3 FTSE Shares Crashing To New Lows: G4S plc, Anglo Pacific Group plc And H&T Group Plc

G4S plc (LON: GFS), Anglo Pacific Group plc (LON: APF) and H&T Group Plc (LON: HAT) are crumbling.

| More on:

The content of this article was relevant at the time of publishing. Circumstances change continuously and caution should therefore be exercised when relying upon any content contained within this article.

It’s a long way from the 13-year, 6,876-point, peak scaled by the FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES: ^FTSE) back on 22 May — and it seems barely credible that it was only six weeks ago! Today, standing at 6,276 points and 32 down on the day, the top UK index has lost exactly 600 points since that high. But at least it’s also a long way from its 52-week low of 5,478.

Some individual companies are, sadly, doing a lot worse. Here are three from the various indices that are sliding:


Troubled security firm G4S (LSE: GFS) is still in a slump, with its shares plumbing a new 52-week depth today of 223.9p — by early afternoon they’re back up a little from that, to 225.5p. The shares are now down more than 20% over the past 12 months.

But you know what? The fall is looking over-done to me. There’s another flat year for earnings forecast this year, but the shares are on a forward P/E of only 11. And forecasts for 2014 suggest a return to earnings growth, dropping the P/E to under 10.

But what attracts me is a 4% dividend, which should be more than twice-covered by forecast earnings. And with G4S reliably lifting it’s dividend year-on-year, I’m liking the price right now.

Anglo Pacific

Shares in Anglo Pacific Group (LSE: APF) have been on a big slide of late, hitting a low of 169p yesterday — down 30% in the last month. The mining investor’s May interim update told us that the firm’s “market background has remained challenging during the first three months of 2013”, as demand for commodities remains weak.

Forecasts are tricky to make sense of at the moment, with the City currently predicting a 6.2% dividend yield for the year to December — though that would not be covered by earnings. Also, the company is on a forward P/E of 16, which may seem a bit high for anything dependent on the mining business. Still, there are only two brokers forecasting — and it’s risky to place much confidence on predictions at the best of times.

H&T Group

Pawnbroker and gold dealer H&T Group (LSE: HAT) is our third loser for today, with the AIM-listed tiddler’s share price having crashed by more than 40% since early March — at the time of writing, it is standing on a 12-month low of 190p.

The reason for the price slide seems clear after results for the year to December 2012, reported on 7 March, showed a 28% slump in pre-tax profit and a 30% crash in diluted earnings per share. But the company did lift its dividend by 10% to 11.85p per share.

Finally, what’s the best way to deal with share price falls? One way is to focus on dividends, which can be spent or reinvested according to your needs — whether investing for income or growth, good old cash is always welcome.

And that’s why I recommend the BRAND-NEW Fool report, “The Motley Fool’s Top Income Share For 2013“, in which our top analysts identify a share that they believe will provide handsome dividend income for years to come.

It will only be available for a limited period, so click here to get your copy today.

> Alan does not own any shares mentioned in this article.

Should you invest, the value of your investment may rise or fall and your capital is at risk. Before investing, your individual circumstances should be considered so you should consider taking independent financial advice.

More on Investing Articles

Middle-aged white man pulling an aggrieved face while looking at a screen
Investing Articles

Is another stock market crash on the way?

The US stock market has already crashed in 2022, losing 25% of its value at its June low. However, UK…

Read more »

Smiling white woman holding iPhone with Airpods in ear
Investing Articles

A 6.2% FTSE 100 dividend stock I’d buy to boost my income

This FTSE 100 dividend stock offers a yield well above the index average. Here's why I'd buy it to supercharge…

Read more »

Abstract 3d arrows with rocket
Investing Articles

2 beaten down FTSE 100 shares that look ready for liftoff 

With the UK market showing strong signs of recovery, I am considering these two overlooked FTSE 100 shares for my…

Read more »

Smartly dressed middle-aged black gentleman working at his desk
Investing Articles

3 top UK shares for August 2022 and beyond

I've been buying top UK shares since late June such as these three companies that look attractive right now.

Read more »

Black woman using loudspeaker to be heard
Investing Articles

FTSE 100 live: the Footsie closes on 7,500

The Footsie, like many other global markets, has been pretty volatile in recent months, but today it almost closed above…

Read more »

Woman using laptop and working from home
Investing Articles

High-dividend stocks! Should I buy Royal Mail’s shares for its 7.3% yield?

The Royal Mail share price carries a dividend yield twice as large as the average for UK shares. Does this…

Read more »

Middle-aged white man wearing glasses, staring into space over the top of his laptop in a coffee shop
Investing Articles

UK shares: should I buy this oil and gas infrastructure stock?

Jabran Khan is looking for the best UK shares for his holdings. Could this oil and gas infrastructure provider fit…

Read more »

Smiling young man sitting in cafe and checking messages, with his laptop in front of him.
Investing Articles

This REIT could be the perfect stock to supercharge my passive income stream!

Jabran Khan is looking for stocks to boost his passive income through dividend payments. He identifies one REIT to help…

Read more »