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How to buy Packaging Corporation of America stock

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Packaging Corporation of America is a packaging & containers business based in the US. Packaging Corporation of America shares (PKG) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Packaging Corporation of America employs 15,200 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Packaging Corporation of America stock price (NYSE: PKG)

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Packaging Corporation of America shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-17.
Latest market close$134.52
52-week range$124.41 - $153.60
50-day moving average $133.73
200-day moving average $140.15
Wall St. target price$142.11
PE ratio 23.8642
Dividend yield $4 (2.91%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $7.85

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Packaging Corporation of America price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $134.52 from 2022-01-21

1 week (2022-01-14) -2.03%
1 month (2021-12-23) 2.45%
3 months (2021-10-22) 0.40%
6 months (2021-07-23) 0.67%
1 year (2021-01-22) -4.19%
2 years (2020-01-24) 27.33%
3 years (2019-01-24) 45.71%
5 years (2017-01-24) 46.09%

Is Packaging Corporation of America stock undervalued or overvalued?

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

Packaging Corporation of America's P/E ratio

Packaging Corporation of America's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 24x. In other words, Packaging Corporation of America shares trade at around 24x 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.

Packaging Corporation of America's PEG ratio

Packaging Corporation of America's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.83. 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 Packaging Corporation of America's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Packaging Corporation of America's EBITDA

Packaging Corporation of America's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.5 billion.

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

Packaging Corporation of America financials

Revenue TTM $7.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.41%
Gross profit TTM $1.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.91%
Return on equity TTM 2179.14%
Profit margin 10.11%
Book value $38.26
Market capitalisation $13 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Packaging Corporation of America'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 Packaging Corporation of America.

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

Packaging Corporation of America's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 16.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Packaging Corporation of America's overall score of 16.2 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 19th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Packaging Corporation of America's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.89/100

Packaging Corporation of America's social score

Social score: 1.43/100

Packaging Corporation of America's governance score

Governance score: 2.24/100

Packaging Corporation of America's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Packaging Corporation of America scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Packaging Corporation of America has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Packaging Corporation of America was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 16.2
Total ESG percentile 18.92
Environmental score 8.89
Social score 1.43
Governance score 2.24
Level of controversy 2

Packaging Corporation of America share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 50.25% of net profits

Recently Packaging Corporation of America has paid out, on average, around 50.25% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.91% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Packaging Corporation of America shareholders could enjoy a 2.91% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Packaging Corporation of America's case, that would currently equate to about $4 per share.

Packaging Corporation of America'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.

Packaging Corporation of America's most recent dividend payout was on 13 January 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Packaging Corporation of America share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Packaging Corporation of America's shares have ranged in value from as little as $124.4129 up to $153.6024. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PKG.US volatility(beta: 0.92)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 Packaging Corporation of America's is 0.9214. This would suggest that Packaging Corporation of America's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Packaging Corporation of America overview

Packaging Corporation of America manufactures and sells containerboard and corrugated packaging products in the United States. The company operates through Packaging and Paper segments. The Packaging segment offers various containerboard and corrugated packaging products, such as conventional shipping containers used to protect and transport manufactured goods; multi-color boxes and displays that help to merchandise the packaged product in retail locations; and honeycomb protective packaging products, as well as packaging for meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, processed food, beverages, and other industrial and consumer products. This segment sells its corrugated products through a direct sales and marketing organization, independent brokers, and distribution partners. The Paper segment manufactures and sells commodity and specialty papers, as well as communication-based papers, including cut-size office papers, and printing and converting papers. This segment sells white papers through its sales and marketing organization. Packaging Corporation of America was founded in 1867 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Packaging Corporation of America is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 1.312% of Packaging Corporation of America shares are held by insiders and 88.798% by institutions.
How many people work for Packaging Corporation of America?
Latest data suggests 15,200 work at Packaging Corporation of America.
When does the fiscal year end for Packaging Corporation of America?
Packaging Corporation of America's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Packaging Corporation of America based?
Packaging Corporation of America's address is: 1 North Field Court, Lake Forest, IL, United States, 60045
What is Packaging Corporation of America's ISIN number?
Packaging Corporation of America's international securities identification number is: US6951561090
What is Packaging Corporation of America's CUSIP number?
Packaging Corporation of America's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 695156109

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