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How to buy MSA Safety Incorporated stock

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

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MSA Safety Incorporated share price

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MSA Safety Incorporated shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-16.
52-week range$93.77 - $172.40
50-day moving average $157.42
200-day moving average $152.15
Wall St. target price$170.50
PE ratio 50.4787
Dividend yield $1.71 (1.12%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.05

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Is it a good time to buy MSA Safety Incorporated stock?

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Is MSA Safety Incorporated under- or over-valued?

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

MSA Safety Incorporated's P/E ratio

MSA Safety Incorporated's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 50x. In other words, MSA Safety Incorporated shares trade at around 50x 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 Incorporated's PEG ratio

MSA Safety Incorporated'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 Incorporated'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 Incorporated's EBITDA

MSA Safety Incorporated's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $283.9 million.

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

MSA Safety Incorporated financials

Revenue TTM $1.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.12%
Gross profit TTM $590.4 million
Return on assets TTM 8.45%
Return on equity TTM 15.71%
Profit margin 8.91%
Book value $20.43
Market capitalisation $6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting MSA Safety Incorporated shares

There are currently 1.5 million MSA Safety Incorporated shares held short by investors – that's known as MSA Safety Incorporated's "short interest". This figure is 1.3% down from 1.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting MSA Safety Incorporated shares can be evaluated.

MSA Safety Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

MSA Safety Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of MSA Safety Incorporated shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of MSA Safety Incorporated shares traded daily (recently around 141804.30009149). MSA Safety Incorporated's SIR currently stands at 10.93. In other words for every 100,000 MSA Safety Incorporated shares traded daily on the market, roughly 10930 shares are currently held short.

However MSA Safety Incorporated's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of MSA Safety Incorporated shares, or, against the total number of tradable MSA Safety Incorporated shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case MSA Safety Incorporated's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 MSA Safety Incorporated shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0481% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable MSA Safety Incorporated shares, roughly 48 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 MSA Safety Incorporated.

Find out more about how you can short MSA Safety Incorporated stock.

MSA Safety Incorporated share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 38.22% of net profits

Recently MSA Safety Incorporated has paid out, on average, around 38.22% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.13% 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 Incorporated shareholders could enjoy a 1.13% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In MSA Safety Incorporated's case, that would currently equate to about $1.71 per share.

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

MSA Safety Incorporated's most recent dividend payout was on 9 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have MSA Safety Incorporated's shares ever split?

MSA Safety Incorporated'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 Incorporated shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for MSA Safety Incorporated shares which in turn could have impacted MSA Safety Incorporated's share price.

MSA Safety Incorporated share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, MSA Safety Incorporated's shares have ranged in value from as little as $93.7662 up to $172.4049. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MSA.US volatility(beta: 0.91)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 Incorporated's is 0.9101. This would suggest that MSA Safety Incorporated's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

MSA Safety Incorporated 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.

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