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Universe Group

AIM:UNG
Snowflake Description

Flawless balance sheet and good value.

The Snowflake is generated from 30 checks in 5 different areas, read more below.
UNG
AIM
£14M
Market Cap
  1. Home
  2. GB
  3. Software
Company description

Universe Group plc designs, develops, and supports point-of-sale, payment, and loyalty solutions and systems for the petrol forecourt and convenience store markets in the United Kingdom and Belgium. The last earnings update was 6 days ago. More info.


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UNG Share Price and Events
7 Day Returns
7.5%
AIM:UNG
1.2%
GB IT
0.5%
GB Market
1 Year Returns
-6.5%
AIM:UNG
-0.3%
GB IT
0.8%
GB Market
UNG Shareholder Return
  7 Day 30 Day 90 Day 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
Universe Group (UNG) 7.5% 10.8% 14.4% -6.5% -47.6% -23.2%
GB IT 1.2% 7.3% 15.4% -0.3% 55.6% -0.8%
GB Market 0.5% 3.6% 7.6% 0.8% 15.9% 6.2%
1 Year Return vs Industry and Market
  • UNG underperformed the IT industry which returned -0.3% over the past year.
  • UNG underperformed the Market in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which returned 0.8% over the past year.
Price Volatility
UNG
Industry
5yr Volatility vs Market

Value

 Is Universe Group undervalued based on future cash flows and its price relative to the stock market?

Value is all about what a company is worth versus what price it is available for. If you went into a grocery store and all the bananas were on sale at half price, they could be considered undervalued.
INTRINSIC VALUE BASED ON FUTURE CASH FLOWS
Here we compare the current share price of Universe Group to its discounted cash flow analysis.value.

The discounted cash flow value is simply looking at what the company is worth today, based on estimates of how much money it is expected to make in the future.
Raw Data

Below are the data sources, inputs and calculation used to determine the intrinsic value for Universe Group.

AIM:UNG Discounted Cash Flow Data Sources
Data Point Source Value
Valuation Model 2 Stage Free Cash Flow to Equity
Levered Free Cash Flow Average of 1 Analyst Estimates (S&P Global) See below
Discount Rate (Cost of Equity) See below 8.3%
Perpetual Growth Rate 10-Year GB Government Bond Rate 1.2%

An important part of a discounted cash flow is the discount rate, below we explain how it has been calculated.

Calculation of Discount Rate/ Cost of Equity for AIM:UNG
Data Point Calculation/ Source Result
Risk-Free Rate 10-Year GB Govt Bond Rate 1.2%
Equity Risk Premium S&P Global 6.7%
IT Unlevered Beta Simply Wall St/ S&P Global 1.06
Re-levered Beta = Unlevered beta (1 + (1- tax rate) (Debt/Equity))
= 1.056 (1 + (1- 19%) (5.8%))
1.071
Levered Beta Levered Beta limited to 0.8 to 2.0
(practical range for a stable firm)
1.07
Discount Rate/ Cost of Equity = Cost of Equity = Risk Free Rate + (Levered Beta * Equity Risk Premium)
= 1.23% + (1.071 * 6.65%)
8.35%

Discounted Cash Flow Calculation for AIM:UNG using 2 Stage Free Cash Flow to Equity Model

The calculations below outline how an intrinsic value for Universe Group is arrived at by discounting future cash flows to their present value using the 2 stage method. We try to start with analysts estimates of free cash flow, however if these are not available we use the most recent financial results. In the 1st stage we continue to grow the free cash flow over a 10 year period, with the growth rate trending towards the perpetual growth rate used in the 2nd stage. The 2nd stage assumes the company grows at a stable rate into perpetuity.

