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Comtech Telecommunications Corp is a communication equipment business based in the US. Comtech Telecommunications shares (CMTL) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Comtech Telecommunications employs 2,034 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$581.7 million.

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  3. Search for Comtech Telecommunications. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CMTL. 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 Comtech Telecommunications 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$20.69, 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 Comtech Telecommunications, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Comtech Telecommunications. 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.

Comtech Telecommunications share price

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Comtech Telecommunications shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$20.69
52-week rangeUSD$11.2717 - USD$36.6622
50-day moving average USD$18.5768
200-day moving average USD$16.6271
Wall St. target priceUSD$24.8
PE ratio 61.9464
Dividend yield USD$0.4 (1.94%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.28

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Is it a good time to buy Comtech Telecommunications stock?

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Comtech Telecommunications price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $20.69 from 2020-12-31

1 week (2021-01-15) -6.21%
1 month (2020-12-23) 0.83%
3 months (2020-10-22) 27.64%
6 months (2020-07-22) 29.72%
1 year (2020-01-22) -43.59%
2 years (2019-01-22) -18.35%
3 years (2018-01-22) 21.64
5 years (2016-01-22) 10.46%

Is Comtech Telecommunications under- or over-valued?

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

Comtech Telecommunications's P/E ratio

Comtech Telecommunications's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 62x. In other words, Comtech Telecommunications shares trade at around 62x 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.

Comtech Telecommunications's PEG ratio

Comtech Telecommunications's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.2. 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 Comtech Telecommunications's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Comtech Telecommunications's EBITDA

Comtech Telecommunications's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$62.2 million.

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

Comtech Telecommunications financials

Revenue TTM USD$581.7 million
Operating margin TTM 5.11%
Gross profit TTM USD$226.8 million
Return on assets TTM 2.01%
Return on equity TTM -17.08%
Profit margin -14.65%
Book value $18.398
Market capitalisation USD$517 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Comtech Telecommunications shares

There are currently 867,874 Comtech Telecommunications shares held short by investors – that's known as Comtech Telecommunications's "short interest". This figure is 13.9% up from 762,185 last month.

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

Comtech Telecommunications's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Comtech Telecommunications's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Comtech Telecommunications shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Comtech Telecommunications shares traded daily (recently around 280865.37216828). Comtech Telecommunications's SIR currently stands at 3.09. In other words for every 100,000 Comtech Telecommunications shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3090 shares are currently held short.

However Comtech Telecommunications's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Comtech Telecommunications shares, or, against the total number of tradable Comtech Telecommunications shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Comtech Telecommunications's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Comtech Telecommunications shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0422% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Comtech Telecommunications shares, roughly 42 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 Comtech Telecommunications.

Find out more about how you can short Comtech Telecommunications stock.

Comtech Telecommunications share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 54.79% of net profits

Recently Comtech Telecommunications has paid out, on average, around 54.79% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.94% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Comtech Telecommunications shareholders could enjoy a 1.94% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Comtech Telecommunications's case, that would currently equate to about $0.4 per share.

Comtech Telecommunications'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.

Comtech Telecommunications's most recent dividend payout was on 19 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 19 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Comtech Telecommunications's shares ever split?

Comtech Telecommunications's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 5 April 2005. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Comtech Telecommunications shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Comtech Telecommunications shares which in turn could have impacted Comtech Telecommunications's share price.

Comtech Telecommunications share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Comtech Telecommunications's shares have ranged in value from as little as $11.2717 up to $36.6622. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CMTL.US volatility(beta: 1.95)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 Comtech Telecommunications's is 1.9528. This would suggest that Comtech Telecommunications's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Comtech Telecommunications overview

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces, and markets products, systems, and services for communications solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Commercial Solutions and Government Solutions. The Commercial Solutions segment offers satellite ground station technologies, including modems, amplifiers, frequency converters, and network software to modulate, demodulate, and amplify signals, as well as to carry voice, video, and/or data over networks; and public safety and location technologies covering 911 call routing solutions that allow cellular carriers and over the Internet carriers to deliver emergency calls to public safety emergency call centers. The Government Solutions segment provides mission-critical technologies comprising tactical satellite-based networks, such as satellite modems, ruggedized routers, and solid-state drives; very small aperture terminals; and sustainment services for the secret Internet Protocol router and non-classified Internet Protocol router access point. This segment also offers high-performance transmission technologies that are used in communication systems comprising electronic warfare, radar, and identification friend or foe (IFF); troposcatter technologies for satellite communication; and high-power amplifiers and related switching technologies that are used in electronic warfare, communications, radar, IFF, and medical applications, such as oncology cancer treatment systems. The company serves satellite systems integrators, wireless and other communication service providers, satellite broadcasters, prime contractors and system suppliers, medical equipment companies, aviation industry system integrators, oil companies, and domestic and international defense and government customers, as well as end-customers. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.

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