5 Jul

The Aviva share price is rising: here’s what I’d like to do

first_img Enter Your Email Address 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! 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. Royston Roche 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. Royston Roche | Monday, 29th March, 2021 | More on: AV 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’ Sharescenter_img 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The Aviva (LSE: AV) share price has risen about 45% in the past year. I believe the positive financial results and the restructuring of its business under the new CEO Amanda Blanc led the share price to rally.Here, I further analyse the pros and cons of investing in this FTSE 100 company.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…The bull case for Aviva share priceAviva reported 2020 operating profits of £3.2bn. This was broadly in line with last year’s results. In my opinion, the profits are good when considering the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company’s earnings per share rose 10% year-on-year to 70.2p.Aviva’s bulk purchase annuity business growth is strong. It grew by 48% year-on-year to £6bn in this year. Management is confident that Aviva’s financial strength as well as expertise in the annuity business, will help it to further succeed in this growing market. The general insurance business has also done well, as the net written premiums rose 10% to £2bn. Aviva recently completed the sale of its Polish business to Allianz for £2.1bn. This is the last of the planned sale of non-core parts of the business. The company had earlier planned to sell non-core assets worth £7.5bn. It plans to reduce its debt with proceeds, which should help to improve its capital structure. It also plans to make a substantial return of capital to shareholders. Aviva has a stable capital structure. Last year, the company announced a new dividend policy and capital framework. It aligns with the strategy to focus on core markets of the UK, Ireland, and Canada. The company plans to gradually increase the dividends. For the year 2020, the company declared a dividend of 21p. At the current market price, the dividend yield is 5.25%. However, there is no guarantee that the company will continue to pay future dividends. The bear case for Aviva share priceAviva has sold most of its international business in order to concentrate on its core markets. However, if the core markets like UK and Ireland businesses do not perform as expected it will have an impact on the entire group’s business. Previously, it was more geographically diversified.On the other hand, there is no guarantee that the management can effectively use the capital. It has to rightly invest the money in growth areas. Also, we are yet to ascertain the long-term results of the sale of these businesses on the group’s profits.The insurance sector is getting very competitive. With modern technology, consumers can easily compare the insurance premiums of various companies. Nowadays, with the wide choice, consumers often choose the lowest price. This will put pressure on the company’s profits. The company has efficient risk management. However, it is not immune to credit risk, investment risk and liquidity risk, among others, due to some adverse uncertain events. Final viewAviva has been successful in selling its non-core assets. It has a good capital structure. The shares are currently trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 5.75. This makes me believe that it is a value buy for my portfolio.  The Aviva share price is rising: here’s what I’d like to do See all posts by Royston Rochelast_img read more

1 Jan

Walter Cerf Community Fund announces grant awards totaling $115,823 to 40 organizations

