How to buy Matson stock - 18 April

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How to buy Matson stock

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Matson, Inc is a marine shipping business based in the US. Matson shares (MATX) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Matson employs 4,149 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD0.00.

How to buy shares in Matson

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

Matson share price

Use our graph to track the performance of MATX stocks over time.

Matson shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-15.
52-week rangeUSD$23.4251 - USD$79.05
50-day moving average USD$71.5363
200-day moving average USD$61.4757
Wall St. target priceUSD$81.33
PE ratio 15.4595
Dividend yield USD$0.9 (1.31%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.44

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Is it a good time to buy Matson stock?

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Is Matson under- or over-valued?

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

Matson's P/E ratio

Matson's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 15x. In other words, Matson shares trade at around 15x 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.

Matson's PEG ratio

Matson's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.31. 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 Matson's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Matson's EBITDA

Matson's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$375.2 million.

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

Matson financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.92%
Gross profit TTM USD$479 million
Return on assets TTM 5.66%
Return on equity TTM 21.86%
Profit margin 8.1%
Book value $22.25
Market capitalisation USD$3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Matson shares

There are currently 1.0 million Matson shares held short by investors – that's known as Matson's "short interest". This figure is 24.6% up from 832,025 last month.

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

Matson's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Matson's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Matson shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Matson shares traded daily (recently around 349083.5016835). Matson's SIR currently stands at 2.97. In other words for every 100,000 Matson shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2970 shares are currently held short.

However Matson's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Matson shares, or, against the total number of tradable Matson shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Matson's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Matson shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0292% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Matson 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 Matson.

Find out more about how you can short Matson stock.

Matson share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 20.5% of net profits

Recently Matson has paid out, on average, around 20.5% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.34% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Matson shareholders could enjoy a 1.34% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Matson's case, that would currently equate to about $0.9 per share.

While Matson's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Matson is investing more in its future growth.

Matson's most recent dividend payout was on 3 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Matson's shares ever split?

Matson's shares were split on a 10000:4795 basis on 1 July 2012. So if you had owned 4795 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Matson shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 52.1% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Matson shares which in turn could have impacted Matson's share price.

Matson share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Matson's shares have ranged in value from as little as $23.4251 up to $79.05. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MATX.US volatility(beta: 1.01)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 Matson's is 1.0072. This would suggest that Matson'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).

Matson overview

Matson, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, provides ocean transportation and logistics services. The company's Ocean Transportation segment offers ocean freight transportation services to the domestic non-contiguous economies of Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam, as well as to other island economies in Micronesia. It primarily transports dry containers of mixed commodities, refrigerated commodities, packaged foods and beverages, building materials, automobiles, and household goods; livestock; seafood; general sustenance cargo; and garments, footwear, e-commerce, and other retail merchandise. This segment also operates an expedited service from China to Long Beach, California, and various islands in the South Pacific, as well as Okinawa, Japan; and provides container stevedoring, refrigerated cargo services, inland transportation, container equipment maintenance, and other terminal services to ocean carriers on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai, as well as in the Alaska locations of Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor. In addition, the company offers vessel management and container transshipment services. Its Logistics segment provides multimodal transportation brokerage services, including domestic and international rail intermodal, long-haul and regional highway trucking, specialized hauling, flat-bed and project, less-than-truckload, and expedited freight services; less-than-container load consolidation and freight forwarding services; warehousing and distribution services; supply chain management services, and non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) freight forwarding services.

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