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How to buy General Dynamics Corporation (GD) shares

Learn how to easily invest in General Dynamics Corporation shares.

General Dynamics Corporation is an aerospace & defense business based in the US. General Dynamics Corporation stocks (GD.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $201.93 – an increase of 3.63% over the previous week. General Dynamics Corporation employs 103,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $38.5 billion.

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General Dynamics Corporation stock price (NYSE:GD)

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General Dynamics Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-05-23.
Latest market close$221.26
52-week range$179.61 - $253.66
50-day moving average $236.68
200-day moving average $213.54
Wall St. target price$270.93
PE ratio 18.2682
Dividend yield $4.83 (2.36%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $11.69

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Is it a good time to buy General Dynamics Corporation stock?

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General Dynamics Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $221.26 from 2022-05-26

1 week (2022-05-18) -2.09%
1 month (2022-04-27) -7.80%
3 months (2022-02-25) -2.95%
6 months (2021-11-26) 14.42%
1 year (2021-05-27) 16.04%
2 years (2020-05-27) 47.07%
3 years (2019-05-24) 34.89%
5 years (2017-05-26) 9.40%

Is General Dynamics Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

General Dynamics Corporation's P/E ratio

General Dynamics Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, General Dynamics Corporation shares trade at around 18x 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.

General Dynamics Corporation's PEG ratio

General Dynamics Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.009. 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 General Dynamics Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

General Dynamics Corporation's EBITDA

General Dynamics Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $5.3 billion.

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

General Dynamics Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $38.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.39%
Gross profit TTM $6.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.43%
Return on equity TTM 19.66%
Profit margin 8.52%
Book value $64.99
Market capitalisation $59.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

General Dynamics Corporation'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 General Dynamics Corporation.

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

General Dynamics Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 35.89

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and General Dynamics Corporation's overall score of 35.89 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 81st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

General Dynamics Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.86/100

General Dynamics Corporation's environmental score of 9.86 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Dynamics Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

General Dynamics Corporation's social score

Social score: 18.69/100

General Dynamics Corporation's social score of 18.69 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Dynamics Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

General Dynamics Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 8.34/100

General Dynamics Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that General Dynamics Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

General Dynamics Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. General Dynamics Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that General Dynamics Corporation hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

General Dynamics Corporation share dividends

41%

Dividend payout ratio: 41.35% of net profits

Recently General Dynamics Corporation has paid out, on average, around 41.35% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.36% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), General Dynamics Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.36% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In General Dynamics Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $4.83 per share.

While General Dynamics Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that General Dynamics Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

General Dynamics Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 6 May 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 April 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have General Dynamics Corporation's shares ever split?

General Dynamics Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 27 March 2006. 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 General Dynamics Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for General Dynamics Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted General Dynamics Corporation's share price.

General Dynamics Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, General Dynamics Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $179.6052 up to $253.6555. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GD.US volatility(beta: 0.94)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while General Dynamics Corporation's is 0.9384. This would suggest that General Dynamics Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

General Dynamics Corporation overview

General Dynamics Corporation operates as an aerospace and defense company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Aerospace, Marine Systems, Combat Systems, and Technologies. The Aerospace segment designs, manufactures, and sells business jets; and offers aircraft maintenance and repair, management, charter, aircraft-on-ground support and completion, staffing, and fixed-base operator services. The Marine Systems segment designs and builds nuclear-powered submarines, surface combatants, and auxiliary ships for the United States Navy and Jones Act ships for commercial customers, as well as builds crude oil and product tankers, and container and cargo ships. This segment also provides navy ships maintenance and modernization services; lifecycle support and repair services for navy surface ships; and program management, planning, engineering, and design support services for submarines and surface ships. The Combat Systems segment manufactures land combat solutions, such as wheeled and tracked combat vehicles, Stryker wheeled combat vehicles, piranha vehicles, weapons systems, munitions, mobile bridge systems with payloads, tactical vehicles, main battle tanks, armored vehicles, and armaments. This segment also offers modernization programs, engineering, support, and sustainment services.

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