Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Keywords Studios Plc LSE:KWS London Ordinary Share GB00BBQ38507 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  48.00 4.14% 1,208.00 519,506 16:35:01
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
1,212.00 1,214.00 1,226.00 1,151.00 1,151.00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Technology Hardware & Equipment 225.52 19.87 20.83 59.7 786
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
16:35:42 AT 3,855 1,208.00 GBX

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Keywords Studios Daily Update: Keywords Studios Plc is listed in the Technology Hardware & Equipment sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker KWS. The last closing price for Keywords Studios was 1,160p.
Keywords Studios Plc has a 4 week average price of 1,083p and a 12 week average price of 1,083p.
The 1 year high share price is 1,880p while the 1 year low share price is currently 885p.
There are currently 65,078,483 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 294,188 shares. The market capitalisation of Keywords Studios Plc is £786,148,074.64.
steeplejack: Inmarsat,Cobham,Sophos.........never fear,if the going gets rough,there's always an overseas private equity outfit waiting in the wings who'll takeover an under appreciated listed company.Reassuring stuff,other than listings both sides of the water have near halved in the last ten years.It would appear that the attractions of a public listing (coming with wild share price fluctuations, the self serving machinations of market makers and equity analysts) are not everyone's cup of tea.
scooper72: I'm not much of an expert on these things, but in a funny way if one regards the results as generally positive in terms of future outlook and the markets or the share price don't respond accordingly then as a holder who is investing over a 3-5 year term I have more time to either build a larger holding or just consider I am holding stock in a company that people haven't yet come to fully appreciate.
steeplejack: Or alternatively,we could highlight this comment.The figures are pretty much as expected and there are no great surprises.The real mystery,as generally with lightly traded AIM stocks,is where the share price will head on the day. "Stronger margins in the second half as we incrementally benefit from first half investments in capacity expansion partially offset by an underperforming contract and continued commissioning of new facilities."
1670127: In terms of business I agree with you Rivaldo. The only aspect is the labour parties plan to take 10% shares of all uk listed companies over a certain size. Not sure of the details, don't think labour are!, but shouldn't impact KWS any more or less than any other company so doesn't explain the share price move.
steeplejack: But enough,over 4% shorted albeit it's been higher in the past.Of course this is an AIM stock with an exemplary past share price performance on a relatively high rating.That's a good enough starting point for the professional shorter.Throw in a concern about accounting (if they can find it)and the shorters will be as happy as pigs in pooh.They've clearly had fun here before and I'd guess they're back.This company's modus operandi uses equity aggressively to fund growth and thus uses a listing to good effect.However,like so many companies,it might wish to consider going private or at the very least stepping up to the pedigree provided by a full U.K. listing.
steeplejack: Of the smaller players, the Ireland-based, Aim-listed Keywords Studios, which provides services to computer games developers, was knocked by a recommendation from analysts at Peel Hunt to sell. “The share price has been on a rollercoaster but it appears to be ratcheting back up to its highs,” they said. “One concern is whether the company has been acquiring businesses that are dilutive for the financials and whether it may start to overpay for those that aren’t.” Keywords has made 37 acquisitions since listing in 2013, and revenue growth slowed from 24 per cent in 2016 to 10 per cent last year. Peel Hunt also listed the departure of David Broderick from the role of finance director as a key concern, noting his excellent record in mergers and acquisitions. Shares tumbled 128p, or 7 per cent, to £16.92.
