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How to buy Paychex stock
Learn how to easily invest in Paychex stock.
Paychex Inc is a staffing & employment services business based in the US. Paychex shares (PAYX) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Paychex employs 16,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $4.6 billion.
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- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – PAYX – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
- Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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What's in this guide?
- PAYX shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is PAYX stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Is PAYX suitable for ethical investing?
- Are PAYX shares over-valued?
- Paychex's financials
- How volatile are PAYX shares?
- Does Paychex pay a dividend?
- Have PAYX shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Paychex stock price (NASDAQ: PAYX)Use our graph to track the performance of PAYX stocks over time.
Paychex shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$113.39|
|52-week range||$104.09 - $140.14|
|50-day moving average||$126.41|
|200-day moving average||$124.70|
|Wall St. target price||$128.16|
|Dividend yield||$2.77 (2.75%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$3.84|
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Paychex price performance over time
|1 week (2022-09-21)||-3.83%|
|1 month (2022-09-01)||-8.74%|
|3 months (2022-06-30)||-0.42%|
|6 months (2022-04-01)||-18.35%|
|1 year (2021-10-01)||-1.53%|
|2 years (2020-10-01)||42.90%|
|3 years (2019-10-01)||38.47%|
|5 years (2017-09-29)||89.11%|
Is Paychex stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing Paychex stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Paychex's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Paychex's P/E ratio
Paychex's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 30x. In other words, Paychex shares trade at around 30x 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.
Paychex's PEG ratio
Paychex's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.0876. 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 Paychex's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Paychex's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $2 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Paychex's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$4.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||39.9%|
|Gross profit TTM||$3.3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||12.19%|
|Return on equity TTM||46.17%|
|Market capitalisation||$41.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Paychex'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 Paychex.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Paychex's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 21.65
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Paychex's overall score of 21.65 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Paychex 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.).
Paychex's environmental score
Environmental score: 7.61/100
Paychex's environmental score of 7.61 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Paychex is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Paychex's social score
Social score: 16.2/100
Paychex's social score of 16.2 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Paychex is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Paychex's governance score
Governance score: 13.33/100
Paychex's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Paychex 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
|Total ESG score||21.65|
|Total ESG percentile||16.06|
|Environmental score percentile||8|
|Social score percentile||8|
|Governance score percentile||8|
Paychex share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 77.13% of net profits
Recently Paychex has paid out, on average, around 77.13% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.75% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Paychex shareholders could enjoy a 2.75% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Paychex's case, that would currently equate to about $2.77 per share.
Paychex'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.
Paychex's most recent dividend payout was on 25 August 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Paychex's shares ever split?
Paychex's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 23 May 2000. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Paychex shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Paychex shares which in turn could have impacted Paychex's share price.
Paychex share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Paychex's shares have ranged in value from as little as $104.0872 up to $140.1358. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Paychex's is 0.9944. This would suggest that Paychex's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Paychex, Inc. provides integrated human capital management solutions for human resources (HR), payroll, benefits, and insurance services for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States, Europe, and India. It offers payroll processing services; payroll tax administration services; employee payment services; and regulatory compliance services, such as new-hire reporting and garnishment processing. The company also provides HR solutions, including payroll, employer compliance, HR and employee benefits administration, risk management outsourcing, and the on-site availability of a professionally trained HR representative; and retirement services administration, including plan implementation, ongoing compliance with government regulations, employee and employer reporting, participant and employer online access, electronic funds transfer, and other administrative services. In addition, it offers cloud-based HR administration software products for employee benefits management and administration, time and attendance, digital communication solutions, recruiting, and onboarding solutions; plan administration outsourcing and state unemployment insurance services; various business services to small to medium-sized businesses comprising payroll funding and outsourcing services, which include payroll processing, invoicing, and tax preparation; and payment processing services, financial fitness programs, and a small-business loan resource center. Further, the company provides insurance services for property and casualty coverage, such as workers' compensation, business-owner policies, cyber security protection, and commercial auto, as well as health and benefits coverage, including health, dental, vision, and life. It markets and sells its services primarily through its direct sales force.
Paychex in the news
Paychex Releases 2022 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report
Watch Your Paychex as the Stock Shows a Triple Top Pattern
Paychex (PAYX) Q1 2023 Earnings Call Transcript
Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Paychex is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 10.753% of Paychex shares are held by insiders and 73.511% by institutions. How many people work for Paychex?
Latest data suggests 16,000 work at Paychex. When does the fiscal year end for Paychex?
Paychex's fiscal year ends in May. Where is Paychex based?
Paychex's address is: 911 Panorama Trail South, Rochester, NY, United States, 14625-2396 What is Paychex's ISIN number?
Paychex's international securities identification number is: US7043261079 What is Paychex's CUSIP number?
Paychex's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 704326107
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