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How to buy Central Garden-and-Pet Company stock | $37.99

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Central Garden & Pet Company is a packaged foods business based in the US. Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares (CENT) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Central Garden-and-Pet Company employs 5,600 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.7 billion.

How to buy shares in Central Garden-and-Pet Company

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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 Central Garden-and-Pet Company. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CENT. 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 Central Garden-and-Pet Company 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$37.99, 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 Central Garden-and-Pet Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Central Garden-and-Pet Company. 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.

Central Garden-and-Pet Company share price

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Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$37.99
52-week rangeUSD$23.82 - USD$44.8
50-day moving average USD$39.3541
200-day moving average USD$39.0216
Wall St. target priceUSD$38.5
PE ratio 16.7227
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.2

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Is it a good time to buy Central Garden-and-Pet Company stock?

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Central Garden-and-Pet Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $37.99 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-13) -6.98%
1 month (2020-12-18) 1.09%
3 months (2020-10-20) -8.30%
6 months (2020-07-20) 2.21%
1 year (2020-01-17) 15.58%
2 years (2019-01-18) -3.65%
3 years (2018-01-19) 0.69%
5 years (2016-01-20) 215.27%

Is Central Garden-and-Pet Company under- or over-valued?

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

Central Garden-and-Pet Company's P/E ratio

Central Garden-and-Pet Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares trade at around 17x 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.

Central Garden-and-Pet Company's PEG ratio

Central Garden-and-Pet Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.56. 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 Central Garden-and-Pet Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Central Garden-and-Pet Company's EBITDA

Central Garden-and-Pet Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$253.3 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Central Garden-and-Pet Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Central Garden-and-Pet Company financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.35%
Gross profit TTM USD$796.6 million
Return on assets TTM 5.67%
Return on equity TTM 11.72%
Profit margin 4.48%
Book value $19.648
Market capitalisation USD$1.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares

There are currently 451,581 Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Central Garden-and-Pet Company's "short interest". This figure is 3.4% up from 436,914 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares can be evaluated.

Central Garden-and-Pet Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Central Garden-and-Pet Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares traded daily (recently around 104050.92165899). Central Garden-and-Pet Company's SIR currently stands at 4.34. In other words for every 100,000 Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4340 shares are currently held short.

However Central Garden-and-Pet Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Central Garden-and-Pet Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0809% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Central Garden-and-Pet Company shares, roughly 81 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 Central Garden-and-Pet Company.

Find out more about how you can short Central Garden-and-Pet Company stock.

Central Garden-and-Pet Company share dividends

We're not expecting Central Garden-and-Pet Company to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Central Garden-and-Pet Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Central Garden-and-Pet Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $23.82 up to $44.8. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CENT.US volatility(beta: 0.68)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 Central Garden-and-Pet Company's is 0.6756. This would suggest that Central Garden-and-Pet Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Central Garden-and-Pet Company overview

Central Garden & Pet Company, together with its subsidiaries, produces and distributes products for the lawn and garden, and pet supplies markets in the United States. It operates through two segments, Pet and Garden. The Pet segment supplies products for dogs and cats, including edible bones, edible and non-edible chews, rawhides, dog and cat food, toys, pet carriers, grooming supplies, and other accessories; and products for birds, small animals, and specialty pets, such as cages and habitats, toys, chews, and related accessories. It also provides animal and household health and insect control products; live fishes; and products for fish, reptiles, and other aquarium-based pets comprising aquariums, furniture and lighting fixtures, pumps, filters, water conditioners, food and supplements, and information and knowledge resources; and products for horses and livestock. This segment sells its products to independent pet distributors, retail chains, grocery stores, mass merchants, and bookstores under the Adams, Aqueon, Avoderm, C&S Products, Cadet, Farnam, Four Paws, Kaytee, K&H Pet Products, Nylabone, Pinnacle, TFH, Zilla, Altosid, Comfort Zone, Coralife, Interpet, Pet Select, and Zodiac brands, as well as through eCommerce. The Garden segment provides grass seed; wild bird feed, bird feeders, bird houses, and other birding accessories; weed, grass, and other herbicides, as well as insecticide and pesticide products; fertilizers; and decorative outdoor lifestyle products that include pottery, as well as live plants and outdoor cushions and pillows. This segment sells its products to retail chains, independent garden distributors, grocery stores, nurseries, and garden supply retailers under the AMDRO, Arden Companies, Ironite, Pennington, Sevin, Lilly Miller, Over-N-Out, Smart Seed, and The Rebels brands. The company also engages in the distribution of third-party products. Central Garden & Pet Company was founded in 1955 and is based in Walnut Creek, California.

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