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How to buy Accenture stock
Learn how to easily invest in Accenture stock.
Accenture plc is an information technology services business based in the US. Accenture shares (ACN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Accenture employs 721,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $61.6 billion.
How to buy shares in Accenture
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- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – ACN – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
- Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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What's in this guide?
- ACN shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is ACN stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Is ACN suitable for ethical investing?
- Are ACN shares over-valued?
- Accenture's financials
- How volatile are ACN shares?
- Does Accenture pay a dividend?
- Have ACN shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Accenture stock price (NYSE: ACN)Use our graph to track the performance of ACN stocks over time.
Accenture shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$261.93|
|52-week range||$256.20 - $413.58|
|50-day moving average||$294.21|
|200-day moving average||$316.66|
|Wall St. target price||$315.34|
|Dividend yield||$4.03 (1.72%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$10.71|
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Accenture price performance over time
|1 week (2022-09-22)||-0.15%|
|1 month (2022-08-29)||-11.25%|
|3 months (2022-06-29)||-6.39%|
|6 months (2022-03-25)||-20.07%|
|1 year (2021-09-25)||N/A|
|2 years (2020-09-29)||16.89%|
|3 years (2019-09-27)||36.86%|
|5 years (2017-09-29)||93.92%|
Is Accenture stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing Accenture stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Accenture's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Accenture's P/E ratio
Accenture's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 24x. In other words, Accenture shares trade at around 24x 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.
Accenture's PEG ratio
Accenture's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.8392. 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 Accenture's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Accenture's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $11.5 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Accenture's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$61.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||15.21%|
|Gross profit TTM||$19.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||12.95%|
|Return on equity TTM||32.63%|
|Market capitalisation||$163 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Accenture'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 Accenture.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Accenture's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 18.24
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Accenture's overall score of 18.24 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 10th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Accenture 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.).
Accenture's environmental score
Environmental score: 7.05/100
Accenture's environmental score of 7.05 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Accenture is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Accenture's social score
Social score: 9.98/100
Accenture's social score of 9.98 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Accenture is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Accenture's governance score
Governance score: 14.21/100
Accenture's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Accenture is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Accenture's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Accenture scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Accenture has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||18.24|
|Total ESG percentile||10.48|
|Environmental score percentile||9|
|Social score percentile||9|
|Governance score percentile||9|
|Level of controversy||2|
Accenture share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 31.22% of net profits
Recently Accenture has paid out, on average, around 31.22% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.72% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Accenture shareholders could enjoy a 1.72% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Accenture's case, that would currently equate to about $4.03 per share.
While Accenture's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Accenture may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Accenture's most recent dividend payout was on 14 November 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 October 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Accenture's shares ever split?
Accenture's shares were split on a 10:1 basis on 29 December 2011. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Accenture shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 90% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Accenture shares which in turn could have impacted Accenture's share price.
Accenture share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Accenture's shares have ranged in value from as little as $256.2 up to $413.5837. 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 Accenture's is 1.2165. This would suggest that Accenture's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Accenture plc, a professional services company, provides strategy and consulting, interactive, and technology and operations services worldwide. The company offers application services, including agile transformation, DevOps, application modernization, enterprise architecture, software and quality engineering, data management, intelligent automation comprises robotic process automation, natural language processing, and virtual agents, and liquid application management services, as well as program, project, and service management services; strategy consulting services; critical data elements, data management and governance, data platform and architecture, product-based organization and skills, business adoption, and value realization services; engineering, and research and development digitization; smart connected product design and development; product platform engineering and modernization; product as-a-service enablement; products related to production and operations; autonomous robotics systems; the digital transformation of capital projects; and digital industrial workforce solutions. It also provides data-enabled operating models; technology consulting and artificial intelligence services; services related to talent and organization/human potential; digital commerce; infrastructure services, such as hybrid cloud, network, digital workplace and collaboration, service and experience management, infrastructure as code, and managed edge and IoT devices; cyber defense, applied cybersecurity, managed security, OT security, security strategy and risk, and industry security products; services related to technology innovation; and intelligent automation services. In addition, the company offers cloud, ecosystem, marketing, supply chain management, zero-based budgeting, customer experience, finance consulting, mergers and acquisitions, and sustainability services. Accenture plc was founded in 1951 and is based in Dublin, Ireland. .
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Accenture is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.129% of Accenture shares are held by insiders and 77.465% by institutions. How many people work for Accenture?
Latest data suggests 721,000 work at Accenture. When does the fiscal year end for Accenture?
Accenture's fiscal year ends in August. Where is Accenture based?
Accenture's address is: 1 Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland, 2 What is Accenture's ISIN number?
Accenture's international securities identification number is: IE00B4BNMY34 What is Accenture's CUSIP number?
Accenture's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: G1150G111
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