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Centrica has the potential to recover following the disposal of Direct Energy and a shift of focus back to its core business - buy

2020-11-18 12:00:31

Buying shares in a large company which seems to be going through a rocky patch is always a risk, as in some cases these companies never actually manage to recover, but if you do get it right it can be very lucrative and Covid appears to have helped to create some good opportunities. Energy provider, Centrica (CNA) has performed terribly over the past six or seven years and anybody who has held it as a long term investment during that period of time will be sat on a sizeable loss. Even prior to the arrival of Covid it was already in a downwards spiral with high levels of debt and falling profitability, but the virus accelerated that and even though the markets and many energy shares have recovered to some degree in recent months, Centrica is still trading closer to the lows with a share price of 44.8p...


Centrica: Back to the Future – boring is good!

2020-07-24 12:16:19

Centrica (CNA) updated the market this morning with its half-year report…..and the proposed sale of its US unit, Direct Energy for $3.6 billion. With the sale process of Spirit Energy still to be restarted once commodity and financial markets have settled and the eventual divestment of its nuclear business still to come, Chris Bailey reckons it looks like this is a trip back to the future as the company returns to its mid-80s look as a regulated UK business. Here, here.


Why the Big Power Companies Should Recover Faster Than Most

2020-03-26 08:11:38

Hello, Share Diggers. This week I’ve been considering companies that may not suffer as much as others from the lockdown. Today I invite you to look at the big electricity suppliers...


Centrica – interims see dividend slashed, CEO walk, Debt up and a loss. What’s not to like?

2019-07-30 12:38:21

It is hard to find anything positive to say about the interims from Centrica (CNA) this morning. Perhaps the most positive thing is that the dividend hasn’t been stopped altogether, but given the big slide in the share price the new target of 5p per share in dividend means a yield of 7.5%, suggesting that the market still doesn’t believe that is sustainable and thus might get chopped again...


Centrica – a dividend cut? Then give back the bonuses and pay rises, Mr Conn.

2019-07-22 15:50:48

I commented HERE some three months ago that fully-listed Centrica (CNA) bosses seemed to be helping themselves to big piggy pay-rises and bonuses ahead of chopping the dividend. Well here we are: the papers are full of stories that the payout it indeed now to be hacked.


Centrica – what about a Labour government? No chance!

2019-05-27 15:49:19

Maybe I’m just a blinkered old fool, but I just cannot believe that Jeremy Corbyn will get his feet into Number 10. As such, the biggest part (for me) of the case to sell Centrica (CNA) falls apart in my view. Here is why.


Centrica - a takeover? Sure 'don't rule it out' but more important don't bank on it

2019-05-26 19:13:27

Centrica (CNA) has been a head in hands investment for the last couple of years...but I do hope that Gary is correct with his assertion the other week about the medium-term recovery potential given i am a (modest) holder.  


Centrica is out of favour but has recovery potential longer term

2019-05-08 08:44:17

The past couple of years haven’t been great for FTSE100 stock Centrica (CNA), including the share price having halved during that time, but it could have recovery prospects from the current share price...


Centrica – Iain Conn and the NEDs: if you think this is acceptable it is time for your P45s

2019-04-14 17:17:31

I am a patient investor and Centrica has had its fair share of problems. Some have been self-inflicted (losing customers), some imposed on it (the government price-cap) and some hark back to the previous regime and others are just a difficult market. As a shareholder, I’m sure the board will do what is necessary to get things back on track. Yet in the face of falling profits and the dividend under serious threat I see monster pay rises. That, in my view, is totally unacceptable.


My advice to Centrica and BT: have a plan if you are going to cut the dividend

2019-03-03 10:13:11

Investment can be a kind of introspective business and it struck me yesterday that it was kind of interesting that when i wrote up my latest musings on Marks & Spencer (MKS) the other day, I did not even mention the dividend cut.  It was not as if I did not know about it but in an article where I probably squeezed in too many corporate names, it did not feel that relevant versus the Ocado related money raising, continued roll-out of the new strategy and the reiteration of numbers.  I found it interesting too that you had to delve quite deep into the deadwood press articles of the next day to spot this aspect of the update too.  


Centrica tests my faith whilst Barclays rewards it

2019-02-21 02:50:00

I am often asked why I focus on larger cap shares when 'elephants cannot gallop' and 'surely all those brokers covering the stocks out there mean there is pretty efficient pricing'. Obviously the former is a more reasonable point than the latter, although judging by the way the shares of both Centrica (CNA) and Barclays (BARC) have moved around in recent months, there has been a decent amount of galloping too (mostly downhill to a lower share price)...


Centrica's management are laughing after big regulator price cap fail

2019-02-04 02:22:43

I do not remember the various price caps employed by Ted Heath's government in the early 1970s...but the history books tell me all I need to know as to their impact which was a mega policy failure and contributed to the election of a Labour government (of course it also led to the monetarist/free market revolution that ultimately led to the rise of Mrs T). Price caps distort markets and give incorrect incentives, a point made multiple times over the last year by the management of Centrica (CNA), concerning the introduction of energy price caps by Ofgem following agreement by the government...


How a New Army of Indy Suppliers Poses a Continuing Threat to Centrica

2018-04-17 00:08:59

Hello, Share Scoopers. An outfit I was once extremely loyal to, perhaps too much so, is Centrica (CNA), better known to most of us as British Gas. No longer. And if I still had the shares, they would be on my likely-to-sell-soon list.


