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How to buy American Software (AMSWA) stocks in Canada

Learn how to easily invest in American Software stocks.

American Software is a software-application business based in the US. American Software stocks (AMSWA.US) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $22.14 – an increase of 0.85% over the previous week. American Software employs 426 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $116.7 million.

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Is it a good time to buy American Software stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted American Software's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, American Software's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $24.93, which is 22.98% up on its pre-crash value of $19.2 and 175.47% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $9.05.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of American Software stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $819.60 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 $1,687.26.

American Software stock price (NASDAQ:AMSWA)

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American Software shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-10.
Latest market close$24.93
52-week range$18.20 - $33.14
50-day moving average $26.51
200-day moving average $23.57
Wall St. target price$33.67
PE ratio 72.7059
Dividend yield $0.44 (1.78%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.34

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American Software price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $24.93 from 2022-01-14

1 week (2022-01-07) 0.85%
1 month (2021-12-16) 2.05%
3 months (2021-10-15) -6.94%
6 months (2021-07-16) 19.68%
1 year (2021-01-15) 27.45%
2 years (2020-01-16) 66.37%
3 years (2019-01-16) 135.63%
5 years (2017-01-13) 141.80%

Is American Software under- or over-valued?

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

American Software's P/E ratio

American Software's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 73x. In other words, American Software shares trade at around 73x 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.

American Software's PEG ratio

American Software's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.19. 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 American Software's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

American Software's EBITDA

American Software's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $8.2 million.

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

American Software financials

Revenue TTM $116.7 million
Operating margin TTM 6.26%
Gross profit TTM $61 million
Return on assets TTM 2.66%
Return on equity TTM 9.38%
Profit margin 9.96%
Book value $3.86
Market capitalisation $828.1 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

American Software share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 102.33% of net profits

Recently American Software has paid out, on average, around 102.33% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.78% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), American Software shareholders could enjoy a 1.78% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In American Software's case, that would currently equate to about $0.44 per share.

American Software'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.

American Software's most recent dividend payout was on 17 February 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have American Software's shares ever split?

American Software's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 23 July 1990. 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 American Software shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for American Software shares which in turn could have impacted American Software's share price.

American Software share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, American Software's shares have ranged in value from as little as $18.1989 up to $33.1437. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AMSWA.US volatility(beta: 0.68)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 American Software's is 0.6756. This would suggest that American Software's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

American Software overview

American Software, Inc. develops, markets, and supports a range of computer business application software products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Supply Chain Management (SCM), Information Technology Consulting (IT Consulting), and Other. The SCM segment provides demand optimization, inventory optimization, supply optimization, retail optimization, quality and compliance, PLM, sourcing management, and integrated business planning services. The IT Consulting segment offers IT staffing and consulting services, such as software enhancement, documentation, update, customer education, consulting, systems integration, maintenance, and support services. The Other segment provides purchasing and materials management, customer order processing, financial, e-commerce, and traditional manufacturing solutions. The company markets its products through direct and indirect sales channels to the apparel and other soft goods, retail, food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, durable goods, chemical and process manufacturing, and life sciences industries.

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