AIM:TST

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Executive Summary

Touchstar plc, together with its subsidiaries, designs and builds rugged mobile computing devices in the United Kingdom, Europe, and internationally.


Snowflake Analysis

Excellent balance sheet and slightly overvalued.

Share Price & News

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


Latest Share Price and Events

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


Market Performance


7 Day Return

19.5%

TST

9.2%

GB Communications

0.1%

GB Market


1 Year Return

62.1%

TST

52.1%

GB Communications

-15.3%

GB Market

Return vs Industry: TST exceeded the UK Communications industry which returned 52.1% over the past year.

Return vs Market: TST exceeded the UK Market which returned -15.3% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

TSTIndustryMarket
7 Day19.5%9.2%0.1%
30 Day26.1%8.1%-4.6%
90 Day74.6%27.6%13.1%
1 Year62.1%62.1%54.3%52.1%-11.4%-15.3%
3 Year-40.3%-40.3%60.7%51.6%-3.4%-15.2%
5 Year-25.3%-25.3%103.4%84.3%15.4%-10.3%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


Simply Wall St News

Valuation

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

>50%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: TST (£0.57) is trading below our estimate of fair value (£6.09)

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


Price To Earnings Ratio

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

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


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: TST is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2.5x) compared to the GB Communications industry average (1.7x).


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Future Growth

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

23.3%

Forecasted Tech industry annual growth in earnings


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: Insufficient data to determine if TST's forecast earnings growth is above the savings rate (1.2%).

Earnings vs Market: Insufficient data to determine if TST'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: Insufficient data to determine if TST's revenue is forecast to grow faster than the UK market.

High Growth Revenue: Insufficient data to determine if TST's revenue 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 TST's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time


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Past Performance

How has Touchstar performed over the past 5 years?

6.7%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: TST is currently unprofitable.

Growing Profit Margin: TST is currently unprofitable.


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: TST is unprofitable, but has reduced losses over the past 5 years at a rate of 6.7% per year.

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

Earnings vs Industry: TST is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Communications industry (13.9%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: TST has a negative Return on Equity (-18.24%), as it is currently unprofitable.


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Financial Health

How is Touchstar's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: TST's short term assets (£5.7M) exceed its short term liabilities (£5.3M).

Long Term Liabilities: TST's short term assets (£5.7M) exceed its long term liabilities (£860.0K).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: TST's debt to equity ratio (121.3%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: TST had negative shareholder equity 5 years ago, but is now positive and has therefore improved.


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 TST has sufficient cash runway for more than 3 years if it maintains its current positive free cash flow level.

Forecast Cash Runway: TST is unprofitable but has sufficient cash runway for more than 3 years, even with free cash flow being positive and shrinking by 20% per year.


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Dividend

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


Dividend Yield vs Market

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

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

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


Current Payout to Shareholders

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


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of TST'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?

5.1yrs

Average board tenure


CEO

Mark Hardy

no data

Tenure

UK£207,000

Compensation

Mr. Mark William Hardy serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Touchstar plc (formerly known as Belgravium Technologies PLC) and has been its Executive Director since October 21, 2005. Mr. Hardy served as ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Mark's total compensation ($USD258.07K) is about average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD346.84K).

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


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Ian Martin
Executive Chairman5.08yrsUK£50.00k9.5% £457.0k
Mark Hardy
CEO & Executive Directorno dataUK£207.00k0.76% £36.6k
Mark Lomax
Director of Touchstar Technologiesno datano datano data
Timothy Buchanan
Director of Touchstar Technologiesno datano datano data
John Christmas
Independent Non-Executive Director4.67yrsUK£28.00k0.39% £18.9k

5.1yrs

Average Tenure

Experienced Board: TST's board of directors are considered experienced (5.1 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 not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

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


Key Information

  • Name: Touchstar plc
  • Ticker: TST
  • Exchange: AIM
  • Founded: 1904
  • Industry: Communications Equipment
  • Sector: Tech
  • Market Cap: UK£4.810m
  • Shares outstanding: 8.48m
  • Website: https://www.touchstarplc.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Touchstar plc
  • 7 Commerce Way
  • Trafford Park
  • Manchester
  • Greater Manchester
  • M17 1HW
  • United Kingdom

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
TSTAIM (London Stock Exchange AIM Market)YesOrdinary SharesGBGBPOct 2005

Biography

Touchstar plc, together with its subsidiaries, designs and builds rugged mobile computing devices in the United Kingdom, Europe, and internationally. It supplies, installs, and maintains software applications and hardware solutions for mobile applications in the airline, transport, logistics, and access control industries. The company offers supply chain data capture solutions; mobile computing hardware products; barcode/RFID/voice recognition technologies; and WMS/POD/TMS software products for the warehouse and logistics markets. It also provides on-board systems and various tools for crew; proof of delivery (POD) solutions; and metering and vehicle system integration solutions, as well as designs, creates, and supports software and hardware for the oil and gas logistics sector. In addition, the company offers security checking clearance, recording, and other services; GPS satellite tracking and vehicle telematics data; and PODStar, an EPOD solution for SMEs and other organizations. It provides its solutions under the Touchstar brand. The company was formerly known as Belgravium Technologies plc and changed its name to Touchstar plc in May 2016. Touchstar plc was incorporated in 1904 and is based in Manchester, the United Kingdom. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/05 20:55
End of Day Share Price2020/07/03 00:00
Earnings2019/12/31
Annual Earnings2019/12/31


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.