Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI) is a leading electronic gaming and multimedia business based in the US. On 18 January Activision Blizzard shares leapt 25.88% to a closing position of $82.31. However, over the last 12 months, Activision Blizzard's share price has fallen by 13.88% from $95.12. Activision Blizzard is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 9,500 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
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- Can I buy shares in Activision Blizzard?
- Has coronavirus impacted Activision Blizzard shares?
- Activision Blizzard shares summary
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- Is Activision Blizzard stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Is Activision Blizzard suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Activision Blizzard shares over-valued?
- How volatile are Activision Blizzard shares?
- Does Activision Blizzard pay a dividend?
- Have Activision Blizzard shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Activision Blizzard's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Activision Blizzard's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $82.15, which is 22.85% up on its pre-crash value of $63.375 and 62.64% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $50.51.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Activision Blizzard shares at the start of February 2020, those shares 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 $1,411.34.
Activision Blizzard share price (NASDAQ:ATVI)Use our graph to track the performance of ATVI stocks over time.
Activision Blizzard shares at a glance
|52-week range||$56.4 - $104.0263|
|50-day moving average||$63.4506|
|200-day moving average||$81.3829|
|Wall St. target price||$92.27|
|Dividend yield||$0.47 (0.73%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$3.371|
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Is it a good time to buy Activision Blizzard stock?
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Is Activision Blizzard under- or over-valued?
Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.
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 19x. In other words, Activision Blizzard shares trade at around 19x 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.
However, Activision Blizzard's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the electronic gaming & multimedia industry or those of similar companies.
Activision Blizzard's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.1071. A PEG ratio close to 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares offer reasonable value for the current rate of growth.
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.
However, it's sensible to consider Activision Blizzard's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
Activision Blizzard's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $3.4 billion (£2.5 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Activision Blizzard's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||$9.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||36.17%|
|Gross profit TTM||$5.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||8.98%|
|Return on equity TTM||16.88%|
|Market capitalisation||$50.9 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
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.
Total ESG risk score
Activision Blizzard's 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 01/01/2019) 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.).
To gain some more context, you can compare Activision Blizzard's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
- Electronic Arts (EA.US): 16.20
Activision Blizzard's 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: 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: 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: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, 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.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||21.84|
|Total ESG percentile||16.66|
|Environmental score percentile||7|
|Social score percentile||7|
|Governance score percentile||7|
|Level of controversy||2|
Activision Blizzard share dividends
Dividend yield: 0.73% of stock value
Forward annual dividend yield: 0.73% of stock value
Dividend payout ratio: 12.73% of net profits
Activision Blizzard has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.73% of its share value annually.
Activision Blizzard has paid out, on average, around 12.73% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.73% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 0.73% 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 the company is investing more in its future growth.
Activision Blizzard's most recent dividend payout was on 6 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 April 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Activision Blizzard's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
- Electronic Arts (EA.US): 0.52% (0.52% forward annual dividend yield)
- Nintendo CoLtd (NTDOY.US): 3.98% (3.98% forward annual dividend yield)
- Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO.US): 0.00% (does not pay dividend)
Have Activision Blizzard's shares ever split?
Activision Blizzard's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 8 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.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Activision Blizzard's shares have ranged in value from as little as $56.4 up to $104.0263. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Activision Blizzard's is 0.6974. This would suggest that Activision Blizzard's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put Activision Blizzard's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
- Electronic Arts (EA.US): 0.8667
- Nintendo CoLtd (NTDOY.US): 0.6524
- Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO.US): 0.6194
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