A dividend king I’d still buy now to get rich and retire early

first_img Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! A dividend king I’d still buy now to get rich and retire early “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Anna Sokolidou | Thursday, 9th July, 2020 | More on: SLP Image source: Getty Images. center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Anna Sokolidou has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Sylvania Platinum (LSE:SLP) is a classic dividend king I’d buy right now in spite of the current over-valued state of the stock market. Here’s why I think this stock can help you get rich.The FTSE 100, just like the world’s other indexes, has been on the rise since the end of March. In fact, the rally has been wild. The reason for this is the extremely cheap money being pumped into the economy by most countries’ central banks. It even seems to me that this money fuels financial markets more than real economies. Share prices are rising but corporate earnings are not matching the stock markets. This is making me quite cautious right now. In fact, I expect another stock market crash.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…How should I invest to retire earlyI’d recommend novice investors to start with index funds. The simplest way to produce reasonable gains is to buy the FTSE 100 index, investing a fixed sum of money every month. My Foolish colleagues have estimated that the gains would average 6% per year after inflation. These results can be partly achieved because index funds also pay you dividends. Reinvesting them would allow you to earn a little bit extra cash. But if you invest more during bear markets, you’ll achieve even stronger gains. But choosing ‘good’ individual shares can help you outperform the Footsie.   Sylvania Platinum, the dividend kingSylvania Platinum is one of these good companies, in my view. It keeps raising its dividends. According to the company’s investor presentation, Sylvania Platinum paid a maiden dividend of 0.35p per share in the first half of 2019. It then raised the dividend to 0.78p per share in the first half of 2020. It’s logical to think that it will raise its dividends again, so that its yield will average over and above the FTSE 100’s average of around 4%. This would make the small cap to become one of the Footsie’s dividend kings. Although Sylvania Platinum is small, it has enough cash. It was even able to announce a share buyback programme on 1 July. The company will keep buying back some of its own shares until 30 September 2020. It’s trading at a low price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of about 8. Palladium pricesAnd how about the earnings drivers? Well, palladium, one of the most important metals it extracts, is very rare. Just imagine: in the world there are 30 times more gold reserves than there are palladium reserves. And of course, tighter supply means higher prices. Palladium is used in producing catalytic converters for cars and electronics. Indeed, during recessions and stagnations, the demand for cars, electronics, and industrial metals like palladium is under pressure. But this too shall pass. It also seems to me that the current palladium price fully reflects negative economic growth. Should I buy the dividend king?Buying Sylvania Platinum can, in my view, help you retire early. First, the share price offers great potential for growth. Additionally, the dividends can be reinvested. The power of compounding looks stronger when we buy a company that keeps raising its dividends. So, although I’m mindful of the macroeconomic and political risks, I am in favour of buying this dividend king. A great portfolio should include a reasonable number of dividend-paying companies to help you achieve great results. See all posts by Anna Sokolidoulast_img read more

Wondering if BP shares are cheap enough to buy? Here’s what you need to know.

