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How to buy SP Plus Corporation stock

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SP Plus Corporation is a specialty business services business based in the US. SP Plus Corporation shares (SP) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. SP Plus Corporation employs 14,700 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$549 million.

How to buy shares in SP Plus Corporation

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

SP Plus Corporation share price

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SP Plus Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-23.
52-week rangeUSD$14.44 - USD$39.175
50-day moving average USD$30.9809
200-day moving average USD$24.5826
Wall St. target priceUSD$40.33
PE ratio 17.1909
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.179

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Is it a good time to buy SP Plus Corporation stock?

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Is SP Plus Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

SP Plus Corporation's P/E ratio

SP Plus 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 17x. In other words, SP Plus Corporation 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.

SP Plus Corporation's PEG ratio

SP Plus Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.91. 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 SP Plus Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

SP Plus Corporation's EBITDA

SP Plus Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$51.3 million.

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

SP Plus Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$549 million
Operating margin TTM 4.01%
Gross profit TTM USD$128.6 million
Return on assets TTM 1.05%
Return on equity TTM -62.27%
Profit margin -31.48%
Book value $7.93
Market capitalisation USD$736.3 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting SP Plus Corporation shares

There are currently 427,004 SP Plus Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as SP Plus Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 1.5% down from 433,475 last month.

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

SP Plus Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

SP Plus Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of SP Plus Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of SP Plus Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 115095.41778976). SP Plus Corporation's SIR currently stands at 3.71. In other words for every 100,000 SP Plus Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3710 shares are currently held short.

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

Find out more about how you can short SP Plus Corporation stock.

SP Plus Corporation share dividends

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

Have SP Plus Corporation's shares ever split?

SP Plus Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 January 2008. 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 SP Plus Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for SP Plus Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted SP Plus Corporation's share price.

SP Plus Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, SP Plus Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $14.44 up to $39.175. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SP.US volatility(beta: 1.64)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 SP Plus Corporation's is 1.6387. This would suggest that SP Plus Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

SP Plus Corporation overview

SP Plus Corporation provides parking management, ground transportation, baggage, and other ancillary services in North America. It provides on-site parking management, valet parking, ground transportation, facility maintenance, event logistics, baggage handling, remote airline check-in, security, municipal meter revenue collection and enforcement, and consulting services. The company also offers shuttle bus vehicles and the drivers; ground transportation services, such as taxi and livery dispatch, concierge-type ground transportation information, and support services for arriving passengers; remote airline check-in services; wheelchair assist services; baggage repair and replacement services; on-street parking meter collection and other forms of parking enforcement services; valet services; and remote parking management services. In addition, it provides facility maintenance services, including power sweeping and washing, painting and general repairs, and cleaning and seasonal services; security services comprising training and hiring of security officers and patrol, as well as customized services and technology; and multi-platform marketing services. The company offers its services primarily under the SP+ and Bags brands. SP Plus Corporation serves private and public owners, municipalities and governments, managers and developers of office buildings, residential properties, commercial properties, shopping centers and other retail properties, healthcare facilities and medical centers, sports and special event complexes, hotels and resorts, and airlines and cruise lines. The company was formerly known as Standard Parking Corporation and changed its name to SP Plus Corporation in December 2013. SP Plus Corporation was founded in 1929 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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