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Executive Summary

FW Thorpe Plc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and supplies professional lighting equipment in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Europe, and internationally.

Risk Analysis

No risks detected for TFW from our risk checks.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet with questionable track record.

Share Price & News

How has FW Thorpe's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: TFW has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




GB Electrical


GB Market

1 Year Return




GB Electrical


GB Market

Return vs Industry: TFW underperformed the UK Electrical industry which returned -4.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: TFW exceeded the UK Market which returned -15.5% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day0%2.0%-1.5%
30 Day-4.4%3.3%0.9%
90 Day-8.5%34.5%7.5%
1 Year-6.3%-8.2%-3.0%-3.8%-10.9%-14.9%
3 Year-19.4%-23.5%-22.2%-25.7%-4.0%-15.8%
5 Year76.1%60.2%150.4%-88.5%13.6%-11.8%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is FW Thorpe's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is FW Thorpe undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: TFW (£3.02) is trading above our estimate of fair value (£1.46)

Significantly Below Fair Value: TFW is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: TFW's PE Ratio (23.6x) is in line with the GB Electrical industry average.

PE vs Market: TFW is poor value based on its PE Ratio (23.6x) compared to the UK market (15.2x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate TFW's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: TFW is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2.9x) compared to the GB Electrical industry average (1.9x).

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Future Growth

How is FW Thorpe forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 1 analyst?


Forecasted annual revenue growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: Insufficient data to determine if TFW's forecast earnings growth is above the savings rate (1.2%).

Earnings vs Market: Insufficient data to determine if TFW's earnings are forecast to grow faster than the UK market

High Growth Earnings: Insufficient data to determine if earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: TFW's revenue (2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the UK market (3.3% per year).

High Growth Revenue: TFW's revenue (2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if TFW's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time

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Past Performance

How has FW Thorpe performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: TFW has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: TFW's current net profit margins (12.9%) are lower than last year (15.5%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: TFW's earnings have grown by 7.9% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: TFW's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: TFW had negative earnings growth (-12.3%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Electrical industry average (-11.3%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: TFW's Return on Equity (12.1%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is FW Thorpe's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: TFW's short term assets (£98.7M) exceed its short term liabilities (£19.5M).

Long Term Liabilities: TFW's short term assets (£98.7M) exceed its long term liabilities (£17.2M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: TFW is debt free.

Reducing Debt: TFW had no debt 5 years ago.

Debt Coverage: TFW has no debt, therefore it does not need to be covered by operating cash flow.

Interest Coverage: TFW has no debt, therefore coverage of interest payments is not a concern.

Balance Sheet

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What is FW Thorpe current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: TFW's dividend (1.83%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (1.96%).

High Dividend: TFW's dividend (1.83%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (5.46%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: TFW's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: TFW's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (43.4%), TFW's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average board tenure


Mike Allcock





Mr. Michael Allcock, also known as Mike, FIEE has been Group Joint Chief Executive of F.W. Thorpe PLC since June 28, 2010 and its Chairman since July 3, 2017. Mr. Allcock has been the Managing Director of  ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Mike's total compensation ($USD837.15K) is about average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD913.44K).

Compensation vs Earnings: Mike's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Board Members

Michael Allcock
Chairman10.08yrsUK£663.76k0.15% £530.0k
Craig Muncaster
Joint Group Chief Executiveno dataUK£511.88k0.043% £151.0k
David Taylor
Executive Director & MD of Philip Payne Limited12.17yrsUK£398.39k0.11% £401.3k
James Thorpe
Business Development Director of Thorlux Lighting & Executive Director3yrsUK£215.88k1.18% £4.1m
Peter Mason
Non-Executive Director10.08yrsUK£33.00k1.4% £4.9m
Andrew Thorpe
Non-Executive Directorno dataUK£328.00k23.8% £83.6m
Antony Cooper
Non-Executive Director12.17yrsUK£374.70kno data
Ian Thorpe
Non-Executive Director22.75yrsUK£43.00k22.21% £78.0m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: TFW's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 11.1 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.

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

FW Thorpe Plc's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: FW Thorpe Plc
  • Ticker: TFW
  • Exchange: AIM
  • Founded: 1936
  • Industry: Electrical Components and Equipment
  • Sector: Capital Goods
  • Market Cap: UK£351.318m
  • Shares outstanding: 116.33m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • FW Thorpe Plc
  • Merse Road
  • North Moons Moat
  • Redditch
  • Worcestershire
  • B98 9HH
  • United Kingdom


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
TFWAIM (London Stock Exchange AIM Market)ORD GBP0.01 (POST SUBD)GBGBPNo data
TFWAIM (London Stock Exchange AIM Market)YesOrdinary SharesGBGBPJan 1992


FW Thorpe Plc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and supplies professional lighting equipment in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Europe, and internationally. The company offers professional lighting and control systems, including recessed, surface, and suspended luminaires; emergency lighting systems; hazardous area lighting; high and low bay luminaires; lighting controls; and exterior lighting products for commercial, industrial, education, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, display, and hospitality markets. It also provides emergency exit signage and lighting systems for commercial, hospitality, and healthcare markets; and clean room lighting equipment and luminaires for laboratories, pharmaceutical, and semiconductor manufacturing areas, including hospitals, kitchens, and food preparation applications. In addition, the company offers lighting products to the advertising, brewery, retail, and sign lighting industries; and street lighting, outdoor wall and ceiling luminaires, amenity lighting products, and LED road and tunnel luminaires for infrastructure, housing, and car parking areas. Further, it provides LED industrial luminaries, LED retail and display luminaries, customized LED solutions, and LED optics for emergency vehicles, general automotive, and other customer applications. The company offers its lighting products under the Thorlux Lighting, Philip Payne, Solite, Portland Lighting, TRT Lighting, Lightronics, Famostar, and Luxintec brands. FW Thorpe Plc was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Redditch, the United Kingdom. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/13 20:56
End of Day Share Price2020/07/13 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/06/30

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.