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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Hotel Chocolat Group Plc LSE:HOTC London Ordinary Share GB00BYZC3B04 ORD 0.1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -5.00 -1.56% 315.00 310.00 320.00 315.00 311.50 315.00 31,964 08:00:10
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Food Producers 132.5 14.1 9.7 32.5 395

Hotel Chocolat Share Discussion Threads

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DateSubjectAuthorDiscuss
20/5/2020
09:05
Tx both Perhaps a poor choice by myself - I am just out now though
maytrees
19/5/2020
19:45
I agree - I was looking to buy before I read that piece and I shall wait.
toffeeman
19/5/2020
18:14
Cheaper yes but I still see this as overvalued..... Would only be interested if price close to the recent placing (225p)
jaf111
19/5/2020
16:09
Many tx toffeeman. Still the share price is now 275p to buy so rather cheaper than when reported in The Times.
maytrees
19/5/2020
14:37
May 5th - the Times Hotel Chocolat This chocolatier and cocoa grower moved swiftly to raise capital early at the start of coronavirus, bagging £22 million from shareholders in late March to help to fund growth and to provide a buffer against the coronavirus pandemic. Given that the virus took hold only weeks before its busy trading period over Easter, it also seems to have adjusted to life under lockdown. All 125 of its stores in Britain, along with its four in the United States and five in Japan, are shut; social distancing is in place at its packing facility in Cambridgeshire and, after trimming its range, the company has stayed open for online orders only. Hotel Chocolat opened its first shop in north London in 2004. Unlike most chocolatiers, it grows its own cocoa on a plantation that it owns in St Lucia, where it also runs a hotel. As well as operating restaurants and cafés, the company sells accessories including hand creams, body scrubs and lotions. In a trading update yesterday that was light on detail but upbeat, it said that it had experienced strong demand online over Easter, though not enough to offset a material fall in trading because of its store closures. Analysts at Liberum, the house broker, estimate that just over half of the lost shop sales have been made up online. The company also put in place a new £35 million flexible credit facility, £25 million of which was through the government-backed loan scheme. While the facility is in place — it expires in December 2021, but can be repaid early — the retailer cannot pay dividends. It says good things about the popularity of Hotel Chocolat that customers were happy to move their orders online. Nevertheless, Liberum has lopped £17 million off its forecast sales for the second half to £43 million. The broker reckons that it will be lossmaking over the second half of the year and will announce profit before tax and other items of £8.5 million for the full year, against £20.7 million last time. The shares, which had a modest yield when the dividend was in place, trade for an extraordinary 278 times Liberum’s forecast earnings for this year. Up 2½p, or 0.8 per cent, to 332½p yesterday, they are not for this observer. Advice Avoid Why Has responded well but the shares are expensive
toffeeman
19/5/2020
13:48
I'll wait a bit longer to see the impact of Easter (when they make most of their money besides Xmas)... a lot of stock had to be lost
soho2
19/5/2020
12:18
Decided to buy in just now. Their shops should be reopening next month and on-line sales improving as they get to grips with changes required.
maytrees
08/4/2020
14:42
They won't do well on line over Easter - hardly any available stock!
toffeeman
08/4/2020
14:06
Anyone agree that the price seems to have stabilised and are starting to look like a good long term option - obviously not good to push the boat out too far in the current climate. But wondering if they will do well online over Easter.
scooper72
23/3/2020
19:38
Just read notification that all stores are shut. I expect the 20.30 Boris slot to announce lockdown
toffeeman
22/3/2020
19:19
Toffeeman - Thanks - U have confirmed my concern - based on that could be much further to fall - Their product wihile excellent is discretionary - If you need the calories from chocolate far better to stock up on branded bars such as Cadbury milk or Mars.
pugugly
22/3/2020
18:32
They will shut all the stores: 1. they are in locations where all around them will be shut 2. They are not food stores but gift shops!
toffeeman
22/3/2020
18:26
PI'a screwed yet again - evryone who bought in the last year now under water - As IC post 137 pointed out - why do they need the cash - what do the directors know - Anyone know if the retail shops are treated as "food shops" and allowed to stay open or have to close? In either case will be a massive reduction in footfall and leases still have to be funded - Maybe that could be part of the reason for the fund raise? Thoughts?
pugugly
22/3/2020
13:05
Interesting news here. Clearly everyone is struggling, but to see the stock effectively halve and then conduct a placing right at the bottom of that price move (lol @ "Placing Price represents a discount of approximately 3.0 per cent to the closing mid-market price of the Company's existing ordinary shares of 232 pence at the close of business on 19 March 2020" ), that smells of desperation or even something more sinister. Perhaps it is fear of the near term future in suring up the balance sheet. This one won't be on the buy list now though - can't be sure there isn't anything very wrong behind the scenes (like Patisserie Valerie) when they carry out a desperate manoevure like this. Everyone has to form their own opinion, but it just smells somewhat off - why take the risk I say! All imo
sphere25
20/3/2020
13:31
Given the apparent strength of its balance sheet and the cheap money now being thrown at businesses, we are puzzled at the necessity of the fund raise when the share price is sitting 57% below January 2020 highs. We sense that management is more than fearful than most of how the next few months will unfold. We've taken a closer look at HOTC as part of today's rolling update where we'll be assessing the companies most at risk of a dividend cut as well as any other major updates. Keep checking here: hxxps://www.investorschampion.com/channel/blog/coronavirus-impact-20-march-watch-the-dividends
investorschampion
25/2/2020
16:37
Too expensive for them ... lol
soho2
25/2/2020
16:07
Everybody must be eating chocolate in their quarantined hotel rooms
1224saj
24/2/2020
10:33
I like HOTC at this price if it wasn't for its exposure to the pandemic. Will wait for a lower entry point imo dyor ofc.
rathean
23/1/2020
20:10
Careful EK is short.
blueball
22/1/2020
12:10
I mput it down to a technical reaction after the sharp run up following AJ Bell New Year tip.
superadams
22/1/2020
11:09
Anyone know why there was the sharp pullback yesterday?
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