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How to buy Preformed Line Products Company stock

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Preformed Line Products Company is an electrical equipment & parts business based in the US. Preformed Line Products Company shares (PLPC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Preformed Line Products Company employs 2,983 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$461.6 million.

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  3. Search for Preformed Line Products Company. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: PLPC. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
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Preformed Line Products Company share price

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Preformed Line Products Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-13.
52-week rangeUSD$35.6162 - USD$73.53
50-day moving average USD$65.9691
200-day moving average USD$56.0756
Wall St. target priceN/A
PE ratio 11.0739
Dividend yield USD$0.8 (1.13%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$6.518

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Is it a good time to buy Preformed Line Products Company stock?

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Is Preformed Line Products Company under- or over-valued?

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

Preformed Line Products Company's P/E ratio

Preformed Line Products Company'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, Preformed Line Products Company 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.

Preformed Line Products Company's EBITDA

Preformed Line Products Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$57.2 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Preformed Line Products Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Preformed Line Products Company financials

Revenue TTM USD$461.6 million
Operating margin TTM 9.37%
Gross profit TTM USD$140.6 million
Return on assets TTM 6.17%
Return on equity TTM 12.13%
Profit margin 7.1%
Book value $56.887
Market capitalisation USD$354.7 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Preformed Line Products Company shares

There are currently 36,509 Preformed Line Products Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Preformed Line Products Company's "short interest". This figure is 1.1% down from 36,898 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Preformed Line Products Company shares can be evaluated.

Preformed Line Products Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Preformed Line Products Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Preformed Line Products Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Preformed Line Products Company shares traded daily (recently around 10461.031518625). Preformed Line Products Company's SIR currently stands at 3.49. In other words for every 100,000 Preformed Line Products Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3490 shares are currently held short.

However Preformed Line Products Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Preformed Line Products Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Preformed Line Products Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Preformed Line Products Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Preformed Line Products Company shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0156% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Preformed Line Products Company shares, roughly 16 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 Preformed Line Products Company.

Find out more about how you can short Preformed Line Products Company stock.

Preformed Line Products Company share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 9.97% of net profits

Recently Preformed Line Products Company has paid out, on average, around 9.97% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.13% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Preformed Line Products Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.13% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Preformed Line Products Company's case, that would currently equate to about $0.8 per share.

While Preformed Line Products Company's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Preformed Line Products Company is investing more in its future growth.

Preformed Line Products Company's most recent dividend payout was on 20 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 31 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Preformed Line Products Company's shares ever split?

Preformed Line Products Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 11 June 1998. 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 Preformed Line Products Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Preformed Line Products Company shares which in turn could have impacted Preformed Line Products Company's share price.

Preformed Line Products Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Preformed Line Products Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $35.6162 up to $73.53. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PLPC.US volatility(beta: 1.07)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 Preformed Line Products Company's is 1.0678. This would suggest that Preformed Line Products Company's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Preformed Line Products Company overview

Preformed Line Products Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs and manufactures products and systems used in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground networks for the energy, telecommunication, cable operator, information, and other industries. It offers formed wire products to support, protect, terminate, and secure power conductor and communication cables, as well as to control cable dynamics; and hardware products to support and protect transmission conductors, spacers, spacer-dampers, stockbridge dampers, corona suppression devices, and various compression fittings for dead-end applications. The company also provides protective closures and splice cases to protect fixed line communication networks, such as copper cable or fiber optic cable from moisture, environmental hazards, and other contaminants; and data communication cabinets, hardware assemblies, pole line hardware, resale products, underground connectors, solar hardware systems, guy markers, tree guards, fiber optic cable markers, pedestal markers, and urethane products that are used by energy, renewable energy, communications, cable, and special industries for various applications. It serves public and private energy utilities and communication companies, cable operators, financial institutions, governmental agencies, contractors and subcontractors, distributors, and value-added resellers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. The company markets its products through a direct sales force, as well as through manufacturing representatives. Preformed Line Products Company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Mayfield Village, Ohio.

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