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How to buy Accenture (ACN) stock

Learn how to easily invest in Accenture stock.

Accenture plc
NYSE: ACN - USD
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
$320.05
+$1.07 (+0.34%)

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 506,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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  4. 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.
  5. 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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Accenture stock price (NYSE: ACN)

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Accenture shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-22.
Latest market close$283.17
52-week range$210.35 - $317.12
50-day moving average $295.77
200-day moving average $276.44
Wall St. target price$323.22
PE ratio 35.1168
Dividend yield $3.52 (1.12%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $8.95

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Accenture price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $283.17 from 2021-06-04

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1 month (2021-06-28) -3.65%
3 months (2021-04-28) -2.45%
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2 years (2019-07-24) N/A
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Is Accenture under- or over-valued?

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 35x. In other words, Accenture shares trade at around 35x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-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 2.7911. 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

Accenture's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Accenture's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Accenture financials

Revenue TTM $47.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.03%
Gross profit TTM $14 billion
Return on assets TTM 11.67%
Return on equity TTM 32.21%
Profit margin 12.05%
Book value $30.49
Market capitalisation $199.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Accenture shares

There are currently 4.6 million Accenture shares held short by investors – that's known as Accenture's "short interest". This figure is 17.2% up from 3.9 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Accenture shares can be evaluated.

Accenture's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Accenture's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Accenture shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Accenture shares traded daily (recently around 1.9 million). Accenture's SIR currently stands at 2.34. In other words for every 100,000 Accenture shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2340 shares are currently held short.

However Accenture's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Accenture shares, or, against the total number of tradable Accenture shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Accenture's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Accenture shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0072% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Accenture shares, roughly 7 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 Accenture.

Find out more about how you can short Accenture stock.

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

Accenture plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 18.24
Total ESG percentile 10.48
Environmental score 7.05
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 9.98
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 14.21
Governance score percentile 9
Level of controversy 2

Accenture share dividends

42%

Dividend payout ratio: 42.41% of net profits

Recently Accenture has paid out, on average, around 42.41% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.12% 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 1.12% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Accenture's case, that would currently equate to about $3.52 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 12 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 July 2021 (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 $210.3489 up to $317.12. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ACN.US volatility(beta: 1.09)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

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 1.0914. 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 overview

Accenture plc, a professional services company, provides strategy and consulting, interactive, and technology and operations services worldwide. The company also provides outsourcing services. It serves communications, media, high tech, software, and platform companies; banking, capital market, and insurance industries; and consumer goods, retail, travel services, industrial, and life science industries, as well as clients in health, public service, chemicals and natural resources, energy, and utilities sectors. Accenture plc has alliance relationships with Adobe, Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, Blue Yonder, Cisco, Dell, Google, HPE, IBM RedHat, Microsoft, Oracle, Pegasystems, Salesforce, SAP, ServiceNow, VMWare, Workday, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, CNH Industrial, and Reactive Technologies. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Dublin, Ireland. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Accenture is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.124% of Accenture shares are held by insiders and 73.049% by institutions.
How many people work for Accenture?
Latest data suggests 506,000 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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