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Middlesex Water Company is an utilities—regulated water business based in the US. Middlesex Water Company shares (MSEX) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Middlesex Water Company employs 352 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$139.7 million.

How to buy shares in Middlesex Water Company

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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 Middlesex Water Company. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MSEX. 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 Middlesex Water Company 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$72.36, 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 Middlesex Water Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Middlesex Water Company. 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 Middlesex Water Company's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$72.36, which is 5.67% up on its pre-crash value of USD$68.26 and 48.31% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$48.79.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Middlesex Water Company shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$825.94 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$1,089.02.

Middlesex Water Company share price

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Middlesex Water Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-25.
Latest market close USD$72.36
52-week range USD$48.2236 - USD$73.6645
50-day moving average USD$68.0008
200-day moving average USD$65.8768
Wall St. target price USD$72.33
PE ratio 32.2074
Dividend yield USD$1.04 (1.45%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.179

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Is it a good time to buy Middlesex Water Company stock?

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Middlesex Water Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $72.36 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-20) 3.53%
1 month (2020-10-30) 12.82%
3 months (2020-08-28) 11.61%
6 months (2020-05-29) 6.63%
1 year (2019-11-29) 15.20%
2 years (2018-11-29) 42.27%
3 years (2017-11-29) 55.95%
5 years (2015-11-27) 184.10%

Is Middlesex Water Company under- or over-valued?

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

Middlesex Water Company's P/E ratio

Middlesex Water Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 32x. In other words, Middlesex Water Company shares trade at around 32x 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.

Middlesex Water Company's PEG ratio

Middlesex Water Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 10.95. 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 Middlesex Water Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Middlesex Water Company's EBITDA

Middlesex Water Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$55.1 million.

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

Middlesex Water Company financials

Revenue TTM USD$139.7 million
Operating margin TTM 26.18%
Gross profit TTM USD$67.3 million
Return on assets TTM 2.48%
Return on equity TTM 12.28%
Profit margin 27.34%
Book value $19.584
Market capitalisation USD$1.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Middlesex Water Company shares

There are currently 219,498 Middlesex Water Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Middlesex Water Company's "short interest". This figure is 5.2% down from 231,633 last month.

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

Middlesex Water Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Middlesex Water Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Middlesex Water Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Middlesex Water Company shares traded daily (recently around 32712.071535022). Middlesex Water Company's SIR currently stands at 6.71. In other words for every 100,000 Middlesex Water Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6710 shares are currently held short.

However Middlesex Water Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Middlesex Water Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Middlesex Water Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Middlesex Water Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Middlesex Water Company shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0145% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Middlesex Water Company shares, roughly 15 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 Middlesex Water Company.

Find out more about how you can short Middlesex Water Company stock.

Middlesex Water Company share dividends

48%

Dividend payout ratio: 47.97% of net profits

Recently Middlesex Water Company has paid out, on average, around 47.97% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.45% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Middlesex Water Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.45% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Middlesex Water Company's case, that would currently equate to about $1.04 per share.

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

Middlesex Water Company's most recent dividend payout was on 1 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Middlesex Water Company's shares ever split?

Middlesex Water Company's shares were split on a 4:3 basis on 17 November 2003. So if you had owned 3 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Middlesex Water Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 25% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Middlesex Water Company shares which in turn could have impacted Middlesex Water Company's share price.

Middlesex Water Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Middlesex Water Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $48.2236 up to $73.6645. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Middlesex Water Company's is 0.199. This would suggest that Middlesex Water Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Middlesex Water Company overview

Middlesex Water Company owns and operates regulated water utility and wastewater systems. It operates in two segments, Regulated and Non-Regulated. The Regulated segment collects, treats, and distributes water on a retail and wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and fire protection customers in parts of New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. This segment also includes regulated wastewater systems in New Jersey and Delaware. The Non-Regulated segment provides non-regulated contract services for the operation and maintenance of municipal and private water and wastewater systems in New Jersey and Delaware. Middlesex Water Company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey.

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