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Spirent Communications

Executive Summary

Spirent Communications plc provides solutions to develop devices and equipment and to operate networks worldwide.


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Flawless balance sheet with proven track record.


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Share Price & News

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


Latest Share Price and Events

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


Market Performance


7 Day Return

2.7%

SPT

-1.8%

GB Communications

2.8%

GB Market


1 Year Return

61.5%

SPT

48.8%

GB Communications

-11.0%

GB Market

Return vs Industry: SPT exceeded the UK Communications industry which returned 48.8% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SPT exceeded the UK Market which returned -11% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

SPTIndustryMarket
7 Day2.7%-1.8%2.8%
30 Day6.0%10.4%8.4%
90 Day-0.6%20.7%-7.9%
1 Year65.0%61.5%50.9%48.8%-6.7%-11.0%
3 Year129.6%107.1%52.9%44.2%-3.7%-15.4%
5 Year232.8%181.8%102.7%83.6%15.4%-10.4%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


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Valuation

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

24.31x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SPT (£2.48) is trading above our estimate of fair value (£1.46)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SPT is trading above our estimate of fair value.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SPT is poor value based on its PE Ratio (24.3x) compared to the Communications industry average (20.6x).

PE vs Market: SPT is poor value based on its PE Ratio (24.3x) compared to the UK market (15x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SPT is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (3.5x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SPT is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (4.7x) compared to the GB Communications industry average (1.9x).


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Future Growth

How is Spirent Communications forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 8 analysts?

6.9%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SPT's forecast earnings growth (6.9% per year) is above the savings rate (1.2%).

Earnings vs Market: SPT's earnings (6.9% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the UK market (20.5% per year).

High Growth Earnings: SPT's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: SPT's revenue (4.9% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the UK market (3.7% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SPT's revenue (4.9% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SPT's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (18.9%).


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Past Performance

How has Spirent Communications performed over the past 5 years?

40.7%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SPT has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: SPT's current net profit margins (15.5%) are higher than last year (11.7%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SPT's earnings have grown significantly by 40.7% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: SPT's earnings growth over the past year (39.8%) is below its 5-year average (40.7% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: SPT earnings growth over the past year (39.8%) exceeded the Communications industry 13.9%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: SPT's Return on Equity (19.4%) is considered low.


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Financial Health

How is Spirent Communications's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SPT's short term assets ($347.7M) exceed its short term liabilities ($154.4M).

Long Term Liabilities: SPT's short term assets ($347.7M) exceed its long term liabilities ($48.0M).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: SPT is debt free.

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

Debt Coverage: SPT has no debt, therefore it does not need to be covered by operating cash flow.

Interest Coverage: SPT has no debt, therefore coverage of interest payments is not a concern.


Balance Sheet


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Dividend

What is Spirent Communications's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

1.73%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: SPT's dividend (1.73%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (1.99%).

High Dividend: SPT's dividend (1.73%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (5.56%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: SPT's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: SPT's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (42.1%), SPT's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SPT's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (38.1% payout ratio).


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Management

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

4.7yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Eric Updyke

1.08yrs

Tenure

US$1,105,896

Compensation

Mr. Eric Updyke has been Chief Executive Officer and Director at Spirent Communications plc since May 1, 2019. He served on the Executive Management team of Amdocs reporting directly to the CEO. Mr. Updyke ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Eric's total compensation ($USD1.39M) is about average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD1.68M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Insufficient data to compare Eric's compensation with company performance.


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Eric Updyke
CEO & Director1.08yrsUS$1.11m0.019% $288.5k
Paula Bell
Chief Financial & Operations Officer and Executive Director3.75yrsUS$1.40m0.051% $777.9k
Angus Iveson
Company Secretary & General Counsel5.67yrsno data0.0069% $104.2k
R. Chenhall
Managing Director of PG Drives Technology26.42yrsno datano data
Nigel Wright
Executive Vice President of Global Salesno datano data0.0025% $37.9k
Michelle Balch
Deputy Company Secretaryno datano datano data

4.7yrs

Average Tenure

Experienced Management: SPT's management team is considered experienced (4.7 years average tenure).


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Eric Updyke
CEO & Director1.08yrsUS$1.11m0.019% $288.5k
Paula Bell
Chief Financial & Operations Officer and Executive Director3.75yrsUS$1.40m0.051% $777.9k
Edgar Masri
Independent Non-Executive Director2.42yrsUS$51.50k0.0033% $49.6k
Jonathan Silver
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director3.58yrsUS$62.50k0.011% $173.6k
Gary Bullard
Independent Non-Executive Director3.5yrsUS$60.50k0.0085% $128.4k
Wendy Koh
Independent Non-Executive Director2.42yrsUS$51.50kno data
William Gennydd Thomas
Non-Executive Chairman3.08yrsUS$175.00k0.011% $167.2k

3.1yrs

Average Tenure

62yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: SPT's board of directors are considered experienced (3.1 years average tenure).


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: SPT insiders have only sold shares 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

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


Key Information

  • Name: Spirent Communications plc
  • Ticker: SPT
  • Exchange: LSE
  • Founded: 1936
  • Industry: Communications Equipment
  • Sector: Tech
  • Market Cap: UK£1.512b
  • Shares outstanding: 609.64m
  • Website: https://corporate.spirent.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Spirent Communications plc
  • Northwood Park
  • Gatwick Road
  • Crawley
  • West Sussex
  • RH10 9XN
  • United Kingdom

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SPNU.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesOrdinary SharesUSUSDJan 1980
SPTLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesOrdinary SharesGBGBPJan 1980
BW8DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesOrdinary SharesDEEURJan 1980
SPTLBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesOrdinary SharesGBGBPJan 1980
SPMY.YOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)SPONS ADR NEWUSUSDJul 2001

Biography

Spirent Communications plc provides solutions to develop devices and equipment and to operate networks worldwide. The company operates through Networks & Security, Lifecycle Service Assurance, and Connected Devices segments. The Networks & Security segment develops performance and security test systems to accelerate the development of new devices, networks, and applications for high-speed Ethernet/IP, mobile, and global satellite navigation systems. The Lifecycle Service Assurance segment provides assurance systems to accelerate the turn up of new services, troubleshooting of customer, and production network problems. The Connected Devices segment develops systems for wireless connectivity. It serves communication, government, financial services, healthcare, retail, and transportation businesses. The company was formerly known as Spirent plc and changed its name to Spirent Communications plc in May 2006. Spirent Communications plc was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Crawley, the United Kingdom. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/06/03 08:27
End of Day Share Price2020/06/02 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.