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares James J. McCombie | Tuesday, 25th August, 2020 | More on: BP BP (LSE: BP) shares certainly appear cheap at the moment. They have bounced back from the 222p low seen at the depths of the Covid-19 market crash. But, for a share that traded at 600p a few years ago, a current price of 280p per share represents a big discount.There are, however, good reasons for the cheap-looking BP share price. Covid-19 was the catalyst. Stock markets around the world crashed, economies shut down and oil prices collapsed. BP was not alone in cutting its dividend to keep cash in the business. So it is not surprising that BP shares had a price slump. Yet economies around the world are getting back towards normal, and oil prices have recovered somewhat. So why do BP shares, after a brief bounce, seem to be heading lower again? Something else is going on.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A change in climateFacing a pandemic has brought into focus the other big looming threat to humanity: climate change. Calls for action on climate change are not new, but Covid-19 seems to have kicked things into a higher gear. Big asset managers are dumping oil, mining and petrochemical stocks. Enhanced environmental, social and governance disclosures in the financial reports of public companies are being demanded.BP shares might be lagging because the firm is still viewed as a steadfast oil major. However, the company has been making noise since before the crisis about its increasingly green credentials. I actually bought shares in BP in January this year, because it appeared to be committed to a transition to an alternative energy future.BP shares green plansIn February this year, BP revealed its plan to be net-zero for carbon emissions by 2050 at the company level. Earlier this month the plan got a lot more ambitious. Before, BP was not including the fuel it sells to customers to burn in the zero-balance. Now it will. BP will be a very different company in the future if the plan is carried out successfully. The sale in June of a petrochemical asset for $5bn will provide cash for the transition, and $25bn of further divestments are planned by 2025. Cutting the dividend, which was announced with the new green deal, will also free up funds to put the plan into action.Wind farms and a large stake in a solar business have featured on BP’s balance sheet for some time. Before anyone had heard the name Covid-19, BP had was making investments in low-carbon, alternative and energy efficiency businesses. So, I cannot agree with anyone calling BP’s move a completely cynical knee jerk reaction to the current climate. But it would be fair to say it helped accelerate a trend already underway in BP’s business model.Maybe BP shares are lagging because investors do not have faith the company can change from an oil business to an integrated energy company. I disagree and would argue we need oil majors to make these changes. A renewable future will still need big energy projects to meet the needs of a growing population. BP has the experience to make this happen.BP and its shareholders did well from the old energy business. I think both can do well from the new one, so I am definitely not selling my shares. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Wondering if BP shares are cheap enough to buy? Here’s what you need to know. Enter Your Email Address James J. McCombie owns shares of BP. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by James J. McCombie I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.last_img read more

These cheap UK shares have surged 20%+ in a month. I’d buy them in an ISA today

first_img Peter Stephens owns shares of Lloyds Banking Group and Whitbread. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Peter Stephens | Tuesday, 8th December, 2020 | More on: LLOY I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. These cheap UK shares have surged 20%+ in a month. I’d buy them in an ISA today Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Peter Stephenscenter_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. The recent stock market rally has lifted the prices of a wide range of cheap UK shares. Investors have become increasingly upbeat about the economic outlook, as the UK’s vaccination programme rolls out.Despite this, the valuations of many FTSE 100 stocks appear to be very attractive. Such was their fall in the 2020 stock market crash, they still trade significantly down on their prices from the start of the year.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As such, they may offer further capital growth potential. Buying them in a tax-efficient account such as an ISA could prove to be a profitable long-term move.Improving economic prospects lift cheap UK sharesLloyds (LSE: LLOY) is an example of a FTSE 100 stock that has outperformed many cheap UK shares in recent weeks. Its shares are up by 23% over the past month, as investors have begun to look ahead to an improving economic outlook.The bank’s shares are still down 40% since the start of the year. This suggests that they continue to offer a wide margin of safety. This may factor-in risks to the company’s performance, such as a prolonged period of low interest rates and the likelihood of weak economic prospects in the short run.However, I hold Lloyds and think its long-term recovery prospects seem to be sound. Lloyds recently reported a return to profitability in the third quarter, with a reduction in impairments and a rise in mortgage lending. It has also strengthened its financial position, which could allow it to overcome short-term uncertainties to post a successful long-term recovery.Value opportunities within the FTSE 100Other cheap UK shares to make gains in the past month include Glencore and Whitbread. They have returned around 30% and 20% respectively in that period. In doing so, they have outperformed many of their index peers.Glencore is on my watchlist. It now trades at a similar price to where it began in 2020. However, its earnings growth forecasts suggest that it has further capital growth ahead as a global economic recovery takes hold. It is due to post a 70% rise in earnings next year after what has been a challenging current financial year. This puts it on a price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of just 0.3. Given its planned shift towards low-carbon assets and the growth opportunities they present, this could undervalue the business in an improving global economic outlook.Meanwhile Whitbread, which I already hold, could be relatively attractive compared to other cheap UK shares. Its financial position has strengthened this year, while it has been able to reduce unnecessary expenditure. Within a sector that has been decimated by events this year, the company’s budget focus and solid balance sheet could provide it with a stronger competitive position. This may lead to growing profitability as the economy recovers. Whitbread still trades 24% down in 2020, which suggests it offers a wide margin of safety. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

