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How to buy Cerner (CERN) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in Cerner stocks.

Cerner is a health care technology business based in the US. Cerner stocks (CERN.US) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $93.14 – the same closing value as a week prior. Cerner employs 25,150 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $5.8 billion.

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Cerner stock price (NASDAQ:CERN)

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Cerner shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-25.
Latest market close$94.92
52-week range$68.68 - $95.40
50-day moving average $93.94
200-day moving average $85.47
Wall St. target price$94.40
PE ratio 48.0608
Dividend yield $0.98 (1.14%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.98

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Is it a good time to buy Cerner stock?

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Cerner price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $94.92 from 2022-06-08

1 week (2022-09-19) N/A
1 month (2022-08-26) N/A
3 months (2022-06-26) N/A
6 months (2022-03-28) 1.39%
1 year (2021-09-30) 34.60%
2 years (2020-09-30) 31.30%
3 years (2019-09-30) 39.24%
5 years (2017-09-29) 33.09%

Is Cerner under- or over-valued?

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

Cerner's P/E ratio

Cerner's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 48x. In other words, Cerner shares trade at around 48x 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.

Cerner's PEG ratio

Cerner's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 5.6623. 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 Cerner's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Cerner's EBITDA

Cerner's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.6 billion.

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

Cerner financials

Revenue TTM $5.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 19.32%
Gross profit TTM $4.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.18%
Return on equity TTM 14.34%
Profit margin 10.15%
Book value $13.30
Market capitalisation $27.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Cerner'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 Cerner.

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

Cerner's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 28.12

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Cerner's overall score of 28.12 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 29th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Cerner's environmental score

Environmental score: 7.14/100

Cerner's environmental score of 7.14 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Cerner is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Cerner's social score

Social score: 17.39/100

Cerner's social score of 17.39 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Cerner is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Cerner's governance score

Governance score: 11.59/100

Cerner's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Cerner is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Cerner's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Cerner scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Cerner has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Cerner share dividends

22%

Dividend payout ratio: 21.84% of net profits

Recently Cerner has paid out, on average, around 21.84% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.14% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Cerner shareholders could enjoy a 1.14% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Cerner's case, that would currently equate to about $0.98 per share.

While Cerner's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Cerner is investing more in its future growth.

Cerner's most recent dividend payout was on 19 April 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 25 March 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Cerner's shares ever split?

Cerner's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 July 2013. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Cerner shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Cerner shares which in turn could have impacted Cerner's share price.

Cerner share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Cerner's shares have ranged in value from as little as $68.6783 up to $95.4. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CERN.US volatility(beta: 0.76)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 Cerner's is 0.7613. This would suggest that Cerner's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Cerner overview

Cerner Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides health care information technology solutions and tech-enabled services in the United States and internationally. It offers Cerner Millennium architecture, a person-centric computing framework, which includes clinical, financial, and management information systems that allow providers to access an individual's electronic health record (EHR) at the point of care, and organizes and delivers information for physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, front- and back-office professionals, and consumers. The company also provides HealtheIntent platform, a cloud-based platform to aggregate, transform, and reconcile data across the continuum of care; and CareAware, an EHR agnostic platform that facilitates connectivity of health care devices to EHRs. In addition, it offers a portfolio of clinical and financial healthcare information technology solutions, as well as departmental and care coordination solutions. Further, the company provides tech-enabled services, such as implementation and training, remote hosting, application management, revenue cycle, support and maintenance, health care data analysis, real-world evidence, clinical process optimization, transaction processing, employer health centers, and data-driven services; and complementary hardware and devices for third parties. It serves integrated delivery networks, physician groups and networks, managed care organizations, hospitals, medical centers, free-standing reference laboratories, home health agencies, blood banks, imaging centers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, employers, governments, and public health organizations. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in North Kansas City, Missouri.

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