3 FTSE Shares Crashing to New Lows
Mar 11th 2013 2:32PM
Updated Mar 11th 2013 3:35PM
LONDON -- The FTSE 100 hit a new 52-week closing high today of 6,504 points. Today's gains also mark the index's fifth straight day of closing above 6,400.
But at the other end of the scale, sadly, there are companies plumbing new depths. Here are three trading close to 52-week lows today.
Shares in Kazakhstan-based copper miner Kazakhmys plunged to yet another new low today, dropping 2.3% to 521 pence. From a 2011 peak of about 1,490 pence, the shares have now lost 65%. But why the fall? The firm has been hit by a combination of rising costs, falling production volumes, and falling world copper prices -- all of which were confirmed by last month's 2012 trading update.
Analysts are expecting the year to bring a 65% fall in earnings per share, putting the shares on a price-to-earnings ratio of eight. But there's also no growth expected this year, and there's a further fall in earnings predicted for 2014. Add that to a declining dividend, and it's not hard to see why the share price has crashed.
De La Rue
Despite recovering from last year's low of 883 pence to reach a high of 1,080 pence in October, De La Rue shares are back down again, having dropped to 891 pence last Thursday -- that's a 17% fall from the year's high point. Forecasts suggest a pretty flat year for March 2013.
An interim update on Feb. 1 confirmed that "financial results for 2012/13 are expected to be similar to those for 2011/12" but also said that the board is confident in its improvement plan, "which has a target 2013/14 operating profit in excess of 100m pounds." De La Rue celebrated its 200th birthday on Feb. 6 -- let's hope it presages a happier spell for the company.
Investors watching Lonrho in February might have wondered whether the shares could fall any further after they ended the month at 6.7 pence -- a profit warning on Feb. 4 had sent them crashing by 20% on the day.
Well, the answer is yes, as March has brought a further decline to 6.4 pence. Current City forecasts suggest a loss of 7.2 million pounds for the year to December, with only a small profit of 3.8 million pounds penciled in for 2013. Lonrho says it will publish its results "in late March."
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 you're 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 they believe will provide handsome dividend income for years to come. But it will only be available for a limited period, so click here to get your copy today.
The article 3 FTSE Shares Crashing to New Lows originally appeared on Fool.com.Alan does not own any shares mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.
Copyright © 1995 - 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.