Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
H&t Group LSE:HAT London Ordinary Share GB00B12RQD06 ORD 5P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -17.50p -5.07% 328.00p 326.00p 334.00p 339.00p 328.00p 339.00p 28,954 14:02:22
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Financial 94.2 9.7 20.9 15.7 122.80

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14/2/201819:01Harvey and Thompson Pawnbrokers633
11/8/201607:30*** Harvey and Thompson ***-
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24/5/201006:39H&T - Growth in recession and credit crisis times173
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H&T Group Daily Update: H&t Group is listed in the General Financial sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker HAT. The last closing price for H&T Group was 345.50p.
H&t Group has a 4 week average price of 323p and a 12 week average price of 310p.
The 1 year high share price is 369p while the 1 year low share price is currently 260p.
There are currently 37,437,760 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 8,099 shares. The market capitalisation of H&t Group is £122,795,852.80.
topvest: Definitely a tailwind for business in this sector at present. Can see the share price going quite a bit higher and happy to hold.
martinthebrave: Graham Neary report from Stockopedia. He seems happy enough! H & T (LON:HAT) •Share price: 338p (+3.5%) •No. of shares: 37.4 million •Market cap: £126 million Trading Update Another positive update from this pawnbroking group which I have held in my portfolio since 2013. Profit before tax for the full year will be ahead of current market expectations. The Group has delivered another good performance in its lending operations. The pledge book increased 11.6% to £46.1m (31 December 2016: £41.3m) as a result of the higher gold price, the concession format and an increase in loans on quality watches. The Personal Loans book has increased by 94.7% to £18.3m (31 December 2016: £9.4m) as a result of the expansion in our longer term, lower interest rate loan product. Like its smaller rival Ramsdens Holdings (LON:RFX), H&T realised that there major opportunities in products related to pawnbroking. As you can see, its personal loans offering has taken off very well. I'm hoping to see it keep growing in size and maybe even start to rival the pawnbroking pledge book in the years to come. Jewellery retailing is reportedly also going well, including through the development of click-and-collect online sales. Finally, the outlook statement is confident. CEO comment: "Demand for our products remains strong and we look forward to the future with confidence." The updated EPS forecast now is likely to be pushing 30p, based on increasing another 7-8% from here. Checking some gold/GBP charts, the average price of gold in 2017 was indeed materially stronger compared to 2016. H&T has a lot more going for it, though, than just the price of gold. The personal loan product (see here) is very competitive for that segment of the market which has been shut out by the banks. Although daily bank overdraft fees can also have a huge implied APR, something which is easily overlooked! Increased lending on quality watches is also worth a mention. When a customer presents an item to pawn, H&T has a facility which lets it send high-definition images of the item from the stores to central office, where jewellery experts determine its value. Expertise in watches is an important part of the company's overall offering. Funnily enough, I agree that Quality is not especially strong for H&T. It's essentially a financial firm, and it's never going to compound in value to generate exponentially larger returns, like some rare stocks can do. But it is the undisputed leader in its sector, its management is highly competent as demonstrated by how they have navigated through both benign and difficult macro conditions, and it has discovered some exciting growth opportunities, particularly in personal lending. On top of all that, thanks to the improved performance, the stock remains quite cheap on conventional valuation metrics, trading at a PE ratio of just 11x. What else can I say, except that I'm a happy holder.
mathewawood: Bizarrely after 2 good upgrades (3rd Nov and 8th Jan) EPS estimates for 2017 gone from 22.5p to 31p+. The share price remains at 340p as it was on the 1st Nov. Definitely a big seller out there.
