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How to buy Bright Horizons Family Solutions stock

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Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc is a personal services business based in the US. Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares (BFAM) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Bright Horizons Family Solutions employs 26,800 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.5 billion.

How to buy shares in Bright Horizons Family Solutions

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

Bright Horizons Family Solutions share price

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Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-15.
52-week rangeUSD$97.23 - USD$182.5
50-day moving average USD$166.2677
200-day moving average USD$164.1953
Wall St. target priceUSD$173.88
PE ratio 372.8924
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.446

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Is Bright Horizons Family Solutions under- or over-valued?

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

Bright Horizons Family Solutions's P/E ratio

Bright Horizons Family Solutions's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 373x. In other words, Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares trade at around 373x 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.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions's PEG ratio

Bright Horizons Family Solutions's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.76. 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 Bright Horizons Family Solutions's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions's EBITDA

Bright Horizons Family Solutions's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$112.9 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Bright Horizons Family Solutions's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 0.08%
Gross profit TTM USD$253.9 million
Return on assets TTM 0.02%
Return on equity TTM 2.39%
Profit margin 1.78%
Book value $21.232
Market capitalisation USD$10.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares

There are currently 920,467 Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares held short by investors – that's known as Bright Horizons Family Solutions's "short interest". This figure is 15.1% down from 1.1 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares can be evaluated.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Bright Horizons Family Solutions's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares traded daily (recently around 295970.09646302). Bright Horizons Family Solutions's SIR currently stands at 3.11. In other words for every 100,000 Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3110 shares are currently held short.

However Bright Horizons Family Solutions's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares, or, against the total number of tradable Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Bright Horizons Family Solutions's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0173% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Bright Horizons Family Solutions shares, roughly 17 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 Bright Horizons Family Solutions.

Find out more about how you can short Bright Horizons Family Solutions stock.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions share dividends

We're not expecting Bright Horizons Family Solutions to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Bright Horizons Family Solutions's shares have ranged in value from as little as $97.23 up to $182.5. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BFAM.US volatility(beta: 0.92)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Bright Horizons Family Solutions's is 0.9184. This would suggest that Bright Horizons Family Solutions's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Bright Horizons Family Solutions overview

Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. provides child care and early education services, back-up care services, educational advisory services, and other workplace solutions for employers and families. The company operates through three segments: Full Service Center-Based Child Care, Back-Up Care, and Educational Advisory and Other Services. The Full Service Center-Based Child Care segment offers traditional center-based child care and early education, preschool, and elementary education services. The Back-Up Care segment provides center-based back-up child care, in-home child and adult/elder dependent care, and self-sourced reimbursed care services. The Educational Advisory and Other Services segment offers tuition assistance and student loan repayment program administration, workforce education, and related educational consulting services, as well as college admissions advisory services. As of December 31, 2020, it operated 1,014 child care and early education centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, and India. The company was formerly known as Bright Horizons Solutions Corp. and changed its name to Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. in July 2012. Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts.

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