Should Investors in VSE Corporation (NasdaqGS:VSEC) Be pleased with -0.10871 Growth?

Investors looking to measure the profitability of VSE Corporation (NasdaqGS:VSEC) should take note of the one year net profit growth ratio of -0.10871.  Ultimately profitability is the metric that matters for a firm and it’s investors.  Companies able to post consistent profits likely will see consistent share price growth as well.

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When looking to find solid stocks with smooth upward momentum, investors can take a look at the 125/250 day adjusted slope indicator. At the time of writing VSE Corporation (NasdaqGS:VSEC) have a current value of -10.42162. The point of this calculation is to calculate a longer term average adjusted slope value that smooths out large stock price movements by using the average of the timeframe. This indicator is useful in helping find stocks that have been on an even upward trend over the past 6 months to a year.

VSE Corporation (NasdaqGS:VSEC) of the Aerospace & Defense sector closed the recent session at 27.980000 with a market value of $305120.

VSE Corporation (NasdaqGS:VSEC) has a current suggested portfolio rate of 0.02170 (as a decimal) ownership. Target weight is the volatility adjusted recommended position size for a stock in your portfolio. The maximum target weight is 7% for any given stock. The indicator is based off of the 100 day volatility reading and calculates a target weight accordingly. The more recent volatility of a stock, the lower the target weight will be. The 3-month volatility stands at 51.167200 (decimal). This is the normal returns and standard deviation of the stock price over three months annualized.

Investing in the stock market often requires individuals to gauge how much risk they are willing to take on for potential reward. Piling on too much risk can put the investor out of their comfort zone. On the flip side, taking on too little risk may not provide the opportunity to receive enough returns to achieve previously stated goals. Finding that perfect balance may come with some first-hand experience that includes some trial and error. 

Debt

In looking at some Debt ratios, VSE Corporation (NasdaqGS:VSEC) has a debt to equity ratio of 0.89471 and a Free Cash Flow to Debt ratio of 0.018769. This ratio provides insight as to how high the firm’s total debt is compared to its free cash flow generated. In terms of Net Debt to EBIT, that ratio stands at 5.64832. This ratio reveals how easily a company is able to pay interest and capital on its net outstanding debt. The lower the ratio the better as that indicates that the company is able to meet its interest and capital payments. Lastly we’ll take note of the Net Debt to Market Value ratio. VSE Corporation’s ND to MV current stands at 0.987031. This ratio is calculated as follows: Net debt (Total debt minus Cash ) / Market value of the company.

In looking at some key ratios we note that the Piotroski F Score stands at 4 (1 to 10 scale) and the ERP5 rank holds steady at 937. The Q.I. Value of VSE Corporation (NasdaqGS:VSEC) currently reads 19.00000 on the Quant scale. The Free Cash Flow score of -0.040687 is also swinging some momentum at investors. The United States of America based firm is currently valued at 707.

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Some other notable ratios include the Accrual Ratio of 0.305968, the Altman Z score of 2.338410, a Montier C-Score of 4.00000 and a Value Composite rank of 15. VSE Corporation (NasdaqGS:VSEC) has Return on Invested Capital of 0.196723, with a 5-year average of 0.297490 and an ROIC quality score of 6.042246.  Why is ROIC important? It’s one of the most fundamental metrics in determining the value of a given stock.  It helps potential investors determine if the firm is using it’s invested capital to return profits.

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