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AusNet Services Ltd is an utilities-diversified business based in Australia. Ausnet Services shares (AST) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are in Australian Dollars. Ausnet Services has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $1.9 billion. If you're looking to buy shares, check out the steps below.

How to buy shares in Ausnet Services

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares listed in Australia, you'll need to sign up to a broker with access to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Our table below can help you choose.
  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, PayPal or debit card.
  3. Search for Ausnet Services. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: AST. 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 Ausnet Services 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 today's price, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Ausnet Services. 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.

Ausnet Services share price

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Ausnet Services shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-24.
52-week range$1.582 - $1.9953
50-day moving average $1.789
200-day moving average $1.7857
Target price$1.66
PE ratio 22.0875
Dividend yield $0.095 (5.46%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.08

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Is it a good time to buy Ausnet Services stock?

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Ausnet Services price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of A$1.78

1 week (2021-06-18) -2.47%
1 month (2021-05-25) 2.89%
3 months (2021-03-25) -2.73%
6 months (2020-12-24) -0.56%
1 year (2020-06-25) 4.71%
2 years (2019-06-25) -8.48%
3 years (2018-06-25) 12.30%
5 years (2016-06-24) 13.02%

Is Ausnet Services under- or over-valued?

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

Ausnet Services's P/E ratio

Ausnet Services's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, Ausnet Services shares trade at around 22x 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.

Ausnet Services's EBITDA

Ausnet Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.1 billion.

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

Ausnet Services financials

Revenue TTM $1.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 38.25%
Gross profit TTM $1.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.18%
Return on equity TTM 9.38%
Profit margin 15.7%
Book value 0.904
Market capitalisation $6.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Ausnet Services share dividends

1%

Dividend payout ratio: 1.19% of net profits

Recently Ausnet Services has paid out, on average, around 1.19% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.46% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Ausnet Services shareholders could enjoy a 5.46% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ausnet Services's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.095 per share.

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

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 19 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Ausnet Services's shares ever split?

Ausnet Services's shares were split on 13 May 2009.

Ausnet Services share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Ausnet Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as $1.582 up to $1.9953. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (AU average) beta is 1, while Ausnet Services's is -0.0282. This would suggest that Ausnet Services's shares have been inversely-correlated to the average (for this exchange) – so when the broader market trended up or down, Ausnet Services has bucked the trend.

Ausnet Services overview

AusNet Services Ltd owns and operates an electricity transmission network in Australia. It operates through Electricity Distribution, Gas Distribution, Electricity Transmission, and Growth & Future Networks segments. The Electricity Distribution segment carries electricity from the high voltage transmission network to end users, including metering. The Gas Distribution segment carries natural gas to commercial and residential end users, including metering in central and western Victoria. The Electricity Transmission segment owns and manages an electricity transmission network, including transmission lines and towers, which carry electricity at high voltages from power generators to electricity distributors in Victoria. The Growth & Future Networks segment provides contracted infrastructure asset and energy services, as well as a range of asset and utility services to support the management of electricity, gas, and water networks. The company operates through an electricity transmission network of approximately 6,852 kilometers of high voltage transmission powerlines, 61 terminal stations, and 13,161 transmission towers; electricity distribution network of approximately 768,460 customers, 77 zone substations, 412,402 distribution poles, and approximately 53,990 kilometer of distribution lines. It also operates a gas distribution network of 752,882 customers and 12,384 kilometers of underground gas pipelines. The company was formerly known as SP AusNet Ltd. and changed its name to AusNet Services Ltd in August 2014. AusNet Services Ltd was incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in Southbank, Australia.

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