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Linde plc is a specialty chemicals business based in the US. Linde shares (LIN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Linde employs 76,662 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$27.2 billion.
|52-week range||USD$146.71 - USD$257.05|
|50-day moving average||USD$247.526|
|200-day moving average||USD$211.1069|
|Wall St. target price||USD$269.88|
|Dividend yield||USD$3.85 (1.65%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$4.23|
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Valuing Linde stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Linde's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Linde's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 60x. In other words, Linde shares trade at around 60x 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.
Linde's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.3051. 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 Linde's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Linde's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$8.2 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Linde's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$27.2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||13.68%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$11.6 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.69%|
|Return on equity TTM||4.67%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$123.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 3.8 million Linde shares held short by investors – that's known as Linde's "short interest". This figure is 5.5% down from 4.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Linde shares can be evaluated.
Linde's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Linde shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Linde shares traded daily (recently around 1.6 million). Linde's SIR currently stands at 2.44. In other words for every 100,000 Linde shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2440 shares are currently held short.
However Linde's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Linde shares, or, against the total number of tradable Linde shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Linde's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Linde shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0073% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Linde shares, roughly 7 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 Linde.
Find out more about how you can short Linde stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 87.52% of net profits
Recently Linde has paid out, on average, around 87.52% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.65% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Linde shareholders could enjoy a 1.65% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Linde's case, that would currently equate to about $3.85 per share.
Linde's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
Linde's most recent dividend payout was on 18 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Linde's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 16 December 2003. 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 Linde shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Linde shares which in turn could have impacted Linde's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Linde's shares have ranged in value from as little as $146.71 up to $257.05. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Linde's is 0.7402. This would suggest that Linde's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Linde plc operates as an industrial gas company in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers oxygen, nitrogen, argon, rare gases, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases, and acetylene. It also designs and constructs turnkey process plants, such as olefin, natural gas, air separation, and hydrogen and synthesis gas plants. The company serves healthcare, petroleum refining, manufacturing, food, beverage carbonation, fiber-optics, steel making, aerospace, chemicals, and water treatment industries. Linde plc was founded in 1879 and is based in Guildford, the United Kingdom.
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