AIM:UNG DCF 1st Stage: Next 10 year cash flow forecast
Levered FCF (GBP, Millions) Source Present Value
Discounted (@ 8.35%)
2019 -0.10 Analyst x1 -0.09
2020 0.50 Analyst x1 0.43
2021 0.57 Est @ 13.03% 0.44
2022 0.62 Est @ 9.49% 0.45
2023 0.66 Est @ 7.01% 0.44
2024 0.70 Est @ 5.28% 0.43
2025 0.73 Est @ 4.06% 0.41
2026 0.75 Est @ 3.21% 0.39
2027 0.77 Est @ 2.62% 0.37
2028 0.79 Est @ 2.2% 0.35
Present value of next 10 years cash flows £3.63
AIM:UNG DCF 2nd Stage: Terminal Value
Calculation Result
Terminal Value = FCF2028 × (1 + g) ÷ (Discount Rate – g)
= £0.79 × (1 + 1.23%) ÷ (8.35% – 1.23%)
£11.16
Present Value of Terminal Value = Terminal Value ÷ (1 + r)10
= £11.16 ÷ (1 + 8.35%)10
£5.01
AIM:UNG Total Equity Value
Calculation Result
Total Equity Value = Present value of next 10 years cash flows + Terminal Value
= £3.63 + £5.01
£8.64
Equity Value per Share
(GBP)
= Total value / Shares Outstanding
= £8.64 / 255.19
£0.03
AIM:UNG Discount to Share Price
Calculation Result
Value per share (GBP) From above. £0.03
Current discount Discount to share price of £0.05
= -1 x (£0.05 - £0.03) / £0.03
-58.7%

Learn more about our DCF calculations in Simply Wall St’s analysis model .

  • The current share price of Universe Group is above its future cash flow value.
Often investors are willing to pay a premium for a company that has a high dividend or the potential for future growth.
PRICE RELATIVE TO MARKET
We can also value a company based on what the stock market is willing to pay for it. This is similar to the price of fruit (e.g. Mangoes or Avocados) increasing when they are out of season, or how much your home is worth.

The amount the stock market is willing to pay for Universe Group's earnings, growth and assets is considered below, and whether this is a fair price.
Price based on past earnings
Are Universe Group's earnings available for a low price, and how does this compare to other companies in the same industry?
Raw Data
AIM:UNG PE (Price to Earnings) Ratio Data Sources
Data Point Source Value
Earnings Per Share * Company Filings (2018-12-31) in GBP £0.00
AIM:UNG Share Price ** AIM (2019-04-23) in GBP £0.05
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland IT Industry PE Ratio Median Figure of 24 Publicly-Listed IT Companies 27.11x
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Market PE Ratio Median Figure of 797 Publicly-Listed Companies 16.29x

* Trailing twelve months (TTM) annual GAAP earnings per share excluding extraordinary items.

** Primary Listing of Universe Group.

AIM:UNG PE (Price to Earnings) Ratio Calculation
Calculation Outcome
PE Ratio

= AIM:UNG Share Price ÷ EPS (both in GBP)

= 0.05 ÷ 0.00

15.51x

Learn more about our ratios and growth rates in Simply Wall St’s analysis model >

  • Universe Group is good value based on earnings compared to the GB IT industry average.
  • Universe Group is good value based on earnings compared to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland market.
Price based on expected Growth
Does Universe Group's expected growth come at a high price?
Raw Data
AIM:UNG PEG (Price to Earnings to Growth) Ratio Data Sources
Data Point Source Value
PE Ratio See PE Ratio Section 15.51x
Net Income Annual Growth Rate See Future Growth Section.
Line of Best Fit* through Consensus Estimate Earnings of 1 Analysts
27.5%per year
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland IT Industry PEG Ratio Median Figure of 17 Publicly-Listed IT Companies 1.5x
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Market PEG Ratio Median Figure of 564 Publicly-Listed Companies 1.48x

*Line of best fit is calculated by linear regression .

AIM:UNG PEG (Price to Earnings to Growth) Ratio Calculation
Calculation Outcome
PEG Ratio

= PE Ratio ÷ Net Income Annual Growth Rate

= 15.51x ÷ 27.5%

0.57x

Learn more about our ratios and growth rates in Simply Wall St’s analysis model >

  • Universe Group is good value based on expected growth next year.
Price based on value of assets
What value do investors place on Universe Group's assets?
Raw Data
AIM:UNG PB (Price to Book) Ratio Data Sources
Data Point Source Value
Book Value per Share Company Filings (2018-12-31) in GBP £0.10
AIM:UNG Share Price * AIM (2019-04-23) in GBP £0.05
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland IT Industry PB Ratio Median Figure of 45 Publicly-Listed IT Companies 3.75x
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Market PB Ratio Median Figure of 1,367 Publicly-Listed Companies 1.51x
AIM:UNG PB (Price to Book) Ratio Calculation
Calculation Outcome
PB Ratio

= AIM:UNG Share Price ÷ Book Value per Share (both in GBP)

= 0.05 ÷ 0.10

0.52x

* Primary Listing of Universe Group.

