How to buy Aflac Incorporated (AFL) shares in Australia

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Aflac Incorporated
NYSE: AFL - USD
INSURANCE-LIFE
$57.33
+ $0.35 ( + 0.61%)

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Aflac Incorporated (AFL) is a leading insurance-life business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$54.4 after a previous close of US$54.56. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD53.96 to a high of USD54.91. The latest price was USD53.99 (25 minute delay). Aflac Incorporated is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Aflac Incorporated

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. 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, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Aflac Incorporated. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: AFL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Aflac Incorporated reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$54.56, 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 Aflac Incorporated, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Aflac Incorporated. 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.

Aflac Incorporated stock price (NYSE:AFL)

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Aflac Incorporated shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
OpenUS$54.4
HighUS$54.91
LowUS$53.96
CloseUS$53.99
Previous closeUS$54.56
Change US$-0.57
Change % -1.0447%
Volume 7,984,588
Information last updated 2021-10-23.
52-week rangeUS$32.5354 - US$57.55
50-day moving average US$54.144
200-day moving average US$54.6533
Target priceUS$58.3
PE ratio 6.794
Dividend yield US$1.22 (2.17%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$8.322

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Aflac Incorporated price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $53.99

1 week (2021-10-19) -3.23%
1 month (2021-09-24) 2.58%
3 months (2021-07-26) 0.54%
6 months (2021-04-26) 1.16%
1 year (2020-10-26) 46.83%
2 years (2019-10-25) 1.37%
3 years (2018-10-26) 29.47%
5 years (2016-10-26) 54.70%

Is Aflac Incorporated under- or over-valued?

Valuing Aflac Incorporated stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Aflac Incorporated's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Aflac Incorporated's P/E ratio

Aflac Incorporated's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 7x. In other words, Aflac Incorporated shares trade at around 7x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Aflac Incorporated's PEG ratio

Aflac Incorporated's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.93. 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 Aflac Incorporated's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Aflac Incorporated's EBITDA

Aflac Incorporated's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$5.6 billion (£4.1 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Aflac Incorporated's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Aflac Incorporated financials

Revenue TTM US$23 billion
Operating margin TTM 24.32%
Gross profit TTM US$7.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.2%
Return on equity TTM 18.39%
Profit margin 25.23%
Book value 50.202
Market capitalisation US$37.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Aflac Incorporated shares

There are currently 15.1 million Aflac Incorporated shares held short by investors – that's known as Aflac Incorporated's "short interest". This figure is 2.1% down from 15.4 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Aflac Incorporated shares can be evaluated.

Aflac Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Aflac Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Aflac Incorporated shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Aflac Incorporated shares traded daily (recently around 2.9 million). Aflac Incorporated's SIR currently stands at 5.15. In other words for every 100,000 Aflac Incorporated shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5150 shares are currently held short.

However Aflac Incorporated's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Aflac Incorporated shares, or, against the total number of tradable Aflac Incorporated shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Aflac Incorporated's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Aflac Incorporated shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0227% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Aflac Incorporated shares, roughly 23 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Aflac Incorporated.

Find out more about how you can short Aflac Incorporated stock.

Aflac Incorporated'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 Aflac Incorporated.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Aflac Incorporated's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 23.62

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Aflac Incorporated's overall score of 23.62 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 33rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Aflac Incorporated 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.).

Aflac Incorporated's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.06/100

Aflac Incorporated's environmental score of 0.06 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Aflac Incorporated is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Aflac Incorporated's social score

Social score: 5.47/100

Aflac Incorporated's social score of 5.47 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Aflac Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Aflac Incorporated's governance score

Governance score: 10.09/100

Aflac Incorporated's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Aflac Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Aflac Incorporated's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Aflac Incorporated scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Aflac Incorporated has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Aflac Incorporated was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 23.62
Total ESG percentile 32.94
Environmental score 0.06
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 5.47
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 10.09
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 2

Aflac Incorporated share dividends

23%

Dividend payout ratio: 22.92% of net profits

Recently Aflac Incorporated has paid out, on average, around 22.92% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.33% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Aflac Incorporated shareholders could enjoy a 2.33% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Aflac Incorporated's case, that would currently equate to about $1.22 per share.

While Aflac Incorporated's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Aflac Incorporated is investing more in its future growth.

Aflac Incorporated's most recent dividend payout was on 31 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Aflac Incorporated's shares ever split?

Aflac Incorporated's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 March 2018. 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 Aflac Incorporated shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Aflac Incorporated shares which in turn could have impacted Aflac Incorporated's share price.

Aflac Incorporated share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Aflac Incorporated's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$32.5354 up to US$57.55. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AFL.US volatility(beta: 1.02)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Aflac Incorporated's is 1.0164. This would suggest that Aflac Incorporated'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).

Aflac Incorporated overview

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. It operates through two segments, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. The Aflac Japan segment offers cancer, medical, income support, GIFT, and whole and term life insurance products, as well as WAYS and child endowment plans under saving type insurance products in Japan. The Aflac U.S. segment provides cancer, accident, short-term disability, critical care, hospital indemnity, dental, vision, long-term care and disability, and term and whole life insurance products in the United States. It sells its products through sales associates, brokers, independent corporate agencies, individual agencies, and affiliated corporate agencies. The company was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Columbus, Georgia.

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