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Delta Apparel, Inc is an apparel manufacturing business based in the US. Delta Apparel shares (DLA) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Delta Apparel employs 8,700 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$372.3 million.

How to buy shares in Delta Apparel

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 Delta Apparel. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: DLA. 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 Delta Apparel 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$18.1, 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 Delta Apparel, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Delta Apparel. 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 Delta Apparel's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$18.1, which is 18.54% down on its pre-crash value of USD$22.22 and 135.06% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$7.7.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Delta Apparel shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$385.16 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$744.82.

Delta Apparel share price

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Delta Apparel shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-19.
Latest market close USD$18.1
52-week range USD$7.532 - USD$31.71
50-day moving average USD$15.1309
200-day moving average USD$12.9636
Wall St. target price USD$18
PE ratio 8.75
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.506

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Is it a good time to buy Delta Apparel stock?

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Delta Apparel price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $18.1 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-18) -5.78%
1 month (2020-10-26) 6.85%
3 months (2020-08-25) 22.80%
6 months (2020-05-22) 76.93%
1 year (2019-11-25) -34.16%
2 years (2018-11-23) -4.13%
3 years (2017-11-24) -15.81%
5 years (2015-11-25) 19.95%

Is Delta Apparel under- or over-valued?

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

Delta Apparel's P/E ratio

Delta Apparel's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 9x. In other words, Delta Apparel shares trade at around 9x 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.

Delta Apparel's PEG ratio

Delta Apparel's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.9055. 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 Delta Apparel's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Delta Apparel's EBITDA

Delta Apparel's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$26.9 million.

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

Delta Apparel financials

Revenue TTM USD$372.3 million
Operating margin TTM 3.83%
Gross profit TTM USD$85.2 million
Return on assets TTM 2.25%
Return on equity TTM -8.65%
Profit margin -3.23%
Book value $19.895
Market capitalisation USD$128.8 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Delta Apparel shares

There are currently 94,154 Delta Apparel shares held short by investors – that's known as Delta Apparel's "short interest". This figure is 3.6% down from 97,670 last month.

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

Delta Apparel's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Delta Apparel's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Delta Apparel shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Delta Apparel shares traded daily (recently around 15137.29903537). Delta Apparel's SIR currently stands at 6.22. In other words for every 100,000 Delta Apparel shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6220 shares are currently held short.

However Delta Apparel's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Delta Apparel shares, or, against the total number of tradable Delta Apparel shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Delta Apparel's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Delta Apparel shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0174% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Delta Apparel shares, roughly 17 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Delta Apparel.

Find out more about how you can short Delta Apparel stock.

Delta Apparel share dividends

We're not expecting Delta Apparel to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Delta Apparel's shares ever split?

Delta Apparel's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 June 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Delta Apparel shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Delta Apparel shares which in turn could have impacted Delta Apparel's share price.

Delta Apparel share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Delta Apparel's shares have ranged in value from as little as $7.532 up to $31.71. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

DLA.US volatility(beta: 1.61)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 Delta Apparel's is 1.6073. This would suggest that Delta Apparel's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Delta Apparel overview

Delta Apparel, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, sources, and markets a portfolio of activewear and lifestyle apparel products in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Delta Group and Salt Life Group. It markets, distributes, manufactures, and sells unembellished knit apparel under the Soffe, Delta Platinum, Delta Pro Weight, and Delta Magnum Weight brands to various large licensed screen printers and small independent businesses. The company also manufactures private label products for branded sportswear companies, trendy regional brands, retailers, and sports licensed apparel marketers; and various types of printed garments and apparels under the DTG2Go brand. In addition, it markets various apparel garments, headwear, and related accessories under the Salt Life and COAST brands, as well as other labels; and active wear apparel garments under the Delta and Soffe brands. Further, the company provides various casual and athletic products for men, women, juniors, youth, and children through various distribution channels and distribution tiers, including department stores, sporting goods and outdoor retailers, specialty stores, boutiques, mid and mass channels, e-retailers, and the U.S. military. Additionally, it sells its products direct-to-consumer on its Websites, as well as through its retail stores. Delta Apparel, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina.

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