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How to buy WestRock stock
Learn how to easily invest in WestRock stock.
WestRock is a packaging & containers business based in the US. WestRock shares (WRK) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. WestRock employs 50,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $21.3 billion.
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What's in this guide?
- WRK shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is WRK stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Is WRK suitable for ethical investing?
- Are WRK shares over-valued?
- WestRock's financials
- How volatile are WRK shares?
- Does WestRock pay a dividend?
- Have WRK shares ever split?
- Other common questions
WestRock stock price (NYSE: WRK)Use our graph to track the performance of WRK stocks over time.
WestRock shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$36.68|
|52-week range||$29.85 - $53.76|
|50-day moving average||$36.39|
|200-day moving average||$40.06|
|Wall St. target price||$40.75|
|Dividend yield||$1 (2.97%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$3.61|
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WestRock price performance over time
|1 week (2023-01-20)||-1.24%|
|1 month (2022-12-27)||3.03%|
|3 months (2022-10-27)||8.84%|
|6 months (2022-07-27)||-12.14%|
|1 year (2022-01-27)||-16.37%|
|2 years (2021-01-27)||-12.27%|
|3 years (2020-01-27)||40.07|
|5 years (2018-01-26)||70.27|
Is WestRock stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing WestRock stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of WestRock's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
WestRock's P/E ratio
WestRock's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, WestRock shares trade at around 10x 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.
WestRock's PEG ratio
WestRock's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.0912. 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 WestRock's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
WestRock's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $3.3 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a WestRock's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$21.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||8.79%|
|Gross profit TTM||$4 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||4.05%|
|Return on equity TTM||8.21%|
|Market capitalisation||$9.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
WestRock'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 WestRock.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
WestRock's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 64.95
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and WestRock's overall score of 64.95 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 38th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like WestRock 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.).
WestRock's environmental score
Environmental score: 64.02/100
WestRock's environmental score of 64.02 puts it squarely in the 27th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WestRock is doing better than many of its peers in terms of its environmental impact, and so perhaps exposed to a slightly lower level of risk.
WestRock's social score
Social score: 67.31/100
WestRock's social score of 67.31 puts it squarely in the 49th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WestRock is pretty average in terms of looking after its workforce and social impact.
WestRock's governance score
Governance score: 68.35/100
WestRock's governance score puts it squarely in the 45th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that WestRock is better than many of its peers in terms of responsible leadership, and so perhaps exposed to a slightly lower level of risk.
WestRock's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. WestRock scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that WestRock has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||64.95|
|Total ESG percentile||37.88|
|Environmental score percentile||27.02|
|Social score percentile||48.74|
|Governance score percentile||45.04|
|Level of controversy||2|
WestRock share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 21.4% of net profits
Recently WestRock has paid out, on average, around 21.4% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.97% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), WestRock shareholders could enjoy a 2.97% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In WestRock's case, that would currently equate to about $1 per share.
While WestRock's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that WestRock is investing more in its future growth.
WestRock's most recent dividend payout was on 22 November 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 November 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have WestRock's shares ever split?
WestRock's shares were split on a 11099:1000 basis on 15 May 2016. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 11099 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your WestRock shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 91% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for WestRock shares which in turn could have impacted WestRock's share price.
WestRock share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, WestRock's shares have ranged in value from as little as $29.846 up to $53.7648. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while WestRock's is 1.142. This would suggest that WestRock's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
WestRock Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides fiber-based paper and packaging solutions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It operates in four segments, Corrugated Packaging, Consumer Packaging, Global Paper, and Distribution. The Corrugated Packaging segment produces containerboards, corrugated sheets, corrugated packaging, and preprinted linerboards to consumer and industrial products manufacturers, and corrugated box manufacturers. It also provides structural and graphic design, engineering services and custom, and proprietary and standard automated packaging machines, as well as turn-key installation, automation, line integration, and packaging solutions; and pack temporary displays, as well as lithographic laminated packaging products. The Consumer Packaging segment manufactures and sells folding cartons that are used to package food, paper, beverages, dairy products, tobacco, confectionery, health and beauty, other household consumer products; and express mail packages for the overnight courier industry. It also offers inserts and labels, as well as rigid packaging and other printed packaging products, such as transaction cards, brochures, product literature, marketing materials, and grower tags, and plant stakes; and secondary packages and paperboard packaging for over-the-counter and prescription drugs. In addition, this segment manufactures and sells solid fiber and corrugated partitions, and die-cut paperboard components.
WestRock in the news
Analysts Estimate WestRock (WRK) to Report a Decline in Earnings: What to Look Out for
WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) is favoured by institutional owners who hold 88% of the company
WestRock Company's (NYSE:WRK) Intrinsic Value Is Potentially 90% Above Its Share Price
Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of WestRock is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.663% of WestRock shares are held by insiders and 90.466% by institutions. How many people work for WestRock?
Latest data suggests 50,500 work at WestRock. When does the fiscal year end for WestRock?
WestRock's fiscal year ends in September. Where is WestRock based?
WestRock's address is: 1000 Abernathy Road NE, Atlanta, GA, United States, 30328 What is WestRock's ISIN number?
WestRock's international securities identification number is: US96145D1054 What is WestRock's CUSIP number?
WestRock's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 96145D105
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