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Executive Summary

Ashtead Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, rents a range of construction and industrial equipment.

Snowflake Analysis

Average dividend payer with acceptable track record.

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Share Price & News

How has Ashtead Group's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: AHT's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




GB Trade Distributors


GB Market

1 Year Return




GB Trade Distributors


GB Market

Return vs Industry: AHT exceeded the UK Trade Distributors industry which returned 11.6% over the past year.

Return vs Market: AHT exceeded the UK Market which returned -9.5% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day2.3%2.7%3.7%
30 Day17.8%16.9%10.8%
90 Day8.9%-1.5%-5.0%
1 Year32.5%30.0%13.3%11.6%-5.1%-9.5%
3 Year63.9%55.7%23.5%13.9%-1.7%-13.7%
5 Year133.9%114.6%42.0%25.2%16.4%-9.7%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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

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Is Ashtead Group 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: AHT (£24.79) is trading above our estimate of fair value (£7.86)

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

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: AHT is poor value based on its PE Ratio (14x) compared to the Trade Distributors industry average (13.8x).

PE vs Market: AHT is good value based on its PE Ratio (14x) compared to the UK market (15x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: AHT is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2.5x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: AHT is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (3.9x) compared to the GB Trade Distributors industry average (1.4x).

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Future Growth

How is Ashtead Group forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 15 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: AHT's forecast earnings growth (5.6% per year) is above the savings rate (1.2%).

Earnings vs Market: AHT's earnings (5.6% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the UK market (20.9% per year).

High Growth Earnings: AHT's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: AHT's revenue (4.4% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the UK market (3.5% per year).

High Growth Revenue: AHT's revenue (4.4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: AHT's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (22.5%)

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Past Performance

How has Ashtead Group performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: AHT has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: AHT's current net profit margins (16.2%) are lower than last year (17.3%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: AHT's earnings have grown significantly by 23.1% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: AHT's earnings growth over the past year (9.9%) is below its 5-year average (23.1% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: AHT earnings growth over the past year (9.9%) exceeded the Trade Distributors industry 7.8%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst AHT's Return on Equity (28.19%) is high, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.

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Financial Health

How is Ashtead Group's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: AHT's short term assets (£1.0B) exceed its short term liabilities (£716.0M).

Long Term Liabilities: AHT's short term assets (£1.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities (£6.6B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: AHT's debt to equity ratio (151%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: AHT's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 164.3% to 151% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: AHT's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (19.8%).

Interest Coverage: AHT's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (5.9x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Ashtead Group's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: AHT's dividend (1.61%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (1.98%).

High Dividend: AHT's dividend (1.61%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (5.55%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: AHT's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

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

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its low payout ratio (23%), AHT's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: AHT's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (25.3% payout ratio).

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


Average board tenure


Brendan Horgan (45yo)





Mr. Brendan Horgan has been Chief Executive Officer of Ashtead Group plc since May 1, 2019. Mr. Horgan served as the Group Chief Operating Officer of Ashtead Group plc since January 1, 2018 until May 1, 20 ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Brendan's total compensation ($USD5.04M) is about average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD3.93M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Brendan's compensation has increased by more than 20% in the past year.

Board Members

Brendan Horgan
CEO & Executive Director1.08yrsUK£4.02m0.090% £9.9m
Michael Pratt
Group Finance Director2.17yrsUK£1.41m0.061% £6.7m
Paul Walker
Non-Executive Chairman1.75yrsUK£292.00k0.0031% £347.5k
Tanya Fratto
Independent Non-Executive Director3.92yrsUK£83.00k0.00022% £24.4k
Angus Cockburn
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director1.42yrsUK£47.00k0.00022% £24.4k
Lucinda Riches
Independent Non-Executive Director4yrsUK£75.00k0.0011% £124.3k
Jill Easterbrook
Independent Non-Executive director0.42yrno datano data
Lindsley Ruth
Independent Non-Executive Director1.08yrsno data0.00050% £55.5k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: AHT's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


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

Ownership Breakdown

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

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Ashtead Group plc's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Ashtead Group plc
  • Ticker: AHT
  • Exchange: LSE
  • Founded: 1984
  • Industry: Trading Companies and Distributors
  • Sector: Capital Goods
  • Market Cap: UK£11.101b
  • Shares outstanding: 447.81m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Ashtead Group plc
  • 100 Cheapside
  • London
  • Greater London
  • EC2V 6DT
  • United Kingdom


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
ASHT.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesOrdinary SharesUSUSDJan 1992
AHTLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesOrdinary SharesGBGBPJan 1992
0LCDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesOrdinary SharesDEEURJan 1992
AHTLBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesOrdinary SharesGBGBPJan 1992


Ashtead Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, rents a range of construction and industrial equipment. It provides equipment for use in lifting, powering, generation, moving, digging, compacting, drilling, supporting, scrubbing, pumping, directing, heating, and ventilating works. The company offers various types of construction equipment for non-residential construction markets; and facilities management equipment for the maintenance and repair of facilities. It also provides disaster relief equipment, such as pumps and power generation equipment for various applications, such as assisting at times of flooding due to weather and burst water supply; power generation, lighting, and other equipment for bowl events, sporting events, music concerts, and festivals; and climate control equipment, including cooling, heating, and dehumidification equipment to the construction, commercial, industrial, and events markets. In addition, the company rents and installs scaffolding solutions for access to new or existing structures; and offers portable traffic systems to facilitate engineering projects or clean-up after an accident. It serves construction, industrial, and homeowner customers, as well as government entities and specialist contractors. The company operates 773 stores under the Sunbelt Rentals name in the United States; 67 stores under the Sunbelt Rentals Canada name in Canada; and 196 stores under the A-Plant name in the United Kingdom. Ashtead Group plc was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/06/03 20:39
End of Day Share Price2020/06/03 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/04/30

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.