Stocks Under Spotlight: RIO, AML, ITV, MARS

 Rio Tinto Plc

Rio Tinto Plc (RIO) is a leading mining and metal company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Its area of operations is categorised into three segments: finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. As per the company website, Rio employs around 47,000 workforces operating in 35 countries across six continents. The company is an internationally renowned leader in Aluminium and one of the world’s most omnipresent metals.

Recent developments

The company earlier discovered precious metals at the project Winu in the basin of Yeneena which is in province of Paterson in the western region of Australia. The company recently released an update on the forty-two drill holes which are supposed to have copper, gold and silver mineralisation beneath with a currently defined strike length of approximately 2100 metres. The results are encouraging but it would take time to make an assessment and understanding regarding the estimation of mineral deposits.

Financial highlights for H1 FY19

The company’s gross revenue was up by 3 per cent to $21.8 billion in H1 FY19 as against $21.2 billion in H1 FY18. The company’s underlying EBITDA was up by 11 per cent to $10.3 billion in H1 FY19 as against $9.2 billion in H1 FY18. The company’s underlying earnings were up by 12 per cent to $4.9 billion in H1 FY19 as against $4.4 billion in H1 FY18. The company’s net earnings were down by 6 per cent to $4.1 billion in H1 FY19 as against $4.4 billion in H1 FY18. In addition, the company announced share buy-backs and dividends of $3.5 billion in H1FY19 as against $3.2 billion in H1FY18. The company’s net debt (pro-forma) reduced by 40 per cent to $5.6 billion in H1 FY19 as against $9.3 billion in H1FY18.

RIO Share price performance

Chart as on 05-August-19, before the market close (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On August 05, 2019, at the time of writing (before the market close, at 02:14 PM GMT), RIO shares were trading at GBX 4,276. Stock’s 52 weeks High and Low are GBX 5,039.00/GBX 3,318.17. At the time of writing, the share was trading 15.14 per cent lower than the 52week High and 28.86 per cent higher than the 52week low. Stock’s average traded volume for 5 days was 4,342,006.20 and 30 days – 2,928,365.50. The average traded volume for 5 days surged by 48.27 per cent as against 30 days average traded volume. The company’s latest stock beta stood at 1.40, reflecting 40 per cent more volatility in comparison to the benchmark index. The M-cap (market capitalisation) stood at £74.16 billion, with a dividend yield was 5.31 per cent.

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc (AML), headquartered in Gaydon/UK, is a leading luxury brand focused on the design, engineering and manufacturing of luxury sports cars. It was formed post-merger of Aston Martin and Lagonda. Both brands have a history of over 100 years. AML has a long tradition of extraordinary design, manufacturing and engineering of luxury sedans and sports cars. The company is creating and exporting cars in 53 countries around the world. The company is having four regional offices located in the Asia Pacific, China, Europe and the Americas.

Financial Highlights for H1 FY2019 (£, million)

In H1 FY2019, the company’s reported wholesale volumes increased by 6 per cent to £2,442 million as compared with the corresponding period of the last year. The company’s total revenue plunged by 4 per cent to £407.1 million against the £424.9 million in H1 FY18, due to significantly fewer specials and Vantage, there was a lower Average Selling Price (ASP). Adjusted EBITDA stood at £22 million, a decrease of 79 per cent from the same period in 2018, while adjusted EBITDA margin was 5 per cent. The company’s loss before tax stood at £78.8 millionDiluted loss per share stood at 28 pence against the 4.3 pence in H1 FY18. The company’s net cashflow from operations stood at £21 million due to planned £71 million inventory build and substantial reversal of £90 million receivable from December 2018. Net debt stood at £732 million.

AML Share price performance

On August 05, 2019, at the time of writing (before the market close, at 02:18 PM GMT), AML shares were trading at GBX 464. Stock’s 52 weeks High and Low are GBX 1,920.00/GBX 440.50. At the time of writing, the share was trading 75.83 per cent lower than the 52week High and 5.33 per cent higher than the 52week low. Stock’s average traded volume for 5 days was 1,523,896.20 and 30 days – 701,607.20. The average traded volume for 5 days surged by 117.20 per cent as against 30 days average traded volume. The company’s stock beta (180 days) stood at 1.63, reflecting 63 per cent higher volatility in comparison to the benchmark index. The M-cap (market capitalisation) stood at £1.07 billion.

