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How to buy Auto Trader Group (AUTO) stocks in Canada

Learn how to easily invest in Auto Trader Group stocks.

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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Auto Trader Group stock price (London Stock Exchange (LSE):AUTO)

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Auto Trader Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-24.
Latest market close648.60p
52-week range537.94p - 751.37p
50-day moving average 719.83p
200-day moving average 638.38p
Wall St. target price745.05p
PE ratio 32.4729
Dividend yield 0.077p (1.13%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 20.30p

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Auto Trader Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of 648.6p from 2022-01-27

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%
Profit margin 54.36%
Book value 0.46p
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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