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How to buy ESCO Technologies stock | $100.44

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ESCO Technologies Inc is a scientific & technical instruments business based in the US. ESCO Technologies shares (ESE) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. ESCO Technologies employs 2,713 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$732.9 million.

How to buy shares in ESCO Technologies

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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 ESCO Technologies. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ESE. 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 ESCO Technologies 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$100.44, 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 ESCO Technologies, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of ESCO Technologies. 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.

ESCO Technologies share price

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ESCO Technologies shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$100.44
52-week rangeUSD$62.453 - USD$106.41
50-day moving average USD$99.9003
200-day moving average USD$88.9881
Wall St. target priceUSD$106
PE ratio 26.0031
Dividend yield USD$0.32 (0.32%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.898

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Is it a good time to buy ESCO Technologies stock?

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ESCO Technologies price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $100.44 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-07) -8.99%
1 month (2020-12-17) -2.86%
3 months (2020-10-16) 14.33%
6 months (2020-07-16) 15.73%
1 year (2020-01-16) 1.71%
2 years (2019-01-16) 54.19%
3 years (2018-01-16) 51.38%
5 years (2016-01-15) 206.69%

Is ESCO Technologies under- or over-valued?

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

ESCO Technologies's P/E ratio

ESCO Technologies's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, ESCO Technologies shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

ESCO Technologies's PEG ratio

ESCO Technologies's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.96. 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 ESCO Technologies's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

ESCO Technologies's EBITDA

ESCO Technologies's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$135.5 million.

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

ESCO Technologies financials

Revenue TTM USD$732.9 million
Operating margin TTM 12.85%
Gross profit TTM USD$275.5 million
Return on assets TTM 4.15%
Return on equity TTM 2.85%
Profit margin 13.91%
Book value $36.931
Market capitalisation USD$2.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting ESCO Technologies shares

There are currently 254,751 ESCO Technologies shares held short by investors – that's known as ESCO Technologies's "short interest". This figure is 22.3% down from 327,983 last month.

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

ESCO Technologies's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

ESCO Technologies's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of ESCO Technologies shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of ESCO Technologies shares traded daily (recently around 108404.68085106). ESCO Technologies's SIR currently stands at 2.35. In other words for every 100,000 ESCO Technologies shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2350 shares are currently held short.

However ESCO Technologies's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of ESCO Technologies shares, or, against the total number of tradable ESCO Technologies shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case ESCO Technologies's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 ESCO Technologies shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0139% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable ESCO Technologies shares, roughly 14 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 ESCO Technologies.

Find out more about how you can short ESCO Technologies stock.

ESCO Technologies share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 11.55% of net profits

Recently ESCO Technologies has paid out, on average, around 11.55% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.32% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), ESCO Technologies shareholders could enjoy a 0.32% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In ESCO Technologies's case, that would currently equate to about $0.32 per share.

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

ESCO Technologies's most recent dividend payout was on 19 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 31 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have ESCO Technologies's shares ever split?

ESCO Technologies's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 26 September 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 ESCO Technologies shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for ESCO Technologies shares which in turn could have impacted ESCO Technologies's share price.

ESCO Technologies share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, ESCO Technologies's shares have ranged in value from as little as $62.453 up to $106.41. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ESE.US volatility(beta: 1.07)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 ESCO Technologies's is 1.0672. This would suggest that ESCO Technologies's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

ESCO Technologies overview

ESCO Technologies Inc. produces and supplies engineered products and systems for industrial and commercial markets worldwide. It operates through three segments: Aerospace & Defense, Utility Solutions Group (USG), and RF Shielding and Test. The Aerospace & Defense segment designs and manufactures filtration products, including hydraulic filter elements and fluid control devices used in commercial aerospace applications; filter mechanisms used in micro-propulsion devices for satellites; and custom designed filters for manned aircraft and submarines. It also designs, develops, and manufactures elastomeric-based signature reduction solutions for U.S. naval vessels; and mission-critical bushings, pins, sleeves, and precision-tolerance machined components for landing gear, rotor heads, engine mounts, flight controls, and actuation systems for the aerospace and defense industries. The USG segment provides diagnostic testing solutions that enable electric power grid operators to assess the integrity of high-voltage power delivery equipment; and decision support tools for the renewable energy industry, primarily wind and solar. The RF Shielding and Test segment designs and manufactures RF test and secure communication facilities, acoustic test enclosures, RF and magnetically shielded rooms, RF measurement systems, and broadcast and recording studios; and RF absorptive materials and filters, active compensation systems, antennas, antenna masts, turntables, electric and magnetic probes, RF test cells, proprietary measurement software, and other test accessories to perform various tests. It also provides services, such as calibration for antennas and field probes, chamber certification, field surveys, customer training, and various product tests. The company distributes its products through a network of distributors, sales representatives, direct sales teams, and in-house sales personnel. ESCO Technologies Inc. was incorporated in 1990 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

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