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How to buy Fortis (FTS) stocks
Learn how to buy Fortis stock in 5 easy steps.
Fortis is an utilities-regulated electric business based in Canada. Fortis stocks (FTS.TO) are listed on the TO and all prices are listed in Canadian Dollars. Its last market close was C$56.81 – a decrease of 2.49% over the previous week. Fortis employs 9,200 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around C$11.5 billion.
How to buy Fortis stock
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- Fund your account. Deposit funds unto your account by linking your banking information or transfer funds from another trading account.
- Search for the stock name – FTS. Search for the stock by name or ticker symbol.
- Buy the stock. Place your order. It's that simple.
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Fortis?
- Has coronavirus impacted Fortis shares?
- Fortis shares summary
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- Is Fortis stock a buy or sell?
- Fortis performance over time
- Is Fortis suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Fortis shares over-valued?
- Fortis's financials
- How volatile are Fortis shares?
- Does Fortis pay a dividend?
- Have Fortis shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Fortis stock price (TO:FTS)Use our graph to track the performance of FTS stocks over time.
Fortis shares at a glance
|Latest market close||C$56.81|
|52-week range||C$47.01 - C$61.52|
|50-day moving average||C$58.90|
|200-day moving average||C$55.99|
|Wall St. target price||C$60.57|
|Dividend yield||C$2.2 (3.93%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||C$2.94|
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Is it a good time to buy Fortis stock?
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Fortis price performance over time
Historical closes compared with the close of C$56.81 from 2023-05-30
|1 week (2023-05-25)||-1.18%|
|1 month (2023-05-01)||-4.55%|
|3 months (2023-03-01)||6.23%|
|6 months (2022-12-01)||4.93%|
|1 year (2022-06-01)||-9.80%|
|2 years (2021-06-01)||4.35%|
|3 years (2020-06-01)||6.93%|
|5 years (2018-06-01)||37.85%|
Is Fortis stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing Fortis stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Fortis's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Fortis's P/E ratio
Fortis's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Fortis shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.
Fortis's PEG ratio
Fortis's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.6614. 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 Fortis's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Fortis's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is C$4.7 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Fortis's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||C$11.5 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||25.83%|
|Gross profit TTM||C$4.4 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||3.03%|
|Return on equity TTM||7.28%|
|Market capitalisation||C$27.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Fortis'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 Fortis.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Fortis's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 30.93
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Fortis's overall score of 30.93 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 56th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Fortis 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.).
Fortis's environmental score
Environmental score: 13.88/100
Fortis's environmental score of 13.88 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fortis is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Fortis's social score
Social score: 9.05/100
Fortis's social score of 9.05 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fortis is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Fortis's governance score
Governance score: 6/100
Fortis's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Fortis is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Fortis's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Fortis scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Fortis has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Fortis share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 76.63% of net profits
Recently Fortis has paid out, on average, around 76.63% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.93% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Fortis shareholders could enjoy a 3.93% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Fortis's case, that would currently equate to about C$2.2 per share.
Fortis'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.
Fortis's most recent dividend payout was on 1 June 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 May 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Fortis's shares ever split?
Fortis's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 12 October 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Fortis shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Fortis shares which in turn could have impacted Fortis's share price.
Fortis share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Fortis's shares have ranged in value from as little as C$47.0087 up to C$61.5162. 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 (TO average) beta is 1, while Fortis's is 0.1695. This would suggest that Fortis's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Fortis Inc. operates as an electric and gas utility company in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean countries. It generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to approximately 443,000 retail customers in southeastern Arizona; and 102,000 retail customers in Arizona's Mohave and Santa Cruz counties with an aggregate capacity of 3,328 megawatts (MW), including 68 MW of solar capacity and 250 MV of wind capacity. The company also sells wholesale electricity to other entities in the western United States; owns gas-fired and hydroelectric generating capacity totaling 65 MW; and distributes natural gas to approximately 1,076,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in British Columbia, Canada. In addition, it owns and operates the electricity distribution system that serves approximately 584,000 customers in southern and central Alberta; owns 4 hydroelectric generating facilities with a combined capacity of 225 MW; and provides operation, maintenance, and management services to five hydroelectric generating facilities. Further, the company distributes electricity in the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador with an installed generating capacity of 143 MW; and on Prince Edward Island with a generating capacity of 90 MW. Additionally, it provides integrated electric utility service to approximately 68,000 customers in Ontario; approximately 274,000 customers in Newfoundland and Labrador; approximately 33,000 customers on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and approximately 17,000 customers on certain islands in Turks and Caicos.
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