How to buy AFIC shares
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Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited is an asset management business based in Australia. AFIC shares (AFI) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. AFIC has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $203.1 million.
How to buy shares in AFIC
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares listed in Australia, you'll need to sign up to a broker with access to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Our table below can help you choose.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, PayPal or debit card.
- Search for AFIC. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: AFI. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until AFIC reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At today's price, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of AFIC. 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 on directors and management that can affect your stock.
AFIC share priceUse our graph to track the performance of AFI stocks over time.
AFIC shares at a glance
|52-week range||$5.37 - $7.72|
|50-day moving average||$7.2871|
|200-day moving average||$7.0069|
|Dividend yield||$0.24 (3.25%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$0.147|
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Is it a good time to buy AFIC stock?
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AFIC price performance over time
|1 month (2021-03-19)||-3.14%|
Is AFIC under- or over-valued?
Valuing AFIC stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of AFIC's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
AFIC's P/E ratio
AFIC's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 50x. In other words, AFIC shares trade at around 50x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
|Revenue TTM||$203.1 million|
|Operating margin TTM||92.89%|
|Gross profit TTM||$264.3 million|
|Return on assets TTM||1.46%|
|Return on equity TTM||2.62%|
|Market capitalisation||$9.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
AFIC share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 160% of net profits
Recently AFIC has paid out, on average, around 160% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.23% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), AFIC shareholders could enjoy a 3.23% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In AFIC's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.24 per share.
AFIC'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 7 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
AFIC share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, AFIC's shares have ranged in value from as little as $5.37 up to $7.72. 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 (AU average) beta is 1, while AFIC's is 0.5356. This would suggest that AFIC's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm invests in the public equity markets of Australia and New Zealand. It invests in value stocks of companies. It benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index. It invests in companies across diversified industries. The firm employs fundamental analysis with a focus on bottom-up research to make its investments. The firm conducts in-house research to make its investments. Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited was founded in 1928 and is based in Melbourne, Australia.
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