Will the Rolls-Royce share price hit £1 or 50p first?

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With a new chief executive ready to take the helm and airlines reporting strong passenger growth, times would seem to be promising for Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR). But the Rolls-Royce share price has lost 12% in the past year.

At 90p, it feels tantalisingly close to me as a shareholder to hitting a pound. But will it? Or will it keep heading down?

How the Rolls-Royce share price has moved

50p may sound far less likely. After all, the share price only needs to add another 10p to hit a pound. They would have to lose four times that amount to get to 50p.

Then again, although the past year has seen a 12% decline overall, at some points within that period the movement has been more dramatic. The Rolls-Royce share price is 43% lower today than its 12-month high. If it falls that much from its current level, it would be just a penny or two above 50p. We have seen the Rolls-Royce share price below 50p in the past couple of years, when its business was badly hit by the pandemic in 2020.

So, where will it go from here? A share price is meaningless on its own. It reflects the market’s valuation of a company. That is not always accurate: I do not think the value of Rolls-Royce has moved around in the 12 months the way its share price suggests, for example. But in the long term, if Rolls-Royce can prove its business is worth more than investors currently expect, the share price will hopefully move up to reflect that.

Business momentum

I am upbeat about the outlook for the company. It has spent several years tightening its cost base and I think a new chief executive could help that effort.

Civil aviation demand is strong in most regions. That should be a boost for engine servicing revenues at Rolls-Royce. But it could also mean that airlines start spending more heavily again on new aircraft. Rolls-Royce is one of only a few companies that can make aircraft engines and some planes are designed for a specific engine. So I think the firm’s revenues could grow in coming years.

Meanwhile, it could benefit from its cost-cutting in the form of better profit margins. Too much cost-cutting can actually end up hurting a company’s efficiency, though, and I see that as a risk. I also think that uneven demand recovery by region for civil aviation is a threat to revenue growth.

My move

I think the current Rolls-Royce share price and business outlook make it more likely that it will hit £1 not 50p first.

I already own the shares in my portfolio. At the moment, while they continue to sell for pennies, I would consider adding more.

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