How to buy Auto Trader Group (AUTO) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Auto Trader Group shares.

Auto Trader Group plc (AUTO) is a leading internet content and information business based in the UK. It opened the day at 626.6p after a previous close of 619.4p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 605.2p to a high of 626.6p. The latest price was 605.2p (25 minute delay). Auto Trader Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 980 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Auto Trader Group

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: AUTO in this case.
  5. Research Auto Trader Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Auto Trader Group shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Auto Trader Group's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Auto Trader Group's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was 683.6p, which is 16.65% up on its pre-crash value of 569.8p and 121.52% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 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 £1,180.24.

Auto Trader Group share price (LSE:AUTO)

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Auto Trader Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
Open626.6p
High626.6p
Low605.2p
Close605.2p
Previous close619.4p
Change-14.2p
Change %-2.2925%
Volume5,989,110
Information last updated 2022-01-15.
52-week range537.9377p - 751.3725p
50-day moving average716.3p
200-day moving average635.689p
Wall St. target price742.21p
PE ratio33.8719
Dividend yield7.7p (1.09%)
Earnings per share (TTM)20.3p
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Fees for buying 100x Auto Trader Group shares with popular platforms

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Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £0.00
£605.20 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.83
£607.03 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£613.20 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£617.15 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£613.19 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£605.20 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£614.70 total
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Is it a good time to buy Auto Trader Group stock?

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Is Auto Trader Group 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.

P/E ratio

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 34x. In other words, Auto Trader Group shares trade at around 34x 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.

EBITDA

Auto Trader Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £244 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Auto Trader Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Financials

Revenue TTM £360 million
Operating margin TTM 67.06%
Gross profit TTM £262.8 million
Return on assets TTM 29.27%
Return on equity TTM 47.95%
Profit margin 54.36%
Book value 0.458p
Market capitalisation £6.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Auto Trader Group share dividends

1.1%

Dividend yield: 1.09% of stock value

1.1%

Forward annual dividend yield: 1.09% of stock value

36.7%

Dividend payout ratio: 36.67% of net profits

Auto Trader Group has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.09% of its share value annually.

Auto Trader Group has paid out, on average, around 36.67% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.09% 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 1.09% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Auto Trader Group's case, that would currently equate to about 7.7p per share.

While Auto Trader Group's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 January 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Auto Trader Group dividend history

Dividend Type Ex-dividend date Payment date
£0.027 Interim 06/01/2022 28/01/2022
£0.05 Final 26/08/2021 24/09/2021
£0.024 Interim 02/01/2020 24/01/2020
£0.046 Final 29/08/2019 27/09/2019
£0.021 Interim 03/01/2019 25/01/2019
£0.04 Final 30/08/2018 28/09/2018
£0.019 Interim 04/01/2018 26/01/2018
£0.035 Final 31/08/2017 29/09/2017
£0.017 Interim 05/01/2017 29/01/2017
£0.01 Final 01/09/2016 30/09/2016
£0.005 Interim 07/01/2016 29/01/2016

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Auto Trader Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 537.9377p up to 751.3725p. 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 0.2899. This would suggest that Auto Trader Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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