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How to buy General Finance Corporation stock | $8.51

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General Finance Corporation is a rental & leasing services business based in the US. General Finance Corporation shares (GFN) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. General Finance Corporation employs 922 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$348.9 million.

How to buy shares in General Finance Corporation

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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 General Finance Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: GFN. 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 General Finance Corporation 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$8.51, 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 General Finance Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of General Finance Corporation. 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.

General Finance Corporation share price

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General Finance Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$8.51
52-week rangeUSD$4.62 - USD$11.24
50-day moving average USD$8.3856
200-day moving average USD$6.9421
Wall St. target priceUSD$12
PE ratio 111.4103
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.078

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Is it a good time to buy General Finance Corporation stock?

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General Finance Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $8.51 from 2020-12-31

1 week (2021-01-11) 8.51
1 month (2020-12-18) -0.93%
3 months (2020-10-16) 20.37%
6 months (2020-07-17) 34.65%
1 year (2020-01-17) -21.13%
2 years (2019-01-18) -22.07%
3 years (2018-01-18) 21.57%
5 years (2016-01-15) 121.61%

Is General Finance Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

General Finance Corporation's P/E ratio

General Finance Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 111x. In other words, General Finance Corporation shares trade at around 111x 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.

General Finance Corporation's PEG ratio

General Finance Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.9617. 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 General Finance Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

General Finance Corporation's EBITDA

General Finance Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$91.4 million.

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

General Finance Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$348.9 million
Operating margin TTM 16.11%
Gross profit TTM USD$176.1 million
Return on assets TTM 4.51%
Return on equity TTM 3.37%
Profit margin 1.74%
Book value $4.633
Market capitalisation USD$262.2 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting General Finance Corporation shares

There are currently 126,723 General Finance Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as General Finance Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 8.8% up from 116,514 last month.

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

General Finance Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

General Finance Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of General Finance Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of General Finance Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 16918.958611482). General Finance Corporation's SIR currently stands at 7.49. In other words for every 100,000 General Finance Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 7490 shares are currently held short.

However General Finance Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of General Finance Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable General Finance Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case General Finance Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 General Finance Corporation shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0122% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable General Finance Corporation shares, roughly 12 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against General Finance Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short General Finance Corporation stock.

General Finance Corporation share dividends

We're not expecting General Finance Corporation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

General Finance Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, General Finance Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.62 up to $11.24. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GFN.US volatility(beta: 1.21)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 General Finance Corporation's is 1.2142. This would suggest that General Finance Corporation'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).

General Finance Corporation overview

General Finance Corporation, a specialty rental services company, provides portable storage, modular space, and liquid containment solutions in North America and the Asia-Pacific regions. The company's portable storage products include storage containers for classroom equipment storage, construction equipment and tool storage, disaster shelters, landscaping sheds, recreational equipment storage, and retail inventory storage applications; and freight containers used in freight transportation. Its modular space products comprise office or portable building containers, ground level offices, and modular buildings and offices for use in general administrative office spaces, military installations, workforce living accommodations, bank branches, classrooms/education, construction offices, day-care facilities, dormitories, general administrative office space, healthcare and rental facilities, retail space, and shelters. The company's liquid containment products consist of portable liquid storage tanks for well-site liquid containment needs, expansion/upgrade projects, highway construction/groundwater sewage, infrastructure projects, major industrial projects, mining pit pump works, municipal sewer and water projects, non-residential construction projects, pipeline construction and maintenance, and refinery turnarounds. It also provides steps, ramps, furniture, portable toilets, security systems, shelving, mud pumps, hoses, splitter valves, tee connectors, and other items used in connection with leased equipment. In addition, the company offers temporary prison holding cells, hoarding units, blast-resistant units, workforce living accommodations, temporary retail frontage units, and observatory units customized from storage containers, as well as shipping container modifications, specialty trailers and tanks, chassis, storm shelters, and trash hoppers. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Pasadena, California.

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