Analyst Ratings for MSA Safety Inc. (MSA)

Updated: 2017-07-27

MSA Safety Inc. (NYSE:MSA) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. MSA had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

4 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 1 gave MSA a buy rating, 1 issued an overweight rating, 2 issued a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 0 gave a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an decrease of 1 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

MSA was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 91, implying a possible profit of 15.79 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 71, implying potential capital losses of -9.66 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. That number becomes 0 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of MSA's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 29.93 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. The PEG ratio of MSA is 1.06.

In the last 52-weeks, MSA has achieved a high of 84.86 and a low of 53.10. Currently the stock is 48 percent higher than its low, and 7.39 percent below the high. MSA has a P/E ratio of 31.82. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The MSA value stock report compares MSA to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of MSA is $3.02 billion. MSA's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.