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KAR Auction Services Inc is a specialty retail business based in the US. KAR Auction Services shares (KAR) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. KAR Auction Services employs 8,800 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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KAR Auction Services stock price (NYSE: KAR)

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KAR Auction Services shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-16.
Latest market close$14.90
52-week range$13.55 - $20.85
50-day moving average $16.10
200-day moving average $16.77
Wall St. target price$19.90
PE ratio 46.4793
Dividend yield $0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.34

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Is it a good time to buy KAR Auction Services stock?

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KAR Auction Services price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $14.9 from 2021-10-22

1 week (2021-10-15) -5.16%
1 month (2021-09-24) -4.85%
3 months (2021-07-23) -8.65%
6 months (2021-04-23) -4.67%
1 year (2020-10-23) -1.91%
2 years (2019-10-23) -41.25%
3 years (2018-10-23) 56.0825
5 years (2016-10-21) 43.3364

Is KAR Auction Services under- or over-valued?

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

KAR Auction Services's P/E ratio

KAR Auction Services's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 46x. In other words, KAR Auction Services shares trade at around 46x 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.

KAR Auction Services's PEG ratio

KAR Auction Services's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.34. 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 KAR Auction Services's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

KAR Auction Services's EBITDA

KAR Auction Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $422.6 million.

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

KAR Auction Services financials

Revenue TTM $2.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.18%
Gross profit TTM $902.9 million
Return on assets TTM 2.14%
Return on equity TTM 4.45%
Profit margin 4.03%
Book value $12.60
Market capitalisation $1.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting KAR Auction Services shares

There are currently 9.9 million KAR Auction Services shares held short by investors – that's known as KAR Auction Services's "short interest". This figure is 2.8% down from 10.2 million last month.

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

KAR Auction Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

KAR Auction Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of KAR Auction Services shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of KAR Auction Services shares traded daily (recently around 2.1 million). KAR Auction Services's SIR currently stands at 4.73. In other words for every 100,000 KAR Auction Services shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4730 shares are currently held short.

However KAR Auction Services's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of KAR Auction Services shares, or, against the total number of tradable KAR Auction Services shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case KAR Auction Services's short interest could be expressed as 0.08% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 KAR Auction Services shares in existence, roughly 80 shares are currently held short) or 0.0847% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable KAR Auction Services shares, roughly 85 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 KAR Auction Services.

Find out more about how you can short KAR Auction Services stock.

KAR Auction Services'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 KAR Auction Services.

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

KAR Auction Services's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 26.67

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and KAR Auction Services's overall score of 26.67 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 38th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like KAR Auction Services 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.).

KAR Auction Services's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.07/100

KAR Auction Services's environmental score of 9.07 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that KAR Auction Services is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

KAR Auction Services's social score

Social score: 14.89/100

KAR Auction Services's social score of 14.89 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that KAR Auction Services is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

KAR Auction Services's governance score

Governance score: 11.71/100

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

KAR Auction Services Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 26.67
Total ESG percentile 37.58
Environmental score 9.07
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 14.89
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 11.71
Governance score percentile 7

KAR Auction Services share dividends

We're not expecting KAR Auction Services to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have KAR Auction Services's shares ever split?

KAR Auction Services's shares were split on a 2642:1000 basis on 27 June 2019. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2642 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your KAR Auction Services shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 62.1% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for KAR Auction Services shares which in turn could have impacted KAR Auction Services's share price.

KAR Auction Services share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, KAR Auction Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as $13.55 up to $20.8478. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KAR.US volatility(beta: 1.19)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 KAR Auction Services's is 1.1857. This would suggest that KAR Auction Services'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).

KAR Auction Services overview

KAR Auction Services, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, provides used vehicle auctions and related vehicle remarketing services for the automotive industry in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The company operates through two segments, ADESA Auctions and AFC. The ADESA Auctions segment offers whole car auctions and related services to the vehicle remarketing industry through online auctions and auction facilities. It also provides value-added services, such as auction related, transportation, reconditioning, inspection, title and repossession administration and remarketing, vehicle research, and analytical services, as well as data as a service. This segment sells its products and services through vehicle manufacturers, fleet companies, rental car companies, finance companies, and others. As of December 31, 2020, this segment had a network of 74 whole car auction facilities in North America.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of KAR Auction Services is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 1.417% of KAR Auction Services shares are held by insiders and 107.213% by institutions.
How many people work for KAR Auction Services?
Latest data suggests 8,800 work at KAR Auction Services.
When does the fiscal year end for KAR Auction Services?
KAR Auction Services's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is KAR Auction Services based?
KAR Auction Services's address is: 11299 North Illinois Street, Carmel, IN, United States, 46032
What is KAR Auction Services's ISIN number?
KAR Auction Services's international securities identification number is: US48238T1097
What is KAR Auction Services's CUSIP number?
KAR Auction Services's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 48238T109

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