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Graco Inc is a specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. Graco shares (GGG) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Graco employs 3,700 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.6 billion.

How to buy shares in Graco

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 Graco. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: GGG. 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 Graco 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$64.72, 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 Graco, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Graco. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Graco's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Graco's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$64.72, which is 12.95% up on its pre-crash value of USD$56.34 and 68.41% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$38.43.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Graco shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$737.51 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,209.62.

Graco share price

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Graco shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-21.
Latest market closeUSD$64.72
52-week rangeUSD$38.43 - USD$66.14
50-day moving average USD$61.3623
200-day moving average USD$52.7684
Wall St. target priceUSD$59.6
PE ratio 41.2229
Dividend yield USD$0.7 (1.08%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.57

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Is it a good time to buy Graco stock?

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Graco price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $64.72 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2020-10-14) -1.54%
1 month (2020-09-22) 7.26%
3 months (2020-07-21) 23.77%
6 months (2020-04-21) 45.24%
1 year (2019-10-21) 38.94%
2 years (2018-10-19) 65.95%
3 years (2017-10-20) -49.42%
5 years (2015-10-21) -3.99%

Is Graco under- or over-valued?

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

Graco's P/E ratio

Graco's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 41x. In other words, Graco shares trade at around 41x 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.

Graco's PEG ratio

Graco's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.4938. 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 Graco's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Graco's EBITDA

Graco's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$423.8 million.

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

Graco financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 23.95%
Gross profit TTM USD$859.8 million
Return on assets TTM 12.91%
Return on equity TTM 27.71%
Profit margin 17.42%
Book value $6.161
Market capitalisation USD$10.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Graco shares

There are currently 2.1 million Graco shares held short by investors – that's known as Graco's "short interest". This figure is 4.3% down from 2.2 million last month.

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

Graco's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Graco's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Graco shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Graco shares traded daily (recently around 588710.57142857). Graco's SIR currently stands at 3.5. In other words for every 100,000 Graco shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3500 shares are currently held short.

However Graco's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Graco shares, or, against the total number of tradable Graco shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Graco's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Graco shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0125% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Graco shares, roughly 13 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 Graco.

Find out more about how you can short Graco stock.

Graco's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Graco.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Graco's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 35.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Graco's overall score of 35.2 (as at 10/01/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 69th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Graco is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Graco's environmental score

Environmental score: 14.26/100

Graco's environmental score of 14.26 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Graco is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Graco's social score

Social score: 19.04/100

Graco's social score of 19.04 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Graco is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Graco's governance score

Governance score: 12.4/100

Graco's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Graco is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Graco Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 35.2
Total ESG percentile 68.82
Environmental score 14.26
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 19.04
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 12.4
Governance score percentile 7

Graco share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 41.67% of net profits

Recently Graco has paid out, on average, around 41.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.08% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Graco shareholders could enjoy a 1.08% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Graco's case, that would currently equate to about $0.7 per share.

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

Graco's most recent dividend payout was on 4 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Graco's shares ever split?

Graco's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 28 December 2017. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Graco shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Graco shares which in turn could have impacted Graco's share price.

Graco share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Graco's shares have ranged in value from as little as $38.43 up to $66.14. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GGG.US volatility(beta: 0.57)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 Graco's is 0.5692. This would suggest that Graco's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Graco overview

Graco Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets systems and equipment used to move, measure, control, dispense, and spray fluid and powder materials worldwide. The company's Industrial segment offers proportioning systems to spray polyurethane foam and polyurea coatings; equipment that pumps, meters, mixes, and dispenses sealant, adhesive, and composite materials; and gel coat equipment, chop and wet-out systems, resin transfer molding systems, and applicators. It also provides liquid finishing equipment; paint circulating and supply pumps; paint circulating advanced control systems; plural component coating proportioners; spare parts and accessories; and powder finishing products to coat powder finishing on metals under the Gema and SAT brands. The company's Process segment offers pumps to move and dispense chemicals, oil and natural gas, water, wastewater, petroleum, food, lubricants, and other fluids; pressure valves used in the oil and natural gas industry, other industrial processes, and research facilities; and chemical injection pumping solutions for injection of chemicals into producing oil wells and pipelines. It also supplies pumps, hose reels, meters, valves, and accessories for fast oil change facilities, service garages, fleet service centers, automobile dealerships, auto parts stores, truck builders, and heavy equipment service centers; and systems, components, and accessories for the automatic lubrication of bearings, gears, and generators in industrial and commercial equipment, compressors, turbines, and on- and off-road vehicles. The company's Contractor segment offers sprayers to apply paint to walls and other structures; and viscous coatings to roofs, as well as markings on roads, parking lots, athletic fields, and floors. It primarily sells its products through distributors, original equipment manufacturers, and home center channels; and directly to end-users. The company was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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