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How to buy Douglas Dynamics stock

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Douglas Dynamics, Inc is an auto parts business based in the US. Douglas Dynamics shares (PLOW) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Douglas Dynamics employs 1,767 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$480.2 million.

How to buy shares in Douglas Dynamics

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  3. Search for Douglas Dynamics. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: PLOW. 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 Douglas Dynamics 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 Douglas Dynamics, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Douglas Dynamics. 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.

Douglas Dynamics share price

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Douglas Dynamics shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-09.
52-week rangeUSD$24.9286 - USD$51.1468
50-day moving average USD$48.0576
200-day moving average USD$41.8565
Wall St. target priceUSD$53.33
PE ratio 19.0298
Dividend yield USD$1.12 (2.45%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.678

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Is it a good time to buy Douglas Dynamics stock?

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Is Douglas Dynamics under- or over-valued?

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

Douglas Dynamics's P/E ratio

Douglas Dynamics's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, Douglas Dynamics shares trade at around 19x 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.

Douglas Dynamics's PEG ratio

Douglas Dynamics's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.8. 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 Douglas Dynamics's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Douglas Dynamics's EBITDA

Douglas Dynamics's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$72 million.

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

Douglas Dynamics financials

Revenue TTM USD$480.2 million
Operating margin TTM 10.88%
Gross profit TTM USD$129.7 million
Return on assets TTM 5.08%
Return on equity TTM -33.72%
Profit margin -18.03%
Book value $8.759
Market capitalisation USD$1.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Douglas Dynamics shares

There are currently 282,260 Douglas Dynamics shares held short by investors – that's known as Douglas Dynamics's "short interest". This figure is 11.4% down from 318,642 last month.

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

Douglas Dynamics's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Douglas Dynamics's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Douglas Dynamics shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Douglas Dynamics shares traded daily (recently around 89606.349206349). Douglas Dynamics's SIR currently stands at 3.15. In other words for every 100,000 Douglas Dynamics shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3150 shares are currently held short.

However Douglas Dynamics's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Douglas Dynamics shares, or, against the total number of tradable Douglas Dynamics shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Douglas Dynamics's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Douglas Dynamics shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0146% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Douglas Dynamics shares, roughly 15 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 Douglas Dynamics.

Find out more about how you can short Douglas Dynamics stock.

Douglas Dynamics share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 94.54% of net profits

Recently Douglas Dynamics has paid out, on average, around 94.54% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.49% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Douglas Dynamics shareholders could enjoy a 2.49% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Douglas Dynamics's case, that would currently equate to about $1.12 per share.

Douglas Dynamics'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.

Douglas Dynamics's most recent dividend payout was on 30 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Douglas Dynamics's shares ever split?

Douglas Dynamics's shares were split on a 23:1 basis on 6 May 2010. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 23 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Douglas Dynamics shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 95.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Douglas Dynamics shares which in turn could have impacted Douglas Dynamics's share price.

Douglas Dynamics share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Douglas Dynamics's shares have ranged in value from as little as $24.9286 up to $51.1468. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PLOW.US volatility(beta: 0.82)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 Douglas Dynamics's is 0.818. This would suggest that Douglas Dynamics's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Douglas Dynamics overview

Douglas Dynamics, Inc. operates as a manufacturer and upfitter of commercial work truck attachments and equipment in North America. It operates through two segments, Work Truck Attachments and Work Truck Solutions. The Work Truck Attachments segment manufactures and sells snow and ice control attachments, including snowplows, and sand and salt spreaders for light trucks and heavy duty trucks, as well as various related parts and accessories. The Work Truck Solutions segment primarily manufactures municipal snow and ice control products; provides truck and vehicle upfits where it attaches component pieces of equipment, truck bodies, racking, and storage solutions to a vehicle chassis for use by end users for work related purposes; and manufactures storage solutions for trucks and vans, and cable pulling equipment for trucks. This segment also offers up-fit and storage solutions. It also provides customized turnkey solutions to governmental agencies, such as Departments of Transportation and municipalities. The company sells its products under the BLIZZARD, FISHER, HENDERSON, SNOWEX, WESTERN, TURFEX, SWEEPEX, HENDERSON, and DEJANA brands. It distributes its products primarily to professional snowplowers who are contracted to remove snow and ice from commercial and residential areas. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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