EPS growth is an important number as it indicates the future prospects of W.R. Grace. It is usually expressed as a percentage and is then referred to as the EPS growth rate, which at this time is hard to estimate, but revenue growth has been 11.90 % over the last twelve months. Growth in EPS is an important measure of administration performance because it shows how much money W.R. Grace is making for it’s investors or shareholders.



W.R. Grace is part of the chemicals industry and is part of the basic materials sector. The company CEO is Hudson La Force. W R Grace and Co is engaged in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and specialty materials. It operates through two segments, namely Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies.

Previous Intraday Performance:

The GRA shares had a previous change of -3.40% which opened at 64.34 and closed at 62.26. It moved to an intraday high of 64.50 and a low of 62.09.

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Historical Performance:

Over the last five trading days, GRA shares returned -0.16% and in the past 30 trading days it returned -1.66%. Over three months, it changed -12.50%. In one year it has changed -14.64% and within that year its 52-week high was 75.59 and its 52-week low was 58.48. GRA stock is 6.46% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations result in a 200 day moving average of 68.60 and a 50 day moving average of 66.21. Right now, GRA stock is trading -9.24% below its 200 day moving average and may not be a great opportunity to buy as it may continue to trend down.

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Liquidity:

The company has a market cap of $4.2b with 67.0m shares outstanding and a float of 62.3m shares. Trading volume was 416,366 shares and has experienced an average volume of 744,259 shares. Our calculation, using the current average volume and close price, leads me to believe that the liquidity is good.

Earnings:

The last annual reported EPS for W.R. Grace was 0.17 which ended on 31st of December 2017, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 366.24. Based on 4 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 1.02. The trailing twelve month EPS is 3.98, which comes to a trailing twelve month PE of 15.64. Historically, the PE high was 366.24 and the PE low was 15.64. GRA stock has set a new PE low record!

Below was the last reported quarterly earnings per share:
09-30-2018:  1.11
06-30-2018:  1.07
03-31-2018:  0.82
12-31-2017:  0.98



The dividend per share is currently 0.96, which is a dividend yield of 1.54%. Also, the payout ratio is 24.12%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 28.51, which means it might overvalued by -118.41%

Indicators Also to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 39.20% of institutional ownership. Short-interest was 1,587,089, which was 2.37% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio was 2.01. This stock has some short interest, but it might be normal and no need to worry if long the position.

I calculated the beta to be 1.32

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Fundamental Numbers:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is -7.39%, return on assets is -0.76%, profit margin is -1.47%, price-to-sales is 2.31 and price-to-book is 15.76.

Company Score Card:

Results are out of six:
 4  : Growth Expectations Result
 2  : Financial Safety Result
 1  : Past Performance Result
 0  : Valuation Result
 2  : Dividend Safety Result
 1  : Overall Result

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Jake McWilliams
I am an independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked both for the sell side (brokerage) and the buy side (fund administration). I have been trading professionally for about 20 years. I trade stocks and forex and I play both long and short positions in underlying asset or through options. I have experience with discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader and Quantshare).

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