Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) Q32017 Interim Report

first_imgSouthern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu)  2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileSouthern Cross Tourist Company Limited is a Mauritian company that has activities in the tourism and leisure sector where the company owns and operates hotels in Mauritius. The company manages hotels such as the Preskil Beach Resort at Pointe Jerome, Mahebourg, Astroea Beach at Pointe D’Esny, Mahébourg, and Solana Beach at Belle Mare, Mauritius. Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited is headquartered in Curepipe, Mauritius, and operates as a subsidiary of The Union Sugar Estates Co. Limited. Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) Q32017 Interim Report

first_imgAssociated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Transport sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu)  2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAssociated Commercial Company Limited specialises in motor vehicles, motor spares and accessories. Headquartered in in Port Louis, Mauritius, the company imports, markets, sells and offers motor vehicle services that include repairs and the sale of motor spares. Associated Commercial Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) Q42019 Interim Report

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz)  2019 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited is a leading financial institution in Tanzania offering retail and corporate banking services as well as mortgages, treasury and Bancassurance services. Kenya Commercial Bank offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in Treasury Bills and Bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.last_img read more

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SBM Holdings Ltd (SBMH.mu) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgSBM Holdings Ltd (SBMH.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about SBM Holdings Ltd (SBMH.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SBM Holdings Ltd (SBMH.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SBM Holdings Ltd (SBMH.mu)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSBM Holdings Limited is licenced as a commercial bank by the Bank of Mauritius and provides personal banking products and services, including savings accounts and term deposits; home, personal, educational loans, auto lease for cars and prepaid, debit, and credit cards. The bank also provides corporate and institutional banking products and services comprising working capital finance and project finance, as well as finance for the acquisition and installation of energy efficient and renewable energy equipment. SBM Holdings Limited together with its subsidiary businesses in Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar and India, is known as SBM Group. SBM Holdings Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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1 FTSE 100 dividend stock I wouldn’t touch right now

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Divyansh Awasthi has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Divyansh Awasthi | Tuesday, 7th January, 2020 | More on: IAG Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img 1 FTSE 100 dividend stock I wouldn’t touch right now Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares It has been a rough take-off for International Consolidated Airlines Group (LSE: IAG) in 2020. This is not to say that the company is coming off of a great 2019: its shares were up just 0.8% in the year. However, the surge in crude oil price following the assassination of Iran’s military leader Qassem Soleimani made the beginning of the year a rough outing for the share.And in my estimation, things are not about to get any easier. Let’s look back a bit before we look forward.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Wake turbulenceFor the most part, 2019 was a very difficult time for the British Airways owner. Its share price, which had peaked at 664p in early February, had been pummelled down to 413.5p at the beginning of August – a decline of 38%! The political wrangling in the UK related to Brexit was the chief cause of this decline.The problems faced by British Airways were a major reason for the decline in IAG’s share price. In July, the airline operator was fined £183 million after data of half a million of its customers was stolen from its website.British Airways’ long-running dispute with its pilots has also damaged its owner ,both reputability-wise and financially. The strikes by pilots in September led to a cancellation of 2,325 flights and resulted into a loss of £121 million.IAG’s share did bounce back, though, and from mid-August until mid-December its price surged by nearly 52%!The results of election in the UK is exactly what the airline operator needed to set itself up for 2020, as the end of uncertainty boosted its share price.Into rough weatherSometimes, turbulent times don’t seem to end. So is also the case with British Airways. An annual poll by Which?, whose results were released in December, showed that the airline ranked the second worst in passengers’ opinions. The respondents were dejected by the food and drink quality, seat comfort and value for money across both short and long-haul services. Not a good look for the “world’s favourite airline” as the carrier calls itself. Just four years ago, it was named as the best short-haul airline.Early in January, AirlineRatings.com released the raking of the world’s safest airlines. British Airways was unable to make it to the top 20; it had made among those ranks last year.Geoffrey Thomas, Editor-in-Chief of the publisher, cited two reasons why the carrier slipped out of the top 20: the ageing fleet and a high number of non-critical incidents.HeadwindsPoor customer satisfaction, data privacy issues, and the tiff with pilots (though they have voted to settle their dispute with the carrier) aren’t the only reasons I wouldn’t invest in IAG right now. The rising fuel prices because of aforementioned tensions between the US and Iran are a big factor.Fuel prices account for about a quarter of IAG’s operating expenses and are its largest variable expense. Combined with the factors mentioned above, they make for a strong case against the airline operator. At about 600p a share, the share is a thumbs down for me. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Divyansh Awasthi Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

