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How to buy State Auto Financial Corporation stock | $18.33

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State Auto Financial Corporation
NASDAQ: STFC - USD
INSURANCE-PROPERTY & CASUALTY
$49.88
+$0.15 (+0.30%)

State Auto Financial Corporation is an insurance-property & casualty business based in the US. State Auto Financial Corporation shares (STFC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. State Auto Financial Corporation employs 2,025 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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State Auto Financial Corporation stock price (NASDAQ: STFC)

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State Auto Financial Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-29.
Latest market close$18.33
52-week range$11.88 - $51.20
50-day moving average $30.07
200-day moving average $21.51
Wall St. target price$35.50
PE ratio 16.9797
Dividend yield $0.4 (0.8%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.95

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State Auto Financial Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $18.33 from 2021-06-08

1 week (2021-07-25) N/A
1 month (2021-07-02) 5.28%
3 months (2021-05-05) -2.76%
6 months (2021-02-01) N/A
1 year (2020-08-01) N/A
2 years (2019-08-01) N/A
3 years (2018-08-01) N/A
5 years (2016-08-01) N/A

Is State Auto Financial Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

State Auto Financial Corporation's P/E ratio

State Auto Financial 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, State Auto Financial 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.

State Auto Financial Corporation's EBITDA

State Auto Financial Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $179.4 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a State Auto Financial Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

State Auto Financial Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $1.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.04%
Gross profit TTM $28.4 million
Return on assets TTM 3.5%
Return on equity TTM 14.28%
Profit margin 7.82%
Book value $22.09
Market capitalisation $2.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting State Auto Financial Corporation shares

There are currently 269,171 State Auto Financial Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as State Auto Financial Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 88.2% up from 143,050 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting State Auto Financial Corporation shares can be evaluated.

State Auto Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

State Auto Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of State Auto Financial Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of State Auto Financial Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 384530). State Auto Financial Corporation's SIR currently stands at 0.7. In other words for every 100,000 State Auto Financial Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 700 shares are currently held short.

However State Auto Financial Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of State Auto Financial Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable State Auto Financial Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case State Auto Financial Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 State Auto Financial Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0153% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable State Auto Financial Corporation shares, roughly 15 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 State Auto Financial Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short State Auto Financial Corporation stock.

State Auto Financial Corporation share dividends

13%

Dividend payout ratio: 13.33% of net profits

Recently State Auto Financial Corporation has paid out, on average, around 13.33% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.79% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), State Auto Financial Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.79% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In State Auto Financial Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.4 per share.

While State Auto Financial Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that State Auto Financial Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

State Auto Financial Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 24 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have State Auto Financial Corporation's shares ever split?

State Auto Financial Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 8 July 1998. 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 State Auto Financial Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for State Auto Financial Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted State Auto Financial Corporation's share price.

State Auto Financial Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, State Auto Financial Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $11.8789 up to $51.2. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while State Auto Financial Corporation's is 0.2465. This would suggest that State Auto Financial Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

State Auto Financial Corporation overview

State Auto Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in writing personal and business insurance products in the United States. It operates through Personal Insurance, Commercial Insurance, and Investment Operations segments. The Personal Insurance segment primarily provides personal automobile, homeowners, and other personal insurance products. The commercial insurance segment primarily provides commercial automobile, commercial multi-peril, fire and allied, general liability, and workers' compensation insurance covering small-to-medium sized commercial exposures in the commercial insurance market, as well as farm and ranch insurance products. The Investment Operations segment provides investment management services to affiliated insurance companies. The company markets its products primarily through independent agencies, including retail agencies and wholesale brokers. The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of State Auto Financial Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 1.192% of State Auto Financial Corporation shares are held by insiders and 93.92% by institutions.
How many people work for State Auto Financial Corporation?
Latest data suggests 2,025 work at State Auto Financial Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for State Auto Financial Corporation?
State Auto Financial Corporation's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is State Auto Financial Corporation based?
State Auto Financial Corporation's address is: 518 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH, United States, 43215-3976
What is State Auto Financial Corporation's ISIN number?
State Auto Financial Corporation's international securities identification number is: US8557071052
What is State Auto Financial Corporation's CUSIP number?
State Auto Financial Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 855707105

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