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Greif, Inc is a packaging & containers business based in the US. Greif shares (GEF) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Greif employs 17,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.6 billion.

How to buy shares in Greif

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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 Greif. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: GEF. 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 Greif 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$47.17, 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 Greif, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Greif. 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 Greif's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$47.17, which is 10.88% up on its pre-crash value of USD$42.04 and 99.45% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$23.65.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Greif shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$645.19 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$1,146.70.

Greif share price

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Greif shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$47.17
52-week range USD$23.65 - USD$46.9
50-day moving average USD$37.7927
200-day moving average USD$35.4233
Wall St. target price USD$45
PE ratio 19.7477
Dividend yield USD$1.76 (4.09%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.675

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Is it a good time to buy Greif stock?

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Greif price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $47.17 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-18) -1.36%
1 month (2020-10-26) 11.75%
3 months (2020-08-25) 21.35%
6 months (2020-05-22) 51.97%
1 year (2019-11-25) 11.09%
2 years (2018-11-23) -8.44%
3 years (2017-11-24) -9.55%
5 years (2015-11-25) 38.94%

Is Greif under- or over-valued?

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

Greif's P/E ratio

Greif's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Greif shares trade at around 20x 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.

Greif's PEG ratio

Greif's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.25. 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 Greif's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Greif's EBITDA

Greif's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$675.7 million.

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

Greif financials

Revenue TTM USD$4.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.46%
Gross profit TTM USD$959.9 million
Return on assets TTM 4.87%
Return on equity TTM 12.14%
Profit margin 2.82%
Book value $23.556
Market capitalisation USD$2.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Greif shares

There are currently 1.5 million Greif shares held short by investors – that's known as Greif's "short interest". This figure is 1% down from 1.6 million last month.

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

Greif's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Greif's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Greif shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Greif shares traded daily (recently around 233817.42424242). Greif's SIR currently stands at 6.6. In other words for every 100,000 Greif shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6600 shares are currently held short.

However Greif's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Greif shares, or, against the total number of tradable Greif shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Greif's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Greif shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Greif shares, roughly 0 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 Greif.

Find out more about how you can short Greif stock.

Greif share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 35.63% of net profits

Recently Greif has paid out, on average, around 35.63% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.09% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Greif shareholders could enjoy a 4.09% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Greif's case, that would currently equate to about $1.76 per share.

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

Greif's most recent dividend payout was on 1 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Greif's shares ever split?

Greif's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 12 April 2007. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Greif shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Greif shares which in turn could have impacted Greif's share price.

Greif share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Greif's shares have ranged in value from as little as $23.65 up to $46.9. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GEF.US volatility(beta: 1.16)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 Greif's is 1.1561. This would suggest that Greif'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).

Greif overview

Greif, Inc. produces and sells industrial packaging products and services worldwide. It operates through four segments: Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services; Paper Packaging & Services; Flexible Products & Services; and Land Management. The Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services segment offers rigid industrial packaging products, including steel, fiber, and plastic drums; rigid intermediate bulk containers; closure systems for industrial packaging products; transit protection products; water bottles, and remanufactured and reconditioned industrial containers; and services, such as container life cycle management, filling, logistics, warehousing, and other packaging services. This segment sells its products to customers in the chemicals, paints and pigments, food and beverage, petroleum, industrial coatings, agricultural, pharmaceutical and mineral products, and others industries. The Paper Packaging & Services segment provides containerboards, corrugated sheets, corrugated containers, and other corrugated products to customers in the packaging, automotive, food, and building products industries. This segment's corrugated container products are used to ship various products, such as home appliances, small machinery, grocery products, automotive components, books, and furniture, as well as various other applications. The Flexible Products & Services segment offers flexible intermediate bulk containers comprising polypropylene-based woven fabric, as well as related services to the agricultural, food, and other industries. The Land Management segment engages in harvesting and regeneration of timber properties; and sale of timberland and special use land. As of October 31, 2019, this segment owned approximately 251,000 acres of timber property in the southeastern United States. The company was formerly known as Greif Bros. Corporation and changed its name to Greif, Inc. in 2001. Greif, Inc. was founded in 1877 and is headquartered in Delaware, Ohio.

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