How to buy Electronic Arts shares
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Electronic Arts Inc is an electronic gaming & multimedia business with stocks listed in the US. Electronic Arts shares (EA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$145.21 – an increase of 1.6% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Electronic Arts
- 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 Electronic Arts. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: EA. 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 Electronic Arts 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$145.21, 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 Electronic Arts, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Electronic Arts. 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?
- Electronic Arts key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Electronic Arts stock a buy or sell?
- Electronic Arts performance over time
- Can I short Electronic Arts shares?
- Is Electronic Arts suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Electronic Arts shares over-valued?
- Electronic Arts's financials
- How volatile are Electronic Arts shares?
- Does Electronic Arts pay a dividend?
- Have Electronic Arts shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Electronic Arts share priceUse our graph to track the performance of EA stocks over time.
Electronic Arts shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$109.7372 - US$149.9362|
|50-day moving average||US$142.3032|
|200-day moving average||US$139.558|
|Dividend yield||US$0.34 (0.24%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$2.87|
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Is it a good time to buy Electronic Arts stock?
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Electronic Arts price performance over time
|1 week (2021-06-14)||-2.25%|
|1 month (2021-05-21)||3.60%|
|3 months (2021-03-22)||10.50%|
|6 months (2020-12-22)||4.15%|
|1 year (2020-06-22)||11.94%|
|2 years (2019-06-21)||52.32%|
|3 years (2018-06-22)||2.80%|
|5 years (2016-06-22)||94.13%|
Is Electronic Arts under- or over-valued?
Valuing Electronic Arts stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Electronic Arts's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Electronic Arts's P/E ratio
Electronic Arts's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 50x. In other words, Electronic Arts shares trade at around 50x 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.
Electronic Arts's PEG ratio
Electronic Arts's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.1447. 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 Electronic Arts's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Electronic Arts's EBITDA
Electronic Arts's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.2 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Electronic Arts's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Electronic Arts financials
|Revenue TTM||US$5.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||18.74%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$4.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||5.41%|
|Return on equity TTM||10.94%|
|Market capitalisation||US$40.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Electronic Arts shares
There are currently 3.7 million Electronic Arts shares held short by investors – that's known as Electronic Arts's "short interest". This figure is 37.4% down from 6.0 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Electronic Arts shares can be evaluated.
Electronic Arts's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Electronic Arts's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Electronic Arts shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Electronic Arts shares traded daily (recently around 2.3 million). Electronic Arts's SIR currently stands at 1.61. In other words for every 100,000 Electronic Arts shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1610 shares are currently held short.
However Electronic Arts's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Electronic Arts shares, or, against the total number of tradable Electronic Arts shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Electronic Arts's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Electronic Arts shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0132% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Electronic Arts shares, roughly 13 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 Electronic Arts.
Find out more about how you can short Electronic Arts stock.
Electronic Arts'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 Electronic Arts.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Electronic Arts's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 16.2
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Electronic Arts's overall score of 16.2 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 10th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Electronic Arts 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.).
Electronic Arts's environmental score
Environmental score: 5.63/100
Electronic Arts's environmental score of 5.63 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Electronic Arts is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Electronic Arts's social score
Social score: 11.75/100
Electronic Arts's social score of 11.75 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Electronic Arts is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Electronic Arts's governance score
Governance score: 11.32/100
Electronic Arts's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Electronic Arts is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Electronic Arts's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Electronic Arts scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Electronic Arts has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||16.2|
|Total ESG percentile||9.54|
|Environmental score percentile||7|
|Social score percentile||7|
|Governance score percentile||7|
|Level of controversy||2|
Electronic Arts share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 8.97% of net profits
Recently Electronic Arts has paid out, on average, around 8.97% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.47% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Electronic Arts shareholders could enjoy a 0.47% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Electronic Arts's case, that would currently equate to about $0.34 per share.
While Electronic Arts's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Electronic Arts is investing more in its future growth.
Electronic Arts's most recent dividend payout was on 22 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 31 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Electronic Arts's shares ever split?
Electronic Arts's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 17 November 2003. 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 Electronic Arts shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Electronic Arts shares which in turn could have impacted Electronic Arts's share price.
Electronic Arts share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Electronic Arts's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$109.7372 up to US$149.9362. 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 Electronic Arts's is 0.8908. This would suggest that Electronic Arts's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Electronic Arts overview
Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes games, content, and services for game consoles, PCs, mobile phones, and tablets worldwide. It develops and publishes games and services across various genres, such as sports, racing, first-person shooter, action, role-playing, and simulation primarily under the Battlefield, The Sims, Apex Legends, Need for Speed, and Plants vs. Zombies brands; and license games from others, including FIFA, Madden NFL, UFC, NHL, Formula 1, and Star Wars brands. The company also provides advertising services; and licenses its games to third parties to distribute and host its games. It markets and sells its games and services through digital distribution and retail channels, as well as directly to mass market retailers, specialty stores, and distribution arrangements. Electronic Arts Inc. was incorporated in 1982 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.
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