Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Avast Plc LSE:AVST London Ordinary Share GB00BDD85M81 ORD 10P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  31.80 8.61% 401.20 5,027,215 16:35:13
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
400.00 400.60 402.60 375.40 381.80
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Aerospace & Defence 3,934
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
17:51:45 O 29,121 401.20 GBX

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Avast Daily Update: Avast Plc is listed in the Aerospace & Defence sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker AVST. The last closing price for Avast was 369.40p.
Avast Plc has a 4 week average price of 362.40p and a 12 week average price of 317.20p.
The 1 year high share price is 402.60p while the 1 year low share price is currently 247.60p.
There are currently 980,585,700 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 2,287,323 shares. The market capitalisation of Avast Plc is £3,934,109,828.40.
timmy11: Avast – Cyber-consumers Avast is the UK’s largest listed Cybersecurity firm, and among the most profitable listed cybersecurity firms in the world – with a cash profit margin of 54.1% last year. Direct-to-consumer sales reached $698.4m last year, some 81% of total revenue. That might come as a surprise, since the core anti-virus software is actually free to use for consumers. Revenue comes from upselling to the group’s 435m+ customer base. Additional products help increase privacy, improve performance or expand protection to include smart home devices. Future growth depends on the user base continuing to swell, and keeping existing users happy enough to fork out hard earned cash for upgrades. That means keeping on top of a huge range of cyber threats and winning support from key opinion setting tech journalists. It’s no surprise then that research and development spending is substantial – accounting for over 20% of operating expenses last year – and more than 50% of staff are focused on improving products. There have been some pretty big acquisitions (buying other companies) over the years to help boost the proposition too. Before it listed on the stock market last year, private equity groups held a significant stake in the business. And, as is quite common for companies with that kind of background, debt reduction has been a priority early on. Fortunately, the group is highly cash generative, and combined with reasonable earnings growth, means overall leverage has fallen quickly. The current net debt to EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) ratio of 2.4 times isn’t exactly conservative, but nor is it overly intimidating. Given the fundamentally attractive business model, and the fact investment banking analysts almost universally rate the stock a ‘buy’, you might expect Avast to be among the highly rated tech darlings that currently dominate the stock market. However a price to earnings ratio (PE) of 13.9 times is modest compared to lots of superficially less exciting businesses, and the stock offers a dividend yield of 3.2%. The cooler rating is likely down to the fact those private equity investors still have some stock to dispose of, which could hold back share price performance, and recent revenue growth has been strong rather than stellar. Some caution is probably required.
timmy11: Earlier this week Facebook’s messaging app WhatsApp became the latest big name brand to admit to falling foul of hackers, who apparently remotely installed spyware on some users’ phones. This would seem to be a near perfect environment for technology security providers like Avast (AVST), where we believe there is a share price re-rating story to come
rolo7: What happened to share price big gap down?
saltaire111: I thought their results looked really encouraging. Pretty much all metrics promising and delivering healthy free cash flow. The share price looks undemanding and I think it’s worth considering. Salty
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