ITV PLC

ITV PLC (ITV) is a London, United Kingdom-headquartered integrated producer broadcaster (IPB). The group creates, owns and distributes high-quality content on multiple platforms globally, and owns 13 of the regional licenses and sells advertising on behalf of all licences, making it the largest family of commercial channels in the UK. The company’s operations are differentiated in two segments: Broadcast & Online and ITV Studios.

Recent developments

The company has signed an agreement with the BBC to launch BritBox by Q4 in FY19 in the United Kingdom. Britbox subscription is expected to be priced around £5.99 (monthly charges).  It would be available on multiple devices and platforms with exclusive ad free content as well as popular shows such as Happy Valley, Les Miserables and many more. In addition, recent ITV and BBC shows would also be available on BritBox.

Financial highlights for H1 FY19

The company’s revenue (external) was down by 7 per cent to £1,476 million in H1 FY19 as against £1,593 million in H1 FY18. The company’s EBITA (adjusted) plunged by 13 per cent to £327 million in H1 FY19 as against £375 million in H1 FY18. The company’s EPS (adjusted) plunged by 13 per cent to 6.2 pence per share in H1 FY19 as against 7.1 pence per share in H1 FY18. The company’s EBITA (statutory) plunged by 16 per cent to £310 million in H1 FY19 as against £367 million in H1 FY18. The company’s EPS (statutory) plunged by 9 per cent to 4.8 pence per share in H1 FY19 as against 5.3 pence per share in H1 FY18.

ITV Share price performance

Chart as on 05-August-19, before the market close (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On August 05, 2019, at the time of writing (before the market close, at 02:22 PM GMT), ITV shares were trading at GBX 105.50. Stock’s 52 weeks High and Low are GBX 170.16/GBX 102.65. At the time of writing, the share was trading 37.99 per cent lower than the 52week High and 2.77 per cent higher than the 52week low. Stock’s average traded volume for 5 days was 13,242,671.40 and for 30 days – 12,796,725.77. The average traded volume for 5 days was higher by 3.48 per cent as against 30 days average traded volume. The company’s latest stock beta stood at 1.14, reflecting 14 per cent more volatility in comparison to the benchmark index. The M-cap (market capitalisation) stood at £4.29 billion, with a dividend yield was 7.49 per cent.

Marston’s PLC

Marston’s PLC (MARS) is engaged in businesses of pubs and beer brewing (sales, packaging & distribution). In addition, the company generates revenue from machine gaming, accommodation arrangements, rental income from properties.

Trading update for the period ended July 20th, 2019

The company has achieved success in both the segments (pubs & beer brewing) during the period. The franchised pub’s revenue on LFL (Like for Like) basis surged by 0.5 per cent. The operating margin was in line with the management expectation. The beer segment continues to deliver good performance.

Financial highlights for H1 FY19

The company’s revenue (underlying) stood at £553.1 million in H1 FY19. The company’s PBT (underlying) stood at £37 million. The company’s EPS stood at 4.9 pence per share in H1 FY19. The company’s revenue (statutory) stood at £553.1 million in H1 FY19 as against £529.0 million in H1 FY18. The company’s PBT (statutory) stood at £19.1 million in H1 FY19 as against loss before tax (statutory) of £13.4 million in H1 FY18. The revenue and earnings (adjusted) are in accordance with the management expectations.

MARS Share price performance

Chart as on 05-August-19, before the market close (Source: Thomson Reuters)

On August 05, 2019, at the time of writing (before the market close, at 02:24 PM GMT), MARS shares were trading at GBX 107.50. Stock’s 52 weeks High and Low are GBX 125.71/GBX 89.20. At the time of writing, the share was trading 14.48 per cent lower than the 52week High and 20.51 per cent higher than the 52week low. Stock’s average traded volume for 5 days was 2,113,046.60 and for 30 days – 2,437,732.17. The average traded volume for 5 days was lower by 13.32 per cent as against 30 days average traded volume. The company’s stock beta stood at 0.39, reflecting lower volatility in comparison with the benchmark index. The M-cap (market capitalisation) stood at £679.62 million, with a dividend yield was 6.98 per cent.

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