Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Character Grp. LSE:CCT London Ordinary Share GB0008976119 ORD 5P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 452.50p 450.00p 455.00p 455.00p 452.50p 452.50p 6,898 09:00:28
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Media 99.1 12.3 48.6 9.3 94.02

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Character Grp. Daily Update: Character Grp. is listed in the Media sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker CCT. The last closing price for Character Grp. was 452.50p.
Character Grp. has a 4 week average price of 454.01p and a 12 week average price of 475.19p.
The 1 year high share price is 572p while the 1 year low share price is currently 420p.
There are currently 20,777,140 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 33,065 shares. The market capitalisation of Character Grp. is £94,016,558.50.
maddox: With a progressive dividend policy, good cash generation, a 40% hike in the interim dividend, a prospective shrinking of the shares in issue by 15%. If all that doesn't shift the share price nothing will! Regards, Maddox
h1a3: Hi All, Today, Investors Chronicle are stating: Buy the Buyback King Character. Their comments are: Anyone with children or grandchildren will know the powerful pull the likes of Peppa Pig, Teletubbies and Fireman Sam have on young folk. Toy wholesaler Character (CCT) licenses these brands and many more. The business, based in New Malden, is awarded licences to develop toy ranges based on children's TV and film characters. The manufacture of the toys is outsourced to a company in China, meaning Character's capital investment costs are kept low and its main competencies are focused on in-house design and development. Manufacturing in China also means much of the company's purchasing costs are in dollars, which has posed an issue due to the pound's post-referendum slump. While the shares have fallen since the vote for Brexit, management hedges its currency exposure, which should help. Also, the group's success at boosting overseas sales should act as a natural currency hedge - US sales rose to 24 per cent of the total in the first half, up from 17 per cent for the same period in 2015. Character's reliance on licences means its relationships with intellectual property owners are key. It has a good track record on this front, having had the licence for star character Peppa Pig for 12 years. Other encouraging recent developments include its appointment by DHX as global master toy partner for Teletubbies and appointment by Hasbro for the iconic Stretch Armstrong brand. Conditions in the international toy market currently look buoyant following 7 per cent growth in 2015. That said, the market is very sensitive to the general state of the economy. This cyclicality, coupled with Character's dependence on licences, rather than company-owned brands, creates inherent uncertainty, which helps explain Character's shares' lowly rating of just nine times forecast earnings. However, we think that rating looks too low. What's more, so does the company - it has a huge appetite for its own shares. Last financial year alone it spent £6m buying back 11.2 per cent of its shares, and over the past 10 years buybacks have reduced the number of shares in issue by almost three-fifths. The company has also recently announced it has authorisation to spend up to £5m on up to 3.1m shares, or 15 per cent of those in issue, until 20 January next year, which could allow it to take advantage of the post-referendum share-price fall. Importantly, strong cash conversion means it has been able to substantially reduce the number of shares in issue - thus driving up earnings per share (EPS) - while also pursuing a progressive dividend policy. Indeed, the company reported a £10.3m year-on-year rise in net cash at the half-year stage and hiked the interim dividend by two-fifths. The increased payout was still 4.7 times covered by earnings. CHARACTER (CCT) ORD PRICE: 455p MARKET VALUE: £96m TOUCH: 445-465 12M HIGH / LOW: 572p 425p FORWARD DIVIDEND YIELD: 3.6% FORWARD PE RATIO: 9 NET ASSET VALUE: 101p NET CASH: £14.5m Year to 31 Aug Turnover (£m) Pre-tax profit (£m) Earnings per share (p) Dividend per share (p) 2013 67 0.2 0.7 6.6 2014 98 7.1 27.7 7.3 2015 99 12.3 48.6 11.0 2016* 111 12.6 49.1 15.0 2017* 121 13.6 53.1 16.5 % change +9 +8 +8 +10 Normal market size: 2,000 Matched bargain trading Beta: 0.02 *Allenby Capital forecasts, adjusted PTP and EPS figures The IC view is: The group's top management have been with the business for a long time and have dealt well with past fluctuations in consumer sentiment and swift changes in its young clientele's fickle tastes. We think the shares' rating looks too low and that buybacks make good sense at this level. The well-covered dividend is also an attraction. Buy.