togglebrush: Last year share price 24th August 2018 was 2060 and then down to 1064 on New Year. ' A great business model but with a Volatile share price
rivaldo: More re Liberum's upgrade: Https:// "Keywords to benefit from gaming changes, says Liberum A strong set of full-year results shows that video games platform Keywords Studios (KWS) looks set to benefit from changes in the market, says Liberum. Revenues for 2018 of £217 million, representing like-for-like growth of 10%, were in line with consensus. Gross margins grew to 38%, while adjusted earnings came in at £38 million, 1% ahead of forecasts. Keywords had also seen a positive start to the year with important contract wins, including the acquisition of GetSocial, enhancing the platform’s cloud-based solutions and games analytics services. Analyst Alexandre Schmidt said the sudden and continued success of online game Fortnite was a tailwind for Keywords given its ‘considerable’ amount of work with the ‘important franchise’. With Google, Tencent, Microsoft and Amazon all getting closer to launching their own streaming platforms, he said this could become a ‘major delivery channel sooner than expected’. ‘Keywords has stated that it is already working with major game makers and platform providers in order to port old and new games to the cloud,’ he said. ‘That, in combination with the increased reach of the cloud among gamers and higher game complexity (allowed by nearly unlimited processing power) should be a catalyst for higher demand for games services in the coming months.’ Schmidt revised the target share price to 1415p from 1245p."
rivaldo: Nice tip on Forbes' web site: Https:// "Today I’m looking at two brilliant companies whose share prices could rise next week. Keywords Studios You may not have heard of Keywords Studios but it’s a stock that’s making some serious waves in the global video games industry. The AIM-quoted company -- which provides technical assistance to game developers -- is riding the stunning popularity of the Fortnite franchise across the world, and said in January said that it expected full-year revenues for 2018 to have leapt to “at least” €250m from €151.4m the year before. The Fortnite phenomenon is yet to show any signs of dying down any time soon as developer Epic Games stays committed to bringing out different playing modes for the popular franchise. Indeed, the company estimates that the Creative mode which was launched in December has attracted some 100 million gamers already. And this bodes well for Keywords’s bottom line for a long time yet. For this reason I’m expecting another strong update when full-year results are put out on Monday, April 8. But Keywords is by no means a one-trick pony. The tech titan is expanding its range of services to cover exciting new areas, ones like “predictive analytics, music services, marketing services, sound design, and Hollywood-based voice production and writing services” (as the firm itself noted in January’s update), and areas which the business has built its presence in with the help of ongoing M&A activity. It’s made nine acquisitions since the start of 2018 alone. One other reason to be bullish: the rollout of 5G mobile networks and improvement in internet bandwidths, moves which will bolster the growth of so-called cloud gaming, also presents stunning sales opportunities for Keywords further down the line. City analysts are certainly optimistic and they predict earnings expansion of 21% in 2019 and 12% next year, projections that make the business a bargain on paper (it sports a forward PEG reading of just 1.1 times). In fact, this low rating could provide the platform for Keywords’s share price to take off in the wake of fresh trading details next week."
1670127: Scooper I hope that you were not too exposed. It is easy to get emotionally attached to stocks, I have done it a number of times to my cost. There will be up days and down days for this stock, however I still feel the correction has some way to run. My general rule is not to hold more than 10% of my portfolio in one stock. I would be cautious before re-entering the fray. The volatility needs to settle, unless you want to day trade. Even at these levels, the current valuation is based on the forward growth story, but based on the predicted earnings for next year this is priced above fair market value, which is a huge risk. I believe that organic growth has largely disappeared. Yes they reported 8% (2%) in the last results but this is is mainly due to inter-company pricing mechanisms. With the large acquisitions, that took place last year, it is possible to massage the organic growth numbers. Next year that will be challenging, a base revenue of 300 million and acquisitions of only 30 million will make this almost impossible, especially with the loss of large clients like Telltale (that went under) and the fact that 2018 is a high year for Games development. If the growth story goes towards a standard IT service company, with moderate growth, you are looking at P/E ratings of between 8/1 to 12/1. The KWS acquisition strategy has also become more difficult with the share price drop, companies may no longer accept shares and ask for all cash transactions, and for those that will accept shares the dilution on the company is now twice what it was a month ago. More worrying to me is the lack of comment from the company. A reassuring RNS stating that that revenues and profits are in line with market expectations would give some support to the share price, as would some director buys (which have been none existent for a year). My gut is that there are some underlying issues that may have leaked out to institutional investors/holders of shares through acquisitions and shorters. This has allowed them to off-load before the average shareholder I still believe this will trend down to 8 pounds a share. Any miss on the numbers and it could go well below that level.
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