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
  +12.50p +2.63% 487.50p 480.00p 495.00p 487.50p 475.00p 475.00p 78,013 14:00:18
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Media 121.0 13.1 50.3 9.7 101.29

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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 475p.
Character Grp. has a 4 week average price of 452.50p and a 12 week average price of 452.50p.
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 27,386 shares. The market capitalisation of Character Grp. is £101,288,557.50.
mcartdon: If you look back historically they were turning over 100 m many years ago 1999, the cycle of growth and collapse is going nowhere.this is the growth i refer to. the dividend is 2.7% inflation is 2% and rising rapidly. a real return is in order of 5-7% with dividend and share price. over the last two years shareholders have received no share growth a low return on dividend with respect to earnings. the shares are 98m less 18 m cash 80 m in prudential bond made 5-6% last year returned to owner. why take the risk for 2.7% nullified by share stagnation
mcartdon: Why do they hold 18m in cash? through a low interest rate period? it earnt very little. why not borrow 18m and buy earnings in solid expansion of its range with a business enhancing merger. Then use the income to pay off the debt over 4 years. Better than buying directors free shares to maintain the same number in circulation over 4 years while pretending this is share price enhancing for shareholders. The dividend is failing to cover inflation with no growth. they had better think of something or loose investors and partners interest.
stoxx67: would be great if the share price warranted wild applause.
carcosa: Except ii would not be interested in buying in the open market because they would not be able to obtain a worthwhile size position without driving the share price up.
mickharkins1: Been buying back in since the results as I can see the share price reach an all time high in the coming weeks/months. Fundamentally solid, with excellent cash generation and the large war chest for buybacks should ensure a floor on the price imo.
rcturner2: I agree with that. It seems bonkers to me that a company with 20% growth in revenue and profit is rated at 10 times earnings. Pays 3% dividend well covered by profits and has net cash is buying back shares. I think a PE ratio of 15 would be much more realistic implying a 50% increase in the share price.
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.
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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