AIM:ESC

Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Escape Hunt plc engages in escape game business.


Snowflake Analysis

Adequate balance sheet with limited growth.

Share Price & News

How has Escape Hunt's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

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


Market Performance


7 Day Return

0%

ESC

16.1%

GB Hospitality

8.6%

GB Market


1 Year Return

-93.6%

ESC

-16.8%

GB Hospitality

-19.4%

GB Market

Return vs Industry: ESC underperformed the UK Hospitality industry which returned -20.1% over the past year.

Return vs Market: ESC underperformed the UK Market which returned -21.5% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

ESCIndustryMarket
7 Day0%16.1%8.6%
30 Day-62.5%-7.2%-3.5%
90 Day-76.6%-27.2%-23.0%
1 Year-93.6%-93.6%-14.6%-16.8%-15.5%-19.4%
3 Year-97.4%-97.4%-8.9%-18.0%-8.8%-19.9%
5 Yearn/a7.2%-9.4%4.2%-19.0%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


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Valuation

Is Escape Hunt undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

0.092x

Price to Book (PB) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: Insufficient data to calculate ESC's fair value to establish if it is undervalued.

Significantly Below Fair Value: Insufficient data to calculate ESC's fair value to establish if it is undervalued.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: ESC is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the Hospitality industry average.

PE vs Market: ESC 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 ESC's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: ESC is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.1x) compared to the GB Hospitality industry average (1x).


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Future Growth

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

40.5%

Forecasted annual revenue growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: Insufficient data to determine if ESC's forecast earnings growth is above the savings rate (0.5%).

Earnings vs Market: Insufficient data to determine if ESC'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: ESC's revenue (40.5% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the UK market (2.5% per year).

High Growth Revenue: ESC's revenue (40.5% per year) is forecast to grow faster than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

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


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Past Performance

How has Escape Hunt performed over the past 5 years?

-37.0%

Last years earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: ESC is currently unprofitable.

Growing Profit Margin: ESC is currently unprofitable.


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: Insufficient data to determine if ESC's year-on-year earnings growth rate was positive over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare ESC's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable

Earnings vs Industry: ESC is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Hospitality industry (-10.9%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: ESC has a negative Return on Equity (-85.86%), as it is currently unprofitable.


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Financial Health

How is Escape Hunt's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: ESC's short term assets (£4.5M) exceed its short term liabilities (£1.7M).

Long Term Liabilities: ESC's short term assets (£4.5M) exceed its long term liabilities (£2.8M).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: ESC is debt free.

Reducing Debt: ESC has not had any debt for past 5 years.


Balance Sheet


Cash Runway Analysis

For companies that have on average been loss making in the past we assess whether they have at least 1 year of cash runway.

Stable Cash Runway: Insufficient data to determine if ESC has enough cash runway based on its current free cash flow.

Forecast Cash Runway: Insufficient data to determine if ESC has enough cash runway if its free cash flow continues to grow or shrink based on historical rates.


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Dividend

What is Escape Hunt's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate ESC's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.

High Dividend: Unable to evaluate ESC's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if ESC's dividends per share have been stable in the past.

Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if ESC's dividend payments have been increasing.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to calculate payout ratio to determine if its dividend payments are covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of ESC's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the UK market.


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Management

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

2.9yrs

Average board tenure


CEO

Richard Harpham

2.92s

Tenure

UK£212,000

Compensation

Mr. Richard Harpham has been Chief Executive Officer and Director at Escape Hunt Plc since May 03, 2017. Mr. Harpham served as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director at Harris + Hoole, responsible f ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Richard's total compensation ($USD263.26K) is about average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD330.32K).

Compensation vs Earnings: Richard's compensation has increased whilst the company is unprofitable.


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Richard Harpham
CEO & Director2.92yrsUK£212.00k0.089% £902.5
Graham Bird
CFO & Director0.25yrno datano data
Karen Bachmann
Independent Non-Executive Director2.92yrsUK£35.00k0.034% £340.0
Richard Rose
Independent Non-Executive Chairman3.92yrsUK£67.00k0.20% £2.0k
Adrian Jones
Non-Executive Director6.25yrsUK£20.00k6.66% £67.3k

2.9yrs

Average Tenure

49yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: ESC's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.9 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 been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 3.7%.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

Escape Hunt plc's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Escape Hunt plc
  • Ticker: ESC
  • Exchange: AIM
  • Founded: 2016
  • Industry: Leisure Facilities
  • Sector: Consumer Services
  • Market Cap: UK£1.010m
  • Shares outstanding: 26.93m
  • Website: https://www.escapehunt.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Escape Hunt plc
  • 3 Pear Place
  • London
  • Greater London
  • SE1 8BT
  • United Kingdom

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
ESCAIM (London Stock Exchange AIM Market)YesOrdinary SharesGBGBPJul 2016

Biography

Escape Hunt plc engages in escape game business. The company operates through two segments, The Franchise Business and The Owner-Operated Branch Business. The company develops and operates a network of franchised, licensed, and owner-operated branches and offsite escape the room type games that are physical adventure games in which players are locked in a themed room and have to find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape against a countdown clock. It also engages in game designing, IP licensing, and building interactive experiences. Escape Hunt plc operates in approximately 22 countries. The company was formerly known as Dorcaster Plc and changed its name to Escape Hunt plc in May 2017. Escape Hunt plc was incorporated in 2016 and is based 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 Analysis2020/04/10 08:08
End of Day Share Price2020/04/09 00:00
Earnings2019/06/30
Annual Earnings2018/12/31


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.