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HOTC Hotel Chocolat Group Plc

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08 Dec 2023 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
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 Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 367.00 2,635,996 08:00:11
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
366.00 368.00 368.00 364.00 367.00
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Chocolate And Cocoa Products 204.5M -88.38M -0.6426 -5.71 504.76M
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
17:20:35 O 69 367.00 GBX

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16/11/202316:51Hotel Chocolate570
24/7/200310:39hotComm CL - No good on WIn 98?1

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Posted at 10/12/2023 08:20 by Hotel Chocolat Daily Update
Hotel Chocolat Group Plc is listed in the Chocolate And Cocoa Products sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker HOTC. The last closing price for Hotel Chocolat was 367p.
Hotel Chocolat currently has 137,537,673 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Hotel Chocolat is £504,763,260.
Hotel Chocolat has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of -5.71.
This morning HOTC shares opened at 367p
Posted at 16/11/2023 14:41 by lefrene
I guess the thing is, is to find another confectionary brand that whoever missed out on Hotel Chocolate, will now go stalking. I can't see Mars having paid that price unless there was another bidder on the prowl.
Posted at 16/11/2023 13:56 by williamcooper104
Yes, it's a huge disconnect between the value of HOTC as a standalone company, especially as having more or less saturated its home market and failed at material overseas expansion and the value of it to Mars who will be able to crack the overseas rollout Many FTSE companies are too cheap but despite the whopping premium I don't think HOTC so obviously was
Posted at 16/11/2023 12:47 by montyhedge
Wow those who were holding this share never thought someone would pay that amount. Bigger turkey for Xmas, well done holders.
Posted at 16/11/2023 09:52 by lefrene
Somebody knew this was going to happen hence the price creeping up the past couple of months. Or else why buy into a big loss maker? But it does show the value of a 'Brand', if there's an interested party.
Posted at 16/11/2023 09:30 by sbs
I thought the markets were depressed and then Sopheon, now HOTC - both over 100% premium, which is enjoyable.

London needs to do better at valuing niche companies!
Posted at 15/7/2023 15:24 by tmfmayn
[SharePad] Small-Cap Spotlight Report: HOTEL CHOCOLAT #HOTC

Devoted company bosses do not always create great returns for outside shareholders. Maynard Paton studies chocolate retailer Hotel Chocolat and the board’s decisions and composition.
Posted at 27/4/2023 06:43 by jeanesy
Expect a big price drop on that trading statement. Back to the 140's possibly ?
Posted at 07/1/2023 15:59 by jeanesy
HOTC chocolate contains much less sugar than conventional chocolate and as a result takes much nicer.

As for the cost of living crisis I have to say on hearing that there are queues of people booking holidays I am beginning to think that perhps it is just media hype ?!!
Posted at 04/1/2023 17:11 by jeanesy
shares continuing to rise. Price looks very demanding to me. Lets see what sort of christmas they have had .
Posted at 14/9/2022 13:51 by sphere25
The short version:

Long a speculative chump change amount of HOTC as a high risk short term play with an exit (small loss) if no momentum.

The long version:

How much risk tolerance do folk have in this market?

HOTC have disappointed recently and you can get clobbered really quickly on all sorts in this market but this buying looks interesting. They're coming in for big chunks of the company here. A couple of trades going through of 3.7m and 3.5m which are significant with a whopping total exchange amount of 12.9m at present.

It is highly illiquid this one and the market makers won't let you buy or sell in size once it starts moving - clearly very important if it moves against you. Tried to follow the buying in to see if sellers can be cleared here but only managed a small 2k at the 140p price point I was willing to pay.

Is it even worth a go? The buying at 140p got closed off. Now the offer is 142p and can't buy at the offer.

I can see 2023 is going to be bad and it is all about 2024 onwards:


Despite the short-term profits setback, Liberum Capital is sticking with its bullish stance on Hotel Chocolat, which ‘reported a strong FY22 leading to a beat on the top line and should deliver ahead of expectations on profits.

‘However, the focus will be on its strategic decision to drive greater profitability and cash generation as it focuses on its higher returning business units. This means full-year 2023 will be a transitionary period as the business will reshape accordingly and pair back investment in some of its newer ventures. Together with near-term cost inflation this will lead to some short-term forecast pain for 2023 but lays the foundation for the deliverability of circa 20% EBITDA margins within three years’.

Considering the backdrop, the broker believes management are ‘making the prudent decisions to drive profitability and cash by making less risky decisions.’"

IF these buyers have cleared the sellers (note two major insiders hold 54%), the price could pop quite quickly and the short term trade could work, even if it spikes and then eventually comes back down. IF not, then the price could flatline and an exit around 135p-140p depending on the RSP bid in the market.

In a more bullish market and without a warning, clearly it is easier to chase a price higher and be more attacking but these are treacherous times and who wants to keep getting kicked in the financial gonads?

Bulls vs Bears:

The big buyers here are clearly expecting the worst next year and happier times thereafter, which would result in a very shrewd looking move here in the longer term. The big sellers must believe the opposite and expect that things will deteriorate alot further and that HOTC does not represent value here. However, it looks like the plonkers at Jupiter (3.3% as at 30th June and no news release since) are on the register here too so there could be some forced sales at work too.

Who is right and who is wrong?

Time will tell.

Do I care who ends up right as a short term trader?

Yes. I want a demand imbalance so the bulls win in the very near term so I can lob at a higher price, preferably at least 10% from here. Beyond that, no.

Will the price actually move?

Don't be an idiot! Nothing moves higher in this market!

Should you buy?

Definitely not.

Now let's sit back and watch it do absolutely nothing.

You know when the risk-reward changes, it certainly won't take this level of buying to peek a curiosity trade.

All imo
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