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How to buy QAD stock | $47.82

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QAD Inc is a software—application business based in the US. QAD shares (QADA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. QAD employs 1,931 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$303.4 million.

How to buy shares in QAD

  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 QAD. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: QADA. 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 QAD 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$47.82, 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 QAD, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of QAD. 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.

QAD share price

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QAD shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-27.
Latest market close USD$47.82
52-week range USD$28.0673 - USD$54.2568
50-day moving average USD$45.6294
200-day moving average USD$43.0969
Wall St. target price USD$62.5
PE ratio 350.641
Dividend yield USD$0.29 (0.53%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.156

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Is it a good time to buy QAD stock?

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QAD price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $47.82 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-25) N/A
1 month (2020-11-06) 7.20%
3 months (2020-09-02) N/A
6 months (2020-06-02) N/A
1 year (2019-12-02) N/A
2 years (2018-12-02) N/A
3 years (2017-12-02) N/A
5 years (2015-12-02) N/A

Is QAD under- or over-valued?

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

QAD's P/E ratio

QAD's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 351x. In other words, QAD shares trade at around 351x 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.

QAD's PEG ratio

QAD's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 11.47. 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 QAD's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


QAD's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$11.6 million.

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

QAD financials

Revenue TTM USD$303.4 million
Operating margin TTM 1.91%
Gross profit TTM USD$170.9 million
Return on assets TTM 1.29%
Return on equity TTM 2.78%
Profit margin 1.08%
Book value $5.558
Market capitalisation USD$1.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting QAD shares

There are currently 334,287 QAD shares held short by investors – that's known as QAD's "short interest". This figure is 8.6% up from 307,754 last month.

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

QAD's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

QAD's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of QAD shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of QAD shares traded daily (recently around 30445.081967213). QAD's SIR currently stands at 10.98. In other words for every 100,000 QAD shares traded daily on the market, roughly 10980 shares are currently held short.

However QAD's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of QAD shares, or, against the total number of tradable QAD shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case QAD's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 QAD shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0276% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable QAD shares, roughly 28 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against QAD.

Find out more about how you can short QAD stock.

QAD share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 26.92% of net profits

Recently QAD has paid out, on average, around 26.92% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.53% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), QAD shareholders could enjoy a 0.53% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In QAD's case, that would currently equate to about $0.29 per share.

While QAD's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that QAD may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

QAD's most recent dividend payout was on 30 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 22 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

QAD share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, QAD's shares have ranged in value from as little as $28.0673 up to $54.2568. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

QADA.US volatility(beta: 1.12)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 QAD's is 1.1223. This would suggest that QAD'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).

QAD overview

QAD Inc. provides cloud-based enterprise software solutions in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America. It offers various software solutions, such as customer and service management solutions for manufacturers to acquire new customers; manufacturing solutions, which supports manufacturing business processes; enterprise asset management to manage, maintain, and install capital equipment; supply chain execution solutions that provides tools to support inventory and warehouse management; and financials solutions to manage and control finance and accounting processes. The company also provides demand and supply chain planning solutions to manage various procurement, manufacturing, inventory, distribution, and sales activities; global trade and transportation solutions to manage and optimize network of carriers for shipments; embedded analytics and business intelligence that offers data to measure performance; and internationalization, which supports companies that manufacture and distribute their products worldwide. In addition, it offers customer support and product update services, as well as professional services, including consulting, deployment, training, technical, development, and integration. The company markets its products through direct and indirect sales channels; and distributors and sales agents. It serves automotive, life sciences, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology, and industrial products manufacturing companies. QAD Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California.

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