How to buy Liquidity Services stock - 12 April

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How to buy Liquidity Services stock

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Liquidity Services, Inc is an internet retail business based in the US. Liquidity Services shares (LQDT) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Liquidity Services employs 574 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$212.2 million.

How to buy shares in Liquidity Services

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

Liquidity Services share price

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Liquidity Services shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-09.
52-week rangeUSD$4.51 - USD$22.13
50-day moving average USD$18.0476
200-day moving average USD$14.2991
Wall St. target priceUSD$21.5
PE ratio 107.9769
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.173

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Is Liquidity Services under- or over-valued?

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

Liquidity Services's P/E ratio

Liquidity Services's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 108x. In other words, Liquidity Services shares trade at around 108x 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.

Liquidity Services's PEG ratio

Liquidity Services's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.39. 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 Liquidity Services's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Liquidity Services's EBITDA

Liquidity Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$10.2 million.

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

Liquidity Services financials

Revenue TTM USD$212.2 million
Operating margin TTM 3.05%
Gross profit TTM USD$109.9 million
Return on assets TTM 2.1%
Return on equity TTM 5.22%
Profit margin 2.8%
Book value $3.451
Market capitalisation USD$652.4 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Liquidity Services shares

There are currently 993,593 Liquidity Services shares held short by investors – that's known as Liquidity Services's "short interest". This figure is 8.2% down from 1.1 million last month.

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

Liquidity Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Liquidity Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Liquidity Services shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Liquidity Services shares traded daily (recently around 428272.84482759). Liquidity Services's SIR currently stands at 2.32. In other words for every 100,000 Liquidity Services shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2320 shares are currently held short.

However Liquidity Services's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Liquidity Services shares, or, against the total number of tradable Liquidity Services shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Liquidity Services's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Liquidity Services shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0441% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Liquidity Services shares, roughly 44 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 Liquidity Services.

Find out more about how you can short Liquidity Services stock.

Liquidity Services share dividends

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

Liquidity Services share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Liquidity Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.51 up to $22.13. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LQDT.US volatility(beta: 1.14)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 Liquidity Services's is 1.1373. This would suggest that Liquidity Services'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).

Liquidity Services overview

Liquidity Services, Inc. provides e-commerce marketplace that enable buyers and sellers to transact in an automated environment. The company's marketplaces include liquidation.com that enable corporations to sell surplus and salvage consumer goods and retail capital assets; govdeals.com provides self-directed service solutions in which sellers list their own assets that enables local and state government entities, and commercial businesses located in the United States and Canada to sell surplus and salvage assets, as well as offers asset sales and marketing services; and AllSurplus.com, a centralized marketplace that connects global buyer base with assets from across the network of legacy marketplaces in a single destination, as well as also serves as heavy equipment vertical. It also operates networkintl.com, which enables corporations to sell idle, surplus, and scrap equipment in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and power generation industries; go-dove.com marketplace for corporations located in the United States, Europe, and Asia to sell manufacturing surplus, salvage capital assets, and scrap material; secondipity.com that provides consumers a source of products through donating a portion of the proceeds of sale to charity; and machinio.com, a search engine for used machinery and equipment. The company's marketplaces provide professional buyers access to supply of new, surplus, and scrap assets presented with digital images and other product information; and enables corporate and government sellers to enhance their financial return on assets by providing a liquid marketplace and value-added services. It offers products from industry verticals, such as consumer electronics, general merchandise, apparel, scientific equipment, aerospace parts and equipment, technology hardware, energy equipment, industrial capital assets, fleet and transportation equipment, and heavy and specialty equipment. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

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