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Spirent Communications LSE:SPT Stock Report

Last Price

UK£2.52

Market Cap

UK£1.5b

7D

4.3%

1Y

-2.4%

Updated

03 Jul, 2022

Data

Company Financials +
SPT fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Valuation4/6
Future Growth2/6
Past Performance2/6
Financial Health6/6
Dividends4/6

SPT Stock Overview

Spirent Communications plc provides automated test and assurance solutions for networks, cybersecurity, and positioning in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Spirent Communications Competitors

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Spirent Communications
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUK£2.52
52 Week HighUK£3.11
52 Week LowUK£2.10
Beta0.52
1 Month Change7.52%
3 Month Change5.18%
1 Year Change-2.41%
3 Year Change57.45%
5 Year Change104.97%
Change since IPO297.26%

Recent News & Updates

May 24
Calculating The Fair Value Of Spirent Communications plc (LON:SPT)

Calculating The Fair Value Of Spirent Communications plc (LON:SPT)

Does the May share price for Spirent Communications plc ( LON:SPT ) reflect what it's really worth? Today, we will...

Shareholder Returns

SPTGB CommunicationsGB Market
7D4.3%2.1%-1.1%
1Y-2.4%-12.8%-9.7%

Return vs Industry: SPT exceeded the UK Communications industry which returned -12.8% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SPT exceeded the UK Market which returned -9.7% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is SPT's price volatile compared to industry and market?
SPT volatility
SPT Average Weekly Movement4.1%
Communications Industry Average Movement4.8%
Market Average Movement5.4%
10% most volatile stocks in GB Market10.6%
10% least volatile stocks in GB Market2.8%

Stable Share Price: SPT is not significantly more volatile than the rest of UK stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.

Volatility Over Time: SPT's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

FoundedEmployeesCEOWebsite
19361,568Eric Updykehttps://corporate.spirent.com

Spirent Communications plc provides automated test and assurance solutions for networks, cybersecurity, and positioning in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates in Lifecycle Service Assurance and Networks & Security segments. The Lifecycle Service Assurance segment provides testing solutions for 5G mobile core networks, and cellular and Wi-Fi devices in the lab, as well as diagnoses, troubleshoots, and resolves issues with production networks and services.

Spirent Communications Fundamentals Summary

How do Spirent Communications's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
SPT fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$1.84b
Earnings (TTM)US$89.20m
Revenue (TTM)US$576.00m

20.6x

P/E Ratio

3.2x

P/S Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
SPT income statement (TTM)
RevenueUS$576.00m
Cost of RevenueUS$151.30m
Gross ProfitUS$424.70m
Other ExpensesUS$335.50m
EarningsUS$89.20m

Last Reported Earnings

Dec 31, 2021

Next Earnings Date

Aug 04, 2022

Earnings per share (EPS)0.15
Gross Margin73.73%
Net Profit Margin15.49%
Debt/Equity Ratio0%

How did SPT perform over the long term?

See historical performance and comparison

Dividends

2.2%

Current Dividend Yield

46%

Payout Ratio
We’ve recently updated our valuation analysis.

Valuation

Is SPT undervalued compared to its fair value, analyst forecasts and its price relative to the market?

Valuation Score

4/6

Valuation Score 4/6

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Peers

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Industry

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio

  • Below Fair Value

  • Significantly Below Fair Value

  • PEG Ratio

Key Valuation Metric

Which metric is best to use when looking at relative valuation for SPT?

Other financial metrics that can be useful for relative valuation.

SPT key valuation metrics and ratios. From Price to Earnings, Price to Sales and Price to Book to Price to Earnings Growth Ratio, Enterprise Value and EBITDA.
Key Statistics
Enterprise Value/Revenue3x
Enterprise Value/EBITDA13.5x
PEG Ratio3.1x

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Peers

How does SPT's PE Ratio compare to its peers?

SPT PE Ratio vs Peers
The above table shows the PE ratio for SPT vs its peers. Here we also display the market cap and forecasted growth for additional consideration.
CompanyPEEstimated GrowthMarket Cap
Peer Average20.9x
BVC BATM Advanced Communications
12.7xn/aUK£151.5m
AFRN Aferian
22.6x12.2%UK£113.7m
CLX Calnex Solutions
30.6x15.3%UK£138.7m
MWE M.T.I Wireless Edge
17.6x5.7%UK£53.1m
SPT Spirent Communications
20.6x6.7%UK£1.5b

Price-To-Earnings vs Peers: SPT is good value based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (20.6x) compared to the peer average (20.9x).


Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry

How does SPT's PE Ratio compare vs other companies in the European Communications Industry?

Price-To-Earnings vs Industry: SPT is good value based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (20.6x) compared to the UK Communications industry average (21.6x)


Price to Earnings Ratio vs Fair Ratio

What is SPT's PE Ratio compared to its Fair PE Ratio? This is the expected PE Ratio taking into account the company's forecast earnings growth, profit margins and other risk factors.

SPT PE Ratio vs Fair Ratio.
Fair Ratio
Current PE Ratio20.6x
Fair PE Ratio27.2x

Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio: SPT is good value based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (20.6x) compared to the estimated Fair Price-To-Earnings Ratio (27.2x).


Share Price vs Fair Value

What is the Fair Price of SPT when looking at its future cash flows? For this estimate we use a Discounted Cash Flow model.

Below Fair Value: SPT (£2.52) is trading below our estimate of fair value (£2.87)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SPT is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SPT is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (3.1x)


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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?

Future Growth Score

2/6

Future Growth Score 2/6

  • Earnings vs Savings Rate

  • Earnings vs Market

  • High Growth Earnings

  • Revenue vs Market

  • High Growth Revenue

  • Future ROE


6.7%

Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SPT's forecast earnings growth (6.7% per year) is above the savings rate (0.9%).

Earnings vs Market: SPT's earnings (6.7% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the UK market (10.9% per year).

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

Revenue vs Market: SPT's revenue (4.6% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the UK market (4.1% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SPT's revenue (4.6% 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 (19.2%).


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Past Performance

How has Spirent Communications performed over the past 5 years?

Past Performance Score

2/6

Past Performance Score 2/6

  • Quality Earnings

  • Growing Profit Margin

  • Earnings Trend

  • Accelerating Growth

  • Earnings vs Industry

  • High ROE


43.1%

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 lower than last year (16.2%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SPT has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by 43.1% per year.

Accelerating Growth: SPT's earnings growth over the past year (5.7%) is below its 5-year average (43.1% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: SPT earnings growth over the past year (5.7%) underperformed the Communications industry 46.4%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: SPT's Return on Equity (19.9%) is considered low.


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Financial Health

How is Spirent Communications's financial position?

Financial Health Score

6/6

Financial Health Score 6/6

  • Short Term Liabilities

  • Long Term Liabilities

  • Debt Level

  • Reducing Debt

  • Debt Coverage

  • Interest Coverage

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SPT's short term assets ($368.6M) exceed its short term liabilities ($176.7M).

Long Term Liabilities: SPT's short term assets ($368.6M) exceed its long term liabilities ($67.1M).


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?

Dividend Score

4/6

Dividend Score 4/6

  • Notable Dividend

  • High Dividend

  • Stable Dividend

  • Growing Dividend

  • Earnings Coverage

  • Future Dividend Coverage


2.23%

Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: SPT's dividend (2.23%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (1.89%).

High Dividend: SPT's dividend (2.23%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (5.29%).


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.


Earnings Payout to Shareholders

Earnings Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (46.1%), SPT's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.


Cash Payout to Shareholders

Cash Flow Coverage: With its reasonably low cash payout ratio (44.2%), SPT's dividend payments are well covered by cash flows.


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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

3.17yrs

Tenure

US$3,434,166

Compensation

Mr. Eric Updyke has been Chief Executive Officer and Director at Spirent Communications plc since May 1, 2019. He serves as Director at Symend Inc. He served on the Executive Management team of Amdocs repo...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Eric's total compensation ($USD3.43M) is above average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD2.05M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Eric's compensation has increased by more than 20% in the past year.


Leadership Team

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


Board Members

Experienced Board: SPT's board of directors are considered experienced (5 years average tenure).


Ownership

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


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: SPT 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

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


Key Information

  • Name: Spirent Communications plc
  • Ticker: SPT
  • Exchange: LSE
  • Founded: 1936
  • Industry: Communications Equipment
  • Sector: Tech
  • Implied Market Cap: UK£1.527b
  • Shares outstanding: 606.74m
  • Website: https://corporate.spirent.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Spirent Communications plc
  • Origin One
  • 108 High Street
  • Crawley
  • West Sussex
  • RH10 1BD
  • United Kingdom

Listings


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2022/07/03 00:00
End of Day Share Price2022/07/01 00:00
Earnings2021/12/31
Annual Earnings2021/12/31


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.