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How to buy Forterra stock | $15.96

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Forterra, Inc is a building products & equipment business based in the US. Forterra shares (FRTA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Forterra employs 4,578 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.6 billion.

How to buy shares in Forterra

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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 Forterra. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: FRTA. 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 Forterra 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$15.96, 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 Forterra, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Forterra. 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.

Forterra share price

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Forterra shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$15.96
52-week range USD$3.45 - USD$17.58
50-day moving average USD$13.4559
200-day moving average USD$11.1782
Wall St. target price USD$17.17
PE ratio 37.7381
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.418

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Is it a good time to buy Forterra stock?

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Forterra price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $15.96 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-25) -11.73%
1 month (2020-11-06) 9.54%
3 months (2020-09-04) 17.18%
6 months (2020-06-05) 55.56%
1 year (2019-12-05) 45.62%
2 years (2018-12-04) 221.77%
3 years (2017-12-05) 75.00%
5 years (2015-12-02) N/A

Is Forterra under- or over-valued?

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

Forterra's P/E ratio

Forterra'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, Forterra 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.

Forterra's PEG ratio

Forterra's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.54. 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 Forterra's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Forterra's EBITDA

Forterra's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$210 million.

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

Forterra financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.36%
Gross profit TTM USD$296.4 million
Return on assets TTM 3.99%
Return on equity TTM 23.74%
Profit margin 1.75%
Book value $2.076
Market capitalisation USD$1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Forterra shares

There are currently 2.0 million Forterra shares held short by investors – that's known as Forterra's "short interest". This figure is 0.6% down from 2.1 million last month.

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

Forterra's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Forterra's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Forterra shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Forterra shares traded daily (recently around 1.2 million). Forterra's SIR currently stands at 1.69. In other words for every 100,000 Forterra shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1690 shares are currently held short.

However Forterra's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Forterra shares, or, against the total number of tradable Forterra shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Forterra's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Forterra shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.1068% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Forterra shares, roughly 107 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 Forterra.

Find out more about how you can short Forterra stock.

Forterra share dividends

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

Forterra share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Forterra's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.45 up to $17.58. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Forterra's is 2.5115. This would suggest that Forterra's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Forterra overview

Forterra, Inc. manufactures and sells pipe and precast products the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates through Drainage Pipe & Products; and Water Pipe & Products segments. The company offers concrete drainage pipes used for storm water applications, residential and non-residential site developments, sanitary sewers, low-pressure sewer force mains, tunneled systems, treatment plant piping, and utility tunnels. It provides box culverts, utility vaults, manholes, drainage inlets, and pipe end sections used for roadway and airport drainage, storm water management, utility construction, and water treatment and filtration systems; and architectural panels for buildings, modular railroad crossings, retaining wall and storm water treatment systems, highway noise barriers, and concrete vaults that are used to house dry or wet utilities. The company offers hollow-core planks, prestressed bridge girders, beams, columns, wall panels, stairs, garage floors, and architectural claddings for infrastructure and non-residential applications; and precast concrete bridge girders for highway projects. It provides precast concrete foundation to support prefabricated shelters or equipment buildings; precast product that consolidates and protects underground electrical and communication cables; and storm water technologies for storm water management market. The company offers ductile iron pipes for transmission and distribution of potable and waste water, and smaller diameter applications; concrete pressure pipes for water transmission and distribution, power plant cooling water lines, sewage force mains for waste and storm water, and other various applications; and prestressed concrete and bar-wrapped concrete pipes. It serves construction contractors, developers, utility companies and contractors, municipalities, and waterworks distributors and contractors through distributors. The company was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

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