Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Future Plc LSE:FUTR London Ordinary Share GB00BYZN9041 ORD 15P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -40.00 -2.59% 1,505.00 1,494.00 1,496.00 1,540.00 1,490.00 1,538.00 451,951 16:35:02
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Electricity 606.8 107.8 59.3 25.4 1,819

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It took me a while to find the article cited above - it is under the 'EXPLORE FUTURE' banner on the website - but well worth the time. This is a brief clip.

"Its Future Tech Network, which comprises the world’s leading tech publications, saw a 17% audience increase month-over-month, reaching 88.7 million Americans."

So much has been happening at FUTR over the past four or five years that it is sometimes difficult to sit back and remind oneself what exactly is FUTR, how are they monetising their business and how do we read the figures given the stream of acquisitions. It looks like they MAY be able to override probable (imo) unlucky timing in their GoCo acquisition by the brilliance of the rest of their media business and most especially their penetration in the US. They have a terrific brand portfolio, young, enegetic leadership and a decent shareholder roster - though I am a bit surprised by some of the omissions.
There is a big difference between statutory and adjusted earnings. That mostly reflects the amortisation of the acquisition premium which will be substantially bigger again for this year to Sept 2022. That means the reported p/e looks quite demanding, the adjusted looks very reasonable.What I hope to see is the RoCE regaining double digits in the current term.
The share is up around 110% this year which I realise will put the wind up some investors.Yet it is a really exceptional UK company and they are hard to find.

Andy Brough interview with PIWORLD

Andy Brough mentions Future #FUTR in the latest PIWORLD interview at 8m17s

Watch the video here: Https://

Or listen to the Podcast here: Https://

The Week publisher eyes newspaper takeovers as shares hit new high
Future briefly eclipses ITV's market valuation after pre-tax profits more than double to £108m

ByBen Woods
30 November 2021 • 4:40pm

The magazine publisher behind The Week is considering newspaper takeovers, after its latest profits blow-out briefly made it the most valuable listed media owner in the country.

Future chief executive Zillah Byng-Thorne pointed to the New York Times' $30m (£22m) deal for the product review business Wirecutter as an example of an "interesting play'' that chimed with its own strategy.

The merger in 2016 married a website guiding readers towards buying products from online retailers with a 170-year-old news brand, which is shifting from a dependency on printed newspapers to an online business with more than 7m digital subscribers.

Ms Byng-Thorne said: "We have thought about [acquiring a newspaper business]. If you had asked me this question five years ago I would have said absolutely no, but life has taught me to not rule out anything.

"If you look at the New York Times, it bought the Wirecutter, so it had a convergence into specialist media. If you think about the combination and benefits of that, then there are some interesting plays there."

Future has been snapping up magazines, websites and price comparison firms and refocusing them as online titles funded by advertising and e-commerce referral revenues, which account for most of its turnover.

Titles such as TechRadar review products and earn a fee for referring readers to Amazon and other retailers.

Strong growth meant next year's results will be "materially above current expectations", Future said, prompting shares to rise as high as 17pc to £37.44.

The move increased its stock market value to £4.7bn, putting it ahead of Britain's biggest commercial broadcaster ITV at £4.4bn.

Future fell back slightly towards the end of the day to finish up 13pc and ITV made up some lost ground, restoring the pecking order.

Nevertheless, the publisher’s extraordinary resurgence leaves it in sight of a place in the FTSE 100 only seven years after it underwent drastic restructuring and its survival was in question.

Ms Byng-Thorne suggested Future could move into the news business after pre-tax profits more than doubled to £108m.

Turnover increased by 79pc to £607m for the year to September after digital advertising and e-commerce sales expanded by 27pc and 37pc respectively.

Ms Byng-Thorne has diversified Future this year, acquiring the price comparison site Go Compare for £594m. She also pushed into digital subscriptions by spending more than £300m on The Week owner Dennis Publishing.

"What we have highlighted on the advertising side of our business is the quality of our audience," she added.

"Because we have people who are in the market with intent, we find that advertisers are much more happy to advertise alongside our brands."

"The investments we have made ... mean we have got really good quality first party data. That allows us then to segment the audience down to the people advertisers most want to meet and that is what has been driving the yield expansion in the advertising portfolio."

However, Future was forced to book a £4.4m charge after writing down the value of the price comparison website Look After My Bills following a string of energy company collapses.

Bulb, the UK's seventh-largest supplier, was among 20 energy firms to go bust due to soaring wholesale costs.

"The very unusual situation in the UK around the energy market means we would be doing a disservice to our customers if we switched them to anything right now," Ms Byng-Thorne added.