Learn more about our ratios and growth rates in Simply Wall St’s analysis model >

  • Universe Group is good value based on assets compared to the GB IT industry average.
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Value checks
We assess Universe Group's value by looking at:
  1. Is the discounted cash flow value less than 20%, or 40% of the share price? (2 checks) ( Click here or on bar chart for details of DCF calculation. )
  2. Is the PE ratio less than the market average, and/ or less than the IT industry average (and greater than 0)? (2 checks)
  3. Is the PEG ratio within a reasonable range (0 to 1)? (1 check)
  4. Is the PB ratio less than the IT industry average (and greater than 0)? (1 check)
  5. Universe Group has a total score of 4/6, see the detailed checks below.

    Note: We use GAAP Earnings per Share in all our calculations including PE and PEG Ratio.

    Full details on the Value part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

Future Performance

 How is Universe Group expected to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 1 analyst?

The future performance of a company is measured in the same way as past performance, by looking at estimated growth and how much profit it is expected to make.

Future estimates come from professional analysts. Just like forecasting the weather, they don’t always get it right!
Annual Growth Rate
27.5%
Expected annual growth in earnings.
Earnings growth vs Low Risk Savings
Is Universe Group expected to grow at an attractive rate?
  • Universe Group's earnings growth is expected to exceed the low risk savings rate of 1.2%.
Growth vs Market Checks
  • Universe Group's earnings growth is expected to exceed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland market average.
  • Universe Group's revenue growth is expected to exceed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland market average.
Annual Growth Rates Comparison
Raw Data
AIM:UNG Future Growth Rates Data Sources
Data Point Source Value (per year)
AIM:UNG Future Earnings Growth Rate Line of Best Fit* through Consensus Estimate Earnings of 1 Analysts 27.5%
AIM:UNG Future Revenue Growth Rate Line of Best Fit* through Consensus Estimate Revenue of 1 Analysts 15%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland IT Industry Earnings Growth Rate Market Cap Weighted Average 14.3%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland IT Industry Revenue Growth Rate Market Cap Weighted Average 9.3%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Market Earnings Growth Rate Market Cap Weighted Average 11%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Market Revenue Growth Rate Market Cap Weighted Average 4.8%

*Line of best fit is calculated by linear regression .

Industry and Market average data is calculated daily.

Learn more about our growth rate calculations in Simply Wall St’s analysis model.

Analysts growth expectations
Raw Data
AIM:UNG Analysts Growth Expectations Data Sources
Data Point Source Value
Past Financials Company Filings (3 months ago) See Below
Future Estimates Average of up to 1 Analyst Estimates (S&P Global) See Below
All numbers in GBP Millions and using Trailing twelve months (TTM) annual period rather than quarterly.
AIM:UNG Future Estimates Data
Date (Data in GBP Millions) Revenue Cash Flow Net Income * Avg. No. Analysts
2020-12-31 27 3 1 1
2019-12-31 23 2 1 1
AIM:UNG Past Financials Data
Date (Data in GBP Millions) Revenue Cash Flow Net Income *
2018-12-31 20 2 1
2018-09-30 20 2 1
2018-06-30 20 2 1
2018-03-31 20 2 1
2017-12-31 20 2 1
2017-09-30 19 2 1
2017-06-30 19 3 2
2017-03-31 20 3 2
2016-12-31 20 2 2
2016-09-30 20 3 2
2016-06-30 21 3 2
2016-03-31 20 3 2

*GAAP earnings excluding extraordinary items.

Super high growth metrics
High Growth Checks
  • Universe Group's earnings are expected to grow significantly at over 20% yearly.
  • Universe Group's revenue is expected to grow by 15% yearly, however this is not considered high growth (20% yearly).
Past and Future Earnings per Share
The accuracy of the analysts who estimate the future performance data can be gauged below. We look back 3 years and see if they were any good at predicting what actually occurred. We also show the highest and lowest estimates looking forward to see if there is a wide range.
Raw Data
AIM:UNG Past and Future Earnings per Share
Data Point Source Value
Past Financials Company Filings (3 months ago) See Below
Future Estimates Average of up to 1 Analyst Estimates (S&P Global) See Below

All data from Universe Group Company Filings, last reported 3 months ago, and in Trailing twelve months (TTM) annual period rather than quarterly.

