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 Shares Traded Last Trade
  -5.00p -0.97% 510.00p 11,507 14:00:07
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
500.00p 520.00p 515.00p 510.00p 515.00p
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Media 115.14 12.24 47.46 10.7 107.8

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23/9/2018
09:20
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 515p.
Character Grp. has a 4 week average price of 495p and a 12 week average price of 495p.
The 1 year high share price is 540p while the 1 year low share price is currently 357p.
There are currently 21,143,352 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 28,897 shares. The market capitalisation of Character Grp. is £107,831,095.20.
14/9/2018
08:18
tkamp: This company is net cash, has high (incremental) ROICs, is very cash generative, and returning to growth. A £7 share price would still undervalue the company. If they can do ~60p EPS in 2018/2019 and you put that on 15x EPS + cash balance of ~£20mn you'd get to roughly £10 a share.
10/7/2018
23:21
mcartdon: PERSONALLY I FEEL THEY ARE A MYTH, THE SAME NUMBER OF VOTING SHARES FOR FIVE PLUS YEARS, DESPITE BUYBACKS . THEY ARE JUST USED TO DISTRIBUTE FREE SHARES OR BONUSES TO STAFF AND DIRECTORS AT NO BENEFIT TO SHAREHOLDERS, OTHER THAN FURTHER DILUTION BEING AVOIDED, IT WOULD BE FAIRER TO RAISE THE DIVIDEND FOR ALL. AND THE SHARE PRICE HAS BEEN THE SAME OVERALL FOR THREE OR FOUR YEARS. THE DIVIDEND IS THE ONLY GROWTH, perhaps its time for a change and a new vision.
04/12/2017
16:56
fido: CCT have already issued a profit warning about their next set of results which when released will probably see another sharp fall in the share price. CCT are pinning their hopes on good sales of new products, but with retailer confidence in the toy sector low and orders being scaled back, the odds are that CCT`s hopes may be dashed and a further profits warning may be forthcoming.
30/11/2017
19:28
dan_the_epic: All this and the share price said, would be lying if I said I felt confident going into next week!
08/11/2017
10:13
dan_the_epic: Looking back, the last time they had two toys on that industry list was in 2014, when they have a great Xmas as the share price very clearly conveyed....!
03/11/2017
14:24
dan_the_epic: This place is deserted. It's becoming like a monologue! Added some to my Norcros earlier fwiw. I am increasingly confident this is a useful share price and a very good dividend here at the moment. I recommend you call the company if you doubt that.
11/10/2017
19:22
martinthebrave: Pauly Pilot view of CCT today. He is remaining a holder and may add. Character (LON:CCT) Share price: 357p (down 19.8% today) No. shares: 21.1m Market cap: £75.3m (at the time of writing, I hold a long position in this share) Trading update (profit warning) - I'm quite surprised that the market has reacted so negatively this morning to the latest update. The company had already told us here on 19 Sep 2017 that market conditions were challenging, and that a major customer (c.8% of total sales, estimated by one broker) Toys R Us, had filed for bankruptcy protection in USA & Canada. Results for y/e 08/2017 - the company had already reported that results would be in line with expectations. This is reiterated today, as follows; As reported in September, the business has had a solid finish to the 2017 financial year. Accordingly, the Directors anticipate that, Group underlying pre-tax profits for the year ended 31 August 2017 are projected to meet current market estimates. The Group's balance sheet remains strong. To put a figure on that, the forecasts I've seen are around 51-52p EPS - so at this morning's lower share price, the (how historic) PER is just 6.9. As we know, the market looks into the future, not backwards. Results for y/e 08/2018 - this is what has spooked the market today - somewhat surprising, given that the company had already warned previously about the issues it was facing, but there we go; UK sales are OK. The issue is with international; Our international and "FOB" sales have been adversely effected by a combination of several factors, not least of which is one of the world's largest toy retailers entering into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada, which has had subsequent knock-on repercussions in every market where it trades (including the UK). Our international customers are also taking a very conservative approach to purchases. At this early stage of the Group's new financial year the Board consider that, based on the latest sales and market data available to them, the Group's performance for the year ending 31 August 2018 is now expected to be significantly below current market estimates. Broker forecasts - so far I've only seen one broker note this morning. Panmures have revised down their forecasts, in a new note this morning, which is available on Research Tree. Based on the new EPS forecasts of 38.1p 08/2018, and 45.3p 08/2019, then the forward PER is 9.4 and 7.9 - which looks good value - providing that this is the full extent of the damage. Bear in mind that the net cash is now 25% of the entire market cap, and the PER would be a lot lower still if you adjusted out the net cash. Also note that forecast dividends are 21p and 25p. At the current share price of 357p, that would produce divi yields of 5.9% and 7.0% - a very attractive return. Those forecast divis are still well covered by the reduced earnings forecasts. Note that Character has a strong balance sheet, with net cash, which further reinforces my confidence in the projected divis. Today's comments on divis are reassuring; Furthermore, we are committed to maintaining our progressive dividend policy and continuing our share buy-back programme, as and when considered appropriate. Note that the company's website shows 24.2m shares in issue, but about 3.3m of those are held in treasury. Stockopedia shows a net figure of 21.1m shares in issue, which is in the same ballpark. Outlook comments sound upbeat; Nevertheless, the