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How to buy Air China stock

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Air China Limited is an airlines business based in the US. Air China shares (AICAF) are listed on the PINK and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Air China employs 89,109 staff and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of USD$13.2 billion.

How to buy shares in Air China

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Air China Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: AICAF. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Air China reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Air China, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Air China. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Air China share price

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Air China shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$0.57 - USD$1.01
50-day moving average USD$0.7011
200-day moving average USD$0.6724
Wall St. target priceN/A
PE ratio 11.0799
Dividend yield USD$0.01 (0.91%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.066

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Air China price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $N/A

1 week (2020-09-17) -100.00%
1 month (2020-08-27) -100.00%
3 months (2020-06-26) -100.00%
6 months (2020-03-27) -100.00%
1 year (2019-09-23) N/A
2 years (2018-09-23) N/A
3 years (2017-09-23) N/A
5 years (2015-09-24) -100.00%

Is Air China under- or over-valued?

Valuing Air China stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Air China's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Air China's P/E ratio

Air China's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 11x. In other words, Air China shares trade at around 11x recent earnings.

Air China's PEG ratio

Air China's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 6.8932. 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 Air China's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Air China financials

Gross profit TTM USD$22.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.16%
Return on equity TTM -7.63%
Profit margin -6.14%
Book value $1.07
Market capitalisation USD$13.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Air China'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 Air China.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Air China's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 34.27

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Air China's overall score of 34.27 (as at 08/01/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 73rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Air China 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.).

Air China's environmental score

Environmental score: 10.38/100

Air China's environmental score of 10.38 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Air China is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Air China's social score

Social score: 19.13/100

Air China's social score of 19.13 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Air China is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Air China's governance score

Governance score: 7.76/100

Air China's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Air China is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Air China's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Air China scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Air China has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Air China Limited was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 34.27
Total ESG percentile 73.36
Environmental score 10.38
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 19.13
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 7.76
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 2

Air China share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 21.99% of net profits

Recently Air China has paid out, on average, around 21.99% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.91% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Air China shareholders could enjoy a 0.91% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Air China's case, that would currently equate to about $0.01 per share.

While Air China's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Air China is investing more in its future growth.

Air China's most recent dividend payout was on 7 July 2017. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 June 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Air China share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Air China's shares have ranged in value from as little as $0.57 up to $1.01. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AICAF.US volatility(beta: 1.69)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (PINK average) beta is 1, while Air China's is 1.6892. This would suggest that Air China's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Air China overview

Air China Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides air passenger, air cargo, and airline-related services in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Europe, North America, Japan, Korea, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. The company operates through Airline Operations and Other Operations segments. It provides aircraft engineering, airport ground handling, and other airline-related services. The company is also involved in the import and export trading activities; and provision of cabin, airline catering, air ticketing, human resources, aircraft overhaul and maintenance, and financial services. It operates approximately 699 passenger aircraft. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. Air China Limited is a subsidiary of China National Aviation Holding Corporation Limited.

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