Latest Updates From 3 FTSE 250 Stocks – Ashmore Group Plc, Beazley Plc & Victrex Plc

Ashmore Group Plc

Ashmore Group Plc (LON: ASHM) is an expert investment manager for emerging markets. The company has more than twenty years of experience in these markets, continuously offering new strategies and providing an opportunity for shareholders to be a part of them. The company offers a wide range of debt, equity and regional investment strategies. The active management approach has been customised for over two decades to accomplish the needs of Emerging Markets investing. Its different themes include- Blended Debt, External Debt, Corporate Debt, Local Currency, Equities, Overlay or Liquidity, Alternatives, and Multi-Asset.

ASHM – Financial Highlights

On 06th February 2020, the company released its unaudited results for the six months ending 31st December 2019.

The total revenue of the company increased to £183.4 million in the six months ending 31st December 2019 as compared to £151.5 million in the six months ending 31st December 2018. The net revenue increased to £176.8 million in the six months ending 31st December 2019 as compared to £152.1 million in the six months ending 31st December 2018.

The gains/(losses) on investment securities increased to £4.2 million in the six months ending 31st December 2019 as compared to a loss of £18.6 million in the six months ending 31st December 2018. In contrast, the personnel expenses rose to £43.7 million in the six months ending 31st December 2019 as compared to £38.0 million in the six months ending 31st December 2018.

The company’s operating profit increased to £123.0 million in the six months ending 31st December 2019 as compared to £87.1 million in the six months ending 31st December 2018. The profit before tax increased to £132.4 million in the six months ending 31st December 2019 as compared to £93.0 million in the six months ending 31st December 2018.

The profit for the period increased to £114.2 million in the six months ending 31st December 2019 as compared to £74.0 million in the six months ending 31st December 2018.

ASHM - Stock Price Performance

On 07th February 2020, at around 11:05 AM (GMT), by the time of writing this report, the stock of Ashmore Group Plc was trading at a price of GBX 559.50 per share on the London Stock Exchange market, a decrease in the value of around 0.09 per cent or GBX 0.50 per share, as opposed to the price of the stock on the previous trading day, which has been reported to be at GBX 560.0 per share.

At the time of writing, the market capitalisation of Ashmore Group Plc was GBP 3.99 billion with regards to the current market price of the stock. The Free Float and outstanding share of Ashmore Group Plc’s stock were reported at 488.9 million and 712.7 million, respectively.

The share price of Ashmore Group Plc’s recorded at GBX 578.0 as on 06th February 2020, was its 1-year peak price, whereas the share price recorded at GBX 382.40 as on 14th February 2019 was the 1-year low share price. The current share price was lower by 3.2 per cent from the 1-year high price; whereas the current share price was higher by 46.3 per cent from the 1-year low price.

The beta of the stock has been reported at a value of 1.56, representing the fact that the movement of the share price of the company, is highly volatile as compared to the movement in the comparative benchmark index.

Beazley Plc

Beazley plc (LON: BEZ) is an expert insurer, delivering clients with the best quality of claims and underwriting service across the globe. The company is into insurance businesses for over thirty years and all its businesses are termed Excellent and have been rated “A” by U.S.-based credit rating agency, “A.M. Best”. Beazley Plc has the distinction of being a member of Lloyd’s market, one of the oldest and largest insurance markets in the world.

BEZ – Financial Highlights

On 06th February 2020, the company announced results for the period ending 31st December 2019.

The total revenue of the company increased to $2.6 billion for the year 2019 as compared to £2.2 billion for the year 2018.

The acquisition and administrative expenses increased to $889.7 million in the year 2019 as compared to $812.6 million in the previous year. The foreign exchange (gain)/loss increased to gain of $1.1 million in the year 2019 as compared to the loss of 13.2 million in the year 2018. However, the total Expenses increased to $2.3 billion in the year 2019 as compared to 2.1 billion in the year 2018.

The profit before tax increased to $267.7 million in the year 2019 as compared to the $76.4 million in the year 2018. The profit after tax increased to $234.1 million in the year 2019 as compared to the $68.2 million in the year 2018.

The company’s return on equity increased to 15 per cent in the year 2019 as compared to 5 per cent in the year 2018.

The second interim dividend increased to 8.2 pence in the year 2019 as compared to the 7.8 pence in the year 2018. The full year dividend increased to 12.3 pence in the year 2019 as compared to 11.7 pence in the year 2018. Â

BEZ - Stock Price Performance

On 07th February 2020, at around 11:09 AM (GMT), by the time of writing this report, the stock of Beazley Plc was trading at a price of GBX 600.50 per share on the London Stock Exchange market, an increase in the value of around 3.71 per cent or GBX 21.50 per share, as opposed to the price of the stock on the previous trading day, which has been reported to be at GBX 579.0 per share.

At the time of writing, the market capitalisation of Beazley Plc was GBP 3.08 billion with regards to the current market price of the stock. The Free Float and outstanding share of Beazley Plc’s stock was reported at 514.39 million and 529.74 million, respectively.

The share price of Beazley Plc’s recorded at GBX 634.0 as on 30th September 2019, was its 1-year peak price, whereas the share price recorded at GBX 498.25 as on 12th February 2019 was the 1-year low share price. The current share price was lower by 5.2 per cent from the 1-year high price; whereas it was higher by 20.52 per cent from the 1-year low price.

The beta of the stock has been reported at a value of 0.63, representing the fact that the movement of the share price of the company, is less volatile as compared to the movement in the comparative benchmark index.

Victrex Plc

Victrex Plc (LON: VCT) is the UK-based holding company and a global leader in PEEK and PAEK-based polymer. The company has over forty years of experience in providing advanced, high-performance polyketone solutions. The company is involved in the production and sale of various polymers, helping customers deliver new solutions.

VCT - Interim Management Statement

On 06th February 2020, the company released its first-quarter 2020 Interim Management Statement, for the period from 1st October 2019 to 31st December 2019.

The company’s revenue stood at £67.7 million in the first quarter of 2020 as compared to the £64.1 million in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 6 per cent. The Group sales volume was reported at 877 tonnes in the first quarter of the year 2020 as compared to 822 tonnes in the first quarter of the year 2019.

On 13th January 2020, the company completed its class 2 transaction for creating a joint venture in China. The facility commissioning is projected in early 2022, with Victrex's share of the total investment anticipated at £32 million.

VCT - Stock Price Performance

On 07th February 2020, at around 11:03 AM (GMT), by the time of writing this report, the stock of Victrex Plc was trading at a price of GBX 2,322.0 per share on the London Stock Exchange market, a decrease in the value of around 1.19 per cent or GBX 28.0 per share, as opposed to the price of the stock on the previous trading day, which has been reported to be at GBX 2,350.0 per share.

At the time of writing, the market capitalisation of Victrex Plc was GBP 2.03 billion with regards to the current market price of the stock. The Free Float and outstanding share of Victrex Plc’s stock were reported at 83.21 million and 86.54 million, respectively.

The share price of Victrex Plc’s recorded at GBX 2,574.0 as on 06th January 2020, was its 1-year peak price, whereas the share price recorded at GBX 1,813.68 as on 15th August 2019 was the 1-year low share price. The current share price was lower by 9.8 per cent from the 1-year high price; whereas it was higher by 28.03 per cent from the 1-year low price.

The beta of the stock has been reported at a value of 1.43, representing the fact that the movement of the share price of the company, is highly volatile as compared to the movement in the comparative benchmark index.

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