Stocks Under Spotlight: MKS, OCDO, COB, 0RJI, 0NQF, 0NXX

Stocks Under Spotlight: MKS, OCDO, COB, 0RJI, 0NQF, 0NXX

Marks and Spencer Group PLC

Marks and Spencer Group Plc (MKS) is a London, the United Kingdom-based company and is a well-known supplier of clothing, footwear, home furnishings, beauty care, accessories and foods products through a network of retail stores and online channels. The company trades at the London Stock Exchange and is a part of the FTSE 100 index. According to the annual report 2019, the company’s business operations are spread across 57 countries and has a customer base of around 32 million users and established stores of around 1,487.

Financial Highlights for FY19 

The company’s reported revenue declined by 3 per cent to £10.4 billion as compared with the financial year 2018 data of £10.7 billion, due to the decline in the United Kingdom and International market. Operating profit before adjusting items declined by 10.4% to £601 million against the £670.6 million in FY18. Profit before tax and adjusting items stood at £523.2 million, down by 9.9 per cent from the previous year data. Basic earnings per share (EPS) rose by 31.3 per cent to 2.1 pence as compared with the prior year data, mainly driven by the impact of the decrease in adjusting items year on year. The company announced a final dividend per share of 7.1 pence, resulting in a total dividend per share decreased by 25.7 per cent to 13.9 pence as compared with the financial year 2018 of 18.7 pence.

MKS Share price performance

Daily Chart as at 06-August-19, before the market closed (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 6th August 2019, at the time of writing (before the market close, GMT 01:14 PM), MKS shares were trading at GBX 191.35 and increased by 0.36% against the previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks High and Low is GBX 301.27 /GBX 185.00 respectively. The company’s stock beta stood at 1.15, reflecting higher volatility of the stock as compared to the benchmark index.

Ocado Group PLC

Ocado Group Plc (OCDO) is one of the largest online grocery retailers in the UK. The company’s main objective is to provide its customer with a better shopping experience. The company divides its product based on the service, price and range. The company is currently having a customer base of over 580,000 people.

Financial highlights for H1 FY19

The company’s revenue stood at £882.3 million in first half of the financial year 2019 as against £795.3 million in first half of the financial year 2018. The company’s EBITDA was recorded at £18.1 million in the first half of the financial year 2019 as against £34.3 million in the first half of the financial year 2018. The company’s cash balances were recorded at £360.1 million in H1 FY19 as against £447.6 million in H1 FY18. The company’s loss before tax was at £142.8 million in H1 FY19 as against £13.6 million in H1 FY18. The company’s gross profit surged by 11.2 per cent to £233.2 million in H1 FY19.

OCDO Share price performance

Daily Chart as at 06-August-19, before the market closed (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 6th August 2019, at the time of writing (before the market close, GMT 01:16 PM), OCDO shares were trading at GBX 1,159 and increased by 0.56% against the previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks High and Low is GBX 1,440.50 /GBX 730.60. The company’s stock beta stood at 1.46, reflecting higher volatility of the stock as compared to the benchmark index.

Cobham PLC

Cobham (COB) focuses on creating products and services concerning the Aerospace & Defence sector, which can be used in remote and challenging environments to secure human lives and assets. The company’s USP lies in AV(Audio/Video) communications, data and satellite communications, defence gadgets, refuelling systems (Air-to-Air), life support equipment and aviation services.

Recent developments

AI Convoy Bidco Limited, a subsidiary of US buyout group, acquired Cobham PLC. The companies agreed upon terms of a recommended cash acquisition (under Part 26 of the UK Companies Act 2006) of the total share capital (issued/to be issued ordinary shares of Cobham). Hence, the shareholders of the company are entitled to get 165 pence per share in cash.  The total share capital of Cobham was valued at around £4.0 billion (fully diluted).

Bidco is an indirect subsidiary of US buyout group, Advent, which is a renowned private equity investor worldwide. Advent has recorded 345 plus buyout transactions in over 40 countries. The company manages funds and invests in high potential industrial and engineering companies across the globe to generate returns in the longer term.