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I’d follow Warren Buffett’s tips when investing £1k in an ISA today to retire early

first_img Warren Buffett’s career shows investors don’t need an exceptionally complicated strategy to outperform the stock market over a long time period. His focus on the quality of a company, as well as the price paid for it, has helped him to become one of the wealthiest people in the world.That same strategy could prove to be useful for any investor. As such, when investing £1k (or any other amount) in shares through a Stocks and Shares ISA, it could be worth following these Buffett tips before deciding what companies to buy. In the long run, it could lead to an increased chance of retiring early.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…High-quality companiesPerhaps the central theme of Buffett’s investment strategy is purchasing high-quality businesses. Clearly, defining whether a company is high quality or not is subjective. Buffett focuses on criteria such as a company’s economic moat, as well as the returns it has offered to equity holders.In terms of an economic moat, this could take the shape of a high degree of customer loyalty for a large brand. Or it could mean a company enjoys a lower cost base than its rivals which provides competitive advantage. Equally, it may mean a business has a unique product.Essentially, an economic moat equates to a stronger position versus sector peers which can lead to better financial performance in the long run. Such businesses can be worthy of significantly higher valuations than their sector rivals.Low valuationsWhen it comes to buying companies, Buffett has stated that he would “rather buy a great company at a fair price than a fair company at a great price.” While this may be the case, he has historically sought to pay a price for all the companies he buys which represents a discount to their intrinsic value. In other words, he aims to buy a stock for less than he thinks it’s worth. In doing so, he obtains a margin of safety which can provide him with a favourable risk/reward ratio.With the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 currently offering a wide range of companies that seem to offer low valuations – especially compared to their historic averages – there may be a number of opportunities to buy high-quality businesses at low prices.Long-term holdWith the stock market having a track record of volatility, Buffett aims to capitalise on its cyclicality. He often purchases stocks while other investors have a pessimistic attitude towards the wider market. He then holds those companies for the long term, with his favoured holding period apparently being ‘forever’.Therefore, now could be the right time to buy high-quality companies while they trade on low valuations. Holding them for a number of years could boost your ISA returns and lead to an increasing chance of an early retirement.  See all posts by Peter Stephens Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’d follow Warren Buffett’s tips when investing £1k in an ISA today to retire early Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: The Motley Fool last_img read more

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Forget the State Pension! I’d buy the Tesco share price to retire on

first_imgForget the State Pension! I’d buy the Tesco share price to retire on See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Planning your investments for retirement can be tricky. Not all companies are suitable for a retirement portfolio. Indeed, when you’re planning for 20, 30, or 40 years in the future, you need to be sure the stocks you buy will still be around when you decided to quit the rate race.A long-term businessWhen it comes to picking long-term businesses, Tesco (LSE: TSCO) stands out. The largest retailer in the UK provides an essential service to customers. Our need for food and drink will never disappear, and there’s always a Tesco nearby that can help meet this need.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Even in recent years as the German discounters have grabbed market share from the retail giant and its peers, Tesco has managed to keep its head above water.What the firm benefits from more than anything else are its economies of scale. Tesco is so big it can transport goods at a lower cost than anyone, and suppliers are willing to give the group sizable discounts to keep its account.Transformational dealTesco’s decision to acquire wholesaler Booker several years ago was a masterstroke by management. This deal increased the group’s economies of scale even further and took the business into the key wholesale market.Customers in this market tend to be more sticky than regular consumers. If you run a business, you need to know that what you order from the wholesaler will be there on time, fresh, and at an attractive cost.Business owners are not going to risk lousy service from another provider just because they can save a few pounds on each order. A delay or bad quality food could mean lost revenues. Tesco can also make the most of Booker’s distribution network when it would usually be sitting idle.At the time of the deal, management claimed that many of Booker’s lorries and vans were underutilised. As deliveries took place in the early hours, for the rest of the day they were underused. By integrating these vehicles into the Tesco group it could reduce idle time and improve efficiency, management claimed.Long-term growthCost savings like these have helped Tesco claw its way back to health after stumbling in 2014. It’s now well-placed to continue to grow over the long term. Population growth, as well as inflation, should allow the company to sell more at higher prices over the long term. This should propel earnings growth.On top of this, the stock offers a dividend yield of 3.4% at the time of writing. The combination of this dividend and earnings growth could yield a 6%+ per annum return over the next few decades. That would be enough to grow modest monthly contributions into a sizeable nest egg to retire on and beat the State Pension. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images. Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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Forget buy-to-let and a Cash ISA! I’d invest in these 2 FTSE 100 stocks today

