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How to buy Stepan Company stock
Learn how to easily invest in Stepan Company stock.
Stepan Company is a specialty chemicals business based in the US. Stepan Company shares (SCL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Stepan Company employs 2,439 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $2.6 billion.
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Stepan Company stock price (NYSE: SCL)Use our graph to track the performance of SCL stocks over time.
Stepan Company shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$95.85|
|52-week range||$94.69 - $127.78|
|50-day moving average||$105.90|
|200-day moving average||$107.25|
|Wall St. target price||$133.00|
|Dividend yield||$1.31 (1.39%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$6.52|
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Stepan Company price performance over time
|1 week (2022-09-16)||-0.38%|
|1 month (2022-08-24)||-12.70%|
|3 months (2022-06-24)||-6.12%|
|6 months (2022-03-23)||-3.28%|
|1 year (2021-09-24)||-13.93%|
|2 years (2020-09-24)||-11.04%|
|3 years (2019-09-24)||1.85%|
|5 years (2017-09-22)||16.24%|
Is Stepan Company stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing Stepan Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Stepan Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Stepan Company's P/E ratio
Stepan Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 15x. In other words, Stepan Company shares trade at around 15x 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.
Stepan Company's PEG ratio
Stepan Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.34. 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 Stepan Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Stepan Company's EBITDA
Stepan Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $299.8 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Stepan Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Stepan Company financials
|Revenue TTM||$2.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||7.88%|
|Gross profit TTM||$395.8 million|
|Return on assets TTM||6.23%|
|Return on equity TTM||13.87%|
|Market capitalisation||$2.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Stepan Company share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 20.3% of net profits
Recently Stepan Company has paid out, on average, around 20.3% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.39% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Stepan Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.39% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Stepan Company's case, that would currently equate to about $1.31 per share.
While Stepan Company's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Stepan Company is investing more in its future growth.
Stepan Company's most recent dividend payout was on 14 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Stepan Company's shares ever split?
Stepan Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 16 December 2012. 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 Stepan Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Stepan Company shares which in turn could have impacted Stepan Company's share price.
Stepan Company share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Stepan Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $94.6922 up to $127.7756. 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 Stepan Company's is 0.7563. This would suggest that Stepan Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Stepan Company overview
Stepan Company, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells specialty and intermediate chemicals to other manufacturers for use in various end products. It operates through three segments: Surfactants, Polymers, and Specialty Products. The Surfactants segment offers surfactants that are used as principal ingredients in consumer and industrial cleaning products, including detergents for washing clothes, dishes, carpets, and floors and walls, as well as shampoos and body washes; and other applications, such as fabric softeners, germicidal quaternary compounds, disinfectants, and lubricating ingredients. Its surfactants are also used in various applications, including emulsifiers for spreading agricultural products; and industrial applications comprising latex systems, plastics, and composites. The Polymers segment provides polyurethane polyols that are used in the manufacture of rigid foam for thermal insulation in the construction industry, as well as a base raw material for coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers (CASE); polyester resins, including liquid and powdered products, which are used in CASE applications; and phthalic anhydride that is used in unsaturated polyester resins, alkyd resins, and plasticizers for applications in construction materials, as well as components of automotive, boating, and other consumer products. The Specialty Products segment offers flavors, emulsifiers, and solubilizers for use in food, flavoring, nutritional supplement, and pharmaceutical applications. It serves in the United States, France, Poland, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, and internationally.
Stepan Company in the news
Stepan to Announce Third Quarter 2022 Results on October 19, 2022
Stepan Company Executes Agreement to Acquire U.S. Surfactants Producer
10 Best Undervalued Dividend Kings to Buy in September
Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Stepan Company is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 4.507% of Stepan Company shares are held by insiders and 80.276% by institutions. How many people work for Stepan Company?
Latest data suggests 2,439 work at Stepan Company. When does the fiscal year end for Stepan Company?
Stepan Company's fiscal year ends in December. Where is Stepan Company based?
Stepan Company's address is: 1101 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook, IL, United States, 60062 What is Stepan Company's ISIN number?
Stepan Company's international securities identification number is: US8585861003 What is Stepan Company's CUSIP number?
Stepan Company's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 858586100
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