How to buy AFIC (AFI) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in AFIC shares.
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 ASX. Our table can help you choose.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, such as 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. Look into dollar-cost averaging to spread out your risk, 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 on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of AFIC. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock and 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 affect your stock.
AFIC stock price (ASX:AFI)Use our graph to track the performance of AFI stocks over time.
AFIC shares at a glance
|52-week range||$6.53 - $7.638|
|50-day moving average||$6.8446|
|200-day moving average||$7.0641|
|Dividend yield||$0.25 (3.55%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$0.25|
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Is it a good time to buy AFIC stock?
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AFIC price performance over time
|1 week (2023-12-01)||0.85%|
|1 month (2023-11-08)||2.75%|
|3 months (2023-09-08)||1.86%|
|6 months (2023-06-08)||1.14%|
|1 year (2022-12-08)||-5.95%|
|2 years (2021-12-08)||-13.50%|
|3 years (2020-12-08)||-1.39%|
|5 years (2018-12-07)||21.33%|
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 28x. In other words, AFIC shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
|Revenue TTM||$350 million|
|Operating margin TTM||94.24%|
|Gross profit TTM||$350 million|
|Return on assets TTM||2.41%|
|Return on equity TTM||4.27%|
|Market capitalisation||$8.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
AFIC share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 1.92% of net profits
Recently AFIC has paid out, on average, around 1.92% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.55% 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 3.55% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In AFIC's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.25 per share.
While AFIC's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that AFIC is investing more in its future growth.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 August 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have AFIC's shares ever split?
AFIC's shares were split on a 1.1:1 basis on 15 August 1996. So if you had owned 1 share the day before the split, the next day you would own 1.1 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your AFIC shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9.1% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for AFIC shares which in turn could have impacted AFIC's share price.
AFIC share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, AFIC's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.53 up to $7.638. 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 (AU average) beta is 1, while AFIC's is 0.536. 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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