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The GEO Group, Inc (GEO) is a leading reit-healthcare facilities business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$7.52 after a previous close of US$7.76. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD7.2 to a high of USD7.6. The latest price was USD7.2 (25 minute delay). The GEO Group is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
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- 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.
- Search for The GEO Group. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: GEO. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until The GEO Group reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. 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 The GEO Group, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of The GEO Group. 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.
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- The GEO Group key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is The GEO Group stock a buy or sell?
- The GEO Group performance over time
- Can I short The GEO Group shares?
- Are The GEO Group shares over-valued?
- The GEO Group's financials
- How volatile are The GEO Group shares?
- Does The GEO Group pay a dividend?
- Have The GEO Group shares ever split?
- Other common questions
The GEO Group share priceUse our graph to track the performance of GEO stocks over time.
The GEO Group shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$6.7 - US$15.0619|
|50-day moving average||US$8.5379|
|200-day moving average||US$9.7356|
|Dividend yield||US$1.78 (24.09%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$0.94|
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Is it a good time to buy The GEO Group stock?
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The GEO Group price performance over time
|1 week (2021-02-17)||-16.08%|
|1 month (2021-01-24)||N/A|
|3 months (2020-11-24)||-25.23%|
|6 months (2020-08-24)||-35.54%|
|1 year (2020-02-24)||-57.19%|
|2 years (2019-02-24)||N/A|
|3 years (2018-02-24)||N/A|
|5 years (2016-02-24)||-74.23%|
Is The GEO Group under- or over-valued?
Valuing The GEO Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of The GEO Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
The GEO Group's P/E ratio
The GEO Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, The GEO Group shares trade at around 8x 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.
The GEO Group's PEG ratio
The GEO Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.8202. 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 The GEO Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
The GEO Group's EBITDA
The GEO Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$378.4 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a The GEO Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
The GEO Group financials
|Revenue TTM||US$2.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||10.37%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$571.8 million|
|Return on assets TTM||3.47%|
|Return on equity TTM||11.83%|
|Market capitalisation||US$905 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting The GEO Group shares
There are currently 27.8 million The GEO Group shares held short by investors – that's known as The GEO Group's "short interest". This figure is 26.6% up from 22.0 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting The GEO Group shares can be evaluated.
The GEO Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
The GEO Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The GEO Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The GEO Group shares traded daily (recently around 5.6 million). The GEO Group's SIR currently stands at 4.99. In other words for every 100,000 The GEO Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4990 shares are currently held short.
However The GEO Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The GEO Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable The GEO Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case The GEO Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.23% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 The GEO Group shares in existence, roughly 230 shares are currently held short) or 0.3374% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable The GEO Group shares, roughly 337 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 The GEO Group.
Find out more about how you can short The GEO Group stock.
The GEO Group share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 99.36% of net profits
Recently The GEO Group has paid out, on average, around 99.36% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 13.53% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), The GEO Group shareholders could enjoy a 13.53% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The GEO Group's case, that would currently equate to about $1.78 per share.
The GEO Group'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.
The GEO Group's most recent dividend payout was on 1 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 22 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have The GEO Group's shares ever split?
The GEO Group's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 25 April 2017. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your The GEO Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for The GEO Group shares which in turn could have impacted The GEO Group's share price.
The GEO Group share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, The GEO Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$6.7 up to US$15.0619. 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 The GEO Group's is 0.9141. This would suggest that The GEO Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
The GEO Group overview
The GEO Group (NYSE: GEO) is the first fully integrated equity real estate investment trust specializing in the design, financing, development, and operation of secure facilities, processing centers, and community reentry centers in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. GEO is a leading provider of enhanced in-custody rehabilitation, post-release support, electronic monitoring, and community-based programs. GEO's worldwide operations include the ownership and/or management of 123 facilities totaling approximately 93,000 beds, including projects under development, with a workforce of approximately 23,000 professionals.
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