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How to buy National Grid stock

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National Grid plc is an utilities-diversified business based in the US. National Grid shares (NGG) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. National Grid employs 23,069 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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National Grid share price

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National Grid shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-22.
52-week range$50.55 - $63.57
50-day moving average $59.93
200-day moving average $59.72
Wall St. target price$69.82
PE ratio 21.7359
Dividend yield $0.49 (0.78%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.92

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Is National Grid under- or over-valued?

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

National Grid's P/E ratio

National Grid's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, National Grid shares trade at around 22x 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.

National Grid's PEG ratio

National Grid's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.1322. 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 National Grid's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

National Grid's EBITDA

National Grid's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $4.7 billion.

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

National Grid financials

Revenue TTM $14.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.34%
Gross profit TTM $14.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.13%
Return on equity TTM 7.97%
Profit margin 9.96%
Book value $26.08
Market capitalisation $44.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting National Grid shares

There are currently 308,939 National Grid shares held short by investors – that's known as National Grid's "short interest". This figure is 20% down from 386,305 last month.

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

National Grid's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

National Grid's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of National Grid shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of National Grid shares traded daily (recently around 423204.10958904). National Grid's SIR currently stands at 0.73. In other words for every 100,000 National Grid shares traded daily on the market, roughly 730 shares are currently held short.

However National Grid's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of National Grid shares, or, against the total number of tradable National Grid shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case National Grid's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 National Grid shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable National Grid shares, roughly 0 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 National Grid.

Find out more about how you can short National Grid stock.

National Grid share dividends

15%

Dividend payout ratio: 14.61% of net profits

Recently National Grid has paid out, on average, around 14.61% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.99% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), National Grid shareholders could enjoy a 4.99% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In National Grid's case, that would currently equate to about $0.49 per share.

While National Grid's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that National Grid is investing more in its future growth.

National Grid's most recent dividend payout was on 12 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have National Grid's shares ever split?

National Grid's shares were split on a 916:1000 basis on 21 May 2017. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 916 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your National Grid shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9.2% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for National Grid shares which in turn could have impacted National Grid's share price.

National Grid share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, National Grid's shares have ranged in value from as little as $50.545 up to $63.57. 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 (NYSE average) beta is 1, while National Grid's is 0.0094. This would suggest that National Grid's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

National Grid overview

National Grid plc transmits and distributes electricity and natural gas. It operates through UK Electricity Transmission, UK Gas Transmission, US Regulated, and National Grid Ventures (NGV) and Other segments. The UK Electricity Transmission segment owns and operates electricity transmission networks, which comprise approximately 7,212 kilometers of overhead lines; 2,239 kilometers of underground cables; and 347 substations in England and Wales, as well as Scottish electricity transmission systems. The UK Gas Transmission segment owns and operates gas transmission systems that include approximately 7,630 kilometres of high-pressure pipes; and 24 compressor stations connecting to 8 distribution networks in Great Britain, as well as third-party independent systems and liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facilities. The US Regulated segments owns and operates transmission facilities across upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; and electricity distribution networks in upstate New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Its assets comprise 14,659 kilometres of overhead lines, 169 kilometres of underground cables, and 396 transmission substations; an electricity distribution network of approximately 117,488 circuit kilometres and 730 distribution substations; a network of approximately 57,425 kilometres of gas pipeline; and approximately 801 kilometres of gas transmission pipes. The NGV and Other segment engages in the energy metering business; transporting renewable energy long distances through its electricity interconnectors; and storing LNG, as well as property development and insurance activities in the United Kingdom and United States.

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