Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
James Halstead Plc LSE:JHD London Ordinary Share GB00B0LS8535 ORD 5P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  8.00 1.53% 530.00 532.00 540.00 540.00 518.00 530.00 48,346 16:35:19
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Construction & Materials 249.5 46.7 17.7 29.9 1,103

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02/6/2015
10:55
We are holding one of our popular Investor Masterclasses in Manchester so local investors and shareholders in JHD may be interested in attending as JHD is based nearby our venue... hTTp://www.sharesoc.org/manchester-masterclass.html
sharesoc
26/5/2015
15:24
ATH broken convincingly today. Holding for long term myself but profit taking would seem reasonable.
wad collector
18/5/2015
12:22
Heading to a new ATH today , no news , I guess just following the wider market.
wad collector
16/4/2015
21:55
Just noticed it was tipped by Questor a fortnight ago.... James Halstead 330p-4.25p Questor says BUY JAMES Halstead [LON:JHD], the manufacturer of floor coverings, may not operate in the most exciting sector, but record profits, strong cash generation and a 40-year track record of rising dividends make the shares well worth a closer look. The Manchester-based manufacturer has a 100-year history of production and has become one of the world leaders in vinyl flooring. Vinyl may sound very Seventies, but Halstead has invested in creating technically advanced flooring that is both low-cost and hard-wearing. These attributes mean it is demanded the world over by hospitals and schools. The company has been publicly quoted on Aim since 1948. Halstead has an attractive business for several reasons. It is difficult for new companies to start up and compete because of the high cost of all the machinery required to produce its kind of flooring. The company’s manufacturing process also has years of technical expertise under its belt, which lowers cost and is difficult to copy. Its global reach has reduced any reliance on one particular market and has helped spread any commercial risks. Halstead generates about 35pc of sales in the UK, 43pc from Europe, 15pc in the Far East, and 7pc from the rest of the world. The company is also helped by sales of flooring also having a certain degree of predictability. Gordon Oliver, finance director, said that about 80pc of business was refurbishment of buildings such as offices, shops and restaurants, with the balance going to new infrastructure projects such as hospitals and schools. Sales are, therefore, not dependent on big building programmes. Halstead’s 10-year track record is also impressive; it has more than doubled revenue while pre-tax profits tripled. Yesterday the company was confident as it released a record set of results. It said pre-tax profits for the six-month period to the end of December were up 5.3pc to £21.4m and revenue was 5.7pc higher at £117m, when compared with the same period a year earlier. The strength of the pound has made exporting difficult, but the company is not making excuses. Geoffrey Halstead, the chairman, quoted Churchill in defiance alongside the results, saying: “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” The Halstead family still retains a combined 40pc stake in the company. Having weathered the strong sterling currency storm, the company should get help in the second half of the year from falling raw material prices. Halstead said the profit margins improved by 1pc during the first half as raw materials which, being plastics-based are partly linked to oil prices, fell by up to 6pc. That leaves market expectations for full-year pre-tax profits of £44m, giving earnings per share of about 16p, looking perfectly achievable. Halstead also looks in good condition from a balance sheet perspective. The shares are backed by net assets of £96.6m, or about 47p per share, and there was £46.7m in net cash at the end of December. That cash level was 21pc higher than the same period a year earlier. The amount of cash generated in the six-month period rose to £28.3m, from £20.3m a year earlier. The cash covers the dividend payments more than twice and the interim dividend rose by 4.7pc, to 3.1p, ex-dividend on May 6 and payable June 5. The full-year dividend is forecast to rise by 10pc, to 11p, giving a prospective yield of 3.4pc. The only issue is that the shares are looking expensive as they are near record highs, and trading on 20 times forecast earnings per share, which is a high rating given the single digit earnings growth. That said, the premium to the wider market looks justified, with Halstead’s track record of profits and return of cash to shareholders. Questor is always wary about paying a high price for shares, and some investors may prefer to wait, but given the underlying quality they are a buy for the long-term.
wad collector
15/4/2015
11:00
Off the ball here just noticed the interims - I do like the pi figure. It does sound like the chairman was drunk when he wrote the statement quoting Kipling. No special dividend this time but that was probably an unrealistic expectation. The share price looks fair to me (p/e 23 and 2.8% yield covered 1.5) - cannot see a huge upside in the short term , but most of us are here for the long term I suspect. A 13p spread is another disincentive to trading.
wad collector
01/4/2015
14:19
Ha! Well spotted. Are the directors having a bit of fun? A dividend that happens to equal pi and quotes from Kipling and Churchill in the (rather brief) interim update... They should have released the numbers today!
nehpets81
01/4/2015
10:31
3.142 dividend - that's pi (e)
bda3490
31/3/2015
09:17
Interim results http://uk.advfn.com/news/UKREG/2015/article/66125807
lundhousegreen
31/3/2015
09:14
HTtp://www.insidermedia.com/insider/north-west/136735-kipling-provides-inspiration-growing-james-halstead?utm_source=northwest_newsletter&utm_medium=manufacturing_article&utm_campaign=northwest_news_tracker
davebowler
23/3/2015
12:26
Sold mine a few weeks back but would really like a nice opportunity to buy them back.
gunter guil
19/2/2015
20:38
Automatated ; I like that word . I think that the Bots are set to trigger at the rise in share price so that they catch an upward trend early. But it creates a positive feedback loop so they then sell on a further rise and take a small profit. It happens so fast that there is no opportunity for a human to get in the way . As you imply it is up to us humans to take advantage of the irrational price rise and sell too. Or just ignore it and hold for the yield.. The Special rumour is just that ; but JHD do have a habit of producing them. 4 in the last 10 yrs and the highest was 30p though I cannot recall if that figure was adjusted for the share split.
wad collector
19/2/2015
11:12
Even if there's a special divi, which is only speculation, not a rumour as far as I know, the current P/E is still quite frothy. What I don't understand, as I have no real knowledge of the mechnics of the market is why there are lots of automatated buys when the price goes up a bit.
trigger blade
18/2/2015
14:55
must be a short soon !!! lol NOT
gripfit
18/2/2015
14:05
Spread narrowed nicely to 342/5 . Can I hear the distant rumble of a Special Dividend coming this way?
wad collector
17/2/2015
14:39
Yes - All Time HIgh though massive spread 335/350, makes you wonder why. No news I can find.
wad collector
17/2/2015
14:06
Looks to be breaking above the 260-340 range that has held it for so long; big jump today
vulgaris
09/1/2015
17:59
Great end to the week - tickling an all time high.
wad collector
04/1/2015
18:27
I see that the share price rise on Friday to 328 was matched by a narrowing of the spread to a penny or so , though not much volume. Perhaps portentous for the new year?
wad collector
22/12/2014
23:43
Thanks Z , fortune has been with me recently. Mostly!
wad collector
22/12/2014
18:05
Wad Collector Have a good break! You appear to make sound trading decisions. My boldest move this year has been to exit my largest holding in DVW. So far it has been a good move. I was too timid adding back a few JHD after earlier halving my holding. Merry Christmas everybody!!! z
zeppo
22/12/2014
16:22
Moving up again , not that far short of the 343p ATH. Rumours like the above one about special dividends?
wad collector
15/12/2014
13:40
http://www.privatepunter.co.uk/Companies/jhd-15-december-2014
hastings
09/12/2014
16:37
I like the flavour of that AGM statement. I traded out then back in , happy to be sitting on a moderate paper profit , but this time plan to hold longer...
wad collector
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