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How to buy Activision Blizzard (ATVI) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Activision Blizzard shares.

Activision Blizzard Inc is an electronic gaming & multimedia business based in the US. Activision Blizzard shares (ATVI) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Activision Blizzard employs 9,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$8.9 billion.

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How has Coronavirus impacted Activision Blizzard's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Activision Blizzard's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $76.4, which is 17.05% up on its pre-crash value of $63.375 and 51.26% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $50.51.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Activision Blizzard stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $970.15 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 $1,312.55.

Is it a good time to buy Activision Blizzard stock?

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Activision Blizzard shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-15.
Latest market close$76.40
52-week range$70.85 - $104.03
50-day moving average $77.92
200-day moving average $88.31
Wall St. target price$114.95
PE ratio 23.0111
Dividend yield $0.47 (0.62%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.33

Activision Blizzard stock price (NASDAQ: ATVI)

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

Activision Blizzard price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $76.4 from 2021-10-18

1 week (2021-10-12) 1.98%
1 month (2021-09-17) -3.97%
3 months (2021-07-19) -15.39%
6 months (2021-04-19) -20.42%
1 year (2020-10-19) -4.60%
2 years (2019-10-18) 40.08%
3 years (2018-10-19) 9.53%
5 years (2016-10-19) 74.47%

Is Activision Blizzard under- or over-valued?

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

Activision Blizzard's P/E ratio

Activision Blizzard's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, Activision Blizzard shares trade at around 23x 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.

Activision Blizzard's PEG ratio

Activision Blizzard's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3429. 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 Activision Blizzard's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Activision Blizzard's EBITDA

Activision Blizzard's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $3.4 billion.

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

Activision Blizzard financials

Revenue TTM $8.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 36.19%
Gross profit TTM $5.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.23%
Return on equity TTM 17.41%
Profit margin 29.19%
Book value $20.94
Market capitalisation $59.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Activision Blizzard shares

There are currently 11.7 million Activision Blizzard shares held short by investors – that's known as Activision Blizzard's "short interest". This figure is 5.3% down from 12.4 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Activision Blizzard shares can be evaluated.

Activision Blizzard's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Activision Blizzard's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Activision Blizzard shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Activision Blizzard shares traded daily (recently around 9.3 million). Activision Blizzard's SIR currently stands at 1.26. In other words for every 100,000 Activision Blizzard shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1260 shares are currently held short.

However Activision Blizzard's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Activision Blizzard shares, or, against the total number of tradable Activision Blizzard shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Activision Blizzard's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Activision Blizzard shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0152% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Activision Blizzard shares, roughly 15 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Activision Blizzard.

Activision Blizzard'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 Activision Blizzard.

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

Activision Blizzard's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 21.84

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Activision Blizzard's overall score of 21.84 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 17th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Activision Blizzard's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.65/100

Activision Blizzard's environmental score of 4.65 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Activision Blizzard is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Activision Blizzard's social score

Social score: 14.46/100

Activision Blizzard's social score of 14.46 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Activision Blizzard is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Activision Blizzard's governance score

Governance score: 12.22/100

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

Activision Blizzard's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Activision Blizzard share dividends

13%

Dividend payout ratio: 12.77% of net profits

Recently Activision Blizzard has paid out, on average, around 12.77% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.63% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Activision Blizzard shareholders could enjoy a 0.63% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Activision Blizzard's case, that would currently equate to about $0.47 per share.

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

Activision Blizzard's most recent dividend payout was on 5 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 April 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Activision Blizzard's shares ever split?

Activision Blizzard's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 7 September 2008. 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 Activision Blizzard shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Activision Blizzard shares which in turn could have impacted Activision Blizzard's share price.

Activision Blizzard share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Activision Blizzard's shares have ranged in value from as little as $70.8469 up to $104.0263. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ATVI.US volatility(beta: 0.62)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 Activision Blizzard's is 0.618. This would suggest that Activision Blizzard's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Activision Blizzard overview

Activision Blizzard, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, develops and publishes interactive entertainment content and services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company operates through three segments: Activision Publishing, Inc. ; Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. ; and King Digital Entertainment. It develops and distributes content and services on video game consoles, personal computers, and mobile devices, including subscription, full-game, and in-game sales, as well as by licensing software to third-party or related-party companies that distribute Activision and Blizzard products. The company also maintains a proprietary online gaming service, Battle.

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