How to buy Accenture (ACN) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in Accenture shares.
Accenture plc is an information technology services business with stocks listed in the US. Accenture shares (ACN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$335.83 – an increase of 0.75% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Accenture
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. Look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Accenture. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: ACN. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Accenture reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying using consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$336.43, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Accenture, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Accenture. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights.
What's in this guide?
- Accenture key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Accenture stock a buy or sell?
- Accenture performance over time
- Is Accenture suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Accenture shares over-valued?
- Accenture's financials
- How volatile are Accenture shares?
- Does Accenture pay a dividend?
- Have Accenture shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Accenture stock price (NYSE:ACN)Use our graph to track the performance of ACN stocks over time.
Have Accenture's shares ever split?
Accenture's shares were split on a 10:1 basis on 30 December 2011. So if you had owned 1 share the day before the split, the next day you would own 10 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Accenture shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 90% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Accenture shares which in turn could have impacted Accenture's share price.
Accenture shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$239.9803 - US$338.81|
|50-day moving average||US$312.8902|
|200-day moving average||US$299.385|
|Dividend yield||US$4.65 (1.53%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$10.73|
Accenture price performance over time
|1 week (2023-11-29)||0.75%|
|1 month (2023-11-03)||7.13%|
|3 months (2023-09-05)||2.96%|
|6 months (2023-06-05)||10.31%|
|1 year (2022-12-05)||14.72%|
|2 years (2021-12-03)||-7.08%|
|3 years (2020-12-04)||32.51%|
|5 years (2018-12-04)||104.51%|
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Is it a good time to buy Accenture stock?
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Is Accenture under- or over-valued?
Valuing Accenture stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Accenture's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Accenture's P/E ratio
Accenture'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, Accenture 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.
Accenture's PEG ratio
Accenture's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.7445. 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 Accenture's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Accenture's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$11.2 billion (£8.9 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Accenture's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure stock profitability.
Accenture share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Accenture's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$239.9803 up to US$338.81. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Accenture's is 1.222. This would suggest that Accenture's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
|Revenue TTM||US$64.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||16.5%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$20.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||12.85%|
|Return on equity TTM||28.47%|
|Market capitalisation||US$211.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Accenture share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 39.85% of net profits
Recently Accenture has paid out, on average, around 39.85% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.53% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Accenture shareholders could enjoy a 1.53% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Accenture's case, that would currently equate to about $4.65 per share.
While Accenture's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Accenture may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Accenture's most recent dividend payout was on 15 November 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 October 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
Accenture's 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 Accenture.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Accenture's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 18.24
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Accenture's overall score of 18.24 (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 Accenture 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.).
Accenture's environmental score
Environmental score: 7.05/100
Accenture's environmental score of 7.05 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Accenture is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Accenture's social score
Social score: 9.98/100
Accenture's social score of 9.98 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Accenture is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Accenture's governance score
Governance score: 14.21/100
Accenture's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Accenture is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Accenture's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Accenture scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Accenture has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||18.24|
|Total ESG percentile||10.48|
|Environmental score percentile||9|
|Social score percentile||9|
|Governance score percentile||9|
|Level of controversy||2|
Accenture plc, a professional services company, provides strategy and consulting, industry X, song, and technology and operation services worldwide. The company offers application services, including agile transformation, DevOps, application modernization, enterprise architecture, software and quality engineering, data management; intelligent automation comprising robotic process automation, natural language processing, and virtual agents; and application management services, as well as software engineering services; strategy and consulting services; data and analytics strategy, data discovery and augmentation, data management and beyond, data democratization, and industrialized solutions comprising turnkey analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions; metaverse; and sustainability services. It also provides change management, HR transformation and delivery, organization strategy and design, talent strategy and development, and leadership and culture services; digital commerce; infrastructure services, including cloud infrastructure managed, cloud and data center, network, digital workplace, database platforms, service management, and cloud and infrastructure security services; data-enabled operating models; technology consulting and AI services; and technology consulting services. In addition, the company offers engineering and R&D digitization, smart connected products, product as-a-service enablement, capital projects, intelligent asset management, digital industrial workforce, and autonomous robotic systems; business process outsourcing; and services related to technology innovation. Further, it provides cloud, ecosystem, marketing, security, supply chain management, zero-based transformation, customer experience, finance consulting, mergers and acquisitions, and sustainability services. The company has a collaboration with Salesforce, Inc. to develop Salesforce Life Sciences Cloud. The company was founded in 1951 and is based in Dublin, Ireland.
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