A. O. Smith Corporation (AOS) is a leading specialty industrial machinery business based in the US. It opened the day at $56.13 after a previous close of $56.31. During the day the price has varied from a low of $55.78 to a high of $56.645. The latest price was $56.36 (25 minute delay). A.O. Smith is listed on the NYSE and employs 15,100 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, A.O. Smith's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $54.96, which is 19.78% up on its pre-crash value of $44.09 and 62.58% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $33.805.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of A.O. Smith shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $841.94 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 $1,299.80.
|52-week range||$33.2975 - $58.66|
|50-day moving average||$55.7303|
|200-day moving average||$51.8277|
|Wall St. target price||$56.89|
|Dividend yield||$1.04 (1.87%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$1.941|
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|1 week (2021-01-15)||-0.83%|
|1 month (2020-12-22)||1.81%|
|3 months (2020-10-22)||2.64%|
|6 months (2020-07-22)||10.47%|
|1 year (2020-01-22)||21.20%|
|2 years (2019-01-22)||19.51%|
|3 years (2018-01-22)||-15.88%|
|5 years (2016-01-22)||71.83%|
Valuing A.O. Smith stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of A.O. Smith's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
A.O. Smith's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 29x. In other words, A.O. Smith shares trade at around 29x recent earnings.
That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).
However, A.O. Smith's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the specialty industrial machinery industry or those of similar companies.
A.O. Smith's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.3117. 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 A.O. Smith's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
However, it's sensible to consider A.O. Smith's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
A.O. Smith's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $485.2 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a A.O. Smith's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put A.O. Smith's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||$2.8 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||14.38%|
|Gross profit TTM||$1.2 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||8.37%|
|Return on equity TTM||18.58%|
|Market capitalisation||$9 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 3.4 million A.O. Smith shares held short by investors – that's known as A.O. Smith's "short interest". This figure is 20.4% down from 4.2 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting A.O. Smith shares can be evaluated.
A.O. Smith's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of A.O. Smith shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of A.O. Smith shares traded daily (recently around 1.1 million). A.O. Smith's SIR currently stands at 3.2. In other words for every 100,000 A.O. Smith shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3200 shares are currently held short.
To gain some more context, you can compare A.O. Smith's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.
However A.O. Smith's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of A.O. Smith shares, or, against the total number of tradable A.O. Smith shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case A.O. Smith's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 A.O. Smith shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0285% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable A.O. Smith shares, roughly 29 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 A.O. Smith.
Find out more about how you can short A.O. Smith stock.
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like A.O. Smith.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 30.56
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and A.O. Smith's overall score of 30.56 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 66th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like A.O. Smith is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
To gain some more context, you can compare A.O. Smith's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
Environmental score: 9.03/100
A.O. Smith's environmental score of 9.03 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that A.O. Smith is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 14.92/100
A.O. Smith's social score of 14.92 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that A.O. Smith is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 8.12/100
A.O. Smith's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that A.O. Smith is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, A.O. Smith scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that A.O. Smith has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
|Total ESG score||30.56|
|Total ESG percentile||66.16|
|Environmental score percentile||1|
|Social score percentile||1|
|Governance score percentile||1|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dividend payout ratio: 49.25% of net profits
Recently A.O. Smith has paid out, on average, around 49.25% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.87% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), A.O. Smith shareholders could enjoy a 1.87% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In A.O. Smith's case, that would currently equate to about $1.04 per share.
While A.O. Smith's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that A.O. Smith may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
A.O. Smith's most recent dividend payout was on 16 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
A.O. Smith's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
A.O. Smith's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 6 October 2016. 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 A.O. Smith shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for A.O. Smith shares which in turn could have impacted A.O. Smith's share price.
Over the last 12 months, A.O. Smith's shares have ranged in value from as little as $33.2975 up to $58.66. 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 (NYSE average) beta is 1, while A.O. Smith's is 1.0724. This would suggest that A.O. Smith'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).
To put A.O. Smith's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
A. O. Smith Corporation manufactures and markets residential and commercial gas and electric water heaters, boilers, tanks, and water treatment products in North America, China, Europe, and India. It operates through two segments, North America and Rest of World. The company offers water heaters for residences, restaurants, hotels and motels, office buildings, laundries, car washes, and small businesses; residential and commercial boilers for space heating applications in hospitals, schools, hotels, and other commercial buildings; and water treatment products, including on-the-go filtration bottles, point-of-use carbon and reverse osmosis products, point-of-entry water softeners, and whole-home water filtration products for residences, restaurants, hotels, and offices. It also provides food and beverage filtration products; expansion tanks, commercial solar water heating systems, swimming pool and spa heaters, and related products and parts; and heat pumps, combi-boilers, solar tank units, and air purification products. The company offers its products primarily under the A. O. Smith, State, Lochinvar, and water softener brands. It distributes its products through independent wholesale plumbing distributors, as well as through retail channels consisting of hardware and home center chains, and manufacturer representative firms; and offers Aquasana branded products directly to consumers through e-commerce, as well as other online retailers. The company was founded in 1874 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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