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How to buy Element Solutions stock | $15.94

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Element Solutions Inc is a specialty chemicals business based in the US. Element Solutions shares (ESI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Element Solutions employs 4,400 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.8 billion.

How to buy shares in Element Solutions

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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 Element Solutions. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ESI. 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 Element Solutions 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$15.94, 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 Element Solutions, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Element Solutions. 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.

Element Solutions share price

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Element Solutions shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-26.
Latest market closeUSD$15.94
52-week rangeUSD$5.3302 - USD$18.25
50-day moving average USD$14.7832
200-day moving average USD$12.0579
Wall St. target priceUSD$17.36
PE ratio 37.6471
Dividend yield USD$0.2 (1.1%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.476

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Is it a good time to buy Element Solutions stock?

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Element Solutions price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $15.94 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-09) N/A
1 month (2020-12-18) -11.10%
3 months (2020-10-16) 27.32%
6 months (2020-07-17) 45.70%
1 year (2020-01-17) 27.72%
2 years (2019-01-18) 38.25%
3 years (2018-01-18) 43.86%
5 years (2016-01-16) N/A

Is Element Solutions under- or over-valued?

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

Element Solutions's P/E ratio

Element Solutions's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 38x. In other words, Element Solutions shares trade at around 38x 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.

Element Solutions's EBITDA

Element Solutions's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$390.4 million.

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

Element Solutions financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 13.04%
Gross profit TTM USD$788.3 million
Return on assets TTM 3.36%
Return on equity TTM 5.56%
Profit margin 6.78%
Book value $9.025
Market capitalisation USD$4.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Element Solutions shares

There are currently 6.1 million Element Solutions shares held short by investors – that's known as Element Solutions's "short interest". This figure is 36.3% up from 4.5 million last month.

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

Element Solutions's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Element Solutions's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Element Solutions shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Element Solutions shares traded daily (recently around 2.3 million). Element Solutions's SIR currently stands at 2.65. In other words for every 100,000 Element Solutions shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2650 shares are currently held short.

However Element Solutions's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Element Solutions shares, or, against the total number of tradable Element Solutions shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Element Solutions's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Element Solutions shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0321% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Element Solutions shares, roughly 32 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 Element Solutions.

Find out more about how you can short Element Solutions stock.

Element Solutions share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 5.75% of net profits

Recently Element Solutions has paid out, on average, around 5.75% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.1% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Element Solutions shareholders could enjoy a 1.1% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Element Solutions's case, that would currently equate to about $0.2 per share.

While Element Solutions's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Element Solutions is investing more in its future growth.

Element Solutions's most recent dividend payout was on 15 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Element Solutions share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Element Solutions's shares have ranged in value from as little as $5.3302 up to $18.25. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ESI.US volatility(beta: 1.79)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 Element Solutions's is 1.7937. This would suggest that Element Solutions's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Element Solutions overview

Element Solutions Inc produces and sells specialty chemical products the United States, China, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Electronics and Industrial & Specialty. The Electronics segment researches, formulates, and delivers specialty chemicals and materials for various types of electronics hardware products. This segment offers electronic assembly materials; circuitry solutions comprising circuit board metallization products, circuit formation products, and electronic materials; and semiconductor solutions. This segment primarily serves mobile communications, computers, automobiles, and aerospace equipment industries. The Industrial & Specialty segment provides industrial solutions, which include chemical systems that protect and decorate metal and plastic surfaces; graphics solutions that comprise consumable chemicals that enable printing image transfer on flexible packaging materials; and energy solutions, which consist of chemistries used in water-based hydraulic control fluids for offshore deep-water drilling. This segment's products include electroless nickel products, plating products, pre-treatment and cleaning solutions, functional conversion coatings, hard-coated films, and water treatment products; solid sheet printing elements and liquid imaging products; and offshore fluids. This segment serves the aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer electronics, consumer packaged goods, and oil and gas production end markets. The company was formerly known as Platform Specialty Products Corporation and changed its name to Element Solutions Inc in January 2019. Element Solutions Inc was founded in 1922 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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