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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 1,988 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.2 billion.

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. At last close price of USD$58.15, 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Matson's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Matson's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$58.15, which is 34.79% up on its pre-crash value of USD$37.92 and 123.65% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$26.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Matson shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$796.02 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,606.68.

Matson share price

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Matson shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-23.
Latest market close USD$58.15
52-week range USD$23.5061 - USD$61.4487
50-day moving average USD$52.8337
200-day moving average USD$39.1478
Wall St. target price USD$64.67
PE ratio 20.4225
Dividend yield USD$0.92 (1.58%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.839

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Matson price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $58.15 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-16) 58.15
1 month (2020-10-26) 12.06%
3 months (2020-08-24) 39.05%
6 months (2020-05-22) 119.19%
1 year (2019-11-22) 56.74%
2 years (2018-11-23) 50.49%
3 years (2017-11-24) 107.23%
5 years (2015-11-24) 11.40%

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 20x. In other words, Matson shares trade at around 20x 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$286.6 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$2.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.87%
Gross profit TTM USD$325.1 million
Return on assets TTM 3.94%
Return on equity TTM 14.57%
Profit margin 5.54%
Book value $20.702
Market capitalisation USD$2.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Matson shares

There are currently 643,000 Matson shares held short by investors – that's known as Matson's "short interest". This figure is 13.3% down from 741,837 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 204126.98412698). Matson's SIR currently stands at 3.15. In other words for every 100,000 Matson shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3150 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 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Matson shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0206% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Matson shares, roughly 21 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

32%

Dividend payout ratio: 31.69% of net profits

Recently Matson has paid out, on average, around 31.69% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.58% 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 1.58% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Matson's case, that would currently equate to about $0.92 per share.

While Matson's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Matson may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Matson's most recent dividend payout was on 3 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Matson's shares ever split?

Matson's shares were split on a 10000:4795 basis on 2 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 $23.5061 up to $61.4487. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MATX.US volatility(beta: 1.04)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 1.0355. 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, it offers vessel management services. The 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; and supply chain management services. It serves the U.S. military, freight forwarders, retailers, consumer goods, automobile manufacturers, and other customers. The company was formerly known as Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Matson, Inc. in June 2012. Matson, Inc. was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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