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How to buy Unifirst Corporation (UNF) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in Unifirst Corporation stocks.

Unifirst Corporation is a specialty business services business based in the US. Unifirst Corporation stocks (UNF.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $216.9 – an increase of 5.22% over the previous week. Unifirst Corporation employs 14,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $1.9 billion.

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Unifirst Corporation stock price (NYSE:UNF)

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Unifirst Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-06-25.
Latest market close$172.50
52-week range$154.72 - $241.32
50-day moving average $166.09
200-day moving average $189.00
Wall St. target price$195.00
PE ratio 24.1799
Dividend yield $1.1 (0.76%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $6.78

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Is it a good time to buy Unifirst Corporation stock?

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Unifirst Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $172.5 from 2022-07-01

1 week (2022-06-24) 5.22%
1 month (2022-06-02) 1.37%
3 months (2022-03-31) -6.39%
6 months (2021-12-31) -18.01%
1 year (2021-07-02) -23.85%
2 years (2020-07-02) -1.64%
3 years (2019-07-02) 188.51
5 years (2017-06-30) 22.60%

Is Unifirst Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Unifirst Corporation's P/E ratio

Unifirst Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 24x. In other words, Unifirst Corporation shares trade at around 24x 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.

Unifirst Corporation's PEG ratio

Unifirst Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.88. 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 Unifirst Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Unifirst Corporation's EBITDA

Unifirst Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $274.6 million.

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

Unifirst Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $1.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 8.75%
Gross profit TTM $684.9 million
Return on assets TTM 4.44%
Return on equity TTM 6.96%
Profit margin 6.77%
Book value $100.82
Market capitalisation $3.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Unifirst Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 15.82% of net profits

Recently Unifirst Corporation has paid out, on average, around 15.82% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.76% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Unifirst Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.76% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Unifirst Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.1 per share.

While Unifirst Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Unifirst Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

Unifirst Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 29 June 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 June 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Unifirst Corporation's shares ever split?

Unifirst Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 January 1994. 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 Unifirst Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Unifirst Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Unifirst Corporation's share price.

Unifirst Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Unifirst Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $154.72 up to $241.3166. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UNF.US volatility(beta: 1)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 Unifirst Corporation's is 0.9959. This would suggest that Unifirst Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Unifirst Corporation overview

UniFirst Corporation provides workplace uniforms and protective work wear clothing in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The company operates through U. S. and Canadian Rental and Cleaning, Manufacturing, Specialty Garments Rental and Cleaning, and First Aid segments. It designs, manufactures, personalizes, rents, cleans, delivers, and sells a range of uniforms and protective clothing, including shirts, pants, jackets, coveralls, lab coats, smocks, and aprons; and specialized protective wear, such as flame resistant and high visibility garments. The company also rents and sells industrial wiping products, floor mats, facility service products, and dry and wet mops; restroom and cleaning supplies comprising air fresheners, paper products, gloves, masks, sanitizers, and hand soaps; and other textile products. In addition, it provides first aid cabinet services and other safety supplies; decontaminates and cleans work clothes, and other items that is exposed to radioactive materials; and services special cleanroom protective wear and facilities.

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