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How to buy Cato Corporation stock

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Cato Corporation is an apparel retail business based in the US. Cato Corporation shares (CATO) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Cato Corporation employs 7,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $752 million.

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Cato Corporation stock price (NYSE: CATO)

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Cato Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-25.
Latest market close$9.46
52-week range$9.07 - $18.85
50-day moving average $11.47
200-day moving average $14.03
Wall St. target price$23.00
PE ratio 20.8696
Dividend yield $0.68 (7.21%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.46

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Cato Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $9.46 from 2022-09-26

1 week (2022-09-21) 0.64%
1 month (2022-08-26) -15.38%
3 months (2022-06-28) -21.04%
6 months (2022-03-24) -34.89%
1 year (2021-09-24) -45.32%
2 years (2020-09-28) 17.08%
3 years (2019-09-27) 17.2
5 years (2017-09-28) 13.33

Is Cato Corporation stock undervalued or overvalued?

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

Cato Corporation's P/E ratio

Cato 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 21x. In other words, Cato Corporation shares trade at around 21x 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.

Cato Corporation's PEG ratio

Cato Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.54. 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 Cato Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Cato Corporation's EBITDA

Cato Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $19.7 million.

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

Cato Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $752 million
Operating margin TTM 1.26%
Gross profit TTM $314.8 million
Return on assets TTM 1.03%
Return on equity TTM 3.7%
Profit margin 1.28%
Book value $12.28
Market capitalisation $203.3 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Cato Corporation share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 147.83% of net profits

Recently Cato Corporation has paid out, on average, around 147.83% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.21% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Cato Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 7.21% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Cato Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.68 per share.

Cato Corporation'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.

Cato Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 25 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 September 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Cato Corporation's shares ever split?

Cato Corporation's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 27 June 2005. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Cato Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Cato Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Cato Corporation's share price.

Cato Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Cato Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $9.07 up to $18.8524. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CATO.US volatility(beta: 0.92)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 Cato Corporation's is 0.9209. This would suggest that Cato Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Cato Corporation overview

The Cato Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of fashion apparel and accessories primarily in the southeastern United States. It operates through two segments, Retail and Credit. The company's stores and e-commerce websites offer a range of apparel and accessories, including dressy, career, and casual sportswear; and dresses, coats, shoes, lingerie, costume jewelry, and handbags, as well as men's wear, and lines for kids and infants. It operates its stores and e-commerce websites under the Cato, Cato Fashions, Cato Plus, It's Fashion, It's Fashion Metro, and Versona names. As of January 29, 2022, the company operated 1,311 stores in 32 states. It also provides credit card services to its customers, as well as layaway plans for customers who agree to make periodic payments. The company was incorporated in 1946 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Cato Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 8.39% of Cato Corporation shares are held by insiders and 63.818% by institutions.
How many people work for Cato Corporation?
Latest data suggests 7,500 work at Cato Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for Cato Corporation?
Cato Corporation's fiscal year ends in February.
Where is Cato Corporation based?
Cato Corporation's address is: 8100 Denmark Road, Charlotte, NC, United States, 28273-5975
What is Cato Corporation's ISIN number?
Cato Corporation's international securities identification number is: US1492051065
What is Cato Corporation's CUSIP number?
Cato Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 149205106

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