Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Capita Group LSE:CPI London Ordinary Share GB00B23K0M20 ORD 2.066666P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -15.80p -4.17% 363.20p 362.70p 363.00p 383.20p 361.70p 380.20p 4,836,347 16:35:11
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Support Services 4,909.2 -403.4 -51.6 - 2,423.67

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Capita Group Daily Update: Capita Group is listed in the Support Services sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker CPI. The last closing price for Capita Group was 379p.
Capita Group has a 4 week average price of 361.70p and a 12 week average price of 361.70p.
The 1 year high share price is 721p while the 1 year low share price is currently 361.70p.
There are currently 667,308,956 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 3,667,897 shares. The market capitalisation of Capita Group is £2,423,666,128.19.
ven1979: Yes, dividends and increase in share price looks as a good opportunity to buy at these levels
walbrock82: Capita’s share price decline can be summed up by falling employee productivity and out of control net borrowings growth. But there are other factors, such as: 1). Exceptional Charges; - The reason why reported EPS collapsed from 35.5 pence in 2014 to 5.5 pence in 2016 was the write-down of contracts and assets. That level of write-downs has totalled £740m in the past two-and-a-half-years. 2). Not fulfilling contracts obligations; - The London congestion charge cost Capita £25m, as they are unable to meet a deadline to install a system. There are delays in registering qualified GPs in the NHS, which resulted in GPs being sent home after getting hired. 3). Contract delays due to governmental budgetary constraints; - That is due to the delay in military contracts and missing out on a large pensions deal. 4). Falling profits led to questions over goodwill valuation; -Goodwill makes up a good chunk of total assets. It amounts to £2.15bn or 30% of total assets. In the event of falling profits, there is pressure on management to write-down Capita’s goodwill to reflect reality. The demise of Capita’s share price is fully researched And, if you happen to have an investment professional advising you about an “employee-based” company, then ask him/her these questions: -Is each employee generating a greater level of sales each year? You can use the period from 2007 to today. -Has the “company” employee generate greater profits each year? -Are total liabilities outpacing sales growth? -How much does goodwill accounts for total assets? The purpose of asking these questions are: -To give an impression to your adviser that you did your homework. -To make them think twice about taking you for a mug. -To display your analytical intelligence when it comes to stock research.
walbrock82: Capita declining share price didn’t happen because of problems in the past few years, but occur much earlier (you are talking about the time during the financial crisis). By using secondary metrics like Sales per employee, you would have noticed that productivity per staff has stalled and was experiencing a gradual decline. See here: - Another interesting observation, which could disrupt the way we analysis market valuation is to pick the most important financial/non-financial data. For Capita, it is their employees. So, what you do is divide the employee numbers by market capitalisation to get market capitalisation per employee. Then you divide employee numbers by normalised profits to get normalised profit per employee. Next, divide Market Capitalisation per employee over Normalised profit per employee to get multiple. Much like the PE ratio, a low number signals cheap valuation and vice-versa. You measure that against Capita’s share price to achieve this correlation. This gradual internal inefficiency has led to their share price decline.
walbrock82: When 447% sales growth (since 2002) doesn’t look too impressive and is a big contributor to the decline of their share price.
bookbroker: That's what the market is looking at Bak., this co. has very little in the way of tangible assets, huge intangibles, high debt and pedestrian growth, it will be overcome by the new order and newer technology with very little to back the share price!
mj19: Thursday's results from outsourcing specialist Capita (LSE: CPI) showed that 2016 was a disappointing year. Its earnings fell by 30% on a per share basis and prompted a major turnaround strategy to be launched. However, the current CEO Andy Parker will not be around to see it through, since he announced on the same day as the results that he will stand down. While this may increase the uncertainty surrounding the company, now could be the perfect time to buy it for the long term.Major changeCapita's current strategy includes a plan to streamline the business and make it more efficient. For example, it will dispose of two of its businesses, Specialist Recruitment and Asset Services, while it will seek to create a simpler and lower-cost business model. While this could improve the company's performance, the reality is that a new CEO is likely to go much further with changes in the company's strategy.A key reason for this is that a new person at the helm will have greater scope to make changes. They will not be bound by any previous decisions and will be able to consider the future of the business from an outside perspective. This could benefit Capita, since it seems to have lost its focus in recent years and has become somewhat bloated. Major change may mean great uncertainty, but it could also lead to rising profitability in the long run.Growth potentialCapita is forecast to return to profitable growth in 2018. However, its bottom line is due to flatline in 2017 before rising by just 3% next year. In the meantime though, its shares could see their rating increase as a new strategy is announced and begins to take hold. In other words, low earnings growth in the next two years may not hold back Capita's share price if it is able to prove to investors that it has the right ideas on how to boost its earnings.The company's shares currently trade on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just 9.1. This is lower than their four-year historic average P/E ratio of 16.4. If the company's P/E ratio reverted to its mean, it could equate to a share price gain of well in excess of 70% within three years. This includes a margin of safety in case earnings forecasts are downgraded.Sector inspirationOf course, Capita is not the only support services company to experience a difficult period. Sector peer Serco (LSE: SRP) is around halfway through an ambitious plan to improve its financial performance. Its recent results showed that while it is not yet back to full health, its performance is gradually starting to show green shoots of recovery. Therefore, Capita could follow a similar path over the next few years.With Serco trading on a P/E ratio of 41.6, it may appear overvalued at the present time. However, its bottom line is expected to increase by 45% next year, which puts it on a price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of just one. Therefore, it appears to be a sound buy, although Capita's lower rating could make it the stronger performer over the medium term.
