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LTHM Latham (james) Plc

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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Latham (james) Plc LSE:LTHM London Ordinary Share GB00B04NP100 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.00% 1,130.00 4,388 08:00:00
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
1,120.00 1,140.00 1,130.00 1,130.00 1,130.00
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Wood Products, Nec 408.37M 35.92M 1.7849 6.33 227.39M
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
14:18:35 O 350 1,130.055 GBX

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Posted at 12/4/2024 09:20 by Latham (james) Daily Update
Latham (james) Plc is listed in the Wood Products, Nec sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker LTHM. The last closing price for Latham (james) was 1,130p.
Latham (james) currently has 20,123,000 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Latham (james) is £227,389,900.
Latham (james) has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of 6.33.
This morning LTHM shares opened at 1,130p
Posted at 28/3/2024 15:43 by alter ego
I've held LTHM getting on for 14 years and believe they are very conservative about forecasts but equally focussed on managing the business for the long term. It's a family business of course so plenty of skin in the game and a wealth of experience too.
Posted at 28/3/2024 15:12 by davebowler
The mkt cap of £227m is only a bit higher than the last balance sheet NTAV of £202m. So at some point LTHM shareholders should receive a bonus from special divis, buybacks, etc.

It’s difficult to think of any other small cap with a balance sheet this ridiculously strong, so LTHM shares are absolutely copper-bottomed, for investors who want to sleep at night.

I have to stay at GREEN, due to this immense financial strength, and reasonable valuation (providing future profits don't slip)
Posted at 07/2/2024 22:29 by 1c3479z
big turnover in the shares today, by LTHM standards.
Posted at 07/12/2023 16:54 by davebowler
SP Angel brokers-
Other side of the hump.
As market conditions have normalised, so too has LTHM’s earnings base. Operating margins have reduced now to a sustainable level and one from which the Group’s strategy of widening and increasing throughput can have a beneficial impact. Current markets conditions In H2E have stabilised and the Group’s increasing market share in lower value products is helping to offset any cyclical risk. We are Buyers. Key Highlights: ▪ Normalised returns. Group revenues reduced 11% YoY to £190.9m in H1A reflecting a high proportion of lower value products in the sales mix and more a competitive pricing environment. Volumes of business were largely unchanged YoY. ▪ Input prices falling. The price of both timber and panel products have seen prices fall in the first half of FY24E but the rate of decline is now slowing. Gross margins declined 260bp YoY to 16.8% reflecting the change in business mix and pricing environment. ▪ Overheads unchanged. Notably, overheads were down YoY despite the current inflationary environment. Combined sales, distribution costs and admin expenses declined 1.3% YoY to £17.6m. Interim operating profit fell 36% YoY to £14.5m, reflecting the reduced revenue profile and softer gross margins, leaving operating margins in H1A at 7.6% (versus 11% in the prior period). Finance income rose materially to £2.1m reflecting a higher deposit rate environment. Diluted EPS of 61.4p fell 35% in line with the decline in operating earnings. The interim dividend has been increased to 7.75p (+7% YoY). ▪ Strong balance sheet. Free cash flow in H1A amounted to £9.1m (FCF margin: 4.8%) leaving net cash closed at £66m (+5% YoY) as at September, equivalent to 330p per share. The Group pension scheme is now in surplus (£11.2m, +55% YoY) and the company will now cease its annual deficit funding of £3m pa. Forecasts maintained: We are leaving our forecasts unchanged (FY24E PBT: £25.7m). This figure is net of a small reduction in forecast gross margin to 17.0% (from 17.5%) but an upgrade in net interest income to £2.0m which allows for some working capital absorption in H2E. Post tax profits in H1A of £12.4m cover 65% of our full year forecast which we feel is conservative given the traditional low seasonality of the business (2023 H1A revenues 55% of total). Trading outlook: Current trading in H2E reflects market conditions similar to those seen in H1A i.e. both input and output prices, together with volumes, largely unchanged. Project deferrals rather than cancellations are a feature of UK market conditions but LTHM has been increasing its market share in lower value products to help offset this risk. The market remains competitive with European manufacturers exporting more to the UK which is seen to be having more robust trading conditions. Competitive environment: The UK market has seen some consolidation activity with PE acquiring comparable businesses to LTHM which has introduced some pricing volatility. LTHM however remains a very material player with c15% market share in the UK is well positioned with its strong balance sheet to benefit from any niche consolidation opportunities which may arise. Investment summary: The boom period seen in fiscal 2022/3 has now eased into what may be regarded as more normalised market conditions. The earnings base of the business in FY24E and beyond is best placed in the context of that generated in the years prior to COVID-19. The years 2018-2021A generated average net income of £13.1m and so our forecast of £19.3m in FY24E therefore represents a meaningful long-term improvement over the returns generated historically. Equally we can reasonably expect a gross margin profile to return to historical averages of around 17.5%. Management has a worthy organic growth strategy of widening the product base flowing through its distribution centres and increasing throughput. With net cash equivalent to around a third of the current share price, the stock trading on a FY24E earnings multiple of 11x with a highly sustainable dividend yield of 2.6% (with 3x cover), and the earnings multiple trading at a c25% discount to the AIM index (preextraordinary items), we are Buyers.
Posted at 23/8/2023 12:54 by cwa1
LOL :-)

