How are the Trends Emerging for these 2 FTSE Stocks – Informa Plc and William Hill Plc

How are the trends emerging for these 2 FTSE Stocks – Informa Plc and William Hill Plc

Informa Plc

Informa Plc (INF) is a London, the United Kingdom based company which is involved in the business of providing digital and media services such as business intelligence, publishing of academia, knowledge management and events businesses. The company has four primary operating segments which are Informa Connect, Informa Intelligence, Informa Markets and Informa Tech.

INF Trading Update

On 11th November 2019, the company announced a trading update for the 10 months period ended 31st October 2019. The company reported a continuous growth in the operating performance with adjusted profit, earnings and cash flow all estimated to be on track to meet the guidance for the full year. The company also reported the group underlying revenue increase of 2.8 per cent for the 10-month period ended 31st October 2019, just before a robust trading period expected to arrive in the months of November and December.

INF Stock Price Performance

Source: Thomson Reuters

On 11th November 2019, at 12:31 P.M GMT, at the time of writing, Informa Plc’s stock price was trading at GBX 802.2, an increase of 0.275 per cent or GBX 2.20 per stock as compared to the previous day’s closing price, which was reported to be at GBX 800.00 per stock. At the time of writing, the Informa Plc stock price was trading 33.079 per cent above the 52-week low stock price, which was at GBX 602.8 per stock, set on January 03, 2019. This was also 10.94 per cent below the 52-week high price at GBX 900.80 per stock, which the company’s stock set on July 29, 2019. The reported Market Capitalisation of Informa Plc has been at GBP 10.014 billion.

At the time of writing, 754,630 of the company’s shares had been traded in the market. The average volume of trading per day, for the last one year in the market, was 2.22 million shares. The stock has reportedly shown an upward change of 9.47 per cent in value in the last one year, from the price of GBX 732.8 per stock. There also has been an upward change in the last six months in the value of Informa Plc’s stock of around 6.96 per cent from the share price of GBX 750.00. Informa Plc’s stock has also gained 1.80 per cent in value in the last one month from the price of GBX 788.00.

The beta of the Informa Plc’s stock has been reported to be at 0.7908. This means that the company’s stock price movement is less volatile in its trend, as compared to the benchmark market index’s movement.

William Hill Plc

William Hill Plc (WMH) is a London, the United Kingdom based Travel and Leisure company that is involved in the business of providing gambling-related services in the United States of America, Australia and many other countries. The company has both physical retail as well as online presence in the gambling space. Through its online business, which was established in the year 1998, the company aims to provide betting and gaming opportunities to its customers in the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain, with a geographical diversification of the entire European continent as an objective. The company reported that around 3 million customers used its online service in the year 2018. The company has majorly two types of betting services which are in-play and pre-match sports betting. Within this segment, the company’s revenue is split 50-50 between sports betting and gaming. Through its retail business, the company provides its customers with similar betting opportunities through physical spaces which includes 1,568 Licensed betting office across the United Kingdom as well as Isle of Man and Jersey. These retail spaces provide over the counter gambling services for sports like football, horse racing, and various other sports. Within these spaces, the company also provides self service betting terminals, which operate basically like a vending machine. The company has another division, which is called William Hill US, which is a first and leading legal betting company in the United States post the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Acts (PASPA) becoming unconstitutional.

WMH Financial Performance

On 9th August 2019, the company announced its half-year results for the 26 weeks ended 2nd July 2019 in comparison to the 26 weeks ended 26th June 2018. The company reported that the H1 2019 results were in line with the outlooks during the period of change in the business and the 1st year of application of new strategy. The company reported the group net revenue to be higher by 1 per cent to £811.7 million. The company also reported the Adjusted operating profit at a decline of 33 per cent to £76.2 million. The company highlighted Exceptional charges and adjustments of £114.3 million during the reporting period, including an amount of £97.1 million which related to the mitigation measures post the £2 stake change, including the proposed closing of around 700 betting retail shops, which drove to a statutory loss before tax to £63.5 million in H1 2019, but a decline as compared to the loss before tax in H1 2018 at £819.6 million. The company also reported Net debt to EBITDA ratio for the purpose of covenants in various credit agreements at 2.0 times, an increase as compared to the 1.0 times at the full year, parallel to the management’s expectations. The board declared an Interim dividend of GBX 2.66 per share, in line with the management’s commitment to a GBX 8 per share for the year.

Statutory resultsAdjusted results
H1 19H1 18ChangeH1 19H1 18Change
£m£m%£m£m%
Net revenue811.7802.91%811.7802.91%
Adjusted operating profit276.2113.6-33%
(Loss) before interest and tax-38.1-802.3
(Loss)/profit before tax-63.5-819.650.896.3-47%
(Loss)/earnings per share (EPS) (p)-7.1-93.55.39.1-42%
Dividend per share (p)2.664.26-38%2.664.26-38%

Source: Company Website

WMH Stock Price Performance

Source: Thomson Reuters

On 11th November 2019, at 01:19 P.M GMT, at the time of writing, William Hill Plc’s stock price was trading at GBX 175.89, an increase of 2.02 per cent or GBX 3.49 per stock as compared to the previous day’s closing price, which was reported to be at GBX 172.4. At the time of writing, the William Hill Plc stock price was trading 36.975 per cent above the 52-week low stock price, which was at GBX 128.41 per stock, set on June 03, 2019. This was also 14.947 per cent below the 52-week high price at GBX 206.80 per stock, which the company’s stock set on October 21, 2019. The reported Market Capitalization of William Hill Plc has been at GBP 1.507 billion.

As of the time of writing, 641,710 of the company’s shares had been traded in the market. The average volume of trading per day, for the last one year in the market, was 4.01 million shares. The stock has reportedly shown a downward change of 5.71 per cent in value in the last one year, from the price of GBX 186.55 per stock. There also has been an upward change in the last six months in the value of William Hill Plc’s stock of around 23.259 per cent from the share price of GBX 142.70. William Hill Plc’s stock has reportedly lost 10.964 per cent in value in the last one month from the price of GBX 197.55.

The beta of the William Hill Plc’s stock has been reported to be at 0.67. This means that the company’s stock price movement is less volatile in its trend, as compared to the benchmark market index’s movement.