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How to buy Contact Energy shares | A$7.12

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Contact Energy Limited is an utilities—independent power producers business based in Australia. Contact Energy shares (CEN) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. Its last market close was $7.12 – a decrease of 1.11% over the previous week. and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of $5 billion.

How to buy shares in Contact Energy

  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 Contact Energy. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: CEN. 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 Contact Energy 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 of $7.12, 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 Contact Energy. 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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How has coronavirus impacted Contact Energy's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Contact Energy's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was $7.12, which is 1.79% down on its pre-crash value of $7.25 and 64.81% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $4.32.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Contact Energy shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $674.30 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,017.16.

Contact Energy share price

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Contact Energy shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market closeAUDA$7.12
52-week rangeAUDA$4.32 - AUDA$7.54
50-day moving average AUDA$6.2575
200-day moving average AUDA$5.9049
Target priceN/A
PE ratio 36.3007
Dividend yield AUDA$0.4 (5.53%)
Earnings per share (TTM) AUDA$0.126

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  • Brokerage - AU shares: From AUD 5 or 0.05%
  • Brokerage - US shares: USD 0
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Name Product Standard brokerage fee Inactivity fee Markets
IG Share Trading
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AUD 8 or 0.1%
AUD 50 per quarter if you make fewer than three trades in that period
ASX shares, Global shares, Forex, CFDs, Margin trading
Brokerage discount: $5 on Australian shares for active traders & $0 commission on US and global shares
Enjoy some of the lowest brokerage fees on the market when trading Australian shares, international shares, forex and CFDs, plus get access to 24-hour customer support.
Superhero share trading
ASX shares
Pay zero brokerage on all Australian ETFs.
Trade ASX stocks with a flat $5 commission fee and a low minimum investment of just $100.
CMC Markets Stockbroking
AUD 11 or 0.1%
ASX shares, Global shares, Forex, CFDs, Margin trading, Options trading, mFunds
$0 brokerage on global shares including US, UK and Japan markets.
Trade up to 9,000 products, including shares, managed funds, forex, commodities and cryptocurrencies, plus access up to 15 major global and Australian stock exchanges.
ANZ Share Investing
AUD 19.95
ASX shares, Global shares, Margin trading, Options trading
Earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$3 spent on brokerage fees on certain instruments.
Access Morningstar reports, company announcements and and live pricing via ANZ’s share investing platform. Available for desktop and mobile.
Westpac Online Investing Account
AUD 19.95 or 0.11%
AUD 63.50 per year on the global markets account
ASX shares, Global shares, Options trading, US shares

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Is it a good time to buy Contact Energy stock?

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Contact Energy price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of A$7.12 on 2020-10-22

1 week (2020-10-23) 0%
1 month (2020-09-30) 15.77%
3 months (2020-07-30) 31.85%
6 months (2020-04-30) 20.68%
1 year (2019-10-30) 4.09%
2 years (2018-10-30) 39.61%
3 years (2017-10-30) 42.12%
5 years (2015-10-30) 48.33%

Is Contact Energy under- or over-valued?

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

Contact Energy's P/E ratio

Contact Energy'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, Contact Energy 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.

Contact Energy's PEG ratio

Contact Energy's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 29.5361. 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 Contact Energy's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Contact Energy financials

Gross profit TTM $451 million
Return on assets TTM 2.93%
Return on equity TTM 4.63%
Profit margin 6.03%
Book value 2.608
Market capitalisation $5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Contact Energy share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 217.93% of net profits

Recently Contact Energy has paid out, on average, around 217.93% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.53% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Contact Energy shareholders could enjoy a 5.53% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Contact Energy's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.4 per share.

Contact Energy'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 25 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Contact Energy's shares ever split?

Contact Energy's shares were split on 23 August 2012.

Contact Energy share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Contact Energy's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.32 up to $7.54. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CEN.AU volatility(beta: 0.55)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 Contact Energy's is 0.5548. This would suggest that Contact Energy's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Contact Energy overview

Contact Energy Limited generates, trades in, and retails electricity, natural gas, broadband, and other products and services in New Zealand. It operates in, Wholesale and Customer segments. The company generates electricity through hydro, geothermal, and thermal sources, as well as geothermal wells and pipelines. It owns and operates 11 power stations; and supplies piped gas. The company serves approximately 500,000 electricity, gas, and broadband connections. Contact Energy Limited was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand.

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