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How to buy ESSA Bancorp stock

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ESSA Bancorp, Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. ESSA Bancorp shares (ESSA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. ESSA Bancorp employs 234 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$59.3 million.

How to buy shares in ESSA Bancorp

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

ESSA Bancorp share price

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ESSA Bancorp shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-23.
52-week rangeUSD$9.4786 - USD$16.8443
50-day moving average USD$15.1135
200-day moving average USD$14.1768
Wall St. target priceUSD$13.5
PE ratio 10.6603
Dividend yield USD$0.44 (2.78%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.469

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Is ESSA Bancorp under- or over-valued?

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

ESSA Bancorp's P/E ratio

ESSA Bancorp's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 11x. In other words, ESSA Bancorp shares trade at around 11x 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.

ESSA Bancorp financials

Revenue TTM USD$59.3 million
Operating margin TTM 36.91%
Gross profit TTM USD$58.2 million
Return on assets TTM 0.82%
Return on equity TTM 7.86%
Profit margin 25.52%
Book value $19.278
Market capitalisation USD$169.5 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting ESSA Bancorp shares

There are currently 59,875 ESSA Bancorp shares held short by investors – that's known as ESSA Bancorp's "short interest". This figure is 2.6% up from 58,382 last month.

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

ESSA Bancorp's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

ESSA Bancorp's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of ESSA Bancorp shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of ESSA Bancorp shares traded daily (recently around 15158.227848101). ESSA Bancorp's SIR currently stands at 3.95. In other words for every 100,000 ESSA Bancorp shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3950 shares are currently held short.

However ESSA Bancorp's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of ESSA Bancorp shares, or, against the total number of tradable ESSA Bancorp shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case ESSA Bancorp's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 ESSA Bancorp shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0067% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable ESSA Bancorp shares, roughly 7 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 ESSA Bancorp.

Find out more about how you can short ESSA Bancorp stock.

ESSA Bancorp share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 29.53% of net profits

Recently ESSA Bancorp has paid out, on average, around 29.53% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.78% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), ESSA Bancorp shareholders could enjoy a 2.78% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In ESSA Bancorp's case, that would currently equate to about $0.44 per share.

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

ESSA Bancorp's most recent dividend payout was on 30 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 15 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

ESSA Bancorp share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, ESSA Bancorp's shares have ranged in value from as little as $9.4786 up to $16.8443. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ESSA.US volatility(beta: 0.52)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 ESSA Bancorp's is 0.5165. This would suggest that ESSA Bancorp's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

ESSA Bancorp overview

ESSA Bancorp, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for ESSA Bank & Trust that provides a range of financial products and services to individuals, families, and businesses in Pennsylvania. The company accepts savings accounts, interest bearing demand accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts, club accounts, certificates of deposit and IRAs, and other qualified plan accounts, as well as commercial checking accounts. Its loan portfolio includes first mortgage loans for the purchase, construction, or refinancing of one- to four-family residential real estate property; commercial real estate loans; home equity loans and lines of credit; and commercial and consumer loans, as well as loans secured by deposits and personal unsecured loans. In addition, the company offers insurance benefits consulting services, such as health insurance, life insurance, short term and long term disability, dental, vision, 401(K) retirement planning, and individual health products, as well as asset management and trust, and investment services. As of September 30, 2020, it operated 22 full-service banking offices, including 7 offices in Monroe County, 3 offices in Lehigh County, 6 offices in Northampton County, 1 office in Lackawanna County, 1 office in Luzerne County, 1 office in Chester County, 2 offices in Delaware County, and 1 office in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1916 and is based in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

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