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Woodward, Inc is an aerospace & defense business based in the US. Woodward shares (WWD) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Woodward employs 9,023 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.7 billion.

How to buy shares in Woodward

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 Woodward. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: WWD. 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 Woodward 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. At last close price of USD$85.19, 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 Woodward, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Woodward. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted Woodward's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Woodward's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$85.19, which is 29.10% down on its pre-crash value of USD$120.16 and 83.18% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$46.505.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Woodward shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$431.06 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$730.93.

Woodward share price

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Woodward shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-16.
Latest market closeUSD$85.19
52-week rangeUSD$46.505 - USD$129.06
50-day moving average USD$82.8729
200-day moving average USD$73.6471
Wall St. target priceUSD$90
PE ratio 22.1469
Dividend yield USD$0.33 (0.38%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.88

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Is it a good time to buy Woodward stock?

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Woodward price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $85.19 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-12) -1.54%
1 month (2020-09-18) 2.42%
3 months (2020-07-20) 10.28%
6 months (2020-04-20) 54.72%
1 year (2019-10-18) -20.51%
2 years (2018-10-19) 11.61%
3 years (2017-10-20) 4.71%
5 years (2015-10-20) 96.97%

Is Woodward under- or over-valued?

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

Woodward's P/E ratio

Woodward's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, Woodward shares trade at around 22x 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.

Woodward's PEG ratio

Woodward's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.7736. 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 Woodward's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Woodward's EBITDA

Woodward's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$445.5 million.

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

Woodward financials

Revenue TTM USD$2.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.64%
Gross profit TTM USD$707.5 million
Return on assets TTM 4.96%
Return on equity TTM 13.83%
Profit margin 9.25%
Book value $30.734
Market capitalisation USD$5.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Woodward shares

There are currently 2.5 million Woodward shares held short by investors – that's known as Woodward's "short interest". This figure is 1.7% up from 2.5 million last month.

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

Woodward's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Woodward's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Woodward shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Woodward shares traded daily (recently around 331982.69986894). Woodward's SIR currently stands at 7.63. In other words for every 100,000 Woodward shares traded daily on the market, roughly 7630 shares are currently held short.

However Woodward's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Woodward shares, or, against the total number of tradable Woodward shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Woodward's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Woodward shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0474% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Woodward shares, roughly 47 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Woodward.

Find out more about how you can short Woodward stock.

Woodward share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 11.88% of net profits

Recently Woodward has paid out, on average, around 11.88% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.38% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Woodward shareholders could enjoy a 0.38% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Woodward's case, that would currently equate to about $0.33 per share.

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

Woodward's most recent dividend payout was on 30 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Woodward's shares ever split?

Woodward's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 15 February 2008. 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 Woodward shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Woodward shares which in turn could have impacted Woodward's share price.

Woodward share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Woodward's shares have ranged in value from as little as $46.505 up to $129.06. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WWD.US volatility(beta: 1.5)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Woodward's is 1.5019. This would suggest that Woodward's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Woodward overview

Woodward, Inc. designs, manufactures, and services control solutions for the aerospace and industrial markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Aerospace and Industrial. The Aerospace segment offers fuel pumps, metering units, actuators, air valves, specialty valves, fuel nozzles, and thrust reverser actuation systems for turbine engines and nacelles; and flight deck controls, actuators, servo controls, and motors and sensors for aircraft that are used on commercial and private aircraft and rotorcraft, as well as on military fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft, guided weapons, and other defense systems. It also provides aftermarket maintenance, repair and overhaul, and other services to commercial airlines, repair facilities, military depots, third party repair shops, and other end users. This segment sells its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), tier-one suppliers, and various contractors, as well as through aftermarket sales of components, such as provisioning spares or replacements, and spare parts. The Industrial segment designs, produces, and services systems and products for the management of fuel, air, fluids, gases, motion, combustion, and electricity. Its products include actuators, valves, pumps, fuel injection systems, solenoids, ignition systems, speed controls, electronics and software, power converters, sensors, and other devices that measure, communicate, and protect electrical distribution systems for use in industrial gas turbines, steam turbines, reciprocating engines, electric power generation and power distribution systems, wind turbines, and compressors. This segment sells its aftermarket products, and other related services to OEMs through an independent network of distributors, as well as directly to end users. The company was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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