My 2 favourite FTSE 100 stocks right now

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. My 2 favourite FTSE 100 stocks right now The FTSE 100 has recovered fairly strongly since its lows last March and has remained fairly steady over the past few months. This recovery has been brought about by optimism surrounding the vaccine rollout, alongside declining coronavirus cases within the UK. But with the economy still in a difficult state, it’s important to be discerning when choosing stocks. These two FTSE 100 stocks are my personal favourites right now, due to their robust nature and strong dividends.A defence giantBAE Systems (LSE: BA) is the first stock that I particularly like. In its recent trading update for 2020, underlying EBITDA was able to rise 0.7% to £2.13bn and underlying earnings per share also rose 2.2%. This demonstrates an extremely strong performance in challenging economic conditions.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Such resilient results also warranted a dividend increase of 2.2% from last year. This increase suggests that management is confident about the future. It also represents a dividend yield of around 4.7%. In comparison to other FTSE 100 stocks, this is a very impressive dividend. I’m also not worried about its sustainability, especially because free cash flow has increased over 60% this year to nearly £1.4bn.One of my main worries about BAE Systems though is its large amount of debt. Indeed, net debt actually increased drastically this year to £2.7bn. This was mainly due to various acquisitions this year. Of course, if BAE is able to continue growing profits thanks to these acquisitions, then the large debt pile is not a problem. However, it’s still a risk that should be pointed out, especially if sales start to slow down in the future.This FTSE 100 stock might be making a big acquisitionAnother firm that recently announced its full-year results is Mondi (LSE: MNDI). In comparison to BAE, profits in the packaging company have been hit harder by the pandemic. Indeed, compared to 2019, operating profits were 29% lower at £868m. The uncertain macroeconomic outlook may therefore strain the Mondi share price for the time-being and there are risks of further disruptions to the business. But this is not a poor performance in the current climate. Profits were also strong enough to raise the dividend by 5%. Mondi is also in good financial shape and net debt has managed to decrease drastically to £1.8bn this year. This means that net debt-to-underlying EBITDA currently stands at 1.3x, which demonstrates a stable financial position. Such a healthy balance sheet is one reason for Mondi being one of my favourite FTSE 100 stocks right now.One of the big pieces surrounding Mondi right now is its rumoured bid for packaging rival DS Smith, which is valued at nearly £6bn. Reports suggest any plans are at a very early stage, and there’s therefore no certainty that they will progress any further. Yet it would have major implications for the company. In many ways, this would help Mondi capitalise further on the e-commerce market. However, blockbuster acquisitions such as this can have negative implications, especially if Mondi were forced to raise money for the acquisition through diluting the share price. As a current Mondi shareholder, I’m therefore considering these risks. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Stuart Blair Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Stuart Blair owns shares in Mondi and BAE Systems. The Motley Fool UK has recommended DS Smith. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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The best shares to buy now for a post-lockdown world

