Ascential (ASCL)

Sector:

Media

Index:

FTSE 250

370.40p
   
  • Change Today:
      4.60p
  • 52 Week High: 548.08
  • 52 Week Low: 317.50
  • Currency: UK Pounds
  • Shares Issued: 203.64m
  • Volume: 439,895
  • Market Cap: £754.30m
  • RiskGrade: 204

Dividend Data

  31-Dec-2331-Dec-2231-Dec-2131-Dec-2031-Dec-19
Total Dividendn/an/an/an/a1.80p
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Fundamentals - based on IFRS

  £ (Millions) £ (Millions) £ (Millions) £ (Millions) £ (Millions)
Income Statement 31-Dec-23 31-Dec-22 31-Dec-21 31-Dec-20 31-Dec-19
Continuing Operations          
Revenue 206.40 191.20 349.30 229.90 380.30
Operating Profit/(Loss) 30.70 27.20 (26.70) (171.30) 1.80
Net Interest (20.10) (2.40) (10.40) (17.60) (10.30)
Profit Before Tax 10.60 24.80 (39.60) (189.10) (7.90)
Profit After Tax 5.80 16.80 (38.00) (152.60) (6.50)
Discontinued Operations          
Profit After Tax (195.50) (122.50) 261.90 13.00 14.60
PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD (189.70) (105.70) 223.90 (139.60) 8.10
Attributable to:          
Equity Holders of Parent Company (191.30) (96.40) 223.10 (140.30) 7.90
Minority Interests 1.60 (9.30) 0.80 0.70 0.20
           
Continuing EPS          
Earnings per Share - Basic 1.30p 3.80p (15.81p) (0.66p) (2.72p)
Earnings per Share - Diluted 1.30p 3.80p (15.81p) (0.66p) (2.72p)
Earnings per Share - Adjusted 5.10p 7.30p 16.15p (0.053p) 25.67p
Continuing and Discontinued EPS          
Earnings per Share - Basic (43.60p) (21.90p) 90.95p (0.60p) 3.40p
Earnings per Share - Diluted (42.90p) (21.60p) 90.95p (0.60p) 3.40p
Earnings per Share - Adjusted 10.20p 12.90p 20.91p 0.036p 31.96p
           
Dividend per Share n/a n/a n/a n/a 3.06p
  £ (Millions) £ (Millions) £ (Millions) £ (Millions) £ (Millions)
Balance Sheet 31-Dec-23 31-Dec-22 31-Dec-21 31-Dec-20 31-Dec-19
Assets          
Non-Current Assets          
Property, Plant & Equipment 6.50 26.40 27.80 20.90 30.00
Intangible Assets 204.40 953.50 878.90 665.10 760.70
Investment Properties n/a n/a n/a 0.80 2.10
Investments 1.70 88.50 82.20 32.40 67.90
Other Financial Assets n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Other Non-Current Assets 92.20 103.00 57.70 58.10 42.70
  304.80 1,171.40 1,046.60 777.30 903.40
Current Assets          
Inventories 0.30 3.30 1.90 2.10 4.10
Trade & Other Receivables 49.20 344.90 272.60 197.90 141.40
Cash at Bank & in Hand 39.40 80.00 84.10 78.20 111.70
Current Asset Investments n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Other Current Assets 1,212.60 4.50 n/a 40.20 1.40
  1,301.50 432.70 358.60 318.40 258.60
           
Other Assets n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Assets 1,606.30 1,604.10 1,405.20 1,095.70 1,162.00
           
Liabilities          
Current Liabilities          
Borrowings 2.00 7.30 7.00 6.70 9.40
Other Current Liabilities 624.80 447.70 357.80 365.10 254.40
  626.80 455.00 364.80 371.80 263.80
           
Net Current Assets cn/a cn/a cn/a cn/a cn/a
           
Non-Current Liabilities          
Borrowings 420.50 320.70 176.30 323.20 300.00
Provisions 9.50 10.60 7.50 6.20 25.30
Other Non-Current Liabilities n/a 65.90 51.00 23.30 40.80
  430.00 397.20 234.80 352.70 366.10
           
