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How to buy CF Industries stock | $34.01

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CF Industries Holdings, Inc is an agricultural inputs business based in the US. CF Industries shares (CF) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. CF Industries employs 3,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.3 billion.

How to buy shares in CF Industries

  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 CF Industries Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CF. 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 CF Industries 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$34.01, 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 CF Industries, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of CF Industries. 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.

How has coronavirus impacted CF Industries's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, CF Industries's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$34.01, which is 13.57% down on its pre-crash value of USD$39.35 and 72.38% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$19.73.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of CF Industries shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$554.53 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$855.69.

CF Industries share price

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CF Industries shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-21.
Latest market closeUSD$34.01
52-week rangeUSD$19.73 - USD$50.26
50-day moving average USD$33.4844
200-day moving average USD$29.7093
Wall St. target priceUSD$38
PE ratio 19.6818
Dividend yield USD$1.2 (3.53%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.744

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Is it a good time to buy CF Industries stock?

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CF Industries price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $34.01

1 week (2020-09-11) N/A
1 month (2020-08-18) N/A
3 months (2020-06-22) 12.80%
6 months (2020-03-20) 52.85%
1 year (2019-09-18) N/A
2 years (2018-09-18) N/A
3 years (2017-09-18) N/A
5 years (2015-09-18) N/A

Is CF Industries under- or over-valued?

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

CF Industries's P/E ratio

CF Industries's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, CF Industries shares trade at around 20x 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.

CF Industries's PEG ratio

CF Industries's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3508. 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 CF Industries's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

CF Industries's EBITDA

CF Industries's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.7 billion.

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

CF Industries financials

Revenue TTM USD$4.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.37%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.95%
Return on equity TTM 9.08%
Profit margin 8.87%
Book value $13.433
Market capitalisation USD$7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting CF Industries shares

There are currently 5.4 million CF Industries shares held short by investors – that's known as CF Industries's "short interest". This figure is 10.5% down from 6.0 million last month.

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

CF Industries's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

CF Industries's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of CF Industries shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of CF Industries shares traded daily (recently around 2.8 million). CF Industries's SIR currently stands at 1.92. In other words for every 100,000 CF Industries shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1920 shares are currently held short.

However CF Industries's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of CF Industries shares, or, against the total number of tradable CF Industries shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case CF Industries's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 CF Industries shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0332% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable CF Industries shares, roughly 33 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 CF Industries.

Find out more about how you can short CF Industries stock.

CF Industries'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 CF Industries.

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

CF Industries's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 49.74

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and CF Industries's overall score of 49.74 (as at 08/01/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 98th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

CF Industries's environmental score

Environmental score: 26.04/100

CF Industries's environmental score of 26.04 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that CF Industries is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

CF Industries's social score

Social score: 16.28/100

CF Industries's social score of 16.28 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that CF Industries is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

CF Industries's governance score

Governance score: 10.42/100

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

CF Industries's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

CF Industries Holdings, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 49.74
Total ESG percentile 98.16
Environmental score 26.04
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 16.28
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 10.42
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 2

CF Industries share dividends

68%

Dividend payout ratio: 68.18% of net profits

Recently CF Industries has paid out, on average, around 68.18% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.53% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), CF Industries shareholders could enjoy a 3.53% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In CF Industries's case, that would currently equate to about $1.2 per share.

CF Industries'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.

CF Industries's most recent dividend payout was on 31 August 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have CF Industries's shares ever split?

CF Industries's shares were split on a 5:1 basis on 18 June 2015. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your CF Industries shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 80% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for CF Industries shares which in turn could have impacted CF Industries's share price.

CF Industries share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, CF Industries's shares have ranged in value from as little as $19.73 up to $50.26. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CF.US volatility(beta: 1.16)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 CF Industries's is 1.1611. This would suggest that CF Industries'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).

CF Industries overview

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. Its principal nitrogen fertilizer products include anhydrous ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution, and ammonium nitrate. The company also offers diesel exhaust fluid, urea liquor, nitric acid, and aqua ammonia products, as well as compound fertilizer products with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. It primarily serves cooperatives, independent fertilizer distributors, traders, wholesalers, farmers, and industrial users. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.

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