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China Distance Education Holdings Limited is an education & training services business based in the US. China Distance Education shares (DL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. China Distance Education employs 2,457 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$209.6 million.
|52-week range||USD$5.76 - USD$10.04|
|50-day moving average||USD$9.6291|
|200-day moving average||USD$9.2615|
|Wall St. target price||USD$9|
|Dividend yield||USD$0.58 (8.03%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$0.309|
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Valuing China Distance Education stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of China Distance Education's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
China Distance Education's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 31x. In other words, China Distance Education shares trade at around 31x 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.
China Distance Education's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3986. 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 China Distance Education's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
China Distance Education's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$32 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a China Distance Education's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$209.6 million|
|Operating margin TTM||8.97%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$108 million|
|Return on assets TTM||3.12%|
|Return on equity TTM||6.49%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$329.6 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 13,003 China Distance Education shares held short by investors – that's known as China Distance Education's "short interest". This figure is 42.1% down from 22,457 last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting China Distance Education shares can be evaluated.
China Distance Education's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of China Distance Education shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of China Distance Education shares traded daily (recently around 9850.7575757576). China Distance Education's SIR currently stands at 1.32. In other words for every 100,000 China Distance Education shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1320 shares are currently held short.
However China Distance Education's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of China Distance Education shares, or, against the total number of tradable China Distance Education shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case China Distance Education's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 China Distance Education shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable China Distance Education shares, roughly 0 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 China Distance Education.
Find out more about how you can short China Distance Education stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 138.76% of net profits
Recently China Distance Education has paid out, on average, around 138.76% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 8.03% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), China Distance Education shareholders could enjoy a 8.03% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In China Distance Education's case, that would currently equate to about $0.58 per share.
China Distance Education's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
China Distance Education's most recent dividend payout was on 24 April 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, China Distance Education's shares have ranged in value from as little as $5.76 up to $10.04. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while China Distance Education's is 0.9237. This would suggest that China Distance Education's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
China Distance Education Holdings Limited primarily provides online and offline education services, and sells related products in the People's Republic of China. It operates in three segments: Professional Education Services, Business Start-Up Training Services, and The Sale of Learning Simulation Software. The company offers online professional education services in accounting, healthcare, engineering and construction, and legal education industries; and other professional education courses, such as online test-preparation courses for self-taught learners pursuing higher education diplomas or degrees, and accounting practical skills training courses for college students and working professionals. As of September 30, 2020, it operated 19 Websites. The company also operates an Open Learning Platform, a proprietary education platform to share educational content and deliver live courses online; and sells proprietary books and reference materials. In addition, it provides business start-up training services to university students, job seekers, and individuals; offline accounting, tax, healthcare, and legal professional training services to accounting firms and the general public; and courseware production and online platform development services, as well as sells learning simulation software to the college market. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.
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