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National Research Corporation is a diagnostics & research business based in the US. National Research Corporation shares (NRC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. National Research Corporation employs 464 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$131.1 million.

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  3. Search for National Research Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: NRC. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
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National Research Corporation share price

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National Research Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-09.
Latest market closeUSD$47.18
52-week rangeUSD$33.8307 - USD$70.9973
50-day moving average USD$53.39
200-day moving average USD$54.633
Wall St. target priceN/A
PE ratio 32.1769
Dividend yield USD$0.84 (1.66%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.47

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National Research Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $47.18 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-07) 5.48%
1 month (2020-12-17) -1.36%
3 months (2020-10-16) -12.13%
6 months (2020-07-16) -20.03%
1 year (2020-01-16) -29.38%
2 years (2019-01-16) 21.01%
3 years (2018-01-16) 30.69%
5 years (2016-01-15) 236.28%

Is National Research Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

National Research Corporation's P/E ratio

National Research 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 32x. In other words, National Research Corporation shares trade at around 32x 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.

National Research Corporation's EBITDA

National Research Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$47.4 million.

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

National Research Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$131.1 million
Operating margin TTM 31.68%
Gross profit TTM USD$81.5 million
Return on assets TTM 22.11%
Return on equity TTM 88.09%
Profit margin 28.79%
Book value $2.244
Market capitalisation USD$1.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting National Research Corporation shares

There are currently 171,365 National Research Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as National Research Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 8.2% up from 158,417 last month.

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

National Research Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

National Research Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of National Research Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of National Research Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 21609.709962169). National Research Corporation's SIR currently stands at 7.93. In other words for every 100,000 National Research Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 7930 shares are currently held short.

However National Research Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of National Research Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable National Research Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case National Research Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 National Research Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0162% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable National Research Corporation shares, roughly 16 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against National Research Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short National Research Corporation stock.

National Research Corporation share dividends

29%

Dividend payout ratio: 28.67% of net profits

Recently National Research Corporation has paid out, on average, around 28.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.66% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), National Research Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.66% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In National Research Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.84 per share.

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

National Research Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 15 April 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

National Research Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, National Research Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $33.8307 up to $70.9973. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

NRC.US volatility(beta: 0.72)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 National Research Corporation's is 0.7228. This would suggest that National Research Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

National Research Corporation overview

National Research Corporation provides analytics and insights that facilitate measurement and enhancement of the patient and employee experience in the United States and Canada. Its portfolio of subscription-based solutions provide actionable information and analysis to healthcare organizations across a range of mission-critical, constituent-related elements, including patient experience, service recovery, care transitions, health risk assessments, employee engagement, reputation management, and brand loyalty. The company also offers market insights solutions that allow the tracking of awareness, perception, and consistency of healthcare brands; assessment of competitive differentiators; and enhanced segmentation tools to evaluate needs, wants, and behaviors of communities through real-time competitive assessments and enhanced segmentation tools. In addition, it provides experience solutions, such as patient and resident experience, workforce engagement, health risk assessments, transitions, and improvement tools. Further, the company offers transitions solutions, which enable organizations to identify and manage high-risk patients to reduce readmissions, enhance patient satisfaction and support safe care transitions; and health risk assessment solutions that enable clients to segment populations and manage care for those who are most at risk, engage individuals, enhance preventative care, and manage wellness programs. Additionally, it provides transparency solutions that allow healthcare organizations to share picture of their organization and ensure content informs in consumer decision-making; and governance solutions for not-for-profit hospital and health system boards of directors, executives, and physician leadership. The company serves integrated health systems, post-acute providers, and payer organizations. National Research Corporation was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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