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How to buy Photronics stock

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Photronics, Inc is a semiconductor equipment & materials business based in the US. Photronics shares (PLAB) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Photronics employs 1,728 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Photronics share price

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Photronics shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$8.64 - $13.56
50-day moving average $12.37
200-day moving average $11.66
Wall St. target price$16.67
PE ratio 24.8466
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.49

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Is it a good time to buy Photronics stock?

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Is Photronics under- or over-valued?

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

Photronics's P/E ratio

Photronics's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 25x. In other words, Photronics shares trade at around 25x 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.

Photronics's PEG ratio

Photronics's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.27. 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 Photronics's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Photronics's EBITDA

Photronics's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $152.3 million.

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

Photronics financials

Revenue TTM $602 million
Operating margin TTM 9.87%
Gross profit TTM $134.7 million
Return on assets TTM 3.15%
Return on equity TTM 4.12%
Profit margin 5.24%
Book value $13.09
Market capitalisation $779.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Photronics shares

There are currently 2.1 million Photronics shares held short by investors – that's known as Photronics's "short interest". This figure is 12.4% down from 2.4 million last month.

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

Photronics's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Photronics's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Photronics shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Photronics shares traded daily (recently around 578294.11764706). Photronics's SIR currently stands at 3.57. In other words for every 100,000 Photronics shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3570 shares are currently held short.

However Photronics's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Photronics shares, or, against the total number of tradable Photronics shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Photronics's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Photronics shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0401% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Photronics shares, roughly 40 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 Photronics.

Find out more about how you can short Photronics stock.

Photronics share dividends

We're not expecting Photronics to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Photronics's shares ever split?

Photronics's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 December 1997. 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 Photronics shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Photronics shares which in turn could have impacted Photronics's share price.

Photronics share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Photronics's shares have ranged in value from as little as $8.64 up to $13.56. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PLAB.US volatility(beta: 0.94)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 Photronics's is 0.9393. This would suggest that Photronics's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Photronics overview

Photronics, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of photomask products and services in the United States, Taiwan, Korea, Europe, China, and internationally. The company offers photomasks that are used in the manufacture of integrated circuits and flat panel displays (FPDs); and to transfer circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers, FDP substrates, and other types of electrical and optical components. It sells its products to semiconductor and FPD manufacturers, designers, and foundries, as well as to other high-performance electronics manufacturers through its sales personnel and customer service representatives. The company was formerly known as Photronic Labs, Inc. and changed its name to Photronics, Inc. in 1990.

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