Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Keywords Studio LSE:KWS London Ordinary Share GB00BBQ38507 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -8.00p -0.54% 1,473.00p 1,474.00p 1,475.00p 1,495.00p 1,464.00p 1,475.00p 128,876 15:52:24
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Technology Hardware & Equipment 82.3 8.0 9.6 149.7 908.81

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Keywords Daily Update: Keywords Studio is listed in the Technology Hardware & Equipment sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker KWS. The last closing price for Keywords was 1,481p.
Keywords Studio has a 4 week average price of 1,381p and a 12 week average price of 1,245p.
The 1 year high share price is 1,700p while the 1 year low share price is currently 497p.
There are currently 61,697,626 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 149,934 shares. The market capitalisation of Keywords Studio is £908,806,030.98.
aimingupward2: Yes, nimbo, I agree. It’s certainly exciting and you may be right that, even though not claimed by the company to be so, it may prove to be transformational. They do say, though, that it will be ‘significantly earnings enhancening’ which, I suppose, amounts to pretty much the same thing so I feel confident that the share price will continue it’s heady rise. Further acquisitions can be expected as the industry consolidates which all adds to the encouraging prospects. It might outperform IQE over 18 months, though longer term I would expect the opposite. M4ybe - thanks for your post. It’s an encouraging read.
ramridge: VMC acquisition seems to be pretty meaty. VMC revenues approx 49m Euros , KWS 's revenues in 2016 96.6 Euros , so that is an increase of 50% VMC EBITDA 5.4m Euros ; KWS 15m Euros, an increase of 36% VMC price/sales ratio 1.1 ; KWS price/sales ratio 8.7 all for an increase in EV of around 6% That sounds like a very good deal to me
rivaldo: Excellent news, cheers. Amati VCT have just released their interims, and they've had a terrific half year, largely due to KWS (and FDEV and PTSG which I also hold). Interestingly they say: Https:// "The strategy that has been adopted of concentrating the portfolio in our more mature, cash generative businesses by 'running our winners' has played out to the extent that, at the half year end date, the top ten positions in the Company (including the TB Amati UK Smaller Companies Fund) accounted for 58.9% of the total net asset value. Far from causing us any anxiety, we are reassured by the fact that we consider these businesses amongst the highest quality investments in the portfolio and we are optimistic about the future prospects for these companies. Whilst some of these names have experienced extraordinary share price gains lately, our belief is that these are companies that can continue to deliver exceptional levels of revenue and profit growth." Here's what they say about KWS: "Another player in the video games industry, Keywords Studios ("Keywords"), was the second most significant contributor to performance, its shares rising 129%. Keywords provides technical services to the video games industry and continued its acquisition strategy, acquiring four businesses, which all fit the template of expanding the group's geographical coverage and service lines. The most eye-catching of these recent acquisitions were a software development business and a video games content management software provider, both giving Keywords entirely new services to offer their customer base. Keywords finds itself in an enviable position: its market remains highly fragmented yet customers wish to deal with fewer vendors. By continuing to consolidate its industry it can present itself to video games publishers as a one-stop solution for all video games support services. The market for outsourced video games services continues to demonstrate healthy levels of growth which, when combined with earnings enhancing acquisitions, provide a powerful catalyst for shareholder returns."
bamboo2: doubleor, the share price needs to close above the all time high [actually 1483 on 1 Sept] to confirm the new target price as valid. I am guessing that the figures we get on 19 Sept could help get the share price above this level.
grabster: After such a sharp rise, end-of-week profit-taking was likely to knock the share price down a bit today - and will still be a factor. So if the price does slip, it won't necessarily indicate a negative view of this deal, which looks a very positive one that would have pumped the share price higher if it hadn't already leapt. Or maybe some of this recent rise is due to leaks regarding this deal?
glaws2: Well my prediction of a share price fall yesterday was spectacularly wrong ! I wish I could be this wrong more often :)
rivaldo: Nice... Https:// "Small-cap focus: IT service groups haul businesses into digital age Groups such as Keywords Studios.........have benefited from rapid growth Keywords Studios is not a typical IT services company but works for the video gaming industry to develop more technologically advanced games. This means it acts like an outsourced producer for augmented and virtual reality, testing and providing support once games go live. The Dublin-based company is listed in London and has attracted 21 of the largest 25 video game publishers as clients, including Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Tencent, Konami, Sony and Ubisoft. It has also worked with Oculus and Google. Its more than 1,500 employees translate stories into different languages and make sure they are culturally adapted for players around the world. The company’s share price has almost doubled from the 2013 float price, to £2.67. The group last year bought Mindwalk for $5.5m, giving it access to the rapidly growing Chinese market. “Keywords’ DNA is in reducing complexity for publishers, demand for which is likely to increase further as augmented reality and artificial reality is developed” said Neil Campling, global head of technology, media and telecommunications research at Northern Trust Capital Markets. Pre-tax profits rose 85 per cent to €9.4m in the year to December 31 2016."
alphabeta4: Cheers Rivaldo, I was about to look for the previous sales, you saved me a job! I notice on the FT this morning Nintendo's share price has surpassed it's 2008 peak on strong Switch sales. Obviously link below is via a paywall but I liked this paragraph (if also finding it slightly amusing!): In the months since, Nintendo’s share price has been recovering as hype around its home and handheld hybrid game console, the Switch, picked up. The console is sold out nearly everywhere since its release in mid-March, and in Japan, Nintendo has even taken to selling just the cardboard box (yes, that’s right, the box) from the popular Splatoon 2 game and console bundle.
clanger66: However this placing comes virtually a year after the placement done in 2016 which carried a years lock up. The lock up on this new deal is only 180 days so will we see another placing at the latter part of this year!Call me cynical but to suggest the deal was done to broaden the shareholder register seems a bit lame.I get the point that Andrew Day only sold a small portion of his holding but I wonder if even he feels the run in the share price has been a little too excessive.I guess the 820 deal price will be supported for a while but one to watch closely I think.
robow: from Citywire Keywords bull run entices Hargreave Citywire AA-rated small cap selector Giles Hargreave has upped his stake in computer game translator Keywords Studios (KWS) as its shares dip from year-long bull-run which took it to a record high. Hargreave increased his holding to just over 5% of the business worth £16.2 million at a share price of 599p, just off an all-time peak of 613p hit last week. The majority of the shares are held by his private clients, with the remainder owned in funds run by his broker and asset manager Hargreave Hale for Marlborough Fund Managers. Keywords offers translation, voice-overs and cultural guidance to computer game developers selling their games into overseas markets, providing services to 21 of the top 25 sector businesses. Keywords is up 159% over the last 12 months. Analyst Berenberg initiated coverage on the company at the start of this money with a ‘buy’ rating and a 760p price target. The shares shed 5.5p on Friday to close the week at 599.5p.
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