COST Stock Overview
Costain Group PLC provides smart infrastructure solutions for the energy, water, transportation, and defense markets in the United Kingdom.
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Price History & Performance
|Historical stock prices|
|Current Share Price||UK£0.42|
|52 Week High||UK£0.61|
|52 Week Low||UK£0.32|
|1 Month Change||3.66%|
|3 Month Change||20.48%|
|1 Year Change||-26.98%|
|3 Year Change||-73.00%|
|5 Year Change||-90.44%|
|Change since IPO||-99.87%|
Recent News & Updates
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|COST||GB Construction||GB Market|
Return vs Industry: COST underperformed the UK Construction industry which returned -18.2% over the past year.
Return vs Market: COST underperformed the UK Market which returned -14.6% over the past year.
|COST Average Weekly Movement||7.7%|
|Construction Industry Average Movement||4.4%|
|Market Average Movement||5.3%|
|10% most volatile stocks in GB Market||10.8%|
|10% least volatile stocks in GB Market||2.6%|
Stable Share Price: COST is more volatile than 75% of UK stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 8% a week.
Volatility Over Time: COST's weekly volatility (8%) has been stable over the past year, but is still higher than 75% of UK stocks.
About the Company
Costain Group PLC provides smart infrastructure solutions for the energy, water, transportation, and defense markets in the United Kingdom. The company operates through two segments, Transportation and Natural Resources. The Transportation segment operates in the road, rail, and integrated transport markets.
Costain Group Fundamentals Summary
|COST fundamental statistics|
Is COST overvalued?See Fair Value and valuation analysis
Earnings & Revenue
|COST income statement (TTM)|
|Cost of Revenue||UK£1.20b|
Last Reported Earnings
Jun 30, 2022
Next Earnings Date
|Earnings per share (EPS)||-0.023|
|Net Profit Margin||-0.50%|
How did COST perform over the long term?See historical performance and comparison
Is COST undervalued compared to its fair value, analyst forecasts and its price relative to the market?
Valuation Score 5/6
Price-To-Sales vs Peers
Price-To-Sales vs Industry
Price-To-Sales vs Fair Ratio
Below Fair Value
Significantly Below Fair Value
Key Valuation Metric
Which metric is best to use when looking at relative valuation for COST?
Other financial metrics that can be useful for relative valuation.
|What is COST's n/a Ratio?|
Price to Sales Ratio vs Peers
How does COST's PS Ratio compare to its peers?
|COST PS Ratio vs Peers|
|Company||PS||Estimated Growth||Market Cap|
GFRD Galliford Try Holdings
NEXS Nexus Infrastructure
SMJ J. Smart (Contractors)
COST Costain Group
Price-To-Sales vs Peers: COST is good value based on its Price-To-Sales Ratio (0.1x) compared to the peer average (1.9x).
Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry
How does COST's PE Ratio compare vs other companies in the European Construction Industry?
Price-To-Sales vs Industry: COST is good value based on its Price-To-Sales Ratio (0.1x) compared to the European Construction industry average (0.4x)
Price to Sales Ratio vs Fair Ratio
What is COST's PS Ratio compared to its Fair PS Ratio? This is the expected PS Ratio taking into account the company's forecast earnings growth, profit margins and other risk factors.
|Current PS Ratio||0.09x|
|Fair PS Ratio||0.3x|
Price-To-Sales vs Fair Ratio: COST is good value based on its Price-To-Sales Ratio (0.1x) compared to the estimated Fair Price-To-Sales Ratio (0.3x).
Share Price vs Fair Value
What is the Fair Price of COST when looking at its future cash flows? For this estimate we use a Discounted Cash Flow model.
Below Fair Value: COST (£0.43) is trading below our estimate of fair value (£1.34)
Significantly Below Fair Value: COST is trading below fair value by more than 20%.
Analyst Price Targets
What is the analyst 12-month forecast and do we have any statistical confidence in the consensus price target?
