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How to buy Global Payments stock

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Global Payments Inc is a specialty business services business based in the US. Global Payments shares (GPN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Global Payments employs 24,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$7.4 billion.

How to buy shares in Global Payments

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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 Global Payments. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: GPN. 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 Global Payments 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. 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 Global Payments, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Global Payments. 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.

Global Payments share price

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Global Payments shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$105.202 - USD$215.7
50-day moving average USD$194.437
200-day moving average USD$185.1311
Wall St. target priceUSD$222.59
PE ratio 103.0308
Dividend yield USD$0.78 (0.39%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.95

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Is it a good time to buy Global Payments stock?

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Is Global Payments under- or over-valued?

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

Global Payments's P/E ratio

Global Payments's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 103x. In other words, Global Payments shares trade at around 103x 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.

Global Payments's PEG ratio

Global Payments's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.0425. 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 Global Payments's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Global Payments's EBITDA

Global Payments's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$2.8 billion.

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

Global Payments financials

Revenue TTM USD$7.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.35%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.71%
Return on equity TTM 2.18%
Profit margin 7.87%
Book value $91.617
Market capitalisation USD$59.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Global Payments shares

There are currently 3.2 million Global Payments shares held short by investors – that's known as Global Payments's "short interest". This figure is 31.8% down from 4.7 million last month.

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

Global Payments's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Global Payments's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Global Payments shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Global Payments shares traded daily (recently around 1.9 million). Global Payments's SIR currently stands at 1.71. In other words for every 100,000 Global Payments shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1710 shares are currently held short.

However Global Payments's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Global Payments shares, or, against the total number of tradable Global Payments shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Global Payments's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Global Payments shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0124% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Global Payments 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 Global Payments.

Find out more about how you can short Global Payments stock.

Global Payments'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 Global Payments.

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

Global Payments's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 22.95

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Global Payments's overall score of 22.95 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 21st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Global Payments's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.16/100

Global Payments's environmental score of 4.16 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Global Payments is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Global Payments's social score

Social score: 15.45/100

Global Payments's social score of 15.45 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Global Payments is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Global Payments's governance score

Governance score: 12.34/100

Global Payments's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Global Payments is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Global Payments's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Global Payments Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.95
Total ESG percentile 20.92
Environmental score 4.16
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 15.45
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 12.34
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 2

Global Payments share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 12.19% of net profits

Recently Global Payments has paid out, on average, around 12.19% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.39% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Global Payments shareholders could enjoy a 0.39% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Global Payments's case, that would currently equate to about $0.78 per share.

While Global Payments's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Global Payments is investing more in its future growth.

Global Payments's most recent dividend payout was on 26 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Global Payments's shares ever split?

Global Payments's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 3 November 2015. 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 Global Payments shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Global Payments shares which in turn could have impacted Global Payments's share price.

Global Payments share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Global Payments's shares have ranged in value from as little as $105.202 up to $215.7. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GPN.US volatility(beta: 1.18)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 Global Payments's is 1.1836. This would suggest that Global Payments'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).

Global Payments overview

Global Payments Inc. provides payment technology and software solutions for card, electronic, check, and digital-based payments in North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. The company operates through three segments: Merchant Solutions, Issuer Solutions, and Business and Consumer Solutions. The Merchant Solutions segment offers authorization services, settlement and funding services, customer support and help-desk functions, chargeback resolution, terminal rental, sales and deployment, payment security services, consolidated billing and statements, and on-line reporting services. This segment also provides an array of enterprise software solutions that streamline business operations of its customers in various vertical markets; and value-added services, such as point-of-sale solutions, and analytic and engagement tools, as well as payroll services. The Issuer Solutions segment offers solutions that enable financial institutions and retailers to manage their card portfolios through a platform; and commercial payments and ePayables solutions for businesses and governments. The Business and Consumer Solutions segment provides general-purpose reloadable prepaid debit and payroll cards, demand deposit accounts, and other financial service solutions to the underbanked and other consumers, and businesses under the Netspend brand. It markets its products and services through direct sales force, trade associations, agent and enterprise software providers, referral arrangements with value-added resellers, and independent sales organizations. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

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