The Gap is an apparel retail business based in the US. The Gap stocks (GPS.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $28.51 – a decrease of 2.31% over the previous week. The Gap employs 117,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $16.6 billion.
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Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, The Gap's stock price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $23.28, which is 26.72% up on its pre-crash value of $17.06 and 285.43% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $6.04.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of The Gap stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $359.91 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 $1,334.18.
|Latest market close||$23.28|
|52-week range||$15.5775 - $37.4948|
|50-day moving average||$27.1243|
|200-day moving average||$30.538|
|Wall St. target price||$33.89|
|Dividend yield||$0.12 (0.5%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$1.974|
Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
|1 month (2021-08-20)||-17.65%|
|3 months (2021-06-22)||-27.90%|
|6 months (2021-03-22)||-22.91%|
|1 year (2020-09-22)||39.32%|
|2 years (2019-09-20)||35.43%|
|3 years (2018-09-21)||-16.26%|
|5 years (2016-09-22)||3.10%|
Valuing The Gap stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of The Gap's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
The Gap's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 12x. In other words, The Gap stocks trade at around 12x 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 stocks or simply that they're under-valued.
The Gap's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.1492. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the stocks offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into The Gap's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the stock prices of multiple high-growth companies.
The Gap's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.3 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a The Gap's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$16.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||5.14%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$6.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||3.89%|
|Return on equity TTM||28.56%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$9.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 18.9 million The Gap stocks held short by investors – that's known as The Gap's "short interest". This figure is 15.9% up from 16.3 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting The Gap stocks can be evaluated.
The Gap's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The Gap stocks currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The Gap stocks traded daily (recently around 7.5 million). The Gap's SIR currently stands at 2.52. In other words for every 100,000 The Gap stocks traded daily on the market, roughly 2520 stocks are currently held short.
However The Gap's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The Gap stocks, or, against the total number of tradable The Gap stocks (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case The Gap's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding stocks (for every 100,000 The Gap stocks in existence, roughly 50 stocks are currently held short) or 0.0711% of the tradable stocks (for every 100,000 tradable The Gap stocks, roughly 71 stocks are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the stock price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against The Gap.
Find out more about how you can short The Gap stock.
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like The Gap.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 10.38
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and The Gap's overall score of 10.38 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like The Gap is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 1.61/100
The Gap's environmental score of 1.61 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Gap is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 3.58/100
The Gap's social score of 3.58 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Gap is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 2.19/100
The Gap's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that The Gap is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. The Gap scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that The Gap hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||10.38|
|Total ESG percentile||3.96|
|Environmental score percentile||1|
|Social score percentile||1|
|Governance score percentile||1|
|Level of controversy||3|
Dividend payout ratio: 28.22% of net profits
Recently The Gap has paid out, on average, around 28.22% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.98% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), The Gap shareholders could enjoy a 1.98% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The Gap's case, that would currently equate to about $0.12 per share.
While The Gap's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that The Gap may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
The Gap's most recent dividend payout was on 27 October 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their stocks by 5 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
The Gap stocks were split on a 3:2 basis on 22 June 1999. 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 The Gap stocks – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower stock price could have impacted the market appetite for The Gap stocks which in turn could have impacted The Gap's stock price.
Over the last 12 months, The Gap's stocks have ranged in value from as little as $15.5775 up to $37.4948. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a stocks volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while The Gap's is 1.613. This would suggest that The Gap's stocks are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. The company offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix, and Janie and Jack brands. Its products include denim, tees, fleece, and khakis; eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and fitness and lifestyle products for use in yoga, training, sports, travel, and everyday activities for women and girls. The company offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, third-party arrangements, and catalogs. It has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Old Navy, Gap, Athleta, and Banana Republic stores and websites in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of March 04, 2021, the company had 3,100 company-operated stores and 615 franchise stores. It also provides its products through e-commerce sites. The Gap, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
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