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Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) This 9%-yielding stock dived in Q1!

01 Apr 2019, 21:38

Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) This 9%-yielding stock dived in Q1! I think it’s a beautiful dip buy
Royston Wild | Sunday, 31st March, 2019 |

Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) has continued to be mauled by the bears in the first quarter. Its share price — which had already taken an absolute hammering in 2018 — has fallen by an additional 13% since the start of the year.

I’m not going to say the market isn’t entitled to be concerned about the terminal decline of the letters market and the likely prolonged impact of Brexit this year (and probably beyond). What’s more, Royal Mail’s underperforming cost-cutting programmes to offset revenue troubles now and in the future isn’t exactly something to inspire confidence.

A bulked-up boardroom

But I’m much more upbeat than the broader market about the courier. More short-term trading trouble may well be on the cards, but the broom that’s swept through the boardroom gives me belief that things may be about to improve.

Chief executive Rico Back, who took the reins last summer, was one of the founding members of Royal Mail subsidiary General Logistics Systems (then German Parcels) in 1989, and the architect of the division’s rise over the past 30 years, a record that saw him get the top job last June.

But this isn’t the only impressive appointment in recent times. It was announced earlier this month that former British Airways veteran and current deputy chairman Keith Williams will occupy the top step of that particular ladder when current chair Les Owen vacates in May.

I’ve long lauded the brilliant progress that General Logistics Systems is making across Europe and so Back’s elevation to the FTSE 250 firm’s hot seat fills me with plenty of optimism.

The long-term revenues at Royal Mail were already compelling because of the impact of e-commerce on parcel volumes, as well as organic and inorganic expansion in Europe and, more recently in North America, provides other reasons to be bullish.

Now the tough economic picture in Britain means that the company’s bottom line may get worse before it gets better, and this could be reflected in additional share price weakness in the months ahead. That said, with Royal Mail carrying a dirt-cheap forward P/E ratio of 9.4 times and a gigantic 9.5% dividend yield, I reckon the stock is still worthy of serious consideration today.

Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) This 9%-yielding stock dived in Q1!

02 Apr 2019, 10:56

Yes, that's because these two twats, cut, cut, cut, cut pay and conditions everywhere they have been. GLS, although part of RM group is not exactly a becon of a good employer. Maybe just above HERMES/YODEL , just. All this self employed race to the bottom with no holidays, pension or sick pay is no good and we should not accept it. The French have the right idea of how to get things done. :evil/mad

Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) This 9%-yielding stock dived in Q1!

09 Apr 2019, 11:09

We are back to the Peter Long situation we had not so long ago. The new chairman already has a list of 'jobs' as long as your arm including responsibility to fix the railway network in the UK. It just goes from bad to worse.

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