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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 2,284 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.8 billion.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Stepan Company's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was USD$129.16, which is 22.07% up on its pre-crash value of USD$100.66 and 86.30% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$69.33.
If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Stepan Company shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$797.30 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,290.31.
|Latest market close||USD$129.16|
|52-week range||USD$68.975 - USD$129.62|
|50-day moving average||USD$117.1175|
|200-day moving average||USD$107.1059|
|Wall St. target price||USD$130|
|Dividend yield||USD$1.22 (0.95%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$5.089|
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|1 week (2020-11-13)||3.68%|
|1 month (2020-10-22)||12.26%|
|3 months (2020-08-21)||12.97%|
|6 months (2020-05-22)||35.10%|
|1 year (2019-11-22)||34.05%|
|2 years (2018-11-21)||58.83%|
|3 years (2017-11-22)||54.94%|
|5 years (2015-11-20)||147.39%|
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 current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 24x. In other words, Stepan Company shares trade at around 24x 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 "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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$233 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Stepan Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$1.8 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||8.35%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$330.7 million|
|Return on assets TTM||6.06%|
|Return on equity TTM||13.24%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$2.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 311,511 Stepan Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Stepan Company's "short interest". This figure is 22.2% up from 254,963 last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Stepan Company shares can be evaluated.
Stepan Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Stepan Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Stepan Company shares traded daily (recently around 75978.292682927). Stepan Company's SIR currently stands at 4.1. In other words for every 100,000 Stepan Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4100 shares are currently held short.
However Stepan Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Stepan Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Stepan Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Stepan Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Stepan Company shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0195% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Stepan Company shares, roughly 20 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 Stepan Company.
Find out more about how you can short Stepan Company stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 21.12% of net profits
Recently Stepan Company has paid out, on average, around 21.12% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.95% 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 0.95% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Stepan Company's case, that would currently equate to about $1.22 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 15 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Stepan Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 17 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.
Over the last 12 months, Stepan Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $68.975 up to $129.62. 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 0.8393. This would suggest that Stepan Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Stepan Company, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells specialty and intermediate chemicals to other manufacturers for use in various end products in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. The company 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, 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 the food, flavoring, nutritional supplement, and pharmaceutical applications. Stepan Company was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Northfield, Illinois.
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