first_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The best shares to buy now for a post-lockdown world I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images We have the vaccine rollout going well, and people rushing to travel agents to book holidays. And there’s a new Stocks and Shares ISA allowance coming in April. I’m planning my 2021-22 investing today, and trying to decide which are the best shares to buy now for me.I’m looking at an investing horizon of at least 10 years. I mostly like dividend-paying shares, but I’m happy to take profits whichever way they come. And for a possible mix of income and growth, my eyes are on the housebuilding sector again.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Long-term demand?I own Persimmon, which crashed in the pandemic. It’s rebounded, but I’m still on a 20% loss since mid-February 2020 when the downturn started. Persimmon is down only 4% over the past 12 months, but that’s starting after the first weeks of the market crash, and I don’t think it’s particularly meaningful. Taylor Wimpey has done worse, down 27% since the crash started, and Barratt Developments shares have fallen 20%. Home buying has been largely curtailed, so no surprise there. But are these among the best shares to buy now, in the hope of further recovery?There’s surely a risk that we might not see 2019 sales levels again for some years yet. And Brexit can’t be helping on that score. That could cause a knock-on effect for these companies’ finances, and make the medium-term outlook for dividends look bleaker.On the plus side, we still face a chronic housing shortage in the UK. And when all the short-term ups and downs even out, there will always be demand for places to live. So should I top up while the sector is still depressed? I’m undecided.The battered financial sectorI think I face an even tougher decision in another of my favourite sectors, finance. Are any of the best shares to buy now lurking in that sector?Never mind the banks, I’m specifically thinking of insurance, a business I’ve liked for many years. It can be volatile, and I would not put any medium-term cash into it. But for the long term, I hold Aviva, and I enjoyed a number of years of decent dividends before the pandemic.Despite a decent recovery from an early slump, Aviva is still down 10% since Covid. That’s pretty much bang in line with the FTSE 100, but with a lot more volatility. Do I want to buy more insurance shares now, in the hope of superior long-term dividend income against the risk of volatility? Or should I seek better diversification?Best shares to buy now?Speaking of diversification, I tend to concentrate mostly on FTSE 100 shares. Is that too closely focused? Should I spend more time searching the FTSE 250 too? The smaller index typically provides better growth share possibilities, but with greater risk and volatility.I only have to look at how the two indices handled the Covid crisis. The FTSE 250 crashed harder than the FTSE 100. But it has come back stronger, now down just 2.5% since just before the crunch. Its bigger sibling has lost 12.5% in the same time. And if we look back over five years, we see the FTSE 100 up 7%, and the FTSE 250 up 25%.Does any of this tell me which are the best shares to buy now? Well, it’s helping shape my thoughts as we slowly emerge from the Covid disaster.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Alan Oscroft Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Alan Oscroft | Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 Alan Oscroft owns shares of Aviva and Persimmon. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Why I’d ignore the Cineworld share price and buy other UK shares

first_img Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Royston Wild Why I’d ignore the Cineworld share price and buy other UK shares Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. It’s been a wild few weeks in the life of the Cineworld (LSE: CINE) share price. The world’s second-biggest cinema chain fell back below 100p per share last week before rebounding strongly. But can it keep rising in value as the company gets ready to reopen its doors to the public?Cineworld’s announcement last week that it swung to a whopping $3bn loss in 2020 underlines the huge stress cinema operators have endured during the Covid-19 crisis. Some pretty big doubts are still circulating that the big chains will ever be able to bounce back too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Key things to considerRecent comments from Hargreaves Lansdown analyst Susannah Streeter recently caught my eye. She claimed after those full-year results that “crawling back to profitability after such a big hit will require almost superhero levels of effort.” Streeter also highlighted Cineworld’s comments “that material uncertainty around its ability to continue as a going concern remain.”Cineworld has taken further steps to solidify its battered balance sheet recently. The company has just received commitments on a new $213m convertible loan due in 2025. It comes on top of the $750m of extra liquidity it sealed back in the autumn.Will this renewed effort be enough to salvage Cineworld’s financial qualms? Streeter says: “A swift recovery will be crucial given that the company is saddled with high levels of debt.” But she added that there are “fears some people may have got a little too comfortable watching releases from their sofa.”This is even though it’s possible that the recent releases of blockbusters on streaming services might be reversed to some degree.Fearing for Cineworld’s share priceI share Streeter’s cautious take on Cineworld. But I’m not going to claim the clobbered cinema chain is set for the scrapheap. There’s no telling how strongly demand for its movie tickets will be when its US and UK theatres reopen their doors. It could well be that people flock to the box office en masse after more than a year of tight Covid-19 lockdowns.I’ve warned about the damaging impact of Netflix, Disney and the other US streaming giants on Cineworld’s future business and consequently on its share price. But let’s not forget that the streamers have been around for years now. And yet the global box office still hit record highs of near-$43bn in 2019, according to Cineworld.It’s clear a trip to the cinema has retained its timeless appeal in recent years. Will it continue to do so though? Changes to the way studios release their films since the pandemic began — with more consideration being given to those streaming companies — could gut Cineworld’s appeal with its loyal customer base.The company will have to hit the ground running when its cinemas reopen in the coming weeks, given that huge debt pile. But there’s no guarantee that this will happen. I’d much rather buy less risky UK shares right now. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Image source: DCM FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild | Tuesday, 30th March, 2021 | More on: CINE Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Netflix and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hargreaves Lansdown. 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Braid brothers return for Sharks visit

