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How to buy KLA Corporation stock
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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What's in this guide?
- KLAC shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is KLAC stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Is KLAC suitable for ethical investing?
- Are KLAC shares over-valued?
- KLA Corporation's financials
- How volatile are KLAC shares?
- Does KLA Corporation pay a dividend?
- Have KLAC shares ever split?
- Other common questions
KLA Corporation stock price (NASDAQ: KLAC)Use our graph to track the performance of KLAC stocks over time.
KLA Corporation shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$445.00|
|52-week range||$270.84 - $457.12|
|50-day moving average||$415.79|
|200-day moving average||$350.93|
|Wall St. target price||$447.73|
|Dividend yield||$3.75 (0.94%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$17.62|
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KLA Corporation price performance over time
|1 week (2022-01-10)||6.27%|
|1 month (2021-12-17)||13.65%|
|3 months (2021-10-15)||35.22%|
|6 months (2021-07-17)||37.26%|
|1 year (2021-01-15)||46.32%|
|2 years (2020-01-17)||148.98%|
|3 years (2019-01-17)||378.91%|
|5 years (2017-01-17)||456.25%|
Is KLA Corporation stock undervalued or overvalued?
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 25x. In other words, KLA Corporation shares trade at around 25x 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.
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 1.7652. 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 $3.1 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||$7.5 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||37.23%|
|Gross profit TTM||$4.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||16.97%|
|Return on equity TTM||82.33%|
|Market capitalisation||$67.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
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
|Total ESG score||24.21|
|Total ESG percentile||23.2|
|Environmental score percentile||5|
|Social score percentile||5|
|Governance score percentile||5|
KLA Corporation share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 24.13% of net profits
Recently KLA Corporation has paid out, on average, around 24.13% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.94% 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 0.94% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In KLA Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $3.75 per share.
While KLA Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that KLA Corporation is investing more in its future growth.
KLA Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 30 November 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 November 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 $270.8355 up to $457.12. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
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 1.2032. 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.
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of KLA Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.143% of KLA Corporation shares are held by insiders and 89.872% 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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