first_img With interest rates being low, the returns on a Cash ISA look set to be disappointing over the coming years. Likewise, high house prices and tax changes mean that buy-to-let investments may fail to offer the high returns that many landlords have become used to over recent years.As such, investing in a range of FTSE 100 shares could be a shrewd move. In many cases, they offer fair valuations given their growth prospects, and may provide a superior risk/reward opportunity than a Cash ISA or buy-to-let properties.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With that in mind, here are two large-cap shares that could produce impressive returns in the long run.AstraZenecaPharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) has reported encouraging results in recent quarters. For example, in its third quarter it delivered sales growth across all of its therapy areas and every sales region in which it operates.In addition, the company has a strong pipeline of new drugs that could help to maintain its recent strong sales momentum. Higher sales are expected to produce rising profitability for the business over the next couple of years, with its bottom line forecast to rise by 17% this year and by 24% next year.Although AstraZeneca trades on a relatively high price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 23.8, its forecast growth rate in earnings suggests that it is not overvalued at the present time. In fact, with it having the potential to maintain its current rate of growth, it could be argued that the stock offers good value for money.Alongside its defensive characteristics and the prospect of a rising dividend, this could mean that the stock produces a high total return over the long run.WPPAnother FTSE 100 share that could deliver an improving financial outlook is WPP (LSE: WPP). The company is in the early stages of implementing a revised strategy that focuses on the technology sector and aims to produce a slimline version of the business through asset disposals and greater selectivity in terms of the markets in which it operates.As a result of its asset disposals, WPP’s debt levels are expected to fall in the medium term. This could lead to it having a stronger balance sheet that reduces its risks at a time when the near-term prospects for the world economy are uncertain.The stock currently trades on a P/E ratio of just 11, which is relatively low compared to its sector peers. This suggests that it offers a wide margin of safety, which is understandable due to the strategy changes it is currently making. However, with the business forecast to post a return to profit growth next year through a 7% rise in its bottom line, now could be the right time to buy a slice of it while investors adopt a cautious stance towards its future prospects. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Forget buy-to-let and a Cash ISA! I’d invest in these 2 FTSE 100 stocks today Peter Stephens owns shares of AstraZeneca and WPP. The Motley Fool UK has recommended AstraZeneca. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Peter Stephens | Thursday, 6th February, 2020 | More on: AZN WPP Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

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This growth stock has thrashed the FTSE 250. Is there more to come?

