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How to buy PayPal (PYPL) shares

Learn how to easily invest in PayPal shares.

PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL) is a leading credit services business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$179.15 after a previous close of USD$181.01. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$175.4 to a high of USD$182. The latest price was USD$178.42 (25 minute delay). PayPal is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 26,500 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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PayPal shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-14.
Open$179.15
High$182.00
Low$175.40
Close$178.42
Previous close$181.01
Change $-2.59
Change % -1.4309%
Volume 14,343,290
Information last updated 2022-01-16.
52-week range$175.40 - $310.16
50-day moving average $193.67
200-day moving average $251.37
Wall St. target price$265.76
PE ratio 42.8997
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $4.16

PayPal stock price (NASDAQ:PYPL)

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

PayPal price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $178.42 from 2022-01-18

1 week (2022-01-12) -4.69%
1 month (2021-12-17) -4.18%
3 months (2021-10-19) -34.33%
6 months (2021-07-19) -39.49%
1 year (2021-01-19) -27.84%
2 years (2020-01-17) 53.76%
3 years (2019-01-18) 95.81%
5 years (2017-01-19) 332.32%

Is PayPal under- or over-valued?

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

PayPal's P/E ratio

PayPal's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 43x. In other words, PayPal shares trade at around 43x 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.

PayPal's PEG ratio

PayPal's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.1116. 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 PayPal's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

PayPal's EBITDA

PayPal's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $5.2 billion.

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

PayPal financials

Revenue TTM $24.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.39%
Gross profit TTM $10 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.81%
Return on equity TTM 24.3%
Profit margin 20.09%
Book value $18.82
Market capitalisation $209.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

PayPal'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 PayPal.

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

PayPal's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 16.47

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and PayPal's overall score of 16.47 (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 PayPal 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.).

PayPal's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.41/100

PayPal's environmental score of 2.41 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that PayPal is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

PayPal's social score

Social score: 10.65/100

PayPal's social score of 10.65 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that PayPal is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

PayPal's governance score

Governance score: 7.23/100

PayPal's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that PayPal is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

PayPal's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. PayPal scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that PayPal has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

PayPal share dividends

We're not expecting PayPal to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

PayPal share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, PayPal's shares have ranged in value from as little as $175.4 up to $310.16. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PYPL.US volatility(beta: 1.15)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while PayPal's is 1.1546. This would suggest that PayPal'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).

PayPal overview

PayPal Holdings, Inc. operates as a technology platform and digital payments company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants worldwide. Its payment solutions include PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom, Hyperwallet, and iZettle products. The company's payments platform allows consumers to send and receive payments, withdraw funds to their bank accounts, and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in various currencies. It also offers gateway services that enable merchants to accept payments online with credit or debit cards, as well as digital wallets. PayPal Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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