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How to buy Sempra Energy stock | $135.44

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Sempra Energy is an utilities—diversified business based in the US. Sempra Energy shares (SRE) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Sempra Energy employs 18,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$11.3 billion.

How to buy shares in Sempra Energy

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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 Sempra Energy. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SRE. 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 Sempra Energy 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. At last close price of USD$135.44, 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 Sempra Energy, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Sempra Energy. 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.

Sempra Energy share price

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Sempra Energy shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$135.44
52-week range USD$88 - USD$161.87
50-day moving average USD$121.3591
200-day moving average USD$123.4349
Wall St. target price USD$143.81
PE ratio 17.646
Dividend yield USD$4.18 (3.27%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$14.533

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Is it a good time to buy Sempra Energy stock?

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Sempra Energy price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $135.44 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-25) 2.64%
1 month (2020-11-06) 8.50%
3 months (2020-09-04) 12.04%
6 months (2020-06-05) 1.23%
1 year (2019-12-05) -8.11%
2 years (2018-12-04) 15.90%
3 years (2017-12-05) 16.54%
5 years (2015-12-04) 38.67%

Is Sempra Energy under- or over-valued?

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

Sempra Energy's P/E ratio

Sempra Energy's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, Sempra Energy shares trade at around 18x 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.

Sempra Energy's PEG ratio

Sempra Energy's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.8606. 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 Sempra Energy's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Sempra Energy's EBITDA

Sempra Energy's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$4.7 billion.

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

Sempra Energy financials

Revenue TTM USD$11.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 27.31%
Gross profit TTM USD$4.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.93%
Return on equity TTM 11.05%
Profit margin 39.12%
Book value $69.826
Market capitalisation USD$37.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Sempra Energy shares

There are currently 4.9 million Sempra Energy shares held short by investors – that's known as Sempra Energy's "short interest". This figure is 10.8% down from 5.5 million last month.

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

Sempra Energy's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Sempra Energy's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Sempra Energy shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Sempra Energy shares traded daily (recently around 1.5 million). Sempra Energy's SIR currently stands at 3.35. In other words for every 100,000 Sempra Energy shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3350 shares are currently held short.

However Sempra Energy's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Sempra Energy shares, or, against the total number of tradable Sempra Energy shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Sempra Energy's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Sempra Energy shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0194% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Sempra Energy shares, roughly 19 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 Sempra Energy.

Find out more about how you can short Sempra Energy stock.

Sempra Energy'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 Sempra Energy.

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

Sempra Energy's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 32.96

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Sempra Energy's overall score of 32.96 (as at 10/01/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 62nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Sempra Energy's environmental score

Environmental score: 16.57/100

Sempra Energy's environmental score of 16.57 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sempra Energy is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Sempra Energy's social score

Social score: 12.28/100

Sempra Energy's social score of 12.28 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sempra Energy is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Sempra Energy's governance score

Governance score: 11.11/100

Sempra Energy's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Sempra Energy is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Sempra Energy's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Sempra Energy was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 32.96
Total ESG percentile 62.06
Environmental score 16.57
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 12.28
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 11.11
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 3

Sempra Energy share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 52.73% of net profits

Recently Sempra Energy has paid out, on average, around 52.73% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.27% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Sempra Energy shareholders could enjoy a 3.27% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Sempra Energy's case, that would currently equate to about $4.18 per share.

Sempra Energy'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.

Sempra Energy's most recent dividend payout was on 15 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Sempra Energy's shares ever split?

Sempra Energy's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 28 May 1992. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Sempra Energy shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Sempra Energy shares which in turn could have impacted Sempra Energy's share price.

Sempra Energy share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Sempra Energy's shares have ranged in value from as little as $88 up to $161.87. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SRE.US volatility(beta: 0.71)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 Sempra Energy's is 0.7115. This would suggest that Sempra Energy's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Sempra Energy overview

Sempra Energy operates as an energy-services holding company in the United States and internationally. The company's San Diego Gas & Electric Company segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and supplies natural gas. It provides electric services to a population of approximately 3.7 million and natural gas services to approximately 3.4 million of that population covering an area of 4,100 square miles. Its Southern California Gas Company segment owns and operates a natural gas distribution, transmission, and storage system that supplies natural gas to a population of approximately 22 million covering an area of 24,000 square miles. The company's Sempra Texas Utilities segment is involved in the regulated transmission and distribution of electricity serving approximately 3.6 million homes and businesses, and operating approximately 139,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines. Its transmission system included 17,799 circuit miles of transmission lines, 349 transmission stations, and 775 distribution substations; distribution system consisted of 121,747 miles of overhead and underground lines; and approximately 65 miles of electric transmission lines. Its Sempra Mexico segment develops, owns and operates, or holds interests in natural gas, electric, liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquid petroleum gas (LPG), ethane, and liquid fuels infrastructure; and engages in the purchase of LNG, and purchase and sale of natural gas. This segment operates a natural-gas-fired combined-cycle plant, and wind and solar power generation facilities. Its assets/facilities consisted of 1,850 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines, 13 compressor stations, 139 miles of ethane pipelines, 118 miles of LPG pipelines, and one LPG storage terminal. The company's Sempra LNG segment develops and holds interest in export of LNG; and owns, operates, buys, sells, and transports natural gas. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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