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How to buy Leslies stock | $19.84

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Leslie's, Inc (LESL) is a leading home improvement retail business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$20.75 after a previous close of USD$20.64. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$19.75 to a high of USD$21.2. The latest price was USD$19.84 (25 minute delay). Leslies is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 0 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Leslies

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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 Leslies. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: LESL. 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 Leslies 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$19.84, 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 Leslies, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Leslies. 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.

Leslies share price

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Leslies shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-04.
Open USD$20.75
High USD$21.2
Low USD$19.75
Close USD$19.84
Previous close USD$20.64
Change USD$-0.8
Change % -3.876%
Volume 1,104,443
Information last updated 2020-12-02.
52-week range USD$19.545 - USD$25.84
50-day moving average USD$21.7935
200-day moving average USD$21.7935
Wall St. target price USD$24.13
PE ratio 238.0489
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) N/A

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Is it a good time to buy Leslies stock?

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Leslies price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $19.84 from 2020-12-04

1 week (2020-11-25) -0.75%
1 month (2020-11-05) -19.22%
3 months (2020-09-02) N/A
6 months (2020-06-02) N/A
1 year (2019-12-02) N/A
2 years (2018-12-02) N/A
3 years (2017-12-02) N/A
5 years (2015-12-02) N/A

Is Leslies under- or over-valued?

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

Leslies's P/E ratio

Leslies's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 238x. In other words, Leslies shares trade at around 238x 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.

However, Leslies's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the home improvement retail industry or those of similar companies.

Leslies's EBITDA

Leslies's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$172.9 million.

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

To put Leslies's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

  • Pool Corporation (POOL.US): USD$451.6 million
  • Lowes Companies (LOW.US): USD$10.8 billion
  • The Home Depot (HD.US): USD$21.9 billion

Leslies financials

Revenue TTM USD$1 billion
Operating margin TTM 14.07%
Gross profit TTM USD$379.7 million
Return on assets TTM 0%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 1.68%
Book value N/A
Market capitalisation USD$3.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Leslies shares

There are currently 1.2 million Leslies shares held short by investors – that's known as Leslies's "short interest". This figure is up from 0 last month.

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

Leslies's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Leslies's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Leslies shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Leslies shares traded daily (recently around 3.0 million). Leslies's SIR currently stands at 0.39. In other words for every 100,000 Leslies shares traded daily on the market, roughly 390 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare Leslies's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However Leslies's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Leslies shares, or, against the total number of tradable Leslies shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Leslies's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Leslies shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0227% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Leslies shares, roughly 23 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 Leslies.

Find out more about how you can short Leslies stock.

Leslies share dividends

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

You may also wish to consider:

  • Pool Corporation (POOL.US) (0.7% forward annual dividend yield)
  • Lowes Companies (LOW.US) (1.55% forward annual dividend yield)
  • The Home Depot (HD.US) (2.17% forward annual dividend yield)

Leslies overview

Leslie's, Inc. operates as a direct-to-consumer pool and spa care brand in the United States. The company markets and sells pool and spa supplies and related products and services, which primarily consist of maintenance items, such as chemicals, equipment and parts, and cleaning and maintenance equipment, as well as safety, recreational, and fitness-related products. It also provides essential services, such as equipment installation and repair to the ongoing maintenance of pools and spas; complimentary, commercial-grade, and in-store water testing and analysis, as well as AccuBlue water testing and prescription services; and a mobile app. As of June 27, 2020, the company operated 934 retail locations in 37 states across the United States; and e-commerce websites. It serves the residential, professional, and commercial consumers. The company was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

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