"So we have switched off Look After My Bills for the time being and switched off price comparison for energy on Go Compare."

Jessica Pok, a Peel Hunt analyst, said it was increasing its estimates for next year's operating profits by 12pc as it expects "strong momentum in its business and good management on driving margins".

The 142p eps was before the minimum 10% upgrade. Sites have been sluggish in issuing broker updates.
Share price 3550 - 2022 EPS 142.7. that means PE ratio 24.9 not 21.4 surely ?
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IC today:

Future (FUTR) owns a wide collection of specialist magazines. The commercial potential of this corner of the media market arguably first came to light during the 1980s through the business dealings of Dennis Publishing. The benefit of this model is that it focuses on people’s passions. Each magazine may not have a huge readership, but they have an enthusiastic following and relatively little competition, unlike the large traditional newspapers.

This upside is borne out by the strong audience growth figures. In the past year, the overall audience has grown 10 per cent to 394m, while online users are up 8 per cent to 282m. On a two-year basis, average organic revenue growth for the business was 15 per cent thanks to a 25 per cent growth in media revenues.

Media revenue includes digital advertising, which was up 21 per cent on average over the past two years. Improved data analytics has helped the company target readers more efficiently and improved the yield on advertising spend. With increased competition in e-commerce during the past year, demand for online advertising space should only continue rising.

The company benefits from economies of scale because adding users doesn’t require an equivalent increase in spending. This effect has improved the operating margin by four percentage points to 32 per cent.

Future expects this to drive further margin expansion across the business and now expects adjusted results for 2022 to be “materially above current expectations”. Peel Hunt has increased its adjusted EPS forecast for 2022 by 8 per cent to 142.7p.

Mainstream newspapers may be on the decline, but specialist titles are still in high demand. At a forward PE of 21.4, Future looks affordable given its strong growth, widening margins and loyal readership. Buy.

Yes - I did hold rch for some time - the story there has been pretty good. Here is much better with no legacy business.

And importantly it is one that can grow significantly.

The platform effect drives organic growth and also can be added to with acquisitions.

Cash performance looks great too for a rinse and repeat.

I wonder if people were just automatically reading across from RCH which IMHO is a totally different business - lower margin newspapers where costs are harder to absorb and a far smaller digital division (c27% from memory vs c70% here).

If this is the case then there could be a significant rerating opportunity here.

Stunning results here - must admit was getting worried with the drop off before the covid scare.

Story has got stronger here - I like the phrase "platform effects"

Alexandra Jackson Interview with PIWORLD

Alexandra Jackson mentions Future #FUTR at 6m05s in the latest PIWORLD interview

Watch the video here: Https://

Or listen to the podcast here: Https://

update tomorrow
The comforting factor is that Reach (RCH) has had a similar drop, so it's not company specific. In fact, those two 3 year graphs look remarkably similar. Still doesn't explain the recent drop though. But at least, it appears that there is not a problem with either of the two. One possible explanation for the drops are that investors have concerns about the print side of the business (but i don't share those concerns).
Milehouse, no idea for the unusually large drop yesterday. Perhaps just one of the larger investors top-slicing their investment after a fantastic run over the last few years.

I know whenever I have taken some profits in this company I have regretted it after seeing it surge further ahead! Hence I've decided it's best just to stay put.

Share price has taken a fair dip lately off the back of what seems like no news - anyone know why?
Full year performance update looks good to me but clearly not liked by all as the share price has dropped !!
I think we've got used to being spoilt! Seeing as we had the 'sig ahead' in July perhaps this year is taking a little longer to beat those revised expectations. Last year what with Covid not much was expected of the company. Looking back to 2017 the pre-close ended up being 4/10. FWIW my money is on a tu then and it being an 'ahead' statement because if it was 'significantly ahead' they would have had to already report it. Should still be a nice little boost (fingers crossed).
Hopefully we will get a pre-close trading update sometime this week.
Interesting article:-


[Courtesy of Galatea99].

Today's FT markets section:Future built on this week's rally after Berenberg raised its target price for the publisher, which announced on Monday it was buying peer Dennis.The broker saw "multiple synergy opportunities", which would lead to a significant upside for Future's full-year earnings by 2023. The purchase added meaningful subscription revenue and expanded reach in the US.
New Berenberg target: 4,890p
Just back and fill/gap retrace. Nothing to see for me unless you are trying to day trade it
So much for the Dennis announcement, the share price is more or less back to where it was before anyone had heard of Dennis! I can only assume a number of holders have taken the opportunity to top slice into the strength of what has been a very successful investment.

Hopefully once the selling is out of the way then things will start creeping up again to take account of the acquisition.

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