first_imgThe Walter Cerf Community Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, announced 2011 grant awards totaling $115,823 to 40 organizations. Since 2001, the fund has made grants to organizations located in AddisonCounty or Brandon, or that have a statewide reach and make a unique contribution to Vermont. Priority interests are the arts, education, historic preservation, and social services, reflecting the pattern of giving established by Walter Cerf during his lifetime. Cerf, a native of Germany who made Leicester, Vermont his home in his later years, gave more than $10 million to organizations and projects in Vermont before passing away in 2001. Cerf focused much of his giving within his community of Addison County and Brandon; grants from the Walter Cerf Community Fund reflect that focus, with two-thirds of the grants reserved for Addison County/Brandon projects and one-third reserved for statewide projects. Each grant awards up to $5,000. Each year, the fund awards one grant up to $25,000. This year, the Preservation Trust of Vermont received $20,000 to help repair and rebuild Vermont’s historic covered bridges and other critically damaged historic buildings throughout the state that sustained damage from Tropical Storm Irene. The grant aligns with Cerf’s love and appreciation of historic buildings in Vermont. Statewide Grants American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Vermont$1,500 for operating support, including legal and education programs. American Precision Museum$2,500 to support exhibits marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  Central Vermont Community Action Council                                                                  $2,000 to support the Vermont Women’s Business Center and their “Painting with Numbers” classes to provide hands-on learning to help artists build their business through strong financial management. Chandler Center for the Arts           $2,500 to support a statewide contest to encourage Vermonters’ writing plays on current social issues and promote public dialogue. Curtains Without Borders$1,000 to support preservation of historic theater curtains in Vermont.   Vermont Historical Society $1,500 to support Vermont History Day.       Vermont Humanities Council        $2,500 to support the Never Too Early program, which provides early literacy training for needy childcare providers and parents. Vermont Land Trust$2,000 to support historic preservation of the George Washington Reed House. Vermont Public Television$2,000 to support a documentary and associated programs about Burlington’s ultra-traditional Jewish community in the late 1800s. Addison County and the Town of Brandon Grants Addison Central Teens & Friends$3,000 to develop and implement an ongoing and sustainable leadership training program for teens. Addison County Readers$2,000 to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to more infants across Addison County through collaboration with Porter Birthing Center. Community Health Services of Addison County (d.b.a. Open Door Clinic)$4,000 to support diabetes clinics for uninsured Addison County adults. Everybody Wins! Vermont$3,000 to support the Everybody Wins! Vermont Power Lunch children’s literacy and mentoring program at Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts$3,000 to subsidize tickets for low-income students from Addison County to attend the 2011-12 Flynn Student Matinee Series. Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program$3,000 to support the expansion of the Growing To Know Project to provide after-school educational enrichment and service-learning opportunities for Leicester School students. Leicester Central School$5,000 to support a school improvement project to continue student arts experiences, upgrade Guided Reading leveled readers, and upgrade and improve the safety of the school and community playground. Living Well Community Care Home$2,000 to create outreach materials documenting a pilot project other care homes can replicate to improve nutrition and their local farm economies. Mary Johnson Children’s Center$5,000 to support the installation of an AllSun Solar Tracker. Middlebury Area Summer Lunch & Recreation Support Group$1,000 for general support. Middlebury Cooperative Nursery School$1,000 to support energy efficiency at the Middlebury Cooperative Nursery School. Middlebury Transitional Care Coalition$3,000 to support facilities improvement for emergency and transitional housing. Otter Creek Child Center$2,000 to support the purchase of new cribs. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England$3,000 to support the Middlebury health center. Porter Medical Center$2,000 to support the establishment of an “End of Life Room” in Middlebury. Robinson Elementary School$2,000 to support second year of implementation for the Words Come Alive Program. RSVP & The Volunteer Center$2,000 to support and expand the RSVP Bone Builders exercise program. The Hub Teen Center & Skatepark$2,000 to support teen center programming with staff, materials, transportation, workshops and presentations, music, and food.Town of Middlebury$5,000 to support the roundabout centerpiece public art/monument design process. Vermont Adult Learning$2,323 to establish a music program at Vermont Adult Learning Childcare. Vermont Folklife Center$2,000 to support Invisible Odysseys, autobiographical dioramas by Mexican migrant workers in Vermont. Vermont Symphony Orchestra$1,000 to support the Vergennes concert of the 2011 Made in Vermont Music Festival statewide tour. Vermont Youth Conservation Corps$2,000 to support trail restoration work in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. Vermont Youth Orchestra Association$2,000 to support the Middlebury concert of the VYO Chorus and Concert Chorale. WomenSafe$2,000 to support volunteer training. The Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. We are Vermont’s largest and leading homegrown grantmaker. Together, our family of over 600 funds provides more than $18 million annually in Vermont through grants, loans, and other investments. In addition, we help keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external) or call 802-388-3355. 11.4.2011 Goddard College                  $2,000 to support planning for preservation and renovation of three early examples of Vermont’s design-build movement into a multi-use arts center. Preservation Trust of Vermont$20,000 to help repair and rebuild Vermont’s historic covered bridges and other critically damaged historic buildings throughout the state that have sustained damage from Tropical Storm Irene.      St. Albans Historical Museum        $2,500 to help the Board and community develop resources to sustain, improve, and grow the services provided by the museum.         Upright Steeple Society$2,500 to replace the roof as part of a structural restoration project on an 1829 Greek Revival building in Lyndon, Vermont.        Vermont Arts Council $2,000 to support “Breaking into Business”, a business training and support program for Vermont artists.  Vermont Community Loan Fund$5,000 to support Project SUCCESS, providing technical assistance to home and center-based child care providers who want to start, grow, or improve their business.last_img read more