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How to buy Pearson stock

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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 20,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Pearson share price

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Pearson shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$4.94 - $11.69
50-day moving average $11.00
200-day moving average $9.40
Wall St. target price$11.50
PE ratio 19.4746
Dividend yield $0.195 (1.78%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.57

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Is it a good time to buy Pearson stock?

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Is Pearson under- or over-valued?

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 P/E ratio

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 19x. In other words, Pearson shares trade at around 19x 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.

Pearson's PEG ratio

Pearson's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.3713. 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 Pearson's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Pearson's EBITDA

Pearson's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $365 million.

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

Pearson financials

Revenue TTM $3.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.07%
Gross profit TTM $1.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.99%
Return on equity TTM 7.33%
Profit margin 9.13%
Book value $5.48
Market capitalisation $8.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Pearson shares

There are currently 1.4 million Pearson shares held short by investors – that's known as Pearson's "short interest". This figure is 9.6% down from 1.6 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)

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 274383.46153846). Pearson's SIR currently stands at 5.2. In other words for every 100,000 Pearson shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5200 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).

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 Pearson.

Find out more about how you can short Pearson stock.

Pearson share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 52.9% of net profits

Recently Pearson has paid out, on average, around 52.9% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.42% 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 2.42% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Pearson's case, that would currently equate to about $0.195 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 11 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Pearson share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Pearson's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.9436 up to $11.6904. 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 0.201. This would suggest that Pearson's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Pearson overview

Pearson plc provides educational materials and learning technologies. The company operates in four segments: Global Online Learning, Global Assessment, North America Courseware, and International. It provides test development, processing, and scoring services to governments, educational institutions, corporations, and professional bodies. The company also offers content across the curriculum and a range of education services, including teacher development, educational software, and system-wide solutions, as well as owns and operates colleges and schools comprising virtual schools. It provides content, assessment, and digital services to schools, colleges, and universities, as well as professional and vocational education to learners. Pearson plc was founded in 1844 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom. .

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