Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Pearson Plc LSE:PSON London Ordinary Share GB0006776081 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 780.50p 779.50p 780.50p - - - 0.00 05:00:10
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Media 4,468.0 -433.0 101.2 7.7 6,416.54

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08/12/2016
08:20
Pearson Daily Update: Pearson Plc is listed in the Media sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker PSON. The last closing price for Pearson was 780.50p.
Pearson Plc has a 4 week average price of 774.95p and a 12 week average price of 770.48p.
The 1 year high share price is 989.50p while the 1 year low share price is currently 0p.
There are currently 822,106,909 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 2,846,287 shares. The market capitalisation of Pearson Plc is £6,416,544,424.75.
18/10/2016
08:58
crystball: PSON looking a bit shaky at the moment. I listened to the management giving a presentation and was particularly interested to listen to the Q and A session where various analysts gave quite a grilling asking searching questions. The way that Pearson do business is changing drastically with the move to digital. Management seem very confident that they will meet earnings forecasts and in the short term are confident that the dividend will be maintained. It is a tempting buy for the dividend, but catching the bottom of the share price dip may be difficult!
08/9/2016
12:06
crystball: Does anyone know why there has been a marked drop in share price today?
13/11/2015
16:24
bottomfisher: Latest commentary by Nick Train, in his monthly report for Finsbury Growth and Income Trust, one of the better performing investment trusts, offers some slight reassurance that the market may be overreacting to the recent profit warning. Pearson’s share price is not where we want or expected it to be. As with all our holdings we continually reassess our investment thesis and engage with management when business performance or strategy decisions surprise us. We have had more such engagement with Pearson over the last few years than any other holding – up to and including a conference call with the CEO and CFO last month to discuss the most recent earnings shortfall. It would be wrong to say that this call or indeed previous meetings have given us complete confidence about the validity of the Pearson investment idea; although there are few absolute certainties in any business. However, we continue to think the company offers a unique opportunity to participate in what should be a rewarding theme. In summary of our aspirations I quote below a paragraph from an analyst report on Pearson published 22/10/15; the day after the profit downgrade; a report which otherwise is in no way overoptimistic. "In the long run, educational outcomes still matter and governments will continue to be under pressure to raise student and school performance, technology represents the only tool for governments to improve these outcomes. Also, as technology plays a larger role, the education publishing business, which historically reached scale economies at national levels, will become more and more global. Pearson’s larger size and investment in technology should lead to gaining share and becoming increasingly profitable." We are invested in a number of companies which own or create what we analyse to be rare or "must-have" Intellectual Property. And we have deliberately looked for those with, in addition, an opportunity to use digital technology to extend the reach of their IP and its utility for customers. Some of these ideas have already been successful for our clients – for instance Disney, Intuit, Reed and Sage. Pearson seems to us to still fit these criteria. We understand and share the frustration of investors that Pearson’s 2016 earnings per share are likely to be closer to 65p than the £1.20 that was hoped for a couple of years ago. But we also want to remember that sentiment and stock market ratings can change quickly. Let’s say – wholly for the sake of argument that Pearson earnings bottom at 60p in two years’ time. But that those 60p of earnings have become high margin, cash generative Edtech profits, offering secular, not cyclical, growth well in excess of GDP. Those earnings might command a 25x P/E and support a share price of £15. This is not far-fetched: secular growth is rare in world stock markets today and very highly valued where it is recognised. We will hunker down with our holding in Pearson.
11/4/2011
13:41
markt: Dean thanks for that reply You have any views on Pearson share price at the moment...and Pearson's possibilities for this year ? === And do you know if ebooks has automatic protection against piracy ? (recalling the massive loss of sales in the CD sector because of home copying of CDs) (ie. if one person buys an ebook....is it well protected to stop it being copied to friends etc ?) And with ebooks....will publishers still be needed ??!!.....authors could load up directly to distributing websites, like Amazon. (although if they wanted to publish in other languages then they would need to pay for translation costs if they wanted to publish themselves.....perhaps they still publishers in order to do marketing etc...)
27/7/2010
06:47
gateside: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/sharewatch/investment-column-pearsons-results-teach-us-a-thing-or-two-2036300.html Pearson Our view: Buy Share price: 1029p (+56p) Pearson once owned vineyards, banks and an oil business. The public is most likely to recognise it today for brands including the Financial Times and Penguin Books. Yet its management is shaping the group into "the world's leading learning company", an area that is proving extremely lucrative, and in which 2010 is shaping up nicely. This was evidenced by the first-half results that Pearson released yesterday, which beat analysts' expectations. Profits hit £203m, up from £111m in the first half of last year, driven by its North American education arm, where revenue was up 10 per cent. Pearson has been reshaping the portfolio and sold its majority stake in the financial data group IDC. It has already invested half of the proceeds in bulking up the educational operation, with the acquisition of the vocational training group Melorio and a Brazilian education company, SEB. But it is not just about education. Other divisions also looked strong yesterday. Penguin's operating profits doubled from £21m to £44m following a solid line-up of releases, as did the FT Group, which saw profits rise from £14m to £30m as it boosted digital subscriptions and corporate licences. Dame Marjorie Scardino, Pearson's chief executive, said that across all divisions "this is as good a start to our year as I've seen". The results prompted the company to raise the profits outlook for the year, lifting earnings estimates 7 per cent to 70p per share. The good news for shareholders is that Pearson tends to generate the majority of its profits in the second half, even though yesterday it was striking a cautionary note, given the uncertainty in the market. While Pearson will face tougher comparatives, the management believe they are in a good position to grow in the medium term, given the growth prospects in core markets. Pearson, on a forecast multiple of 14 times full-year earnings, trades in line with its peers. It deserves to be on a premium, so buy.
