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carsales.com Ltd is an internet content & information business based in Australia. Carsales shares (CAR) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. Carsales has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $395.6 million..
How to buy shares in Carsales
- 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.
- 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.
- Search for Carsales. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: CAR. 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 Carsales 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 today's price of $22.6, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Carsales. 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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Carsales share priceUse our graph to track the performance of CAR stocks over time.
Carsales shares at a glance
|52-week range||$9.5199 - $22.99|
|50-day moving average||$19.6994|
|200-day moving average||$20.1473|
|Dividend yield||$0.5 (2.62%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$0.467|
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Is it a good time to buy Carsales stock?
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Carsales price performance over time
|1 week (2021-01-15)||19.51%|
|1 month (2020-12-23)||13.00%|
|3 months (2020-10-23)||0.04%|
|6 months (2020-07-23)||20.09%|
|1 year (2020-01-23)||26.12%|
|2 years (2019-01-23)||81.96%|
|3 years (2018-01-23)||53.64%|
|5 years (2016-01-22)||98.77%|
Is Carsales under- or over-valued?
Valuing Carsales stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Carsales's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Carsales's P/E ratio
Carsales's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 42x. In other words, Carsales shares trade at around 42x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Carsales's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $179.3 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Carsales's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$395.6 million|
|Operating margin TTM||41.88%|
|Gross profit TTM||$333.2 million|
|Return on assets TTM||10.41%|
|Return on equity TTM||39.83%|
|Market capitalisation||$4.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Carsales share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 102.17% of net profits
Recently Carsales has paid out, on average, around 102.17% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.62% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Carsales shareholders could enjoy a 2.62% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Carsales's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.5 per share.
Carsales'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 22 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Carsales share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Carsales's shares have ranged in value from as little as $9.5199 up to $22.99. 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 Carsales's is 0.8075. This would suggest that Carsales's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
carsales.com Ltd engages operates digital automotive marketplace in Australia, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. It operates in Online Advertising Services; Data, Research and Services; Latin America; and Asia segments. The Online Advertising Services segment offers classified advertising that allows dealers and consumers to advertise automotive and non-automotive goods and services for sale across the carsales network; and services, including subscriptions, lead fees, and priority placement services on automotive and non-automotive goods and services. It also provides display advertising services, such as placing advertisements on carsales network websites for corporate customers comprising automotive manufacturers/importers, and finance and insurance companies. In addition, this segment holds investments in tyresales.com.au, an online tyre advertisement website that allows consumers to transact and purchase tyres; and RedBook Inspect, which provides inspection services published online as part of classified advertisements. The Data, Research and Services segment offers software, analysis, research and reporting, valuation, and website development and hosting services, as well as photography services. The Latin America segment is involved in the provision of online automotive classifieds and media advertising services. The Asia segment provides online automotive classifieds, media advertising, and automotive data services. carsales.com Ltd was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.
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