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AMETEK, Inc (AME) is a leading specialty industrial machinery business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$133.86 after a previous close of US$133.72. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD133.11 to a high of USD134.225. The latest price was USD133.62 (25 minute delay). AMETEK is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in AMETEK

  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 AMETEK. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: AME. 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 AMETEK 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$137.7, 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 AMETEK, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of AMETEK. 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.

AMETEK share price

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AMETEK shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-22.
OpenUS$133.86
HighUS$134.225
LowUS$133.11
CloseUS$133.62
Previous closeUS$133.72
Change US$-0.1
Change % -0.0748%
Volume 662,818
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$83.9807 - US$138.866
50-day moving average US$135.0888
200-day moving average US$125.4081
Target priceUS$151.72
PE ratio 38.3816
Dividend yield US$0.74 (0.55%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$3.491

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Is it a good time to buy AMETEK stock?

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AMETEK price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $133.62

1 week (2021-06-16) -1.31%
1 month (2021-05-21) 0.58%
3 months (2021-03-23) 9.82%
6 months (2020-12-23) 12.65%
1 year (2020-06-23) 50.00%
2 years (2019-06-21) 52.26%
3 years (2018-06-22) 83.04%
5 years (2016-06-23) 181.48%

Is AMETEK under- or over-valued?

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

AMETEK's P/E ratio

AMETEK's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 38x. In other words, AMETEK shares trade at around 38x 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.

AMETEK's PEG ratio

AMETEK's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.1332. 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 AMETEK's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

AMETEK's EBITDA

AMETEK's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.3 billion.

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

AMETEK financials

Revenue TTM US$4.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 23.48%
Gross profit TTM US$1.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.31%
Return on equity TTM 14.17%
Profit margin 17.81%
Book value 26.506
Market capitalisation US$30.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting AMETEK shares

There are currently 1.3 million AMETEK shares held short by investors – that's known as AMETEK's "short interest". This figure is 4.6% down from 1.3 million last month.

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

AMETEK's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

AMETEK's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of AMETEK shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of AMETEK shares traded daily (recently around 1.0 million). AMETEK's SIR currently stands at 1.25. In other words for every 100,000 AMETEK shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1250 shares are currently held short.

However AMETEK's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of AMETEK shares, or, against the total number of tradable AMETEK shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case AMETEK's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 AMETEK shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0056% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable AMETEK shares, roughly 6 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against AMETEK.

Find out more about how you can short AMETEK stock.

AMETEK'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 AMETEK.

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

AMETEK's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 33.32

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and AMETEK's overall score of 33.32 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 57th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

AMETEK's environmental score

Environmental score: 10.08/100

AMETEK's environmental score of 10.08 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that AMETEK is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

AMETEK's social score

Social score: 15.44/100

AMETEK's social score of 15.44 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that AMETEK is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

AMETEK's governance score

Governance score: 8.8/100

AMETEK's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that AMETEK is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

AMETEK's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

AMETEK, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 33.32
Total ESG percentile 56.8
Environmental score 10.08
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 15.44
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 8.8
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

AMETEK share dividends

19%

Dividend payout ratio: 19% of net profits

Recently AMETEK has paid out, on average, around 19% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.59% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), AMETEK shareholders could enjoy a 0.59% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In AMETEK's case, that would currently equate to about $0.74 per share.

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

AMETEK's most recent dividend payout was on 29 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have AMETEK's shares ever split?

AMETEK's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 1 July 2012. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your AMETEK shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for AMETEK shares which in turn could have impacted AMETEK's share price.

AMETEK share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, AMETEK's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$83.9807 up to US$138.866. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AME.US volatility(beta: 1.34)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 AMETEK's is 1.3386. This would suggest that AMETEK's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

AMETEK overview

AMETEK, Inc. manufactures and sells electronic instruments and electromechanical devices worldwide. It operates in two segments, Electronic Instruments (EIG) and Electromechanical (EMG). The company's EIG segment offers advanced instruments for the process, aerospace, power, and industrial markets; process and analytical instruments for the oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, automation, and food and beverage industries; and instruments to the laboratory equipment, ultra-precision manufacturing, medical, and test and measurement markets. This segment also provides power quality monitoring and metering devices, uninterruptible power supplies, programmable power equipment, electromagnetic compatibility test equipment, sensors for gas turbines, dashboard instruments for heavy trucks and other vehicles, and instrumentation and controls for the food and beverage industries; and aircraft and engine sensors, monitoring systems, power supplies, fuel and fluid measurement systems, and data acquisition units for the aerospace industry. Its EMG segment offers engineered electrical connectors and electronics packaging for protecting sensitive electronic devices; precision motion control products for data storage, medical devices, business equipment, automation and other applications; high-purity powdered metals, strip and foil, specialty clad metals, and metal matrix composites; motor-blower systems and heat exchangers for use in thermal management, military, commercial aircraft, and military ground vehicles; and motors for use in commercial appliances, fitness equipment, food and beverage machines, hydraulic pumps, and industrial blowers. This segment also operates a network of aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul facilities. In addition, the company offers clinical and education communication solutions for healthcare facilities and educational institutions. AMETEK, Inc. was incorporated in 1930 and is headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

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