How to buy Astec Industries stock - 11 April

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How to buy Astec Industries stock

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Astec Industries, Inc is a farm & heavy construction machinery business based in the US. Astec Industries shares (ASTE) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Astec Industries employs 3,537 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1 billion.

How to buy shares in Astec Industries

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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 Astec Industries. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ASTE. 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 Astec Industries 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 Astec Industries, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Astec Industries. 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.

Astec Industries share price

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Astec Industries shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-08.
52-week rangeUSD$34.2419 - USD$79.62
50-day moving average USD$71.8547
200-day moving average USD$61.981
Wall St. target priceUSD$81.67
PE ratio 36.6488
Dividend yield USD$0.44 (0.57%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.05

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Is it a good time to buy Astec Industries stock?

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Is Astec Industries under- or over-valued?

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

Astec Industries's P/E ratio

Astec Industries's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 37x. In other words, Astec Industries shares trade at around 37x recent earnings.

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

Astec Industries's PEG ratio

Astec Industries's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.6. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Astec Industries's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Astec Industries's EBITDA

Astec Industries's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$78.5 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Astec Industries's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Astec Industries financials

Revenue TTM USD$1 billion
Operating margin TTM 5.04%
Gross profit TTM USD$240.1 million
Return on assets TTM 3.91%
Return on equity TTM 7.53%
Profit margin 4.58%
Book value $28.414
Market capitalisation USD$1.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Astec Industries shares

There are currently 332,715 Astec Industries shares held short by investors – that's known as Astec Industries's "short interest". This figure is 10.5% down from 371,556 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Astec Industries shares can be evaluated.

Astec Industries's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Astec Industries's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Astec Industries shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Astec Industries shares traded daily (recently around 133620.48192771). Astec Industries's SIR currently stands at 2.49. In other words for every 100,000 Astec Industries shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2490 shares are currently held short.

However Astec Industries's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Astec Industries shares, or, against the total number of tradable Astec Industries shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Astec Industries's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Astec Industries shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0198% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Astec Industries shares, roughly 20 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 Astec Industries.

Find out more about how you can short Astec Industries stock.

Astec Industries share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 21.89% of net profits

Recently Astec Industries has paid out, on average, around 21.89% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.57% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Astec Industries shareholders could enjoy a 0.57% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Astec Industries's case, that would currently equate to about $0.44 per share.

While Astec Industries's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Astec Industries is investing more in its future growth.

Astec Industries's most recent dividend payout was on 29 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Astec Industries's shares ever split?

Astec Industries's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 January 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Astec Industries shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Astec Industries shares which in turn could have impacted Astec Industries's share price.

Astec Industries share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Astec Industries's shares have ranged in value from as little as $34.2419 up to $79.62. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ASTE.US volatility(beta: 1.39)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 Astec Industries's is 1.3916. This would suggest that Astec Industries's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Astec Industries overview

Astec Industries, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets equipment and components used primarily in road building and related construction activities in the United States and internationally. The company's Infrastructure Solutions segment designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets asphalt plants and related components, heaters, concrete dust control systems, asphalt pavers, vaporizers, concrete material handling systems, screeds, heat recovery units, paste back-fill plants, asphalt storage tanks, hot oil heaters, bagging plants, fuel storage tanks, industrial and asphalt burners and systems, custom batch plants, material transfer vehicles, soil stabilizing-reclaiming machinery, blower trucks and trailers, milling machines, soil remediation plants, wood chippers and grinders, pump trailers, concrete batch plants, control systems, liquid terminals, storage equipment and related parts, construction and retrofits, polymer plants, and concrete mixers, as well as offers engineering and environmental permitting services. This segment offers its products to asphalt producers, highway and heavy equipment contractors, ready mix concrete producers, contractors in the construction and demolition recycling markets, and governmental agencies. Its Materials Solutions segment designs and manufactures crushing equipment, track-mounted systems, bulk material handling solutions, vibrating equipment, screening equipment, electrical control centers, modular relocatable stationary plants, conveying equipment, plant automation products, mobile portable plants, and mineral processing equipment, as well as provides consulting and engineering services. Astec Industries, Inc. was founded in 1972 and is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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