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Best British stocks to consider buying in May

Each month, we ask our freelance writers to share their prime concepts for shares to purchase with traders — right here’s what they mentioned for Might!

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British American Tobacco

What it does: British American Tobacco is a tobacco producer that markets its merchandise worldwide below manufacturers together with Fortunate Strike

By Christopher Ruane. The British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS) share value has nonetheless not recovered from the corporate’s large non-cash write down final yr of the long-term worth of key manufacturers.

These days, the share has been buying and selling inside 5% of its 5-year low. A weak value and rising dividend imply that the FTSE 100 firm now gives a dividend yield near 10%.

Are there dangers that assist clarify that value and excessive yield? Actually. Cigarette gross sales are in long-term decline, the corporate is saddled with plenty of debt and regulatory stress continues so as to add uncertainty to the outlook for non-cigarette product codecs.

However the enterprise owns a steady of well-established premium manufacturers and has vital pricing energy. It continues to promote enormous, although declining, volumes of cigarettes for now and has been rising its non-cigarette enterprise quickly in recent times.

The stability of threat and rewards right here appears to be like beneficial to me.

Christopher Ruane owns shares in British American Tobacco.

Coca-Cola HBC

What it does: Coca-Cola HBC makes a few of the world’s favorite mushy drinks together with Coke, Fanta and Sprite.  

By Ben McPoland. I actually just like the look of Coca-Cola HBC (LSE: CCH) inventory proper now. The Footsie agency bottles and sells drinks for The Coca-Cola Firm and different beverage companies in 29 nations. These are unfold throughout rising, creating and established markets, starting from Italy and Poland to Nigeria and Egypt.

Internet gross sales income elevated 10.7% to €10.2bn final yr, the corporate’s third straight yr of double-digit development. Earnings per share rose 21.8% to €2.08 whereas the dividend was hiked 19%. It presently yields 3.3%.

As I write, the ahead P/E ratio is simply about 13. That appears like a discount to me given the agency’s vital presence in rising markets, the place rising incomes and rising urbanisation tendencies are rising shopper demand for branded drinks.

A significant financial downturn is a threat right here as a result of that might result in much less demand for mushy drinks. However this appears to be like like a gentle long-term compounder buying and selling at a beautiful valuation. I could properly put money into the approaching weeks.

Ben McPoland doesn’t personal shares in Coca-Cola HBC


What it does: ITV is the most important business broadcaster within the UK. In recent times, it has began to supply streaming and content material creation providers.

By Charlie Keough. I actually just like the look of ITV (LSE: ITV) shares for Might. At 70.4p (as of 25 April), I see the inventory as nice worth for cash.

That’s why I just lately snapped up some shares. And with any spare money, I’ll do the identical in Might.

The corporate has underperformed in current occasions. The standard TV promoting market has been flagging. Racing inflation has led to ITV’s clients lowering spending.

However buying and selling on 9 occasions ahead earnings, I sense a chance. To some traders, ITV could seem like a worth entice. However I’d argue in any other case.

It has made stable strides with its digital transformation and is on observe to ship not less than £750m of digital revenues by 2026. Final yr it posted £490m in income.

Alongside this, it’s chopping prices. Up to now, it has delivered £130m in annualised financial savings and is on the trail to hitting its £150m goal by 2025, a yr early.

There’s additionally its juicy 7.1% dividend yield. That’s up there with one of many highest on the Footsie.

Charlie Keough owns ITV shares.


What it does: Kingfisher owns the B&Q and Screwfix companies within the UK and related dwelling enchancment retailers in France and Poland.

By Roland Head. After a growth in the course of the pandemic, demand for dwelling enchancment has eased over the past 18 months.

Kingfisher (LSE: KGF) is dealing with explicit pressures in France, the place its Castorama enterprise has underperformed. Nevertheless, the group’s UK operations are nonetheless buying and selling comparatively properly and gained market share final yr.

Actions are underway to repair the issues in France. Within the meantime, Kingfisher stays money generative and has minimal debt.

Dealer forecasts following the corporate’s current outcomes value the shares on round 12 occasions 24/25 earnings, with a dividend yield of just below 5%. The most recent steerage from administration suggests to me that the dividend ought to stay properly supported by free money circulation.

Dwelling enchancment gross sales are linked to housing market situations, so there’s a threat that issues might worsen earlier than they enhance.

Nevertheless, I feel Kingfisher’s shares are already priced for unhealthy information. For my part, the inventory is properly positioned for a restoration.

Roland Head doesn’t personal shares in Kingfisher.

QinetiQ Group

What it does: QinetiQ Group provides defence and safety services and products mainly to the UK, US and Australia.

By Royston Wild. Defence large QinetiQ Group’s (LSE:QQ.) share value slumped in April following the discharge of disappointing financials. I feel this represents a beautiful shopping for alternative.

Buyers have been spooked by current softness on the FTSE 250 agency’s International Options division. But I feel this might be an overreaction as, largely talking, the FTSE 250 agency continues to carry out very strongly. QinetiQ’s book-to-bill ratio stood at 1.1 occasions in the course of the March quarter, reflecting strong demand for its applied sciences.  

Metropolis analysts suppose earnings right here will rise 11% in every of the following two fiscal years. Which means, after that current value weak point, QinetiQ shares commerce on a ahead price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of simply 11.1 occasions.

This makes the corporate less expensive on paper than many different fashionable UK defence shares. The FTSE 100’s BAE Methods and Rolls-Royce, for example, commerce on larger earnings multiples of 19.1 occasions and 26.7 occasions respectively.

I feel QinetiQ might be a good way for traders to play the booming defence business.

Royston Wild doesn’t personal shares in any of the shares talked about.


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