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Automatic Data Processing, Inc is a staffing & employment services business based in the US. Automatic Data Processing shares (ADP) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Automatic Data Processing employs 58,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$14.6 billion.

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  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 Automatic Data Processing Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ADP. 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 Automatic Data Processing 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. At last close price of USD$137.54, 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 Automatic Data Processing, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Automatic Data Processing. 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.

Automatic Data Processing share price

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Automatic Data Processing shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
Latest market closeUSD$137.54
52-week rangeUSD$103.1101 - USD$182.32
50-day moving average USD$137.4837
200-day moving average USD$140.4645
Wall St. target priceUSD$149.29
PE ratio 22.5825
Dividend yield USD$3.64 (2.78%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.7

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Is it a good time to buy Automatic Data Processing stock?

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Automatic Data Processing price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $137.54 from 2020-09-29

1 week (2020-09-23) 6.85%
1 month (2020-08-28) -2.69%
3 months (2020-06-30) -7.62%
6 months (2020-03-30) -0.20%
1 year (2019-09-30) -14.79%
2 years (2018-09-28) -8.71%
3 years (2017-09-29) 25.81%
5 years (2015-09-30) 71.15%

Is Automatic Data Processing under- or over-valued?

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

Automatic Data Processing's P/E ratio

Automatic Data Processing's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, Automatic Data Processing shares trade at around 23x 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.

Automatic Data Processing's PEG ratio

Automatic Data Processing's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.9217. 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 Automatic Data Processing's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Automatic Data Processing's EBITDA

Automatic Data Processing's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$3.8 billion.

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

Automatic Data Processing financials

Revenue TTM USD$14.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.54%
Gross profit TTM USD$6.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.07%
Return on equity TTM 44.23%
Profit margin 16.91%
Book value $13.38
Market capitalisation USD$56.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Automatic Data Processing shares

There are currently 5.2 million Automatic Data Processing shares held short by investors – that's known as Automatic Data Processing's "short interest". This figure is 24.1% up from 4.2 million last month.

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

Automatic Data Processing's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Automatic Data Processing's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Automatic Data Processing shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Automatic Data Processing shares traded daily (recently around 2.2 million). Automatic Data Processing's SIR currently stands at 2.38. In other words for every 100,000 Automatic Data Processing shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2380 shares are currently held short.

However Automatic Data Processing's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Automatic Data Processing shares, or, against the total number of tradable Automatic Data Processing shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Automatic Data Processing's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Automatic Data Processing shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.012% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Automatic Data Processing shares, roughly 12 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 Automatic Data Processing.

Find out more about how you can short Automatic Data Processing stock.

Automatic Data Processing'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 Automatic Data Processing.

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

Automatic Data Processing's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 18.4

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Automatic Data Processing's overall score of 18.4 (as at 08/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 11st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Automatic Data Processing 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.).

Automatic Data Processing's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.57/100

Automatic Data Processing's environmental score of 4.57 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Automatic Data Processing is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Automatic Data Processing's social score

Social score: 11.17/100

Automatic Data Processing's social score of 11.17 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Automatic Data Processing is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Automatic Data Processing's governance score

Governance score: 10.66/100

Automatic Data Processing's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Automatic Data Processing is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Automatic Data Processing's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Automatic Data Processing scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Automatic Data Processing has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Automatic Data Processing, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 18.4
Total ESG percentile 10.96
Environmental score 4.57
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 11.17
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 10.66
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 1

Automatic Data Processing share dividends

62%

Dividend payout ratio: 61.75% of net profits

Recently Automatic Data Processing has paid out, on average, around 61.75% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.78% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Automatic Data Processing shareholders could enjoy a 2.78% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Automatic Data Processing's case, that would currently equate to about $3.64 per share.

Automatic Data Processing's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Automatic Data Processing's most recent dividend payout was on 1 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Automatic Data Processing's shares ever split?

Automatic Data Processing's shares were split on a 1139:1000 basis on 1 October 2014. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1139 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Automatic Data Processing shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 12.2% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Automatic Data Processing shares which in turn could have impacted Automatic Data Processing's share price.

Automatic Data Processing share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Automatic Data Processing's shares have ranged in value from as little as $103.1101 up to $182.32. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ADP.US volatility(beta: 0.76)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Automatic Data Processing's is 0.762. This would suggest that Automatic Data Processing's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Automatic Data Processing overview

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. provides cloud-based human capital management solutions worldwide. It operates through two segments, Employer Services and Professional Employer Organization (PEO). The Employer Services segment offers strategic, cloud-based platforms, and human resources (HR) outsourcing solutions. Its offerings include payroll, benefits administration, talent management, HR management, workforce management, insurance, retirement, and compliance services. The PEO Services segment provides HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses through a co-employment model. This segment offers benefits package, protection and compliance, talent engagement, comprehensive outsourcing, and recruitment process outsourcing services. The company was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey.

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