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MACF Macfarlane Group Plc

2.00 (1.82%)
Last Updated: 08:06:28
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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Macfarlane Group Plc LSE:MACF London Ordinary Share GB0005518872 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  2.00 1.82% 112.00 10,004 08:06:28
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
110.00 112.50 112.00 110.00 110.00
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Business Services, Nec 290.43M 15.64M 0.0984 11.38 178.03M
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
13:29:00 O 90 112.50 GBX

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01/11/202308:03Macfarlane Group - The Long Story556
31/3/201508:06Macfarlane - a company at the crossroads1,041
06/8/200718:16Serious Director Buying442
13/5/200610:39Macfarlane tipped in the FT(Lex)123

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Posted at 04/12/2023 08:20 by Macfarlane Daily Update
Macfarlane Group Plc is listed in the Business Services, Nec sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker MACF. The last closing price for Macfarlane was 110p.
Macfarlane currently has 158,952,000 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Macfarlane is £178,026,240.
Macfarlane has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of 11.38.
This morning MACF shares opened at 110p
Posted at 26/10/2023 06:36 by pireric
Moderately positive implications for MACF from DS Smith today

" As expected, like for like corrugated box volume performance has improved quarter on quarter, albeit remaining below the prior year.

· Pricing has remained more resilient than expected, reflecting our strong customer relationships, ongoing innovation and high service levels. Reduced input costs and cost mitigation efforts have broadly offset the price declines."

This should not be an 8x P/E stock, which is the market is currently putting it on.

Posted at 19/10/2023 09:22 by nchanning
I like the acquisition too , if Macfarlane was trading on 15 times earnings . MACF on about 5.5 x EV/EBITDA , so very comparable to the acquisition and a 300m revenue business with multiple revenue lines is considerably higher quality than a tiny 3m revenue packaging company and should command a much higher multiple . At the very least every textbook on capital allocation would tell you when your stock falls to incredibly cheap levels stop paying a dividend and start buying back stock . I genuinely think if the stock was half this level management would continue to say 'we know the dividend is important' and 'we have been successful with acquisitions in the past so we're going to do more.
Posted at 19/10/2023 09:04 by illiswilgig
I liked the recent acquisition. Good to see management still thinking out of their box :-) I suspect defence will be a growing sector for a few years unfortunately.

Perhaps the drop in consensus is partly cause of more weakness in the price? On the other hand it sets the oompany up nicely for beating market expectations in a few months time?

I'd be topping up if I had spare cash around. But I don't - partly because so many good companies are getting cheaper.

Posted at 30/8/2023 13:40 by effortless cool

The operational gearing effect of the acquisitions means that their benefit to MACF's bottom line is materially greater than you imply. I do agree, however, that a share buyback programme would be well worth while at the current price.
Posted at 30/8/2023 11:38 by nchanning
Presentation yesterday reinforced my view that management are trustworthy and excellent operators . The only thing that disappointed was that they declined to show a totally rational attitude to capital allocation . They continually repeated that they wanted to grow the business by doing more acquisitions because they have done that successfully rather than do share buybacks . But at the same time they recognised that they are now , thanks to the lowly share price , buying companies on a similar rating to themselves . Yet Macfarlane is clearly a more valuable business than a regional distributor with its track record , extra scale and diversity of business lines . The best way to create value right now is to start buying back 10% of shares outstanding every year
Posted at 23/6/2023 09:57 by nchanning
It's ok for company to be non promotional , do no investor relations , consistently underreport earnings by not excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles - as long as they take advantage of it buying back their own incredibly cheap stock . If the share price goes up great , if it doesn't we can probably buy back half the shares outstanding in the next 4 years and be on a PE of ~3
Posted at 23/6/2023 07:15 by nchanning
The shares are now at a valuation where they probably offer better value for a buyback than making more acquisitions, given that Macfarlane is a considerably larger , more diversified and more stable company than the ones they are acquiring, yet doesn't stand at a significantly higher valuation . Let's buyback 10% of the shares outstanding for the next 3 years and see what happens to the share price
Posted at 31/5/2023 11:41 by pireric
Some signs this may be in progress as there have been a few 1m+ share blocks reported over the past couple of days now. Ultimately, share price and spread action will be a good indication of when it is churned through (would expect price rally).

