How to buy Electronic Arts (EA) shares in the UK

Electronic Arts (EA) is one of the largest console gaming companies. In February 2020, EA completed its purchase of Glu mobile.

Electronic Arts Inc (EA) is a leading electronic gaming and multimedia business based in the US. It opened the day at $130.04 after a previous close of $130.84. During the day the price has varied from a low of $128.72 to a high of $130.73. The latest price was $130.44 (25 minute delay). Electronic Arts is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 11,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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How has coronavirus impacted Electronic Arts's share price?

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

Its last market close was $136.91, which is 21.11% up on its pre-crash value of $108.01 and 59.77% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $85.69.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Electronic Arts shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $908.87 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 $1,303.38.

Electronic Arts share price (NASDAQ:EA)

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Electronic Arts shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-14.
Open$130.04
High$130.73
Low$128.72
Close$130.44
Previous close$130.84
Change$-0.4
Change %-0.3057%
Volume1,633,377
Information last updated 2022-01-15.
52-week range$119.9184 - $149.5567
50-day moving average$131.838
200-day moving average$138.5925
Wall St. target price$171.16
PE ratio48.0442
Dividend yield$0.68 (0.52%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$2.715
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Is it a good time to buy Electronic Arts stock?

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Is Electronic Arts 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

Electronic Arts's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 48x. In other words, Electronic Arts shares trade at around 48x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

However, Electronic Arts's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the electronic gaming & multimedia industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Electronic Arts's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 7.2144. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value given the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Electronic Arts'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 Electronic Arts's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

EBITDA

Electronic Arts's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $1.4 billion (£1 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Electronic Arts'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.

Financials

Revenue TTM $6.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.5%
Gross profit TTM $4.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.71%
Return on equity TTM 9.85%
Profit margin 12.27%
Book value $27.695
Market capitalisation $36.9 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 Electronic Arts.

Total ESG risk score

Electronic Arts's total ESG risk: 16.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Electronic Arts's overall score of 16.2 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 10th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Electronic Arts 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 Electronic Arts's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Electronic Arts's environmental score: 5.63/100

Electronic Arts's environmental score of 5.63 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Electronic Arts is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Electronic Arts's social score: 11.75/100

Electronic Arts's social score of 11.75 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Electronic Arts is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Electronic Arts's governance score: 11.32/100

Electronic Arts's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Electronic Arts is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Electronic Arts's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Electronic Arts scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Electronic Arts 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

Electronic Arts Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 16.2
Total ESG percentile 9.54
Environmental score 5.63
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 11.75
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 11.32
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 2

Electronic Arts share dividends

0.5%

Dividend yield: 0.52% of stock value

0.5%

Forward annual dividend yield: 0.52% of stock value

10.2%

Dividend payout ratio: 10.21% of net profits

Electronic Arts has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.52% of its share value annually.

Electronic Arts has paid out, on average, around 10.21% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.52% 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 0.52% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Electronic Arts's case, that would currently equate to about $0.68 per share.

While Electronic Arts's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that the company is investing more in its future growth.

Electronic Arts's most recent dividend payout was on 22 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Electronic Arts's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Have Electronic Arts's shares ever split?

Electronic Arts's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 November 2003. 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 Electronic Arts shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Electronic Arts shares which in turn could have impacted Electronic Arts's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Electronic Arts's shares have ranged in value from as little as $119.9184 up to $149.5567. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

EA.US volatility(beta: 0.87)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Electronic Arts's is 0.8667. This would suggest that Electronic Arts's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

To put Electronic Arts's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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Electronic Arts overview

In 2021, Electronic Arts, acquired Codemasters, a British gaming and multimedia company.

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