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How to buy Sonoco Products Company stock | $61.74

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Sonoco Products Company is a packaging & containers business based in the US. Sonoco Products Company shares (SON) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Sonoco Products Company employs 23,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$5.2 billion.

How to buy shares in Sonoco Products Company

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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 Sonoco Products Company. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SON. 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 Sonoco Products Company 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$61.74, 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 Sonoco Products Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Sonoco Products Company. 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.

Sonoco Products Company share price

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Sonoco Products Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-03.
Latest market closeUSD$61.74
52-week rangeUSD$36.3576 - USD$60.411
50-day moving average USD$54.962
200-day moving average USD$53.0902
Wall St. target priceUSD$60.5
PE ratio 22.4138
Dividend yield USD$1.72 (2.94%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.61

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Is it a good time to buy Sonoco Products Company stock?

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Sonoco Products Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $61.74 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-08) 2.15%
1 month (2020-12-15) 2.64%
3 months (2020-10-15) 10.92%
6 months (2020-07-15) 15.23%
1 year (2020-01-15) 3.69%
2 years (2019-01-15) 14.93%
3 years (2018-01-15) N/A
5 years (2016-01-15) 61.71%

Is Sonoco Products Company under- or over-valued?

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

Sonoco Products Company's P/E ratio

Sonoco Products Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, Sonoco Products Company shares trade at around 22x 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.

Sonoco Products Company's PEG ratio

Sonoco Products Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 34.4579. 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 Sonoco Products Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Sonoco Products Company's EBITDA

Sonoco Products Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$744.9 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Sonoco Products Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Sonoco Products Company financials

Revenue TTM USD$5.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.52%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.72%
Return on equity TTM 14.13%
Profit margin 5.11%
Book value $18.634
Market capitalisation USD$5.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Sonoco Products Company shares

There are currently 1.6 million Sonoco Products Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Sonoco Products Company's "short interest". This figure is 2.4% down from 1.7 million last month.

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

Sonoco Products Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Sonoco Products Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Sonoco Products Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Sonoco Products Company shares traded daily (recently around 512537.30407524). Sonoco Products Company's SIR currently stands at 3.19. In other words for every 100,000 Sonoco Products Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3190 shares are currently held short.

However Sonoco Products Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Sonoco Products Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Sonoco Products Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Sonoco Products Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Sonoco Products Company shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.021% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Sonoco Products Company shares, roughly 21 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 Sonoco Products Company.

Find out more about how you can short Sonoco Products Company stock.

Sonoco Products Company'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 Sonoco Products Company.

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

Sonoco Products Company's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 24.08

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Sonoco Products Company's overall score of 24.08 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 24th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Sonoco Products Company 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.).

Sonoco Products Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 20.4/100

Sonoco Products Company's environmental score of 20.4 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sonoco Products Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Sonoco Products Company's social score

Social score: 6.59/100

Sonoco Products Company's social score of 6.59 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sonoco Products Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Sonoco Products Company's governance score

Governance score: 8.09/100

Sonoco Products Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Sonoco Products Company 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

Sonoco Products Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 24.08
Total ESG percentile 24.48
Environmental score 20.4
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 6.59
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 8.09
Governance score percentile 9

Sonoco Products Company share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 51.5% of net profits

Recently Sonoco Products Company has paid out, on average, around 51.5% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.94% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Sonoco Products Company shareholders could enjoy a 2.94% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Sonoco Products Company's case, that would currently equate to about $1.72 per share.

Sonoco Products Company'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.

Sonoco Products Company's most recent dividend payout was on 10 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Sonoco Products Company's shares ever split?

Sonoco Products Company's shares were split on a 11:10 basis on 13 May 1998. So if you had owned 10 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 11 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Sonoco Products Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9.1% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Sonoco Products Company shares which in turn could have impacted Sonoco Products Company's share price.

Sonoco Products Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Sonoco Products Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $36.3576 up to $60.411. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SON.US volatility(beta: 0.74)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 Sonoco Products Company's is 0.7435. This would suggest that Sonoco Products Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Sonoco Products Company overview

Sonoco Products Company manufactures and sells industrial and consumer packaging products in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company operates through four segments: Consumer Packaging, Display and Packaging, Paper and Industrial Converted Products, and Protective Solutions. The Consumer Packaging segment offers composite and thermoformed plastic round and shaped rigid containers and trays; extruded and injection-molded plastic products; printed flexible packaging products; brand artwork management; and metal and peelable membrane ends and closures. The Display and Packaging segment offers point-of-purchase displays; supply chain management services comprising contract packing, fulfillment, and scalable service centers; retail packaging, including printed backer cards, thermoformed blisters, and heat sealing equipment; and paper amenities, such as coasters and glass covers. The Paper and Industrial Converted Products segment provides paperboard tubes, cones, and cores; fiber-based construction tubes and forms; wooden, metal, and composite wire and cable reels and spools; and recycled paperboard, linerboard, corrugating medium, recovered paper, and material recycling services. The Protective Solutions segment provides custom-engineered, paperboard-based, and expanded foam protective packaging and components; and temperature-assurance packaging products. The company sells its products in various markets, which include paper, textile, film, food, chemical, packaging, construction, and wire and cable. Sonoco Products Company was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Hartsville, South Carolina.

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