Posted at 26/7/2022 19:32 by tole stock could be 1 of my best shares to buy for long-term growth and returns!This Fool is looking for the best shares to buy now and believes this stock could be a good option for dividends and growth.Jabran Khan?Published 26 July, 3:06 pm BSTMACFFinding the best shares to buy is a core part of my investment strategy. I believe Macfarlane Group (LSE:MACF) is a stock that could grow exponentially over the years as well as provide consistent returns. Could now be a good time for me to buy the shares? Let's take a look.Packaging and labellingAs a quick introduction, Macfarlane is a packaging and labelling business based in Scotland. After being established over 70 years ago, it has grown into one of the largest distributors of packaging products in the UK with over 1,000 employees. It also sells its products into Europe and the US.So what's happening with Macfarlane shares currently? Well, as I write, they're trading for 118p. At this time last year, the stock was trading for 112p, which equates to a 5% return over a 12-month period.The biggest risks to Macfarlane's growth currently are macroeconomic headwinds. Soaring inflation has led to rising cost of raw materials. Furthermore, there is currently a global supply chain crisis that has affected many sectors and industries.Macfarlane could be adversely affected by rising materials costs. Packaging products require lots of raw materials to manufacture. These rising costs could squeeze profit margins, which in turn could affect performance and investor returns. If it decides to put prices up, it could lose business to competitors too.The global supply chain crisis has led to many businesses being unable to provide products to their customers. Macfarlane's sales, performance, and returns could be affected if this crisis continues.The bull caseSo to the positives then. Firstly, the packaging and labelling market has grown massively in recent years. This is linked to the e-commerce boom and the explosion of online shopping, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Macfarlane should be able to leverage its dominant market position to grow its business and performance.Next, let's take a look at Macfarlane's performance, although I do understand that past performance is not a guarantee of the future. Looking back, Macfarlane has grown revenue and profit in three out of the past four years. The only year when levels dropped was 2020, this was due to the pandemic. 2021 performance was higher than pre-pandemic levels, which is encouraging.So on to the Macfarlane share price. At current levels, the shares look decent value for money on a price-to-earnings ratio of 13. Many of my best shares to buy have pulled back in the past few months which has thrown up some bargain buys.Finally, Macfarlane shares would boost my passive income stream through dividend payments. The current dividend yield on offer is 2.7%, which is higher than the FTSE 250 average of just under 2%. I am aware that dividends can be cancelled at any time, however.Overall I do believe that Macfarlane shares could be a great addition to my holdings for long-term growth and consistent returns. I would buy the shares and hold on to them.
Posted at 18/4/2022 18:31 by tole FTSE 100 is the premier index in the UK and the holy grail that all listed companies would like to reside on. One growth stock I believe could enter the index within a five-year period is Macfarlane Group (LSE:MACF). I'm planning on buying the shares for my holdings.Labelling and packagingMacfarlane Group is a Scottish-based packaging and labelling business with roots stretching back over 70 years. It is one of the largest distributors of protective packaging products in the UK. Supported by 1,000 employees, its customer base spans the UK, Europe, and the US.As I write, Macfarlane shares are trading for 127p. At this time last year, the shares were trading for 110p, which is a 15% increase over a 12-month period.Labelling and packaging may sound a bit boring. But I'm not looking for thrills, I'm looking for a growth stock with a good track record of performance and one eye on the future. I believe Macfarlane ticks all these boxes.Risks involvedMacfarlane Group could see profit margins squeezed due to rising costs of raw materials and the supply chain crisis.These two macroeconomic factors are affecting many businesses across lots of different sectors currently.If Macfarlane cannot fulfil orders due to the supply chain crisis, this could affect performance, growth, and returns. Furthermore, if raw materials are costing more, it may need to charge more to keep profits up. This could result in a loss of customers to competitors.A growth stock I'd buy for my holdingsFor any stock to continue growing organically along with acquisitions, I believe it must be on sound financial footing. I usually review a firm's trading record and balance sheet. I do understand that past performance is not a guarantee of the future, however.Macfarlane has increased revenue and profit year-on-year between 2018 and 2021 (aside from a small drop in 2020 due to the pandemic). Its 2021 annual report was released last month and made for excellent reading, in my opinion.Another reason I believe Macfarlane is a growth stock with lots of potential ahead is due to the market it operates in. Packaging and labelling is thriving right now due to the rise of e-commerce and is set to grow. In fact, the pandemic only exacerbated online shopping and the demand for packaging and labelling products.At current levels Macfarlane Group shares look cheap to me with a price-to-earnings ratio of 14. In addition to this, buying the shares now would help me build a passive income stream. Macfarlane has a dividend yield of over 2.5%, which is already higher than the FTSE 250 average yield.I do believe Macfarlane Group is an exciting growth stock with lots of potential ahead. At current levels the shares are cheap and pay a dividend. Macfarlane has a consistent record of growing performance and completes acquisitions to enhance its offering too. It is also operating in a burgeoning sector thanks to the rise of e-commerce. I will be buying the shares for my holdings and holding them for the long term.
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