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
|Historical stock prices|
|Current Share Price||UK£4.31|
|52 Week High||UK£4.57|
|52 Week Low||UK£3.22|
|1 Month Change||3.46%|
|3 Month Change||4.21%|
|1 Year Change||17.52%|
|3 Year Change||15.57%|
|5 Year Change||61.27%|
|Change since IPO||115.30%|
Recent News & Updates
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...
|ASCL||GB Media||GB Market|
Return vs Industry: ASCL underperformed the UK Media industry which returned 21.7% over the past year.
Return vs Market: ASCL exceeded the UK Market which returned 12.4% over the past year.
|ASCL Average Weekly Movement||3.2%|
|Media Industry Average Movement||5.4%|
|Market Average Movement||5.0%|
|10% most volatile stocks in GB Market||10.0%|
|10% least volatile stocks in GB Market||2.6%|
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
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
|ASCL fundamental statistics|
Is ASCL overvalued?See Fair Value and valuation analysis
Earnings & Revenue
|ASCL income statement (TTM)|
|Cost of Revenue||UK£116.30m|
Last Reported Earnings
Jun 30, 2021
Next Earnings Date
|Earnings per share (EPS)||-0.20|
|Net Profit Margin||-28.88%|
How did ASCL perform over the long term?See historical performance and comparison
Is Ascential 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: ASCL (£4.31) is trading below our estimate of fair value (£7.12)
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 (1.8x).
How is Ascential forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 10 analysts?
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 (4.8% 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%).
How has Ascential performed over the past 5 years?
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.
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.
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.
What is Ascential current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
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.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Duncan Painter (51 yo)
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 ($USD856.15K) is below average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD1.74M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Duncan's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
Experienced Management: ASCL's management team is considered experienced (3.4 years average tenure).
Experienced Board: ASCL's board of directors are considered experienced (5.9 years average tenure).
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
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 9.1%.
Ascential plc's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Ascential plc
- Ticker: ASCL
- Exchange: LSE
- Founded: 2016
- Industry: Advertising
- Sector: Media
- Market Cap: UK£1.890b
- Shares outstanding: 439.00m
- Website: https://www.ascential.com
Number of Employees
- Ascential plc
- The Prow
- 1 Wilder Walk
- Greater London
- W1B 5AP
- United Kingdom
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2021/12/08 22:09|
|End of Day Share Price||2021/12/08 00:00|
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