bakunin: Paddyfool You may well be right. But the market is one big psychological game. A beaten-down company's share price will often begin to rise while the last remaining bad news trickles out. With results due in a few days, this is obviously an attempt to get a base built in the share price. Interesting to see how the psychology works out. After all, it is still a company with £500m+ PBT and a market cap of £3.3bn. And it is in a secular growth sector once it gets its house sorted out.
mj19: Is this over-sold, or what?Since the beginning of 2016, Capita's share price has plummeted by around 60% as the firm issued a series of disappointing trading updates. Neil Woodford, a big holder of Capita shares, summed up the situation in his fund's end-of-year review, saying market confidence in the firm has been undermined and that he and his investment team have been, "disappointed and surprised" by the firm's apparent vulnerability to weaker trading in its more cyclical operations.Indeed, at today's 505p share price, we can now pick up Capita shares on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just below nine, which stands in contrast to the double-figure rating of the last few years. The dividend yield looks attractive, too, running just over 6%. Maybe these shares are a bargain?Neil Woodford thinks the effect of the firm's weakness in trading has been magnified by a general perception that the company's balance sheet must be stretched because profits have fallen. But he points out that the directors announced the disposal of Capita's asset services division, which could help to allay investors' fears about the balance sheet.Mr. Woodford is keeping faith with Capita, believing that the market over-reacted to the firm's profit warnings. He reckons, "The share price now profoundly undervalues the fundamental long-term attractions of this business." He could be right, but I'm not betting with him on this occasion because I believe that better options exist on the London stock market and it's not worth taking the risk on a company that has just demonstrated its ability to surprise on the downside.Turbulence ahead (probably)Meanwhile, the sheer volatility of EasyJet's shares and profit record demonstrates how vulnerable out-and-out cyclical firms are to changes in economic circumstances. Whether it's unstable fuel prices, the effects that terrorism has on demand for the firm's services, a general economic slowdown, or volcanoes erupting, there always seems to be something buffeting the fortunes of airline companies.EasyJet's share price has been a wreck since it looked unassailable during 2014, and everything that we might have learned about the futility of investing in airlines seems to be coming true, and it's impossible to tell what might happen next for the company. The firm's dividend yield runs just over 4%, but I reckon investors need to be selective when it comes to investing in high-yielding stocks. So EasyJet joins Capita on my 'avoid' list.Are you aiming for a million?Dividend-led investing is a great way to capture the power of compounding and features as step six in The Motley Fool team's useful research document called Ten Steps To Making A Million In The Market, which delivers time-tested advice about how to make share investments really work for you.Take the next step on your journey to a million, by clicking here, and making the report part of your toolkit. You can download your copy now, free of charge. Click here.Kevin Godbold has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.
mj19: Woodford IM: 'Owning Capita was a mistake...but we've added to the holding'By Beth Brearley 18th January 2017 3:08 pmNeil WoodfordWoodford Investment Management's Mitchell Fraser-Jones admits it was "a mistake" to invest in Capita in 2016, with the share price more than halving over the course of the year.However Fraser-Jones, head of communications at Woodford IM, says the team recently increased the Capita holding in the £9.5bn Equity Income fund to "[take] advantage of the depressed share price". At the end of November, the fund held 2.18 per cent in Capita.In the December Equity Income fund update, Fraser-Jones says the market has overreacted to Capita's profit warnings and they are maintain their conviction in the long-term prospects for the firm.He says: "With the benefit of hindsight, it has been a mistake to own Capita shares within the portfolio over the last 12 months – that is evident in the fact that its share price has fallen from over £11 per share at the start of 2016 to below £5 per share at times during December."However, it is critical that we do not compound that mistake through an emotional reaction to the disappointment of the share price fall. Our view is that the market has overreacted – to an extent, understandably – to this series of negative trading updates. In turn, this has driven Capita's share price way below the intrinsic value of the business."In the firm's year in review, Neil Woodford admitted he is disappointed with the UK Equity Income fund's performance in 2016 as it failed to achieve the high single digit returns it had been aiming for.The fund returned 3.3 per cent for the one-year period ended 31 December compared to 16.8 per cent in the FTSE All Share. The previous year it had delivered a more exceptional 16.3 per cent compared to 1 per cent in the All Share.
mj19: Capita Coming in as the ninth largest holding in Woodford's fund (2.94% of the fund) is another lesser known stock, Capita (LSE: CPI), which specialises in business process outsourcing and professional services for public and private sector clients. Another company with a consistent track record, Capita has seen its revenue grow from £2,744m in FY2010 to £4,674m in FY2015, a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.2% and its share price enjoyed an excellent run between 2012 and 2015, rising from around 600p to over 1,300p in three years. However in February this year, the company's shares fell to a two-year low after it announced that both the value of its bid pipeline and the average length of its contracts had fallen, and the share price has continued to drift lower since, now down almost 14% year-to-date. An update in May revealed that the company had enjoyed a "solid start to the year" and with the stock trading on an undemanding P/E ratio of 14.1 times next year's earnings, with a dividend yield of 3.1%, it might be worth following in Neil Woodford's footsteps and buying on share price weakness.
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