VeriSign, Inc (VRSN) is a leading software-infrastructure business based in the US. It opened the day at $218.97 after a previous close of $217.93. During the day the price has varied from a low of $216.51 to a high of $219.53. The latest price was $217.82 (25 minute delay). VeriSign is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 872 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, VeriSign's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $207.34, which is 0.59% up on its pre-crash value of $206.12 and 39.37% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $148.77.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of VeriSign shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $718.06 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 $984.87.
|52-week range||$148.77 - $221.3|
|50-day moving average||$204.6415|
|200-day moving average||$205.4115|
|Wall St. target price||$240.57|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$6.932|
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|1 month (2020-12-22)||0.68%|
|3 months (2020-10-22)||4.79%|
|6 months (2020-07-22)||5.84%|
Valuing VeriSign stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of VeriSign's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
VeriSign's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 31x. In other words, VeriSign shares trade at around 31x 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.
VeriSign's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.3366. 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 VeriSign's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
VeriSign's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $864.7 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a VeriSign's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$1.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||65.18%|
|Gross profit TTM||$1.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||28.02%|
|Return on equity TTM||0%|
|Market capitalisation||$24.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 1.3 million VeriSign shares held short by investors – that's known as VeriSign's "short interest". This figure is 0.7% up from 1.3 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting VeriSign shares can be evaluated.
VeriSign's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of VeriSign shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of VeriSign shares traded daily (recently around 654254.63917526). VeriSign's SIR currently stands at 1.94. In other words for every 100,000 VeriSign shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1940 shares are currently held short.
However VeriSign's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of VeriSign shares, or, against the total number of tradable VeriSign shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case VeriSign's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 VeriSign shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0146% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable VeriSign shares, roughly 15 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 VeriSign.
Find out more about how you can short VeriSign 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 VeriSign.
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: 26.77
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and VeriSign's overall score of 26.77 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 37th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like VeriSign 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.).
Environmental score: 6.08/100
VeriSign's environmental score of 6.08 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that VeriSign is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 17/100
VeriSign's social score of 17 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that VeriSign is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 11.2/100
VeriSign's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that VeriSign is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
|Total ESG score||26.77|
|Total ESG percentile||37.16|
|Environmental score percentile||7|
|Social score percentile||7|
|Governance score percentile||7|
We're not expecting VeriSign to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.
VeriSign's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 7 December 1999. 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 VeriSign shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for VeriSign shares which in turn could have impacted VeriSign's share price.
Over the last 12 months, VeriSign's shares have ranged in value from as little as $148.77 up to $221.3. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while VeriSign's is 0.8147. This would suggest that VeriSign's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
VeriSign, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides domain name registry services and Internet infrastructure that enables Internet navigation for various recognized domain names worldwide. It enables the security, stability, and resiliency of Internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the 13 Internet root servers; and offering registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net domains, which support global e-commerce. VeriSign, Inc. was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.
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