Financial highlights for H1 FY19

The company’s revenue stood at £1,028.9 million in H1 FY19 as against £924.5 million in H1 FY18. This rise was due to an increase in demand for various products. The company’s profit from operations (reported) stood at £68.7 million in H1 FY19 as against £213.9 million in H1 FY18. The company’s profit from operations (adjusted) stood at £107.1 million in H1 FY19 as against £95.5 million in H1 FY18. The company’s operating margin (adjusted) stood at 10.4 per cent in H1 FY19 as against 10.3 per cent in H1 FY18.

The company's net finance cost incurred was recorded at £8.2 million in H1 FY19 as against £32.9 million in H1 FY18. The company's overall tax cost was recorded at £12.6 million as against £14.3 million in H1 FY18. The company’s basic EPS stood at 2.0 pence per share in H1 FY19 as against 7.0 pence in H1 FY18. The company’s cash from operations (adjusted) stood at £64.2 million in H1 FY19 as against £37.7 million in H1 FY18. On July 25th, 2019, Cobham has declared a dividend (interim) of 0.40 pence per share.

COB Share price performance

Daily Chart as at 06-August-19, before the market closed (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 6th August 2019, at the time of writing (before the market close, GMT 01:18 PM), COB shares were trading at GBX 164.45 and decreased by 0.24% against the previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks High and Low is GBX 171.20 /GBX 96.38. The company’s stock beta stood at 0.75, reflecting lower volatility of the stock as compared to the benchmark index.

Anheuser Busch Inbev NV

Anheuser Busch Inbev NV (0RJI) is a breweries company with its roots in Belgium. Some popular brands are Budweiser, Corona and many more. The company has its own manufacturing, packaging and distribution arrangements.

Financial highlights for FY19

The company’s revenue stood at $54,619 million (surged by 4.8 per cent) in FY18 as against $56,444 in FY17. The company’s gross profit stood at $34,259 million in FY18 as against $35,058 million in FY17. The company’s EBIT stood at $17,106 million in FY18 as against $17,152 in FY17. The company’s EBITDA stood at $21,366 million in FY18 as against $21,429 million in FY17.

0RJI Share price performance

Daily Chart as at 06-August-19, before the market closed (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 6th August 2019, at the time of writing (before the market close, GMT 01:21 PM), 0RJI shares were trading at EUR 87.86 and increased by 0.11% against the previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks High and Low is EUR 92.71 /EUR 35.70. The company’s stock beta stood at 1.29, reflecting higher volatility of the stock as compared to the benchmark index.

Renault SA

Renault SA (0NQF) is into manufacturing of automobiles and ancillary services. It operates in two segments. The automobile division is into designing, manufacturing and marketing of private and commercial vehicles. The sales & financing division offers financial services to facilitate sales.

0NQF Share price performance

Daily Chart as at 06-August-19, before the market closed (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 6th August 2019, at the time of writing (before the market close, GMT 1:23 PM), 0NQF shares were trading at EUR 51.60 and increased by 2.89% against the previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks High and Low is EUR 78.96 /EUR 48.25. The company’s stock beta stood at 1.45, reflecting higher volatility of the stock as compared to the benchmark index.

Daimler AG

Daimler AG (0NXX) is into manufacturing of private and commercial vehicles. The company also manages its own distribution network. The well renowned name of Mercedes is owned by the company. In addition, the company has forayed into financial services to bolster sales growth. The company cannot go unnoticed as it has footprint in more than 40 countries across the world.

Financial highlights for Q2 FY19

The company’s revenue stood at €42,650 million in Q2 FY19 as against €40,756 million in Q2 FY18. The company’s loss before tax stood at €1,555 million in Q2 FY19. The company’s net loss stood at €1,242 million in Q2 FY19. In Q2 FY19, the number of employees working for the company were 304,065 as against 298,683 (as on December 31, 2018).

0NXX Share price performance

Daily Chart as at 06-August-19, before the market closed (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 6th August 2019, at the time of writing (before the market close, GMT 01:25 PM), 0NXX shares were trading at EUR 44.01 and decreased by 0.11% against the previous day closing price. Stock's 52 weeks High and Low is EUR 59.94 /EUR 43.68. The company’s stock beta stood at 1.49, reflecting higher volatility of the stock as compared to the benchmark index.

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