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How to buy Principal Financial Group stock
Learn how to easily invest in Principal Financial Group stock.
Principal Financial Group Inc is an asset management business based in the US. Principal Financial Group shares (PFG) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Principal Financial Group employs 18,600 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $17.3 billion.
How to buy shares in Principal Financial Group
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- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – PFG – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
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What's in this guide?
- PFG shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is PFG stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Is PFG suitable for ethical investing?
- Are PFG shares over-valued?
- Principal Financial Group's financials
- How volatile are PFG shares?
- Does Principal Financial Group pay a dividend?
- Other common questions
Principal Financial Group stock price (NASDAQ: PFG)Use our graph to track the performance of PFG stocks over time.
Principal Financial Group shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$71.42|
|52-week range||$60.53 - $79.80|
|50-day moving average||$73.10|
|200-day moving average||$71.52|
|Wall St. target price||$72.85|
|Dividend yield||$2.55 (3.54%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$16.29|
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Principal Financial Group price performance over time
|1 week (2022-09-23)||-1.37%|
|1 month (2022-08-30)||-5.14%|
|3 months (2022-06-30)||6.93%|
|6 months (2022-03-30)||-4.21%|
|1 year (2021-09-30)||10.90%|
|2 years (2020-09-30)||77.35%|
|3 years (2019-09-30)||24.99%|
|5 years (2017-09-29)||11.00%|
Is Principal Financial Group stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing Principal Financial Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Principal Financial Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Principal Financial Group's P/E ratio
Principal Financial Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 4x. In other words, Principal Financial Group shares trade at around 4x 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.
Principal Financial Group's PEG ratio
Principal Financial Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.5. 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 Principal Financial Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Principal Financial Group's EBITDA
Principal Financial Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $5.6 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Principal Financial Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Principal Financial Group financials
|Revenue TTM||$17.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||31.02%|
|Gross profit TTM||$7.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||1.13%|
|Return on equity TTM||30.93%|
|Market capitalisation||$17.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Principal Financial Group'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 Principal Financial Group.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Principal Financial Group's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 19.38
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Principal Financial Group's overall score of 19.38 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 29th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Principal Financial Group 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.).
Principal Financial Group's environmental score
Environmental score: 2.02/100
Principal Financial Group's environmental score of 2.02 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Principal Financial Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Principal Financial Group's social score
Social score: 7.34/100
Principal Financial Group's social score of 7.34 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Principal Financial Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Principal Financial Group's governance score
Governance score: 12.02/100
Principal Financial Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Principal Financial Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Principal Financial Group's controversy score
Controversy score: 1/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Principal Financial Group scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Principal Financial Group has managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||19.38|
|Total ESG percentile||29.46|
|Environmental score percentile||1|
|Social score percentile||1|
|Governance score percentile||1|
|Level of controversy||1|
Principal Financial Group share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 37.54% of net profits
Recently Principal Financial Group has paid out, on average, around 37.54% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.54% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Principal Financial Group shareholders could enjoy a 3.54% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Principal Financial Group's case, that would currently equate to about $2.55 per share.
While Principal Financial Group's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Principal Financial Group may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Principal Financial Group's most recent dividend payout was on 29 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 September 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Principal Financial Group share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Principal Financial Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $60.5251 up to $79.8. 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 Principal Financial Group's is 1.2976. This would suggest that Principal Financial Group's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Principal Financial Group overview
Principal Financial Group, Inc. provides retirement, asset management, and insurance products and services to businesses, individuals, and institutional clients worldwide. The company operates through Retirement and Income Solutions, Principal Global Investors, Principal International, and U. S. Insurance Solutions segments. The Retirement and Income Solutions segment provides a portfolio of asset accumulation products and services for retirement savings and income. It offers products and services for defined contribution plans, including 401(k) and 403(b) plans, defined benefit pension plans, nonqualified executive benefit plans, employee stock ownership plans, equity compensation, and pension risk transfer services; individual retirement accounts; investment only products; and mutual funds, individual variable annuities, and bank products.
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Principal Financial Group is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 1.237% of Principal Financial Group shares are held by insiders and 77.181% by institutions. How many people work for Principal Financial Group?
Latest data suggests 18,600 work at Principal Financial Group. When does the fiscal year end for Principal Financial Group?
Principal Financial Group's fiscal year ends in December. Where is Principal Financial Group based?
Principal Financial Group's address is: 711 High Street, Des Moines, IA, United States, 50392 What is Principal Financial Group's ISIN number?
Principal Financial Group's international securities identification number is: US74251V1026 What is Principal Financial Group's CUSIP number?
Principal Financial Group's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 74251V102
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