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How to buy Metro (MRU) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in Metro stocks.

Metro is a grocery stores business based in Canada. Metro stocks (MRU.TO) are listed on the TO and all prices are listed in Canadian Dollars. Its last market close was C$66.99 – a decrease of 3.01% over the previous week. Metro employs 90,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around C$18.3 billion.

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  3. Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – MRU – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

Metro stock price (TO:MRU)

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Metro shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-19.
Latest market closeC$64.76
52-week rangeC$51.99 - C$68.34
50-day moving average C$64.97
200-day moving average C$61.64
Wall St. target priceC$68.90
PE ratio 19.9099
Dividend yield C$1 (1.5%)
Earnings per share (TTM) C$3.33

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Is it a good time to buy Metro stock?

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Metro price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of C$64.76 from 2022-01-20

1 week (2022-01-14) -3.01%
1 month (2021-12-21) -3.37%
3 months (2021-10-21) 4.43%
6 months (2021-07-21) 5.40%
1 year (2021-01-21) 12.90%
2 years (2020-01-21) 18.59%
3 years (2019-01-21) 31.17%
5 years (2017-01-20) 57.18%

Is Metro under- or over-valued?

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

Metro's P/E ratio

Metro'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, Metro shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.

Metro's PEG ratio

Metro's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.92. 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 Metro's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Metro's EBITDA

Metro's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is C$1.7 billion.

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

Metro financials

Revenue TTM C$18.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.46%
Gross profit TTM C$2.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.31%
Return on equity TTM 13.14%
Profit margin 4.5%
Book value C$26.34
Market capitalisation C$16 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Metro'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 Metro.

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

Metro's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 22.59

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Metro's overall score of 22.59 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 27th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Metro's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.19/100

Metro's environmental score of 8.19 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Metro is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Metro's social score

Social score: 12.26/100

Metro's social score of 12.26 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Metro is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Metro's governance score

Governance score: 11.63/100

Metro's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Metro is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Metro's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Metro share dividends

29%

Dividend payout ratio: 29.07% of net profits

Recently Metro has paid out, on average, around 29.07% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.5% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Metro shareholders could enjoy a 1.5% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Metro's case, that would currently equate to about C$1 per share.

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

Metro's most recent dividend payout was on 9 November 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 21 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Metro's shares ever split?

Metro's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 12 February 2015. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Metro shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Metro shares which in turn could have impacted Metro's share price.

Metro share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Metro's shares have ranged in value from as little as C$51.9879 up to C$68.34. 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 Metro's is -0.0912. This would suggest that Metro's shares have been inversely-correlated to the average (for this exchange) – so when the broader market trended up or down, Metro has bucked the trend.

Metro overview

Metro Inc. operates as a retailer, franchisor, distributor, and manufacturer in the food and pharmaceutical sectors in Canada. It operates supermarkets and discount stores that provide fresh and grocery products, baked goods, prepared foods, meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, frozen foods, bakery products, and pastries, as well as Mediterranean and Middle Eastern products. As of September 25, 2021, the company operated a network of approximately 963 food stores under various banners, including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C, and Food Basics, Adonis, and Premiere Moisson as well as approximately 649 drugstores primarily under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy, and Food Basics Pharmacy banners. It also manufactures generic drugs; and provides online grocery shopping services. Metro Inc. was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.

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