How to buy ALS (ALQ) shares

Learn how to easily invest in ALS shares.

ALS
AU: ALQ - AUD
A$11.80
+ A$0.54 ( + 4.80%)
CONSULTING SERVICES

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ALS is a consulting services business based in Australia. ALS shares (ALQ) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are in Australian Dollar. ALS has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $2 billion. If you're looking to buy shares, check out the steps below.

How to buy shares in ALS

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Search for ALS. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: ALQ. 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 ALS reaches your desired price. Look into dollar-cost averaging to spread out your risk, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. 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.
  6. Check on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of ALS. 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.

ALS stock price (ASX:ALQ)

Use our graph to track the performance of ALQ stocks over time.

ALS shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-22.
52-week range$8.9273 - $13.9589
50-day moving average $12.8862
200-day moving average $12.5255
Target price$13.71
PE ratio 33.5598
Dividend yield $0.304 (2.56%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.368

Compare share trading platforms

The value of your investments can fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is no indication of future results.
Name Product Standard brokerage fee Inactivity fee Markets
IG Share Trading
AUD $8 or 0.1%
$50 per quarter if you make fewer than three trades in that period
ASX shares, Global shares
$0 brokerage for US and global shares plus get an active trader discount of $5 commission on Australian shares.
Enjoy some of the lowest brokerage fees on the market when trading Australian shares, international shares, plus get access to 24-hour customer support.
ThinkMarkets Share Trading
AUD $8
No
ASX shares
$8 flat fee brokerage for CHESS Sponsored ASX stocks (HIN ownership), plus free live stock price data on an easy to use mobile app.
Superhero share trading
$5
No
ASX shares, US shares, ETFs
Earn up to 15,000 Qantas frequent flyer points when you transfer an exisiting balance or trade. Offer valid for all new and existing Superhero members until 28 February.
Pay zero brokerage on US stocks and all ETFs and just $5 (flat fee) to trade Australian shares from your mobile or desktop.
GO Markets Share Trading
$7.70
No
ASX shares, Forex, CFDs, ETFs
Pay zero brokerage on your first 20 trades and $7.70 after that on over 2,500 ASX listed shares from either your desktop or mobile.
Opentrader Share Trading
AUD $5
No
ASX shares, Options trading, ETFs, Warrants
Gain access to chess sponsored shares for as little as $5 per trade.
Get free live data, advanced charting and even gain experience before trading through fantasy portfolios when you sign up with OpenTrader.
Saxo Capital Markets (Classic account)
AUD $5
No
ASX shares, Global shares, ETFs
Access 19,000+ stocks on 40+ exchanges worldwide
Low fees for Australian and global share trading, no inactivity fees, low currency conversion fee and optimised for mobile.
HSBC Online Share Trading
AUD $19.95
No
ASX shares, mFunds, ETFs, Bonds
Limited-time offer: Join HSBC’s online trading account before 28 February 2022 and HSBC will reimburse you up to $100 on your first 5 trades. Also traders who transfer $50k+ will get a $200 bonus(T&Cs apply).
Make trades online with brokerage fees starting from just $19.95 with an HSBC Online Share Trading account. Plus gain access to complimentary expert research, trading ideas and tools.
SelfWealth (Basic account)
AUD $9.5
No
ASX shares, US shares
Trade ASX and US shares for a flat fee of $9.50, regardless of the trade size.
New customers receive free access to Community Insights with SelfWealth Premium for the first 90 days. Follow other investors and benchmark your portfolio performance.
Bell Direct Share Trading
AUD $15
No
ASX shares, mFunds, ETFs
Invest in Australian shares, options and managed funds from the one account with no inactivity fee.
Bell Direct offers a one-second placement guarantee on market-to-limit ASX orders or your trade is free, plus enjoy extensive free research reports from top financial experts.
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Is it a good time to buy ALS stock?

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ALS price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of A$11.8

1 week (2022-01-21) -4.45%
1 month (2021-12-29) -10.33%
3 months (2021-10-29) -10.67%
6 months (2021-07-29) -9.23%
1 year (2021-01-29) 18.36%
2 years (2020-01-28) 21.27%
3 years (2019-01-25) 62.98%
5 years (2017-01-27) 89.41%

Is ALS under- or over-valued?

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

ALS's P/E ratio

ALS's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 34x. In other words, ALS shares trade at around 34x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14).

ALS's PEG ratio

ALS's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.12. 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 ALS's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

ALS's EBITDA

ALS's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $434.4 million (£0.0 million).

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

ALS financials

Revenue TTM $2 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.84%
Gross profit TTM $517.5 million
Return on assets TTM 8.63%
Return on equity TTM 16.53%
Profit margin 9.14%
Book value 2.311
Market capitalisation $6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

ALS share dividends

84%

Dividend payout ratio: 84.44% of net profits

Recently ALS has paid out, on average, around 84.44% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.56% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), ALS shareholders could enjoy a 2.56% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In ALS's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.304 per share.

ALS'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 1 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have ALS's shares ever split?

ALS's shares were split on a 5:1 basis on 1 August 2012. So if you had owned 1 share the day before the split, the next day you would own 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your ALS shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 80% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for ALS shares which in turn could have impacted ALS's share price.

ALS share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, ALS's shares have ranged in value from as little as $8.9273 up to $13.9589. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ALQ.AU volatility(beta: 1.01)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (AU average) beta is 1, while ALS's is 1.0114. This would suggest that ALS'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).

ALS overview

ALS Limited provides professional technical services primarily in the areas of testing, measurement, and inspection in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Americas. The company operates through three segments: Commodities, Life Sciences, and Industrial. The Commodities segment offers assaying and analytical testing, and metallurgical services for the mining and mineral exploration companies in geochemistry, metallurgy, inspection, and coal quality areas. Its testing and consulting services cover the resource life cycle, including exploration, feasibility, optimization, production, design, development, trade, and rehabilitation. This segment also provides coal sampling, analysis and certification, formation evaluation, and related analytical testing services. The Life Sciences segment offers analytical testing and sampling, and remote monitoring services for the environmental, food, pharmaceutical, and consumer products markets; and microbiological, physical, and chemical testing services. This segment also provides analytical testing data to assist consulting and engineering firms, industries, and governments. The Industrial segment offers diagnostic testing and engineering solutions for the energy, resources, transportation, and infrastructure sectors. This segment serves asset owners, operators, constructors, and equipment manufacturers in the power, petrochemical, mining, minerals processing, water, infrastructure, and transportation industries. The company was formerly known as Campbell Brothers Limited and changed its name to ALS Limited in August 2012. ALS Limited was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Stafford, Australia.

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