After a great start to the year, shares inLloyds (LSE: LLOY) have struggled over the past six months. Indeed, after jumping almost 20% between the beginning of January and middle of May, since the beginning of June Lloyds shareshave undone all of their gains for the year and then some.
After recent declines Lloyds shares are now down by 4% year-to-date, excluding dividends. And thanks to this weak performance, Lloyds shares are now close to printing a new two-year low.
Change of heart
Lloyds recent declines seem to have been driven by a sudden change of heart among investors. At the beginning of the year the Citys outlook for the bank was relatively upbeat, profits were growing again, and Lloyds seemed to have put the majority of its past mistakes behind it.
However, this view suddenly changed when Lloyds reported its results for the six months to the end of July 2015. While these results were relatively upbeat underlying profit increased 15% year-on-year an increase in customer redress provisions spooked the market.
The same happened a few months later when Lloyds reported its third-quarter interim management statement. Underlying profit increased 6% year-on-year for the first nine months of2015,but underlying profit for the three months ended 30 September 2015 fell 8% year-on-year and total group income declined 4%.
These results, which were worse than many City analysts expected, spooked investors who had bought into Lloyds recovery story.
Lloyds sudden slowdown may have spooked some of the banks investors, but for long-term holders, theres little reason to worry. The bank is still highly profitable and has a strong position in the UK retail banking market.
Whats more, Lloyds has an extremely impressive capital position, one of the best in Europe and management is looking to return some of the banks excess capital to investors. Lloyds management has stated that the group will return excess capital to investors via special dividends and stock buybacks, alongside the groups annual dividend payout.
City analysts believe that Lloyds could return 20bn to 25bn to shareholders over the next three years. Based on these figures, analysts have pencilled in a dividend payout of 2.4p per share for full-year 2015, 3.8p per share for 2016 and 5.6p per share for 2017. Its likely that Lloyds will meet these forecasts as the bank is already over capitalised with a Tier one equity capital ratio of just under 14%, compared to the regulatory minimum of 12%. The banks capital ratio has grown by 1% since the end of 2014.
All in all, for long-term income investors Lloydsshares should only become more attractive as they push lower.
Back to 60p?
If Lloyds shares do push back to 60p, its highly likely that the market will soon push them back up to 80p. You see, Lloyds is already cheap, the bank currently trades at a forward P/E of 8.6. At 60p, Lloyds forward P/E will drop to a lowly 7.1 and the banks shares will yield 4%.
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