5 good FTSE stocks to buy now

Highlights

  • The COVID-19 pandemic impacted global economies, resulting in the imposition of stringent restrictions on movement and lockdowns for more than a year.
  • Business activities in the country and across the globe are gradually returning to normalcy.

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the global economies, resulting in the imposition of stringent restrictions on movement and lockdowns for more than a year, stalled business activity and crashing stock markets. However, with mass COVID-19 vaccine administration across the UK and gradual relaxation in COVID-19 related restrictions, business activities in the country and across the globe are returning to normalcy.

Against the backdrop of the difficult economic conditions created by the health crisis, we take a look at 5 good UK stocks to buy now. Below is a comprehensive analysis of these British dividend-paying companies based on their return to shareholders in the last one year.

Elixirr International Plc (LON: ELIX)

Elixirr International is an AIM-listed provider of premium consulting services. The company announced a 77% year-on-year revenue growth to £24.0 million in H1 2021 ended 30 June, compared to £13.5 million in H1 2020. Its profit before taxation increased by 145% from £2.6 million in H1 2020 to £6.4 million in H1 2021.

On 16 June 2021, Elixirr International’s board approved a final dividend of 2.2 pence per ordinary share for the financial year ended 31 December 2020.

The stock tops our list of good UK stocks to buy now. The shares of Elixirr International are trading at GBX 705.00 at 8:11 AM BST on 25 November 2021. In the last one year, the shares returned 179.21% to shareholders, and the market cap of the company currently stands at £325.61 million.

Warpaint London Plc (LON: W7L)

Warpaint London is a colour cosmetics company. The company operates via two divisions –the larger division is engaged in the supply and sales of its own branded cosmetics under W7 and Technic brands. Warpaint London’s sales increased by 36% year-on-year to £18.4 million in H1 2021 compared to £13.5 million in H1 2020.

Warpaint London’s online sales in the UK and the US grew by 115% year-on-year in H1 2021.

Warpaint London’s board declared an interim dividend of 2.5 pence per share to be paid on 26 November 2021. 

The shares of Warpaint London are trading at GBX 155.00 at 8:12 AM BST on 25 November 2021. In the last one year, the shares returned 127.94% to shareholders, and the market cap of the company currently stands at £118.97 million.

Cerillion Plc (LON: CER)

Cerillion is a provider of charging, billing, and CRM solutions to finance telecom, and utility sectors. In September, Cerillion signed two agreements with OpenNet, a telecom business, for a total of £4.3 million.

Cerillion’s revenue rose by 25% year-on-year to £26.1 million compared to £20.8 million in 2020. Its new order value increased by 43% to £33.3 million in 2021 compared to the previous year’s £23.3 million.

For the year ended 30 September 2021, Cerillion announced a final dividend of 5.00 pence per share, up from 3.75 pence in 2020. The total dividend for 2021 stands at 7.1 pence per share compared to 5.5 pence in 2020, representing a year-on-year increase of 29%.

The shares of Cerillion are trading at GBX 820.00 at 8:13 AM BST on 25 November 2021. In the last one year, the shares returned 141.18% to shareholders, and the market cap of the company currently stands at £242.01 million.

Centaur Media Plc (LON: CAU)

Centaur Media is a UK-based provider of specialist consultancy and market intelligence services. The company’s revenues grew by 22% year-on-year to £18.3 million for six months ended 30 June 2021, along with strong revenue growth across Xeim up by 20% to £14.8 million and The Lawyer up by 30% to £3.5 million. The company’s adjusted EBITDA increased to £2.2 million during the period compared to the previous year’s £0.9 million.

Centaur Media announced an interim dividend of 0.5 pence per share to shareholders for the 6 months ended 30 June 2021.

Centaur Media’s board expects full-year 2021 revenues to exceed £37 million, representing a 15% year-on-year increase. 

The shares of Centaur Media are trading at GBX 57.00 at 8:13 AM BST on 25 November 2021. In the last one year, the shares returned 135.88% to shareholders, and the market cap of the company currently stands at £83.71 million.

Volution Group Plc (LON: FAN)

Volution Group is a supplier of ventilation products across the UK, Asia, Australia and Europe. In September, Volution Group completed the takeover of Energy Recovery Industries, a supplier and manufacturer of sustainable and energy-efficient heat exchanger cells. 

Volution Group reported revenue growth to £272.6 million in 2021 compared to the previous year’s £216.6 million. Its profit before tax was £30.0 million in 2021, representing an increase from the previous year’s £14.6 million.

Volution Group board fixed a total dividend of 6.3 pence per share for 2021.

The shares of Volution Group are trading at GBX 522.00, up by 0.39% at 8:08 AM BST on 25 November 2021. In the last one year, the shares returned 126.96% to shareholders, and the market cap of the company currently stands at £1,029.21 million.

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