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Do you want to invest in the technology sector and buy or sell Thales shares? If so, here is some practical information about the stock and the company that will help you make a good analysis of it. We will start by explaining how you can make a good fundamental analysis of this stock with the elements to spot in the news and present you in detail the company Thales, its main activities and sources of income as well as its competitors and its most important partners in the market today.

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Elements to consider before selling or buying Thales shares

Analysis N°1

First of all, it will be important to keep an eye on the various innovations that Thales is implementing and in particular on the investments that the group is making in research and development in order to remain at the cutting edge of technology.

Analysis N°2

Partnerships and strategic alliances with other companies, with a view to innovation, or contracts signed with large private or public institutions will also be elements that you will need to monitor closely.

Analysis N°3

It goes without saying that you should keep a close eye on the competition to the Thales group, which is few in number but very aggressive, by monitoring the publications and major communications of the other major players in this sector.

Analysis N°4

In the past, Thales has been the subject of various disputes and accusations. A similar event in the future could also affect the company's business and brand image and indirectly influence its value.

Analysis N°5

It is also important to be aware of the strategic development and growth plans that Thales communicates to investors and shareholders each year.

Analysis N°6

Finally, the company's financial results, which are published each year and each quarter, should be studied with great care and systematically compared with previous results and with analysts' expectations.

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General presentation of Thales

The group Thales specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of advanced electronic equipment and systems for aerospace, transportation, defense and security. Its main activities are divided in defense and security systems, aerospace system, transport systems and naval equipment.

Since this is a French company, its activity is mostly developed in France and in Europe, but it also reaches Asia, North American, the Middle East, Australia, Africa and Latin America. It currently counts with more than 60 000 employees.

The price of Thales shares is currently listed on the compartment A of the Euronext Paris market in France. Thales is also part of the composition of the French stock exchange index CAC all share.

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The major competitors of Thales

Having optimised your knowledge of the Thales Group and its activities, we propose that you discover who its main competitors are in the market and in its sector.

Lockheed Martin 

First of all, this company is the leading American and global company in the defence and security sector. It is responsible for the design and production of various products in which electronics and technology play a major role. The group generates most of its revenue from the US government, but also offers its products elsewhere in the world.

Boeing 

The Boeing Company is an American aircraft and aerospace manufacturer based in Chicago, Illinois. It is an aircraft manufacturer specialising in the design of civil and private aircraft, but also in military aircraft, helicopters, satellites and launchers, through its Boeing Defense, Space & Security division. The group is currently the second largest military equipment seller in the world.

BAE Systems

This is a British company active in the defence and aerospace sector. Its headquarters are in Farnborough. The company also has interests in North America through its subsidiary BAE Systems Inc. It is one of the world's leading defence companies and was formed in 1999 by the merger of British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems.

Airbus 

The French Airbus Group is an international industrial cooperation that operates in the aeronautics, space and military sectors. It was founded in 2000 under the name EADS for European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company and is partly owned by Lagardère and Daimler. The Airbus group's capital has been accessible on the stock market since 2013 and the group has gradually merged with its civil aircraft subsidiary, Airbus, from which it has taken its name.

Leonardo 

This company, formerly known as Finmeccanica, is currently Italy's number two industrial company and one of the world's leading manufacturers of civil helicopters. It is also one of the world's leading groups in the aeronautics and space sector. The company is specialised in armaments, helicopters, aeronautics, space industry and energy. It is present in about a hundred countries around the world, including Great Britain and the United States, where it has acquired numerous defence companies. The group employs 70,000 people.

Raytheon

Finally, we must also take into account the competition from the American company Raytheon, which specialises in the fields of defence systems and electronics as well as in aerospace. Founded in 1922 in Cambridge, its headquarters are now in Waltham. The company is one of the world's largest military sales companies. In 2020 it merged with the United Technologies group to form Raytheon Technologies.


The major partners of Thales

The group Thales has also established certain partnerships with other big companies in order to carry out certain projects and to multiply its sectors of activity.

Alstom

It has thus associated with the company Alstom as part of a 330 million Euros contract issued by MTR Corporation for the upgrading of the signaling systems of 7 lines of the Hong Kong subway.

Engie

In 2016, ENGIE and Thales announced the signing of a contract to strengthen the security of its energy efficient IT infrastructure. Thales was supposed to provide 24/7 security supervision of ENGIE’s computer system during a period of five years.

Microsoft

The French technology group Thales and the French subsidiary of the American company Microsoft also established a partnership for the launching of new services that allow to encrypt sensitive information before sending e-mails or storing them in the “cloud”.

