Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Laura Ashley LSE:ALY London Ordinary Share GB0000533728 ORD 5P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.095p +1.85% 5.22p 5.04p 5.40p 5.04p 5.04p 5.04p 128,781 16:35:04
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 277.0 6.3 0.6 9.5 38.06

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DateSubjectAuthorDiscuss
22/2/2018
17:24
I know what you mean, I too don't really like the control element. I've only been a holder since the share price crossed 6p downwards. It's a price where I'm feeling comfortable about the risk-reward ratio. If he takes it private I don't know how much he's going to pay, your guess is as good as mine.
greedfear
22/2/2018
16:55
No ! I was interested at 20p before I did my research. The control element mentioned on here did for me. If he takes this private - what price would he have to pay?
fenners66
22/2/2018
13:16
We think differently, my opinion differs from yours. You won't convince me, I will not convince you. You're asking if I bought LA shares? Yes, I did and will add if it goes down further and nothing has changed for the worst. If things turn out wrong for me, well that's all in the game. I can afford it. Are you a holder?
greedfear
22/2/2018
13:06
You say the lack of cash was the reason - and I explained the lack of cash - but they paid a divi after they bought the building - then all they needed was a "bad" set of results - with the write down on a property they did not need being absolutely avoidable - you can say they engineered the situation themselves - whether or not that was just an accident. Its not irrelevant - do you think that every company operates in a vacuum ? That no two sets of directors take the same approach? Have you actually bought some of these shares?
fenners66
22/2/2018
12:51
spr- no, the 67 million GBP was for the other shareholders (total dividend something like 160 million). fenners- okay so you say it's part of the reason for removing dividends. I don't think so, we have a different opinion. Why should I read up on Ovoca Gold? Other people, different circumstances. Irrelevant. No offence intended.
greedfear
22/2/2018
12:38
Greedfear "Removing dividends has got nothing to do with a paper loss on real estate, it's because the cash position" How about reading what was posted ? "The fact that the property was bought , barely used , had the value written down , making the resultant paper loss part of the reason for removing dividends has effected the share price." look closely "Bought" = used ALL the cash "barely used" = Questions from potential investors as to whether company lost its way "paper loss" = Bad headline results and no dividend - lots of potential investors don't get past the headlines "part of the reason " = part of the reason NOT the sole reason. Have you read up on the reference to Ovoca Gold ? Do so.... only don't get carried away and buy shares there as well !
fenners66
22/2/2018
12:37
Greedfear He is the major shareholder so most of the £67m went to him, and mui ( him ).
srpactive
22/2/2018
12:11
Valuation is subjective so an impairment is always possible. And yes, maybe this has been done because of the divorce settlement. Removing dividends has got nothing to do with a paper loss on real estate, it's because the cash position could not afford it. Some would like to believe that cutting the dividends is only part of an evil masterplan. I see it as absolutely necessary to keep the company afloat. They should cut dividends and they did. 67 million GBP has been paid out as dividends to other shareholders since 2008. Why, if the plan was to keep it all to himself? Why wait 20+ years to try to f. others? I can understand people having doubts. I have too, but I think the odds that other shareholders will not be disadvantaged are better. This is a profitable company with hidden value (brand) and priced as if they're on course to bankruptcy.
greedfear
22/2/2018
11:28
Some people here seem to insist on some kind of foul play. From 1998 on this company was under the same control. Since 2008 almost 20p in dividends have been paid out. That doesn't look like a plan to treat other shareholders unfair. Does the man has a history of taking companies private on the cheap? If so, please let me know. We can only guess why the office has been bought. Maybe it was to control the divorce damage? Maybe he saw an opportunity in this Singapore real estate. He knows real estate, so that's not odd. Maybe he just underestimated the future decline in LA's revenues and profits. People make mistakes. The Singapore office market is doing just fine. Who knows for what price the office can be sold? I see a still profitable company, with a very trusted (and valuable) brand that's trying to cope with changed markets. I think they are really trying hard to turn it around. Investing in online, streamlining the business, focusing on new and very interesting markets (China, India), cutting off loss making stores. I see value here and accept the imo remote possibility that the last years have been part of an at least 20 year old masterplan to hurt other shareholders. I'm betting on the revival of LA.
