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BWX Technologies, Inc is an aerospace & defense business based in the US. BWX Technologies shares (BWXT) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. BWX Technologies employs 6,450 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.1 billion.

How to buy shares in BWX Technologies

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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 BWX Technologies. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BWXT. 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 BWX Technologies 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. At last close price of USD$56.53, 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 BWX Technologies, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of BWX Technologies. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted BWX Technologies's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, BWX Technologies's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$56.53, which is 19.42% down on its pre-crash value of USD$70.15 and 39.93% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$40.4.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of BWX Technologies shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$679.03 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$887.52.

BWX Technologies share price

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BWX Technologies shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$56.53
52-week range USD$40.4 - USD$70.57
50-day moving average USD$57.3371
200-day moving average USD$56.2165
Wall St. target price USD$68.5
PE ratio 20.4549
Dividend yield USD$0.76 (1.31%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.88

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Is it a good time to buy BWX Technologies stock?

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BWX Technologies price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $56.53 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-23) -0.91%
1 month (2020-10-30) 2.76%
3 months (2020-08-28) 0.95%
6 months (2020-05-29) -9.65%
1 year (2019-11-29) -5.99%
2 years (2018-11-30) 25.01%
3 years (2017-11-30) -9.48%
5 years (2015-11-30) 85.65%

Is BWX Technologies under- or over-valued?

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

BWX Technologies's P/E ratio

BWX Technologies's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, BWX Technologies shares trade at around 20x 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.

BWX Technologies's PEG ratio

BWX Technologies's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.31. 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 BWX Technologies's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

BWX Technologies's EBITDA

BWX Technologies's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$425.6 million.

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

BWX Technologies financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.81%
Gross profit TTM USD$533.9 million
Return on assets TTM 12.26%
Return on equity TTM 71.31%
Profit margin 13.44%
Book value $5.053
Market capitalisation USD$5.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting BWX Technologies shares

There are currently 1.1 million BWX Technologies shares held short by investors – that's known as BWX Technologies's "short interest". This figure is 0.5% down from 1.1 million last month.

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

BWX Technologies's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

BWX Technologies's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of BWX Technologies shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of BWX Technologies shares traded daily (recently around 548496.03960396). BWX Technologies's SIR currently stands at 2.02. In other words for every 100,000 BWX Technologies shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2020 shares are currently held short.

However BWX Technologies's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of BWX Technologies shares, or, against the total number of tradable BWX Technologies shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case BWX Technologies's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 BWX Technologies shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0139% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable BWX Technologies shares, roughly 14 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 BWX Technologies.

Find out more about how you can short BWX Technologies stock.

BWX Technologies share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 24.67% of net profits

Recently BWX Technologies has paid out, on average, around 24.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.31% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), BWX Technologies shareholders could enjoy a 1.31% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In BWX Technologies's case, that would currently equate to about $0.76 per share.

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

BWX Technologies's most recent dividend payout was on 8 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have BWX Technologies's shares ever split?

BWX Technologies's shares were split on a 1398:1000 basis on 1 July 2015. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1398 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your BWX Technologies shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 28.5% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for BWX Technologies shares which in turn could have impacted BWX Technologies's share price.

BWX Technologies share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, BWX Technologies's shares have ranged in value from as little as $40.4 up to $70.57. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BWXT.US volatility(beta: 0.99)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 BWX Technologies's is 0.9917. This would suggest that BWX Technologies's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

BWX Technologies overview

BWX Technologies, Inc. manufactures and sells nuclear components in the United States, Canada, and internationally. Its Nuclear Operations Group segment offers nuclear components, reactors, assemblies, and fuel for the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration's Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and other uses; close-tolerance equipment for nuclear applications; research reactor fuel elements for colleges, universities, and national laboratories; and components for defense applications. It also provides missile launch tubes for the United States Navy submarines; converts high-enriched uranium into low-enriched fuel for use in commercial reactors to generate electricity; and receives, stores, characterizes, dissolves, recovers, and purifies uranium-bearing materials. Its Nuclear Services Group segment provides nuclear materials processing, environmental site restoration, and management and operating services for the United States government-owned facilities; develops technology for advanced nuclear power sources application and customized tooling solutions; designs, engineers, licenses, and manufactures reactors; and inspects and services steam generators, heat exchangers, and balance of plants; and provides high pressure water lancing and non-destructive examination services, and nuclear fuel. Its Nuclear Power Group segment offers commercial nuclear steam generators, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, reactor components, and containers; nuclear fuel, fuel handling systems, tooling delivery systems, and related services, as well as engineering and in-plant services for nuclear power plants; and medical radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. It also designs, manufactures, commissions, and services nuclear power generation equipment. The company was formerly known as The Babcock & Wilcox Company and changed its name to BWX Technologies, Inc. in June 2015. The company was founded in 1867 and is headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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