Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Rps Grp. LSE:RPS London Ordinary Share GB0007594764 ORD 3P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.50p +0.30% 169.00p 169.00p 170.75p 171.75p 166.50p 168.00p 493,438 16:37:57
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Support Services 567.0 9.9 3.1 54.3 376.91

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26/9/201613:06RPS with News133
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27/9/2016
09:20
RPS Group Daily Update: Rps Grp. is listed in the Support Services sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker RPS. The last closing price for RPS Group was 168.50p.
Rps Grp. has a 4 week average price of 176.30p and a 12 week average price of 181.48p.
The 1 year high share price is 246.75p while the 1 year low share price is currently 158.75p.
There are currently 223,023,039 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 1,764,193 shares. The market capitalisation of Rps Grp. is £376,908,935.91.
28/6/2016
12:23
barnesian: We now know what tomorrow brought! As far as I can tell from the Annual Report, most of RPS revenue is from outside the UK but I suspect a lot of its cost base is in the UK. This should lead to increased revenue (in sterling) and better margins as the difference between revenue and costs in sterling widens. This is similar to AZN and GSK whose share price has shot up on this consideration. But the RPS share price has gone down in sympathy with the rest of the market. Maybe the analysts haven't got round to RPS yet? Perhaps a buying opportunity?
03/2/2016
10:58
barnesian: This sell-off reminds me of a previous sell-off of RPS at the end of 2008. Within six months, the share price then more than doubled. See comments 103 and 104 above. Sentiment about this under-reported company seems to be very volatile given the solid underpinning and track record.
27/1/2016
09:29
barnesian: This looks like an over reaction. The underlying business is generating a "strong cash flow". The non-resource businesses are doing well and replacing the troubled resource businesses. But there is a £29m charge to profit which will wipe out reported profit this year. However this charge is non-cash, non-recurring. £20m write down of intangibles and a £7m bad debt provision. As a one-off this will not be reflected in normalised eps. Nor should it impact dividends or growth prospects. It reduces the assets of the company by about 7% and is equivalent to about 12p a share. I would expect the share price to drop by 12p not 40p!
03/8/2015
09:22
barnesian: RNS "Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2015 Diverse range of activities and geographies protected the Group from the worst effects of the downturn in the oil and gas sector. Acquisition strategy continued to develop growth markets. Bank facilities refinanced until 2020 and increased to GBP150 million. Strong operating cash flow. Dividend increased 15%." http://uk.advfn.com/news/UKREG/2015/article/67936418 RPS has consistently grown its dividend by 15% a year for the last seven years. The dividend is about twice covered and currently yields 4.2%. In theory, the share price should be growing at least at 15% pa giving a total return of 19.2%. It obviously isn't, having come down from a 356p high to about 214p now on oil price worries. But it seems to be weathering the impact of the oil price decline by good management of its diversity and acquisition activity, and its financials seem sound. I would expect this share in time to revert to its underlying value. It seems rather neglected including on this BB!
16/4/2010
13:18
999rp: just heard that the OD from the leading planning office of RPS London has resigned, this on top of a very respectabel board member and the merging of 2 of the Bristol offices into one with the loss of another good OD, it looks like there is nothing posted on news, Supprising as they made a lot of good people redundant, i dont know whats going on with the company share price, ut surely RPS will hit the buffers soon, lts see what happens.
01/3/2009
19:49
guru11: Be an interesting week for RPS - as said above results this Wednesday, and I thought they said that they would be at the top end of expections, but one has to ask - why has the share price fallen last Friday and again today ???. Despite a prospective of 6 said to follow, Britishbulls now have a sell confirmed on this stock - defies logic after the company statement, unless there is a black cloud over the horizon to fall on Wednesday.