AIM:UNG Future Estimates Data
Date (Data in GBP Millions) EPS * EPS High Estimate EPS Low Estimate Avg. No. Analysts
2020-12-31 0.01 0.01 0.01 1.00
2019-12-31 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
AIM:UNG Past Financials Data
Date (Data in GBP Millions) EPS *
2018-12-31 0.00
2018-09-30 0.00
2018-06-30 0.00
2018-03-31 0.00
2017-12-31 0.00
2017-09-30 0.00
2017-06-30 0.01
2017-03-31 0.01
2016-12-31 0.01
2016-09-30 0.01
2016-06-30 0.01
2016-03-31 0.01

*GAAP earnings excluding extraordinary items.

Performance in 3 years
In the same way as past performance we look at the future estimated return (profit) compared to the available funds. We do this looking forward 3 years.
  • Universe Group is not expected to efficiently use shareholders’ funds in the future (Return on Equity less than 20%).
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Future performance checks
We assess Universe Group's future performance by looking at:
  1. Is the annual earnings growth rate expected to beat the low risk savings rate, plus a premium to keep pace with inflation?
  2. Is the annual earnings growth rate expected to beat the average growth rate in earnings of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland market? (1 check)
  3. Is the annual revenue growth rate expected to beat the average growth rate in revenue of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland market? (1 check)
  4. Is the annual earnings growth rate expected to be above 20%? (1 check)
  5. Is the annual revenue growth rate expected to be above 20%? (1 check)
  6. Is the Return on Equity in 3 years expected to be over 20%? (1 check)
Some of the above checks will fail if the company is expected to be loss making in the relevant year.
Universe Group has a total score of 4/6, see the detailed checks below.

Note 1: We use GAAP Net Income Excluding Exceptional Items for our Earnings in all our calculations.

Full details on the Future part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

Past Performance

  How has Universe Group performed over the past 5 years?

The past performance of a company can be measured by how much growth it has experienced and how much profit it makes relative to the funds and assets it has available.
Past earnings growth
Below we compare Universe Group's growth in the last year to its industry (IT).
Past Earnings growth analysis
We also check if the company has grown in the past 5 years, and whether it has maintained that growth in the year.
  • Universe Group's year on year earnings growth rate was negative over the past 5 years and the most recent earnings are below average.
  • Universe Group's 1-year earnings growth exceeds its 5-year average (27% vs -8.1%)
  • Universe Group's earnings growth has exceeded the GB IT industry average in the past year (27% vs 23%).
Earnings and Revenue History
Universe Group's revenue and profit over the past 5 years is shown below, any years where they have experienced a loss will show up in red.
Raw Data

All data from Universe Group Company Filings, last reported 3 months ago, and in Trailing twelve months (TTM) annual period rather than quarterly.

AIM:UNG Past Revenue, Cash Flow and Net Income Data
Date (Data in GBP Millions) Revenue Net Income * G+A Expenses R&D Expenses
2018-12-31 19.89 0.81 8.68
2018-09-30 20.03 0.66 6.86 0.92
2018-06-30 20.17 0.51 5.04 3.24
2018-03-31 19.90 0.57 5.08 3.09
2017-12-31 19.62 0.63 5.11 2.94
2017-09-30 19.49 1.13 5.10 4.16
2017-06-30 19.36 1.63 5.08 3.98
2017-03-31 19.54 1.73 4.95 3.29
2016-12-31 19.71 1.84 4.83 2.59
2016-09-30 20.13 1.77 4.76 1.30
2016-06-30 20.55 1.70 4.69
2016-03-31 20.44 1.60 4.68
2015-12-31 20.33 1.50 4.67
2015-09-30 20.56 1.48 4.74
2015-06-30 20.79 1.47 4.80
2015-03-31 20.77 1.44 4.78
2014-12-31 20.75 1.41 4.76
2014-09-30 19.41 1.12 4.69
2014-06-30 18.07 0.84 4.63
2014-03-31 16.97 1.08 4.38
2013-12-31 15.87 1.33 4.14
2013-09-30 14.47 1.28 3.77
2013-06-30 13.07 1.23 3.41
2013-03-31 12.46 1.12 3.27
2012-12-31 11.85 1.01 3.14
2012-06-30 10.17 1.06 2.86

*GAAP earnings excluding extraordinary items.

