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Copart, Inc (CPRT) is a leading specialty business services business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$124.08 after a previous close of US$123.93. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD123.875 to a high of USD125.65. The latest price was USD124.84 (25 minute delay). Copart is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Copart
- 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 Copart. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: CPRT. 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 Copart 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$123.62, 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 Copart, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Copart. 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.
What's in this guide?
- Copart key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Copart stock a buy or sell?
- Copart performance over time
- Can I short Copart shares?
- Is Copart suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Copart shares over-valued?
- Copart's financials
- How volatile are Copart shares?
- Does Copart pay a dividend?
- Have Copart shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Copart share priceUse our graph to track the performance of CPRT stocks over time.
Copart shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$78.55 - US$130.96|
|50-day moving average||US$124.1409|
|200-day moving average||US$117.2882|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$3.521|
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Copart price performance over time
|1 month (2021-05-13)||3.61%|
|3 months (2021-03-12)||13.54%|
|6 months (2020-12-11)||6.72%|
|1 year (2020-06-12)||46.80%|
|2 years (2019-06-12)||66.92%|
|3 years (2018-06-12)||116.70%|
|5 years (2016-06-10)||409.34%|
Is Copart under- or over-valued?
Valuing Copart stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Copart's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Copart's P/E ratio
Copart's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 35x. In other words, Copart shares trade at around 35x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Copart's PEG ratio
Copart's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.14. 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 Copart's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Copart's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.1 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Copart's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$2.5 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||42.14%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||17.48%|
|Return on equity TTM||30.6%|
|Market capitalisation||US$29 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Copart shares
There are currently 2.0 million Copart shares held short by investors – that's known as Copart's "short interest". This figure is 8.6% down from 2.2 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Copart shares can be evaluated.
Copart's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Copart's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Copart shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Copart shares traded daily (recently around 850511.2033195). Copart's SIR currently stands at 2.41. In other words for every 100,000 Copart shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2410 shares are currently held short.
However Copart's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Copart shares, or, against the total number of tradable Copart shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Copart's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Copart shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0121% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Copart shares, roughly 12 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 Copart.
Find out more about how you can short Copart stock.
Copart'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 Copart.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Copart's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 23.93
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Copart's overall score of 23.93 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 33rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Copart 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.).
Copart's environmental score
Environmental score: 5.52/100
Copart's environmental score of 5.52 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Copart is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Copart's social score
Social score: 10.46/100
Copart's social score of 10.46 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Copart is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Copart's governance score
Governance score: 6.95/100
Copart's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Copart is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Copart's controversy score
Controversy score: 1/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Copart scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Copart has managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||23.93|
|Total ESG percentile||33.48|
|Environmental score percentile||2|
|Social score percentile||2|
|Governance score percentile||2|
|Level of controversy||1|
Copart share dividends
We're not expecting Copart to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
Have Copart's shares ever split?
Copart's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 10 April 2017. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Copart shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Copart shares which in turn could have impacted Copart's share price.
Copart share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Copart's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$78.55 up to US$130.96. 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 (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Copart's is 1.0272. This would suggest that Copart'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).
Copart, Inc. provides online auctions and vehicle remarketing services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Finland, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, and Spain. It offers a range of services for processing and selling vehicles over the internet through its virtual bidding third generation internet auction-style sales technology to vehicle sellers, insurance companies, banks and finance companies, charities, and fleet operators and dealers, as well as individuals. The company's services include online seller access, salvage estimation, estimating, end-of-life vehicle processing, virtual insured exchange, transportation, vehicle inspection stations, on-demand reporting, title processing and procurement, loan payoff, flexible vehicle processing programs, buy it now, member network, sales process, and dealer services. Its services also comprise services to sell vehicles through CashForCars.com; U-Pull-It service that allows buyer to remove valuable parts and sell the remaining parts and car body; copart 360, an online technology for posting vehicle images; membership tiers for those registering to buy vehicles through Copart.com; and virtual queue to secure a place in line while visiting one of its locations. The company sells its products principally to licensed vehicle dismantlers, rebuilders, repair licensees, used vehicle dealers, and exporters, as well as to the general public. Copart, Inc. has a strategic partnership with CHAMPtitles, LLC to introduce an automated digital platform for car sellers, including insurance companies for mail-oriented vehicle title processing. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
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