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How to buy Alaska Communications Systems Group stock

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Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc is a telecom services business based in the US. Alaska Communications Systems Group shares (ALSK) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Alaska Communications Systems Group employs 565 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$236.5 million.

How to buy shares in Alaska Communications Systems Group

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Alaska Communications Systems Group. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ALSK. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Alaska Communications Systems Group reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Alaska Communications Systems Group, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Alaska Communications Systems Group. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Alaska Communications Systems Group share price

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Alaska Communications Systems Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$1.3736 - USD$3.88
50-day moving average USD$3.2845
200-day moving average USD$2.7809
Wall St. target priceUSD$3
PE ratio 18.2222
Dividend yield N/A (5.11%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.18

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Is it a good time to buy Alaska Communications Systems Group stock?

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Is Alaska Communications Systems Group under- or over-valued?

Valuing Alaska Communications Systems Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Alaska Communications Systems Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Alaska Communications Systems Group's P/E ratio

Alaska Communications Systems Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, Alaska Communications Systems Group shares trade at around 18x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Alaska Communications Systems Group's EBITDA

Alaska Communications Systems Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$66.3 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Alaska Communications Systems Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Alaska Communications Systems Group financials

Revenue TTM USD$236.5 million
Operating margin TTM 11.16%
Gross profit TTM USD$126 million
Return on assets TTM 2.94%
Return on equity TTM 5.63%
Profit margin 4.13%
Book value $3.23
Market capitalisation USD$177.5 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Alaska Communications Systems Group shares

There are currently 1.4 million Alaska Communications Systems Group shares held short by investors – that's known as Alaska Communications Systems Group's "short interest". This figure is 6.4% up from 1.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Alaska Communications Systems Group shares can be evaluated.

Alaska Communications Systems Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Alaska Communications Systems Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares traded daily (recently around 1.1 million). Alaska Communications Systems Group's SIR currently stands at 1.31. In other words for every 100,000 Alaska Communications Systems Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1310 shares are currently held short.

However Alaska Communications Systems Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Alaska Communications Systems Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable Alaska Communications Systems Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Alaska Communications Systems Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Alaska Communications Systems Group shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0265% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Alaska Communications Systems Group shares, roughly 27 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Alaska Communications Systems Group.

Find out more about how you can short Alaska Communications Systems Group stock.

Alaska Communications Systems Group share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 73.65% of net profits

Recently Alaska Communications Systems Group has paid out, on average, around 73.65% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.11% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Alaska Communications Systems Group shareholders could enjoy a 5.11% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Alaska Communications Systems Group's case, that would currently equate to about $N/A per share.

Alaska Communications Systems Group's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Alaska Communications Systems Group's most recent dividend payout was on 18 June 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 April 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Alaska Communications Systems Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Alaska Communications Systems Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $1.3736 up to $3.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ALSK.US volatility(beta: 1.46)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Alaska Communications Systems Group's is 1.4632. This would suggest that Alaska Communications Systems Group's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Alaska Communications Systems Group overview

Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides broadband telecommunication and managed information technology services to business, wholesale, and consumer customers in the United States. Its services include voice and broadband services; and managed IT services comprising remote network monitoring and support service, managed IT security and IT professional services, and long distance services primarily over its own terrestrial network to business and wholesale customers. The company's business customers comprise enterprises; federal, state, and local governments; and small and medium business. It also provides voice and broadband services to residential customers in residential homes and multi-dwelling units; voice and broadband origination and termination services to inter and intrastate carriers; and access and support services. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales channels. Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. was incorporated in 1998 and is based in Anchorage, Alaska.

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