first_imgAUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 16: Luke Braid and Pauliasi Manu of the Blues walk over to pack down in a scrum during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Waratahs at Eden Park on April 16, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) Replacements:16. Tom McCartney17. Tevita Mailau18. Ali Williams19. Peter Saili20. Piri Weepu21. Michael Hobbs22. George MoalaUnavailable: Jerome Kaino, Anthony Boric, Isaia Toeava, David Raikuna, Brad Mika LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Another rookie gets his place in the starting XV – Hadleigh Parkes has been named on the right wing.“Hadleigh has been in the 22 for a number of weeks. He is a real workhorse with a good boot on him and will give everything for the team out there. He’s thrilled to be starting and will bring plenty of energy to what’s going to be a very tough encounter.”Starting XV:1. Tony Woodcock2. Keven Mealamu ©3. Charlie Faumuina4. Liaki Moli5. Filo Paulo6. Luke Braid7. Dan Braid8. Chris Lowrey9. Alby Mathewson10. Gareth Anscombe11. Rene Ranger12. Ma’a Nonu13. Benson Stanley14. Hadleigh Parkes15. Rudi Wulf Luke Braid returns after a three week suspensionThe Braid brothers make a very welcome return to the Blues starting line up this week, with the loose forward duo pairing up for the first time in a month.Daniel was forced to withdraw from the team during pre-match warm-up last week due to illness and Luke has been sitting out a three week suspension incurred during the Stormers match in South Africa.“It’s good to have both Braid brothers returning. Luke’s work ethic and experience at the breakdown working alongside Dan is crucial to our game,” said Blues coach Pat Lam.Young Auckland lock Liaki Moli has earned his first start of the season, having recovered from illness last week that saw him sit most of the match out on the bench.“Liaki and Filo Paulo have taken their opportunities when on the field. They provide fresh legs and energy and deserve their starting spots.  Ali has started every game so far – this week he’ll come off the bench.”last_img read more

Premiership coaches row, row, row their boat

first_imgText YUKN99£ with the amount you want to donate (e.g. YUKN99£5) to 70070.Visit www.bmycharity.com/InterserveLondonIrishYUKON Team effort: Toby Booth and Neal Hatley are part of a group competing in the Yukon River QuestTOBY BOOTH and Neal Hatley are in unchartered waters as they take on one of the biggest challenges of their lives in Canada: the gruelling 715km Yukon River Quest, in aid of Help for Heroes.The duo, who are part of Bath’s new coaching team, have been taking part in warm-up exercises over the past week before setting off today in Whitehorse (to the east of Alaska) on the Quest. They will be joining athletes from all over the world who will race day and night for four days along 715km of rugged and treacherous waterways in the most spectacular paddling race in the world, also known as the “Race to the Midnight Sun”.They face a 27-hour straight paddle on their first day alone and will be competing in a six-man voyageur war canoe to the finish, which is just below the Arctic Circle, at Dawson City, Yukon in Canada.Double act: Booth and HatleyBooth and Hatley have joined forces with a team from Interserve, the international support services and construction group, but most of the crew had never canoed before taking on this challenge, so have spent the past few months preparing with paddling instruction and sessions and white water practice out on the River Thames, in Loughborough and North Wales. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img “This is an opportunity to compete in a once-in-a-lifetime event for charity and we are proud to be supporting Help for Heroes,” Booth said. “The challenge we face on the Yukon River pales into insignificance when you consider the challenges faced each day by injured servicemen and so if we can even help make a small difference then it will all be worth it.”If you’d like to sponsor the team, you can donate in two ways:last_img read more

