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How to buy KLA Corporation stock | $369.81

Learn how to easily invest in KLA Corporation stock.

KLA Corporation is a semiconductor equipment & materials business based in the US. KLA Corporation shares (KLAC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. KLA Corporation employs 11,300 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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KLA Corporation stock price (NASDAQ: KLAC)

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KLA Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
Latest market close$369.81
52-week range$173.37 - $374.60
50-day moving average $340.51
200-day moving average $320.84
Wall St. target price$387.53
PE ratio 27.6141
Dividend yield $3.6 (0.97%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $13.37

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KLA Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $369.81 from 2021-09-17

1 week (2021-09-10) 5.49%
1 month (2021-08-18) 14.06%
3 months (2021-06-18) 21.46%
6 months (2021-03-18) 28.08%
1 year (2020-09-18) 106.64%
2 years (2019-09-18) 134.09%
3 years (2018-09-18) 256.99%
5 years (2016-09-16) 426.57%

Is KLA Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

KLA Corporation's P/E ratio

KLA Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 28x. In other words, KLA Corporation shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

KLA Corporation's PEG ratio

KLA Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.0315. 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 KLA Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

KLA Corporation's EBITDA

KLA Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $2.8 billion.

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

KLA Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $6.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 35.94%
Gross profit TTM $4.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 15.9%
Return on equity TTM 68.6%
Profit margin 30.04%
Book value $22.11
Market capitalisation $56.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting KLA Corporation shares

There are currently 2.7 million KLA Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as KLA Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 26.2% up from 2.2 million last month.

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

KLA Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

KLA Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of KLA Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of KLA Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 922400). KLA Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.97. In other words for every 100,000 KLA Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2970 shares are currently held short.

However KLA Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of KLA Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable KLA Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case KLA Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 KLA Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.018% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable KLA Corporation shares, roughly 18 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 KLA Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short KLA Corporation stock.

KLA Corporation'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 KLA Corporation.

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

KLA Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 24.21

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and KLA Corporation's overall score of 24.21 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 23rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

KLA Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.84/100

KLA Corporation's environmental score of 9.84 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that KLA Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

KLA Corporation's social score

Social score: 10.23/100

KLA Corporation's social score of 10.23 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that KLA Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

KLA Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 9.14/100

KLA Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that KLA Corporation 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

KLA Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 24.21
Total ESG percentile 23.2
Environmental score 9.84
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 10.23
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 9.14
Governance score percentile 5

KLA Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 25.77% of net profits

Recently KLA Corporation has paid out, on average, around 25.77% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.13% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), KLA Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.13% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In KLA Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $3.6 per share.

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

KLA Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 31 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have KLA Corporation's shares ever split?

KLA Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 January 2000. 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 KLA Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for KLA Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted KLA Corporation's share price.

KLA Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, KLA Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $173.3728 up to $374.6. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KLAC.US volatility(beta: 1.21)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while KLA Corporation's is 1.2074. This would suggest that KLA Corporation'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).

KLA Corporation overview

KLA Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries worldwide. The company offers chip and wafer manufacturing products, including defect inspection and review systems, metrology solutions, in situ process monitoring products, computational lithography software, and data analytics systems for chip manufacturers to manage yield throughout the semiconductor fabrication process. It also provides reticle manufacturing products, such as reticle inspection, metrology, and data analytics systems for mask shops; and packaging manufacturing products comprising wafer inspection and metrology, die sorting and inspection, IC component inspection and metrology, data analytics, wafer processing systems, and IC substrate production processes. In addition, the company offers compound semiconductor, power device, light emitting diode, and microelectromechanical system manufacturing products; data storage media/head manufacturing products; general purpose/lab applications; and previous-generation KLA systems. Further, it provides wafer processing solutions; printed circuit boards, and display and inspection components; and other services. The company was formerly known as KLA-Tencor Corporation and changed its name to KLA Corporation in July 2019. KLA Corporation was incorporated in 1975 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of KLA Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.243% of KLA Corporation shares are held by insiders and 93.295% by institutions.
How many people work for KLA Corporation?
Latest data suggests 11,300 work at KLA Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for KLA Corporation?
KLA Corporation's fiscal year ends in June.
Where is KLA Corporation based?
KLA Corporation's address is: One Technology Drive, Milpitas, CA, United States, 95035
What is KLA Corporation's ISIN number?
KLA Corporation's international securities identification number is: US4824801009
What is KLA Corporation's CUSIP number?
KLA Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 482480100

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