Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Assura LSE:AGR London Ordinary Share GB00BVGBWW93 ORD 10P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.25p +0.42% 60.00p 59.95p 60.00p 60.30p 59.60p 60.30p 1,711,690 16:29:56
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Food & Drug Retailers 61.0 28.8 2.2 27.3 985.13

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Assura Group Daily Update: Assura is listed in the Food & Drug Retailers sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker AGR. The last closing price for Assura Group was 59.75p.
Assura has a 4 week average price of 58.45p and a 12 week average price of 58.38p.
The 1 year high share price is 61p while the 1 year low share price is currently 48.08p.
There are currently 1,641,878,316 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 4,115,494 shares. The market capitalisation of Assura is £985,126,989.60.
zeppo: Ate there share price performance targets? z
hyperboreus: Which shorters are you referring to oc, I haven't come across Assura on any Short Interest Tracking websites? As I have mentioned before I have held and accumulated shares in Assura since 2012 and I agree with you that they are a well run rock solid outfit, but I personally do not think that anyone needs to rush in here even after the pull-back. I think that the share price will only start to rise once they announce a larger than expected increase in the quarterly dividend as the yield is only 3.8% currently. Brokers dividend forecasts for y/e 31 March 2016 are 2.05p and 2.26p for y/e 31 March 2017 so not exactly that exciting enough for a surge in the share price in the near term I would have thought. I am more than happy to continue to hold here given the average share price I bought at but I think the share price will only really motor if they become a 'takeover' target at some stage in the future and personally I think that could well happen.
shauney2: A big UT at the end knocked it down a bit more.Stops getting hit at the moment. Ideas? I see this as a long term hold for me so a bit sanguine although obviously not good to see the decline in the share price. See how the half year results are the end of September and add if i they are good.
hyperboreus: Wise words WirralOwl, the share price fall of late for me is not an issue as I have accumulated my shareholding in 'rock solid' Assura purely for the yield which for me is currently around 5%. I would imagine that the board will more than likely feel compelled to up the dividend at the latest in Jan 16 and in the meantime I cannot honestly see the share price doing a great deal as the current yield is only 3.7% at the current level of 2p per share.
hyperboreus: Hello eekorehc or should that be cherokee? I am sure you are not thick but a few things puzzle me about this so called 'downgrade' from BUY to HOLD by Liberum Capital. They issued this 'downgrade' very early this morning well before the presentation to investors and analysts at 11am. Incidentally the webcast available to view on the website, is as always with Assura well worth watching, around 34 minutes in duration, it tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about the guys running Assura whether you are a shareholder or contemplating investing in the Company. At the close of play today the share price is 49p which is 1p below the Liberum Capital target price of 50p, therefore they might argue why buy at this level when it has almost reached their target price but investing in Assura is not primarily about capital growth as I see it, the yield is attractive at 4%+ with the likelihood of increasing dividends down the line, the board seem pretty confident that the shackles are about to be loosened by NHS England, administrative costs are controlled by Assura's business model and the balance sheet has been considerably strengthened by the recent fundraising exercise last month. Interestingly the Liberum Capital representative at the presentation asked 3 questions at the end of the presentation by the 3 employees of Assura so as their house broker I find it very odd that they didn't hang fire before rushing out a 'downgrade'. I first invested in Assura early in 2012 when the share price was around 30p and am more convinced than ever that it was an excellent decision to do so. You will not get explosive growth from Assura but ANY balanced portfolio simply demands a stock pick such as AGR. Having said that I still think that Assura will get taken out sometime in the future as Invesco Ltd now hold 26.43% having sold out completely less than 12 months ago :-)
hyperboreus: We all seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet here which isn't surprising as I firmly believe that Assura are a class outfit. I too will be taking up my allocation plus a few more if any are available. Very interesting how the market makers artificially manipulated the share price late yesterday when the uncrossing trade went through at 46.75p in order for the following statement this morning: 'The Offer Price represents a discount of 6.95 per cent to the closing price of 46.75 pence per Existing Ordinary Share on 23 September 2014, being the last practicable day prior to the announcement of the Share Issue." Just for the record 12 minutes before close of play the mid-price was 45.75p. Lies,damned lies and statistics spring to mind :-)
topvest: Yes i will definitely take up my allocation. They have played this all quite well and done the placing at a reasonable share price and virtually equal to the NBV. Will give them significant firepower. Looks set to become the sector leader amongst the listed players after this.
wirralowl: Perhaps this is what's been putting pressure on the share price recently? Maybe with the 2 transactions this morning there's been a swap between institutions, as share price has just popped up a little? Whatever, I guess all will be revealed shortly...
scburbs: Good to see the CEO on his way. Looks like a good appointment. You would hope that Graham Roberts would have had the sense not to have crystallised such a large swap loss when the payback period in order to recover it through lower interest rates was such a long time (and longer than the term of the new debt taken on!). They need to be doing better on the dividend. That is a low yield on the share price (relative to competitors) and a really low yield on NAV. Playing it safe so in 10 years time they can claim an unbroken track record of rises is not something they will get much support for from current shareholders!
scburbs: Topvest, Agreed, divi is the key here - not seen a forecast. AGR need to be competing with PHP and MedicX on yield against NAV and should be ahead of them against yield on share price (this is the differential needed to close the gap). They need to be paying 2p+ IMV despite the new shares, anything less than 1.75p would be poor. Perhaps they shouldn't expect to compete with MedicX against NAV as they pay an uncovered dividend, but PHP who pay 5.6% of NAV should be the benchmark. They will probably struggle to match PHP's yield on EPRA as PHP have a better track record/cheaper debt. They should however be looking for 4.5-5% of adjusted NAV translating to a higher yield on the share price and providing a driver for a re-rating. If they start by paying an overly conservative dividend then that would be an error IMV (surely they have already filled their quota of errors!). Shareholders have given them the money, it is time for AGR to start giving back with rental growth and development profits driving a solidly increasing dividend from a solid starting yield of well over 5% of the current share price of 33.5p.
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