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 listed in Australian Dollars. Ausnet Services has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $2 billion.
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- Are Ausnet Services shares over-valued?
- Ausnet Services's financials
- How volatile are Ausnet Services shares?
- Does Ausnet Services pay a dividend?
- Have Ausnet Services shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Ausnet Services share priceUse our graph to track the performance of AST stocks over time.
Ausnet Services shares at a glance
|52-week range||AUDA$1.465 - AUDA$2.015|
|50-day moving average||AUDA$1.8521|
|200-day moving average||AUDA$1.786|
|Dividend yield||AUDA$0.1 (5.33%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||AUDA$0.079|
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Is it a good time to buy Ausnet Services stock?
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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 24x. In other words, Ausnet Services shares trade at around 24x 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 $1.2 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||$2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||37.86%|
|Gross profit TTM||$1.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||3.45%|
|Return on equity TTM||9.24%|
|Market capitalisation||$7.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Ausnet Services share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 126.4% of net profits
Recently Ausnet Services has paid out, on average, around 126.4% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.33% 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 5.33% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ausnet Services's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.1 per share.
Ausnet Services'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 19 May 2020 (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 $1.465 up to $2.015. 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 0.1813. This would suggest that Ausnet Services's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
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 Mondo 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 Mondo segment provides contracted infrastructure asset services and specialized technology solutions to enable energy data and asset intelligence services. This segment serves customers operating in utility, renewables, and infrastructure sectors of electricity, water, gas, and rail. The company operates through an electricity transmission network of approximately 6,836 kilometers of high voltage transmission powerlines, 59 terminal stations, and 13,153 transmission towers; electricity distribution network of approximately 750,000 customers, 76 zone substations, 407,354 power poles, and approximately 61,994 kilometer of powerlines. It also operates a gas distribution network of 730,000 customers and 11,893 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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