Analyst Forecast: Target price is more than 20% higher than the current share price, but analysts are not within a statistically confident range of agreement.
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How is Costain Group forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 3 analysts?
Future Growth Score3/6
Future Growth Score 3/6
Earnings vs Savings Rate
Earnings vs Market
High Growth Earnings
Revenue vs Market
High Growth Revenue
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 (0.9%).
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 is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.
Revenue vs Market: COST's revenue (3.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the UK market (4.6% per year).
High Growth Revenue: COST's revenue (3.5% 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 (9.6%).
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How has Costain Group performed over the past 5 years?
Past Performance Score0/6
Past Performance Score 0/6
Growing Profit Margin
Earnings vs Industry
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 47.5% 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 (17.7%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: COST has a negative Return on Equity (-2.83%), as it is currently unprofitable.
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How is Costain Group's financial position?
Financial Health Score4/6
Financial Health Score 4/6
Short Term Liabilities
Long Term Liabilities
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: COST's short term assets (£335.2M) exceed its short term liabilities (£253.1M).
Long Term Liabilities: COST's short term assets (£335.2M) exceed its long term liabilities (£49.6M).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: COST has more cash than its total debt.
Reducing Debt: COST's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 64.1% to 16.4% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: COST's operating cash flow is negative, therefore debt is not well covered.
Interest Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if COST's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT.
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What is Costain Group current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Dividend Score 0/6
Cash Flow Coverage
Forecast Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
|Costain Group Dividend Yield vs Market|
|Company (Costain Group)||0%|
|Market Bottom 25% (GB)||2.1%|
|Market Top 25% (GB)||6.1%|
|Industry Average (Construction)||4.0%|
|Analyst forecast in 3 Years (Costain Group)||5.2%|
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.
Earnings Payout to Shareholders
Earnings Coverage: COST is not paying a notable dividend for the UK market.
Cash Payout to Shareholders
Cash Flow Coverage: Unable to calculate sustainability of dividends as COST has not reported any payouts.
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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), FRICS, 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...
CEO Compensation Analysis
|Alex Vaughan's Compensation vs Costain Group Earnings|
|Date||Total Comp.||Salary||Company Earnings|
|Jun 30 2022||n/a||n/a|
|Mar 31 2022||n/a||n/a|
|Dec 31 2021||UK£981k||UK£431k|
|Sep 30 2021||n/a||n/a|
|Jun 30 2021||n/a||n/a|
|Mar 31 2021||n/a||n/a|
|Dec 31 2020||UK£448k||UK£393k|
|Sep 30 2020||n/a||n/a|
|Jun 30 2020||n/a||n/a|
|Mar 31 2020||n/a||n/a|
|Dec 31 2019||UK£453k||UK£275k|
Compensation vs Market: Alex's total compensation ($USD1.05M) is above average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD326.24K).
Compensation vs Earnings: Alex's compensation has increased whilst the company is unprofitable.
Experienced Management: COST's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.4 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.
Experienced Board: COST'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
|09 Nov 21||BuyUK£11,158||Neil Crockett||Individual||20,000||UK£0.56|
|01 Nov 21||BuyUK£4,362||Alexander Vaughan||Individual||8,093||UK£0.54|
|Owner Type||Number of Shares||Ownership Percentage|
|Employee Share Scheme||474,087||0.2%|
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
|Ownership||Name||Shares||Current Value||Change %||Portfolio %|
Costain Group PLC's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Costain Group PLC
- Ticker: COST
- Exchange: LSE
- Founded: 1865
- Industry: Construction and Engineering
- Sector: Capital Goods
- Implied Market Cap: UK£116.911m
- Shares outstanding: 275.08m
- 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|
|CTNG.Y||OTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)||UNSPONSORD ADR||US||USD||Apr 2016|
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2022/09/27 00:00|
|End of Day Share Price||2022/09/27 00:00|
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.