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How to buy AstroNova stock

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AstroNova, Inc is a computer hardware business based in the US. AstroNova shares (ALOT) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in AstroNova

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  3. Search for AstroNova. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ALOT. 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 AstroNova 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 AstroNova, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of AstroNova. 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.

AstroNova share price

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AstroNova shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-08.
52-week rangeUSD$5.41 - USD$15.13
50-day moving average USD$12.2423
200-day moving average USD$10.2529
Wall St. target priceUSD$26
PE ratio 77.7778
Dividend yield USD$0.07 (0.49%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.18

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Is it a good time to buy AstroNova stock?

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Is AstroNova under- or over-valued?

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

AstroNova's P/E ratio

AstroNova's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 78x. In other words, AstroNova shares trade at around 78x 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.

AstroNova's EBITDA

AstroNova's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$8.5 million.

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

AstroNova financials

Revenue TTM USD$116 million
Operating margin TTM 2.1%
Gross profit TTM USD$41.4 million
Return on assets TTM 1.31%
Return on equity TTM 1.76%
Profit margin 1.11%
Book value $10.483
Market capitalisation USD$100.4 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting AstroNova shares

There are currently 37,456 AstroNova shares held short by investors – that's known as AstroNova's "short interest". This figure is 7.7% up from 34,793 last month.

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

AstroNova's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

AstroNova's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of AstroNova shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of AstroNova shares traded daily (recently around 24642.105263158). AstroNova's SIR currently stands at 1.52. In other words for every 100,000 AstroNova shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1520 shares are currently held short.

However AstroNova's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of AstroNova shares, or, against the total number of tradable AstroNova shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case AstroNova's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 AstroNova shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0054% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable AstroNova shares, roughly 5 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 AstroNova.

Find out more about how you can short AstroNova stock.

AstroNova share dividends

39%

Dividend payout ratio: 38.89% of net profits

Recently AstroNova has paid out, on average, around 38.89% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.38% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), AstroNova shareholders could enjoy a 4.38% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In AstroNova's case, that would currently equate to about $0.07 per share.

While AstroNova's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that AstroNova may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

AstroNova's most recent dividend payout was on 1 April 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have AstroNova's shares ever split?

AstroNova's shares were split on a 5:4 basis on 2 July 2006. So if you had owned 4 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your AstroNova shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 20% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for AstroNova shares which in turn could have impacted AstroNova's share price.

AstroNova share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, AstroNova's shares have ranged in value from as little as $5.41 up to $15.13. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ALOT.US volatility(beta: 0.79)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 AstroNova's is 0.7882. This would suggest that AstroNova's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

AstroNova overview

AstroNova, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes specialty printers, and data acquisition and analysis systems in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, Central and South America, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Product Identification (PI) and Test & Measurement (T&M). The PI segment offers tabletop and production-ready digital color label printers, as well as specialty OEM printing systems under the QuickLabel brand; digital color label mini-presses and inline specialty printing systems under the TrojanLabel brand; and labels, tags, inks, toner, and thermal transfer materials under the GetLabels brand. This segment also develops and licenses various specialized software used to design and manage labels and print images, as well as manage and operate its printers and presses on an automated basis. It serves chemicals, cosmetics, food and beverage, medical products, pharmaceuticals, and other industries, as well as brand owners, label converters, commercial printers, and packaging manufacturers. The T&M segment offers airborne printing solutions, such as ToughWriter used to print hard copies of navigation maps, arrival and departure information, flight itineraries, weather maps, performance data, passenger data, and various air traffic control data; ToughSwitch, an ethernet switches used to connect multiple computers or Ethernet devices; PTA-45B cockpit printers; TMX high-speed data acquisition systems; Daxus DXS-100 distributed data acquisition systems; SmartCorder DDX100 portable data acquisition systems; EV-500, a digital strip chart recording system; and Miltope and RITEC branded airborne printers. This segment serves aerospace and defense, automotive, commercial airline, energy, manufacturing and transportation industries. The company was formerly known as Astro-Med, Inc. and changed its name to AstroNova, Inc. in May 2016. AstroNova, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

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