How to buy Republic Services stock - 08 March

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How to buy Republic Services stock

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Republic Services, Inc is a waste management business based in the US. Republic Services shares (RSG) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Republic Services employs 35,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$10.2 billion.

How to buy shares in Republic Services

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Republic Services. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: RSG. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Republic Services reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Republic Services, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Republic Services. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Republic Services share price

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Republic Services shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$64.121 - USD$103.3291
50-day moving average USD$91.7976
200-day moving average USD$93.8882
Wall St. target priceUSD$106.25
PE ratio 30.2815
Dividend yield USD$1.66 (1.81%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.02

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Is it a good time to buy Republic Services stock?

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Is Republic Services under- or over-valued?

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

Republic Services's P/E ratio

Republic Services'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, Republic Services 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.

Republic Services's PEG ratio

Republic Services's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.0553. 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 Republic Services's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Republic Services's EBITDA

Republic Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$3 billion.

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

Republic Services financials

Revenue TTM USD$10.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.03%
Gross profit TTM USD$4.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.96%
Return on equity TTM 11.68%
Profit margin 9.53%
Book value $26.612
Market capitalisation USD$29.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Republic Services shares

There are currently 2.2 million Republic Services shares held short by investors – that's known as Republic Services's "short interest". This figure is 3% up from 2.2 million last month.

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

Republic Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Republic Services's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Republic Services shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Republic Services shares traded daily (recently around 1.2 million). Republic Services's SIR currently stands at 1.93. In other words for every 100,000 Republic Services shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1930 shares are currently held short.

However Republic Services's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Republic Services shares, or, against the total number of tradable Republic Services shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Republic Services's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Republic Services shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0106% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Republic Services shares, roughly 11 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 Republic Services.

Find out more about how you can short Republic Services stock.

Republic Services'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 Republic Services.

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

Republic Services's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 28.25

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Republic Services's overall score of 28.25 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 40th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Republic Services 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.).

Republic Services's environmental score

Environmental score: 15.98/100

Republic Services's environmental score of 15.98 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Republic Services is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Republic Services's social score

Social score: 11.45/100

Republic Services's social score of 11.45 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Republic Services is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Republic Services's governance score

Governance score: 9.33/100

Republic Services's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Republic Services is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Republic Services's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Republic Services, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 28.25
Total ESG percentile 39.68
Environmental score 15.98
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 11.45
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 9.33
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 3

Republic Services share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 46.93% of net profits

Recently Republic Services has paid out, on average, around 46.93% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.86% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Republic Services shareholders could enjoy a 1.86% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Republic Services's case, that would currently equate to about $1.66 per share.

While Republic Services's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Republic Services may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Republic Services's most recent dividend payout was on 15 April 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 31 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Republic Services's shares ever split?

Republic Services's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 19 March 2007. 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 Republic Services shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Republic Services shares which in turn could have impacted Republic Services's share price.

Republic Services share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Republic Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as $64.121 up to $103.3291. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RSG.US volatility(beta: 0.68)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 Republic Services's is 0.6777. This would suggest that Republic Services's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Republic Services overview

Republic Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, recycling, and environmental services in the United States. The company serves small-container, large-container, and municipal and residential customers. The company's collection services include curbside collection of material for transport to transfer stations, landfills, or recycling processing centers; supply of recycling and waste containers; and renting of compactors. It is also involved in the processing and sale of old corrugated containers, old newsprint, aluminum, glass, and other materials; and provision of landfill and transfer services. In addition, the company offers disposal of non-hazardous solid and liquid material and in-plant services, such as transportation and logistics. As of December 31, 2020, the company operated through 345 collection operations, 220 transfer stations, 186 active landfills, 76 recycling processing centers, 9 salt water disposal wells, and 7 deep injection wells, as well as 6 treatment, recovery, and disposal facilities in 41 states. It also operated 75 landfill gas-to-energy and renewable energy projects and had 128 closed landfills. The company was incorporated in 1996 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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