Anger management: The punches that shook rugby

first_imgHIGH WYCOMBE, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 12: Josh Lewsey of London Wasps is congratulated by team mate Danny Cipriani after scoring a try during the Heineken Cup match between London Wasps and Castres Olympique at Adams Park on October 12, 2008 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) Horror show: The infamous Duncan McRaeDuncan Disorderly Although this was on the pitch, this unprovoked attack was so vicious that it had to make the list, if only to show rugby’s darkest side.Forever a stain on Lions history, the Waratahs full-back Duncan McRae unloaded 11 punches on the stricken O’Gara. It was an incident that saw the player banned for seven weeks while pressure mounted for the thug to get the sack from his franchise. Meanwhile O’Gara was left with a burst pouch beneath his left eye. It was as disgusting an incident as you are likely to see on the field.Team, um, mates?In 2008 Wasps colleagues Danny Cipriani and Josh Lewsey clashed during a defensive drill. The young fly-half was said to have hurled threats at Lewsey on the training paddock, but as the row intensified Lewsey, not known for taking a backward step, let fly with a swift combination.Cipriani was knocked-out.Round two: Lewsey and Cipriani make light of their fightThere are always bust-ups on training grounds and more often than not they are brushed under the carpet or they mean very little. With these two characters, though, there was something that appealed to the carnivorous tabloid fans. Luckily, Kelly Brook appeared to be on hand to nurse suffering Cips back to health.Bar-room BlitzAt the end of an arduous 2009 campaign the players of Bath and Harlequins decided to let off some steam. The problem was that the two teams held piping-hot team days out in the same area of London and eventually they ran into each other in Fulham.The two sides had lost out in the semi-finals of the Premiership the day before, with Quins falling to Leicester Tigers at Twickenham and Bath losing out to eventual winners Wasps. Happier times: Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna during a simpler time when they weren’t whacking each otherBy Alan DymockRANKING SOMEWHERE between Jeremy Clarkson slugging Piers Morgan in the dish and the break up of Atomic Kitten, most rugby fans recoiled in utter disgust when the news of Kurtley Beale windmilling teammates broke.It was the latest instalment in the misadventures of the Three Amigos, Australia’s oft-lambasted pantomime villains Beale, Quade Cooper and James O’Connor. This time, though, things took a serious turn with reports coming out that Beale had been involved in a fracas with his own captain Gareth Delve before coming to blows with winger Cooper Vuna. Since, both Beale and Vuna have been sent home from the Melbourne Rebels tour. On separate planes. Disciplinary action is sure to follow and that raises doubts about Beale’s participation in the upcoming Lions series.This got us thinking: has rugby had many more perplexing fights in recent times?Who’s the Daddy?: The Cracknell/Collins incidentPapa Punch-UpThings can get heated when there is a relegation battle going on. That’s rugby. But in 2010, after Worcester Warriors had been relegated thanks to a 12-10 loss to Leeds at Headingley, something rather odd flared up.A scrap between the fathers of teammates Chris Cracknell and James Collins erupted after Collins’ father allegedly insulted Cracknell, who had been replaced by Collins, in front of the man’s dad. A fight began and Cracknell pulled Collins’ father over the advertising hoardings before the two players squared off.Mamma Mia…Don’t hit my son!In the midst of a 2011 Basque derby between Biarritz and Bayonne in the French Top 14 international number 8 Imanol Harinordoquy was beset by flailing Bayonne boys.Cue Super Dad.His father Lucien hopped the ad boards and tore onto the pitch in an attempt to duff up some assailants. He was sat on the dirt by scrum-half Benjamin Boyet, but it was too late. Lucien had already struck a blow for frustrated fathers pacing touchlines around the globe. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Everyone lost out again after this fight, though. Lots of embarrassment; a stone-cold Aussie second-row (the rumour being that Justin Harrison felt compelled to move back Down Under after being flattened by a Quins punch), and enquiries all round.It was a case of two teams trying to let off steam, but landing in hot water.last_img read more

