XPS Pensions Group Plc (LON: XPS): London Stock Exchange-traded XPS Pensions Group Plc is the UK-based holding company. Its areas of operations are divided into segments like pensions actuarial, consulting and administration business. The group's Pension Advisory and Administration business extend services to about 450 defined benefit (DB) scheme in the UK including actuarial, investment and pensions advice.
The outstanding market capitalisation of the group stood at £265.60m, which ranks it among the small caps listed and traded on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
Recently on November 28, 2019, the group reported its unaudited interim results for the first half for the period ended as on September 30, 2019. During the period under consideration the group’s total revenue surged by 8.0% to £56.3m against £52.2m reported in the year-over period, driven by 19% surge in pensions administration to £20.3m, 11% increase in pension investment consulting to £4.2m and 57% jump in NPT; however, its revenue from pensions actuarial and consulting and SSAS/SIPP remained flat at £27.7m and £3.0m, respectively.
Adjusted Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the period under review, soared by 11% to £13.3m and at the pre-tax level, the group turned profitable against the loss of £1.1m reported in the year-over period. For the six-month ended as of September 30, 2019, total pre-tax profit stood at £4.4m, however, adjusted diluted EPS shrunk marginally by 2% to 4.1p against 4.2p reported in a year-ago period.
The Interim dividend for the first half ended as on September 30, 2019, stood flat against the corresponding period of the previous financial year at 2.3p.
Shares of XPS recorded large volatility over the year-ago period, as in the past 52-week its shares have registered a high of GBX 168.0 as on (May 14, 2019), and a low of GBX 90.72, respectively. After recording a sharp correction of approximately 40.0% in the June 27, 2019 trading session to GBX 95.0, from the closing price of GBX 160.0 as on June 26, 2019, its shares consolidated and recovered substantially from that lower level. At the time of writing (as on December 27, 2019), its shares traded flat against the previous close to GXB 130.25.
On a YoY basis, shares of XPS delivered a negative price return of 23.8%, down by 20.34% on a YTD basis, it handed approximately 15% in the past three months and was up by approximately 6% in a month over the period, respectively. However, traded 1.33% lower in the past five trading sessions. Also, at the current trading level, its shares were offering a dividend yield of 5.07%, which is significantly high.
From the technical standpoint, shares of XPS traded above its crucial long-term and short-term moving averages of 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages (SMAs), which is typically considered a favourable trend, however, the stock is still in the consolidation phase, and GBX 159.91 is a strong resistance level for the stock in near-term.
Goodwin Plc (LON: GDWN): UK-headquartered Goodwin Plc is a holding company with operational interests in iron and steel mining. Its areas of operations are divided into segments like Mechanical engineering and Refractory engineering. The outstanding market capitalisation of the group stood at £222.37m, which ranks it among the small caps listed and traded on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
Recently as on December 19, 2019, the group reported its interim financial results for the first half ended as on October 31, 2019. During the period under consideration, the group’s revenue increased by 3.9% to £70.1m against £67.5m reported in the year-ago period. However, operating profit remained flat at £7.8m against the corresponding period of the previous financial year, and pre-tax profit contracted by 5.1% to £7.4m. Net profit for the period under consideration declined marginally to £5.6m against £5.7m reported in the first half of the previous financial year. Basic earnings per share for the H1FY20 stood at 72.92p against 74.90p reported in the year-over period, and diluted earnings per share narrowed to 69.77p/share against 73.44p/share.
On a YoY basis, its shares have delivered a price return of approximately 18%, were up around 20% on a YTD basis, however, handed negative price return of 9% in the past three months, was down around 13% in a month-over period and contracted approximately 17% in the past five trading sessions, respectively. In the year-over period, its shares have registered a 52w high of GBX 3,700.0 and a low of GBX 2,300.0, respectively.
At the time of writing (as on December 27, 2019, at 10.30 AM GMT), shares of GDWN traded 76.0 points or 2.52% higher at GBX 3,096.0 and at the current traded level, its shares traded 17% lower against the 52w high price level and 35% higher against the 52w low price level, respectively.
From the technical standpoint, stocks of GDWN traded well below its immediate support levels of 5-day, 10-day, 20-day and 30-day SMAs, also traded well below its crucial short-term and long-term support levels of 50-day and 200-day SMAs, respectively, which is technically perceived to be a negative price trend in the stock.
Also, Bollinger Band® has expanded substantially, which reflects higher volatility in the stock and 14-day and 9-day Relative Strength Index was hovering near the oversold zone, which are again unfavourable indicators for the stock.
After a downside breakout recorded on the daily price chart as on December 19, 2019, the stock is remaining under pressure and unless it moves above GBX 3,215 level, which is immediate crucial resistance level for the stock, the unfavourable trend will continue.
Georgia Capital Plc (LON: CGEO): London Stock Exchange-traded Georgia Capital Plc is a holding company with operational interest in investing in developing businesses in Georgia. The outstanding markets capitalisation of the group stood at £375.59m, which ranks it among the small caps listed and traded on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
Recently the group communicated that the group’s sustainable energy business has positively restarted functions at the first phase of 30MW of its Mestiachala Hydro Power Plant as per the schedule after the loss due to flood, earlier this year.
On a YoY basis, shares of CGEO have delivered a negative price return of 19.83%, and was down by 9.0% on a YTD basis, it declined approximately 8% in the past three months and lost approximately 5% in the past five trading sessions. In a year-over period, its stock has registered a 52w high of GBX 1,149.80 and a 52w low of GBX 900.0, respectively.
At the time of writing (as on December 27, 2019, at 11:32 AM GMT), stocks of CGEO traded 5.0 points or 0.53% lower at GBX 930.0 and at the current trading level, its shares traded 19.0% lower against its 52w high price level and 3.3% higher against the 52w low price level, respectively.
From the technical standpoint, its shares traded below its 5-day, 10-day, 20-day, 30-day and 50-day support level, it also traded below its 200-day SMA, which is typically perceived to be an unfavourable trend in a stock. Also, 14-day and 9-day Relative Strength Index of the stock was hovering in a neutral zone, reflecting no-trend in the stock. However, GBX 935.44 is crucial resistance for the stock in the near term.
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