LSE:AHT

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Executive Summary

Ashtead Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the construction, industrial, and general equipment rental business in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. More Details


Snowflake Analysis

Adequate balance sheet average dividend payer.


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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 has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-0.8%

AHT

-1.3%

GB Trade Distributors

-1.9%

GB Market


1 Year Return

32.8%

AHT

15.5%

GB Trade Distributors

-16.2%

GB Market

Return vs Industry: AHT exceeded the UK Trade Distributors industry which returned 17.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: AHT exceeded the UK Market which returned -14.8% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

AHTIndustryMarket
7 Day-0.8%-1.3%-1.9%
30 Day6.2%9.6%0.7%
90 Day10.7%11.9%-4.8%
1 Year34.8%32.8%17.2%15.5%-13.0%-16.2%
3 Year59.3%51.7%33.8%23.9%-9.4%-20.6%
5 Year217.5%191.5%89.4%67.8%13.5%-12.0%

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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Valuation

Is Ashtead Group undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

20.16x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: AHT (£29.21) is trading above our estimate of fair value (£28.8)

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 (20.2x) compared to the GB Trade Distributors industry average (18.2x).

PE vs Market: AHT is poor value based on its PE Ratio (20.2x) compared to the UK market (18.2x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: AHT is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.2x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: AHT is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (4.4x) compared to the GB Trade Distributors industry average (1.3x).


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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?

16.3%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: AHT's forecast earnings growth (16.3% per year) is above the savings rate (1.2%).

Earnings vs Market: AHT's earnings (16.3% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the UK market (24.2% per year).

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

Revenue vs Market: AHT's revenue (5.9% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the UK market (6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: AHT's revenue (5.9% 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 (22.2%)


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Past Performance

How has Ashtead Group performed over the past 5 years?

16.9%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: AHT has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: AHT's current net profit margins (13.2%) are lower than last year (17.2%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: AHT's earnings have grown by 16.9% per year over the past 5 years.

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

Earnings vs Industry: AHT had negative earnings growth (-19.7%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Trade Distributors industry average (-14.9%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst AHT's Return on Equity (21.83%) 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 (£894.3M) exceed its short term liabilities (£743.0M).

Long Term Liabilities: AHT's short term assets (£894.3M) do not cover its long term liabilities (£6.0B).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: AHT's debt to equity ratio (124.4%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: AHT's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 150.1% to 124.4% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: AHT's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (33.1%).

Interest Coverage: AHT's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (4.6x coverage).


Balance Sheet


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Dividend

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

1.39%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: AHT's dividend (1.39%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (1.83%).

High Dividend: AHT's dividend (1.39%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (5.32%).


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 reasonably low payout ratio (28.1%), 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 (26.8% payout ratio).


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Management

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

2.3yrs

Average board tenure


CEO

Brendan Horgan (46 yo)

1.42yrs

Tenure

UK£2,956,000

Compensation

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 ($USD3.88M) is about average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD4.87M).

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


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Brendan Horgan
CEO & Executive Director1.42yrsUK£2.96m0.089%
£ 11.7m
Michael Pratt
Group Finance Director2.5yrsUK£1.24m0.061%
£ 7.9m
Paul Walker
Non-Executive Chairman2.08yrsUK£358.00k0.0031%
£ 409.5k
Tanya Fratto
Independent Non-Executive Director4.25yrsUK£82.00k0.00022%
£ 28.8k
Angus Cockburn
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director1.75yrsUK£90.00k0.00022%
£ 28.8k
Lucinda Riches
Independent Non-Executive Director4.33yrsUK£75.00k0.0011%
£ 146.5k
Jill Easterbrook
Independent Non-Executive director0.75yrUK£20.00kno data
Lindsley Ruth
Independent Non-Executive Director1.42yrsUK£60.00k0.00050%
£ 65.4k

2.3yrs

Average Tenure

56.5yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: AHT's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.3 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


Ownership

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

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


Key Information

  • Name: Ashtead Group plc
  • Ticker: AHT
  • Exchange: LSE
  • Founded: 1947
  • Industry: Trading Companies and Distributors
  • Sector: Capital Goods
  • Market Cap: UK£13.083b
  • Shares outstanding: 447.89m
  • Website: https://www.ashtead-group.com

Number of Employees


Location

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

Listings

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
ASHT.YOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)UNSPONSORED ADRUSUSDApr 2011

Biography

Ashtead Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the construction, industrial, and general equipment rental business in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It offers range of pr ...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/10/21 21:16
End of Day Share Price2020/10/21 00:00
Earnings2020/07/31
Annual Earnings2020/04/30


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.