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How to buy Verizon Communications (VZ) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in Verizon Communications stocks.

Verizon Communications Inc is a telecom services business based in the US. Verizon Communications shares (VZ) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Verizon Communications employs 119,400 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$134.3 billion.

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How has Coronavirus impacted Verizon Communications's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Verizon Communications's stock price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was $38.93, which is 33.11% down on its pre-crash value of $58.2 and 25.46% down on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $48.84.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Verizon Communications stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $866.84 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $670.76.

Is it a good time to buy Verizon Communications stock?

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Verizon Communications shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-19.
Latest market close$38.93
52-week range$40.47 - $54.82
50-day moving average $45.01
200-day moving average $50.06
Wall St. target price$51.94
PE ratio 8.2831
Dividend yield $2.56 (6.33%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $4.98

Verizon Communications stock price (NYSE:VZ)

Use our graph to track the performance of VZ stocks over time.

Verizon Communications price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $38.93 from 2022-09-26

1 week (2022-09-16) -5.62%
1 month (2022-08-23) N/A
3 months (2022-06-24) -23.61%
6 months (2022-03-23) N/A
1 year (2021-09-27) -28.53%
2 years (2020-09-25) -34.45%
3 years (2019-09-27) 60.3
5 years (2017-09-27) 49.51

Is Verizon Communications under- or over-valued?

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

Verizon Communications's P/E ratio

Verizon Communications's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, Verizon Communications shares trade at around 8x 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.

Verizon Communications's PEG ratio

Verizon Communications's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.8889. 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 Verizon Communications's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Verizon Communications's EBITDA

Verizon Communications's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $43.1 billion.

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

Verizon Communications financials

Revenue TTM $134.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 19.84%
Gross profit TTM $77.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.63%
Return on equity TTM 26.24%
Profit margin 15.48%
Book value $20.48
Market capitalisation $173.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Verizon Communications'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 Verizon Communications.

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

Verizon Communications's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 17.59

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Verizon Communications's overall score of 17.59 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 18th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Verizon Communications's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.21/100

Verizon Communications's environmental score of 5.21 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Verizon Communications is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Verizon Communications's social score

Social score: 13.2/100

Verizon Communications's social score of 13.2 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Verizon Communications is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Verizon Communications's governance score

Governance score: 6.18/100

Verizon Communications's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Verizon Communications is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Verizon Communications's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Verizon Communications share dividends

48%

Dividend payout ratio: 47.82% of net profits

Recently Verizon Communications has paid out, on average, around 47.82% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.33% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Verizon Communications shareholders could enjoy a 6.33% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Verizon Communications's case, that would currently equate to about $2.56 per share.

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

Verizon Communications's most recent dividend payout was on 31 October 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 October 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Verizon Communications's shares ever split?

Verizon Communications's shares were split on a 1000000:93 basis on 1 July 2010. So if you had owned 93 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1000000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Verizon Communications shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 100% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Verizon Communications shares which in turn could have impacted Verizon Communications's share price.

Verizon Communications share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Verizon Communications's shares have ranged in value from as little as $40.47 up to $54.8203. 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 (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Verizon Communications's is 0.3368. This would suggest that Verizon Communications's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Verizon Communications overview

Verizon Communications Inc. , through its subsidiaries, offers communications, technology, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental entities worldwide. Its Consumer segment provides postpaid and prepaid service plans; internet access on notebook computers and tablets; wireless equipment, including smartphones and other handsets; and wireless-enabled internet devices, such as tablets, and other wireless-enabled connected devices comprising smart watches. It also provides residential fixed connectivity solutions, such as internet, video, and voice services; and sells network access to mobile virtual network operators. As of December 31, 2021, it had approximately 115 million wireless retail connections, 7 million wireline broadband connections, and 4 million Fios video connections. The company's Business segment provides network connectivity products, including private networking, private cloud connectivity, virtual and software defined networking, and internet access services; and internet protocol-based voice and video services, unified communications and collaboration tools, and customer contact center solutions. This segment also offers a suite of management and data security services; domestic and global voice and data solutions, such as voice calling, messaging services, conferencing, contact center solutions, and private line and data access networks; customer premises equipment; installation, maintenance, and site services; and Internet of Things products and services.

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