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NCC Group LSE:NCC London Ordinary Share GB00B01QGK86 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +3.50p +2.52% 142.50p 142.75p 143.25p 143.50p 136.00p 136.00p 1,201,711 16:35:27
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Software & Computer Services 209.1 9.4 2.5 57.0 394.03

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29/4/2017
09:20
NCC Daily Update: NCC Group is listed in the Software & Computer Services sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker NCC. The last closing price for NCC was 139p.
NCC Group has a 4 week average price of 126.25p and a 12 week average price of 88p.
The 1 year high share price is 377.30p while the 1 year low share price is currently 88p.
There are currently 276,510,137 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 1,050,833 shares. The market capitalisation of NCC Group is £394,026,945.23.
24/3/2017
11:09
qs99: opodio, why would the share price have risen near 20% if a rights issue was in the offing? IMO SP's usually go the other way if there is any financial distress and a RI is expected. Maybe a placing, but again, can't quite see why. So concerted buying has pushed this up around 10% in 2 days.......bodes well IMO....GLA DYOR
23/2/2017
01:28
masurenguy: Security firm ‘at risk of sale’ after warning NCC Group, the Manchester-based cybersecurity company, has begun a strategic review after issuing a profit warning in a move that wiped more than 15% off its share price yesterday, leaving the business vulnerable to a takeover or break up. It now expects earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for the full year to the end of May to come in 20% below the £45.5m to £47.5m range it published in December 2016. The company said yesterday that its escrow division continued to perform satisfactorily. However, in light of the deterioration in trading at its assurance division, it had decided to conduct a review of its entire group operating strategy, led by the board and supported by externally appointed consultants. Robin Speakman, an analyst, at Shore Capital, said that NCC “should be regarded as potentially being in play”. He said in a note: “In addition to placing chief executive Rob Cotton’s position under heavy scrutiny, we believe this statement raises the possibility of corporate restructuring. We believe disposals, break-up or a full sale may come under consideration.” Complete article: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/security-firm-at-risk-of-sale-after-warning-c7jv3pzzm
22/2/2017
13:36
igoe104: Cyber Security Firm's 50 Percent Drop Fuels Takeover Speculation by Joe Easton ‎22‎ ‎February̴6; ‎2017‎ ‎11‎:206;35‎ ‎GMT NCC’s market value halves as it slashes 2017 profit forecasts Company is now ‘in-play’; as an M&A target, Shore Capital says NCC Group plc’s third profit warning since October triggered a 50 percent slump in its share price over two trading sessions, prompting a London broker to suggest the Manchester, England-based cyber-security consultancy could become a takeover target. In a statement issued late Tuesday, the company announced a review into its assurance division, which performed below expectations, and cut its full-year profit outlook by 20 percent. NCC shares were down 26 percent at 94.25 pence at 11:30 a.m. in London. The company’s market capitalization, which stood at just over 1 billion pounds ($1.18 billion) prior to a profit warning four months ago, has now dropped to about 250 million pounds. The share price decline means the company is now “in-play,̶1; Shore Capital said, noting that NCC will appoint external consultants to lead the review. “We believe disposals, a breakup of the group or indeed a full sale may come under consideration,”; the broker said in a note to clients. A spokesman for NCC declined to comment on whether the company would work toward a sale, or on the future of its Chief Executive Officer Rob Cotton. NCC’s chairman of 17 years Paul Mitchell stepped down in January, with senior independent director and Restaurant Group chairman Debbie Hewitt tasked with finding a replacement. Hewitt will be “crucial”; in deciding the direction of the company, Shore Capital said. NCC was founded in 1999 when the commercial arm of the National Computing Center, established by the U.K. government to encourage personal computer use, was bought out by its management team.