Performance last year
We want to ensure a company is making the most of what it has available. This is done by comparing the return (profit) to a company's available funds, assets and capital.
  • Universe Group has not efficiently used shareholders’ funds last year (Return on Equity less than 20%).
  • Universe Group used its assets less efficiently than the GB IT industry average last year based on Return on Assets.
  • Universe Group's use of capital deteriorated last year versus 3 years ago (Return on Capital Employed).
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Past performance checks
We assess Universe Group's performance over the past 5 years by checking for:
  1. Has earnings increased in past 5 years? (1 check)
  2. Has the earnings growth in the last year exceeded that of the IT industry? (1 check)
  3. Is the recent earnings growth over the last year higher than the average annual growth over the past 5 years? (1 check)
  4. Is the Return on Equity (ROE) higher than 20%? (1 check)
  5. Is the Return on Assets (ROA) above industry average? (1 check)
  6. Has the Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) increased from 3 years ago? (1 check)
The above checks will fail if the company has reported a loss in the most recent earnings report. Some checks require at least 3 or 5 years worth of data.
Universe Group has a total score of 2/6, see the detailed checks below.

Note: We use GAAP Net Income excluding extraordinary items in all our calculations.

Full details on the Past part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

Health

 How is Universe Group's financial health and their level of debt?

A company's financial position is much like your own financial position, it includes everything you own (assets) and owe (liabilities).

The boxes below represent the relative size of what makes up Universe Group's finances.

The net worth of a company is the difference between its assets and liabilities.
Net Worth
  • Universe Group is able to meet its short term (1 year) commitments with its holdings of cash and other short term assets.
  • Universe Group's cash and other short term assets cover its long term commitments.
Balance sheet
This treemap shows a more detailed breakdown of Universe Group's finances. If any of them are yellow this indicates they may be out of proportion and red means they relate to one of the checks below.
Assets
Liabilities and shares
The 'shares' portion represents any funds contributed by the owners (shareholders) and any profits.
  • Low level of unsold assets.
  • Debt is covered by short term assets, assets are 13x debt.
Historical Debt
Nearly all companies have debt. Debt in itself isn’t bad, however if the debt is too high, or the company can’t afford to pay the interest on its debts this may have impacts in the future.

The graphic below shows equity (available funds) and debt, we ideally want to see the red area (debt) decreasing.

If there is any debt we look at the companies capability to repay it, and whether the level has increased over the past 5 years.
Raw Data

All data from Universe Group Company Filings, last reported 3 months ago.

AIM:UNG Past Debt and Equity Data
Date (Data in GBP Millions) Total Equity Total Debt Cash & Short Term Investments
2018-12-31 23.98 0.80 2.72
2018-09-30 23.98 0.80 2.72
2018-06-30 23.30 0.95 3.37
2018-03-31 23.30 0.95 3.37
2017-12-31 23.16 1.03 2.89
2017-09-30 23.16 1.03 2.89
2017-06-30 22.76 0.97 3.41
2017-03-31 22.76 0.97 3.41
2016-12-31 22.49 1.29 3.41
2016-09-30 22.49 1.29 3.41
2016-06-30 21.04 0.98 3.41
2016-03-31 21.04 0.98 3.41
2015-12-31 20.54 1.24 3.38
2015-09-30 20.54 1.24 3.38
2015-06-30 19.21 1.60 1.97
2015-03-31 19.21 1.60 1.97
2014-12-31 18.46 1.83 2.06
2014-09-30 18.46 1.83 2.06
2014-06-30 17.19 1.49 0.75
2014-03-31 17.19 1.49 0.75
2013-12-31 16.52 1.59 0.98
2013-09-30 16.52 1.59 0.98
2013-06-30 15.87 2.44 1.15
2013-03-31 15.87 2.44 1.15
2012-12-31 14.08 1.15 1.13
2012-06-30 12.08 1.79 0.73
  • Universe Group's level of debt (3.3%) compared to net worth is satisfactory (less than 40%).
  • The level of debt compared to net worth has been reduced over the past 5 years (9.6% vs 3.3% today).
  • Debt is well covered by operating cash flow (299.2%, greater than 20% of total debt).
  • Interest payments on debt are well covered by earnings (EBIT is 12.3x coverage).
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Financial health checks
We assess Universe Group's financial health by checking for:
  1. Are short term assets greater than short term liabilities? (1 check)
  2. Are short term assets greater than long term liabilities? (1 check)
  3. Has the debt to equity ratio increased in the past 5 years? (1 check)
  4. Is the debt to equity ratio over 40%? (1 check)
  5. Is the debt covered by operating cash flow? (1 check)
  6. Are earnings greater than 5x the interest on debt (if company pays interest at all)? (1 check)
  7. Universe Group has a total score of 6/6, see the detailed checks below.
For companies that are loss making and have been so on average in the past we replace the last 2 checks with:
  1. Does cash and short term investments cover stable operating expenses (recurring G&A and R&D) for more than 3 years? (1 check)
  2. Does cash and short term investments cover growing operating expenses (recurring G&A and R&D) for more than 3 years? (1 check)