greedfear
22/2/2018
11:25
GF and CT Lets hope so.
srpactive
22/2/2018
11:15
On the up and against the market trend which looks like a positive sign. Could be another NEXT at around these prices.
clocktower
22/2/2018
10:47
kirk 6 You are correct and shareholders can seek restitution through the courts under a unfair prejudice action. This can be done even after shares have been sold.
simon templar qc
22/2/2018
09:34
Looks like they’re making serious efforts to turn the situation around. A trustred brand from the 50’s and yet young and alive. Halpern’s website gives me confidence they can do a great job for LA. There seems to be a lot happening and I like it.
greedfear
22/2/2018
08:18
Laura Ashley selects Halpern for comms brief Laura Ashley has appointed strategic comms agency Halpern. The home and fashion retail brand has briefed the agency to promote its array of products, as well as work on special projects, including publicising its 65th anniversary this year. Part of that will involve telling the story of Laura Ashley, whose roots extend back to 1953, when a Women's Institute exhibition at the V&A inspired Laura and Bernard Ashley to begin printing fabric. =============================== The above is good but it does make you laugh, the company is valued at £40m minus the Singapore purchase and you are down towards £10m. I do not think the above would be too pleased with the current situation and the one's responsible should be ashamed of themselves. 2015 fantastic financial position to this. If they want to do anything to celebrate the anniversary they should sell their stakes to someone who wishes well for the brand, for the many not the few.
srpactive
22/2/2018
02:17
Hasn't he got a duty to shareholders though and it's illegal not to act in their best interests?
kirk 6
21/2/2018
22:41
greedfear "Sure what happened in july 2015 was crazy stuff and not properly explained." There may be an explanation in the timing and quantum of his divorce settlement though. With the right manoeuvring it could be that his divorce cost him a whole lot less than it would have......
fenners66
21/2/2018
18:27
oh dear... the end is nigh!
killieboy
21/2/2018
18:24
Sorry to say so but with management having a controlling interest they could simply delist the company or even seek a buy out at a distressed price. Shareholders could take legal action if that happened under a unfair prejudice action and shareholders may be able to take action now. It seems to me the purchase of the offices and the loss to the group of millions of cash could be used in that process.
simon templar qc
21/2/2018
16:05
I still have faith in LA. Sure what happened in july 2015 was crazy stuff and not properly explained. Was it part of some evil plan from the controlling shareholder to take this private? Can't rule that out. On the other hand he's had full control since 1998, saved the company then, turned it around from a loss making to a profitable company. One that started paying dividends from 2008 on. Somehow I find it hard to believe that someone would take at least 20 years time preparing to take LA private (at a discounted price). I feel Laura Ashley is still a great brand and revenues has suffered (like many other retailers)because of online sales. Focusing on online sales and the Asian market is the way to go imo. New sites will be launched in China and probably the Japanese market will be served online too. LA is doing all they can to run (the online) business as streamlined as possible. HTTPS://www.ibm.com/us-en/case-studies/Laura_Ashley It's transforming: from UK/Europe focused to Asian focused, from brick and mortar stores to online. (Just wish they would sell the office. Now wouldn't that be a surprise?)
greedfear
21/2/2018
15:06
The owner is surely better off taking this private....but its a vanity thing for him. To own a (former) well known brand and have a listing...i guess he might sell out for a high double digit share price to private equity....but what is in all honesty the real future of this company? It has not invested or repositioned its brand to teh point where it is now largely irrelevant. the core customer base is old and gradually dying off...a real shame.
savagedstock
21/2/2018
14:43
I think he will pay more than 1p...
fenners66
21/2/2018
13:55
1p is my target here.
blueball
21/2/2018
13:50
Do you not think it will turn round ? The last statement reads well for the future including recent board appointments Laura Ashley hotel etc
kirk 6
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