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How to buy Sprague Resources stock | $18.95

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Sprague Resources LP is an oil & gas refining & marketing business based in the US. Sprague Resources shares (SRLP) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

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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 Sprague Resources. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SRLP. 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 Sprague Resources 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$18.95, 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 Sprague Resources, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Sprague Resources. 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.

Sprague Resources share price

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Sprague Resources shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-28.
Latest market closeUSD$18.95
52-week rangeUSD$8.6815 - USD$19.88
50-day moving average USD$17.9221
200-day moving average USD$16.2295
Wall St. target priceUSD$19
PE ratio 11.8828
Dividend yield USD$2.67 (15%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.519

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Is it a good time to buy Sprague Resources stock?

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Sprague Resources price performance over time

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Is Sprague Resources under- or over-valued?

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

Sprague Resources's P/E ratio

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

Sprague Resources's PEG ratio

Sprague Resources's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.07. 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 Sprague Resources's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Sprague Resources's EBITDA

Sprague Resources's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$127.2 million.

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

Sprague Resources financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.43%
Gross profit TTM USD$274.4 million
Return on assets TTM 5.7%
Return on equity TTM 52.34%
Profit margin 1.59%
Book value $3.056
Market capitalisation USD$414 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Sprague Resources shares

There are currently 16,487 Sprague Resources shares held short by investors – that's known as Sprague Resources's "short interest". This figure is 26.9% up from 12,989 last month.

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

Sprague Resources's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Sprague Resources's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Sprague Resources shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Sprague Resources shares traded daily (recently around 53183.870967742). Sprague Resources's SIR currently stands at 0.31. In other words for every 100,000 Sprague Resources shares traded daily on the market, roughly 310 shares are currently held short.

However Sprague Resources's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Sprague Resources shares, or, against the total number of tradable Sprague Resources shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Sprague Resources's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Sprague Resources shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0016% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Sprague Resources shares, roughly 2 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 Sprague Resources.

Find out more about how you can short Sprague Resources stock.

Sprague Resources share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 175.66% of net profits

Recently Sprague Resources has paid out, on average, around 175.66% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 15% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Sprague Resources shareholders could enjoy a 15% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Sprague Resources's case, that would currently equate to about $2.67 per share.

Sprague Resources'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.

Sprague Resources's most recent dividend payout was on 12 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Sprague Resources share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Sprague Resources's shares have ranged in value from as little as $8.6815 up to $19.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SRLP.US volatility(beta: 0.96)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 Sprague Resources's is 0.9585. This would suggest that Sprague Resources's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Sprague Resources overview

Sprague Resources LP engages in the purchase, storage, distribution, and sale of refined petroleum products and natural gas in the United States and Canada. The company operates through four segments: Refined Products, Natural Gas, Materials Handling, and Other Operations. The Refined Products segment purchases and sells various refined products, such as heating oil, diesel fuel, residual fuel oil, kerosene, jet fuel, gasoline, and asphalt to wholesale, retail, and commercial customers. This segment's wholesale customers consist of approximately 1,100 home heating oil retailers, and diesel fuel and gasoline resellers; and commercial customers include federal and state agencies, municipalities, regional transit authorities, drill sites, large industrial companies, real estate management companies, hospitals, educational institutions, and asphalt paving companies. The natural gas segment purchases natural gas from natural gas producers and trading companies and sells and distributes natural gas to approximately 14,000 commercial and industrial customer locations across 13 states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. The Materials Handling segment offloads, stores, and prepares for the delivery of various customer-owned products, including asphalt, crude oil, clay slurry, salt, gypsum, residual fuel oil, coal, petroleum coke, caustic soda, tallow, pulp, and heavy equipment. The Other Operations segment engages in coal marketing and distribution; and commercial trucking activities. As of December 31, 2019, the company had combined storage capacity of 14.3 million barrels for refined products and other liquid materials, as well as 2.0 million square feet of materials handling capacity. Sprague Resources LP was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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