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How to buy Greif (GEF) stocks in Canada

Learn how to easily invest in Greif stocks.

Greif Inc
+ $0.77 ( + 1.26%)

Greif is a packaging & containers business based in the US. Greif stocks (GEF.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $59.11 – a decrease of 1.08% over the previous week. Greif employs 16,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $5.6 billion.

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Is it a good time to buy Greif stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted Greif's stock price?

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

Its last market close was $60.58, which is 30.60% up on its pre-crash value of $42.04 and 156.15% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $23.65.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Greif stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $645.19 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 $1,472.70.

Greif stock price (NYSE:GEF)

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Greif shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-19.
Latest market close$60.58
52-week range$43.36 - $71.45
50-day moving average $63.21
200-day moving average $62.54
Wall St. target price$67.20
PE ratio 7.5461
Dividend yield $1.8 (2.97%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $8.03

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Greif price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $60.58 from 2022-01-18

1 week (2022-01-12) -0.23%
1 month (2021-12-17) 1.54%
3 months (2021-10-19) -4.40%
6 months (2021-07-19) 7.22%
1 year (2021-01-19) 20.97%
2 years (2020-01-17) 31.95%
3 years (2019-01-18) 49.51%
5 years (2017-01-19) 15.52%

Is Greif under- or over-valued?

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

Greif's P/E ratio

Greif's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, Greif shares trade at around 8x 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.

Greif's PEG ratio

Greif's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.25. 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 Greif's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Greif's EBITDA

Greif's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $762.2 million.

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

Greif financials

Revenue TTM $5.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.5%
Gross profit TTM $1.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.83%
Return on equity TTM 29.3%
Profit margin 7.03%
Book value $31.19
Market capitalisation $2.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Greif share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 32.14% of net profits

Recently Greif has paid out, on average, around 32.14% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.97% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Greif shareholders could enjoy a 2.97% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Greif's case, that would currently equate to about $1.8 per share.

While Greif's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Greif may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Greif's most recent dividend payout was on 1 January 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Greif's shares ever split?

Greif's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 12 April 2007. 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 Greif shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Greif shares which in turn could have impacted Greif's share price.

Greif share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Greif's shares have ranged in value from as little as $43.3559 up to $71.4476. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GEF.US volatility(beta: 1.02)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 Greif's is 1.0243. This would suggest that Greif'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).

Greif overview

Greif, Inc. engages in the production and sale of industrial packaging products and services worldwide. It operates in three segments: Global Industrial Packaging; Paper Packaging & Services; and Land Management. The Global Industrial Packaging segment produces and sells industrial packaging products, including steel, fiber, and plastic drums; rigid and flexible intermediate bulk containers; closure systems for industrial packaging products; transit protection products; water bottles, and remanufactured and reconditioned industrial containers; and various services, such as container life cycle management, filling, logistics, warehousing, and other packaging services to chemicals, paints and pigments, food and beverage, petroleum, industrial coatings, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, mineral product, and other industries. This segment also offers flexible intermediate bulk containers and related services to the agriculture, construction, and food industries. The Paper Packaging & Services segment produces and sells containerboards, corrugated sheets and containers, and other corrugated and specialty products to customers in the packaging, automotive, food, and building products markets; and produces and sells coated and uncoated recycled paperboard, and recycled fiber. This segment's corrugated container products are used to ship various products, such as home appliances, small machinery, grocery products, automotive components, books, and furniture, as well as various other applications.

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