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Universal Corporation is a tobacco business based in the US. Universal Corporation shares (UVV) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Universal Corporation employs 24,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Universal Corporation share price

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Universal Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$37.23 - $59.20
50-day moving average $57.43
200-day moving average $49.80
Wall St. target price$59.00
PE ratio 22.6119
Dividend yield $3.07 (5.35%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.57

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Is it a good time to buy Universal Corporation stock?

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Is Universal Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Universal Corporation's P/E ratio

Universal 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 23x. In other words, Universal Corporation shares trade at around 23x 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.

Universal Corporation's EBITDA

Universal Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $196.3 million.

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

Universal Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $2 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.67%
Gross profit TTM $370.5 million
Return on assets TTM 4.22%
Return on equity TTM 5.52%
Profit margin 3.18%
Book value $51.83
Market capitalisation $1.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Universal Corporation shares

There are currently 500,605 Universal Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Universal Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 14.5% down from 585,362 last month.

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

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

Universal Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Universal Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Universal Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 154986.06811146). Universal Corporation's SIR currently stands at 3.23. In other words for every 100,000 Universal Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3230 shares are currently held short.

However Universal Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Universal Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Universal Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Universal Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Universal Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0287% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Universal Corporation shares, roughly 29 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 Universal Corporation.

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

Universal Corporation share dividends

94%

Dividend payout ratio: 94.17% of net profits

Recently Universal Corporation has paid out, on average, around 94.17% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.36% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Universal Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 5.36% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Universal Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $3.07 per share.

Universal 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.

Universal Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 2 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 April 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Universal Corporation's shares ever split?

Universal Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 January 1992. 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 Universal Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Universal Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Universal Corporation's share price.

Universal Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Universal Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $37.2348 up to $59.1963. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UVV.US volatility(beta: 0.73)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 Universal Corporation's is 0.7336. This would suggest that Universal Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Universal Corporation overview

Universal Corporation supplies leaf tobacco products worldwide. The company operates through North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Dark Air-Cured, Oriental, and Special Services segments. It is involved in procuring, financing, processing, packing, storing, and shipping leaf tobacco for sale to manufacturers of consumer tobacco products. The company contracts, purchases, processes, and sells flue-cured, burley, and oriental tobaccos that are primarily used in the manufacture of cigarettes; and dark air-cured tobaccos principally used in the manufacture of cigars, natural wrapped cigars and cigarillos, smokeless, and pipe tobacco products. It also provides value-added services, including blending, chemical, and physical testing of tobacco; service cutting for various manufacturers; manufacturing reconstituted leaf tobacco; just-in-time inventory management services; electronic nicotine delivery systems; e-liquid testing services; and smoke testing services for customers. In addition, the company offers testing services for crop protection agents and tobacco constituents in seed, leaf, and finished products, including e-cigarette liquids and vapors; and analytical services that include chemical compound testing in finished tobacco products and mainstream smoke, as well as engages in the research and development growth trials with various partners for non-tobacco agriproducts production, such as vanilla. Further, it produces and sells dehydrated and juiced fruit and vegetable products, as well as provides water pipe style leaf tobacco; and recycles waste materials from tobacco production.

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