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How to buy Avista Corporation stock | $38.85

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Avista Corporation is an utilities-diversified business based in the US. Avista Corporation shares (AVA) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Avista Corporation employs 1,920 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.3 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 Avista Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: AVA. 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 Avista Corporation 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$38.85, 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 Avista Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Avista Corporation. 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.

Avista Corporation share price

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Avista Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$38.85
52-week rangeUSD$31.0646 - USD$51.3065
50-day moving average USD$38.2038
200-day moving average USD$36.3494
Wall St. target priceUSD$39.2
PE ratio 22.2148
Dividend yield USD$1.62 (4.06%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.797

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Is it a good time to buy Avista Corporation stock?

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Avista Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $38.85 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-07) -4.76%
1 month (2020-12-17) -1.70%
3 months (2020-10-16) 14.23%
6 months (2020-07-16) 5.83%
1 year (2020-01-16) -20.09%
2 years (2019-01-16) -5.04%
3 years (2018-01-16) 51.5
5 years (2016-01-15) 10.59%

Is Avista Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Avista Corporation's P/E ratio

Avista Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, Avista Corporation shares trade at around 22x 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.

Avista Corporation's PEG ratio

Avista Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.74. 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 Avista Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Avista Corporation's EBITDA

Avista Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$435.6 million.

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

Avista Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.44%
Gross profit TTM USD$905.8 million
Return on assets TTM 2.19%
Return on equity TTM 6.27%
Profit margin 9.31%
Book value $28.848
Market capitalisation USD$2.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Avista Corporation shares

There are currently 2.5 million Avista Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Avista Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 4.3% down from 2.6 million last month.

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

Avista Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Avista Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Avista Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Avista Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 379467.17791411). Avista Corporation's SIR currently stands at 6.52. In other words for every 100,000 Avista Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6520 shares are currently held short.

However Avista Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Avista Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Avista Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Avista Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Avista Corporation shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0517% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Avista Corporation shares, roughly 52 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Avista Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Avista Corporation stock.

Avista Corporation share dividends

90%

Dividend payout ratio: 89.5% of net profits

Recently Avista Corporation has paid out, on average, around 89.5% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.06% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Avista Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 4.06% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Avista Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.62 per share.

Avista Corporation'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.

Avista Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 15 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Avista Corporation's shares ever split?

Avista Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 10 November 1993. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Avista Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Avista Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Avista Corporation's share price.

Avista Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Avista Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $31.0646 up to $51.3065. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AVA.US volatility(beta: 0.52)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 Avista Corporation's is 0.5192. This would suggest that Avista Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Avista Corporation overview

Avista Corporation operates as an electric and natural gas utility company. It operates through two segments, Avista Utilities and AEL&P. The Avista Utilities segment provides electric distribution and transmission, and natural gas distribution services in parts of eastern Washington and northern Idaho; and natural gas distribution services in parts of northeastern and southwestern Oregon, as well as generates electricity in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana. This segment also engages in the wholesale purchase and sale of electricity and natural gas. The AEL&P segment offers electric services to approximately 17,000 customers in the city and borough of Juneau, Alaska. The company generates electricity through hydro, thermal, and wind facilities. As of February 8, 2019, it provided electric service to approximately 393,000 customers and natural gas to approximately 361,000 customers. In addition, the company engages in venture fund investments, real estate investments, and other investments. Avista Corporation was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Spokane, Washington.

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