Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Sdl Plc LSE:SDL London Ordinary Share GB0009376368 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  4.00 0.57% 710.00 3,480,702 16:35:01
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
712.00 716.00 716.00 690.00 710.00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Software & Computer Services 376.30 27.00 21.60 32.9 647
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
18:00:06 O 25,000 712.00 GBX

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Sdl Daily Update: Sdl Plc is listed in the Software & Computer Services sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker SDL. The last closing price for Sdl was 706p.
Sdl Plc has a 4 week average price of 550p and a 12 week average price of 451p.
The 1 year high share price is 870p while the 1 year low share price is currently 367p.
There are currently 91,109,314 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 475,186 shares. The market capitalisation of Sdl Plc is £646,876,129.40.
robow: from tThe Daily Telegraph Questor: buy translation firm SDL for its high barriers to entry, rising sales and improving margins Questor share tip: SDL's technology and huge team of translators give it strong protection from competition A good question to ask if you want to gauge how well a company is defended from competition is: how long would it take to build it from scratch? If the answer is many years, potential rivals are likely to think that returns would be too long delayed to justify the cost and effort. This week’s stock would take a long time to replicate. SDL, the translation firm, has been in business for 26 years and during that time it has built up a team of about 1,200 in-house translators and 16,000 freelancers. “That kind of network takes a very long time to build,” said Stuart Widdowson, manager of the Odyssean investment trust. “That, on top of its proprietary technology, would impose high barriers to entry on any new competitor In fact SDL has just two rivals of any size, along with a large number of smaller outfits. And in the translation market size confers advantages, Widdowson said. He said the large multinationals among its clients – which include 88 of the world’s top brands – typically wanted to disseminate the same message in all their markets globally. “The internet has brought about an explosion of content and companies want it to reach customers in more and more countries. That involves communicating in many different languages simultaneously, but managing that process is difficult as you will be using multiple platforms in multiple countries,” he said. “A large firm such as SDL will have the resources needed – the process management software, the project managers, the automated translation engine – but smaller rivals won’t; they will be more geared to operating in one or two countries.” SDL has operations in 35. As a result, its customers tend to stick with it. “It is the market leader and in some niches it has a market share of about 90pc,” the fund manager said. Despite the business’s inherent strengths, there is scope for improvement. Widdowson said that in the past it had been “undermanaged” – “it was built via multiple acquisitions, which weren’t as integrated as well as you’d have expected”, he said. There is now a new management team, which is working to improve efficiency. “The company will use better ‘middle-office’ and ‘back-office’ technology. For example, until recently the scheduling of translators’ tasks was managed on a spreadsheet but there is now dedicated software in place,” Widdowson said. The improvements should lead to higher profit margins. “The company is committed to a rise of 1-2 percentage points in operating margins every year,” he said. “They are now about 10pc but we think they should reach the high teens over time.” When higher margins are combined with the growth in sales that Widdowson and the company expect, there is scope for double-digit earnings rises every year. As capital requirements are light, profits tend to feed through to cash generation. Odyssean expects the firm to be debt-free at the end of the year. The investment trust likes to value this kind of stock in relation to its sales and said on this measure the valuation (an “enterprise value” of 1.1 times next year’s expected sales) was “not demanding” given the scope to improve sales and margins. Questor says: buy Ticker: SDL Share price at close: 484p
hedley2: Severely punished for the interim results with a lot of investors/punters abandoning ship. As always the drop in the share price seems over done and will be a lesson for the board. New man has always said it's a 3yr plan so happy to give him a chance, but have to admit the £2 a share drop hurts!
thomasthetank1: Read Panmure Gordon & Co's note on SDL PLC (SDL), out this morning, by visiting hxxps:// "A trade press release on SDL Machine Translation tells us that the demand for translation output continues to increases and that SDL translation business is not just a human Time & Materials business, but is ‘programmable’ using Machine Translation. Indeed, SDL has been developing MT technology for over 20 years, with the latest update, XMT, released in 2015. Being born in software gives greater scale, operational leverage and reminds that SDL has an effective foil to price deflation. While SDL’s share price has been..."
she-ra: Its bizarre that SDL has such a low share price when one considers that in language translation software it holds an 80% market share and is now helping to expand that market with the first cloud service for translation software and a translators marketplace. That alone would justify this share price but it is also a leader in the field of web content management. The interdependence between language translation and web content management has never been stronger in this ever globalizing world. The £1.5 million purchase of shares by the CEO's partner in December was very encouraging and a massive vote of confidence. I could really see Adobe or Microsoft making a move for this company
hedley2: Share price has now halved in 12 months and shows no sign of support, I know the Finance man is on his way, which never goes down well, any other known reasons?
rivaldo: Peel Hunt now say Sell and forecast just 14.28p EPS this year. I don't know how the share price is holding at these levels - it's either a support operation or the usual bid speculation. Without either of these it's difficult to see the current price being sustained for long imho since there's so much downside on a P/E of over 20 for a company which is in the throes of so much turmoil.
silverfern: I agree- prospective p/e on basis of report today way too high at current share price. SAles will take time to become revenue. I understand they have some debt too- paying that off will compete with their dividend policy at these reduced profit levels
rivaldo: Another profit warning today, though reasonably mild. It'll be interesting to see whether forecasts drop again from the current 28p-29p EPS for this year. The share price could drop to 300p at this rate with no expectation/proof of an upturn until H2 at the earliest per today's RNS.
hedley2: Anyone got any thoughts on the weakness of the share price of late? I know the results did not impress, but they seem to be punished on a regular basis.
rivaldo: Results out - I'm rather glad I sold! Adjusted EPS was down 11% to 33.9p, and the outlook for this year is grim due to increased investment, economic conditions etc. It'll be interesting to see what the revised forecasts are. Long-term I'm sure SDL will thrive, and the new investment will help that process. Short-term is a different matter. In the meantime the share price has fallen to 439p, well below even my mooted 450p, and may fall further given the outlook. I doubt the share price will be going anywhere fast for a while unless an opportunistic bidder comes along. Good luck to holders anyway. There will be money to be made when the turnaround - eventually - comes as SDL is a quality company imho.
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