How to buy Scientific Games Corporation stock - 08 March

Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our content.

How to buy Scientific Games Corporation stock

Own Scientific Games Corporation stock in just a few minutes.

Fact checked

Scientific Games Corporation is a gambling business based in the US. Scientific Games Corporation shares (SGMS) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Scientific Games Corporation employs 9,800 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.8 billion.

How to buy shares in Scientific Games Corporation

  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 Scientific Games Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SGMS. 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 Scientific Games Corporation 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. 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 Scientific Games Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Scientific Games Corporation. 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.

Scientific Games Corporation share price

Use our graph to track the performance of SGMS stocks over time.

Scientific Games Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$3.76 - USD$52.88
50-day moving average USD$45.2221
200-day moving average USD$36.4435
Wall St. target priceUSD$47.44
PE ratio 14.1176
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.292

Buy Scientific Games Corporation shares from these brokerages

Compare special offers, low fees and a wide range of types of investments among top trading platforms.
Name Product Stock trade fee Asset types Option trade fee Annual fee Signup bonus
Stocks, Options, ETFs, Gold/Commodities
Free stock (chosen randomly with a value anywhere between $2.50 and $200)
Sign up using the "go to site" link
Make unlimited commission-free trades in stocks, funds, and options with Robinhood Financial.
Stocks, Options, ETFs
Get two free stock valued between $2.50 and $250
Open an account
Margin financing rates start at 3.99%. No monthly subscription fees for margin.
Stocks, Bonds, Options, Mutual funds, ETFs, Cryptocurrency
$0 + $0.50/contract
Deposit qualifying assets of $5,000+
A platform built for all kinds of traders and all styles of trading
Stocks, Options, Cryptocurrency
Stocks & ETFs: $1/contract to open, $0 to close, $10 max/leg
Futures: $2.50/contract to open, $0 to close
Get 100 shares of stock (worth $1 to $6 a share)
Open and fund a new cash or margin account with $2,000+
Trade stocks, options, ETFs and futures on mobile or desktop with this advanced platform.
Interactive Brokers
Stocks, Bonds, Options
$0 + $0.65/contract, $1 minimum
IBKR Lite offers $0 commissions, and IBKR Pro offers advanced tools for professional traders.

Compare up to 4 providers

*Signup bonus information updated weekly.

The value of any investment can go up or down depending on news, trends and market conditions. We are not investment advisers, so do your own due diligence to understand the risks before you invest.

Is it a good time to buy Scientific Games Corporation stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

This chart is not advice or a guarantee of success. Rather, it gauges the real-time recommendations of three popular technical indicators: moving averages, oscillators and pivots. Finder is not responsible for how your stock performs.

Is Scientific Games Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Scientific Games Corporation's P/E ratio

Scientific Games Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 14x. In other words, Scientific Games Corporation shares trade at around 14x 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.

Scientific Games Corporation's EBITDA

Scientific Games Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$672 million.

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

Scientific Games Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 8.07%
Gross profit TTM USD$2.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.78%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin -18.48%
Book value $-23.785
Market capitalisation USD$4.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Scientific Games Corporation shares

There are currently 6.2 million Scientific Games Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Scientific Games Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 12.1% down from 7.0 million last month.

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

Scientific Games Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Scientific Games Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Scientific Games Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Scientific Games Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 700424.06356413). Scientific Games Corporation's SIR currently stands at 8.81. In other words for every 100,000 Scientific Games Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 8810 shares are currently held short.

However Scientific Games Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Scientific Games Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Scientific Games Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Scientific Games Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.06% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Scientific Games Corporation shares in existence, roughly 60 shares are currently held short) or 0.1077% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Scientific Games Corporation shares, roughly 108 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Scientific Games Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Scientific Games Corporation stock.

Scientific Games Corporation share dividends

We're not expecting Scientific Games Corporation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Scientific Games Corporation's shares ever split?

Scientific Games Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 26 October 1993. 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 Scientific Games Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Scientific Games Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Scientific Games Corporation's share price.

Scientific Games Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Scientific Games Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.76 up to $52.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SGMS.US volatility(beta: 2.04)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 Scientific Games Corporation's is 2.0411. This would suggest that Scientific Games Corporation's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Scientific Games Corporation overview

Scientific Games Corporation develops technology-based products and services, and related content for the gaming, lottery, social and digital gaming industries in the United States and internationally. The company's Gaming segment sells new and used gaming machines, electronic table systems, video lottery terminals, conversion game kits, and spare parts; slot, casino, and table-management systems; table products, including shufflers; and perpetual licenses to proprietary table games. It also leases gaming machines; provides gaming operations and licensing arrangements; and installs and supports casino management systems, such as ongoing hardware and software maintenance and upgrade services of customer casino management systems. The company's Lottery segment designs, prints, and sells instant lottery products; designs and manufactures instant games tickets; offers instant products planning, monitoring, management system, warehousing, inventory management, distribution, marketing, and game support functions; supplies player loyalty programs, merchandising services, and interactive marketing campaigns; and sublicenses brands for lottery products and lottery-related promotional products. It also provides software, hardware, and related services for lottery operations; and lottery systems software maintenance and support services. The company's SciPlay segment sells virtual coins, chips, or bingo cards; and third-party branded games and original content through mobile and web platforms. Its Digital segment provides digital gaming and sports wagering solutions and services, including digital RMG and sports wagering solutions, distribution platforms, content, products, and services; software design, development, licensing, maintenance, and support services; Open Platform Systems; and content aggregation platforms. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Frequently asked questions

More guides on Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked provides guides and information on a range of products and services. Because our content is not financial advice, we suggest talking with a professional before you make any decision.

By submitting your comment or question, you agree to our Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use.

Questions and responses on are not provided, paid for or otherwise endorsed by any bank or brand. These banks and brands are not responsible for ensuring that comments are answered or accurate.
Go to site