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Paul Summers Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Paul Summers | Thursday, 13th February, 2020 | More on: CHH SAFE I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. This growth stock has thrashed the FTSE 250. Is there more to come?center_img Paul Summers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Churchill China. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Dull companies can be a source of great profits. Indeed, investors can often make far better returns backing these kinds of stocks over those that traditionally quicken their pulses (oil and gas or technology minnows).Today, I’m looking at a rarely-discussed firm that has done seriously well for those that were willing to back it. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…OutperformerIn the last 12 months, shares in self-storage business Safestore (LSE: SAFE) have climbed 40% in value. For comparison, the FTSE 250 index — of which the company is a constituent — is up ‘just’ 15%. Can this form continue? Quite possibly. This morning, the company revealed an 8.3% rise in total revenue (at constant exchange rates) over the three months from November to January. Like-for-like revenue for the quarter was up 5.9%.Broken down, trading in the UK was particularly stellar. Aided by new acquisitions and store openings, revenue here was 8.2% higher (to £30.3m) compared to over the same period a year earlier. The firm’s operations in Paris also did well with revenue rising 6.7% to €11.1m.Based on these numbers, CEO Frederic Vecchioli stated that the company is on course to meet its expectations for the full year. With new locations in Gateshead and Sheffield scheduled to open in the next few months (and another being unveiled in central Paris before the end of 2020), I certainly wouldn’t bet against this happening.The only issue is that Safestore’s stock now looks expensive, trading as it does on 27 times forecast earnings. This — combined with lack of reaction in early trading — leads me to think that gains might be less impressive going forward.So, while our penchant for accumulating more and more stuff makes this an area of the market worth following, the relatively low barriers to entry (listed competitors include Big Yellow and Lok ‘n Store) highlights the importance of not paying too much to get exposure. One for the watchlist, perhaps?Bull in a china shopAnother example of a ‘boring’ company that’s been doing all the right things for its shareholders is ceramic tableware supplier Churchill China (LSE: CHH). The Stoke-on-Trent-based firm’s customers range from pub, restaurant and hotel chains to contract caterers to health and education organisations. Again, this a company that has outperformed its index. In the last year alone, the valuation has climbed 64%. The FTSE Small-Cap is up 11% in comparison.January’s trading update for the whole of 2019 was encouraging with the company stating that it had seen decent trading in the UK and its overseas markets. Indeed, things have been going so well that management reported operating performance would likely be “slightly ahead of current market estimates“. With decent margins, rising returns on the capital it puts to work, no debt and consistent dividend hikes, Churchill ticks a lot of my boxes when looking for great potential investments. The fact that a decent proportion of its shares are still owned by the Roper family — some of whom serve on the board — also gives me confidence that the business will continue to be managed with its shareholders in mind.   Like Safestore, however, Churchill’s shares now trade on a lofty valuation (23 times expected earnings). Although short-term movements in the market are pretty much impossible to predict, this at least suggests to me that the share price may need to cool down a bit before moving higher. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

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£2k to invest? Here’s what I’d do right now!

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address See all posts by T Sligo Image source: Getty Images Picture it: you have £2,000 spare. No small amount by any means.Certainly, it’s too much money to gamble away. You’ll want to make sure that this much cash is working for you, invested with a level of risk-to-reward ratio that you’re comfortable with.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…When it comes to investing, there are many options. I’ve broken down some of the most common, and what I think could be the best solution for this amount of money.Cash ISAA tax-efficient Cash ISA is often hailed as being one of the safer places to stash your money.It’s true that you probably won’t make a paper loss by putting your money into a Cash ISA. But the danger here comes from somewhere else.Quoted interest rates for Cash ISAs have been so low, for so long. My concern is that any money stuck in a Cash ISA won’t keep up with the rate of real-life inflation. This is especially important for those of us who are investing for the long term.Although a Cash ISA might be deemed a low-risk form of investing, I think this is a red herring. The level of reward is so low that your buying power in the long term could be eradicated. I believe this makes it quite risky.BitcoinBitcoin sits at the other end of the spectrum. Its risk-to-reward ratio is incredibly high.That’s because it has no tangible assets, making it incredibly difficult to value. Buying it is pure speculation.I believe that Bitcoin is a bubble, just waiting to burst. This was highlighted in 2017, when its value soared as more and more people jumped aboard the bandwagon.Bitcoin could be a dangerous asset, and with a nice sum like £2,000, I think the money is better suited elsewhere.Stocks and Shares ISAAlthough still tax-efficient, a Stocks and Shares ISA is quite different from the cash variety.As the name suggests, an investor is able to invest their money in stocks and shares in this account, and  the first £20,000 in the year is tax-free.The benefit here is that the investor can pick their own stocks and funds, hopefully out-growing the low interest rates from a Cash ISA, but at a lesser risk than Bitcoin.With a sum like £2,000, picking individual shares might be unwise, as it will be hard to build up adequate diversification. The transactional fees can soon add up too, eroding any return on investment.The best idea might be to invest in index funds. These can track your chosen market, aiming to replicate its returns.Another idea would be to invest in something like Vanguard’s LifeStrategy 80/20 fund, which is modelled on a portfolio of 80% worldwide index funds and 20% bonds.When it comes to putting £2,000 to work, I believe the best idea for the long term is to invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA. Chosen right, it could have your desired risk-to-reward ratio. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img T Sligo has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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