Other Liabilities n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Liabilities 1,056.80 852.20 599.60 724.50 629.90
           
Net Assets 549.50 751.90 805.60 371.20 532.10
           
Capital & Reserves          
Share Capital 4.40 4.40 4.40 4.00 4.00
Share Premium Account 154.10 153.60 153.30 3.00 1.70
Other Reserves 161.30 185.70 146.50 121.30 132.40
Retained Earnings 209.70 386.50 471.70 241.60 394.00
Shareholders Funds 529.50 730.20 775.90 369.90 532.10
           
Minority Interests/Other Equity 20.00 21.70 29.70 1.30 n/a
Total Equity 549.50 751.90 805.60 371.20 532.10
Cash Flow 31-Dec-23 31-Dec-22 31-Dec-21 31-Dec-20 31-Dec-19
Net Cash Flow From Operating Activities (8.20) 53.20 29.90 1.20 87.20
Returns On Investment & Servicing of Finance fn/a fn/a fn/a fn/a fn/a
Taxation Paid fn/a fn/a fn/a fn/a fn/a
Net Cash Flow from Investing Activities (73.30) (163.30) (15.10) (27.80) (122.40)
Acquisitions & Disposals gn/a gn/a gn/a gn/a gn/a
Dividends Paid fn/a fn/a fn/a fn/a fn/a
Management of Liquid Resources cn/a cn/a cn/a cn/a cn/a
Net Cash Flow from Financing Activities 91.40 100.50 (12.40) (3.10) (36.90)
Net Increase/Decrease In Cash 9.90 (9.60) 2.40 (29.70) (72.10)
Ratios - based on IFRS 31-Dec-23 31-Dec-22 31-Dec-21 31-Dec-20 31-Dec-19
Continuing Operations          
PE Ratio - Adjusted 97.8 46.9 42.4 n/a 25.9
PEG - Adjusted n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Earnings per Share Growth - Adjusted -30% -55% n/a n/a -3%
Dividend Cover n/a n/a n/a n/a 8.39
Revenue per Share 46.99p 43.45p 0.84p 57.36p 94.74p
Pre-Tax Profit per Share 2.41p 5.64p (0.096p) (47.18p) (1.97p)
Operating Margin 14.87% 14.23% (7.64%) (74.51%) 0.47%
Return on Capital Employed 3.95% 19.85% n/a n/a 2.26%
Continuing & Discontinued Operations          
PE Ratio - Adjusted 48.9 26.6 3,241.1 18,115.4 20.8
PEG - Adjusted n/a 0.0 6.7 n/a n/a
Earnings per Share Growth - Adjusted -21% 6,012% 486% -100% -3%
Dividend Cover n/a n/a n/a n/a 10.44
           
Dividend Yield 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5%
Dividend per Share Growth n/a n/a n/a n/a (68.97%)
Operating Cash Flow per Share (1.87p) 12.09p 7.17p n/a 21.72p
Cash Incr/Decr per Share 2.25p (2.18p) 0.006p (7.41p) (17.96p)
Net Asset Value per Share (exc. Intangibles) 78.58p (45.82p) (17.57p) (73.33p) (56.95p)
Net Gearing 72.35% 33.96% 12.79% 68.05% 37.15%

Key

* GAAP

a. Includes discontinued activities

b. Including assets due in more than one year

c. Not disclosed under IFRS

d. Total fixed assets

e. Includes borrowings

f. Included in cash flow from operating activities under IFRS

g. Included in net cash from investing activities under IFRS

h. Pre-tax

i. Capital expenditure

j. Based on operating cash flow before tax

k. Issue of ordinary shares

Note 1: Prices and trades are provided by Digital Look Corporate Solutions and are delayed by at least 15 minutes.

Note 2: RiskGrade figures are provided by RiskMetrics.

Note 3: Above ratios are on a 'per annum' basis, adjusted for corporate actions and based on the fundamentals of the primary listed security.

Note 4: Under IFRS, all figures are based on 'Continuing' operations unless otherwise stated.

Note 5: Forecast figures based on normalised accounts.

 

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