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Medifast, Inc is a personal services business based in the US. Medifast shares (MED) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Medifast employs 550 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$759.2 million.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Medifast's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was USD$155.99, which is 38.47% up on its pre-crash value of USD$95.98 and 218.15% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$49.03.
If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Medifast shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$565.36 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$1,580.18.
|Latest market close||USD$155.99|
|52-week range||USD$49.03 - USD$184.29|
|50-day moving average||USD$166.962|
|200-day moving average||USD$132.7194|
|Wall St. target price||USD$190|
|Dividend yield||USD$4.52 (2.9%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$6.392|
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|1 week (2020-10-16)||155.99|
|1 month (2020-09-25)||-5.40%|
|3 months (2020-07-24)||-3.78%|
|6 months (2020-04-24)||125.68%|
|1 year (2019-10-25)||43.16%|
|2 years (2018-10-25)||-24.47%|
|3 years (2017-10-25)||145.31%|
|5 years (2015-10-23)||439.76%|
Valuing Medifast stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Medifast's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Medifast's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 25x. In other words, Medifast shares trade at around 25x 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.
Medifast's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.95. 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 Medifast's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Medifast's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$96.7 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Medifast's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$759.2 million|
|Operating margin TTM||12.1%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$536.9 million|
|Return on assets TTM||25.82%|
|Return on equity TTM||62.77%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$1.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 955,046 Medifast shares held short by investors – that's known as Medifast's "short interest". This figure is 0.8% down from 962,366 last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Medifast shares can be evaluated.
Medifast's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Medifast shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Medifast shares traded daily (recently around 189869.98011928). Medifast's SIR currently stands at 5.03. In other words for every 100,000 Medifast shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5030 shares are currently held short.
However Medifast's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Medifast shares, or, against the total number of tradable Medifast shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Medifast's short interest could be expressed as 0.08% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Medifast shares in existence, roughly 80 shares are currently held short) or 0.1174% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Medifast shares, roughly 117 shares are currently held short).
A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Medifast.
Find out more about how you can short Medifast stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 65.79% of net profits
Recently Medifast has paid out, on average, around 65.79% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.9% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Medifast shareholders could enjoy a 2.9% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Medifast's case, that would currently equate to about $4.52 per share.
Medifast'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.
Medifast's most recent dividend payout was on 6 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 21 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Medifast's shares have ranged in value from as little as $49.03 up to $184.29. 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 Medifast's is 1.2041. This would suggest that Medifast'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).
Medifast, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes weight loss, weight management, healthy living products, and other consumable health and nutritional products in the United States and the Asia-Pacific. It offers bars, bites, pretzels, puffs, oatmeal and cereal crunch products, drinks, hearty choices, pancakes, puddings, soft serves, shakes, smoothies, soft bakes, and soups under the Medifast, OPTAVIA, Thrive by Medifast, Optimal Health by Take Shape for Life, and Flavors of Home brands. The company markets its products through direct ecommerce platform and franchise weight control center channels. Medifast, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.
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