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How to buy Generac stock | $209.43

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Generac Holdings Inc is a specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. Generac shares (GNRC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Generac employs 5,412 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.3 billion.

How to buy shares in Generac

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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 Generac. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: GNRC. 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 Generac 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$209.43, 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 Generac, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Generac. 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.

Generac share price

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Generac shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$209.43
52-week rangeUSD$75.5 - USD$237.99
50-day moving average USD$217.5124
200-day moving average USD$180.5981
Wall St. target priceUSD$253
PE ratio 50.4981
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.618

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Is it a good time to buy Generac stock?

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Generac price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $209.43 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-08) -17.06%
1 month (2020-12-16) -4.99%
3 months (2020-10-16) 0.59%
6 months (2020-07-16) 58.01%
1 year (2020-01-16) 101.53%
2 years (2019-01-16) 290.95%
3 years (2018-01-16) 327.50%
5 years (2016-01-15) 665.74%

Is Generac under- or over-valued?

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

Generac's P/E ratio

Generac's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 50x. In other words, Generac shares trade at around 50x 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.

Generac's PEG ratio

Generac's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 6.389. 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 Generac's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Generac's EBITDA

Generac's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$487.3 million.

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

Generac financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.11%
Gross profit TTM USD$797.8 million
Return on assets TTM 9.41%
Return on equity TTM 25.53%
Profit margin 12.75%
Book value $19.576
Market capitalisation USD$14.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Generac shares

There are currently 2.0 million Generac shares held short by investors – that's known as Generac's "short interest". This figure is 43.4% up from 1.4 million last month.

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

Generac's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Generac's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Generac shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Generac shares traded daily (recently around 958035.9223301). Generac's SIR currently stands at 2.06. In other words for every 100,000 Generac shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2060 shares are currently held short.

However Generac's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Generac shares, or, against the total number of tradable Generac shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Generac's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Generac shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0361% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Generac shares, roughly 36 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 Generac.

Find out more about how you can short Generac stock.

Generac share dividends

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

Have Generac's shares ever split?

Generac's shares were split on a 1:3 basis on 10 February 2010. So if you had owned 3 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Generac shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 200% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Generac shares which in turn could have impacted Generac's share price.

Generac share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Generac's shares have ranged in value from as little as $75.5 up to $237.99. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GNRC.US volatility(beta: 0.93)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 Generac's is 0.9312. This would suggest that Generac's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Generac overview

Generac Holdings Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells power generation equipment, energy storage systems, and other power products for the residential, and light commercial and industrial markets worldwide. The company offers engines, alternators, transfer switches, and other components fueled by natural gas, liquid propane, gasoline, diesel, and bi-fuel; and batteries and inverters. It also provides residential automatic standby generators ranging in output from 6kW to 60kW; air-cooled engine residential standby generators ranging from 6kW to 22kW; liquid-cooled engine generators with outputs ranging from 22kW to 150kW; Mobile Link, a remote monitoring system for home standby generators; and industrial diesel generators ranging in sizes up to 3,250kW. In addition, the company offers various portable generators ranging in size from 800W to 17.5kW; engine driven power washers; water pumps; outdoor power equipment, such as trimmers and brush mowers, log splitters, lawn and leaf vacuums, and chipper shredders; and clean energy solution under the PWRcell and PWRview brands. Further, it provides light towers, mobile generators, and flameless heaters; light-commercial standby generators ranging from 22kW to 150kW and related transfer switches providing three-phase power for small and mid-sized businesses; and industrial generators ranging in output from 10kW up to 3,250kW used as emergency backup for healthcare, telecom, datacom, commercial office, retail, municipal, and manufacturing markets. Additionally, the company sells aftermarket service parts and product accessories to dealers. It distributes its products through independent residential dealers, industrial distributors and dealers, national and regional retailers, e-commerce partners, electrical, HVAC and solar wholesalers, catalogs, equipment rental companies and distributors, and solar installers; and directly to end users. Generac Holdings Inc. was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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