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Meredith Corporation is a publishing business based in the US. Meredith Corporation shares (MDP) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Meredith Corporation employs 5,290 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.9 billion.

How to buy shares in Meredith Corporation

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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 Meredith Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MDP. 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 Meredith Corporation 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$18.06, 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 Meredith Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Meredith Corporation. 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 Meredith Corporation's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$18.06, which is 41.72% down on its pre-crash value of USD$30.99 and 53.57% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$11.76.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Meredith Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$429.07 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$606.82.

Meredith Corporation share price

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Meredith Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$18.06
52-week range USD$10.55 - USD$39.84
50-day moving average USD$13.0514
200-day moving average USD$14.1551
Wall St. target price USD$20.85
PE ratio 30.4318
Dividend yield USD$2.38 (18.22%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$-0.7

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Is it a good time to buy Meredith Corporation stock?

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Meredith Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $18.06 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-18) -1.26%
1 month (2020-10-26) 51.26%
3 months (2020-08-25) 28.18%
6 months (2020-05-22) 20.72%
1 year (2019-11-25) -50.33%
2 years (2018-11-23) -67.49%
3 years (2017-11-24) -70.39%
5 years (2015-11-25) -61.02%

Is Meredith Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Meredith Corporation's P/E ratio

Meredith Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 30x. In other words, Meredith Corporation shares trade at around 30x 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.

Meredith Corporation's PEG ratio

Meredith Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.23. 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 Meredith Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Meredith Corporation's EBITDA

Meredith Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$541.5 million.

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

Meredith Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.25%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.45%
Return on equity TTM -21.97%
Profit margin -8.2%
Book value $8.551
Market capitalisation USD$524.8 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Meredith Corporation shares

There are currently 8.6 million Meredith Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Meredith Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 9.7% down from 9.5 million last month.

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

Meredith Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Meredith Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Meredith Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Meredith Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 565369.93421053). Meredith Corporation's SIR currently stands at 15.2. In other words for every 100,000 Meredith Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 15200 shares are currently held short.

However Meredith Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Meredith Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Meredith Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Meredith Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.19% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Meredith Corporation shares in existence, roughly 190 shares are currently held short) or 0.3281% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Meredith Corporation shares, roughly 328 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against Meredith Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Meredith Corporation stock.

Meredith Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 34.41% of net profits

Recently Meredith Corporation has paid out, on average, around 34.41% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 18.22% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Meredith Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 18.22% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Meredith Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.38 per share.

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

Meredith Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 13 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Meredith Corporation's shares ever split?

Meredith Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 March 1997. 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 Meredith Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Meredith Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Meredith Corporation's share price.

Meredith Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Meredith Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $10.55 up to $39.84. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MDP.US volatility(beta: 1.68)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 Meredith Corporation's is 1.6762. This would suggest that Meredith Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Meredith Corporation overview

Meredith Corporation operates as a diversified media company primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, National Media and Local Media. The National Media segment offers national consumer media brands through various media platforms, including print magazines, digital and mobile media, brand licensing activities, database-related activities, affinity marketing, and business-to-business marketing products and services. It publishes media in entertainment, food, lifestyle, parenting, and home categories, such as People, Better Homes & Gardens, InStyle, Allrecipes, Real Simple, Shape, Southern Living, Martha Stewart Living, and other brands, as well as 300 special interest publications under approximately 70 brands. This segment operates approximately 50 Websites and applications. It is also involved in the brand licensing, affinity marketing, third-party marketing, consumer database, and other related operations, as well as provision of magazine advertising and circulation, digital and customer relationship marketing, other custom publishing project, and ancillary products and services. In addition, this segment operates The Foundry 360, a creative content studio, which develops content marketing programs across various platforms comprising native advertising that enable clients to engage new consumers and build long-term relationships with existing customers for a range of industries. The Local Media segment operates approximately 17 television stations that include 7 CBS affiliates, 5 FOX affiliates, 2 MyNetworkTV affiliates, 1 NBC affiliate, 1 ABC affiliate, and 2 independent stations. It also includes 12 Websites and 12 applications focused on news, sports, and weather-related information. In addition, this segment sells geographic and demographic-targeted digital and print advertising programs to third parties. The company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

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