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How to buy Lazard (LAZ) stock

Learn how to easily invest in Lazard stock.

Lazard Ltd
NYSE: LAZ - USD
CAPITAL MARKETS
$44.07
-$0.97 (-2.15%)

Lazard Ltd is a capital markets business based in the US. Lazard shares (LAZ) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Lazard employs 3,089 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Lazard stock price (NYSE: LAZ)

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Lazard shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-23.
Latest market close$47.18
52-week range$26.16 - $48.61
50-day moving average $45.51
200-day moving average $44.34
Wall St. target price$52.78
PE ratio 11.8245
Dividend yield $1.88 (4.17%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.73

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Lazard price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $47.18 from 2021-05-28

1 week (2021-07-12) 1.11%
1 month (2021-06-23) 5.93%
3 months (2021-04-19) N/A
6 months (2021-01-19) N/A
1 year (2020-07-19) N/A
2 years (2019-07-19) N/A
3 years (2018-07-19) N/A
5 years (2016-07-19) N/A

Is Lazard under- or over-valued?

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

Lazard's P/E ratio

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

Lazard's PEG ratio

Lazard's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.8433. 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 Lazard's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Lazard financials

Revenue TTM $2.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 20.65%
Gross profit TTM $2.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.7%
Return on equity TTM 43.49%
Profit margin 15.86%
Book value $7.21
Market capitalisation $4.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Lazard shares

There are currently 2.7 million Lazard shares held short by investors – that's known as Lazard's "short interest". This figure is 15.6% up from 2.4 million last month.

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

Lazard's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Lazard's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Lazard shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Lazard shares traded daily (recently around 626409.1954023). Lazard's SIR currently stands at 4.35. In other words for every 100,000 Lazard shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4350 shares are currently held short.

However Lazard's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Lazard shares, or, against the total number of tradable Lazard shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Lazard's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Lazard shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0268% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Lazard shares, roughly 27 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 Lazard.

Find out more about how you can short Lazard stock.

Lazard'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 Lazard.

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

Lazard's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 25.07

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Lazard's overall score of 25.07 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 44th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Lazard's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.47/100

Lazard's environmental score of 0.47 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Lazard is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Lazard's social score

Social score: 11.05/100

Lazard's social score of 11.05 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Lazard is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Lazard's governance score

Governance score: 12.55/100

Lazard's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Lazard is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Lazard's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Lazard scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Lazard has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Lazard Ltd was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 25.07
Total ESG percentile 43.68
Environmental score 0.47
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 11.05
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 12.55
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 1

Lazard share dividends

49%

Dividend payout ratio: 48.58% of net profits

Recently Lazard has paid out, on average, around 48.58% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.17% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Lazard shareholders could enjoy a 4.17% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Lazard's case, that would currently equate to about $1.88 per share.

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

Lazard's most recent dividend payout was on 20 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Lazard share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Lazard's shares have ranged in value from as little as $26.1621 up to $48.61. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LAZ.US volatility(beta: 1.57)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 Lazard's is 1.5675. This would suggest that Lazard's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Lazard overview

Lazard Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management firm in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America. Its Financial Advisory segment offers various financial advisory services regarding mergers and acquisitions, capital advisory, restructurings, shareholder advisory, sovereign advisory, capital raising, and other strategic advisory matters. This segment serves corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign, and individual clients across various industry areas, including consumers, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences, industrials, power and energy/infrastructure, and real estate, as well as technology, media, and telecommunications. The company's Asset Management segment offers a range of investment solutions and investment management services in equity and fixed income strategies; asset allocation strategies; and alternative investments and private equity funds to corporations, public funds, sovereign entities, endowments and foundations, labor funds, financial intermediaries, and private clients. Lazard Ltd was founded in 1848 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Lazard is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 3.027% of Lazard shares are held by insiders and 74.708% by institutions.
How many people work for Lazard?
Latest data suggests 3,089 work at Lazard.
When does the fiscal year end for Lazard?
Lazard's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Lazard based?
Lazard's address is: Clarendon House, Hamilton, Bermuda, HM11
What is Lazard's ISIN number?
Lazard's international securities identification number is: BMG540501027
What is Lazard's CUSIP number?
Lazard's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: G54050102

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