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Share Price:
Up 819.80p
Change Today:
3.00p
Market Cap:
6,179m
Sector:
Media

Pearson slumps after double downgrade by UBS

By Michele Maatouk

Date: Monday 01 Feb 2021

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - UBS downgraded its recommendation on education publisher Pearson on Monday to 'sell' from 'buy' and cut the price target to 730p from 741p, noting the stock is up around 60% in the last three months and trading at 19x the bank's FY22 earnings per share estimates.
"We think this multiple will be hard to sustain once technical market issues abate. Therefore, we would need to see material earnings upgrades for shares to perform which while possible, is not our base case," it said.

"Given the current valuation we are now increasingly concerned that Pearson's FY20 results on 5th March could be a negative catalyst for the stock."

UBS said that given the continued impact on some of Pearson's businesses from Covid-19, and the prospect of new investment to build a D2C learning platform, it expects the guidance range for 2021E EBIT to be below consensus forecasts at 350m-450m, versus consensus of 415m and UBS' forecast of 397m.

"Our medium-term view that Pearson can generate good EBIT growth as Covid pressures abate, digital courseware grows, and Pearson increases its exposure to remote learning trends is unchanged," it said.

At 1545 GMT, the shares were down 5.1% at 771.20p.

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Pearson Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Price 819.80p
Change Today 3.00p
52 Week High 867.80p
52 Week Low 423.50p
Volume 10,547
Shares Issued 753.73m
Market Cap 6,179m

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What The Brokers Say

Strong Buy 2
Buy 0
Neutral 7
Sell 0
Strong Sell 6
Total 15
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Pearson Dividends

  Latest Previous
  Final Interim
Ex-Div 25-Mar-21 13-Aug-20
Paid 07-May-21 21-Sep-20
Amount 13.50p 6.00p

Trades for 19-Apr-2021

Time Volume / Share Price
08:02 1,729 @ 820.00p
08:01 170 @ 819.80p
08:00 40 @ 819.20p
08:00 43 @ 819.80p
08:00 193 @ 820.00p

Pearson Key Personnel

Chair Sidney Taurel
CEO Andy Bird