22/2/2017
11:08
tonysss13: IN THE KNOW: New Profit Warning Could Put NCC In Play - Shore [22-February-2017] Sam Unsted LONDON (Alliance News) - NCC Group could become a takeover target or indeed put itself up for sale following its latest profit warning, a statement which suggests a serious slowdown for its Assurance arm in recent weeks, analysts said. Shares in NCC were down 26% at 93.25 pence Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, NCC issued another profit warning for its current financial year and said it has initiated a strategic review of the business, which will include a review of its Assurance arm. NCC - which provides software escrow and verification, cyber security consulting and managed services - said trading in its Assurance arm in the year to the end of May will be "significantly lower" than it had previously anticipated. Due to this, NCC said its adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for the year will be around 20% lower than the GBP45.5 million to GBP47.5 million range it provided in December, which had already been downgraded. In light of the deteriorating trading, NCC said it will initiated a review of its business and will closely consider its Assurance arm, with regards to how it operates and how it sells its products. The review will also consider how NCC can better use its assets and resources across the business. In light of its "seemingly comforting" interim results in January, Shore Capital's Robin Speakman and Ben McSkelly said the warning from NCC on Tuesday suggests a "severe drop-off" in the performance of the Assurance division. "Given the strategic position that NCC holds in the provision of IT Assurance and security services, where we believe long term demand continues to grow, we believe that NCC should be regarded as potentially being in play," the analysts said, suggesting NCC may become a takeover target following the battering it shares have taken. The analysts reckon the position of NCC Chief Executive Rob Cotton will now come under "heavy scrutiny" and that the strategic review may well see a sale or break-up of the group considered. Shore downgraded NCC to Hold from Buy. N+1 Singer analyst Oliver Knott said an "extended period of uncertainty" is now on the horizon for NCC, which will "make it hard for investors to gain confidence" in the company in the short term. Yet, Knott said he sees "fundamental value" in NCC stock. The company's Escrow arm is not impacted by the warning and, at the current share price, its Assurance arm trades at only 5 times calendarised 2017 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation. Still, while this looks like an attractive multiple for a "rare cybersecurity asset", Knott said he will await more clarity on the underlying nature of the issues NCC faces. He kept his recommendation on NCC at Hold with an unchanged 138p price target.
22/2/2017
10:44
effortless cool: I'm struggling to reach a conclusion on this. Bear points - Management are hopelessly out of their depth in running a business of this size and complexity (and we did get early warning of this with the .trust debacle). - Management do not yet have anything approaching a decent handle on the finances and there is a strong possibility of more bad news to come. - Market cap is still around £250m and valuations are high on most metrics; there is plenty of room for further falls. Bull points - The escrow business has not suffered problems and represents a very solid core to the valuation. - The assurance business is in a very hot sector and offers significant upside if they can sort out the issues. - A takeover bid is a strong possibility, and with lame duck management and angry shareholders is likely to succeed. The USD:GBP rate makes this an attractive opportunity for a US firm wanting to enter the European market. Trouble is, I had much the same list of bull and bear points one week ago, when the share price was twice as high.
19/1/2017
13:22
rivaldo: N+1 Singer are nicely positive this morning: "Interims confirm underlying business sound N+1 Singer view NCC’s interim results were largely flagged in the detailed trading update released in December. Group revenue increased 35% to £125.8 (organic growth +18%) and adj. EBITDA grew 15% to £21.3m. The group’s issues relating to contract losses/deferrals in the period were previously announced and are already included in our forecasts. The group has maintained its interim dividend at 1.5p, which we believe is an indication of the strong underlying business. Separately, NCC has announced that Paul Mitchell intends to step down as chairman in May ’17. We continue to believe that NCC remains a highly attractive asset in an area seeing strong structural growth and see the current share price weakness as an opportunity. We retain our Buy recommendation and 233p target price".
05/1/2017
01:51
masurenguy: Tempus says NCC is a Buy at the current price ! NCC has finally bowed to the inevitable and accepted that it is not going to make a go of its domain services business, which was to have provided a third leg to the cybersecurity provider................This should be a positive for NCC, which provides security services and has a highly cash-generative escrow business..........they sell on 19 times’ earnings for the year to the end of May, a trough one for profits. Its core market of cybersecurity can only continue to grow. It’s one for the long term, if you are prepared to assume that there are no further disasters ahead. My advice: Buy. Why: Share price fall looks overdone, given prospects Complete article: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/bargains-are-the-name-of-the-game-fjz98msfh
12/12/2016
10:07
rivaldo: A fund manager at the CFP SDL UK Buffettology (GB00BKJ9C676) fund tips NCC for 2017: Http://www.investorschronicle.co.uk/2016/12/08/funds-and-etfs/the-big-theme/the-uk-shares-managers-love-and-loathe-for-STJ4RvBABN6Uc6l4BtjAZN/article.html "He also likes FTSE 250 cyber security and technology company NCC (NCC), which manages highly lucrative contracts for a large swath of FTSE 100 companies. Its share price experienced a steep fall following an October trading statement in which the group revealed three of its large contracts had been cancelled. But according to Mr Ashworth-Lord, the market in which it operates has high barriers to entry and the company remains on a compelling valuation. NCC's shares lost almost half of their value between 19 October 2016 and the end of the month, and are now trading at around 190p. But Mr Ashworth-Lord says the issues were inherited through acquired businesses, while its core operation is solid. "Group revenues had increased by 36 per cent (over the four months to September 2016) with organic growth of 21 per cent," he says. "The business is divided into two parts, an escrow division and an assurance division, and those showed organic growth of 25 and 4 per cent respectively. The underlying business is fine, but even if it doesn't manage to turn around those problems, it could be a sitting duck for an American takeover, given where the dollar is sitting against the pound. NCC is on about 16 times historic earnings and has a yield of around 2.5 per cent."
