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How to buy KLA-Tencor Corporation stock

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KLA-Tencor Corporation is a semiconductor equipment & materials business based in the US. KLA-Tencor Corporation shares (KLAC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. KLA-Tencor Corporation employs 14,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $9.2 billion.

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KLA-Tencor Corporation stock price (NASDAQ: KLAC)

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KLA-Tencor Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-27.
Latest market close$308.38
52-week range$281.84 - $452.79
50-day moving average $356.56
200-day moving average $357.88
Wall St. target price$406.50
PE ratio 13.849
Dividend yield $4.2 (1.69%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $21.92

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Is it a good time to buy KLA-Tencor Corporation stock?

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KLA-Tencor Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $308.38 from 2022-09-27

1 week (2022-09-22) -1.50%
1 month (2022-08-25) -18.14%
3 months (2022-06-28) -6.58%
6 months (2022-03-29) -19.76%
1 year (2021-09-28) -11.14%
2 years (2020-09-29) 59.51%
3 years (2019-09-27) 94.59%
5 years (2017-09-29) 190.92%

Is KLA-Tencor Corporation stock undervalued or overvalued?

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

KLA-Tencor Corporation's P/E ratio

KLA-Tencor 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 14x. In other words, KLA-Tencor Corporation shares trade at around 14x 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-Tencor Corporation's PEG ratio

KLA-Tencor Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3676. 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-Tencor 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-Tencor Corporation's EBITDA

KLA-Tencor Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $4 billion.

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

KLA-Tencor Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $9.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 39.64%
Gross profit TTM $5.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 19.96%
Return on equity TTM 139.15%
Profit margin 36.06%
Book value $9.88
Market capitalisation $43 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

KLA-Tencor 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-Tencor Corporation.

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

KLA-Tencor 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-Tencor 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-Tencor 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-Tencor Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.84/100

KLA-Tencor 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-Tencor Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

KLA-Tencor Corporation's social score

Social score: 10.23/100

KLA-Tencor 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-Tencor Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

KLA-Tencor Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 9.14/100

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

21%

Dividend payout ratio: 21.02% of net profits

Recently KLA-Tencor Corporation has paid out, on average, around 21.02% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.69% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), KLA-Tencor Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.69% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In KLA-Tencor Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $4.2 per share.

While KLA-Tencor Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that KLA-Tencor Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

KLA-Tencor Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 31 August 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have KLA-Tencor Corporation's shares ever split?

KLA-Tencor 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-Tencor Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for KLA-Tencor Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted KLA-Tencor Corporation's share price.

KLA-Tencor Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, KLA-Tencor Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $281.8436 up to $452.787. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KLAC.US volatility(beta: 1.35)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-Tencor Corporation's is 1.3484. This would suggest that KLA-Tencor Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

KLA-Tencor Corporation overview

KLA Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets process control, process-enabling, and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related electronics industries worldwide. It operates through four segments: Semiconductor Process Control; Specialty Semiconductor Process; PCB, Display and Component Inspection; and Other. The company offers integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing products that comprises wafer inspection and review, and metrology; wafer and substrate defect inspection and metrology; reticle defect inspection and metrology; chemical/materials quality analysis; in situ process management and wafer handling diagnostics for IC and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) manufacturing; software products to provide run-time process control, defect excursion identification, process corrections, and defect classification; and refurbished and remanufactured products. It also provides specialty semiconductor manufacturing, benchtop metrology, surface characterization, and electrical property measurement services for general purpose/ lab applications; etch, plasma dicing, deposition, and other wafer processing technologies and solutions for the semiconductor and microelectronics industry. In addition, the company offers direct imaging, inspection, optical shaping, additive printing, and computer-aided manufacturing and engineering solutions for the PCB market; inspection and electrical testing systems to identify and classify defects, as well as systems to repair defects for the display market; and inspection and metrology systems for quality control and yield improvement in advanced and traditional semiconductor packaging markets. 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-Tencor Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.302% of KLA-Tencor Corporation shares are held by insiders and 95.8% by institutions.
How many people work for KLA-Tencor Corporation?
Latest data suggests 14,000 work at KLA-Tencor Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for KLA-Tencor Corporation?
KLA-Tencor Corporation's fiscal year ends in June.
Where is KLA-Tencor Corporation based?
KLA-Tencor Corporation's address is: One Technology Drive, Milpitas, CA, United States, 95035
What is KLA-Tencor Corporation's ISIN number?
KLA-Tencor Corporation's international securities identification number is: US4824801009
What is KLA-Tencor Corporation's CUSIP number?
KLA-Tencor Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 482480100

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