EPS growth is an important number as it indicates the future prospects of Acco Brands Corporation. The EPS growth rate, as it is usually called, is typically displayed as a percentage, which is 10.00%. EPS growth is a vital measure of execution of the strategy for Acco Brands Corporation since it indicates how well the business is allocating resources to benefit shareholders.



Acco Brands Corporation is part of the industrial products industry and trades as part of the industrials sector. The company CEO is Boris Elisman. ACCO Brands Corp is a manufacturer and marketer of office, school and calendar products and selected computer and electronic accessories. It sells its products to consumers and commercial end-users through resellers.

Previous Intraday Performance:

The ACCO shares had a previous change of -1.59% which opened at 8.79 and closed at 8.69. It moved to an intraday high of 8.88 and a low of 8.62.

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Historical Performance:

Over the last five trading days, ACCO shares returned -4.61% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 32.87%. Over three months, it changed 6.51%. In one year it has changed -20.37% and within that year its 52-week high was 14.63 and its 52-week low was 6.07. ACCO stock is 43.16% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations result in a 200 day moving average of 10.84 and a 50 day moving average of 7.87. Right now, ACCO stock is trading -19.81% 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 $892.8m with 102.7m shares outstanding and a float of 99.3m shares. Trading volume was 856,164 shares and has experienced an average volume of 664,404 shares. Our calculation, using the current average volume and close price, leads me to believe that the liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Earnings:

The last annual reported EPS for Acco Brands Corporation was 1.19 which ended on 31st of December 2017, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 7.30. Based on 4 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 0.43. The trailing twelve month EPS is 1.22, which comes to a trailing twelve month PE of 7.12. Historically, the PE high was 17.70 and the PE low was 6.30. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 7.69, which is a decrease of -11.52%.

Below was the last reported quarterly earnings per share:
09-30-2018:  0.34
06-30-2018:  0.32
03-31-2018:  0.08
12-31-2017:  0.48

The dividend per share is currently 0.24, which is a dividend yield of 2.76%. Also, the payout ratio is 19.67%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.



Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 20.00, which means it might be undervalued and has a margin of safety of 56.55%

Indicators Also to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 3.30% of insider ownership and 137.50% of institutional ownership. Short-interest was 2,028,611, which was 1.97% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio was 2.44. 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 1.84

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Fundamental Numbers:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 19.82%, return on assets is 5.15%, profit margin is 5.08%, price-to-sales is 0.64 and price-to-book is 1.19.

Company Score Card:

Results are out of six:
 1  : Growth Expectations Result
 3  : Financial Safety Result
 3  : Past Performance Result
 6  : Valuation Result
 2  : Dividend Safety Result
 3  : 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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