Looking at another dividend muncher: Centrica

2018-04-02 08:35:54

I commented in the aftermath of the big sell off (which was just a correction at the time) that a good many companies had interesting yields. I subsequently bought a bit of BT (BT.A) at around 225p as I suspect at the next results I’ll be bagging a yield of 7% or a little more. Now I want to look for another nice payout: what will it be?


Centrica unveils an economic lesson for the Chancellor in Budget week

2017-11-20 04:00:20

It is going to be a week filled with economic rhetoric - as every UK Government Budget epoch tends to be. As an aside - and something to remember for this Wednesday - the way to spot a better than average budget is if it is generally slammed in the press the day after. Someone told me this rule too many years ago to recall and I have to say it has been pretty accurate since. Anyhow, back to stocks and specifically another bout of economic common sense from Centrica (CNA) today on the issues of why price caps do not work.


Here's Why Centrica Shares May Not Hit the Gas This Winter

2017-10-19 00:19:07

Hello, Share Hearties. No mistake about it, Centrica (CNA) is a well-run company and a huge entity. Its market cap is £9.6 billion. But as we know, the expression ‘Too big to fail’ does not always work. Many of us will have lost money on British giants that went pear-shaped, like BT, British Energy, Northern Rock, RBS etc. And Centrica does not seem to me a rosy share to hold or buy at the moment.


Centrica gets shafted by the government getting down with the electorate

2017-10-05 00:35:58

After the omnishables that was Theresa May’s big cough-rence speech, mumblings from the Brexit transition Queen about the need for a price cap on the easy targets of the electricity and gas utilities spanked the shares of Centrica (CNA) and Scottish & Southern (SSE), with the former falling to a 14 year share price low. Whilst the latter bores me, the former does grab my attention as the current management team does have a sensible plan involving selling us energy efficiency related technology and services to complement our core gas and electricity bills.


Energy Caps Will Only Make Things Worse for Centrica

2017-05-12 00:01:46

Hello Share Squishers. It seems fairly obvious that gas and electricity supply companies may well see slimmer share prices after all this general election talk about capping energy bills. But so far, the market has not cropped shares by very much.


Why Centrica Is Not Centrical to My Share Buying Agenda

2016-10-04 00:12:18

Hello Share Screamers. It's quite a few years back now that I made a juicy packet out of my Centrica (CNA) shares, first bought in a government share-buy scheme. Seems centuries since we had those tempting offers, doesn’t it? Ever since I sold those shares, I can report that they have not done particularly well. The big problem with Centrica (CNA), which trades as British Gas, is the growing competition.



Why I'm Not Warming to British Gas: Ref: Centrica.

2016-02-23 01:51:37

Hello Share Riders. As a long, but mild, winter gets set to change into Spring, I am going cold on Centrica (CNA). Time was when I was a great supporter. Much good did it do me. I made a lot of cash in my early years with them, but then the share price more or less flattened out. 


Is Centrica the new Tesco’s?

2015-02-19 06:43:14

It is always worth taking a look when there is a big fall in a well-owned FTSE-100 stock.  Today’s performance dog is Centrica (CNA) which probably supplies many of you via its British Gas brand with gas and electricity and which has blamed a combination of energy price moves, the weather and utility market competition for a 30% fall in earnings per share in 2014…and most strikingly a 30% fall in the dividend it is going to pay. 


My Blooming Big BG Bungle – and How To Avoid Similar Disasters.

2015-01-26 02:21:22

Hello Share Truckers. One of my biggest ever killings came about by my having hardly any work to do. It was the amazing rise and rise of British Gas.


Centrica at 269p – sell

2015-01-22 04:02:03

The recent downtrend in Centrica (CNA) shares (269p last seen) has found some resistance. They have bounced off a low 258p level where they were, on last year's dividend payout of 17p, on an historic dividend yield of 6.5%. Was the market assuming that a dividend cut was discounted or that the share was horribly oversold because there might be no dividend cut? 


Spread Bet Pick: Look out for berries and buy Centrica at 312.8p!

2014-08-18 14:12:48

I last covered Centrica (CNA) in early February. I suggested it was a buy at 311p. This proved to be a profitable trade more quickly than I anticipated. Now that the share price is recovering from its latest drop, I have a slightly alternative indicator for going long; the explosion of berries growing in trees!


Centrica: Extremely strong MIDAS support @311p, but don’t rush in

2014-02-08 09:13:47

I’ve been watching the steady decline in British energy supplier, Centrica (CNA), with a sense of growing expectation. Normally this isn’t the sort of stock to get excited about. However, once in a while stale old businesses can provide some wonderful trading opportunities. Centrica might very well be on the cusp of one right now.


Centrica’s pull back provides a buying opportunity

2013-11-21 13:23:21

Shares in Centrica (CNA) shares have lost 15% in the last two months, thanks to some negative comments from Labour leader Ed Miliband and subsequent brokers’ downgrades. The stock, currently trading at 340p, offers short to medium term upside potential.


The Gas Man Cometh: a review of first quarter’s brief management statement from Centrica – yield 4.6%

2013-06-03 13:36:06

The Centrica (CNA) narrative does not read like a John le Carrier novel. But its story has to be understood and explained if for no other the reason than it is a significant provider of high dividend yield income in the age of quantitative easing, low interest rates and low annuity rates. 


Centrica: the gas man cometh with an attractive and sustainable looking dividend yield

2013-03-18 17:17:03

The Centrica (CNA) share price, after peaking at 365p early this month, has come down by 4% to 350p, last seen. At that price the shares yield a near 4.7% on 2012’s recently declared annual dividend payout of 16.4p. So at that price, are they ripe for buying as a dividend yield stock that is likely to see dividends maintained and hopefully increase?

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