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How to buy The Wendys Company stock | $21.92

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The Wendy's Company is a restaurants business based in the US. The Wendys Company shares (WEN) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. The Wendys Company employs 13,300 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.4 billion.

How to buy shares in The Wendys 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 The Wendys Company. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: WEN. 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 The Wendys 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$21.92, 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 The Wendys Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of The Wendys 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.

The Wendys Company share price

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The Wendys Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-28.
Latest market closeUSD$21.92
52-week rangeUSD$6.7668 - USD$24.8313
50-day moving average USD$22.417
200-day moving average USD$22.3356
Wall St. target priceUSD$25.09
PE ratio 49.281
Dividend yield USD$0.28 (1.25%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.459

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Is it a good time to buy The Wendys Company stock?

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The Wendys Company price performance over time

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Is The Wendys Company under- or over-valued?

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

The Wendys Company's P/E ratio

The Wendys 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 49x. In other words, The Wendys Company shares trade at around 49x 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.

The Wendys Company's PEG ratio

The Wendys Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.4669. 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 The Wendys 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.

The Wendys Company's EBITDA

The Wendys Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$383.8 million.

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

The Wendys Company financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.48%
Gross profit TTM USD$604.4 million
Return on assets TTM 3.11%
Return on equity TTM 18.04%
Profit margin 7.77%
Book value $2.327
Market capitalisation USD$5.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting The Wendys Company shares

There are currently 5.7 million The Wendys Company shares held short by investors – that's known as The Wendys Company's "short interest". This figure is 16% down from 6.8 million last month.

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

The Wendys Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

The Wendys Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The Wendys Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The Wendys Company shares traded daily (recently around 1.9 million). The Wendys Company's SIR currently stands at 2.94. In other words for every 100,000 The Wendys Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2940 shares are currently held short.

However The Wendys Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The Wendys Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable The Wendys Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case The Wendys Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 The Wendys Company shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0462% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable The Wendys Company shares, roughly 46 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 The Wendys Company.

Find out more about how you can short The Wendys Company stock.

The Wendys Company share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 60.42% of net profits

Recently The Wendys Company has paid out, on average, around 60.42% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.25% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), The Wendys Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.25% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The Wendys Company's case, that would currently equate to about $0.28 per share.

The Wendys 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.

The Wendys Company's most recent dividend payout was on 15 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have The Wendys Company's shares ever split?

The Wendys Company's shares were split on a 105:100 basis on 25 March 1986. So if you had owned 100 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 105 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your The Wendys Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 4.8% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for The Wendys Company shares which in turn could have impacted The Wendys Company's share price.

The Wendys Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The Wendys Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.7668 up to $24.8313. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WEN.US volatility(beta: 0.99)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while The Wendys Company's is 0.9921. This would suggest that The Wendys Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

The Wendys Company overview

The Wendy's Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a quick-service restaurant company. It operates through three segments: Wendy's U.S., Wendy's International, and Global Real Estate & Development. The company is involved in operating, developing, and franchising a system of quick-service restaurants specializing in hamburger sandwiches. As of December 29, 2019, it operated approximately 357 company owned restaurants; 5,495 franchised restaurants in the United States; and 936 franchised restaurants internationally. The company also owns and leases real estate properties. As of December 29, 2019, it owns 512 and leases 1,248 properties, which are leased or subleased primarily to franchisees. The company was formerly known as Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. and changed its name to The Wendy's Company in July 2011. The Wendy's Company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio.

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