How to buy UniFirst Corporation stock - 13 April

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How to buy UniFirst Corporation stock

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UniFirst Corporation is a specialty business services business based in the US. UniFirst Corporation shares (UNF) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. UniFirst Corporation employs 14,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.8 billion.

How to buy shares in UniFirst Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for UniFirst Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: UNF. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until UniFirst Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of UniFirst Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of UniFirst Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

UniFirst Corporation share price

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UniFirst Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-08.
52-week rangeUSD$145.2354 - USD$258.86
50-day moving average USD$236.3714
200-day moving average USD$208.7868
Wall St. target priceUSD$240
PE ratio 33.0317
Dividend yield USD$1 (0.46%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$6.696

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Is it a good time to buy UniFirst Corporation stock?

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Is UniFirst Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

UniFirst Corporation's P/E ratio

UniFirst 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 33x. In other words, UniFirst Corporation shares trade at around 33x 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.

UniFirst Corporation's PEG ratio

UniFirst Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.88. 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 UniFirst 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.

UniFirst Corporation's EBITDA

UniFirst Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$272.1 million.

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

UniFirst Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.33%
Gross profit TTM USD$639.2 million
Return on assets TTM 4.66%
Return on equity TTM 7.27%
Profit margin 7.19%
Book value $95.469
Market capitalisation USD$4.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting UniFirst Corporation shares

There are currently 142,346 UniFirst Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as UniFirst Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 28.4% down from 198,905 last month.

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

UniFirst Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

UniFirst Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of UniFirst Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of UniFirst Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 75315.343915344). UniFirst Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.89. In other words for every 100,000 UniFirst Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1890 shares are currently held short.

However UniFirst Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of UniFirst Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable UniFirst Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case UniFirst Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 UniFirst Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0113% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable UniFirst Corporation shares, roughly 11 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 UniFirst Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short UniFirst Corporation stock.

UniFirst Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 14.95% of net profits

Recently UniFirst Corporation has paid out, on average, around 14.95% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.46% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), UniFirst Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.46% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In UniFirst Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1 per share.

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

UniFirst Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 29 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have UniFirst Corporation's shares ever split?

UniFirst Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 19 January 1994. 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 UniFirst Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for UniFirst Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted UniFirst Corporation's share price.

UniFirst Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, UniFirst Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $145.2354 up to $258.86. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UNF.US volatility(beta: 1.06)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 UniFirst Corporation's is 1.0552. This would suggest that UniFirst Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

UniFirst Corporation overview

UniFirst Corporation provides workplace uniforms and protective work wear clothing in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The company operates through U.S. and Canadian Rental and Cleaning, Manufacturing, Specialty Garments Rental and Cleaning, and First Aid segments. It designs, manufactures, personalizes, rents, cleans, delivers, and sells a range of uniforms and protective clothing, including shirts, pants, jackets, coveralls, lab coats, smocks, and aprons; and specialized protective wear, such as flame resistant and high visibility garments. The company also rents and sells industrial wiping products, floor mats, facility service products, and dry and wet mops; restroom and cleaning supplies comprising air fresheners, paper products, gloves, masks, sanitizers, and hand soaps; and other textile products. In addition, it provides first aid cabinet services and other safety supplies; decontaminates and cleans work clothes, and other items that is exposed to radioactive materials; and services special cleanroom protective wear and facilities. Further, it offers a range of garment service options, including full-service rental programs in which garments are cleaned and serviced; lease programs in which garments are cleaned and maintained by individual employees; and purchase programs to buy garments and related items directly. The company serves automobile service centers and dealers, delivery services, food and general merchandise retailers, food processors and service operations, light manufacturers, maintenance facilities, restaurants, service companies, soft and durable goods wholesalers, transportation companies, healthcare providers, government agencies, research and development laboratories, high technology companies, and utilities operating nuclear reactors, as well as others who require employee clothing for image, identification, protection, or utility purposes. UniFirst Corporation was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

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