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How to buy McDonald’s Corporation stock

Learn how to easily invest in McDonald’s Corporation stock.

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) is a leading restaurants business based in the US. It opened the day at $272.97 after a previous close of $273.00. During the day the price has varied from a low of $271.70 to a high of $273.91. The latest price was $273.83 (25 minute delay). McDonald’s Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 100,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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How has coronavirus impacted McDonald’s Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, McDonald’s Corporation's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last close price was $273.83, which is 21.17% up on its pre-crash value of $215.87 and 120.42% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $124.23.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of McDonald’s Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $637.52 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1.00.

McDonald’s Corporation stock price (NYSE: MCD)

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McDonald’s Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2023-01-26.
Open$272.97
High$273.91
Low$271.70
Close$273.83
Previous close$273.00
Change $0.83
Change % 0.304%
Volume 1,167,285
Information last updated 2023-01-24.
52-week range$214.10 - $280.09
50-day moving average $270.13
200-day moving average $256.23
Wall St. target price$293.64
PE ratio 33.9924
Dividend yield $5.52 (2.26%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $7.93

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Is it a good time to buy McDonald’s Corporation stock?

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McDonald’s Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $273.83 from 2023-01-25

1 week (2023-01-18) 2.93%
1 month (2022-12-23) 2.34%
3 months (2022-10-25) 7.08%
6 months (2022-07-26) 6.51%
1 year (2022-01-26) 9.60%
2 years (2021-01-26) 27.14%
3 years (2020-01-24) 29.63%
5 years (2018-01-26) 53.53%

Is McDonald’s Corporation stock undervalued or overvalued?

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

McDonald’s Corporation's P/E ratio

McDonald’s 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 34x. In other words, McDonald’s Corporation shares trade at around 34x 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.

McDonald’s Corporation's PEG ratio

McDonald’s Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.336. 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 McDonald’s 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.

McDonald’s Corporation's EBITDA

McDonald’s Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $12.1 billion.

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

McDonald’s Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $23.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 43.7%
Gross profit TTM $12.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 12.55%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 25.42%
Book value $-8.97
Market capitalisation $197.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

McDonald’s 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 McDonald’s Corporation.

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

McDonald’s Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 22.47

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and McDonald’s Corporation's overall score of 22.47 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 35th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

McDonald’s Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.17/100

McDonald’s Corporation's environmental score of 2.17 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that McDonald’s Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

McDonald’s Corporation's social score

Social score: 14.15/100

McDonald’s Corporation's social score of 14.15 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that McDonald’s Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

McDonald’s Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 5.15/100

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

McDonald’s Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. McDonald’s Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that McDonald’s Corporation hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

McDonald’s Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.47
Total ESG percentile 35.48
Environmental score 2.17
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 14.15
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 5.15
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 3

McDonald’s Corporation share dividends

58%

Dividend payout ratio: 58.11% of net profits

Recently McDonald’s Corporation has paid out, on average, around 58.11% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.26% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), McDonald’s Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.26% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In McDonald’s Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $5.52 per share.

McDonald’s Corporation'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.

McDonald’s Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 14 December 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 November 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have McDonald’s Corporation's shares ever split?

McDonald’s Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 7 March 1999. 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 McDonald’s Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for McDonald’s Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted McDonald’s Corporation's share price.

McDonald’s Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, McDonald’s Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $214.0959 up to $280.0926. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MCD.US volatility(beta: 0.65)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 McDonald’s Corporation's is 0.6498. This would suggest that McDonald’s Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

McDonald’s Corporation overview

McDonald's Corporation operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants in the United States and internationally. Its restaurants offer hamburgers and cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and nuggets, wraps, fries, salads, oatmeal, shakes, desserts, sundaes, soft serve cones, bakery items, soft drinks, coffee, and beverages and other beverages, as well as breakfast menu, including biscuit and bagel sandwiches, breakfast burritos, hotcakes, and other sandwiches. As of December 31, 2021, the company operated 40,031 restaurants. McDonald's Corporation was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of McDonald’s Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.165% of McDonald’s Corporation shares are held by insiders and 70.087% by institutions.
How many people work for McDonald’s Corporation?
Latest data suggests 100,000 work at McDonald’s Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for McDonald’s Corporation?
McDonald’s Corporation's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is McDonald’s Corporation based?
McDonald’s Corporation's address is: 110 North Carpenter Street, Chicago, IL, United States, 60607
What is McDonald’s Corporation's ISIN number?
McDonald’s Corporation's international securities identification number is: US5801351017
What is McDonald’s Corporation's CUSIP number?
McDonald’s Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 580135101

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