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How to buy MSA Safety stock

Learn how to easily invest in MSA Safety stock.

MSA Safety is a security & protection services business based in the US. MSA Safety shares (MSA) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. MSA Safety employs 4,800 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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MSA Safety stock price (NYSE: MSA)

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MSA Safety shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-06-24.
Latest market close$121.07
52-week range$112.89 - $165.84
50-day moving average $123.08
200-day moving average $138.94
Wall St. target price$145.50
PE ratio 231.25
Dividend yield $1.76 (1.58%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.52

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Is it a good time to buy MSA Safety stock?

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MSA Safety price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $121.07 from 2022-06-30

1 week (2022-06-24) 0.68%
1 month (2022-05-28) N/A
3 months (2022-03-29) -11.81%
6 months (2021-12-31) -19.80%
1 year (2021-07-01) -27.14%
2 years (2020-07-01) 8.84%
3 years (2019-07-01) 15.05%
5 years (2017-06-30) 49.16%

Is MSA Safety stock undervalued or overvalued?

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

MSA Safety's P/E ratio

MSA Safety's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 231x. In other words, MSA Safety shares trade at around 231x 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.

MSA Safety's PEG ratio

MSA Safety's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.7. 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 MSA Safety's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


MSA Safety's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $311.6 million.

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

MSA Safety financials

Revenue TTM $1.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.12%
Gross profit TTM $615.3 million
Return on assets TTM 7.39%
Return on equity TTM 2.46%
Profit margin 1.44%
Book value $21.80
Market capitalisation $4.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

MSA Safety share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 37.32% of net profits

Recently MSA Safety has paid out, on average, around 37.32% 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), MSA Safety shareholders could enjoy a 1.58% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In MSA Safety's case, that would currently equate to about $1.76 per share.

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

MSA Safety's most recent dividend payout was on 9 June 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 May 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have MSA Safety's shares ever split?

MSA Safety's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 28 January 2004. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your MSA Safety shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for MSA Safety shares which in turn could have impacted MSA Safety's share price.

MSA Safety share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, MSA Safety's shares have ranged in value from as little as $112.89 up to $165.8357. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MSA.US volatility(beta: 0.93)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 MSA Safety's is 0.9347. This would suggest that MSA Safety's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

MSA Safety overview

MSA Safety Incorporated develops, manufactures, and supplies safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures in the oil, gas, petrochemical, fire service, construction, industrial manufacturing applications, utilities, military, and mining industries in North America, Latin America, and internationally. The company's core product offerings include permanently installed fixed gas and flame detection instruments, such as permanently installed gas detection monitoring systems, and flame detectors and open-path infrared gas detectors, as well as replacement components and related services to detect the presence or absence of various gases in the air. Its core product offerings also comprise breathing apparatus products, such as self-contained breathing apparatus; hand-held portable gas detection instruments; industrial head protection products; firefighter helmets and protective apparel; and fall protection equipment, including confined space equipment, harnesses, lanyards, and self-retracting lifelines, as well as engineered systems. In addition, the company offers air-purifying respirators, eye and face protection products, ballistic helmets, and gas masks. It serves distributors and end-users through indirect and direct sales channels. The company offers its product under the V-Gard, Cairns, and Gallet brand names. MSA Safety Incorporated was founded in 1914 and is based in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of MSA Safety is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 6.315% of MSA Safety shares are held by insiders and 83.112% by institutions.
How many people work for MSA Safety?
Latest data suggests 4,800 work at MSA Safety.
When does the fiscal year end for MSA Safety?
MSA Safety's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is MSA Safety based?
MSA Safety's address is: 1000 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA, United States, 16066-5207
What is MSA Safety's ISIN number?
MSA Safety's international securities identification number is: US5534981064
What is MSA Safety's CUSIP number?
MSA Safety's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 553498106

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