h1a3: I think the MM's have been keeping the share price down to facilitate today's 3 very big buys of circa 450K. I am expecting CCT to be issuing a RNS tomorrow and if that happens, I would expect the share price to rise.
orange1: Is the company trying to say in today´s announcement ( that it would like to buy back more shares but is hamstrung by the rule that it cannot on any one trading day buy more than 25% of the average daily volume?
tromso1: "A breakout above the 535p key resistance level would also confirm the multi-month share price consolidation period is over, a signal well worth following in my view. Trading on a bid-offer spread of 510p to 525p, I rate Character's shares a strong buy and have a fair value price range between 625p and 675p. Buy." Http://
mcartdon: Since the board have sought and have gained permission to buy back shares, with the cash production of the company, and the very low cost of borrowing why is it that they have not followed through? eps is the goal. The purchase of 4 million shares would add 20% to eps and the cost would be absorbed by cash production over 3 years. The return to shareholders would be very good at low cost. they obviously have instead used the capital within the business , cutting debt and investing in new product, after months of share consolidation the results of that investment should start shining through. mm are short of shares and we are on the cusp of new progress towards six pounds in the share price now overdue, seven to eight pounds would not be overdoing it
mattafc: His nakedness helping the share price along!!
thorpematt: Character Group plc with EPIC/TICKER LON:CCT had its stock rating noted as ‘Reiterates217; with the recommendation being set at ‘BUY’ this morning by analysts at Panmure Gordon. Character Group plc are listed in the Consumer Goods sector within AIM. Panmure Gordon have set their target price at 635 GBX on its stock. This would indicate that the analyst believes there is a potential upside of 30.3% from today’s opening price of 487.5 GBX. Over the last 30 and 90 trading days the company share price has increased 7.5 points and decreased 29.3 points respectively.
saucepan: FWIW: I like CCT and have done well out of it. However: CCT now has a high Slater PEG - currently 3.84, according to ShareScope. I moved on from CCT a few weeks ago, mainly for this reason. There are plenty of other stocks with far more attractive PEGs, with an equally exciting or better investment outlook. Technically, it could be argued that the share price has either topped out or, at best, is in a major consolidation phase. Having said that, if the price does now break to the upside - it might make up for lost time.
h1a3: See below a positive article written today by Simon Thompson of Investors Chroncile. Running profits on a playful investment Shares in the fourth largest distributor of toys in the UK, Character Group Character Group PLC (CCT:LSE) (CCT:505p), hit my target price of 525p ahead of a pre-close trading update this week which confirmed the company will hit analysts expectations for the fiscal year to end-August 2015. Full-year pre-tax profits are forecast to jump by more than half to £11m, based on a 15 per cent rise in sales of £113m in the 12-month period. In turn, expect adjusted EPS to increase from 25.2p to 41.9p and support a 35 per cent hike in the divided to just shy of 9p a share. The financial results are due to be released in the first week of December so will make for a good read as should the update on current trading. That's because I understand on the grapevine that there has been a positive reception to The Clangers toy range (launched in the UK in July), and the Clever Keet toy from Character's Little Live Pets range is being tipped by a number of industry commentators to become a Top 10 toy and a best seller over Christmas. Investors are also likely to focus on the re-launch of Teletubbies to our screens in January and the likely positive contribution from these ranges to Character's profits in the current financial year to end August 2016. So with Character's shares rated on a reasonable 12 times' earnings for the fiscal year just ended, and offering a dividend yield north of 2 per cent, I feel there is scope for the share price rally to continue and take-out my 525p target price. Joint house broker Allenby Capital has a target price of 575p, or 15 per cent above the current share price. If you followed my previous advice to buy the shares ('Playtime', 1 June 2015) I would run your healthy profits.
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