Kelly Services Inc is a staffing & employment services business based in the US. Kelly Services shares (KELYA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Kelly Services employs 7,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.7 billion.
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Is it a good time to buy Kelly Services stock?
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- Has coronavirus impacted Kelly Services shares?
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- Is Kelly Services stock a buy or sell?
- Kelly Services performance over time
- Can I short Kelly Services shares?
- Are Kelly Services shares over-valued?
- Kelly Services's financials
- How volatile are Kelly Services shares?
- Does Kelly Services pay a dividend?
- Have Kelly Services shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has Coronavirus impacted Kelly Services's stock price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Kelly Services's stock price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was $19.01, which is 2.09% down on its pre-crash value of $19.415 and 87.66% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $10.13.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Kelly Services stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $602.44 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 $1,095.93.
Kelly Services stock priceUse our graph to track the performance of KELYA stocks over time.
Kelly Services shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$19.01|
|52-week range||$16.59 - $26.91|
|50-day moving average||$19.49|
|200-day moving average||$22.54|
|Wall St. target price||$29.50|
|Dividend yield||$0 (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$2.27|
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Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
Kelly Services price performance over time
|1 week (2021-10-13)||-2.41%|
|1 month (2021-09-20)||-0.52%|
|3 months (2021-07-20)||-10.67%|
|6 months (2021-04-20)||-17.74%|
|1 year (2020-10-20)||-1.86%|
|2 years (2019-10-18)||-17.95%|
|3 years (2018-10-19)||22.7|
|5 years (2016-10-20)||2.65%|
Is Kelly Services under- or over-valued?
Valuing Kelly Services stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Kelly Services's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Kelly Services's P/E ratio
Kelly Services's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 9x. In other words, Kelly Services shares trade at around 9x 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.
Kelly Services's PEG ratio
Kelly Services's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.0477. 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 Kelly Services's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Kelly Services's EBITDA
Kelly Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $72 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Kelly Services's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Kelly Services financials
|Revenue TTM||$4.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||0.96%|
|Gross profit TTM||$827.6 million|
|Return on assets TTM||1.13%|
|Return on equity TTM||7.51%|
|Market capitalisation||$776 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Kelly Services shares
There are currently 516,840 Kelly Services shares held short by investors – that's known as Kelly Services's "short interest". This figure is 2.4% up from 504,773 last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Kelly Services shares can be evaluated.
Kelly Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Kelly Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Kelly Services shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Kelly Services shares traded daily (recently around 162018.80877743). Kelly Services's SIR currently stands at 3.19. In other words for every 100,000 Kelly Services shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3190 shares are currently held short.
However Kelly Services's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Kelly Services shares, or, against the total number of tradable Kelly Services shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Kelly Services's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Kelly Services shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0153% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Kelly Services shares, roughly 15 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 Kelly Services.
Kelly Services share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 3.82% of net profits
Recently Kelly Services has paid out, on average, around 3.82% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.25% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Kelly Services shareholders could enjoy a 0.25% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Kelly Services's case, that would currently equate to about $0 per share.
While Kelly Services's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Kelly Services is investing more in its future growth.
Kelly Services's most recent dividend payout was on 7 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Kelly Services's shares ever split?
Kelly Services's shares were split on a 5:4 basis on 14 June 1993. So if you had owned 4 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Kelly Services shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 20% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Kelly Services shares which in turn could have impacted Kelly Services's share price.
Kelly Services share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Kelly Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as $16.5895 up to $26.9143. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Kelly Services's is 1.2307. This would suggest that Kelly Services'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).
Kelly Services overview
Kelly Services, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, provides workforce solutions to various industries. The company operates through five segments: Professional & Industrial; Science, Engineering & Technology; Education; Outsourcing & Consulting; and International. The Professional & Industrial segment delivers staffing in the areas of office, professional, light industrial, and contact center specialties. The Science, Engineering & Technology segment offers staffing in the areas of science and clinical research, engineering, information technology, and telecommunications specialties. The Education segment provides staffing and executive search services to the K-12, early childhood, and higher education markets. The Outsourcing & Consulting segment offers recruitment process outsourcing, payroll process outsourcing, and talent advisory services, as well as managed services.
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