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How to buy International Paper stock

Learn how to easily invest in International Paper stock.

International Paper is a packaging & containers business based in the US. International Paper shares (IP) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. International Paper employs 38,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $21.1 billion.

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International Paper stock price (NYSE: IP)

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International Paper shares at a glance

Information last updated 2023-01-25.
Latest market close$37.79
52-week range$30.29 - $48.57
50-day moving average $36.23
200-day moving average $40.27
Wall St. target price$32.25
PE ratio 7.0268
Dividend yield $1.85 (4.94%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $5.23

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International Paper price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $37.79 from 2023-01-30

1 week (2023-01-24) 2.83%
1 month (2022-12-30) 9.13%
3 months (2022-10-27) N/A
6 months (2022-07-29) -11.64%
1 year (2022-01-31) -21.68%
2 years (2021-01-29) -24.89%
3 years (2020-01-31) 40.72
5 years (2018-01-31) 56.3601

Is International Paper stock undervalued or overvalued?

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

International Paper's P/E ratio

International Paper's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 7x. In other words, International Paper shares trade at around 7x 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.

International Paper's PEG ratio

International Paper's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.9021. 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 International Paper's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

International Paper's EBITDA

International Paper's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $2.9 billion.

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

International Paper financials

Revenue TTM $21.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 9%
Gross profit TTM $5.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.37%
Return on equity TTM 20.27%
Profit margin 9.14%
Book value $26.68
Market capitalisation $13.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

International Paper'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 International Paper.

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

International Paper's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 21.48

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and International Paper's overall score of 21.48 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 39th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

International Paper's environmental score

Environmental score: 14.24/100

International Paper's social score

Social score: 0.67/100

International Paper's governance score

Governance score: 1.57/100

International Paper's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. International Paper scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that International Paper hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

International Paper was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 21.48
Total ESG percentile 39.22
Environmental score 14.24
Social score 0.67
Governance score 1.57
Level of controversy 3

International Paper share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 48.81% of net profits

Recently International Paper has paid out, on average, around 48.81% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.94% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), International Paper shareholders could enjoy a 4.94% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In International Paper's case, that would currently equate to about $1.85 per share.

While International Paper's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that International Paper may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

International Paper's most recent dividend payout was on 14 March 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 15 February 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have International Paper's shares ever split?

International Paper's shares were split on a 1056:1000 basis on 30 September 2021. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1056 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your International Paper shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 5.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for International Paper shares which in turn could have impacted International Paper's share price.

International Paper share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, International Paper's shares have ranged in value from as little as $30.2861 up to $48.5718. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

IP.US volatility(beta: 0.97)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 International Paper's is 0.9745. This would suggest that International Paper's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

International Paper overview

International Paper Company operates as a packaging company primarily in United States, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Pacific Rim, Asia, and rest of the Americas. It operates through two segments: Industrial Packaging and Global Cellulose Fibers. The Industrial Packaging segment manufactures containerboards, including linerboard, medium, whitetop, recycled linerboard, recycled medium, and saturating kraft. The Global Cellulose Fibers segment provides fluff, market, and specialty pulps that are used in absorbent hygiene products, such as baby diapers, feminine care, adult incontinence, and other non-woven products; tissue and paper products; and non-absorbent end applications, including textiles, filtration, construction material, paints and coatings, reinforced plastics, and other applications. It sells its products directly to end users and converters, as well as through agents, resellers, and paper distributors. The company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of International Paper is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.356% of International Paper shares are held by insiders and 88.708% by institutions.
How many people work for International Paper?
Latest data suggests 38,000 work at International Paper.
When does the fiscal year end for International Paper?
International Paper's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is International Paper based?
International Paper's address is: 6400 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN, United States, 38197
What is International Paper's ISIN number?
International Paper's international securities identification number is: US4601461035
What is International Paper's CUSIP number?
International Paper's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 460146103

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