Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Andrews Sykes LSE:ASY London Ordinary Share GB0002684552 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 440.00p 425.00p 455.00p 440.00p 440.00p 440.00p 944 05:00:10
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Support Services 60.1 13.4 25.6 17.2 185.95

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Andrews Sykes Daily Update: Andrews Sykes is listed in the Support Services sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker ASY. The last closing price for Andrews Sykes was 440p.
Andrews Sykes has a 4 week average price of 435p and a 12 week average price of 435p.
The 1 year high share price is 490p while the 1 year low share price is currently 280p.
There are currently 42,262,082 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 1,964 shares. The market capitalisation of Andrews Sykes is £185,953,160.80.
quepassa: This stock continues to trade on a very attractive yield. Historic yield is 23.8p divide by mid price of 425p = 5.6%. On the basis of good trading, there is no reason in my view why this stock shouldn't trade on a lower yield of say 4% as it is a growth stock. That would give a fair value share price of around 600p. Of course, any increasing dividend would further support the share price. The market currently values ASY mainly on yield in my view ( like you would a utility stock perhaps) but in many ways it is more of a family-run growth stock business in my view. Little is factored in for the growth prospects of the Company and ASY's increasing international expansion and build-out of depots. Growth stocks generally trade on lower yields and the shareholder return is partly made through capital uplift in share price. Apart from the illiquidity of the share (a very common issue on many tightly-held AIM companies), personally I see value nearer 600p. This stock is off the general radar. - Nothing wrong with that but if a few more Private Investors do the research and wake up to the merits of ASY, this could move forward quite a bit in my view. ALL IMO. DYOR. QP
quepassa: Hitting new all time highs over last few sessions. Today's offer price of 440p marks a big leap in share price. As always, ASY stock in short supply. Fingers crossed that things continue like this but trading looks to be very encouraging on many fronts. ALL IMO. DYOR. QP
dave129: Hi - This is the commentary on the numbers today on the Stockopedia site by Paul Scott. Regards Andrews Sykes (LON:ASY) Share price: 310p (up 4.2% today) No. shares: 42.3m Market cap: £131.1m Results y/e 31 Dec 2015 - it's ridiculous to be releasing 2015 results in mid-May 2016. What on earth is the FD thinking? I used to get audited results out in 6-7 weeks of the year end, for a similar sized (albeit private) business, in the 1990s. So this is very sloppy, in my view. Having said that, the figures look terrific. This is such a good business, it's just a cash machine - churning out large free cashflows every year. 2015 appears to have been a very good year, with EPS up to 25.6p (2014: 22.0p). So at just over 300p, the shares are currently on a modest PER of just over 12. Note that nearly all earnings were paid out in dividends. It has net cash of £14.6m, and the balance sheet is excellent. Outlook comments sound cautiously optimistic: The group continues to face challenges in all of its geographical markets but our business remains strong, cash generative and well developed, with positive net funds. The mild and wet weather in Europe experienced in the fourth quarter of 2015 continued into the first quarter of 2016, thereby presenting both opportunities and challenges. Our business in the Middle East continues to perform well but we are mindful of the current political and economic issues that surround the region. The board is therefore cautiously optimistic for further success in 2016, always being mindful of the favourable or adverse impact that the weather can have on our business. There is some talk of investing in new products which are less weather-dependent, but I think it's best to regard ASY as a mature company, which is a terrific cash cow. My opinion - this is a lovely business, and very reasonably-priced. So there's a good chance of a significant re-rating, in my view, up to perhaps 400p? Bear in mind the unusual ownership structure, with only a small free float, which some investors don't like. Although the majority shareholder has looked after minorities well to date, with generous divis for example.
ignoble: Cold (very)in Holland and the Sykes website details the expansion of capacity in Paris. Share price seems a bit drifty but the market as a whole is not inspiring too much confidence at the moment.
keithfox: Not sure what all that is about but back to the original discussion, have spoken to several directors and the son of the boss, but not the boss himself. I know they (the co) were a bit fed up with the stock market when their share price was languishing between 50 and 100p not so long ago but I don't see any reason why they/he would want to de-list now. That article never mentioned him (the boss) at all and didn't mention that he owned another sizeable company quoted on the market. Throughout the 20 years that I have held shares in this company, they have always treated the shareholders very well indeed and have done everything by the book. I am happy with them and have a big house because of them!
quepassa: Do you know the boss? Have you met him? If so, can you please give us your views on him. In terms of lack of research, I have the impression that this company does not court attention from either the press or the broker communities. - Nothing wrong with that providing you are ( like me) happy to do your own research. My view is that there are a small handful of AIM companies which are to all intents and purposes pretty much family controlled like Andrews Sykes. They have learnt perhaps that it is better to keep their general shareholder base happy and content and to have a reliable dividend policy in place. Also to give good guidance and no major surprises - as this tends to be very good and stabilising for the share price, being compared to many AIM companies where volatility can be very high. Given the market cap of ASY and the size of the family shareholding, it seems to me that they ASY clan have a lot of skin in the game - which is good to see- and a big incentive to keep things on the up-and-up. ALL IMO> DYOR. QP
jeff h: I agree keith - better than I was expecting as well. Momentum in Q4 seemingly will continue into the new year so hope for improved results this year depending on the weather factor. Reckon the share price will stick in the 300's for now.
