How to buy VeriSign (VRSN) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in VeriSign shares.

VeriSign Inc (VRSN) is a leading software-infrastructure business based in the US. In the week up to 18 January VeriSign shares plunged 8.82% to a closing position of $217.24. However, over the last 12 months, VeriSign's share price has risen by 16.36% from $199.94. VeriSign is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 907 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in VeriSign

  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: VRSN in this case.
  5. Research VeriSign shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your VeriSign shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

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VeriSign share price (NASDAQ:VRSN)

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Is it a good time to buy VeriSign stock?

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Is VeriSign 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

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 44x. In other words, VeriSign shares trade at around 44x 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.

PEG ratio

VeriSign's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 7.7595. 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 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.

EBITDA

VeriSign's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $896.7 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.

How has coronavirus impacted VeriSign's share price?

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

Its last market close was $217.24, which is 5.12% up on its pre-crash value of $206.12 and 46.02% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 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 $1,031.89.

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 VeriSign.

Total ESG risk score

VeriSign's 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 12/31/2018) 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

VeriSign's 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

VeriSign's 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

VeriSign's 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.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 26.77
Total ESG percentile 37.16
Environmental score 6.08
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 17
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 11.2
Governance score percentile 7

VeriSign shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-11-05.
Open$231.52
High$233.77
Low$231.52
Close$232.66
Previous close$230.53
Change$2.13
Change %0.924%
Volume526,462
Information last updated 2022-01-13.
52-week range$184.6 - $257.03
50-day moving average$241.2644
200-day moving average$223.37
Wall St. target price$258
PE ratio43.9171
Dividend yieldN/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$5.425

Do VeriSign shares pay dividends?

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.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, VeriSign's shares have ranged in value from as little as $184.6 up to $257.03. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VRSN.US volatility(beta: 0.85)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 VeriSign's is 0.8525. This would suggest that VeriSign's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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