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Love or Hate: MSA Safety (NYSE: MSA)


MSA Safety is part of the consulting and outsourcing industry and industrials sector. The company CEO is Nishan J. Vartanian. MSA Safety Inc develops, manufactures and supplies safety products that protect people and facility infrastructure. Its products include fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, head protection product and fall protection device.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The MSA stock showed a previous change of -0.38% with an open at 104.51 and a close of 104.17. It reached an intraday high of 104.68 and a low of 103.30.

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The stock has a market cap of $4.0b with 38.5m shares outstanding, of which the float is 35.6m shares. Trading volume reached 116,071 shares compared to its average volume of 198,795 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, MSA Safety shares returned 2.38% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 6.76%. Over three months, it changed 4.97%. In one year it has changed 27.11% and within that year its 52-week high was 110.83 and its 52-week low was 80.09. MSA stock is 30.07% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 99.59 and a 50 day moving average of 99.80. Currently MSA stock is trading 4.60% above its 200 day moving average and may be a good opportunity to buy.

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The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 4.51 that ended on 31st of December 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 32.86. Based on 3 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 1.28. The TTM EPS is 4.51, which comes to a TTM PE of 23.10. Historically, the PE high was 165.40 and the PE low was 16.40. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 73.96, which is a decrease of -29.00%.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  1.27
09-30-2018:  1.16
06-30-2018:  1.07
03-31-2018:  1.01

The dividend per share is currently 1.52, which is a dividend yield of 1.46%. Also, the payout ratio is 33.70%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 72.63, which means it may be overvalued by -43.43%

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 113.60% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 1,021,170, which is 2.65% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 4.82. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 1.32

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 20.71%, return on assets is 7.71%, profit margin is 9.28%, price-to-sales is 2.97 and price-to-book is 6.39.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 0  :Valuation Score
 4  :Past Performance Score
 3  :Financial Strength Score
 3  :Future Growth Score
 5  :Dividend Score
 3  :Overall Score

John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.