Research Recommendations For GrafTech International Ltd. (EAF): Here is What You Should Know

GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF) saw a downside of -1.05% to close Monday at $10.39 after subtracting -$0.11 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,695,160 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $10.85 in the past week. An average of 2,443,080 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 2,140,602.

EAF’s 1-month performance is -4.06% or -$0.44 on its low of $9.81 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $5.87 and high of $14.16, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 05/17/21. YTD, EAF has lost -2.53% or -$0.27. However, the current price is down -26.65%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On May 24, 141 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for GrafTech International Ltd. (EAF). BCP GP Ltd (Director) most recently sold 20,000,000 shares at $13.31 per share on May 24. This transaction cost the insider $266,200,000. Director, BCP GP Ltd, sold 20,000,000 shares at a price of $13.31 on May 24. Then, on May 13, Director BCP GP Ltd sold 12,800,000 shares at a price of $13.02 per share. This transaction amounted to $166,656,000.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 23.87 and a low of 2.388. EAF stock has a beta of 1.06. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 2.17 while the price to cash flow ratio at 6.18.

GrafTech International Ltd. pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share. Its dividend yield is 0.38% and the payout ratio is 3.10%. EAF’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 30, when it paid $0.01 a share compared with prior rate of $0.01, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 2 consecutive years with the latest dividend decrease of $0.0750 reported on Thursday May 7 2020.

It is projected that GrafTech International Ltd.’s next ex-dividend date will be on Ltd’s. EAF is expected to distribute $29-Nov as its next dividend.

GrafTech International Ltd.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 1.60, with the current ratio over the same period at 2.80 meaning that EAF stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 49.00%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 52.84% while for the period ending June 29; GrafTech International Ltd.’s operating margin was 38.10%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $660.5 million against revenue of $1.22 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 15.13% to $330.75 million, while revenue of $304.4 million was 7.97% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected EAF to announce $0.37 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.43, representing a 16.20% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $68.37 million. EAF stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 1.57 billion, with total debt at $1.23 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $267.88 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at GrafTech International Ltd. (EAF) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 47.28% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 42.40%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $10.38, reflecting a +1.66% or $0.17 change from its current price. EAF is currently trading -6.06% above its 20-day SMA, -24.05% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -8.62% and +16.22% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 36.00% and 36.06% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.43. The RSI (14) points at 47.00%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 27.19% with the period’s ATR at 0.43. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.00 and -0.08 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

Analysts offering their rating for EAF stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 1 brokerage advisors rate EAF as a “sell,”, while 1 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 4 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is EAF’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $6.72 and a high of $16.00, with their median price target at $14.50. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for GrafTech International Ltd. (EAF) stock is $13.12.


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