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How to buy Saul Centers stock | $33.08

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Saul Centers, Inc is a reit-retail business based in the US. Saul Centers shares (BFS) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Saul Centers employs 116 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$223.5 million.

How to buy shares in Saul Centers

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  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 Saul Centers. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BFS. 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 Saul Centers 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$33.08, 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 Saul Centers, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Saul Centers. 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.

Saul Centers share price

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Saul Centers shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$33.08
52-week rangeUSD$22.7416 - USD$54.2978
50-day moving average USD$31.7009
200-day moving average USD$29.7034
Wall St. target priceUSD$34.33
PE ratio 26.0516
Dividend yield USD$2.12 (6.56%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.241

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Is it a good time to buy Saul Centers stock?

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Saul Centers price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $33.08 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-08) 1.85%
1 month (2020-12-15) -4.39%
3 months (2020-10-15) 23.20%
6 months (2020-07-15) 4.16%
1 year (2020-01-15) -37.97%
2 years (2019-01-15) -34.39%
3 years (2018-01-12) 58.64
5 years (2016-01-15) 48.91

Is Saul Centers under- or over-valued?

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

Saul Centers's P/E ratio

Saul Centers's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, Saul Centers shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

Saul Centers's EBITDA

Saul Centers's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$141.2 million.

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

Saul Centers financials

Revenue TTM USD$223.5 million
Operating margin TTM 43.75%
Gross profit TTM USD$173.6 million
Return on assets TTM 3.67%
Return on equity TTM 10.99%
Profit margin 19.59%
Book value $7.792
Market capitalisation USD$756.5 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Saul Centers shares

There are currently 105,471 Saul Centers shares held short by investors – that's known as Saul Centers's "short interest". This figure is 28.8% up from 81,880 last month.

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

Saul Centers's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Saul Centers's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Saul Centers shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Saul Centers shares traded daily (recently around 48829.166666667). Saul Centers's SIR currently stands at 2.16. In other words for every 100,000 Saul Centers shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2160 shares are currently held short.

However Saul Centers's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Saul Centers shares, or, against the total number of tradable Saul Centers shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Saul Centers's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Saul Centers shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0084% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Saul Centers shares, roughly 8 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 Saul Centers.

Find out more about how you can short Saul Centers stock.

Saul Centers share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 75.44% of net profits

Recently Saul Centers has paid out, on average, around 75.44% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.56% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Saul Centers shareholders could enjoy a 6.56% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Saul Centers's case, that would currently equate to about $2.12 per share.

Saul Centers'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.

Saul Centers's most recent dividend payout was on 29 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Saul Centers share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Saul Centers's shares have ranged in value from as little as $22.7416 up to $54.2978. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BFS.US volatility(beta: 1.05)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Saul Centers's is 1.0525. This would suggest that Saul Centers'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).

Saul Centers overview

Saul Centers, Inc. is a self-managed, self-administered equity REIT headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, which currently operates and manages a real estate portfolio of 60 properties which includes (a) 50 community and neighborhood shopping centers and seven mixed-use properties with approximately 9.8 million square feet of leasable area and (b) three land and development properties. Approximately 85% of the Saul Centers' property operating income is generated by properties in the metropolitan Washington, DC/Baltimore area.

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