How to buy Computershare (CPU) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Computershare shares.

Computershare Limited
AU: CPU - AUD
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
A$16.65
+ A$0.15 ( + 0.91%)

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Computershare Limited is an information technology services business based in Australia. Computershare shares (CPU) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are in Australian Dollars. Computershare has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $2.3 billion. If you're looking to buy shares, check out the steps below.

How to buy shares in Computershare

  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 Computershare. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: CPU. 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 Computershare 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 Computershare. 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.

Computershare stock price (ASX:CPU)

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Computershare shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-19.
52-week range$11.466 - $17.343
50-day moving average $16.3677
200-day moving average $15.6497
Target price$13.56
PE ratio 35.9611
Dividend yield $0.345 (2.09%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.463

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Is it a good time to buy Computershare stock?

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Computershare price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of A$16.65

1 week (2021-09-09) 0.36%
1 month (2021-08-19) 2.97%
3 months (2021-06-18) -2.63%
6 months (2021-03-19) 10.78%
1 year (2020-09-18) 38.06%
2 years (2019-09-19) 3.80%
3 years (2018-09-19) -14.79%
5 years (2016-09-19) 66.25%

Is Computershare under- or over-valued?

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

Computershare's P/E ratio

Computershare's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 36x. In other words, Computershare shares trade at around 36x 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.

Computershare's EBITDA

Computershare's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $563.9 million (£0.0 million).

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

Computershare financials

Revenue TTM $2.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 13.91%
Gross profit TTM $363.3 million
Return on assets TTM 3.96%
Return on equity TTM 9.78%
Profit margin 8.1%
Book value 3.773
Market capitalisation $10.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Computershare'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 Computershare.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Computershare's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 24.82

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Computershare's overall score of 24.82 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 25th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Computershare 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.).

Computershare's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.59/100

Computershare's environmental score of 1.59 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Computershare is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Computershare's social score

Social score: 14.57/100

Computershare's social score of 14.57 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Computershare is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Computershare's governance score

Governance score: 11.15/100

Computershare's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Computershare is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Computershare's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Computershare scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Computershare has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Computershare Limited was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 24.82
Total ESG percentile 25.32
Environmental score 1.59
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 14.57
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 11.15
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 2

Computershare share dividends

54%

Dividend payout ratio: 53.79% of net profits

Recently Computershare has paid out, on average, around 53.79% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.76% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Computershare shareholders could enjoy a 2.76% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Computershare's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.345 per share.

Computershare'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 16 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Computershare's shares ever split?

Computershare's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 4 October 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Computershare shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Computershare shares which in turn could have impacted Computershare's share price.

Computershare share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Computershare's shares have ranged in value from as little as $11.466 up to $17.343. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CPU.AU volatility(beta: 1.14)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (AU average) beta is 1, while Computershare's is 1.1368. This would suggest that Computershare'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).

Computershare overview

Computershare Limited provides issuer, employee share plans and voucher, business, communication and utilities, technology, and mortgage and property rental services. The company offers issuer services that include register maintenance, corporate actions, stakeholder relationship management, corporate governance, and related services; mortgage services and property rental, and tenancy bond protection services; and employee share plans and voucher services comprising administration and related services for employee share and option plans, and childcare voucher administration services. It also provides business services, including the provision of bankruptcy, class action, and corporate trust administration services; communication services and utilities operations consisting of document composition and printing, intelligent mailing, inbound process automation, scanning, and electronic delivery; and technology services, such as software solutions in share registry and financial services. It operates in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, Ireland, Africa, and the United States. The company was incorporated in 1978 and is based in Abbotsford, Australia.

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