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How to buy STERIS (STE) stock

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STERIS plc is a medical instruments & supplies business based in the US. STERIS shares (STE) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. STERIS employs 13,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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STERIS stock price (NYSE: STE)

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STERIS shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-23.
Latest market close$195.71
52-week range$150.51 - $216.29
50-day moving average $203.88
200-day moving average $195.15
Wall St. target price$228.40
PE ratio 45.8251
Dividend yield $1.57 (0.75%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $4.63

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Is it a good time to buy STERIS stock?

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STERIS price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $195.71 from 2021-06-08

1 week (2021-07-17) N/A
1 month (2021-06-28) -5.56%
3 months (2021-04-28) -7.19%
6 months (2021-01-24) N/A
1 year (2020-07-24) N/A
2 years (2019-07-24) N/A
3 years (2018-07-24) N/A
5 years (2016-07-24) N/A

Is STERIS under- or over-valued?

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

STERIS's P/E ratio

STERIS's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 46x. In other words, STERIS shares trade at around 46x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

STERIS's PEG ratio

STERIS's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.6314. 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 STERIS's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


STERIS's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $826 million.

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

STERIS financials

Revenue TTM $3.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 19.53%
Gross profit TTM $1.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.31%
Return on equity TTM 10.86%
Profit margin 12.79%
Book value $45.47
Market capitalisation $21.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting STERIS shares

There are currently 1.2 million STERIS shares held short by investors – that's known as STERIS's "short interest". This figure is 67.6% down from 3.7 million last month.

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

STERIS's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

STERIS's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of STERIS shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of STERIS shares traded daily (recently around 841472.34042553). STERIS's SIR currently stands at 1.41. In other words for every 100,000 STERIS shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1410 shares are currently held short.

However STERIS's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of STERIS shares, or, against the total number of tradable STERIS shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case STERIS's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 STERIS shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0139% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable STERIS shares, roughly 14 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 STERIS.

Find out more about how you can short STERIS stock.

STERIS share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 26.02% of net profits

Recently STERIS has paid out, on average, around 26.02% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.76% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), STERIS shareholders could enjoy a 0.76% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In STERIS's case, that would currently equate to about $1.57 per share.

While STERIS's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that STERIS may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

STERIS's most recent dividend payout was on 24 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 26 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have STERIS's shares ever split?

STERIS's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 24 August 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 STERIS shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for STERIS shares which in turn could have impacted STERIS's share price.

STERIS share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, STERIS's shares have ranged in value from as little as $150.513 up to $216.2935. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

STE.US volatility(beta: 0.56)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 STERIS's is 0.556. This would suggest that STERIS's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

STERIS overview

STERIS plc provides infection prevention and other procedural products and services worldwide. It operates in three segments: Healthcare, Applied Sterilization Technologies, and Life Sciences. The Healthcare segment offers cleaning chemistries and sterility assurance products; accessories for gastrointestinal (GI) procedures, washers, sterilizers, and other pieces of capital equipment for the operation of a sterile processing department; and equipment used directly in the operating room, including surgical tables, lights, and connectivity solutions, as well as equipment management services. It also provides capital equipment installation, maintenance, upgradation, repair, and troubleshooting services; preventive maintenance programs and repair services; instrument and endoscope repair and maintenance services; and custom process improvement consulting and outsourced instrument sterile processing services. This segment offers its products and services to acute care hospitals and other healthcare settings. The Applied Sterilization Technologies segment provides contract sterilization and testing services for medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers through a network of approximately 50 contract sterilization and laboratory facilities. The Life Sciences segment designs, manufactures and sells consumable products, such as formulated cleaning chemistries, barrier and sterility assurance products, steam and vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilizers, and washer disinfectors.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of STERIS is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.37% of STERIS shares are held by insiders and 98.081% by institutions.
How many people work for STERIS?
Latest data suggests 13,000 work at STERIS.
When does the fiscal year end for STERIS?
STERIS's fiscal year ends in March.
Where is STERIS based?
STERIS's address is: 70 Sir John Rogerson?s Quay, Dublin, Ireland, D02 R296
What is STERIS's ISIN number?
STERIS's international securities identification number is: IE00BFY8C754
What is STERIS's CUSIP number?
STERIS's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 859152100

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