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How to buy Mastercard (MA) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Mastercard shares.

Mastercard Incorporated (MA) is a leading credit services business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$364.32 after a previous close of USD$369.52. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$364.15 to a high of USD$374.78. The latest price was USD$372.14 (25 minute delay). Mastercard is listed on the NYSE and employs 21,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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Mastercard shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-14.
Open$364.32
High$374.78
Low$364.15
Close$372.14
Previous close$369.52
Change $2.62
Change % 0.709%
Volume 3,927,873
Information last updated 2022-01-16.
52-week range$305.60 - $400.00
50-day moving average $349.70
200-day moving average $360.82
Wall St. target price$429.64
PE ratio 45.7737
Dividend yield $1.76 (0.53%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $8.13

Mastercard stock price (NYSE:MA)

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

Mastercard price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $372.14 from 2022-01-20

1 week (2022-01-14) 372.14
1 month (2021-12-21) 6.10%
3 months (2021-10-21) 4.47%
6 months (2021-07-21) -2.08%
1 year (2021-01-21) 11.27%
2 years (2020-01-21) 15.60%
3 years (2019-01-18) 84.23%
5 years (2017-01-20) 238.43%

Is Mastercard under- or over-valued?

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

Mastercard's P/E ratio

Mastercard's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 46x. In other words, Mastercard shares trade at around 46x 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.

Mastercard's PEG ratio

Mastercard's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3493. 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 Mastercard's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Mastercard's EBITDA

Mastercard's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $10.2 billion.

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

Mastercard financials

Revenue TTM $17.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 53.64%
Gross profit TTM $15.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 17.8%
Return on equity TTM 12.76%
Profit margin 45.5%
Book value $6.81
Market capitalisation $365.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Mastercard'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 Mastercard.

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

Mastercard's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20.62

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Mastercard's overall score of 20.62 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 15th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Mastercard's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.06/100

Mastercard's environmental score of 2.06 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Mastercard is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Mastercard's social score

Social score: 8.68/100

Mastercard's social score of 8.68 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Mastercard is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Mastercard's governance score

Governance score: 9.88/100

Mastercard's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Mastercard is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Mastercard's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Mastercard scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Mastercard has a damaged public profile.

Mastercard share dividends

24%

Dividend payout ratio: 23.51% of net profits

Recently Mastercard has paid out, on average, around 23.51% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.53% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Mastercard shareholders could enjoy a 0.53% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Mastercard's case, that would currently equate to about $1.76 per share.

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

Mastercard's most recent dividend payout was on 9 February 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 January 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Mastercard's shares ever split?

Mastercard's shares were split on a 10:1 basis on 22 January 2014. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Mastercard shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 90% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Mastercard shares which in turn could have impacted Mastercard's share price.

Mastercard share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Mastercard's shares have ranged in value from as little as $305.599 up to $399.9966. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MA.US volatility(beta: 1.14)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 Mastercard's is 1.1394. This would suggest that Mastercard's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Mastercard overview

Mastercard Incorporated, a technology company, provides transaction processing and other payment-related products and services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. The company offers integrated products and services for account holders, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, governments, and other organizations, such as programs that enable issuers to provide consumers with credits to defer payments; payment products and solutions that allow its customers to access funds in deposit and other accounts; prepaid payment programs and management services; and commercial credit and debit payment products and solutions. It also provides value-added products and services comprising cyber and intelligence products, information and analytics services, consulting services, loyalty and reward programs, processing and open banking services, and issuer and acquirer processing services. The company offers payment solutions and services under the MasterCard, Maestro, and Cirrus. It has a partnership with Bilt Rewards to launch the Bilt Mastercard; and a strategic partnership with Verizon Communications Inc. Mastercard Incorporated was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

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