Full details on the Health part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

Dividends

 What is Universe Group's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

Dividends are regular cash payments to you from the company, similar to a bank paying you interest on a savings account.
Annual Dividend Income
Dividend payments
0%
Current annual income from Universe Group dividends.
If you bought £2,000 of Universe Group shares you are expected to receive £0 in your first year as a dividend.
Dividend Amount
Here we look how much dividend is being paid, if any. Is it above what you can get in a savings account? It is up there with the best dividend paying companies?
  • Unable to evaluate Universe Group's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers as the company has not reported any payouts.
  • Unable to evaluate Universe Group's dividend against the top 25% market benchmark as the company has not reported any payouts.
Annualized Historical and Future Dividends
It is important to see if the dividend for a company is stable, and not wildly increasing/decreasing each year. This graph shows you the historical rate to count toward your assessment of the stock.

We also check to see if the dividend has increased in the past 10 years.
Raw Data
AIM:UNG Annualized Past and Future Dividends
Data Point Source Value
Past Annualized Dividend Yield S&P Global Market Data See Below
Past Dividends per Share Company Filings/ Annualized Dividend Payments See Below
Future Dividends per Share Estimates Average of up to 1 Analyst Estimates (S&P Global) See Below
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland IT Industry Average Dividend Yield Market Cap Weighted Average of 20 Stocks 2.3%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Market Average Dividend Yield Market Cap Weighted Average of 705 Stocks 4.2%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Minimum Threshold Dividend Yield 10th Percentile 1%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Bottom 25% Dividend Yield 25th Percentile 2%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Top 25% Dividend Yield 75th Percentile 5.2%

Industry and Market average data is calculated daily.

Note all dividend per share amounts are annualized and not quarterly or other period.

AIM:UNG Future Dividends Estimate Data
Date (Data in £) Dividend per Share (annual) Avg. No. Analysts
2020-12-31
2019-12-31

Learn more about our ratios and growth rates in Simply Wall St’s analysis model >

  • Unable to perform a dividend volatility check as Universe Group has not reported any payouts.
  • Unable to verify if Universe Group's dividend has been increasing as the company has not reported any payouts.
Current Payout to shareholders
What portion of Universe Group's earnings are paid to the shareholders as a dividend.
  • Unable to calculate sustainability of dividends as Universe Group has not reported any payouts.
Future Payout to shareholders
  • Insufficient estimate data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be sustainable.
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Income/ dividend checks
We assess Universe Group's dividend by checking for:
  1. Firstly is the company paying a notable dividend (greater than 1%) - if not then the rest of the checks are ignored.
  2. Is current dividend yield above the bottom 25% of dividend payers? (1 check)
  3. Is current dividend yield above the top 25% of dividend payers? (1 check)
  4. Have they paid a dividend for 10 years, and during this period has the dividend been volatile (drop of more than 25%)? (1 check)
  5. If they have paid a dividend for 10 years has it increased in this time? (1 check)
  6. How sustainable is the dividend, can Universe Group afford to pay it from its earnings today and in 3 years (Payout ratio less than 90%)? (2 checks)
  7. Universe Group has a total score of 0/6, see the detailed checks below.


Full details on the Dividends part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

Management

 What is the CEO of Universe Group's salary, the management and board of directors tenure and is there insider trading?

Management is one of the most important areas of a company. We look at unreasonable CEO compensation, how long the team and board of directors have been around for and insider trading.
CEO
Jeremy Lewis
COMPENSATION £199,000
AGE 55
TENURE AS CEO 5.6 years
CEO Bio

Mr. Jeremy Michael James Lewis has been the Chief Executive Officer of Universe Group plc since September 23, 2013. Mr. Lewis was a Partner of Canis Capital Managemen LLP, Catalis Development Services Limited, Kuju Group SE, Testronic Laboratories SE. He served as the Managing Director of Catalis SE until May 2, 2012 and served as its Member of Management Board since January 2009. Mr. Lewis served as Chief Executive Officer of Catalis SE. He has career in investment banking and joined Robert Fleming as a Transaction Team Leader in corporate finance. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Eidos plc until 1998. He co-founded Canis Capital in November 2006. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Terraplay Systems AB since 2002. He led Terraplay through the development of its award-winning product to launch and deployment in numerous mobile network operators world-wide. He had 11 years in investment banking and served as a Director of Robert Fleming in London and Frankfurt. He advised a wide range of clients on acquisitions, disposals and capital raisings in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. He served as Chairman and Member of Advisory Board at Terraplay Systems AB. He served as the Vice Chairman of Terraplay Systems AB. Mr. Lewis serves as a Director of Catalis Development Services Limited, Catalis SE, Kuju Group SE, Testronic Laboratories SE. He has been an Executive Director of Universe Group plc since September 23, 2013. He served as an Executive Director of Catalis SE from March 27, 2009 to May 1, 2012 and Canis Capital Managemen LLP. Mr. Lewis qualified as an accountant at KPMG. He has a B.Sc. in Engineering from Imperial College, London.

