Avast Plc (AVST) is a leading software-infrastructure business based in the UK. Avast is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 1,792 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
|52-week range||257.0707p - 599.2244p|
|50-day moving average||522.7177p|
|200-day moving average||526.4134p|
|Wall St. target price||4.19p|
|Dividend yield||0.08p (1.42%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||21p|
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Valuing Avast stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Avast's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Avast's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 25x. In other words, Avast shares trade at around 25x 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.
Avast's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £399.6 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Avast's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£878.8 million|
|Operating margin TTM||37.35%|
|Gross profit TTM||£660.5 million|
|Return on assets TTM||7.44%|
|Return on equity TTM||21.15%|
|Market capitalisation||£5.4 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Dividend payout ratio: 4777.78% of net profits
Recently Avast has paid out, on average, around 4777.78% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.42% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Avast shareholders could enjoy a 1.42% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Avast's case, that would currently equate to about 0.08p per share.
Avast'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 10 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, Avast's shares have ranged in value from as little as 257.0707p up to 599.2244p. 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 Avast's is 0.4139. This would suggest that Avast's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Avast Plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides digital security products under the Avast, HMA, AVG, and CCleaner brands worldwide. It operates through two segments, Consumer and Small to Mid-Sized Business (SMB). The company offers desktop security and mobile device protection products; value-added solutions for performance, privacy, and other tools; dynamic secure search solution, including browser toolbar; and big data and marketing analytics solutions, as well as security and protection solutions for small and medium-sized business. It also provides standalone and managed antivirus products; and managed security platforms, including CloudCare, an online security service for small and medium businesses, as well as Management Console, a cloud-based console that deploys antivirus protection to multiple devices and manage all devices from one place. In addition, the company offers business security services, such as patch management, backup and recovery, email security, content filtering, and secure Web and Internet gateway services. The company primarily sells software licenses through e-commerce services providers, and retailers and resellers. Avast Plc was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Prague, the Czech Republic.
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