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Koppers Holdings Inc is a specialty chemicals business based in the US. Koppers shares (KOP) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Koppers employs 2,120 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.8 billion.

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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 Koppers. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: KOP. 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 Koppers 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$33.16, 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 Koppers, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Koppers. 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.

Koppers share price

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Koppers shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$33.16
52-week rangeUSD$8.25 - USD$38.86
50-day moving average USD$27.31
200-day moving average USD$23.534
Wall St. target priceUSD$35
PE ratio 5.0575
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.823

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Koppers price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $33.16 from 2021-01-11

1 week (2021-01-08) 33.16
1 month (2020-12-15) 15.82%
3 months (2020-10-15) 33.60%
6 months (2020-07-15) 64.08%
1 year (2020-01-15) -4.58%
2 years (2019-01-15) 62.39%
3 years (2018-01-12) 48.8
5 years (2016-01-15) 117.02%

Is Koppers under- or over-valued?

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

Koppers's P/E ratio

Koppers's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 5x. In other words, Koppers shares trade at around 5x 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.

Koppers's PEG ratio

Koppers's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.3544. 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 Koppers's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Koppers's EBITDA

Koppers's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$212.6 million.

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

Koppers financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 8.93%
Gross profit TTM USD$342.8 million
Return on assets TTM 6.48%
Return on equity TTM 48.15%
Profit margin 6.91%
Book value $13.358
Market capitalisation USD$620.4 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Koppers shares

There are currently 447,704 Koppers shares held short by investors – that's known as Koppers's "short interest". This figure is 1.4% down from 454,057 last month.

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

Koppers's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Koppers's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Koppers shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Koppers shares traded daily (recently around 170879.38931298). Koppers's SIR currently stands at 2.62. In other words for every 100,000 Koppers shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2620 shares are currently held short.

However Koppers's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Koppers shares, or, against the total number of tradable Koppers shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Koppers's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Koppers shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0294% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Koppers shares, roughly 29 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 Koppers.

Find out more about how you can short Koppers stock.

Koppers share dividends

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

Koppers share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Koppers's shares have ranged in value from as little as $8.25 up to $38.86. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KOP.US volatility(beta: 2.16)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 Koppers's is 2.1585. This would suggest that Koppers's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Koppers overview

Koppers Holdings Inc. provides treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals, and carbon compounds in the United States, Australasia, Europe, and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Railroad and Utility Products and Services (RUPS), Performance Chemicals (PC), and Carbon Materials and Chemicals (CMC). The RUPS segment procures and treats crossties, switch ties, and various types of lumber used for railroad bridges and crossings. It also provides rail joint bars to join rails together for railroads; transmission and distribution poles for electric and telephone utilities; and pilings. This segment also provides railroad services, such as engineering, design, repair, and inspection services for railroad bridges. The PC segment develops, manufactures, and markets copper-based wood preservatives, including micronized copper quaternary and micronized copper azole, micronized pigments, alkaline copper quaternary, amine copper azole, and chromated copper arsenate for decking, fencing, utility poles, construction lumber and timbers, and vineyard stakes; water-based wood preservatives and wood specialty additives; and supplies fire-retardant chemicals for pressure treatment of wood primarily in commercial construction. The CMC segment manufactures creosote for use in the treatment of wood or as a feedstock in the production of carbon black; carbon pitch, a raw material used in the production of aluminum and steel; naphthalene for use as a feedstock in the production of phthalic anhydride and as a surfactant in the production of concrete; phthalic anhydride for the production of plasticizers, polyester resins, and alkyd paints; and carbon black feedstock for use in the production of carbon black. The company serves the railroad, specialty chemical, utility, residential lumber, agriculture, aluminum, steel, rubber, and construction industries. Koppers Holdings Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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