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How to buy NL Industries (NL) shares

Learn how to easily invest in NL Industries shares.

NL Industries is a security & protection services business based in the US. NL Industries stocks (NL.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $6.41 – a decrease of 9.47% over the previous week. NL Industries employs 2,755 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $136.7 million.

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NL Industries stock price (NYSE:NL)

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NL Industries shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-19.
Latest market close$6.50
52-week range$4.30 - $8.28
50-day moving average $6.88
200-day moving average $6.75
Wall St. target price$7.00
PE ratio 8.4838
Dividend yield $0.22 (3.34%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.83

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Is it a good time to buy NL Industries stock?

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NL Industries price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $6.5 from 2022-01-21

1 week (2022-01-14) -9.47%
1 month (2021-12-23) -8.32%
3 months (2021-10-22) 10.36%
6 months (2021-07-23) 4.33%
1 year (2021-01-22) 32.92%
2 years (2020-01-24) 79.06%
3 years (2019-01-24) 57.77%
5 years (2017-01-24) 8.5

Is NL Industries under- or over-valued?

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

NL Industries's P/E ratio

NL Industries'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, NL Industries 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.

NL Industries's EBITDA

NL Industries's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $14.3 million.

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

NL Industries financials

Revenue TTM $136.7 million
Operating margin TTM 7.69%
Gross profit TTM $32.8 million
Return on assets TTM 1.18%
Return on equity TTM 12.23%
Profit margin 29.67%
Book value $7.03
Market capitalisation $344.1 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

NL Industries share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 45.66% of net profits

Recently NL Industries has paid out, on average, around 45.66% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.34% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), NL Industries shareholders could enjoy a 3.34% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In NL Industries's case, that would currently equate to about $0.22 per share.

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

NL Industries's most recent dividend payout was on 20 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have NL Industries's shares ever split?

NL Industries's shares were split on a 4:10 basis on 22 December 1988. So if you had owned 10 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your NL Industries shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 150% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for NL Industries shares which in turn could have impacted NL Industries's share price.

NL Industries share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, NL Industries's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.3048 up to $8.2779. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

NL.US volatility(beta: 1.2)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 NL Industries's is 1.2048. This would suggest that NL Industries'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).

NL Industries overview

NL Industries, Inc. , through its subsidiary, CompX International Inc. , operates in the component products industry in the United States and internationally. The company manufactures and sells mechanical and electronic cabinet locks, and other locking mechanisms, including disc tumbler locks, pin tumbler locking mechanisms, and CompX eLock and StealthLock electronic locks for use in various applications, such as ignition systems, mailboxes, file cabinets, desk drawers, tool storage cabinets, integrated inventory and access control secured narcotics boxes, vending and cash containment machines, medical cabinetry, electronic circuit panels, storage compartments, and gas station security. It also offers original equipment and aftermarket stainless steel exhaust headers, exhaust pipes, mufflers, and other exhaust components; gauges, such as GPS speedometers and tachometers; mechanical and electronic controls and throttles; wake enhancement devices, trim tabs, steering wheels and other billet aluminum accessories; grab handles, pin cleats, and other accessories; and dash panels, LED indicators, wire harnesses, and other accessories primarily for performance and ski/wakeboard boats. In addition, the company offers insurance brokerage and risk management services. It sells its component products directly to original equipment manufacturers, as well as through distributors.

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