Hills Limited manufactures and distributes technology products and services that connect, entertain, and secure.
Adequate balance sheet with weak fundamentals.
Share Price & News
How has Hills's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: HIQ's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: HIQ exceeded the German Electronic industry which returned 8.1% over the past year.
Return vs Market: HIQ exceeded the German Market which returned 13.7% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Hills's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
No news available
Is Hills undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Book (PB) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: Insufficient data to calculate HIQ's fair value to establish if it is undervalued.
Significantly Below Fair Value: Insufficient data to calculate HIQ's fair value to establish if it is undervalued.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: HIQ is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the Electronic industry average.
PE vs Market: HIQ is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the German market.
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate HIQ's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: HIQ is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2x) compared to the DE Electronic industry average (1.9x).
How is Hills forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?
Forecasted Tech industry annual growth in earnings
In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as Hills has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.
This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.
- Examine Hills's financial health to determine how well-positioned it is against times of financial stress by looking at its level of debt over time and how much cash it has left.
- Hills competitive advantages and company strategy can generally be found in its financial reports archived here.
- Explore growth companies in the Tech industry.
How has Hills performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: HIQ is currently unprofitable.
Growing Profit Margin: HIQ is currently unprofitable.
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: HIQ is unprofitable, but has reduced losses over the past 5 years at a rate of 29.2% per year.
Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare HIQ's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable
Earnings vs Industry: HIQ is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Electronic industry (-3.9%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: HIQ has a negative Return on Equity (-16.86%), as it is currently unprofitable.
Return on Assets
Return on Capital Employed
How is Hills's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: HIQ's short term assets (A$111.7M) exceed its short term liabilities (A$65.4M).
Long Term Liabilities: HIQ's short term assets (A$111.7M) exceed its long term liabilities (A$28.0M).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: HIQ's debt to equity ratio (75%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: HIQ's debt to equity ratio has increased from 15.3% to 75% over the past 5 years.
Inventory Level: HIQ has a high level of physical assets or inventory.
Debt Coverage by Assets: HIQ's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 2.8x debt).
Cash Runway Analysis
For companies that have on average been loss making in the past we assess whether they have at least 1 year of cash runway.
Stable Cash Runway: HIQ has sufficient cash runway for more than a year based on its current free cash flow.
Forecast Cash Runway: HIQ has sufficient cash runway for 1.1 years if free cash flow continues to reduce at historical rates of -9.6% each year.
What is Hills's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Dividend Yield vs Market
Current dividend yield vs market & industry
Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate HIQ's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.
High Dividend: Unable to evaluate HIQ's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if HIQ's dividends per share have been stable in the past.
Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if HIQ's dividend payments have been increasing.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: HIQ is not paying a notable dividend for the German market.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of HIQ's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the German market.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
David John Lenz (56yo)
Mr. David John Joseph Lenz has been the Chief Executive Officer of Hills Limited since September 1, 2016 and has been its Managing Director since February 19, 2018. Mr. Lenz has over 25 years of experience ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: David John's total compensation ($USD270.43K) is below average for companies of similar size in the German market ($USD412.50K).
Compensation vs Earnings: David John's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
|CEO, MD & Director||3.4yrs||AU$408.97k||0.16% A$106.4k|
|Chief Financial Officer||3.3yrs||AU$285.43k||no data|
|General Counsel & Company Secretary||6.9yrs||AU$310.82k||0.36% A$232.5k|
|Head of Health||0yrs||AU$474.29k||no data|
|Head of Security||1.6yrs||AU$292.51k||no data|
|Executive Director of Hills & Communications||6.9yrs||AU$303.83k||no data|
Experienced Management: HIQ's management team is considered experienced (3.4 years average tenure).
|CEO, MD & Director||3.4yrs||AU$408.97k||0.16% A$106.4k|
|Chairman of the Board||14.3yrs||AU$160.00k||0.16% A$105.6k|
|Independent Non-Executive Director||9.8yrs||AU$96.00k||0.16% A$105.5k|
|Lead Independent Director||3.4yrs||AU$104.00k||0.13% A$83.6k|
|Independent Non-Executive Director||3.4yrs||AU$88.00k||0.15% A$97.6k|
Experienced Board: HIQ's board of directors are considered experienced (3.4 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Hills Limited's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Hills Limited
- Ticker: HIQ
- Exchange: DB
- Founded: 1945
- Industry: Electronic Equipment and Instruments
- Sector: Tech
- Market Cap: AU$105.553m
- Listing Market Cap: AU$64.674m
- Shares outstanding: 231.99m
- Website: https://www.hills.com.au
Number of Employees
- Hills Limited
- Building F
- Unit 1
- New South Wales
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|HIL||ASX (Australian Securities Exchange)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||AU||AUD||Jan 1992|
|HIL||CHIA (Chi-X Australia)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||AU||AUD||Jan 1992|
|HIQ||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||DE||EUR||Jan 1992|
Hills Limited manufactures and distributes technology products and services that connect, entertain, and secure. It designs, supplies, and installs health technology, nurse call, patient entertainment, and related solutions, including security, Wi-Fi, and telephony solutions for the health and aged care sectors. The company also distributes access control solutions, alarms and intruder solutions, card access controls, CCTV cameras, video management solutions, wireless and networking solutions, analytics software for facial recognition and people counting solutions, asset management, fire detectors and alarms, antennas, set top boxes, digital TV systems, and satellite dishes, as well as provides pre and post installation services for security, surveillance, and IT sectors. In addition, it offers audio-visual products, such as unified communication, hearing augmentation, professional LCD display, and projector solutions; and professional audio solutions for indoor and outdoor applications. Further, the company provides solutions for home, hospitals and healthcare facilities, places of learning, entertainment venues, retail spaces, houses of worship, banking and finance, automation, and corporate and government institutions, as well as transport, infrastructure, and utility. It offers its products in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and North America. The company was formerly known as Hills Holding Limited and changed its name to Hills Limited in December 2013. Hills Limited was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Lidcombe, Australia.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2020/02/20 23:25|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/02/20 00:00|
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