Moss Bros dividend cover misreported??.

Thursday, Apr 20 2017 by

Stokopedia : 0.91 But - Reuters: payout ratio 35%. Telegraph : cover 2.4 times

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Moss Bros Group PLC is engaged in retailing and hiring formal wear for men. The Company operates through Moss Bros branded mainstream stores. The Company's segments include Retail and Hire. The Company offers various types of suits, skirts, jackets, trousers, coats, casualwear, ties, shoes and accessories. The Company offers clothing and accessories for various occasions, including weddings, prom, race day suit, tuxedo and black tie, interview attire and graduation. The Company also trades through Savoy Taylors Guild fascia. It has approximately 100 Moss Bros and Savoy Taylors Guild branded stores and over 20 Moss Bros outlet stores, which trade Moss Bros own brands and selected third-party brands, including Hugo Boss, Canali, Ted Baker, DKNY and French Connection. The Company has approximately 120 Moss Bros Hire outlets, which are contained within Moss Bros Retail and Savoy Taylors Guild Stores. The Company's sub brands consist of Moss London, Moss 1851 and Moss Esq. more »

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Edward Croft 20th Apr '17 1 of 5

Jim - I presume you are commenting on how poor those public information sources are in their calculations ?

If you take a few minutes to open the 2017 Annual Report and calculate the dividend cover yourself you'll see that Stockopedia's data is accurate, but the other public (free) sources are very inaccurate.

  • Diluted Earnings per share =  5.39 pence per share
  • Total Dividends per share  = 5.89pence per share
  • Dividend Cover = EPS / DPS = .915

This is the problem with free data sources.... there's a saying, that if you aren't paying for a product, then you are the product !    

Our data is not always 100% accurate - but it's far, far more accurate than public information sources.  You tend to get what you pay for in life. 

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weycome45 1st May '17 2 of 5

I thought retail was in a downturn and the stock is rated 98 ...I'm confused ?

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Carey Blunt 1st May '17 3 of 5

In reply to post #181938

Weycome - thats the point of Stockranks, they take out the perception from individuals and the media and give you a score based on quantative measures.

In this case the stockrank is telling you that its a high quality company at a reasonable valuation and with good momentum. In other words it has a higher chance of the Share Price rising than a similar business with a low stockrank.

The stockrank ignores macro trends and allows you to make your own decision about those types of factors on top of the Quantative analysis.

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weycome45 1st May '17 4 of 5

Fair point made .....I will keep an eye on them only worry would be the profit is small compared to overall takings (small margin ) so does that warrant a rank of 98 ? ..but I guess much of that is down to their refurb programme ?

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herbie47 1st May '17 5 of 5

Yes you should not take it that all companies in a sector are not doing well, just look at JD Sports Fashion (LON:JD.) figures. I don't really rate Moss Bros (LON:MOSB), shares have been flat for 3 years, EPS is pretty flat also and yes SR do look surprisingly high. Margins are low and wages/rates are increasing, many staff seem to be on minimum wage. I would read Paul Scott's reviews. The dividend is very good. I did hold JD Sports Fashion (LON:JD.) until recently, sold out due to too many headwinds but in that sector would probably still be my choice.

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