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Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (LEG) is a leading furnishings, fixtures & appliances business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$53.67 after a previous close of US$53.43. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD53.38 to a high of USD53.945. The latest price was USD53.66 (25 minute delay). Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: LEG. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$54.65, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated share price

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Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-11.
OpenUS$53.67
HighUS$53.945
LowUS$53.38
CloseUS$53.66
Previous closeUS$53.43
Change US$0.23
Change % 0.4305%
Volume 126,382
Information last updated 2021-06-10.
52-week rangeUS$30.2689 - US$59.16
50-day moving average US$54.028
200-day moving average US$46.8952
Target priceUS$56.25
PE ratio 25.0845
Dividend yield US$1.6 (2.96%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$2.13

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Is it a good time to buy Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated stock?

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Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $53.66

1 week (2021-06-04) -1.81%
1 month (2021-05-11) -5.34%
3 months (2021-03-11) 10.91%
6 months (2020-12-11) 30.34%
1 year (2020-06-11) 61.53%
2 years (2019-06-11) 42.30%
3 years (2018-06-11) 20.72%
5 years (2016-06-10) 6.98%

Is Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated under- or over-valued?

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

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's P/E ratio

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 25x. In other words, Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares trade at around 25x 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.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's EBITDA

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$629.2 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated financials

Revenue TTM US$4.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.17%
Gross profit TTM US$895.6 million
Return on assets TTM 5.64%
Return on equity TTM 21.61%
Profit margin 6.64%
Book value 10.926
Market capitalisation US$7.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares

There are currently 5.6 million Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares held short by investors – that's known as Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's "short interest". This figure is 3.3% down from 5.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares can be evaluated.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares traded daily (recently around 809752.46376812). Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's SIR currently stands at 6.9. In other words for every 100,000 Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6900 shares are currently held short.

However Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares, or, against the total number of tradable Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0471% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares, roughly 47 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated.

Find out more about how you can short Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated stock.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's environmental, social and governance track record

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 Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 39.59

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's overall score of 39.59 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 82nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated 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.).

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's environmental score

Environmental score: 15.87/100

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's environmental score of 15.87 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's social score

Social score: 21.55/100

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's social score of 21.55 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's governance score

Governance score: 13.17/100

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Leggett & Platt, Incorporated was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 39.59
Total ESG percentile 81.78
Environmental score 15.87
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 21.55
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 13.17
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 2

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated share dividends

69%

Dividend payout ratio: 68.64% of net profits

Recently Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated has paid out, on average, around 68.64% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.11% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shareholders could enjoy a 3.11% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's case, that would currently equate to about $1.6 per share.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's most recent dividend payout was on 14 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's shares ever split?

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 15 June 1998. 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 Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated shares which in turn could have impacted Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's share price.

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$30.2689 up to US$59.16. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LEG.US volatility(beta: 1.51)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 Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's is 1.5065. This would suggest that Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Leggett-and-Platt Incorporated overview

Leggett & Platt, Incorporated designs, manufactures, and markets engineered components and products worldwide. It operates through three segments: Bedding Products; Specialized Products; and Furniture, Flooring & Textile Products. The company offers steel rods, drawn wires, foam chemicals and additives, innersprings, specialty foams, private label finished mattresses, mattress foundations, wire forms for adjustable beds, industrial sewing and quilting machines, and mattress packaging and glue drying equipment, as well as machines to shape wires into innersprings for industrial users of steel rods and wires, manufacturers of finished bedding, big box and e-commerce retailers, bedding brands and mattress retailers, department stores, and home improvement centers. It also provides mechanical and pneumatic lumbar support and massage systems for automotive seating; seat suspension systems, motors and actuators, and cables; titanium, nickel, and stainless steel tubing, formed tubes, tube assemblies, and flexible joint components for fluid conveyance systems; and engineered hydraulic cylinders to automobile OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, aerospace OEMs and suppliers, and mobile equipment OEMs. In addition, the company offers steel mechanisms and motion hardware for reclining chairs, sofas, sleeper sofas and lift chairs; springs and seat suspensions; components and private label finished goods for soft seating; and bases, columns, back rests, casters, and frames, as well as control devices for chairs. Further, it offers carpet cushion and hard surface flooring underlayment, structural fabrics, and geo components to manufacturers of upholstered and office furniture, flooring retailers and distributors, contractors, landscapers, road construction companies, retailers, government agencies, and mattress and furniture producers, as well as manufacturers of packaging, filtration, and draperies. Leggett & Platt, Incorporated was founded in 1883 and is based in Carthage, Missouri.

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