Latest Updates On Four FTSE Stocks – SOPH, AVST, OCDO and BOO

Latest Updates On Four FTSE Stocks – SOPH, AVST, OCDO and BOO

Sophos Group Plc

Sophos Group Plc (SOPH) is the United Kingdom based cybersecurity firm that is engaged in providing cloud-based cybersecurity solutions to both commercial as well as domestic customers. The company operates in various locations globally, with its geographic divisions being Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), North, Central and South America and the Asia Pacific. The company’s business products, which are prolific in providing security for Phone Numbers, Email addresses and corporate offices, include Intercept X, which provides endpoint protection with artificial Intelligence, XG Firewall, Synchronised security built-in mechanism, Cloud Optix, that solves the toughest challenges in Cloud-Based security and other managed services. The company is also involved in providing business-grade cybersecurity products for domestic use.

 

SOPH Latest News

On 14th October 2019, the company made a press release stating that Surf Buyer Limited, which is a new company that is owned by the funds managed by an US based Private Equity company Thomas Bravo, LLC made a cash offer for the purchase of entire issued equity share capital of Sophos Group Plc for the consideration of each Sophos share worth US$7.40, valuing the company at GBX 583 per share based on the exchange rate on the date of announcement, or an enterprise value worth £3.113 billion. As per the offer, the company has been valued at a premium of 37.1 per cent as compared to the closing price of GBX 425.5 per share on 11th October 2019, which was the last trading day before the day of announcement of the acquisition. After the press release on 14th October 2019, the company’s shares jumped by 35.61 per cent to GBX 577.00.

 

SOPH Share Performance

On 15th October 2019, at 08:06 A.M., while writing, Sophos Group Plc’s stock’s current market price was at GBX 573.40 per share, a decrease of 0.62 per cent or GBX 3.60 per share as compared to the previous day’s reported closing price which was at GBX 577.00 per share. At the current market price, the company’s shares were trading 2.35 per cent below the 52 week high price of GBX 587.23 per share, which the stock hit on October 14, 2019. The company’s market capitalisation (M-Cap) was currently reported at £2.816 billion. The Beta of the company has been reported at 0.9947 which implies that movement of the stock is as volatile as the movement of the comparative benchmark index.

 

Avast Plc

Avast Plc (AVST) is a London, the United Kingdom based technology company that is engaged in the provision of cybersecurity solutions and other security software. The company has two product divisions, one for small and medium business purposes and the other for home use. For businesses, the company’s products include Antivirus products, Managed security platforms and other business solutions such as the endpoint protection solutions, managed security solutions and other security solutions, etc. For home purposes, the company’s products provide security as well as privacy solutions across all software mediums like PC, MAC, Android and also Internet of Things (IoT).

 

AVST Financial Performance (Half-year results for six months ended 30th June 2019)

On 14th August 2019, the company announced its interim results for six months ended 30th June 2019. The company’s Adjusted billings excluding discontinues business and disposals up by 9.2 per cent year on year from $416.5 million in H1 2018 to $454.6 million in H1 2019. This also translated into the Adjusted Revenue growth of 5.2 per cent from $403.3 million H1 2018 to $426.8 million in H1 2019. The Operating profit post this excellent performance was up by 47.6 per cent to $161.9 million in H1 2019. Adjusted Net income was also up 13.8 per cent year on year to $148.2 million in H1 2019. The board proposed an interim dividend of 4.4 cents per share which was paid on 11th October 2019.

AVST Share Performance

On 15th October 2019, at 08:09 A.M., while writing, Avast Plc’s stock’s current market price was at GBX 376.60 per share, a decrease of 0.95 per cent or GBX 3.60 per share in the stock price as compared to the previous day’s reported closing price which was at GBX 118.00 per share. At current market price, the company’s shares were trading 5.71 per cent below the 52 week high price of GBX 399.40 per share, which the stock hit on August 23, 2019. The company’s market capitalisation (M-Cap) was currently reported at £3.738 billion.

 

Ocado Group Plc

Ocado Group Plc (OCDO) is the United Kingdom based consumer services company that is engaged in the business of online groceries retailing. The company’s objectives are to build a wholesome online shopping business, through the online infrastructure capabilities by designing and developing their own Intellectual Property (IP) solutions. The company’s solution includes the Ocado Smart Platform which is available to customers as a website or a mobile app which allows the customers to place an order and the company to fulfil the order through its well-networked distribution systems.

 

OCDO Trading Statement

On 17th September 2019, the company announced a trading update for 13 weeks ended 1st September 2019. The company reported a growth of 11.4 per cent year on year in the retail revenue to £386.3 million in the 13 weeks ended 1st September 2019. This was in line with the management’s guidance for the rest of the year. In the same period, the company also announced a growth of 12.1 per cent in Average orders per week to 314,000 orders. This growth has been driven by a new customer fulfilment centre of the company in Erith, which was a focal point in creating additional capacity. The company also expects it’s Joint Venture with M&S will create new opportunities for all the stakeholders.

 

OCDO Share Performance

On 15th October 2019, at 08:25 A.M., while writing, Ocado Group Plc’s stock’s current market price was at GBX 1337.50 per share, an increase of 2.69 per cent or GBX 25.00 per share in the stock price as compared to the previous day’s reported closing price which was at GBX 1302.50 per share. At the current market price, the company’s shares were trading 7.15 per cent below the 52 week high price of GBX 1440.50 per share, which the stock hit on April 24, 2019. The company’s market capitalisation (M-Cap) was currently reported at £9.211 billion. The Beta of the company has been reported at 1.2003, which implies that movement of the stock is more volatile as compared to the movement of the comparative benchmark index.

Boohoo Group Plc

Boohoo Group Plc (BOO), formerly known as boohoo.com plc is a Manchester, the United Kingdom based online fashion retail group operating through its geographical segments in the UK, the United States, other parts of Europe and Australia. The company sells its products through a multi-brand platform, which includes the likes of boohoo, boohooMAN, PrettyLittleThing Nasty Gal, MissPap, Karen Millen and Coast.

 

Boohoo Financial Performance (Interim Results for the six months ended 31st August 2019)

 On 25th September 2019, the company announced its interim results for the six months ended 31st August 2019 in which, the company reported revenue growth of 43 per cent year on year to £564.9 million. This was driven by a strong global revenue performance with the international revenue moving up by 55 per cent. The company also reported a significant growth in the Adjusted EBITDA of 53 per cent to £60.7 million in the first half of the year. The company also highlighted significant growth in the Profit before tax of 83 per cent which translated into diluted earnings per share of GBX 2,48, a growth of 78 per cent year on year.

 

BOO Share Performance

On 15th October 2019, at 08:50 A.M., while writing, Boohoo Group Plc’s stock’s current market price was at GBX 275.00 per share, a decrease of 0.61 per cent or GBX 1.70 per share as compared to the previous day’s reported closing price which was at GBX 276.70 per share. At the current market price, the company’s shares were trading 4.71 per cent below the 52 week high price of GBX 288.60 per share, which the stock hit on September 06, 2019. The company’s market capitalisation (M-Cap) was currently reported at £3.224 billion. The Beta of the company has been reported at 1.4091, which implies that movement of the stock is more volatile as compared to the movement of the comparative benchmark index.

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