investali: You are part right but this explains much better than I could, Dividend dates explained Investors are sometimes puzzled by why high-yielding shares seem sometimes to drop sharply without any apparent reason on a Wednesday. The falls are harmless and the reason is mundane. It is bound up with the way the market takes account of dividend payments. It's important for investors to have a dividing line that determines precisely when shareholders qualify for a dividend and when they do not, and to know precisely how and when that fact will be taken into account by the market. All dividend announcements by companies give at least two key dates. These are: • The 'record' date. This is the date after which new buyers of the shares will not qualify for the pending dividend payments. In other words if you sell a share just before or buy a share just after the record date, you won't be entitled to the dividend. This is not necessarily called the record date in a company announcement. The phrase generally used will be something like "...will be paid on [payment date] to shareholders on the register at [record date]". • The payment date. This is the date that dividend cheques are posted or dividends paid by bank mandate are credited to shareholders bank accounts. This may be some weeks or even months after the record date, so it is important to be aware precisely when the payment is likely to be made. Company websites generally contain these details, as do printed company announcements mailed to shareholders. The third key date, and the one that causes most confusion, is: • The 'ex-dividend' date. This is normally the second business day prior to the record date. Since record dates are generally a Friday, this means that most ex-dividend dates are on a Wednesday. Ex-dividend dates are fixed this way because of settlement times. On the T+3 system operated in the UK (i.e. a trade settles three days after it is executed), investors need to buy a stock three days prior to the record date (that's to say, the day before the ex-dividend date) to be sure of qualifying for the dividend payment, since three days for settlement is needed before the shareholder's name goes on the register. What happens on the ex-dividend date? In order to recognise the fact that buyers of the share on or after that day will not qualify for the imminent dividend, the share price is adjusted downwards by an amount that reflects the size of the pending per share dividend payment. Hence the sometimes puzzling share price falls in dividend-paying shares. If a share stands at 630p the day prior to 'going ex' a 25p dividend payment, this means that when the shares open the following day, they will have been adjusted downwards to 605p. Any movement from that level, or a higher or lower opening price, simply reflects the underlying tone of the market, or supply and demand for the share itself. On an ex-dividend date, any underlying change in the price compared to the previous day can be worked out by notionally subtracting the dividend from the previous day's close and then comparing the resulting price with that day's quote. Shares trading ex-dividend are noted in published price lists and broker contract notes with an 'xd' tag after the price, to emphasise that the shares are being bought without entitlement to the pending dividend payment.
horndean eagle: If anyone was wondering what it was that actually triggered the bizarre price action in ASY of late then I have a suggestion:- At - we rank every company out of 100 for its Quality, Value and Momentum using a blend of highly predictive quantitative factors. A composite of these three scores produces an overall ranking we call the 'QVM' StockRank which is designed to be predictive of future long term stock market outperformance. In the case of the Value Rank for instance, where Greenblatt looked only at earnings yield, the ValueRank also takes into account several other factors including price-to-book, price-to-earnings, price-to-free cashflow and dividend yield. In other words, it isn't relying on one individual ratio to define a company's likely valuation. Likewise in the case of the Quality Rank, rather than just looking at return on capital, the ranking tool looks at a host of other indicators spanning the quality of franchise, fundamental direction and financial safety. If you apply the StockRank to those companies currently in the top 15% of the market in terms of their Magic Formula scores, you immediately lose a handful of potentially rogue stocks that crop up near the top of the standard Greenblatt list, among them a couple of small natural resources companies and a Chinese logistics business. Instead, you get a basket of predominantly small to mid-cap shares that are super charged Magic Formula qualifying companies with the added bonus of having positive share price and earnings momentum behind them. The additional momentum filter in the StockRank could act as an aid in further screening out the 'value traps' inherent in a value strategy such as this. You can see the full list to this screening process here, which is topped by RM (LON:RM.), a company that has previously done extremely well in supplying IT kit as part of the PFI-funded Building Schools for the Future programme. With that programme now winding down, it's looking to improve the performance of its other divisions and the share price has responded with a gain of 50p to 115p since July. You can read Paul Scott's view on RM's balance sheet here. Elsewhere, bolstering the Magic Formula with this filter makes no difference to companies such as defence contractor Cohort (LON:CHRT), oil and gas group SOCO International (LON:SIA) and equipment hire business Andrews Sykes (LON:ASY), which all rank highly on both sets of measures. Meanwhile, the introduction of high ranking StockRanks companies, sees retailers JD Sports Fashion (LON:JD.) and Halfords (LON:HFD) pushed up the list, as are recruitment firms Networkers International (LON:NWKI) and Harvey Nash (LON:HVN).
ignoble: Thinking on , it all makes sense to move ASY into the regions where LSC has a presence. Would think many , many businesses are on contract to LSC for annual fire safety checks and all that goes with it. Over time, would assume that many of these institutions would buy into ASY air con service contracts , heating and the like. Hope so ... Just hope that I live long enough to hopefully see all my thoughts come to fruition (and also ASY share price @ £17.50 as per LSC) Ever the optimist ... No advice intended and all that jazz !
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