aleman: Zopa's default rates for 2016 and 2017 are now running higher than the 2008 peak. (Why is the stockmarket so late reacting to recessionary trends in credit this time?) This will be sharply pushing up (UK) interest rates for new loans in the market, especially amongst subprime. The rising defaults will tend to act as a drag on profit on the way up but will tend to lead to bumper profits once the recessionary cycle is worked through and defaults fall back before market rates fall again. (Now go check HAT's share price from 160p in 2009 to 390p in 2011.) Https:// Lending Club's graphs of rates charged show the top 3 grades broadly flat over the last decade but D to G have risen markedly in the last 3 years after a few years stable. The histogram of mix also shows D to G dropped from 30% to 20% of loans as higher rates saw lending dry up for those with poorer credit ratings. It is this tightening of credit markets that has been slowing economies. Defaults and interest rates started creeping up in grades B and C since Q1 2016. This is ominous for the (US) economy, given that they make up 65% of originations. If you look at Lending Club's Q1 2016 issuance for F/G subprime, they are running at a -3.4% return on loans issued at 25% due to exploding defaults. Q2 was -1.3% on loans issued at 26%. Q3 was -0.3% on 27%. Have they now got on top of the trend? Q4 2016 was running at a 6% return on 29% and Q1 2017 at 13% return on 30%. Q2 2017 is running at an estimated 15% return on 30% interest charged. Https:// Now these more recent tranches could still sour a lot more more if the (US) economy tanks, which is looking increasingly likely, but they show how defaults go up, rates rise and lenders can become very profitable once they get on top of it. Lenders lending for shorter periods tend to get on top more quickly. Lenders lending for long periods can strain balance sheets and get into lots of trouble before things get better. Historic experience is that pawnbrokers see more business for shorter loans and become very profitable more quickly than other lenders but it will vary from company to company, depending on tactics. Some directors get it wrong and defaults sink the company. HAT should have the experience to thrive in this environment as they did last time. We already saw profit rise in personal loans in the results despite the higher impairments. Their interest rates should be adjusting upwards and they should be using this recent experience to be more selective about the greater number of subprime customers coming through the door after being rejected by banks and credit card companies. It is an opportunity if they are careful. Let's hope they take it
junior21: Well that was a nice surprise, just opened a small spreadbet on these at lunch as share price was showing good strength on such a down day overall.
scotches: The higher gold price gave a turbo boost to a business that was already motoring at pawnbroker H & T Group PLC (LON:HAT). Profit before tax in the first half of 2017 rose 62.2% to £6.0mln from £3.7mln the year before. ..... The interim dividend has been hiked by a little more than 10% to 4.3p from 3.9p. ... Meanwhile, broker finnCap said the results were ahead of its expectations and it expects to upgrade its full-year profits and earnings per share estimates by around 5%. “This has been a milestone year for the company and the outlook statement is confident; however, this is not reflected in the share price, which has declined 6% while Ramsden has appreciated 68%. This is an opportunity for investors in a neglected stock,” the broker said. See rest at proactive investors site - link not permitted
walbrock82: For those who want to understand the H&T business, you may find these interesting factual questions: - 1. Why their cash cycle is around 400 days? 2. What is the cause of their wage bill rising to 25% of revenue? 3. Is there a problem with trade receivables and inventories accounting for 94% of revenue? 4. What is a pledge book? 5. Finally, is the company’s share price on the high-side of valuation? The explanation is here:
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chalky: looks like h&t have consolidated well in a terrible market,we knew the numbers were not going to play out well but there are some good indicators that make these a good hold. I like increased cash flow to nearly 11mill, decreased debt to under 19 mill and a share price at buy 180 on a net asset value of about 245p a share and still paying a dividend,also more products available to customers and a market in gold that seems to have some life in it so far.buying something for 180p which is possibly worth 245p seems a good idea to me,looks like there is a fair bit of value there.also someone else may see that too as a possible take over target.
rohkap: Disappointing to see these results given all the previous management chat about not being reliant on gold prices, reinvesting gold profits blah blah. Turns out the whole business is massively correlated to gold prices (apart from financial services)!!! Whats worrying is that gold was only £300 approx 7 years ago ie still could a long way to go before it bottoms out completely Struggle to see why ABM hasnt been clobbered in sympathy. Surely it has the same issues as HAT with a similar sized estate with high reliance on gold selling plus significantly higher net debt and goodwill balances? Looks like an obvious short to me. Assuming there is no M&A activity, where does HAT bottom out? Looks cheap on balance sheet basis but assuming £3-4mm annualised net income for short term then share price decline may have a while to go before stabilising (current market cap around £47mm). I worry for the divi even at the slashed levels. They need to put a hold on expansionary capex as they need to get a grip on costs. Saying that, its going to be hard to reduce costs when the estate has been expanded so aggressively over past 6 years. That brings with it high fixed costs -salaries + shop rentals
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