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Mueller Water Products, Inc is a specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. Mueller Water Products shares (MWA) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Mueller Water Products employs 3,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$964.1 million.

How to buy shares in Mueller Water Products

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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 Mueller Water Products. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MWA. 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 Mueller Water Products 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$12.05, 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 Mueller Water Products, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Mueller Water Products. 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 Mueller Water Products's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Mueller Water Products's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$12.05, which is 3.75% down on its pre-crash value of USD$12.52 and 81.48% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$6.64.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Mueller Water Products shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$597.33 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$1,015.21.

Mueller Water Products share price

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Mueller Water Products shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-23.
Latest market close USD$12.05
52-week range USD$6.5352 - USD$12.4504
50-day moving average USD$11.0974
200-day moving average USD$10.23
Wall St. target price USD$12.39
PE ratio 26.2444
Dividend yield USD$0.22 (1.86%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.45

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Is it a good time to buy Mueller Water Products stock?

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Mueller Water Products price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $12.05 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-20) 1.77%
1 month (2020-10-30) 16.31%
3 months (2020-08-28) 8.95%
6 months (2020-05-29) 29.01%
1 year (2019-11-29) 6.83%
2 years (2018-11-29) 16.31%
3 years (2017-11-29) -3.45%
5 years (2015-11-27) 29.15%

Is Mueller Water Products under- or over-valued?

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

Mueller Water Products's P/E ratio

Mueller Water Products's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, Mueller Water Products shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

Mueller Water Products's PEG ratio

Mueller Water Products's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.1473. 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 Mueller Water Products's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Mueller Water Products's EBITDA

Mueller Water Products's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$178.2 million.

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

Mueller Water Products financials

Revenue TTM USD$964.1 million
Operating margin TTM 12.83%
Gross profit TTM USD$328.2 million
Return on assets TTM 5.66%
Return on equity TTM 11.68%
Profit margin 7.47%
Book value $4.053
Market capitalisation USD$1.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Mueller Water Products shares

There are currently 1.9 million Mueller Water Products shares held short by investors – that's known as Mueller Water Products's "short interest". This figure is 12% down from 2.2 million last month.

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

Mueller Water Products's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Mueller Water Products's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Mueller Water Products shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Mueller Water Products shares traded daily (recently around 995855.15463918). Mueller Water Products's SIR currently stands at 1.94. In other words for every 100,000 Mueller Water Products shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1940 shares are currently held short.

However Mueller Water Products's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Mueller Water Products shares, or, against the total number of tradable Mueller Water Products shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Mueller Water Products's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Mueller Water Products shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0124% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Mueller Water Products shares, roughly 12 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 Mueller Water Products.

Find out more about how you can short Mueller Water Products stock.

Mueller Water Products share dividends

42%

Dividend payout ratio: 41.67% of net profits

Recently Mueller Water Products has paid out, on average, around 41.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.86% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Mueller Water Products shareholders could enjoy a 1.86% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Mueller Water Products's case, that would currently equate to about $0.22 per share.

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

Mueller Water Products's most recent dividend payout was on 20 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Mueller Water Products share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Mueller Water Products's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.5352 up to $12.4504. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MWA.US volatility(beta: 1.29)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 Mueller Water Products's is 1.292. This would suggest that Mueller Water Products's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Mueller Water Products overview

Mueller Water Products, Inc. manufactures and markets products and services for use in the transmission, distribution, and measurement of water in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Infrastructure and Technologies. The Infrastructure segment offers valves for water and gas systems, including butterfly, iron gate, tapping, check, knife, plug, automatic control, and ball valves; dry-barrel and wet-barrel fire hydrants; pipe repair products, such as clamps and couplings used to repair leaks under the HYMAX, Mueller, and Krausz brand names; and machines and tools for tapping, drilling, extracting, installing, and stopping-off. It sells its products primarily through waterworks distributors to various end user customers comprising municipalities, water and wastewater utilities, gas utilities, and fire protection and construction contractors. The Technologies segment provides residential and commercial water metering, water leak detection, and pipe condition assessment products, systems, and services directly to municipalities and waterworks distributors, as well as to end users. The company was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

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