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Positive factors for Thales shares
The factors in favour of a rise in the Thales share price:

If you are one of the many traders that plan to implement a long term trading strategy on the Thales share price then you should be able to anticipate future variations in this asset price over the coming months and years. Here therefore we will start by detailing the major advantages of this asset that appears to favour a bullish trend and is based on the strong points of this company. 

The primary advantage of the Thales Company is of course its position on the international level relating to the electronic defence sector where it is one of the world leaders with its radar systems, missile systems and other radio systems. It also benefits from a certain reputation as a major player in these advanced technologies. 

Thales has also shown over the last few years that it is capable of developing on the international market. It is notably gaining a market share in the emerging countries where it is currently achieving around 30% of its sales as well as around 24% in France and 10% in the United Kingdom. The geographical distribution in other parts of the world is also advantageous with 22% of its sales in the rest of Europe, 13% in Asia and a strong presence in the Middle East.

Investors that are interested in Thales shares will appreciate the high visibility provided by this company relating to its future activity. In fact, the order book of this group is particularly full of orders that achieve record levels, notably due to a major demand from emerging countries. Recent orders of Rafales airplanes that are around 25% equipped with Thales technological products also assist in maintaining a high level of orders.

Another strong point of Thales is this time related to the major profitability of the section dedicated to aeronautics and its highly promising position in the transport signalling domain. Thales is in fact the global leader in this particular activity sector. Another noteworthy point is that Thales is currently strengthening its position in the cyber security sector and communications security notably through the recent acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent activities.

We can also count upon the innovative capabilities of this company that practises an active R & D policy. The investment in research and development of this group in fact represents no less than 5% of its revenue and is concentrated on the digital part of its civil sector which is experiencing full growth at present and is therefore more attractive than the military sector.

Negative factors for Thales shares
The factors in favour of a drop in the Thales share price:

It is clear that the Thales Group does not simply offer advantages and its stock market share price is also susceptible to falling in the near future. This is why any good investor should also take into account the weaknesses of this group and the disadvantages of this asset the details of which are summarised as follows:

Firstly we would note that the Thales share price displays a strong sensitivity to policy decisions given its significant involvement in the defence sector.

Thales is also particularly exposed to problems related to budgetary cuts in the defence sector that are increasingly frequent in the more developed countries and lead to less investment which could impact the future orders of this company over time.

Specialists in this market have also expressed reservations relating to the commercial success of the Watchkeeper drones that have required considerable investment and are in direct competition with the Patroller drones produced by the Safran Group that show better results and are favoured by the French army.

Although the Thales Group is trying to promote growth worldwide certain geographical sectors such as North America are still showing a weak market share compared with the strong presence of its competitors. For example, Thales only manages to achieve around 11% of its sales in the north of the American continent.

Also, Thales is currently experiencing some technical problems relating to contracts signed for transport signalling as well as structural difficulties in this subsidiary that is still 35% owned by DCNS.

To conclude we can also note that the share price of Thales is also a setback to its purchase. This asset is actually one of the most expensive in its activity sector and is currently achieving its highest historical peaks that do however hinder strategic buys and are penalised recurrently through volatile compensatory troughs.

The information supplied here is only for indicative purposes and should not be used without the completion of a comprehensive and complete fundamental analysis of this asset notably taking into account exterior data, future publications and announcements and all fundamental events and news that could influence the strengths and weaknesses or make them more or less significant. This information does not in any way constitute recommendations relating to the completion of transactions or a solicitation to buy or sell an asset.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Thales' shareholder structure?

As of July 2020, the Thales Group's shareholding structure is 25.68% owned by the French State. The Dassault Aviation group is the second largest shareholder of this company with 24.62% of the shares. The next largest shareholder is Dassault Aviation, which holds 0.31% of the company's shares in treasury stock. We also note that the group's employees hold 2.87% of the capital and that the rest, i.e. 46.52% of the shares are floating, i.e. traded on the stock market.

Are Thales shares included in the CAC 40 stock market index?

Of course, the Thales group is one of the most important French companies and, as such, it must be included in the composition of the French national stock market index CAC 40 because it is among the 40 French companies with the highest market capitalisation. But the Thales group also includes the composition of other stock market indices including the SBF 120, CAC Industrials, EN VIGEO 120, Euronext 100, DJ Eurostoxx, FTSE Euro 300 among others.

What is Thales' latest financial statement?

The last financial statement published by Thales was for the financial year 2021. This balance sheet showed a 5.3% increase in turnover compared to 2020 to €16.2 billion. Over the same period, the group's net profit reached €1,361 billion, an increase of 45% compared to 2020. Finally, the company's market capitalisation reached €26.56 billion.

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