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Pearson plc is a publishing business based in the US. Pearson shares (PSO) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Pearson employs 22,500 staff and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of USD$7.8 billion.
|52-week range||USD$5.007 - USD$11.9|
|50-day moving average||USD$9.9994|
|200-day moving average||USD$8.2954|
|Wall St. target price||USD$9.9|
|Dividend yield||USD$0.231 (2.24%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$1.015|
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Valuing Pearson stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Pearson's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Pearson's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 11x. In other words, Pearson shares trade at around 11x 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.
|Gross profit TTM||USD$2 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.28%|
|Return on equity TTM||6.27%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$7.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 1.8 million Pearson shares held short by investors – that's known as Pearson's "short interest". This figure is 16.5% up from 1.5 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Pearson shares can be evaluated.
Pearson's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Pearson shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Pearson shares traded daily (recently around 430426.08695652). Pearson's SIR currently stands at 4.14. In other words for every 100,000 Pearson shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4140 shares are currently held short.
However Pearson's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Pearson shares, or, against the total number of tradable Pearson shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Pearson's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Pearson shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Pearson shares, roughly 0 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 Pearson.
Find out more about how you can short Pearson stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 624.28% of net profits
Recently Pearson has paid out, on average, around 624.28% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.36% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Pearson shareholders could enjoy a 2.36% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Pearson's case, that would currently equate to about $0.231 per share.
Pearson'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.
Pearson's most recent dividend payout was on 24 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Pearson's shares have ranged in value from as little as $5.007 up to $11.9. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Pearson's is 0.2122. This would suggest that Pearson's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Pearson plc provides educational products and services to governments, educational institutions, corporations, and professional bodies worldwide. The company operates through North America, Core, and Growth segments. It offers courseware services, including curriculum materials provided in book form and/or through access to digital content; and assessments, such as test development, processing, and scoring services. The company also operates schools, colleges, and universities; and provides online learning services in partnership with universities and other academic institutions. In addition, it delivers and installs off-the-shelf software; and offers services to academic institutions, such as program development, student acquisition, education technology, and student support services, as well as undertakes contracts to process qualifying tests for individual professions and government departments under multi-year contractual arrangements. The company was founded in 1844 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
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