31/10/2016
17:20
masurenguy: smokybenchod - 610: Seconduser that news is for ncc the Swedish construction company What complete and utter nonsense ! The MF article referenced in post #609 above is about this company and not some random Swedish construction company. NCC Group After rising from 200p to 370p in the last 18 months, NCC Group’s share price plummeted back to the 200p level recently on the back of its four-month trading announcement this month. The company warned of setbacks including the cancellation of three major contracts and difficulties with services contract renewals. Management said the cancellations were unrelated and that profit expectations for the year remained “in line with the board’s expectations.” However, the market clearly wasn’t convinced and NCC’s share price fell 35% in the blink of an eye. After several years of strong revenue and earnings growth, there’s no doubt NCC Group was priced for perfection. Revenues had grown from £88m in FY2012 to £209m in FY2016, CAGR of a stunning 24%, and as a result, at a share price of 370p, NCC Group was trading on a lofty P/E ratio of 32 times FY2016 earnings. That left little room for error and after warning of setbacks, sentiment towards the company has clearly deteriorated. As a shareholder, it’s extremely frustrating to see NCC Group fall 45%, however I believe there’s a lot more to come from the cyber security specialist over the long term and as such, I won’t be selling my shares. One thing I’ve learnt from investing in smaller companies than the FTSE giants is that the ride often isn’t smooth. Growth can be lumpy and acquisitions can take time to integrate. However NCC Group is operating in a fast growing industry and I believe the fundamental outlook for the company remains strong. Group revenues for the four months increased by 36% to £79.6m including organic growth of 21% and forward order books and renewals stood at £108.8m, up from £71.9m this time last year. With city analysts forecasting earnings per share of 12.8p for FY2017, NCC’s forecast P/E ratio is now just 15.6 which I believe is a steal for a company with NCC’s growth prospects.
31/5/2016
21:03
igoe104: By Edward Sheldon - Tuesday, 31 May, 2016 | More on: ARMNCC While London is slowly becoming recognised as a global technology hub, when it comes to investing, it’s fair to say that there’s not an abundance of high quality tech companies listed in the UK. Having said that, here are two strong performing UK-based tech stocks with plenty of future growth potential. Smartphone technology It’s almost impossible to mention UK technology stocks and not mention ARM Holdings (LSE: ARM). ARM develops the microprocessor technology at the heart of many digital electronic devices including smartphones, tablets, sensors and servers. There’s every chance you’ll use ARM technology today without even knowing it. ARM is a big player in the smartphone market and concerns about future smartphone growth have seen the company’s share price stutter recently. And while smartphone growth may indeed stall, you can be sure that ARM won’t be standing still. The company has a strong focus on R&D, and this should help propel the tech giant’s revenues going forward. In 2015, ARM invested £217m in R&D to broaden the product portfolio, and another £74m was invested in acquisitions to accelerate product development and create new revenue streams. One area I’m particularly excited about in relation to ARM is the Internet of Things (IoT). In layman’s terms, this basically means devices talking to each other. It’s an enormous growth market and one that ARM has large aspirations to be part of. As one of the most popular tech stocks in the world, ARM has often traded on eye-watering multiples. And with the company’s strong record of revenue and earnings growth, combined with high cash flow generation and very little debt, it’s not hard to understand why ARM has been such a popular stock for growth investors. After a recent share price correction, ARM’s P/E ratio now stands at around 28 times next year’s earnings. Although this seems a little high at face value, given that ARM has grown its revenues at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% over the last five years, this P/E ratio is probably justified. ARM Holdings is a high quality company, and while its share price may have plateaued for now, I’m confident the growth story isn’t over here. Cyber security specialist In terms of hot sectors, it doesn’t come much hotter than cyber security right now. High on the agenda for any business leader, cyber security is a huge growth area and one company well positioned to capitalise on this theme is £800m market cap NCC Group (LSE: NCC). Based in Manchester, NCC Group has plans to become the leading player in the expanding global cyber security market, as advanced threats continue to drive security spending. A rapid acquisition spree in recent years has seen revenues grow from £47.6m in 2010 to £133.7m in 2015, a CAGR of almost 23%, and shareholders have done very well in this time, with the share price rising from around 100p five years ago to almost 300p today. A trading update in late April revealed strong momentum across the group, with revenue in the 10 months to the end of March growing at an impressive 60% year-on-year. On a P/E ratio of 27 times next year’s earnings, NCC Group isn’t trading cheaply, but this is an exciting company with potential for plenty of growth on the horizon. While there's every chance these stocks could boost your portfolio returns, if you're looking to really grow your portfolio over the long term I'd highly recommend reading this report from The Motley Fool: 10 steps to making a million in the market.
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