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MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc is an industrial distribution business based in the US. MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares (MSM) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. MSC Industrial Direct CoInc employs 6,315 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.2 billion.

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  3. Search for MSC Industrial Direct CoInc. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MSM. 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 MSC Industrial Direct CoInc 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$66.57, 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 MSC Industrial Direct CoInc, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of MSC Industrial Direct CoInc. 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 MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$66.57, which is 6.58% down on its pre-crash value of USD$71.26 and 48.16% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$44.93.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$679.02 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$967.93.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc share price

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MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-02.
Latest market close USD$66.57
52-week range USD$41.6395 - USD$84.53
50-day moving average USD$75.5683
200-day moving average USD$69.4978
Wall St. target price USD$80.13
PE ratio 18.133
Dividend yield USD$3 (3.6%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.51

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MSC Industrial Direct CoInc price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $66.57 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-11-22) N/A
1 month (2020-11-03) -13.34%
3 months (2020-09-03) -0.75%
6 months (2020-05-30) N/A
1 year (2019-11-29) -9.32%
2 years (2018-11-29) -23.92%
3 years (2017-11-29) -23.04%
5 years (2015-11-29) N/A

Is MSC Industrial Direct CoInc under- or over-valued?

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

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's P/E ratio

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares trade at around 18x 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.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's PEG ratio

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.8111. 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 MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's EBITDA

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$436.8 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc financials

Revenue TTM USD$3.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.52%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.79%
Return on equity TTM 17.95%
Profit margin 7.87%
Book value $23.647
Market capitalisation USD$4.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares

There are currently 1.5 million MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares held short by investors – that's known as MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's "short interest". This figure is 0.8% down from 1.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares can be evaluated.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares traded daily (recently around 452898.48942598). MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's SIR currently stands at 3.31. In other words for every 100,000 MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3310 shares are currently held short.

However MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares, or, against the total number of tradable MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0462% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares, roughly 46 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against MSC Industrial Direct CoInc.

Find out more about how you can short MSC Industrial Direct CoInc stock.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like MSC Industrial Direct CoInc.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 24.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's overall score of 24.2 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 25th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like MSC Industrial Direct CoInc is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's environmental score

Environmental score: 10.86/100

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's environmental score of 10.86 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that MSC Industrial Direct CoInc is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's social score

Social score: 15.41/100

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's social score of 15.41 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that MSC Industrial Direct CoInc is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's governance score

Governance score: 14.43/100

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that MSC Industrial Direct CoInc is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 24.2
Total ESG percentile 25.16
Environmental score 10.86
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 15.41
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 14.43
Governance score percentile 9

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 122.34% of net profits

Recently MSC Industrial Direct CoInc has paid out, on average, around 122.34% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.6% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shareholders could enjoy a 3.6% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's case, that would currently equate to about $3 per share.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc'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.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's most recent dividend payout was on 15 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's shares ever split?

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 26 May 1998. 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 MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for MSC Industrial Direct CoInc shares which in turn could have impacted MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's share price.

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's shares have ranged in value from as little as $41.6395 up to $84.53. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MSM.US volatility(beta: 0.85)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 MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's is 0.845. This would suggest that MSC Industrial Direct CoInc's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

MSC Industrial Direct CoInc overview

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Its MRO products include cutting tools, measuring instruments, tooling components, metalworking products, fasteners, flat stock products, raw materials, abrasives, machinery hand and power tools, safety and janitorial supplies, plumbing supplies, materials handling products, power transmission components, and electrical supplies. The company offers approximately 1.9 million stock-keeping units through its catalogs and brochures; e-commerce channels, including its Website, mscdirect.com; inventory management solutions; and call-centers and branches. It operates through distribution network of 98 branch offices and 12 customer fulfilment centres. The company serves individual machine shops, Fortune 1000 manufacturing companies, and government agencies, as well as manufacturers of various sizes. MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.

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