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
  -17.00 -0.91% 1,846.00 171,705 16:35:09
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
1,840.00 1,842.00 1,891.00 1,836.00 1,863.00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Technology Hardware & Equipment 276.27 14.70 12.89 135.4 1,354
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
17:55:28 O 101 1,855.257 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 1,863p.
Keywords Studios Plc has a 4 week average price of 1,600p and a 12 week average price of 1,337p.
The 1 year high share price is 1,927p while the 1 year low share price is currently 1,069p.
There are currently 73,337,424 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 207,495 shares. The market capitalisation of Keywords Studios Plc is £1,353,808,847.04.
rivaldo: The Capital Markets Day today as per this morning's RNS should give a further boost to sentiment: Https:// "The event will provide an overview of the structural growth drivers of our market and opportunities for each of our service lines, including a number of case studies which illustrate the strength of our offering across two of our newer service lines, Game Development and Marketing Services." And more on Berenberg's upgrade: Https:// "Berenberg is much more keen on Keywords Studios, the for-hire video games studio rollup. "2019 was a year of investment for Keywords Studios. While this put pressure on margins and earnings delivery in the near term (the reason for our downgrade to Hold in June 2019), we have always argued that Keywords is a multi-year winner. It is now time for a re-evaluation. With a very strong growth outlook, margin expectations sufficiently rebased and M&A likely to increase in the coming months, Keywords’ outlook is robust. We increase our FY 2020-22 EPS estimates by c5% as a result. With its valuation materially below historical levels and attractive versus its growth profile, we upgrade Keywords to Buy and increase our price target to 1,700p."
greenrichard: Found this from an Alta Fox Capital newsletter from October 2019. Keywords Studios PLC (KWS) KWS was the biggest loser in the portfolio in Q3. I will spare the full thesis rehash since I discussed it in the last letter, but the stock declined because of Q3 results, which were deemed disappointing by the market. The company grew revenue 17% organically, but margins declined as the company had to invest heavily in temporary space, pay overtime for employees, and boost recruiting efforts to keep pace with demand. The disappointing margins increased conviction for bears who believe that this company is no more than an outsourced labor company. I too was surprised by the magnitude of the margin decline, but believe the share price has overreacted. While the company does have elements of an outsourced IT player, they also have very valuable relationships with 23 of the top 25 gaming companies in the world and serve an important and growing function for them. KWS also has a history of value creation by rolling up smaller independent studios that benefit from KWS’ centralized sales and support functions. We remain long as I think the company is well positioned for secular video game growth, has a long history of creating value through both organic and inorganic growth, and is selling close to a 3-year trough multiple on forward earnings.
simonshare: The reason 6 hedge funds have built a very large short position is KWS is over leveraged on a huge amount of debt. If this was any company other than 'exciting tech gaming' its share price would be half of this.
the white house: Outrageous behaviour by the share price, up again, when only last week @150 points lower we were being told it was heading for 800....added
steeplejack: You have an industry knowledge which is more than useful.The key is taking that knowledge and deciding on the appropriate rating.You can only wonder at the majority of brokers (other than Peel Hunt) who have consistently come up with pretty punchy share price targets.Quite apart from what may be described as the ‘specificsR17; ,a rating is determined by sentiment and in this Brexit afflicted U.K. market,sentiment has been against the likes of a KWS in recent months.I suspect it will turn if only because the PEG ratio is screamingly low even if KWS undershoots expectations.Incidentally,understandably,private clients on these BBs suspect that folk that stalk the boards with pessimistic comments (and sometimes have NO share holding)are guilty of a sort of schadenfreude.That’s not to say that such apparent educated insights aren’t of interest (as any considered comment)but they risk being irritating. Broker name View Closing price Old price target New price target Broker change 18-Sep-19 Liberum Capital Hold 1,213.00p - 1,700.00p Reiteration 18-Sep-19 Peel Hunt Limited Sell 1,213.00p 1,310.00p 1,210.00p Reiteration 31-Jul-19 Jefferies Buy 1,663.00p 1,916.00p 1,970.00p Reiteration 12-Jun-19 Peel Hunt Limited Hold 1,748.00p - 1,254.00p Reiteration 23-Apr-19 Peel Hunt Limited Hold 1,492.00p 1,254.00p 1,254.00p Reiteration 08-Apr-19 Berenberg Bank Buy 1,305.00p 1,550.00p 1,600.00p Reiteration 08-Apr-19 Jefferies Buy 1,305.00p - 1,916.00p Reiteration 08-Apr-19 Numis Buy 1,305.00p 1,580.00p 1,580.00p Reiteration 08-Apr-19 Liberum Capital Buy 1,305.00p 1,245.00p 1,415.00p Reiteration 19-Sep-18 Citigroup Buy 1,902.00p - 2,150.00p Reiteration 18-Sep-18 Numis Buy 1,894.00p - 2,420.00p Reiteration 20-Aug-18 Berenberg Bank Buy 1,812.00p 2,060.00p 2,150.00p Reiteration 15-Jun-18 Berenberg Bank Buy 1,866.00p 2,060.00p 2,060.00p
1670127: Any takeover has optimizations, especially at more senior levels, it's normal business. Bulletin boards are a forum to share all thoughts on a share. I'm not positive on kws, as you would guess, others are positive and that's thier opinion. These boards have little impact on share price but do, as has happened to me, get people enthused about a share, then lose their money. I try to balance some of the everything is wonderful with a touch more realism.
steeplejack: Yes I agree,the presentation didn't entertain the prospects of a slowdown and for all 1670127's esoteric industry knowledge,I won't be questioning the managements optimism for now.This is a thin market,attractive to shorters and proprietary books.The volatile share price isn't that instructive in itself,there's a lot of boys with toys screwing with the shares.
1670127: You are correct in the notion that H2 is bigger, this is mainly around game developers wanting to get their titles ready for Christmas. I would expect KWS revenues and margins to be higher this half as they maximise assets working double shifts. Share price is not based on short term moves. Acquisitions have been small this year compared to previous years, with a bigger starting revenue % growth will drop markedly this year. That's why the valuation is being questioned. I am also aware of some customer challenges from friends working there but doubt they are impacting the share price.
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.
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
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