Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Keystone Law Group Plc LSE:KEYS London Ordinary Share GB00BZ020557 ORD 0.2P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -15.00 -1.84% 800.00 13,640 16:35:07
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
810.00 820.00 815.00 815.00 815.00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
  55.06 5.41 13.80 58.0 250
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
16:35:07 UT 2,111 800.00 GBX

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Keystone Law Daily Update: Keystone Law Group Plc is listed in the sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker KEYS. The last closing price for Keystone Law was 815p.
Keystone Law Group Plc has a 4 week average price of 797p and a 12 week average price of 720p.
The 1 year high share price is 865p while the 1 year low share price is currently 447.50p.
There are currently 31,273,941 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 7,878 shares. The market capitalisation of Keystone Law Group Plc is £250,191,528.
maddox: We had a inkling that legal services were experiencing strong demand back in October when RBGP reported 'Rosenblatt Limited ("RBL") has continued to trade well with case value and volumes remaining significantly ahead year-on-year.' KEYS in November were a bit more measured 'performed well throughout the second half to date' despite Covid-19, and 'now expects to deliver profits for the year comfortably ahead of current market expectations' This has now become the far more positive 'expects to report adjusted profit before tax for the period which will be materially ahead of current market expectations' Always think it useful to understand how the results/updates narrative is pitched and how well performance correlates across the different firms and markets. Does anyone have good insight into the drivers of this demand? Is WFH generating a lot of divorce cases for example?
alphabeta4: Very impressive update, taking the usual 'materially ahead' to mean at least 10% then pbt forecast at least £5.61m. Would imply H2 pbt of at least £3.4m. Cash at interims was £6.9m, £1m dividend paid since, £3.4m x say 80% is £2.72m. £4.4m cash on finals so now have c£4.22m extra cash vs then or c14p a share. Last year pbt £5.8m so forecast now circa 3% under. Share price back then £6.20, implies (£6.20*0.97)+14p for £6.16 minimum target. Seeing as consensus forecast forward pbt was £6.41m back then and they have just done £3.4m H2 would imply there's a case prospects are more solid vs back then (presumably from underlying business growth from fact they've still been adding partners in the recession). If so then could be further upside on the £6.14. A cautious £6.8m pbt forecast (£3.4m*2) would add another 6% to this target (6.8/6.4) for a target price of £6.52. All IMHO of course but enough for me to have added this morning, looks a quick 20% available and potential for positive surprises.
halfpenny: KEYS have a number of Partner/Virtual Lawyers who do the work for those who Outsource their legal work. Since Covid the demand has increased tenfold so results next month will be great news.
halfpenny: KEYS, they are now looking good value and with economy moving does put them in a strong outsourcing position. Companies are now looking closely at their bottom line and in house legal teams are expensive so Outsourcing is the next phase to improve productivity. See £6 plus as we get closer to Results in September.
boozey: Maddox, I agree. The business model of KEYS - like DWF (which I know about) and INCE (which I know very little about), has a business model that is tailor-made for tough times as companies outsource non core business activities (legal in this case) rather than carrying heavy specialist costs in-house. Seeking out sectors and companies that can prosper in the current climate is key to having a progressive portfolio right now. IT Outsourcing, online retail, Computer Games to name but a few. And Energy is a good defensive sector even if it will never set the world alight. Specifically on Keystone, with a spread of 20p+ at times it is almost impossible to short it without taking a massive risk. As it is an illiquid stock one has to be prepared to stomach the swings up and down as long as over time it goes more up than down!
maddox: halfpenny - you are a day trader with a short on, talking down the price - you haven't a clue. You've been shorting INCE and looking for another share in same space. Do you really think we're stupid and your one-liners will influence the sp? Looking forward to your insights and analysis on KEYS.
halfpenny: KEYS are now LESS Risky i got out at THIS LOW and now expect further growth as profits increase and Risks decrease looks good and this is a LOW price
tkamp: The fact that shares are flat despite this news is pretty surprising, though it just goes to show how incredibly little trading takes place in this stock. One thing from the news announcement that jumped out to me was the comment that 55-70% of lawyers's earnings in the UAE subsidiary will be paid out to lawyers. I believe that in the UK this share is 75%. That means that Keystone would see margin accretion long term in case the UAE operations are a success
tkamp: Drivers are increasing # of partners joining Keystone (due to higher earning potential as they get a direct cut of their fees earned) as well as a higher average fee earned per partner (driven by general growth in law industry as well as perfect incentives from that direct cut, and lastly from partners at Keystone referring work to other Keystone partners). Keystone will continue to outgrow the industry for many years to come as they take more market share
tkamp: "underlying growth drivers are the same as other law firms" That statement is total nonsense. Keystone Law is aggressively taking market share in the industry, while the aggregate of 'other law firms' are obviously not. That is what allows Keystone to outperform the law industry across the cycle. I used to own Keystone a few years ago and then sold out when the shares reached 500p (which was a forward PE of ~40x at the time). I recently bought back in at 420p and like the shares at this level. Keystone will probably manage to continue to grow revenues and earnings at 10-15% levels for 5-10 years to come (admittedly, 2020 may be an exception). With a capital-light business model, a strong (net-cash) balance sheet, and rock-bottom interest rates Keystone shares trading below 30x PE are actually pretty attractively valued.
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