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A Holistic Look At Hays plc (LON:HAS)

As an investor, I look for investments which does not compromise one fundamental factor for another. By this I mean, I look at stocks holistically, from their financial health to their future outlook. In the case of Hays plc (LON:HAS), it is a financially-robust , dividend-paying company with a a great history of performance. Below, I’ve touched on some key aspects you should know on a high level. For those interested in digger a bit deeper into my commentary, take a look at the report on Hays here.

Flawless balance sheet with solid track record and pays a dividend

In the previous year, HAS has ramped up its bottom line by 19%, with its latest earnings level surpassing its average level over the last five years. This illustrates a strong track record, leading to a satisfying return on equity of 24%. which is an notable feat for the company. HAS is financially robust, with ample cash on hand and short-term investments to meet upcoming liabilities. This indicates that HAS has sufficient cash flows and proper cash management in place, which is a key determinant of the company’s health. Looking at HAS’s capital structure, the company has no debt on its balance sheet. This implies that the company is running its operations purely on off equity funding. which is rather impressive for a UK£2.3b market cap company. Therefore the company has plenty of headroom to grow, and the ability to raise debt should it need to in the future.

LSE:HAS Income Statement Export October 29th 18

HAS’s reputation for being one of the best dividend payers in the market is supported by the fact that it has been steadily growing its dividend payments over the past ten years and currently is one of the top yielding companies on the markets, at 5.6%.

LSE:HAS Historical Dividend Yield October 29th 18

Next Steps:

For Hays, there are three key factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HAS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HAS’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is HAS worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether HAS is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of HAS? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.