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How to buy Houlihan Lokey stock

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Houlihan Lokey, Inc is a capital markets business based in the US. Houlihan Lokey shares (HLI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Houlihan Lokey employs 1,491 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.3 billion.

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  3. Search for Houlihan Lokey. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: HLI. 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 Houlihan Lokey 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. 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 Houlihan Lokey, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Houlihan Lokey. 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.

Houlihan Lokey share price

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Houlihan Lokey shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-23.
52-week rangeUSD$42.1824 - USD$73.26
50-day moving average USD$68.3218
200-day moving average USD$63.8291
Wall St. target priceUSD$75
PE ratio 16.4085
Dividend yield USD$1.28 (1.95%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.015

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Is it a good time to buy Houlihan Lokey stock?

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Is Houlihan Lokey under- or over-valued?

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

Houlihan Lokey's P/E ratio

Houlihan Lokey's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, Houlihan Lokey shares trade at around 16x 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.

Houlihan Lokey's PEG ratio

Houlihan Lokey's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 6.54. 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 Houlihan Lokey's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Houlihan Lokey financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 25.3%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 14.89%
Return on equity TTM 23.68%
Profit margin 20.54%
Book value $19.6
Market capitalisation USD$4.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Houlihan Lokey shares

There are currently 951,175 Houlihan Lokey shares held short by investors – that's known as Houlihan Lokey's "short interest". This figure is 5.7% up from 899,489 last month.

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

Houlihan Lokey's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Houlihan Lokey's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Houlihan Lokey shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Houlihan Lokey shares traded daily (recently around 318118.72909699). Houlihan Lokey's SIR currently stands at 2.99. In other words for every 100,000 Houlihan Lokey shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2990 shares are currently held short.

However Houlihan Lokey's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Houlihan Lokey shares, or, against the total number of tradable Houlihan Lokey shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Houlihan Lokey's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Houlihan Lokey shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0184% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Houlihan Lokey shares, roughly 18 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 Houlihan Lokey.

Find out more about how you can short Houlihan Lokey stock.

Houlihan Lokey share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 32.18% of net profits

Recently Houlihan Lokey has paid out, on average, around 32.18% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.02% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Houlihan Lokey shareholders could enjoy a 2.02% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Houlihan Lokey's case, that would currently equate to about $1.28 per share.

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

Houlihan Lokey's most recent dividend payout was on 15 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 1 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Houlihan Lokey share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Houlihan Lokey's shares have ranged in value from as little as $42.1824 up to $73.26. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

HLI.US volatility(beta: 0.67)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 Houlihan Lokey's is 0.6713. This would suggest that Houlihan Lokey's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Houlihan Lokey overview

Houlihan Lokey, Inc., an investment banking company, provides merger and acquisition (M&A), capital market, financial restructuring, and financial and valuation advisory services worldwide. It operates in three segments: Corporate Finance, Financial Restructuring, and Financial Advisory Services. The Corporate Finance segment offers general financial advisory services; and advises public and private institutions on buy-side and sell-side transactions, leveraged loans, private mezzanine debt, high-yield debt, initial public offerings, follow-ons, convertibles, equity private placements, private equity, and liability management transactions, as well as financial sponsors on various transactions. It also provides financing solutions and capital-raising advisory services for publicly-held and multinational corporations, financial sponsors, and privately-held companies. The Financial Restructuring segment advises debtors, creditors, and other parties-in-interest related to recapitalization/deleveraging transactions. It also provides a range of advisory services, including structuring, negotiation, and confirmation of plans of reorganization; structuring and analysis of exchange offers; corporate viability assessment; dispute resolution and expert testimony; and procuring debtor-in-possession financing. The Financial Advisory Services segment offers valuations of various assets, such as companies, illiquid debt and equity securities, and intellectual property. It also provides fairness opinions in connection with M&A and other transactions, and solvency opinions in connection with corporate spin-offs and dividend recapitalizations; and other types of financial opinions. In addition, this segment offers dispute resolution consulting services. It serves corporations, financial sponsors, and government agencies. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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