Two Diverse Sector Stocks Under focus - Haydale Graphene Industries, St. Modwen Properties Plc

  • Sep 17, 2019 BST
  • Team Kalkine
Two Diverse Sector Stocks Under focus - Haydale Graphene Industries, St. Modwen Properties Plc
HAYD-Business overview

Haydale Graphene Industries PLC (HAYD) is a global technology solutions company which harness the potential of advanced materials. The group brings together cutting-edge technology with engineering know-how to enhance the performance of products and materials through rigorous technical development, creativity and a focus on the successful business outcome.

HAYD-Trading update for FY19 period ended 30th June 19

The company’s income is expected to be in line with the market’s expectations, although on the lower side in FY19. The company has carried out restructuring which eventually led to incurring higher costs. The company is taking a prudent approach which will be carried forward to the next year.

HAYD-Financial Highlights for H1 FY19

The Group revenues for the period were GBP 1.64 million, up by 20% as compared to the second half of the last financial year. Due to an increased headcount across the group, loss before taxation was GBP 3.47 million as compared to a loss of GBP 2.74 million a year earlier, while cash at the period end was GBP 0.96 million. Basic loss per share increased to GBP 0.13.

To manufacture new Silicon Carbide cutting tools to increase sales and improve gross margins, significant investment in production capabilities at the US site was made, which resulted in a 10% increase in revenue from the US. To reset the cost base and consolidate the position over the next six months, the group will continue to implement the management actions already started. The company is transitioning from research and development to commercial sales, which would help in delivering expected growth over the medium term without adding to the cost base. The company to create a stable platform to enable the group to achieve its plan to profitability, is seeking to leverage its significant investment made in its US business.

HAYD-Share price performance

Daily Chart as on 17th-September-19, before the market closed (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 17th September 2019, while writing at 03:09 PM GMT, Haydale Graphene Industries PLC shares were clocking a current market price of GBX 1.71 per share; which was less by 1.15 per cent in comparison to the last traded price of the previous day. The company’s market capitalisation was at £5.51 million at the time of writing.

On 17th September 2018, the shares of Haydale Graphene Industries PLC have touched a new peak of GBX 12.26 and reached the lowest price level of GBX 1.35 on 08th August 2019 in the last 52 weeks. The company’s shares were trading at 86.05 per cent lower from the 52-week high price mark and 26.66 per cent higher than the 52-week low price mark at the current trading level, as can be seen in the price chart.

The stock’s traded volume was hovering around 71,215 at the time of writing before the market close. The company’s 5-day stock's average traded volume was 375,932.60; 30 days average traded volume- 975,674.43 and 90 days average traded volume – 1,796,842.54. The volatility of the company’s stock was 82 per cent lower as compared with the index taken as the benchmark, as the beta of the company’s stock was recorded at 0.18.

The shares of the company have delivered a negative return of 14.81 per cent in the last quarter. The company’s stock plunged by 80.05 per cent from the start of the year to till date. The company’s stock has given investors 85.61 per cent of a negative return in the last year. 

Sector: Real Estate Investment & Services

SMP-Business overview

St. Modwen Properties Plc (SMP) is a Real Estate Investment & Services company helping in value addition by the management of schemes. The company provides services related to active asset management and development, remediating brownfield land and planning process. The company is having an employee base of over 600 professionals working in 3 business units.

SMP-Recent News

On 16th September 2019, St. Modwen Properties announced the appointment of Sarah Whitney as a director, non-executive effective immediately. Sarah will be part of Remuneration, Nomination and Audit Committees of the board.

SMP-Financial Highlights for H1 FY19

In the first half of the financial year 2019, the company’s revenue declined to £173.2 million from £213.7 million in the first half of the financial year 2018. The decline in the revenue was driven by low revenue generated from the portfolio business for the period. The company’s NAV (Net asset value) per share was up by 1.3 per cent to 476.4 pence in H1 FY2019 versus 470.2 pence in H1 FY2018. The group’s Profit before interest and tax was at £35.6 million in H1 FY2019 versus £38 million in H1 FY2018. The company’s statutory PBT (Profit Before Tax) surged to £28.1 million in the first half of the financial year 2019 from £25.9 million in the first half of the financial year 2018. The company’s profit for the period was up by 11.1 per cent to £23.1 million in the H1 FY2019 versus £20.8 million in the H1 FY2018. The company’s statutory profit attributable to the shareholders stood at £23.3 million in the H1 FY2019 versus £20.8 million in the H1 FY2018. The company’s Statutory basic earnings per share stood at 10.5 pence in H1 FY2019 as against 9.4 pence in the H1 FY2018. The company’s Statutory diluted earnings per share stood at 10.4 pence in H1 FY2019 as against 8.8 pence in the H1 FY2018. The company’s interim dividend surged by 16.1 per cent to 3.6 pence in H1 FY2019 from 3.1 pence in H1 FY2018.

The company had shown decent growth in the financial performance for the first half of the financial year 2019. Although the company’s top-line performance had declined, the bottom-line performance had improved for the period.

The economic environment in which the company operates is uncertain and is expected to remain the same soon. The company will be impacted by the uncertainties created by the ongoing Brexit, as it will impact the company’s supply chain and increased the level of political uncertainty in the United Kingdom.

The company’s strategy is more focussed towards the sector, offering structural growth and Government policy remained supportive towards the housebuilding sector, which will provide an operational and financial boost.

 SMP-Share price performance

Daily Chart as on 17th-September-19, before the market close (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On 17th September 2019, while writing at 03:14 PM GMT, St. Modwen Properties Plc shares were clocking a current market price of GBX 427 per share; which was higher by 0.82 per cent in comparison to the last traded price of the previous day. The company’s market capitalisation was at around £947.22 million at the time of writing.

On 25th July 2019, the shares of St. Modwen Properties Plc have touched a new peak of GBX 451 and reached the lowest price level of GBX 357.42 on 15th October 2018 in the last 52 weeks. The company’s shares were trading at 5.32 per cent lower from the 52-week high price mark and 19.46 per cent higher the 52-week low price mark at the current trading level as can be seen in the price chart.

The stock’s traded volume was hovering around 93,916 at the time of writing before the market close. The company’s 5-day stock's average traded volume was 151,855.60; 30 days average traded volume- 146,544.13 and 90 days average traded volume – 138,534.47. The volatility of the company’s stock was 50 per cent lower as compared with the index taken as the benchmark, as the beta of the company’s stock was recorded at 0.50 with a dividend yield of 1.79 per cent.

The shares of the company have delivered a negative return of 0.47 per cent in the last quarter. The company’s stock surged by 6.94 per cent from the start of the year to till date. The company’s stock has given investors 8.48 per cent of a positive return in the last year. 

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