Buy these 3 FTSE 100 shares to ward off another lockdown worry

Highlights 

  • Legal & General declared an interim dividend of 5.18 pence per share to shareholders for H1 2021.
  • Taylor Wimpey recorded 7,303 home completions in H1 2021 compared to 2,771 in H1 2020.
  • Whitbread recorded cash and cash equivalents of £1,256 million in FY 2021 compared to the previous year’s £503 million.

FTSE 100 listed companies are among the top bets for investors desiring a stable return on their investments. These stocks belong to companies operating in the essential sectors and often remain unaffected by economic uncertainties. Investors often add these stocks to their portfolios with the expectation of continued and reasonable returns.

Image description: LGEN, TW. WTB: 3 FTSE 100 stocks with a return of over 40% in a year

(Data source: Refinitiv)

Here we look at the top 3 stocks listed on the FTSE 100 Index that returned over 40% in a year to shareholders.

Legal & General Group Plc (LON: LGEN)

Legal & General Group is a UK-based company engaged in offering asset management and financial services. Recently, the company announced plans to expand into China. The shares of the company traded at GBX 279.80, down slightly by 0.04% at 10:30 AM on Tuesday 14 September 2021.

Legal & General recorded an operating profit of £1,079 million in H1 2021, up by 14% year-on-year compared to £946 million in H1 2020.

For H1 2021, Legal & General declared an interim dividend of 5.18 pence per share to shareholders, up by 5% compared to 4.93 pence per share in H1 2020. 

The shares of Legal & General Group gave a return of 42.45% in the last one year to shareholders, and the market cap of the company stood at £16,710.01 million.

Taylor Wimpey Plc (LON: TW.)

Taylor Wimpey is a prominent housebuilding companies in the UK. Recently, the company announced the commencement of the main infrastructure work at Glenboig on 20 September, post the successful completion of its pre-construction and preparation activities. The shares of the company traded at GBX 170.45, down slightly by 0.58% at 10:40 AM on Tuesday 14 September 2021.

Taylor Wimpey recorded 7,303 home completions in H1 2021 compared to 2,771 in H1 2020. Its revenue rose by 191% year-on-year from £754.6 million in H1 2020 to £2,196.3 million in H1 2021. The company’s net cash at the end of the period stood at £906.5 million.

For H1 2021, Taylor Wimpey announced an interim dividend of 4.14 pence per share or £151 million in total to shareholders.

The shares of Taylor Wimpey have given a return of 53.17% in the last one year, and the market cap of the company stood at £6,252.05 million.

Whitbread Plc (LON: WTB)

Whitbread is a UK-based hospitality business. The shares of the company traded at GBX 3,312.00, up by 0.58% at 10:50 AM on Tuesday 14 September 2021.

Whitbread’s total accommodation sales in the UK were 60.9% behind in Q1 FY22 compared to Q1 FY20 due to the imposition of government restrictions during the quarter. Net revenues of the company for the FY21 stood at £590 million compared to £2,072 million in the previous year. It recorded cash and cash equivalents of £1,256 million in FY21 compared to the previous year’s £503 million. Last year the company had not declared any dividend in order to retain cash.

The shares of Whitbread have given a return of 43.15% in the last one year, and the market cap of the company stood at £6,651.77 million.

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