Auto Trader Group is an internet content & information business based in the UK. Auto Trader Group stocks (AUTO.LSE) are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and all prices are listed in pence sterling. Its last market close was 619.4p – a decrease of 5.12% over the previous week. Auto Trader Group employs 980 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £360 million.
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- Is Auto Trader Group stock a buy or sell?
- Auto Trader Group performance over time
- Are Auto Trader Group shares over-valued?
- Auto Trader Group's financials
- How volatile are Auto Trader Group shares?
- Does Auto Trader Group pay a dividend?
- Other common questions
Auto Trader Group stock price (London Stock Exchange (LSE):AUTO)Use our graph to track the performance of AUTO stocks over time.
Auto Trader Group shares at a glance
|Latest market close||648.60p|
|52-week range||537.94p - 751.37p|
|50-day moving average||719.83p|
|200-day moving average||638.38p|
|Wall St. target price||745.05p|
|Dividend yield||0.077p (1.13%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||20.30p|
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Is it a good time to buy Auto Trader Group stock?
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Auto Trader Group price performance over time
|1 week (2022-01-18)||-5.29%|
|1 month (2021-12-24)||N/A|
|3 months (2021-10-27)||6.96%|
|6 months (2021-07-28)||-0.15%|
|1 year (2021-01-28)||11.18%|
|2 years (2020-01-28)||12.14%|
|3 years (2019-01-28)||43.21%|
|5 years (2017-01-27)||66.95%|
Is Auto Trader Group under- or over-valued?
Valuing Auto Trader Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Auto Trader Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Auto Trader Group's P/E ratio
Auto Trader Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 32x. In other words, Auto Trader Group shares trade at around 32x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Auto Trader Group's EBITDA
Auto Trader Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £244 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Auto Trader Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Auto Trader Group financials
|Revenue TTM||£360 million|
|Operating margin TTM||67.06%|
|Gross profit TTM||£262.8 million|
|Return on assets TTM||29.27%|
|Return on equity TTM||47.95%|
|Market capitalisation||£6.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Auto Trader Group share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 36.67% of net profits
Recently Auto Trader Group has paid out, on average, around 36.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.13% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Auto Trader Group shareholders could enjoy a 1.13% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Auto Trader Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.077p per share.
While Auto Trader Group's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Auto Trader Group may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 January 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Auto Trader Group share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Auto Trader Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 537.9377p up to 751.3725p. 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 (LSE average) beta is 1, while Auto Trader Group's is 0.2899. This would suggest that Auto Trader Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Auto Trader Group overview
Auto Trader Group plc operates in the digital automotive marketplace in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It offers its products to retailers, home traders, and logistics firms; vehicle advertisement on its websites for private sellers, as well as insurance and loan financing products to consumers; and display advertising on its websites for manufacturers and their advertising agencies. Auto Trader Group plc was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Manchester, the United Kingdom. .
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