CEO Compensation
  • Jeremy's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
  • Jeremy's remuneration is lower than average for companies of similar size in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Management Team Tenure

Average tenure of the Universe Group management team in years:

7
Average Tenure
  • The average tenure for the Universe Group management team is over 5 years, this suggests they are a seasoned and experienced team.
Management Team

Jeremy Lewis

TITLE
CEO & Executive Director
COMPENSATION
£199K
AGE
55
TENURE
5.6 yrs

Daryl Paton

TITLE
Company Secretary
AGE
54
TENURE
1.8 yrs

Alasdair Mackay

TITLE
Technical Director
TENURE
7 yrs

Janet Barraclough

TITLE
Director of Sales & Marketing
TENURE
7 yrs

Judith Legg

TITLE
Head of Human Resources
TENURE
7 yrs
Board of Directors Tenure

Average tenure and age of the Universe Group board of directors in years:

3.7
Average Tenure
57
Average Age
  • The tenure for the Universe Group board of directors is about average.
Board of Directors

Andrew Blazye

TITLE
Non-Executive Chairman
COMPENSATION
£30K
AGE
59
TENURE
1.6 yrs

Jeremy Lewis

TITLE
CEO & Executive Director
COMPENSATION
£199K
AGE
55
TENURE
5.6 yrs

Daryl Paton

TITLE
Company Secretary
AGE
54
TENURE
1.8 yrs

Malcolm Coster

TITLE
Non-Executive Director
COMPENSATION
£31K
AGE
73
TENURE
11.7 yrs
Who owns this company?
Recent Insider Trading
  • No 3 month insider trading information.
Recent Insider Transactions
Announced Type Name Entity Role Start End Shares Max Price (£) Value (£)
X
Management checks
We assess Universe Group's management by checking for:
  1. Is the CEO's compensation unreasonable compared to market cap? (1 check)
  2. Has the CEO's compensation increased more than 20% whilst the EPS is down more then 20%? (1 check)
  3. Is the average tenure of the management team less than 2 years? (1 check)
  4. Is the average tenure of the board of directors team less than 3 years? (1 check)
  5. Universe Group has a total score of 0/6, this is not included on the snowflake, see the detailed checks below.


Note: We use the top 6 management executives and board members in our calculations.

Note 2: Insider trading include any internal stakeholders and these transactions .

Full details on the Management part of the Simply Wall St company analysis model.

News

Simply Wall St News

Why Universe Group plc (LON:UNG) Could Be Your Next Investment

Universe Group plc (LON:UNG) is a stock with outstanding fundamental characteristics. … When we build an investment case, we need to look at the stock with a holistic perspective. … In the case of UNG, it

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Volatility 101: Should Universe Group Shares Have Dropped 46%?

While it may not be enough for some shareholders, we think it is good to see the Universe Group plc (LON:UNG) share price up 29% in a single quarter. … Generally speaking, companies that are not judged on their (small) profits should be growing revenue quickly. … Over the last three years, Universe Group's revenue dropped 1.7% per year.

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Read This Before You Buy Universe Group plc (LON:UNG) Because Of Its P/E Ratio

The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). … To keep it practical, we'll show how Universe Group plc's (LON:UNG) P/E ratio could help you assess the value on offer. … Price to Earnings Ratio = Price per Share ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

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Why You Should Care About Universe Group plc’s (LON:UNG) Low Return On Capital

To be precise, we'll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that will inform our view of the quality of the business. … What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)? … ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business.

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Does Universe Group plc's (LON:UNG) CEO Salary Compare Well With Others?

