Costain Group PLC provides infrastructure solutions for the energy, water, transportation, and defense markets in the United Kingdom and Spain. More Details
Adequate balance sheet with moderate growth potential.
Share Price & News
How has Costain Group's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: COST is more volatile than 75% of UK stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 10% a week.
Volatility Over Time: COST's weekly volatility has decreased from 17% to 10% over the past year, but is still higher than 75% of UK stocks.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: COST underperformed the UK Construction industry which returned -10.3% over the past year.
Return vs Market: COST underperformed the UK Market which returned -7.7% over the past year.
Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Costain Group's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
2 days ago | Simply Wall StIs Costain Group PLC (LON:COST) Popular Amongst Institutions?
4 weeks ago | Simply Wall StCostain Group's (LON:COST) Shareholders Are Down 88% On Their Shares
1 month ago | Simply Wall StHave Insiders Been Buying Costain Group PLC (LON:COST) Shares This Year?
Is Costain Group undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Undervalued compared to fair value
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: COST (£0.62) is trading below our estimate of fair value (£0.74)
Significantly Below Fair Value: COST is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: COST is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the GB Construction industry average.
PE vs Market: COST is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the UK market.
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate COST's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: COST is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.9x) compared to the GB Construction industry average (1.2x).
How is Costain Group forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 4 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: COST is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered faster growth than the savings rate (1%).
Earnings vs Market: COST is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered above average market growth.
High Growth Earnings: COST's is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.
Revenue vs Market: COST's revenue (6.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the UK market (6.5% per year).
High Growth Revenue: COST's revenue (6.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: COST's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (12.6%).
How has Costain Group performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: COST is currently unprofitable.
Growing Profit Margin: COST is currently unprofitable.
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: COST is unprofitable, and losses have increased over the past 5 years at a rate of 33.4% per year.
Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare COST's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable
Earnings vs Industry: COST is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Construction industry (-31%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: COST has a negative Return on Equity (-47.41%), as it is currently unprofitable.
How is Costain Group's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: COST's short term assets (£437.7M) exceed its short term liabilities (£334.7M).
Long Term Liabilities: COST's short term assets (£437.7M) exceed its long term liabilities (£64.4M).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: COST's debt to equity ratio (34.5%) is considered satisfactory.
Reducing Debt: COST's debt to equity ratio has increased from 0.8% to 34.5% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: COST's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (26.8%).
Interest Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if COST's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT.
What is Costain Group current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Forecast Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate COST's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.
High Dividend: Unable to evaluate COST's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if COST's dividends per share have been stable in the past.
Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if COST's dividend payments have been increasing.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: COST is not paying a notable dividend for the UK market.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of COST's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the UK market.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Mr. Alexander John Vaughan, also known as Alex, BSc (Hons), MRICS, Dip IoD, FIoD, has been the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Costain Group Plc since May 7, 2019 and has been its Member of Group E...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Alex's total compensation ($USD620.56K) is about average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD605.88K).
Compensation vs Earnings: Insufficient data to compare Alex's compensation with company performance.
|CEO, Member of Group Executive Board & Director||1.67yrs||UK£453.21k||0.083% |
|Chief Financial Officer||0.17yr||no data||no data|
|Group Financial Controller & Member of Group Executive Board||21.75yrs||no data||no data|
|Group Commercial Director & Member of Group Executive Board||6yrs||no data||no data|
|Group HR Director & Member of Executive Board||1.33yrs||no data||no data|
|MD of Natural Resources Division & Member of Executive Board||2.17yrs||no data||no data|
|Chief Digital Officer & Member of Executive Board||1.25yrs||no data||no data|
|Managing Director of Transportation Division & Member of Executive Board||0.83yr||no data||no data|
|Head of Technology and Consultancy||no data||no data||no data|
|Corporate Development & Investor Relations Director||no data||no data||no data|
|Interim General Counsel & Company Secretary||0.33yr||no data||no data|
|Group Communications Director||4.42yrs||no data||no data|
Experienced Management: COST's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.5 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.
|CEO, Member of Group Executive Board & Director||1.67yrs||UK£453.21k||0.083% |
|Independent Non-Executive Director||6.92yrs||UK£53.82k||0.0070% |
|Independent Non-Executive Chairman||4.67yrs||UK£166.46k||0.043% |
|Independent Non-Executive Director||3.17yrs||UK£46.82k||0.0047% |
|Senior Independent Director||2.67yrs||UK£62.82k||0.024% |
|Non-Executive Director||0.58yr||no data||no data|
Experienced Board: COST's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.9 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: COST insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been substantially diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 153.9%.
Costain Group PLC's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Costain Group PLC
- Ticker: COST
- Exchange: LSE
- Founded: 1865
- Industry: Construction and Engineering
- Sector: Capital Goods
- Market Cap: UK£169.369m
- Shares outstanding: 274.95m
- Website: https://www.costain.com
Number of Employees
- Costain Group PLC
- Costain House
- Vanwall Business Park
- SL6 4UB
- United Kingdom
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|COST||LSE (London Stock Exchange)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||GB||GBP||Jan 1980|
|CSGQ.F||OTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||US||USD||Jan 1980|
|COSTl||BATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')||Yes||Ordinary Shares||GB||GBP||Jan 1980|
|5JY||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||DE||EUR||Jan 1980|
Costain Group PLC provides infrastructure solutions for the energy, water, transportation, and defense markets in the United Kingdom and Spain. It operates in two segments, Transportation and Natural Resou...
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2021/01/15 01:29|
|End of Day Share Price||2021/01/14 00:00|
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