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How to buy Fastenal Company stock
Learn how to easily invest in Fastenal Company stock.
Fastenal Company is an industrial distribution business based in the US. Fastenal Company shares (FAST) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Fastenal Company employs 18,958 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.
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What's in this guide?
- FAST shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is FAST stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Is FAST suitable for ethical investing?
- Are FAST shares over-valued?
- Fastenal Company's financials
- How volatile are FAST shares?
- Does Fastenal Company pay a dividend?
- Have FAST shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Fastenal Company stock price (NASDAQ: FAST)Use our graph to track the performance of FAST stocks over time.
Fastenal Company shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$49.92|
|52-week range||$48.10 - $64.04|
|50-day moving average||$53.40|
|200-day moving average||$56.16|
|Wall St. target price||$58.75|
|Dividend yield||$1.15 (2.49%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$1.70|
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Fastenal Company price performance over time
|1 week (2022-06-24)||-3.82%|
|1 month (2022-05-28)||N/A|
|3 months (2022-03-30)||-16.40%|
|6 months (2021-12-31)||-22.07%|
|1 year (2021-07-01)||-4.11%|
|2 years (2020-07-01)||16.07%|
|3 years (2019-07-01)||52.85%|
|5 years (2017-06-30)||14.68%|
Is Fastenal Company stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing Fastenal Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Fastenal Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Fastenal Company's P/E ratio
Fastenal Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 30x. In other words, Fastenal Company shares trade at around 30x 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.
Fastenal Company's PEG ratio
Fastenal Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.3795. 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 Fastenal Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Fastenal Company's EBITDA
Fastenal Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.5 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Fastenal Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Fastenal Company financials
|Revenue TTM||$6.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||20.56%|
|Gross profit TTM||$2.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||18.95%|
|Return on equity TTM||33.19%|
|Market capitalisation||$29.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Fastenal Company'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 Fastenal Company.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Fastenal Company's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 28.05
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Fastenal Company's overall score of 28.05 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 37th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Fastenal Company 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.).
Fastenal Company's environmental score
Environmental score: 11.67/100
Fastenal Company's environmental score of 11.67 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fastenal Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Fastenal Company's social score
Social score: 12.76/100
Fastenal Company's social score of 12.76 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fastenal Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Fastenal Company's governance score
Governance score: 14.13/100
Fastenal Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Fastenal Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Fastenal Company's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Fastenal Company scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Fastenal Company has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||28.05|
|Total ESG percentile||37.06|
|Environmental score percentile||8|
|Social score percentile||8|
|Governance score percentile||8|
|Level of controversy||2|
Fastenal Company share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 69.01% of net profits
Recently Fastenal Company has paid out, on average, around 69.01% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.49% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Fastenal Company shareholders could enjoy a 2.49% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Fastenal Company's case, that would currently equate to about $1.15 per share.
Fastenal Company'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.
Fastenal Company's most recent dividend payout was on 24 May 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 25 April 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Fastenal Company's shares ever split?
Fastenal Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 22 May 2019. 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 Fastenal Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Fastenal Company shares which in turn could have impacted Fastenal Company's share price.
Fastenal Company share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Fastenal Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $48.1 up to $64.0419. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Fastenal Company's is 1.2745. This would suggest that Fastenal Company's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Fastenal Company overview
Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, North America, and internationally. It offers fasteners, and related industrial and construction supplies under the Fastenal name. The company's fastener products include threaded fasteners, bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, which are used in manufactured products and construction projects, as well as in the maintenance and repair of machines. It also offers miscellaneous supplies and hardware, including pins, machinery keys, concrete anchors, metal framing systems, wire ropes, strut products, rivets, and related accessories. The company serves the manufacturing market comprising original equipment manufacturers; maintenance, repair, and operations; and non-residential construction market, which includes general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors. It also serves farmers, truckers, railroads, mining companies, schools, and retail trades; and oil exploration, production, and refinement companies, as well as federal, state, and local governmental entities. The company distributes its products through a network of 3,209 in-market locations and 15 distribution centers.
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Fastenal Company is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.184% of Fastenal Company shares are held by insiders and 78.834% by institutions. How many people work for Fastenal Company?
Latest data suggests 18,958 work at Fastenal Company. When does the fiscal year end for Fastenal Company?
Fastenal Company's fiscal year ends in December. Where is Fastenal Company based?
Fastenal Company's address is: 2001 Theurer Boulevard, Winona, MN, United States, 55987-1500 What is Fastenal Company's ISIN number?
Fastenal Company's international securities identification number is: US3119001044 What is Fastenal Company's CUSIP number?
Fastenal Company's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 311900104
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