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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
  +14.00p +0.91% 1,552.00p 1,548.00p 1,554.00p 1,562.00p 1,536.00p 1,540.00p 222,329 16:35:15
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Technology Hardware & Equipment 82.3 8.0 9.6 157.2 957.70

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24/2/2018
08:20
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 1,538p.
Keywords Studio has a 4 week average price of 1,324p and a 12 week average price of 1,324p.
The 1 year high share price is 1,700p while the 1 year low share price is currently 570p.
There are currently 61,707,732 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 171,292 shares. The market capitalisation of Keywords Studio is £957,704,000.64.
07/1/2018
11:20
rivaldo: Great article in the Times today. Some stand-outs: - the CEO predicts €200m revenues for last year in the article. The latest forecast I can see from Finncap's 14th December note for 2017 is €149.5m! - he targets €300m revenues rising long-term to €1 billion - he expects 4-10 acquisitions a year - the last share placing was 3 times oversubscribed.....indicating KWS has an extremely supportive shareholder base for the future Https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/keywords-in-hunt-for-more-players-to-join-gaming-ranks-c9w0jbdn2 "Keywords in hunt for more players to join gaming ranks Dublin firm out to boost Irish workforce amid expansion plans in Asian market Keywords Studios, a Dublin company that counts the world’s biggest video game makers among its clients, is boosting its Irish workforce to almost 350 people and predicting further expansion. The AIM-listed company has taken extra space at its head office building in Leopardstown, south Dublin, and is looking to add 40 people to its ranks. Andrew Day, chief executive of Keywords, said the extra staff were being hired for a mix of new and existing projects. “We continue to grow year-on-year in Dublin,” said Day. “It is still a fantastic location for us, being in the EU and being English-speaking.” Keywords started in Dublin in 1998 as a translation business for tech clients including Microsoft and Sony. Day became chief executive in 2009 and focused the company on providing services to games companies, including game testing, art work, localisation and customer support. Day said the market for outsourced services to games companies was worth about $2.5bn (€2.1bn) but was very fragmented between small service providers. Keywords has established itself as a consolidator, completing 25 acquisitions since its stock market listing in 2013. It paid $27m last month for Sperasoft, a game design and development company with 400 staff in America, Russia and Poland. Day said Sperasoft worked with “the very largest game developers in the world” and had revenues of $20m. Keywords also bought a Mexican voice-over company, Lola, for $1m in December. Last October, Keywords made its largest acquisition, paying $66.4m for rival VMC in the US and Canada. The company now employs more than 5,000 people in 18 countries and should report revenues of almost €200m for 2017, according to Day. He is targeting €300m revenues by 2019 and believes Keywords can grow to be a €1bn revenue business in the long term. “This business could be a multiple of itself,” he said. “There is so much opportunity out there.” The Keywords share price has reflected the expansion, rising from £5 at the start of last year to more than £16, valuing the company at £1bn (€1.13bn). Day said the shares gave the company useful currency for doing more acquisitions. A £75m share placing to fund the VMC deal was “hugely oversubscribed”, he said. “We could have raised three times as much. We have very supportive shareholders and we can access bigger quantities of capital for making acquisitions.” He said Keywords expected to acquire between four and 10 companies a year for the foreseeable future, mainly in the €3m-€10m price range. It aims to expand in Asia, where about a quarter of its workforce is already based. “Asia is a massive market for video games being produced and consumed. There is still a hell of a lot more we could do and would like to do there.” Day said Keywords would also like to add expertise in analytics and artificial intelligence, which could provide real-time information on gamer behaviour and help personalise games. Game players could then be influenced to follow certain routes, which would keep them in the game for longer, he said. “We have achieved quite a lot but there is more to do,” said Day. “It feels like we’re just getting started.”
24/10/2017
19:10
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.
24/10/2017
14:09
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
13/10/2017
10:43
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://www.investegate.co.uk/amati-vct-plc--ati-/rns/half-year-report/201710130949555496T/ "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."
07/9/2017
15:40
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.
04/8/2017
07:11
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?
28/7/2017
06:56
glaws2: Well my prediction of a share price fall yesterday was spectacularly wrong ! I wish I could be this wrong more often :)
02/7/2017
21:56
rivaldo: Nice... Https://www.ft.com/content/e07d9fac-5d96-11e7-9bc8-8055f264aa8b "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."
24/5/2017
08:50
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. https://www.ft.com/content/0a348e58-7bd6-3371-8999-f34bc611f212
24/5/2017
08:23
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.
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