Ameren Corporation (AEE) is a leading utilities-regulated electric business based in the US. Ameren Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 9,323 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
|52-week range||$57.6083 - $86.3277|
|50-day moving average||$76.1127|
|200-day moving average||$78.9292|
|Wall St. target price||$86.44|
|Dividend yield||$2.06 (2.83%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$3.423|
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Valuing Ameren Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Ameren Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Ameren Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Ameren Corporation shares trade at around 21x 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, Ameren Corporation's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the utilities-regulated electric industry or those of similar companies.
Ameren Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.5655. 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 Ameren Corporation'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 Ameren Corporation's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
Ameren Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $2.4 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Ameren Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put Ameren Corporation's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||$5.5 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||24.89%|
|Gross profit TTM||$2.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.91%|
|Return on equity TTM||10.17%|
|Market capitalisation||$18 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 5.6 million Ameren Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Ameren Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 27.6% up from 4.4 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Ameren Corporation shares can be evaluated.
Ameren Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Ameren Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Ameren Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 1.3 million). Ameren Corporation's SIR currently stands at 4.22. In other words for every 100,000 Ameren Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4220 shares are currently held short.
To gain some more context, you can compare Ameren Corporation's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.
However Ameren Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Ameren Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Ameren Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Ameren Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Ameren Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0261% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Ameren Corporation shares, roughly 26 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 Ameren Corporation.
Find out more about how you can short Ameren Corporation 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 Ameren Corporation.
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: 37.12
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Ameren Corporation's overall score of 37.12 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 72nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Ameren Corporation 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 Ameren Corporation's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
Environmental score: 18.52/100
Ameren Corporation's environmental score of 18.52 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ameren Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 11.69/100
Ameren Corporation's social score of 11.69 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ameren Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 8.4/100
Ameren Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Ameren Corporation 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, Ameren Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Ameren Corporation 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||37.12|
|Total ESG percentile||72.38|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dividend payout ratio: 58.48% of net profits
Recently Ameren Corporation has paid out, on average, around 58.48% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.83% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Ameren Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.83% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ameren Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.06 per share.
Ameren Corporation's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
Ameren Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 31 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Ameren Corporation's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
Over the last 12 months, Ameren Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $57.6083 up to $86.3277. 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 Ameren Corporation's is 0.2059. This would suggest that Ameren Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put Ameren Corporation's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
Ameren Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. It operates through four segments: Ameren Missouri, Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution, Ameren Illinois Natural Gas, and Ameren Transmission. The company engages in the rate-regulated electric generation, transmission, and distribution activities; and rate-regulated natural gas distribution and transmission businesses. It primarily generates electricity through coal, nuclear, and natural gas, as well as renewable sources, such as hydroelectric, methane gas, and solar. The company serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers. As of September 28, 2020, it served approximately 2.4 million electric customers and approximately 900,000 natural gas customers. The company was founded in 1881 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
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