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How to buy Marten Transport (MRTN) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Marten Transport shares.

Marten Transport is a trucking business based in the US. Marten Transport stocks (MRTN.US) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $15.33 – an increase of 3.61% over the previous week. Marten Transport employs 4,162 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $934.1 million.

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Marten Transport stock price (NASDAQ:MRTN)

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Marten Transport shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-23.
Latest market close$16.66
52-week range$14.28 - $17.92
50-day moving average $16.82
200-day moving average $16.44
Wall St. target price$21.50
PE ratio 16.5773
Dividend yield $0.161 (0.99%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.97

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Is it a good time to buy Marten Transport stock?

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Marten Transport price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $16.66 from 2022-01-27

1 week (2022-01-21) 3.61%
1 month (2021-12-29) -2.86%
3 months (2021-10-29) 0.18%
6 months (2021-07-29) 6.59%
1 year (2021-01-29) 5.11%
2 years (2020-01-29) -18.05%
3 years (2019-01-29) 19.73
5 years (2017-01-27) 22.95

Is Marten Transport under- or over-valued?

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

Marten Transport's P/E ratio

Marten Transport's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Marten Transport shares trade at around 17x 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.

Marten Transport's PEG ratio

Marten Transport's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.2. 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 Marten Transport's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Marten Transport's EBITDA

Marten Transport's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $200.9 million.

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

Marten Transport financials

Revenue TTM $934.1 million
Operating margin TTM 9.84%
Gross profit TTM $265.6 million
Return on assets TTM 6.52%
Return on equity TTM 12.6%
Profit margin 8.6%
Book value $7.60
Market capitalisation $1.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Marten Transport share dividends

67%

Dividend payout ratio: 67.08% of net profits

Recently Marten Transport has paid out, on average, around 67.08% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.99% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Marten Transport shareholders could enjoy a 0.99% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Marten Transport's case, that would currently equate to about $0.161 per share.

Marten Transport'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.

Marten Transport's most recent dividend payout was on 26 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Marten Transport's shares ever split?

Marten Transport's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 13 August 2020. 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 Marten Transport shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Marten Transport shares which in turn could have impacted Marten Transport's share price.

Marten Transport share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Marten Transport's shares have ranged in value from as little as $14.2834 up to $17.92. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MRTN.US volatility(beta: 0.93)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 Marten Transport's is 0.9275. This would suggest that Marten Transport's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Marten Transport overview

Marten Transport, Ltd. operates as a temperature-sensitive truckload carrier for shippers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates through four segments: Truckload, Dedicated, Intermodal, and Brokerage. The Truckload segment transports food and other consumer packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment. The Dedicated segment offers customized transportation solutions for individual customers' requirements using temperature-controlled trailers, dry vans, and other specialized equipment. The Intermodal segment transports customers' freight utilizing its temperature-controlled trailers on railroad flatcars for portions of trips, as well as using tractors and contracted carriers. The Brokerage segment develops contractual relationships with and arranges for third-party carriers to transport freight for customers in temperature-controlled trailers and dry vans.

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