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Bunge Limited is a farm products business with stocks listed in the US. Bunge shares (BG) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$68.6 – a decrease of 2.92% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Bunge
- 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.
- 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.
- Search for Bunge. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: BG. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Bunge reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$68.6, 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 Bunge, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Bunge. 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.
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What's in this guide?
- Bunge key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Bunge stock a buy or sell?
- Bunge performance over time
- Can I short Bunge shares?
- Is Bunge suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Bunge shares over-valued?
- Bunge's financials
- How volatile are Bunge shares?
- Does Bunge pay a dividend?
- Other common questions
Bunge share priceUse our graph to track the performance of BG stocks over time.
Bunge shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$28.0425 - US$73.49|
|50-day moving average||US$66.3752|
|200-day moving average||US$53.5927|
|Dividend yield||US$2 (2.92%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$3.562|
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Is it a good time to buy Bunge stock?
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Bunge price performance over time
|1 week (2021-01-19)||-2.90%|
|1 month (2020-12-24)||6.64%|
|3 months (2020-10-26)||23.18%|
|6 months (2020-07-24)||54.75%|
|1 year (2020-01-24)||26.29%|
|2 years (2019-01-25)||28.73%|
|3 years (2018-01-26)||-16.14%|
|5 years (2016-01-26)||15.64%|
Is Bunge under- or over-valued?
Valuing Bunge stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Bunge's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Bunge's P/E ratio
Bunge's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, Bunge shares trade at around 19x 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.
Bunge's PEG ratio
Bunge's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.7053. 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 Bunge's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Bunge's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$3.2 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Bunge's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$39.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||6.88%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$2.3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||8.64%|
|Return on equity TTM||9.62%|
|Market capitalisation||US$9.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Bunge shares
There are currently 2.9 million Bunge shares held short by investors – that's known as Bunge's "short interest". This figure is 18.5% down from 3.6 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Bunge shares can be evaluated.
Bunge's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Bunge's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Bunge shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Bunge shares traded daily (recently around 1.1 million). Bunge's SIR currently stands at 2.63. In other words for every 100,000 Bunge shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2630 shares are currently held short.
However Bunge's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Bunge shares, or, against the total number of tradable Bunge shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Bunge's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Bunge shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0275% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Bunge shares, roughly 28 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 Bunge.
Find out more about how you can short Bunge stock.
Bunge'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 Bunge.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Bunge's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 32.85
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Bunge's overall score of 32.85 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 72nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Bunge 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.).
Bunge's environmental score
Environmental score: 10.68/100
Bunge's social score
Social score: 13.14/100
Bunge's governance score
Governance score: 4.03/100
Bunge's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Bunge scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Bunge hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||32.85|
|Total ESG percentile||71.88|
|Level of controversy||3|
Bunge share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 31.85% of net profits
Recently Bunge has paid out, on average, around 31.85% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.92% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Bunge shareholders could enjoy a 2.92% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Bunge's case, that would currently equate to about $2 per share.
While Bunge's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Bunge may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Bunge's most recent dividend payout was on 2 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Bunge share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Bunge's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$28.0425 up to US$73.49. 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 (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Bunge's is 0.7584. This would suggest that Bunge's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Bunge Limited operates as an agribusiness and food company worldwide. It operates in five segments: Agribusiness, Edible Oil Products, Milling Products, Sugar and Bioenergy, and Fertilizer. The Agribusiness segment purchases, stores, transports, processes, and sells agricultural commodities and commodity products, including oilseeds primarily soybeans, rapeseed, canola, and sunflower seeds, as well as grains primarily wheat and corn; and vegetable oils and protein meals. It provides its products for animal feed manufacturers, livestock producers, wheat and corn millers, and other oilseed processors, as well as third-party edible oil processing companies; and for industrial and biodiesel production applications. The Edible Oil Products segment provides packaged and bulk oils and fats, including cooking oils, shortenings, margarines, mayonnaise, and others for baked goods companies, snack food producers, confectioners, restaurant chains, foodservice operators, infant nutrition companies, and other food manufacturers, as well as grocery chains, wholesalers, distributors, and other retailers. The Milling Products segment offers wheat flours and bakery mixes; corn milling products that include dry-milled corn meals and flours, wet-milled masa and flours, and flaking and brewer's grits, as well as soy-fortified corn meal, corn-soy blends, and other products; whole grain and fiber ingredients; and milled rice products. The Sugar and Bioenergy segment produces sugar and ethanol; and generates electricity from burning sugarcane bagasse. The Fertilizer segment offers nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium fertilizers; and SSP, ammonia, ammonium thiosulfate, monoammonium phosphate, diammonium phosphate, triple supersphosphate, urea, urea-ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, and potassium chloride. The company was founded in 1818 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
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