How to buy Assured Guaranty (AGO) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Assured Guaranty shares.

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Assured Guaranty Ltd is an insurance-specialty business with stocks listed in the US. Assured Guaranty shares (AGO) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$55.69 – an increase of 2.9% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.

How to buy shares in Assured Guaranty

  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 Assured Guaranty. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: AGO. 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 Assured Guaranty 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$48.48, 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 Assured Guaranty, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Assured Guaranty. 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.

Assured Guaranty stock price (NYSE:AGO)

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Assured Guaranty shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-16.
52-week rangeUS$34.6752 - US$56.717
50-day moving average US$51.287
200-day moving average US$49.0033
Target priceUS$61
PE ratio 15.7006
Dividend yield US$0.86 (1.58%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$3.547

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Is it a good time to buy Assured Guaranty stock?

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Assured Guaranty share growth calculator


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Assured Guaranty price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $55.69

1 week (2022-01-06) 4.98%
1 month (2021-12-16) 16.60%
3 months (2021-10-15) 5.35%
6 months (2021-07-16) 20.38%
1 year (2021-01-15) 44.69%
2 years (2020-01-16) 14.12%
3 years (2019-01-16) 39.78%
5 years (2017-01-13) 42.07%

Is Assured Guaranty under- or over-valued?

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

Assured Guaranty's P/E ratio

Assured Guaranty's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, Assured Guaranty shares trade at around 16x 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.

Assured Guaranty's PEG ratio

Assured Guaranty's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.52. 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 Assured Guaranty's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Assured Guaranty's EBITDA

Assured Guaranty's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$419 million (£0.0 million).

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

Assured Guaranty financials

Revenue TTM US$863 million
Operating margin TTM 47.16%
Gross profit TTM US$809 million
Return on assets TTM 1.58%
Return on equity TTM 4.4%
Profit margin 31.75%
Book value 88.487
Market capitalisation US$3.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Assured Guaranty share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 26.83% of net profits

Recently Assured Guaranty has paid out, on average, around 26.83% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.58% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Assured Guaranty shareholders could enjoy a 1.58% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Assured Guaranty's case, that would currently equate to about $0.86 per share.

While Assured Guaranty's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Assured Guaranty may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Assured Guaranty's most recent dividend payout was on 30 November 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 15 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Assured Guaranty share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Assured Guaranty's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$34.6752 up to US$56.717. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AGO.US volatility(beta: 1.24)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 Assured Guaranty's is 1.2418. This would suggest that Assured Guaranty'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).

Assured Guaranty overview

Assured Guaranty Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides credit protection products to public finance, infrastructure, and structured finance markets in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Insurance and Asset Management. It offers financial guaranty insurance that protects holders of debt instruments and other monetary obligations from defaults in scheduled payments. The company insures and reinsures various debt obligations, including bonds issued by the United States state, governmental authorities or municipal governmental authorities; and notes issued to finance infrastructure projects. It also insures and reinsures various types of the U.S. public finance obligations, such as general obligation, tax-backed, municipal utility, transportation, healthcare, higher education, infrastructure, housing revenue, investor-owned utility, renewable energy, and other public finance bonds; non-U.S. public finance obligations comprising regulated utilities, infrastructure finance, sovereign and sub-sovereign, renewable energy bonds, pooled infrastructure, and other public finance obligations; and the U.S. and non-U.S. Structured finance obligations, including residential mortgage-backed securities, life insurance transactions, consumer receivables securities, pooled corporate obligations, financial products, and other structured finance securities. In addition, the company provides asset management services comprising investment advisory services, including management of collateralized loan obligations and opportunity funds to outside investors. It markets its financial guaranty insurance directly to issuers and underwriters of public finance and structured finance securities, as well as to investors in such obligations. Assured Guaranty Ltd. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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