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How to buy CSP stock

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CSP Inc is an information technology services business based in the US. CSP shares (CSPI) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. CSP employs 112 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$56.3 million.

How to buy shares in CSP

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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 CSP. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CSPI. 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 CSP 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 CSP, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of CSP. 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.

CSP share price

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CSP shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$4.51 - USD$14.33
50-day moving average USD$10.3291
200-day moving average USD$8.791
Wall St. target priceUSD$65
PE ratio 178.6957
Dividend yield USD$0.15 (1.73%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.046

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Is CSP under- or over-valued?

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

CSP's P/E ratio

CSP's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 179x. In other words, CSP shares trade at around 179x 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.

CSP financials

Revenue TTM USD$56.3 million
Gross profit TTM USD$17.2 million
Return on assets TTM -1.78%
Return on equity TTM 0.8%
Profit margin 0.44%
Book value $7.309
Market capitalisation USD$36 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting CSP shares

There are currently 4,280 CSP shares held short by investors – that's known as CSP's "short interest". This figure is 36.9% up from 3,126 last month.

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

CSP's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

CSP's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of CSP shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of CSP shares traded daily (recently around 20380.952380952). CSP's SIR currently stands at 0.21. In other words for every 100,000 CSP shares traded daily on the market, roughly 210 shares are currently held short.

However CSP's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of CSP shares, or, against the total number of tradable CSP shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case CSP's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 CSP shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0011% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable CSP shares, roughly 1 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 CSP.

Find out more about how you can short CSP stock.

CSP share dividends

31%

Dividend payout ratio: 31.28% of net profits

Recently CSP has paid out, on average, around 31.28% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.88% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), CSP shareholders could enjoy a 5.88% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In CSP's case, that would currently equate to about $0.15 per share.

While CSP's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that CSP may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

CSP's most recent dividend payout was on 13 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have CSP's shares ever split?

CSP's shares were split on a 11:10 basis on 19 April 1999. So if you had owned 10 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 11 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your CSP shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9.1% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for CSP shares which in turn could have impacted CSP's share price.

CSP share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, CSP's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.51 up to $14.33. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CSPI.US volatility(beta: 1.82)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 CSP's is 1.8239. This would suggest that CSP's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

CSP overview

CSP Inc. develops and markets IT integration solutions, security products, managed IT services, purpose built network adapters, and cluster computer systems for commercial and defense customers worldwide. The company's High Performance Products segment offers ARIA Software-Defined Security, a cybersecurity solution; Myricom network adapters comprising Ethernet adapters and specialized software of ARC Series and Secure Intelligent Adapters; ARIA security appliances for network security services; nVoy Series, including Packet Broker and Packet Recorder appliances; and multicomputer products for digital signal processing applications in the defense markets. Its Technology Solutions segment provides third-party computer hardware and software as a value added reseller to various customers in Web and infrastructure hosting, education, telecommunications, healthcare services, distribution, financial and professional services, and manufacturing industries. This segment also offers professional IT consulting services, such as implementation, integration, migration, configuration, installation, and project management; storage and virtualization solutions; enterprise security intrusion prevention, network access control, and unified threat management services; and IT security compliance services. In addition, this segment provides unified communications, wireless, and routing and switching solutions; custom software applications and solutions development and support services; maintenance and technical support services; and managed IT services, such as monitoring, reporting, and management of alerts for the resolution and preventive general IT, as well as IT security support tasks. Further, this segment offers managed and cloud services, such as proactive monitoring and remote management of IT infrastructure, managed and hosted unified communication services, security, and backup and replication. CSP Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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