LSE:SXS

Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Spectris plc manufactures and sells measuring instruments and controls worldwide.


Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet with proven track record and pays a dividend.


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Share Price & News

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


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: SXS has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

9.7%

SXS

7.2%

GB Electronic

3.9%

GB Market


1 Year Return

-5.1%

SXS

-3.7%

GB Electronic

-22.4%

GB Market

Return vs Industry: SXS matched the UK Electronic industry which returned -5.9% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SXS exceeded the UK Market which returned -23% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

SXSIndustryMarket
7 Day9.7%7.2%3.9%
30 Day-9.5%-7.0%-16.1%
90 Day-15.4%-15.4%-26.1%
1 Year-2.7%-5.1%-2.2%-3.7%-18.2%-22.4%
3 Year4.7%-2.4%29.8%23.9%-11.7%-23.1%
5 Year24.7%10.6%82.4%67.0%1.9%-21.5%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


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Valuation

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

12.16x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SXS (£24.58) is trading above our estimate of fair value (£19.31)

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


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SXS is good value based on its PE Ratio (12.2x) compared to the Electronic industry average (16.8x).

PE vs Market: SXS is good value based on its PE Ratio (12.2x) compared to the UK market (12.4x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SXS's earnings are forecast to decline next year, so we can't calculate its PEG ratio.


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SXS is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2.2x) compared to the GB Electronic industry average (1.7x).


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Future Growth

How is Spectris forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 13 analysts?

-12.0%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SXS's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-12% per year).

Earnings vs Market: SXS's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-12% per year).

High Growth Earnings: SXS's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: SXS's revenue is expected to decline over the next 3 years (-1.2% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SXS's revenue is forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-1.2% per year).


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SXS's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (15.3%).


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Past Performance

How has Spectris performed over the past 5 years?

13.2%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SXS has a large one-off gain of £198.6M impacting its December 31 2019 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: SXS's current net profit margins (14.3%) are higher than last year (11.5%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SXS's earnings have grown by 13.2% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: SXS's earnings growth over the past year (26.4%) exceeds its 5-year average (13.2% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: SXS earnings growth over the past year (26.4%) exceeded the Electronic industry 6.9%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: SXS's Return on Equity (17.7%) is considered low.


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Financial Health

How is Spectris's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SXS's short term assets (£770.5M) exceed its short term liabilities (£440.8M).

Long Term Liabilities: SXS's short term assets (£770.5M) exceed its long term liabilities (£211.5M).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: SXS's debt to equity ratio (13.6%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: SXS's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 17.5% to 13.6% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: SXS's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (134.1%).

Interest Coverage: SXS's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (28.1x coverage).


Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: SXS has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: SXS's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 4.3x debt).


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Dividend

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

2.65%

Current Dividend Yield


Upcoming Dividend Payment


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: SXS's dividend (2.65%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (2.69%).

High Dividend: SXS's dividend (2.65%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (7.48%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: SXS's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

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


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (32.2%), SXS's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SXS's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (42% payout ratio).


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Management

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

1.3yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Andrew Heath (55yo)

1.42s

Tenure

UK£848,353

Compensation

Mr. Andrew Heath has been the Director of Spectris plc since September 3, 2018 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since September 28, 2018. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Imagination Tec ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Andrew's total compensation ($USD1.06M) is below average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD2.45M).

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


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Andrew Heath
CEO & Executive Director1.42yrsUK£848.35k0.020% £557.4k
Derek Harding
CFO & Executive Director1yrno data0.0035% £99.5k
Mark Serfözo
Company Secretary & General Counsel2.42yrsno datano data
Andrew Harvey
Group Human Resources Director3.17yrsno datano data
Siobhán Andrews
Head of Corporate Affairsno datano datano data
Joseph Vorih
President of HBKno datano datano data
Greg Wright
President of Omega1.17yrsno datano data
Paolo Carmassi
President of Malvern Panalytical1.17yrsno datano data
Robert Martin
Deputy Company Secretaryno datano datano data
Rebecca Dunn
Deputy Company Secretaryno datano datano data

1.3yrs

Average Tenure

53yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: SXS's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.3 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Andrew Heath
CEO & Executive Director1.42yrsUK£848.35k0.020% £557.4k
Derek Harding
CFO & Executive Director1yrno data0.0035% £99.5k
Kjersti Wiklund
Independent Non-Executive Director & Workforce Engagement Director3.17yrsUK£55.00kno data
Martha Wyrsch
Independent Non-Executive Director7.67yrsUK£70.00k0.0026% £73.8k
Mark Williamson
Independent Non-Executive Chairman2.83yrsUK£220.00k0.014% £411.7k
Catherine Turner
Independent Non-Executive Director0.42yrno datano data
Russell King
Independent Non-Executive Director9.42yrsUK£75.00k0.0026% £73.8k
William Seeger
Senior Independent Directorno dataUK£80.00k0.0026% £73.8k
Karim Bitar
Independent Non-Executive Director2.67yrsUK£55.00k0.0011% £32.8k
Ulf Quellmann
Independent Non-Executive Director5.17yrsUK£61.00k0.0017% £49.0k

2.8yrs

Average Tenure

56yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: SXS's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.8 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


Ownership

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


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: SXS 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

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


Key Information

  • Name: Spectris plc
  • Ticker: SXS
  • Exchange: LSE
  • Founded: 1915
  • Industry: Electronic Equipment and Instruments
  • Sector: Tech
  • Market Cap: UK£2.851b
  • Shares outstanding: 115.99m
  • Website: https://www.spectris.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Spectris plc
  • Heritage House
  • Church Road
  • Egham
  • Surrey
  • TW20 9QD
  • United Kingdom

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SEPJ.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesOrdinary SharesUSUSDJan 1992
SXSLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesOrdinary SharesGBGBPJan 1992
SXSLBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesOrdinary SharesGBGBPJan 1992
FA9DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesOrdinary SharesDEEURJan 1992
SXS NBMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesOrdinary SharesMXMXNJan 1992
SEPJ.YOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)UNSPONSORED ADRUSUSDMay 2011

Biography

Spectris plc manufactures and sells measuring instruments and controls worldwide. It operates through four segments: Materials Analysis, Test and Measurement, In-line Instrumentation, and Industrial Controls. The Materials Analysis segment provides products and services, which enable customers to determine structure, composition, quantity, and quality of particles and materials during their research and development processes, when assessing materials before production, or during the manufacturing process. It serves metal, minerals and mining, pharmaceutical, fine chemical, and semiconductor industries; and academic research institutes. The Test and Measurement segment supplies test, measurement, and analysis equipment, as well as software and services for product design optimization, manufacturing control, microseismic monitoring, and environmental noise monitoring. It serves automotive, aerospace, electronics, and energy industries, as well as academic research institutes. The In-line Instrumentation segment offers process analytical measurement, asset monitoring, and online controls, as well as associated consumables and services for primary processing and converting industries. It serves process, pulp, paper, tissue, energy, utilities, and Web and converting industries. The Industrial Controls segment provides products and solutions that measure, monitor, control, inform, and connect during the production process. It serves manufacturing, process, energy, and electronics industries. The company was formerly known as Fairey Aviation Company Ltd. and changed its name to Spectris plc in May 2001. Spectris plc was founded in 1915 and is based in Egham, the United Kingdom. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/03/31 21:59
End of Day Share Price2020/03/31 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.