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How to buy MTS Systems Corporation stock | $58.49

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MTS Systems Corporation is a scientific & technical instruments business based in the US. MTS Systems Corporation shares (MTSC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. MTS Systems Corporation employs 3,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$837.6 million.

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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 MTS Systems Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MTSC. 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 MTS Systems 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$58.49, 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 MTS Systems Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of MTS Systems 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.

MTS Systems Corporation share price

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MTS Systems Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-04.
Latest market closeUSD$58.49
52-week rangeUSD$13.28 - USD$51.664
50-day moving average USD$29.8729
200-day moving average USD$22.5998
Wall St. target priceUSD$35.83
PE ratio 55.5572
Dividend yield USD$1.2 (6.32%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.691

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Is it a good time to buy MTS Systems Corporation stock?

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MTS Systems Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $58.49 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-08) 0.12%
1 month (2020-12-16) 0.33%
3 months (2020-10-15) 146.79%
6 months (2020-07-15) 214.97%
1 year (2020-01-15) 18.76%
2 years (2019-01-15) 28.35%
3 years (2018-01-12) 7.42%
5 years (2016-01-15) 10.97%

Is MTS Systems Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

MTS Systems Corporation's P/E ratio

MTS Systems 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 56x. In other words, MTS Systems Corporation shares trade at around 56x 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.

MTS Systems Corporation's PEG ratio

MTS Systems Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.47. 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 MTS Systems 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.

MTS Systems Corporation's EBITDA

MTS Systems Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$142.4 million.

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

MTS Systems Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$837.6 million
Operating margin TTM 11.72%
Gross profit TTM USD$356.4 million
Return on assets TTM 4.58%
Return on equity TTM 2.73%
Profit margin 1.61%
Book value $25.435
Market capitalisation USD$740 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting MTS Systems Corporation shares

There are currently 436,254 MTS Systems Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as MTS Systems Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 3.3% up from 422,250 last month.

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

MTS Systems Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

MTS Systems Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of MTS Systems Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of MTS Systems Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 147383.10810811). MTS Systems Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.96. In other words for every 100,000 MTS Systems Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2960 shares are currently held short.

However MTS Systems Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of MTS Systems Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable MTS Systems Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case MTS Systems Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 MTS Systems Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0263% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable MTS Systems Corporation shares, roughly 26 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 MTS Systems Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short MTS Systems Corporation stock.

MTS Systems Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 55.56% of net profits

Recently MTS Systems Corporation has paid out, on average, around 55.56% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.32% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), MTS Systems Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 6.32% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In MTS Systems Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.2 per share.

MTS Systems Corporation'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.

MTS Systems Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 30 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have MTS Systems Corporation's shares ever split?

MTS Systems Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 3 February 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 MTS Systems Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for MTS Systems Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted MTS Systems Corporation's share price.

MTS Systems Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, MTS Systems Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $13.28 up to $51.664. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MTSC.US volatility(beta: 1.83)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while MTS Systems Corporation's is 1.8273. This would suggest that MTS Systems 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).

MTS Systems Corporation overview

MTS Systems Corporation supplies test systems, motion simulators, and sensors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company's Test & Simulation segment offers road simulators and component test systems, vehicle performance test systems, vehicle dynamics simulators, electrical motors and energy recovery systems, tire performance and rolling resistance measurement systems, and moving ground-plane systems and balances. It also provides systems for the physical characterization of material properties; systems to test durability and performance of implants, prostheses, and other medical and dental materials and devices; products, systems, and software to perform static and fatigue testing of aircraft; products for blades, bearings, and wind turbines; structural engineering systems, such as static and dynamic testing; and seismic simulation tables. In addition, this segment offers installation, product life cycle management, professional training, calibration and metrology, technical consulting, and onsite and factory repair and maintenance services, as well as accessories and spare parts. It serves automobile, truck, motorcycle, motorsports vehicles, construction and agricultural equipment, rail and off-road vehicle manufacturers, and their suppliers, as well as the power generation, aerospace, vehicles, biomedical, structural engineering, oil and gas, wind energy, and other industries. The company's Sensors segment offers sensors for measurements of vibration, pressure, position, force, and sound; and piezoelectric sensors and components. It serves the automotive, aerospace, industrial, defense, and research and development markets. The company sells its products through direct sales and service organizations, and independent representatives and distributors, as well as through catalogs, Internet, etc. It has a strategic alliance with Auburn University. The company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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