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PPD, Inc is a drug manufacturers—specialty & generic business based in the US. PPD shares (PPD) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. PPD employs 24,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.2 billion.

How to buy shares in PPD

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 PPD. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: PPD. 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 PPD 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$36.5, 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 PPD, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of PPD. 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 PPD's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, PPD's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$36.5, which is 15.40% up on its pre-crash value of USD$30.88 and 244.02% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$10.61.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of PPD shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$inf 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$inf.

PPD share price

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PPD shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-21.
Latest market closeUSD$36.5
52-week rangeUSD$10.61 - USD$37.51
50-day moving average USD$34.9091
200-day moving average USD$29.4354
Wall St. target priceUSD$38.47
PE ratio 450.2257
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.09

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Is it a good time to buy PPD stock?

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PPD price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $36.5 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-12) -0.60%
1 month (2020-09-22) 3.31%
3 months (2020-07-20) 20.82%
6 months (2020-04-20) 59.60%
1 year (2019-10-18) N/A
2 years (2018-10-18) N/A
3 years (2017-10-18) N/A
5 years (2015-10-18) N/A

Is PPD under- or over-valued?

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

PPD's P/E ratio

PPD's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 450x. In other words, PPD shares trade at around 450x 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.

PPD's PEG ratio

PPD's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.7114. 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 PPD's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


PPD's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$702.8 million.

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

PPD financials

Revenue TTM USD$4.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.44%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.74%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 1.88%
Book value N/A
Market capitalisation USD$13.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting PPD shares

There are currently 1.8 million PPD shares held short by investors – that's known as PPD's "short interest". This figure is 22.7% down from 2.4 million last month.

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

PPD's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

PPD's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of PPD shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of PPD shares traded daily (recently around 2.6 million). PPD's SIR currently stands at 0.69. In other words for every 100,000 PPD shares traded daily on the market, roughly 690 shares are currently held short.

However PPD's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of PPD shares, or, against the total number of tradable PPD shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case PPD's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 PPD shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.015% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable PPD shares, roughly 15 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 PPD.

Find out more about how you can short PPD stock.

PPD share dividends

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

PPD overview

PPD, Inc. provides drug development services to the biopharmaceutical industry worldwide. The company operates through Clinical Development Services and Laboratory Services segments. It offers clinical development services, including product development and consulting, early development, Phases II-IV clinical trial management, accelerated enrollment, peri- and post-approval, and medical communications services. The company also provides laboratory services comprising bioanalytical, biomarker, vaccine science, good manufacturing practice, and central laboratory services. It serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and government organizations, as well as other industry participants. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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