04/6/2009
11:34
brain smiley: so much for a global recovery and pson being a recovery stock. i wonder does the pson share performance foretell a market pullback?
25/3/2008
22:45
chairman2: at least one can say all takeover rubbish is out of the share price now??
09/3/2008
13:28
gateside: Tipped in The Sunday Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2008/03/09/cxquest109.xml 'Recession-proof' Pearson can teach market Edited by David Litterick Last Updated: 12:03am GMT 09/03/2008 Pearson Price 689.5p Questor says Buy Pearson marked just under 10m GCSE and A-level papers in 2007, and half of those were scrutinised by examiners on screen rather than with pen and paper. On results day, for 100,000 British students the ritual of crowding around bulletin boards in school corridors was replaced by a few keystrokes as they checked their marks online. That is the result of the vision of chief executive Dame Marjorie Scardino, who has been relentless in her desire to transform Pearson into an education business, and invested lavishly in digitising it. As a result, the owner of the Financial Times now derives less than 5 per cent of sales from advertising. Over 60 per cent of revenues and profits now come from education, a market which Scardino says is far more recession-proof than the media sector, as Johnston Press's rather gloomy outlook statement later in the week proved only too well. Although schools have been slow to embrace the digital future, education has so far proved a safe haven. In the US, spend on school books has grown for 10 consecutive years, unaffected even by the 2002 crash. Scardino is predicting this year's economic crisis, triggered by mortgage defaults, will have an equally negligible impact with the market expected to grow between 3 per cent and 4 per cent in 2008. Nonetheless, Pearson has been penalised after sounding a note of caution about the performance of its schools business, which it said would see sales grow in the low single digits during the coming year. The shares fell sharply over the week as Pearson said it would be bidding for fewer state contracts than in previous years and losing income with the end of a UK testing contract. We feel this was overdone. Pearson expects to hold margins at 13.2 per cent in the schools division this year despite the cost of integrating the sizeable Harcourt business which it bought from Reed Elsevier. In 2009, it predicts margins will rise to 15 per cent as it improves the performance of Harcourt and continues to reap the rewards of diversifying its education business in terms of services, technology and geography. In the meantime, while Scardino admits that the visibility of advertising revenues at the FT is poor, such revenues account for a decreasing portion of the division's sales - down from more than a half in 2000 to less than a third last year. Pearson is still a media company, and as such remains exposed to the vagaries of the cycle, but as far as the sector goes, it stands at the more resilient end with any decline in revenues over the next few years more than offset by improvements in margin. Certainly the board is confident and has proposed a dividend increase of 7.8 per cent to 31.6p in May, subject to shareholder approval next month, which gives the shares an attractive dividend yield of about 5 per cent. Questor agrees with Citi, which believes the current weakness in the share price, and particularly any further falls, presents a good buying opportunity.
30/7/2007
07:28
james dean: Pearson confident for 2007 UPDATE (Adds detail from results, CEO quote and closing share price) LONDON (Thomson Financial) - Pearson, the UK media group, reported a 74 pct rise in half-year profits and raised full-year guidance for part of its education business, predicting that 2007 would be "another good year." The world's largest education publisher, which also owns the Financial Times and Penguin books, said adjusted pretax profit was 54 mln stg on underlying revenue up 6 pct to 1.7 bln, in line with the average analysts' forecast. Pearson, which makes most of its profits in the second half of the year from the US education market, raised its full-year guidance for the professional education business to 5-7 pct growth in underlying revenues, compared to previous guidance of "broadly level". Pearson also raised 2007 guidance for its technology research company IDC to 10-12 pct revenue growth. "Our half-year results are always just a hint of our potential for the year, but certainly a strong hint this year," Pearson chief executive Marjorie Scardino said in a statement. "While our markets are changing fast, we are continuing to innovate to stay ahead of that change. That dynamic strategy will make 2007 another good year and makes this quality of performance sustainable." Education sales increased by 7 pct, making a half-year profit of 5 mln stg, while FT Group revenues rose 8 pct, helped by a 5 pct rise in advertising revenues at the Financial Times. Penguin revenues rose 1 pct, with profits up 11 pct. Pearson shares closed at 770 pence on Friday, valuing the company at 6.22 bln stg. tf.TFN-Europe_newsdesk@thomson.com nh/jag COPYRIGHT Copyright AFX News Limited 2007. All rights reserved. The copying, republication or redistribution of AFX News Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of AFX News.
19/7/2007
08:52
james dean: Gateside - Just a follow up on that item - Yesterday's trading: Pearson pressure to do the splits Karl West, Daily Mail 19 July 2007, 7:44am Rupert Murdoch is no mug when it comes to buying media assets. So it can't be a huge surprise that his £2.5bn deal to buy Wall Street Journal owner Dow Jones has got City tongues wagging about the future of media group Pearson. The Penguin books and Financial Times owner has previously shrugged off calls to break up the group. But a few recent deals could have Pearson chief Dame Marjorie Scardino fending off renewed pressure to split in order to realise its true value. Analysts at Deutsche Bank demonstrated why, with a bullish 'sum of the parts' valuation on the stock of up to £10.2bn, or 1100p a share. It believes that if Reed Elsevier can make around 18x its 2007 earnings from the sale of its Harcourt educational publishing assets, Pearson's schools and college business could be worth up to £7.2bn. And now that Murdoch has given a timely pointer as to how top notch financial publishing assets should be valued, Pearson's own stable - the FT, Les Echoes, 50% in the Economist, plus others - could fetch £1.05bn. Its Penguin publishing arm is also thought to be worth another £1bn. Mark Braley at Deutsche reckons Pearson's current share price, down 7½p at 823p, ' materially undervalues' the group. He added: 'There is a strong case for management to consider an aggressive restructuring of the portfolio.' Regards. DYOR.
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