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ASCL

AscentialLSE:ASCL Stock Report

Market Cap

UK£1.9b

7D

-1.7%

1Y

26.8%

Updated

28 Nov, 2021

Data

Company Financials +
ASCL fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Valuation2/6
Future Growth4/6
Past Performance0/6
Financial Health4/6
Dividends0/6

ASCL Stock Overview

Ascential plc provides specialist information, analytics, and e-commerce optimization platforms in the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, the United States, Canada, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Ascential
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUK£4.32
52 Week HighUK£4.57
52 Week LowUK£3.22
Beta0.95
1 Month Change6.93%
3 Month Change4.85%
1 Year Change26.83%
3 Year Change13.98%
5 Year Change63.02%
Change since IPO116.00%

Recent News & Updates

Sep 07
Why Ascential plc (LON:ASCL) Could Be Worth Watching

Why Ascential plc (LON:ASCL) Could Be Worth Watching

Ascential plc ( LON:ASCL ), is not the largest company out there, but it saw a decent share price growth in the teens...

Shareholder Returns

ASCLGB MediaGB Market
7D-1.7%-6.0%-3.0%
1Y26.8%22.9%11.7%

Return vs Industry: ASCL exceeded the UK Media industry which returned 22.9% over the past year.

Return vs Market: ASCL exceeded the UK Market which returned 11.7% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is ASCL's price volatile compared to industry and market?
ASCL volatility
ASCL Average Weekly Movement3.1%
Media Industry Average Movement5.2%
Market Average Movement4.9%
10% most volatile stocks in GB Market9.7%
10% least volatile stocks in GB Market2.5%

Stable Share Price: ASCL is less volatile than 75% of UK stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 3% a week.

Volatility Over Time: ASCL's weekly volatility (3%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

FoundedEmployeesCEOWebsite
20162,000Duncan Painterhttps://www.ascential.com

Ascential plc provides specialist information, analytics, and e-commerce optimization platforms in the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, the United States, Canada, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The company operates through four segments: Digital Commerce, Product Design, Marketing, and Retail and Financial Services. It offers industry-specific business intelligence, insights, and forecasting through data and digital subscription tools.

Ascential Fundamentals Summary

How do Ascential's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
ASCL fundamental statistics
Market CapUK£1.90b
Earnings (TTM)-UK£89.80m
Revenue (TTM)UK£310.90m

6.1x

P/S Ratio

-21.1x

P/E Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
ASCL income statement (TTM)
RevenueUK£310.90m
Cost of RevenueUK£116.30m
Gross ProfitUK£194.60m
ExpensesUK£284.40m
Earnings-UK£89.80m

Valuation

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

38.7%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: ASCL (£4.32) is trading below our estimate of fair value (£7.05)

Significantly Below Fair Value: ASCL is trading below fair value by more than 20%.


Price To Earnings Ratio

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

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


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: ASCL is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (3.1x) compared to the GB Media industry average (1.9x).


Future Growth

How is Ascential forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 10 analysts?

88.9%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: ASCL is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered faster growth than the savings rate (0.9%).

Earnings vs Market: ASCL is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered above average market growth.

High Growth Earnings: ASCL's is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: ASCL's revenue (16.8% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the UK market (4.9% per year).

High Growth Revenue: ASCL's revenue (16.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: ASCL's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (12.4%).


Past Performance

How has Ascential performed over the past 5 years?

-57.0%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: ASCL is currently unprofitable.

Growing Profit Margin: ASCL is currently unprofitable.


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: ASCL is unprofitable, and losses have increased over the past 5 years at a rate of 57% per year.

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

Earnings vs Industry: ASCL is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Media industry (20.9%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: ASCL has a negative Return on Equity (-14.55%), as it is currently unprofitable.


Financial Health

How is Ascential's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: ASCL's short term assets (£270.2M) do not cover its short term liabilities (£298.2M).

Long Term Liabilities: ASCL's short term assets (£270.2M) do not cover its long term liabilities (£279.9M).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: ASCL's net debt to equity ratio (25.2%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: ASCL's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 76.3% to 38.5% over the 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: Whilst unprofitable ASCL has sufficient cash runway for more than 3 years if it maintains its current positive free cash flow level.

Forecast Cash Runway: ASCL is unprofitable but has sufficient cash runway for more than 3 years, even with free cash flow being positive and shrinking by 20.7% per year.


Dividend

What is Ascential current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

0.68%

Forecast Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

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

High Dividend: Unable to evaluate ASCL'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 ASCL's dividends per share have been stable in the past.

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


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: ASCL is not paying a notable dividend for the UK market.


Future Payout to Shareholders

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


Next Steps

Management

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

3.3yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Duncan Painter (51 yo)

10.08yrs

Tenure

UK£647,000

Compensation

Mr. Duncan Anthony Painter is a Non-Executive Director at ITV Plc since May 1, 2018. Mr. Painter has been Chief Executive Officer of Ascential plc since October 2011. Mr. Painter has been the Chief Executi...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Duncan's total compensation ($USD861.63K) is below average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD1.75M).

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


Leadership Team

Experienced Management: ASCL's management team is considered experienced (3.3 years average tenure).


Board Members

Experienced Board: ASCL's board of directors are considered experienced (5.8 years average tenure).


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.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 9.1%.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

Ascential plc's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Ascential plc
  • Ticker: ASCL
  • Exchange: LSE
  • Founded: 2016
  • Industry: Advertising
  • Sector: Media
  • Market Cap: UK£1.896b
  • Shares outstanding: 439.00m
  • Website: https://www.ascential.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Ascential plc
  • The Prow
  • 1 Wilder Walk
  • London
  • Greater London
  • W1B 5AP
  • United Kingdom

Listings


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/11/28 18:45
End of Day Share Price2021/11/26 00:00
Earnings2021/06/30
Annual Earnings2020/12/31


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.