Accenture plc (ACN) is a leading information technology services business based in the US. It opened the day at $260.46 after a previous close of $261.67. During the day the price has varied from a low of $256.91 to a high of $261.77. The latest price was $258.53 (25 minute delay). Accenture is listed on the NYSE and employs 514,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Accenture's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $226.24, which is 6.34% up on its pre-crash value of $211.89 and 64.96% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $137.152.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Accenture shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $691.15 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 $1,088.21.
|52-week range||$135.0454 - $265.6223|
|50-day moving average||$255.3579|
|200-day moving average||$236.601|
|Wall St. target price||$280.28|
|Dividend yield||$3.52 (1.38%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$8.124|
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|1 week (2021-01-15)||1.92%|
|1 month (2020-12-22)||-0.36%|
|3 months (2020-10-22)||13.32%|
|6 months (2020-07-22)||15.30%|
|1 year (2020-01-22)||23.46%|
|2 years (2019-01-22)||73.55%|
|3 years (2018-01-22)||60.15%|
|5 years (2016-01-22)||152.87%|
Valuing Accenture stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Accenture's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Accenture's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 31x. In other words, Accenture shares trade at around 31x 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.
However, Accenture's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the information technology services industry or those of similar companies.
Accenture's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.4786. 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 Accenture's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
However, it's sensible to consider Accenture's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
Accenture's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $7.4 billion (£5.4 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Accenture's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put Accenture's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||$44.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||14.84%|
|Gross profit TTM||$14 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||11.61%|
|Return on equity TTM||31.34%|
|Market capitalisation||$169.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 4.4 million Accenture shares held short by investors – that's known as Accenture's "short interest". This figure is 15% down from 5.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Accenture shares can be evaluated.
Accenture's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Accenture shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Accenture shares traded daily (recently around 2.1 million). Accenture's SIR currently stands at 2.1. In other words for every 100,000 Accenture shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2100 shares are currently held short.
To gain some more context, you can compare Accenture's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.
However Accenture's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Accenture shares, or, against the total number of tradable Accenture shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Accenture's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Accenture shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0066% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Accenture shares, roughly 7 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 Accenture.
Find out more about how you can short Accenture stock.
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 Accenture.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 18.24
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Accenture's overall score of 18.24 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 10th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Accenture 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.).
To gain some more context, you can compare Accenture's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
Environmental score: 7.05/100
Accenture's environmental score of 7.05 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Accenture is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 9.98/100
Accenture's social score of 9.98 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Accenture is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 14.21/100
Accenture's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Accenture is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Accenture scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Accenture has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
|Total ESG score||18.24|
|Total ESG percentile||10.48|
|Environmental score percentile||9|
|Social score percentile||9|
|Governance score percentile||9|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dividend payout ratio: 43.75% of net profits
Recently Accenture has paid out, on average, around 43.75% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.38% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Accenture shareholders could enjoy a 1.38% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Accenture's case, that would currently equate to about $3.52 per share.
While Accenture's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Accenture may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Accenture's most recent dividend payout was on 12 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Accenture's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
Accenture's shares were split on a 10:1 basis on 30 December 2011. 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 Accenture shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 90% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Accenture shares which in turn could have impacted Accenture's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Accenture's shares have ranged in value from as little as $135.0454 up to $265.6223. 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 Accenture's is 1.0814. This would suggest that Accenture'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).
To put Accenture's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
Accenture plc, a professional services company, provides strategy and consulting, interactive, and technology and operations services worldwide. The company also provides outsourcing services. It serves communications, media, high tech, software, and platform companies; banking, capital market, and insurance industries; and consumer goods, retail, travel services, industrial, and life science industries, as well as clients in health, public service, chemicals and natural resources, energy, and utilities sectors. Accenture plc has alliance relationships with Adobe, Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, Blue Yonder, Cisco, Dell, Google, HPE, IBM RedHat, Microsoft, Oracle, Pegasystems, Salesforce, SAP, ServiceNow, VMWare, Workday, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, CNH Industrial, and Reactive Technologies. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Dublin, Ireland.
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