(Sharecast News) – Shore Capital has reiterated its ‘buy’ stance on TP ICAP after the liquidity and data solutions specialist delivered a forecast-beating set of half-year results on Wednesday.
Underlying profits came in at £163m, up 15% year-on-year and ahead of Shore Capital’s £156m estimate, while the interim dividend of 4.8p was also higher than the 4.55p expected. Revenue, up 5% year-on-year at £1.13bn, was in line with forecasts.
The broker also highlighted the announcement of a £30m share buyback programme. “£100m of trapped capital has now been freed up six months ahead of schedule and will be used to pay down debt, with further opportunities to free-up cash being explored,” explained analyst Vivek Raja in a research note.
After an 11% fall in the share price so far this year, underperforming the FTSE All-Share Index by 12%, Shore Capital has retained its positive investment case on the stock with a prevailing fair value estimate of 200p.
“TCAP’s valuation remains modest on a 12-month forward PE of