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How to buy Southwest Gas stock

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Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc is an utilities-regulated gas business based in the US. Southwest Gas shares (SWX) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Southwest Gas employs 11,149 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – SWX – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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Southwest Gas share price

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Southwest Gas shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$56.48 - $78.93
50-day moving average $68.90
200-day moving average $65.32
Wall St. target price$72.40
PE ratio 17.3744
Dividend yield $2.255 (3.14%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $4.14

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Is it a good time to buy Southwest Gas stock?

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Is Southwest Gas under- or over-valued?

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

Southwest Gas's P/E ratio

Southwest Gas's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Southwest Gas shares trade at around 17x 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.

Southwest Gas's PEG ratio

Southwest Gas's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 5.82. 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 Southwest Gas's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Southwest Gas's EBITDA

Southwest Gas's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $730.9 million.

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

Southwest Gas financials

Revenue TTM $3.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 12.09%
Gross profit TTM $814.4 million
Return on assets TTM 2.95%
Return on equity TTM 8.8%
Profit margin 7.04%
Book value $46.77
Market capitalisation $4.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Southwest Gas shares

There are currently 931,905 Southwest Gas shares held short by investors – that's known as Southwest Gas's "short interest". This figure is 4.2% down from 972,549 last month.

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

Southwest Gas's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Southwest Gas's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Southwest Gas shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Southwest Gas shares traded daily (recently around 817460.52631579). Southwest Gas's SIR currently stands at 1.14. In other words for every 100,000 Southwest Gas shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1140 shares are currently held short.

However Southwest Gas's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Southwest Gas shares, or, against the total number of tradable Southwest Gas shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Southwest Gas's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Southwest Gas shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0187% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Southwest Gas shares, roughly 19 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 Southwest Gas.

Find out more about how you can short Southwest Gas stock.

Southwest Gas share dividends

56%

Dividend payout ratio: 55.81% of net profits

Recently Southwest Gas has paid out, on average, around 55.81% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.31% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Southwest Gas shareholders could enjoy a 3.31% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Southwest Gas's case, that would currently equate to about $2.255 per share.

Southwest Gas'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.

Southwest Gas's most recent dividend payout was on 31 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Southwest Gas share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Southwest Gas's shares have ranged in value from as little as $56.4804 up to $78.9274. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Southwest Gas's is 0.1473. This would suggest that Southwest Gas's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Southwest Gas overview

Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, purchases, distributes, and transports natural gas in Arizona, Nevada, and California. The company operates in two segments, Natural Gas Operations and Utility Infrastructure Services. As of December 31, 2020, it had 2,123,000 residential, commercial, industrial, and other natural gas customers. The company also provides trenching and installation, replacement, and maintenance services for energy distribution systems; and industrial construction solutions. Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in 1931 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Southwest Gas is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.819% of Southwest Gas shares are held by insiders and 89.816% by institutions.
How many people work for Southwest Gas?
Latest data suggests 11,149 work at Southwest Gas.
When does the fiscal year end for Southwest Gas?
Southwest Gas's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Southwest Gas based?
Southwest Gas's address is: 8360 South Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89193-8510
What is Southwest Gas's ISIN number?
Southwest Gas's international securities identification number is: US8448951025
What is Southwest Gas's CUSIP number?
Southwest Gas's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 844895102

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