Auto Trader Group plc (AUTO) is a leading internet content & information business based in the UK. It opened the day at 556.6p after a previous close of 554.6p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 549p to a high of 559.4p. The latest price was 559p (25 minute delay). Auto Trader Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 893 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Auto Trader Group's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was 587.2p, which is 2.96% up on its pre-crash value of 569.8p and 90.28% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 308.6p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Auto Trader Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £629.65 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 £1,013.80.
|52-week range||308.6p - 609.5298p|
|50-day moving average||565.4743p|
|200-day moving average||552.6251p|
|Wall St. target price||443.72p|
|Dividend yield||0.07p (1.33%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||16.4p|
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|1 week (2021-01-15)||-1.24%|
|1 month (2020-12-23)||-5.00%|
|3 months (2020-10-23)||-5.41%|
|6 months (2020-07-23)||3.40%|
|1 year (2020-01-23)||-2.92%|
|2 years (2019-01-23)||22.61%|
|3 years (2018-01-23)||62.08%|
|5 years (2016-01-22)||40.10%|
Valuing Auto Trader Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Auto Trader Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Auto Trader Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 36x. In other words, Auto Trader Group shares trade at around 36x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Auto Trader Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £196.9 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Auto Trader Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£300.4 million|
|Operating margin TTM||64.41%|
|Gross profit TTM||£368.9 million|
|Return on assets TTM||24.14%|
|Return on equity TTM||65.41%|
|Market capitalisation||£5.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 1411.76% of net profits
Recently Auto Trader Group has paid out, on average, around 1411.76% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.33% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Auto Trader Group shareholders could enjoy a 1.33% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Auto Trader Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.07p per share.
Auto Trader Group'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.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 January 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Auto Trader Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 308.6p up to 609.5298p. 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 (LSE average) beta is 1, while Auto Trader Group's is 0.5039. This would suggest that Auto Trader Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Auto Trader Group plc operates in the digital automotive marketplace in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It offers its products to retailers, home traders, and logistics firms; vehicle advertisement on its websites for private sellers, as well as insurance and loan financing products to consumers; and display advertising on its websites for manufacturers and their advertising agencies. The company was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Manchester, the United Kingdom.
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