Six Nations: Five things Wales learnt against France

first_img Standing together: Wales now have a shot at the Six Nations championship (Pic Huw Evans images) The current French national team is one of the great travesties of modern rugby. For a squad with that level of talent to perform so consistently poorly is embarrassing for a country with such a proud rugby history. It is even more inexcusable when you consider how much money is sloshing around French rugby. The Top 14 is dripping with TV money and private cash and is arguably as well placed as any nation in the world to produce a world class test team – currently the French national team probably wouldn’t finish in the top 6 of their domestic league.Looking for answers: France are a shadow of their former selves (Pic Inpho)Many will argue that it is the very presence of so much money, the resulting influx of overseas players, and power of the Top 14 clubs that is hindering the national team – but that is overly simplistic. Lack of preparation time, as alluded to by Philippe Saint Andre, cannot alone explain France’s demise. It can’t explain why the French game plan revolves around an inside centre with more fat rolls on his neck than most backs have on their abdomen. France need to have a serious performance increase by the start of the Rugby World Cup otherwise, like in 1793, heads will roll. They should have rolled already. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wales nail the basicsIt’s easy to get carried away with statistics. Sometimes they can be misleading and distort the true outcome of a game. But when a team wins 54% of the possession, 55% of the territory, 100% percent of their line out ball, completes 92% of their tackles and kicks five from six at goal – there’s a pretty good chance that team won the game. That’s exactly what Wales did against France in the 2015 Six Nations. In short they got the basics right and it allowed them to rack up a winning margin of 20-13.Added dimension: Wales executed the basics well and Webb added a cutting edge (Pic Huw Evans)Barring Dan Biggar’s exquisitely set up try in the 58th minute, it was a very simple, effective game plan built around a solid set piece, Biggar’s remarkable bomb and chase game, Leigh Halfpenny’s metronomic goal kicking and Jamie Robert’s thunderclap carrying. This was a performance in which every single player executed the role that they were selected for. Samson Lee scrummaged superbly, Scott Baldwin threw accurately, Luke Charteris stopped the French maul, Jamie Roberts carried relentlessly, Dan Biggar improved Wales’ field position and once in position – Halfpenny kicked the three. Wales are back in this competition and suddenly Wales v Ireland in Cardiff looks like a big game.Jamie Roberts – just colossalIt was particularly pleasing to see Jamie Roberts execute so well in Paris. Not only because it allowed Wales to beat France for the fourth time on the bounce but because he did so in front of a Parisian crowd – in a city where he has, in the recent past, received criticism for his club form at Racing Metro. This was far from the case on Saturday. This was vintage Roberts, where at times he looked like a giant steak hammer pounding French meat. He carried the ball 11 times, more than any forward on either team, and effectively turned the gainline into the ‘Jame-line’.Midfield colossus: Jamie Roberts gave Wales a gainline advantage (Pic Huw Evans)He carried for 24 metres in total, which may not seem much, but most of the carries were from first phase where the defensive line is perfectly aligned and a series of backrow forwards are ready to reinforce the ten channel. His defence and marshalling of the kick chase was exemplary. Towards the end of the game he nearly cut Rémi Talès in half – almost turning him into Semi Talès. The host broadcaster chose Morgan Parra as Man of the Match – but Roberts deserved the honour.Luke Charteris – one man maul wreckerA quick glance at Luke Charteris’ DNA would reveal that he is 95% human and 5% ‘Genus Architeuthis’ – or Giant Squid. His levers are absolutely enormous and their benefit extends way beyond his lineout work which incidentally helped Wales win 100% of their lineout ball for the first time in the last six games. Interestingly Charteris only took two balls himself but his decoy and lifting work gave Wales consistent lineout ball for the first time in this year’s championship. But it was his ability to almost single handedly wrap the French maul, with his arms, that made the biggest impact.center_img Wales have the measure of France, and it is now five years since Les Bleus defeated them. Here are the reasons for Wales’ continuing success Handful: Luke Charteris was all arms and legs on Saturday (Pic Huw Evans)Charteris’ first action on any French lineout ball was to tie up the ball carrier at the back of the maul and make it difficult to alter the direction of the drive. Even if the French maul did manage to alter the angle of the drive they frequently found Charteris in the middle of their maul tangling up possession. It was a masterclass in how to stop a maul without dropping it illegally and one which Wales will require against Italy and Ireland.Dan Lydiate’s hands.It’s usually Dan Lydiate’s shoulders and arms that receive the headlines. His tackling technique was once again impressive against France where he completed 12, missing just 1. But it was his hands which will be remembered after his performance in Paris. Having spotted Rhys Webb once again terrorizing lazy defending at the ruck, Lydiate stayed on Webb’s right shoulder, took the ball, spotted Dan Biggar running the angle and executed a pass that took two French defenders out of the game.Sleight of hand: Dan Lydiate’s sweet offload won him plenty of praise (Pic Huw Evans)It was a rare moment of subtlety in an otherwise destructive display from the Welsh pack. Lydiate is often regarded as a one trick pony. But after Saturday’s display he deserves to be upgraded to one of those Lipizzaner stallions that dance around the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Well done Dan Lydiate.France need an uprisinglast_img read more