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How to buy LightPath Technologies stock | $3.12

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LightPath Technologies, Inc is an electronic components business based in the US. LightPath Technologies shares (LPTH) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. LightPath Technologies employs 363 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$36.9 million.

How to buy shares in LightPath Technologies

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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 LightPath Technologies. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: LPTH. 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 LightPath Technologies 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$3.12, 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 LightPath Technologies, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of LightPath Technologies. 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.

LightPath Technologies share price

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LightPath Technologies shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-02.
Latest market closeUSD$3.12
52-week rangeUSD$0.5787 - USD$4.87
50-day moving average USD$2.6334
200-day moving average USD$2.767
Wall St. target priceUSD$3.88
PE ratio 38.2278
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.079

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Is it a good time to buy LightPath Technologies stock?

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LightPath Technologies price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $3.12 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-13) -25.36%
1 month (2020-12-18) -11.36%
3 months (2020-10-20) 32.20%
6 months (2020-07-20) -1.58%
1 year (2020-01-17) 365.67%
2 years (2019-01-18) 68.65%
3 years (2018-01-19) 28.93%
5 years (2016-01-20) 3.29

Is LightPath Technologies under- or over-valued?

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

LightPath Technologies's P/E ratio

LightPath Technologies's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 38x. In other words, LightPath Technologies shares trade at around 38x 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.

LightPath Technologies's EBITDA

LightPath Technologies's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$6.7 million.

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

LightPath Technologies financials

Revenue TTM USD$36.9 million
Operating margin TTM 9.15%
Gross profit TTM USD$13.8 million
Return on assets TTM 4.45%
Return on equity TTM 6.89%
Profit margin 6.34%
Book value $1.366
Market capitalisation USD$78.8 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting LightPath Technologies shares

There are currently 220,205 LightPath Technologies shares held short by investors – that's known as LightPath Technologies's "short interest". This figure is 60.4% down from 555,674 last month.

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

LightPath Technologies's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

LightPath Technologies's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of LightPath Technologies shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of LightPath Technologies shares traded daily (recently around 205799.06542056). LightPath Technologies's SIR currently stands at 1.07. In other words for every 100,000 LightPath Technologies shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1070 shares are currently held short.

However LightPath Technologies's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of LightPath Technologies shares, or, against the total number of tradable LightPath Technologies shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case LightPath Technologies's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 LightPath Technologies shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0088% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable LightPath Technologies shares, roughly 9 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 LightPath Technologies.

Find out more about how you can short LightPath Technologies stock.

LightPath Technologies share dividends

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

Have LightPath Technologies's shares ever split?

LightPath Technologies's shares were split on a 1:8 basis on 4 March 2003. So if you had owned 8 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your LightPath Technologies shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 700% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for LightPath Technologies shares which in turn could have impacted LightPath Technologies's share price.

LightPath Technologies share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, LightPath Technologies's shares have ranged in value from as little as $0.5787 up to $4.87. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LPTH.US volatility(beta: 1.12)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while LightPath Technologies's is 1.124. This would suggest that LightPath Technologies'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).

LightPath Technologies overview

LightPath Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes optical components and assemblies. The company offers precision molded glass aspheric optics, molded and diamond-turned infrared aspheric lenses, and other optical components used to produce products that manipulate light. Its products are used in defense products, medical devices, laser aided industrial tools, automotive safety applications, barcode scanners, optical data storage, hybrid fiber coax datacom, telecommunications, machine vision and sensors, and other industries. The company sells its products directly to customers in North America, Europe, and China, as well as through distributors and channel partners in the United States and internationally. LightPath Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida.

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