of the residential and used property across London, Birmingham and the South of England.

BKG-Financial highlights H1 FY20

(Source: London Stock Exchange)

On 6th December 2019, the company released its interim results for H1 FY20. The revenue of the company was recorded at £930.9 million in the H1 FY20. The company’s pre-taxation profit stood at £276.7 million for the period. The net cash of the company was recorded at £1,060.6 million at the end of the period. The company’s net asset value per share went up by 5.2 per cent to £24.25.

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BKG-Stock price performance

Daily Chart as on December-09-19, before the market close (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 09th December 2019, at the time of writing (before market close, GMT 11:30 AM), Berkeley Group Holdings PLC’s shares were trading at GBX 4,562.00 on the LSE, up by 0.13 per cent against its previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks High and Low is GBX 4,728.00/GBX 3,208.00. At the time of writing, the share was trading 3.51% lower than its 52-week High and 42.21% higher than its 52-week low. Stock’s average daily traded volume for 5 days was 456,998.00; 30 days - 403,976.70 and 90 days - 433,231.49. The average daily traded volume for 5 days was up by 13.12 per cent as compared to 30 days average daily traded volume. The company’s stock beta was 0.51, reflecting lower volatility as compared to the benchmark index. The outstanding market capitalisation was around £5.74 billion.

Associated British Foods plc (LON: ABF)

The United Kingdom-based company, Associated British Foods PLC is one of the leading companies which is in the business of international food, ingredients, and retail company.

ABF-Trading Statement

The company released a trading statement on 6th December 2019. AB Sugar will benefit this year from the rise in the EU sugar prices observed last year and further cost reduction. Primark will be pushed more aggressively this year, with more stores being added in Spain and France. In addition, Primark has a good pipeline of good quality sites. The company has diligently prepared for Brexit and contingency plans.

ABF-Stock price performance

Daily Chart as on December-09-19, before the market close (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 09th December 2019, at the time of writing (before market close, GMT 11:35 AM), Associated British Foods plc’s shares were trading at GBX 2,550 on the LSE, up by 0.47 per cent against its previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks High and Low is GBX 2,601.34/GBX 2,011.00. At the time of writing, the share was trading 1.97% lower than its 52-week High and 26.80% higher than its 52-week low. Stock’s average daily traded volume for 5 days was 915,930.40; 30 days - 904,284.97 and 90 days - 901,955.84. The average daily traded volume for 5 days was up by 1.29 per cent as compared to 30 days average daily traded volume. The company’s stock beta was 1.00, reflecting the same volatility as compared to the benchmark index. The outstanding market capitalisation was around £20.09 billion.

Phoenix Group Holdings PLC (LON: PHNX)

United Kingdom-based, Phoenix Group Holdings PLC is the largest specialist life and pensions consolidator of heritage life assurance funds in Europe.

PHNX-Recent developments

The company has proposed an acquisition of ReAssure Group plc for a total consideration of £3.2 billion. ReAssure Group is a leading life insurance closed book consolidator in the United Kingdom.

As per the trading Update released on 28th November 2019, the cash generation increased from £664 million in 2018 to £707 million in 2019. The solvency II surplus was recorded at £3 billion on 30th September 2019. The shareholder capital coverage ratio stood at 156 per cent on 30th September 2019.

PHNX-Stock price performance

Daily Chart as on December-09-19, before the market close (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 09th December 2019, at the time of writing (before market close, GMT 11:40 AM), Phoenix Group Holdings PLC’s shares were trading at GBX 717.50 on the LSE, down by 3.15 per cent against its previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks High and Low is GBX 759.00/GBX 536.72. At the time of writing, the share was trading 5.47% lower than its 52w High and 33.68% higher than its 52w low. Stock’s average daily traded volume for 5 days was 1,720,736.40; 30 days - 1,064,468.83 and 90 days - 1,155,039.74. The average daily traded volume for 5 days was up by 61.65 per cent as compared to 30 days average daily traded volume. The company’s stock beta was 0.87, reflecting lower volatility as compared to the benchmark index. The outstanding market capitalisation was around £5.34 billion.

EnQuest PLC (LON: ENQ)

London-headquartered, EnQuest Plc is an independent production and development company which is focused on profitably enhancing hydrocarbon recovery and prolonging the useful lives of assets.

ENQ-Recent development

The company was awarded the Block (PM409 PSC) by PETRONAS. This will help the company in expanding its presence in Malaysia. This block is supposed to contain potential discoveries providing ample future opportunities for the company to showcase its proven capabilities in low-cost drilling operations and near-field developments. The company will operate the block with a participating interest of 85 per cent.

ENQ-Stock price performance

Daily Chart as on December-09-19, before the market close (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 09th December 2019, at the time of writing (before market close, GMT 11:46 AM), EnQuest PLC’s shares were trading at GBX 18.06 on the LSE, down by 4.04 per cent against its previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks High and Low is GBX 24.50/GBX 15.24. At the time of writing, the share was trading 26.29% lower than its 52-week High and 18.50% higher than its 52-week low. Stock’s average daily traded volume for 5 days was 4,604,272.20; 30 days - 2,606,066.00 and 90 days - 3,830,276.14. The average daily traded volume for 5 days was up by 76.68 per cent as compared to 30 days average daily traded volume. The company’s stock beta was 2.25, reflecting higher volatility as compared to the benchmark index. The outstanding market capitalisation was around £319.15 million.

Severn Trent PLC (LON: SVT)

Severn Trent Plc provides wastewater treatment and wastewater removal services in the United Kingdom as well as outside the United Kingdom. The Company aims to provide clean water.

SVT-Business performance for H1 FY20

(Source: London Stock Exchange)

The company’s turnover surged by 3.2 per cent to £910 million in the first half of the FY20 as against £881.5 million recorded in the first half of FY19 due to hike in the tariff of Regulated Water and Wastewater revenue coupled with growth in business service’s external turnover. The company’s Profit before interest and taxation plunged to £285.3 million in H1 FY20 in contrast to £299.1 million in H1 FY19. The company’s profit before taxation was recorded at £180.7 million for H1 FY20 in contrast to £203.6 million for H1 FY19. The Basic Earnings per share of the company stood at 61.7 pence in H1 FY20 versus 69.8 pence in H1 FY19. The company declared an interim dividend of 40.3 pence in H1 FY20.

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SVT-Stock price performance

Daily Chart as on December-09-19, before the market close (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 09th December 2019, at the time of writing (before market close, GMT 11:50 AM), Severn Trent PLC’s shares were trading at GBX 2,254 on the LSE, up by 0.22 per cent against its previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks’ High and Low is GBX 2,379.00/GBX 1,757.01. At the time of writing, the share was trading 5.25% lower than its 52-week High and 28.29% higher than its 52-week low. Stock’s average daily traded volume for 5 days was 878,161.00; 30 days - 766,552.20 and 90 days - 748,998.17. The average daily traded volume for 5 days was up by 14.56 per cent as compared to 30 days average daily traded volume. The company’s stock beta was 0.71, reflecting lower volatility as compared to the benchmark index. The outstanding market capitalisation was around £5.35 billion.

 

   
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