Directors believe this to be a temporary downturn and that the Group anticipates returning to its previous growth pattern during the second half of the 2018 calendar year, and this ultimately is expected to be reflected in the financial performance for the year ending 31 August 2019. The single biggest factor underpinning our optimism is that during 2018 we shall be introducing exceptionally exciting new products, many developed in-house which, together with the current product portfolio will, the Directors believe, give the Group its strongest ever product line up. Additionally, even in these tough trading conditions, we expect our cash flow to remain positive, our reserves to grow, and our Christmas stocks to remain under control. So this seems to be a situation where investors who look through the current difficulties, and accept that they are temporary, could end up with a nice buying opportunity. The risk is obviously that problems get worse, and another profit warning has to be issued. Balance sheet - I thought it would be useful to refresh my memory on the most recently reported balance sheet. It looks excellent, here are a few key measures as at 28 Feb 2017; Net Asset Value (NAV): £25.2m Net Tangible Asset Value (NTAV): £24.5m (there is only £729k of intangible assets to be deducted) Current Ratio: 2.27 - very strong, and this includes net cash of £18.6m - that's almost 25% of the entire company's market cap. Overall then, this is a really strong balance sheet with plenty of surplus working capital. So there should not be any issues over solvency, even if trading deteriorates a lot more. My opinion - based on the information provided in Sept 2017, and more recently today, I see this as a good buying opportunity. So I've currently got a buy order in, to increase my existing position size. My main worry is that the price could fall further - my broker reckons that sellers have not finished yet. It's usually a mistake to buy on the day of a profit warning. However, when the price is falling, then you have better liquidity - so it's often the only time you can actually buy a stock like this in decent size. I've no idea what the exact low point will be in the share price, and don't really care particularly - because the price now looks sufficiently cheap on (revised) earnings forecasts, and with a very attractive yield, that it's cheap enough for me. I accept the risk that there could be another profit warning - that risk is why the share is now so cheap. The key points for me are that the main reason for the profit warning seems to be a one-off factor outside their control - the insolvency of Toys R Us. Also, the new products in the pipeline give good grounds for optimism in H2 of 2018 and into 2019. Therefore I see this as being a possibly bumpy ride, but where I should be paid nice divis, and see a decent capital return in say 1-2 years. It should be said that I generally tend to be a bit too willing to give companies the benefit of the doubt! Also note that the stock market has never really attributed a generous valuation to this company - it always looks cheap. As always, please remember that I'm only giving a personal opinion, and reporting what I'm personally doing with my portfolio. I might possibly add some to BMUS, but haven't decided yet. The onus is on readers to do your own research, and take responsibility for your own trades. Hence why I never give recommendations. If something in your portfolio goes wrong, you're to blame, not me! That's why I never give recommendations - because I don't want the responsibility or hassle of people blaming me for stock ideas that go wrong, as inevitably many will. I'm particularly keen to hear from anyone who's bearish on CCT - it's vitally important to consider the negative case on a share. Obviously I reserve the right to change my mind at any time, on any share.
27/9/2017
08:08
simso: Thanks Carcosa. I understand that TRU in USA and Canada make up less than 3% of Cct total business, and that is the part which has gone into Chapter 11. Total TRU worldwide is 8% of CCT business. Cct total debtors are around 25m, so 3% of that might imply a write off of £750k, which would hardly be annoying but hardly the end of the world. It is also very possible that suppliers may refuse to supply TRU going forward unless they are paid what they are owed first, and in extremely fast terms for future supplies. I think TRU will work hard to get every supplier possible on board, as if they lose too many, even smaller ones, their range will have holes and be imbalanced. They appear to have the firepower with this new financing to really sort their supply base out. If the problems are contained to US and Canada, then any impact on CCt may not be bad at all as outlined above. The danger is if the whole TRU worldwide becomes infected, and suppliers struggle to get Credit Insurance and will therefore not supply. This could cause short term disruption. The behaviour of credit insurers will be key, and these are people who usually take flight at the first hint of trouble, and are like umbrella salesmen who only want to work on hot sunny days. Plenty of uncertainty, but I have a sizeable stake and remain a buyer on weakness here. Plenty of uncertainty still, but I think the share price is already discounting the worst outcome on TRU.
20/9/2017
08:35
dan_the_epic: RTJ - I honestly believe that Paul's comment helped the share price move down to -10%.. He has thousands of readers.
24/8/2017
20:15
dan_the_epic: Special does increase in likelihood if: A) the results are in line with expectations with a muted outlook and so nothing to drive the price and liquidity higher to enable the buyback to properly take off, B) they can't find anything to buy, whether that be attractive licences (unlikely to be big enough) or another company. Does look increasingly likely, I would say. Again, that's the beauty of lowly rated companies trading well - there are many possible levers to provide share price upside.
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