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How to buy SAP stock

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SAP SE is a software-application business based in the US. SAP shares (SAP) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. SAP employs 102,430 staff and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of USD$149.4 billion.

How to buy shares in SAP

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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 SAP. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SAP. 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 SAP 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 SAP, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of SAP. 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.

SAP share price

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SAP shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$89.585 - USD$169.3
50-day moving average USD$129.3564
200-day moving average USD$137.7561
Wall St. target priceUSD$149.96
PE ratio 30.1546
Dividend yield USD$1.631 (1.31%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.139

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Is it a good time to buy SAP stock?

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Is SAP under- or over-valued?

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

SAP's P/E ratio

SAP'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, SAP 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.

SAP's PEG ratio

SAP's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.8538. 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 SAP's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

SAP financials

Gross profit TTM USD$19.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.37%
Return on equity TTM 17.39%
Profit margin 18.81%
Book value $26.308
Market capitalisation USD$149.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting SAP shares

There are currently 2.8 million SAP shares held short by investors – that's known as SAP's "short interest". This figure is 21.3% up from 2.3 million last month.

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

SAP's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

SAP's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of SAP shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of SAP shares traded daily (recently around 1.1 million). SAP's SIR currently stands at 2.43. In other words for every 100,000 SAP shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2430 shares are currently held short.

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

Find out more about how you can short SAP stock.

SAP share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 27.25% of net profits

Recently SAP has paid out, on average, around 27.25% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.39% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), SAP shareholders could enjoy a 1.39% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In SAP's case, that would currently equate to about $1.631 per share.

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

SAP's most recent dividend payout was on 2 June 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 21 May 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have SAP's shares ever split?

SAP's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 28 July 1998. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your SAP shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for SAP shares which in turn could have impacted SAP's share price.

SAP share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, SAP's shares have ranged in value from as little as $89.585 up to $169.3. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SAP.US volatility(beta: 0.95)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 SAP's is 0.9537. This would suggest that SAP's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

SAP overview

SAP SE operates as an enterprise application software, and analytics and business intelligence company worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Applications, Technology & Services; SAP Business Network; and Customer Experience. It offers SAP HANA, which enables businesses to process and analyze live data; SAP Data Hub, a solution for businesses to manage data from various sources; and SAP Cloud platform that offers an enterprise platform-as-a-service. The company also provides SAP Leonardo, a system that combines design thinking services with intelligent technologies for business processes; SAP Analytics Cloud, which leverages the intersection of business intelligence, planning, and predictive analytics; SAP BW/4HANA, a data warehouse solution; SAP S/4HANA, an enterprise resource planning suite for intelligent enterprises; SAP Integrated Business Planning solutions that deliver real-time supply chain planning capabilities; and SAP Business One, an on-premise and cloud business application. In addition, it offers SAP Fiori, an user experience interface; SAP SuccessFactors Human Capital Management solutions that help organizations enhance the value of their workforce; SAP Fieldglass, a cloud-based application for external workforce management and services procurement; SAP Ariba, an online business-to-business marketplace; and SAP Concur, a travel and expense management software. Further, the company provides SAP MaxAttention to turn ideas into value-based predictable outcomes; and SAP ActiveAttention program to support smaller businesses. Additionally, it offers SAP Enterprise Support services that provides proactive, predictive, and preventive support for customers across hybrid landscapes; and SAP Preferred Success, which provides prescriptive customer success activities for accelerated cloud adoption. SAP SE has strategic alliance with NTT Corporation. SAP SE was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Walldorf, Germany.

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