The Chairman of James Latham is pleased to provide the following trading update at the Company's AGM being held today.

Revenue for the first four months of the current financial year, namely 1 April to 31 July 2023 is £128m. This represents a reduction in sales per working day of 12% compared with an increase of 15% against the same period last year. After two years of strong price growth, we continue to see price weakness in some of our key product areas, with average product prices overall down nearly 2% since the start of the current financial year. Volumes are slightly down on the same period last year, mainly down to a reduction in some direct business. Margins have returned to the longer term average achieved pre-pandemic. Overheads and resulting profit are in line with market expectations.

Our cash balances remain strong, and debtors days and bad debts remain consistent with the same period last year.

Most of our customers are still quite busy, but they are seeing signs of contracts being postponed rather than cancelled. The shift in product mix to more lower value products has continued, and we expect this will not change for the rest of the financial year as our customers look for more cost effective solutions.

The Company's interim results for the six months ending 30 September 2023 will be announced on 30 November 2023
Posted at 09/8/2023 10:47 by davidosh
Spawny....This piece by Maynard Paton may help you

[SharePad] Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: JAMES LATHAM #LTHM

I selected 40-bagger James Latham because it traded on a remarkably low trailing P/E of 6:
Posted at 24/4/2023 09:26 by tmfmayn
Thanks 1c3479z and glad you liked the article. Fair point on the cash; £37m versus market cap of £239m is about 15%. Not sure if all that cash is 'surplus to requirements' though. Perhaps the cash position is all part and parcel of running the business in the 'Latham way', to ensure long-term ambitions are met and reassure customers, staff, suppliers etc during difficult times. Anyway, here is the SharePad article for anyone interested:

[SharePad] Screening For My Next Long-Term Winner: JAMES LATHAM #LTHM

I selected 40-bagger James Latham because it traded on a remarkably low trailing P/E of 6:
Posted at 21/4/2023 14:45 by 1c3479z
excellent article by Maynard Paton on his website,
all metrics brilliant apart from FCF and operating margin put down to the competitive nature of their market, think though he could have discounted their balance sheet cash in assessing the overall valuation which on balance looks fair value to cheap. Buy towards £10-11 if it drops slightly.
also article in the Times pointing out the building homes for the future regulations which will bring in much greater use of timber frame especially in England by 2025. Most of the timber will be imported which is a strength of LTHM.
so ought to be good for both James's, James Jones and James Latham.
Posted at 30/3/2023 11:49 by alter ego
It was you David that brought LTHM to my attention with mention of the prospective Clapham site sale. I lived not far from their Lea River site and saw it frequently on my push bike journeys. I only know I bought in between 2010 and 2012 and my average price is £2.35 so like you, no complaints.
Posted at 30/3/2023 10:25 by wad collector
Good question; unhelpfully they don't remind us in the statement what those expectations are. Nor do they mention them in the last Half Year results. Nor do they even have a copy of this RNS on the copy website yet.
If you go on Yahoo they list only one broker covering LTHM who come up with the figure for 23 of 146.76p EPS. That is all I can see in a quick trawl.
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