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How to buy KAR Auction Services stock | $18.64

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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 11,322 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.4 billion.

How to buy shares in KAR Auction Services

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  3. Search for KAR Auction Services. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: KAR. 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 KAR Auction Services 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$18.64, 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 KAR Auction Services, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of KAR Auction Services. 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.

KAR Auction Services share price

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KAR Auction Services shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$18.64
52-week range USD$9.41 - USD$26.625
50-day moving average USD$15.974
200-day moving average USD$14.8896
Wall St. target price USD$21.75
PE ratio 121.1429
Dividend yield USD$0.76 (6.2%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.181

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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 $18.64 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-25) 0.11%
1 month (2020-11-06) 12.97%
3 months (2020-09-02) 2.31%
6 months (2020-06-02) 23.36%
1 year (2019-12-02) -10.60%
2 years (2018-12-02) N/A
3 years (2017-12-02) N/A
5 years (2015-12-02) -51.32%

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 121x. In other words, KAR Auction Services shares trade at around 121x 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 USD$405.8 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 USD$2.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 8.82%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.09%
Return on equity TTM 1.05%
Profit margin 1.05%
Book value $12.029
Market capitalisation USD$2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting KAR Auction Services shares

There are currently 6.2 million KAR Auction Services shares held short by investors – that's known as KAR Auction Services's "short interest". This figure is 28.2% down from 8.6 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 1.7 million). KAR Auction Services's SIR currently stands at 3.71. In other words for every 100,000 KAR Auction Services shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3710 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 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 KAR Auction Services shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0635% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable KAR Auction Services shares, roughly 64 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 10/01/2020) 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: 2020-10-01.

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


Dividend payout ratio: 50% of net profits

Recently KAR Auction Services has paid out, on average, around 50% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.2% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), KAR Auction Services shareholders could enjoy a 6.2% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In KAR Auction Services's case, that would currently equate to about $0.76 per share.

KAR Auction Services'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.

KAR Auction Services's most recent dividend payout was on 3 April 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 19 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have KAR Auction Services's shares ever split?

KAR Auction Services's shares were split on a 2642:1000 basis on 28 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 $9.41 up to $26.625. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KAR.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 KAR Auction Services's is 1.1754. 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, 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, 2019, this segment had a network of 74 whole car auction facilities in North America. The AFC segment offers floorplan financing, a short-term inventory-secured financing to independent used vehicle dealers; and sells vehicle service contracts. It also provides wheel repair and hail catastrophe response services. The company serves vehicle manufacturers, vehicle rental companies, financial institutions, commercial fleets and fleet management companies, and dealer customers. The company was formerly known as KAR Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to KAR Auction Services, Inc. in November 2009. KAR Auction Services, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana.

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