20/11/2008
16:25
sheik yerbouti: Couldn't resist a small holding at just over 100p. A couple of recent articles: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/markets/article5042565.ece RPS Group, Britain's biggest environmental consultancy, has grown profits in each of the past 17 years and shows no signs of breaking that run. But its shares – which have halved in three months – would appear to suggest otherwise. Part of RPS's problem is that, through its planning and development division, it is exposed to a downturn in construction. The more recent worry has been the potential impact of a falling oil price on the company's energy division, which provides advice on big-ticket oil and gas projects and accounts for two fifths of this year's forecast profits. But as yesterday's trading update confirmed, RPS has yet to feel any effect of an oil and gas slowdown – as might be expected given the long-term nature of the sector's capital spending: energy and environmental management, its other big division, continues to "perform well". Should oil prices remain at current levels, there is a strong chance that investment decisions will be postponed. However, the longer-term trends that have buoyed RPS – declining output from existing oilfields and the drive to reduce carbon emissions – remain intact. More immediate relief might come from any move by the Government to bring forward capital spending in next month's Pre-Budget Report. At 141p, or seven times next year's earnings, hold. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/sharewatch/investment-column-take-stagecoach-home-its-good-value-978570.html Our view: Hold for now Share price: 141p (+1.5p) As BP's results on Tuesday testified, energy companies are in the habit of making lots of money. Good news for BP, but also good news for companies like RPS, which advises energy firms on securing planning permission for their projects. The group issued a market update yesterday saying it, "remains well positioned to deliver results for the full year in line with expectations". All fine then, and in these markets a sure-fire winner for investors, especially as watchers at Royal Bank of Scotland argue that the shares are attractively rated, "[our] forecasts remain unchanged (full-year 2008 profit before tax of £57.6m). The shares are trading on a 2008 price earnings ratio of just 8.1 times, dropping to seven times in 2009 (enterprise value to Ebitda of 4.2 times), which looks cheap". The problem for buyers is that the company has been saying that for some time now, but the market does not appear to be taking too much notice. True, nearly every stock on the FTSE 250 has been hammered, but RPS's share price has fallen by 46 per cent in the last month, and yesterday's upbeat statement could only muster a 1.1 per cent rise in the stock. The truth is that RPS looks to be a well-managed group that has enough strings to its bow to survive the coming recession without too many problems. As such, investors should, in normal circumstances, buy the stock at its depressed levels. We would wait, however, to see just how deep the recession is before committing to a group that seems to garner little support among investors. Hold for now.
20/11/2008
15:06
barnesian: Extraordinary collapse today in the share price to 100p! Many are automatic trades. Yet just three weeks ago the company said third quarter trading had been robust and it was likely to meet analyst expectation for the full year ending 31 Dec i.e. pre-tax profit of £57m and eps of 18.9p. That is a P/E of just over 5! I guess the concern is that RPS's businesses in planning and development, environment management and energy are likely to suffer badly in the downturn. Planning and development (45% of turnover) is mainly UK, Ireland and Australia, Environment and H&S management (23% of turnover) is mainly UK, Netherlands and Australia, energy including renewables(32% of turnover) is international. The downside is obvious. But the upsides are: Many countries including the UK seem to be planning a fiscal stimulus including investment in infrastructure and energy renewables. Much environmental and H&S is compliance driven. Weakened sterling will help overseas revenue translations and also margins as 58% of revenue is outside the UK but only 39% of assets. Most income is fee income based on consultant costs. This isn't an company with large fixed costs like auto. It can flex its cost to match revenue where it is underperforming. This drop in share price in my opinion is grossly overdone. I believe 100p is a floor - both psychological and P/E and div yield driven.
20/11/2008
14:58
barnesian: Extraordinary collapse today in the share price to 100p! Many are automatic trades. Yet just three weeks ago the company said third quarter trading had been robust and it was likely to meet analyst expectation for the full year ending 31 Dec i.e. pre-tax profit of £57m and eps of 18.9p. That is a P/E of just over 5! I guess the concern is that RPS's businesses in planning and development, environment management and energy are likely to suffer badly in the downturn. Planning and development (45% of turnover) is mainly UK, Ireland and Australia, Environment and H&S management (23% of turnover) is mainly UK, Netherlands and Australia, energy including renewables(32% of turnover) is international. The downside is obvious. But the upsides are: Many countries including the UK seem to be planning a fiscal stimulus including investment in infrastructure and energy renewables. Much environmental and H&S is compliance driven. Weakened sterling will help overseas revenue translations and also margins as 58% of revenue is outside the UK but only 39% of assets. Most income is fee income based on consultant costs. This isn't an company with large fixed costs like auto. It can flex its cost to match revenue where it is underperforming. This drop in share price in my opinion is grossly overdone. I believe 100p is a floor - both psychological and P/E and div yield driven.
24/7/2007
12:00
bletherer: RPS has been consistently outperforming broker expectations recently which is of course great for the share price but does mean that it's becoming increasingly richly rated as people start expecting it to beat consensus forecasts ad infinitum. Currently the broker consensus I have is that full year eps for 2008 will rise by around 11% to 15.5p yet the forward P/E is 22, which indicates that the market does not believe this forecast and expects continued forecast-beating performance, to 16p or above. As soon as RPS just delivers or clearly indicates it is "only" going to deliver "in-line" profit growth the share-price will take a sharp nosedive as expectations get readjusted back downwards. The fact that the share price rise has so outstripped the increase in dividend also means that there is no yield case for holding this stock, just expected continuing capital growth which would accentuate the rush for the exits if that share price growth goes into reverse. Normally I wouldn't be caught dead holding a stock like this as I naturally gravitate towards value and suffer vertigo once the ratings get this high at the prospect (which I think is very real) that a slight dip in performance could instantly knock 20%+ off my investment. But I have taken some profits on the way up and basically I think RPS is a great company in a growth area, which is worth a long-term hold. I do expect some serious turbulence at some point because no-one goes on busting expectations forever, but of course I have no way of knowing when that point is going to come and I would feel very stupid if I dumped my entire holding only to find out that RPS in fact went on outperforming for several years more.
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