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How to buy Frontline stock | $6.46

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Frontline Ltd is an oil & gas midstream business based in the US. Frontline shares (FRO) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Frontline employs 157 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.4 billion.

How to buy shares in Frontline

  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 Frontline. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: FRO. 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 Frontline 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$6.46, 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 Frontline, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Frontline. 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.

Frontline share price

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Frontline shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$6.46
52-week rangeUSD$5.2577 - USD$11.0159
50-day moving average USD$6.5368
200-day moving average USD$7.1363
Wall St. target priceUSD$12
PE ratio 2.3984
Dividend yield USD$2 (31.1%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.681

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Is it a good time to buy Frontline stock?

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Frontline price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $6.46 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-07) 0.94%
1 month (2020-12-17) -3.00%
3 months (2020-10-16) -3.15%
6 months (2020-07-16) -15.11%
1 year (2020-01-16) -46.35%
2 years (2019-01-16) 15.98%
3 years (2018-01-16) 26.92%
5 years (2016-01-15) 218.23%

Is Frontline under- or over-valued?

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

Frontline's P/E ratio

Frontline's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 2x. In other words, Frontline shares trade at around 2x 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.

Frontline's EBITDA

Frontline's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$744.6 million.

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

Frontline financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 44.26%
Gross profit TTM USD$395.7 million
Return on assets TTM 10.11%
Return on equity TTM 35.38%
Profit margin 38.37%
Book value $8.201
Market capitalisation USD$1.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Frontline shares

There are currently 8.1 million Frontline shares held short by investors – that's known as Frontline's "short interest". This figure is 25.2% down from 10.8 million last month.

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

Frontline's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Frontline's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Frontline shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Frontline shares traded daily (recently around 2.4 million). Frontline's SIR currently stands at 3.34. In other words for every 100,000 Frontline shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3340 shares are currently held short.

However Frontline's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Frontline shares, or, against the total number of tradable Frontline shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Frontline's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Frontline shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0689% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Frontline shares, roughly 69 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 Frontline.

Find out more about how you can short Frontline stock.

Frontline share dividends

58%

Dividend payout ratio: 57.55% of net profits

Recently Frontline has paid out, on average, around 57.55% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 31.1% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Frontline shareholders could enjoy a 31.1% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Frontline's case, that would currently equate to about $2 per share.

Frontline'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.

Frontline's most recent dividend payout was on 29 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Frontline's shares ever split?

Frontline's shares were split on a 1:5 basis on 4 February 2016. So if you had owned 5 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Frontline shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 400% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Frontline shares which in turn could have impacted Frontline's share price.

Frontline share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Frontline's shares have ranged in value from as little as $5.2577 up to $11.0159. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FRO.US volatility(beta: 0.54)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 Frontline's is 0.5442. This would suggest that Frontline's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Frontline overview

Frontline Ltd., a shipping company, engages in the seaborne transportation of crude oil and oil products worldwide. It owns and operates oil and product tankers. As of December 31, 2019, the company operated a fleet of 71 vessels. It is also involved in the charter, purchase, and sale of vessels. Frontline Ltd. is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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