This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. … How Does Jeremy Lewis's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies. … We took a group of companies with market capitalizations below UK£152m, and calculated the median CEO compensation to be UK£243k

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Want To Invest In Universe Group plc (LON:UNG)? Here's How It Performed Lately

After looking at Universe Group plc's (LON:UNG) latest earnings announcement (31 December 2017), I found it useful to revisit the company's performance in the past couple of years and assess this against the most recent figures. … As a long-term investor I tend to focus on earnings trend, rather than a single number at one point in time. … UNG's trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 December 2017) of UK£634.00k has

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Did Universe Group plc (LON:UNG) Create Value For Investors Over The Past Year?

and want to begin learning the link between Universe Group plc (LON:UNG)’s return fundamentals and stock market performance. … Universe Group plc’s (LON:UNG) most recent return on equity was a substandard 2.74% relative to its industry performance of 12.20% over the past year. … An investor may attribute an inferior ROE to a relatively inefficient performance, and whilst this can often be the case, knowing the nuts and bolts of the ROE calculation may change that perspective and give you a deeper insight into UNG's past performance

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Why Universe Group plc (LON:UNG) Is Truly A Standout Investment

I've been keeping an eye on Universe Group plc (LON:UNG) because I'm attracted to its fundamentals. … Looking at the company as a whole, as a potential stock investment, I believe UNG has a lot to offer. … priced into the stock.

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Does Universe Group plc's (LON:UNG) PE Ratio Signal A Buying Opportunity?

Formula Price-Earnings Ratio = Price per share ÷ Earnings per share P/E Calculation for UNG Price per share = £0.06 Earnings per share = £0.003 ∴ Price-Earnings Ratio = £0.06 ÷ £0.003 = 21x On its own, the P/E ratio doesn’t tell you much; however, it becomes extremely useful when you compare it with other similar companies. … For example, if you are inadvertently comparing lower risk firms with UNG, then UNG’s P/E would naturally be lower than its peers, since investors would value those with lower risk with a higher price. … In this case, UNG’s P/E would be lower since investors would also reward its peers’ higher growth with a higher price.

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Does Universe Group plc's (LON:UNG) -4.00% Earnings Decline Reflect A Long-Term Trend?

After reading Universe Group plc's (AIM:UNG) latest earnings update (30 June 2017), I found it beneficial to look back at how the company has performed in the past and compare this against the most recent numbers. … For Universe Group, its latest trailing-twelve-month earnings is £1.6M, which, in comparison to the prior year's figure, has plunged by -4.00%. … This means that despite the fact that earnings growth was negative from last year, over a longer period of time, Universe Group's earnings have been growing on average.

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Company Info

Description

Universe Group plc designs, develops, and supports point-of-sale, payment, and loyalty solutions and systems for the petrol forecourt and convenience store markets in the United Kingdom and Belgium. The company provides software licenses and hardware; service and installations; data services; and consultancy and software license maintenance services. It also offers point-of-sale solutions, which include Iocaste, a cloud-hosted content management system that provides central control of store-based media screens, and enables reactive advertising by the retailer; self-checkout solutions; tobacco-dispensing units linked to point-of-sale systems; Europa, a point-of-sale solution; and Callisto, a back office solution that allows to monitor and order stock, run promotions, change pricing, and report on financial performance. In addition, the company provides Jupiter, a cloud-based head office solution; Handheld Terminal application; and Andromeda, an automatic number plate recognition solution to minimize the occurrence of drive-offs. Further, it provides payment terminal software, such as Gempay 3, Outdoor Payment Terminals, Smart Till, and Gemini Payment Service; loyalty applications; media management solutions; and service desk services. The company was founded in 1979 and is based in Southampton, the United Kingdom.

Details
Name: Universe Group plc
UNG
Exchange: AIM
Founded: 1979
£13,716,554
255,191,720
Website: http://www.universe-group.co.uk
Address: Universe Group plc
Southampton International Park,
George Curl Way,
Southampton,
Hampshire, SO18 2RX,
United Kingdom
Listings
Exchange Symbol Ticker Symbol Security Exchange Country Currency Listed on
AIM UNG Ordinary Shares London Stock Exchange AIM Market GB GBP 21. Dec 1992
Number of employees
Current staff
Staff numbers
249
Universe Group employees.
Industry
Data Processing and Outsourced Services
Software
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
Area Date (UTC time)
Company Analysis updated: 2019/04/23 20:34
End of day share price update: 2019/04/23 00:00
Last estimates confirmation: 2019/04/17
Last earnings filing: 2019/04/17
Last earnings reported: 2018/12/31
Last annual earnings reported: 2018/12/31


All dates and times in UTC. All financial data provided by Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ.

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.