How to buy FirstEnergy (FE) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in FirstEnergy shares.

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FirstEnergy Corp (FE) is a leading utilities-regulated electric business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$39.6 after a previous close of US$39.4. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD39.41 to a high of USD39.94. The latest price was USD39.62 (25 minute delay). FirstEnergy is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in FirstEnergy

  1. 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.
  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, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for FirstEnergy. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: FE. 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 FirstEnergy 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 last close price of US$39.4, 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 FirstEnergy, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of FirstEnergy. 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.

FirstEnergy stock price (NYSE:FE)

Use our graph to track the performance of FE stocks over time.

FirstEnergy shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-10.
OpenUS$39.6
HighUS$39.94
LowUS$39.41
CloseUS$39.62
Previous closeUS$39.4
Change US$0.22
Change % 0.5584%
Volume 2,559,989
Information last updated 2022-01-24.
52-week rangeUS$28.9553 - US$42.03
50-day moving average US$40.0414
200-day moving average US$38.2187
Target priceUS$44.04
PE ratio 20.5418
Dividend yield US$1.56 (3.77%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$2.012

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Is it a good time to buy FirstEnergy stock?

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FirstEnergy share growth calculator

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FirstEnergy price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $39.62

1 week (2022-01-20) -4.37%
1 month (2021-12-27) -2.05%
3 months (2021-10-27) 5.40%
6 months (2021-07-27) 1.93%
1 year (2021-01-27) 28.39%
2 years (2020-01-27) -21.17%
3 years (2019-01-25) 2.14%
5 years (2017-01-27) 32.11%

Is FirstEnergy under- or over-valued?

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

FirstEnergy's P/E ratio

FirstEnergy's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, FirstEnergy shares trade at around 21x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

FirstEnergy's PEG ratio

FirstEnergy's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.0477. 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 FirstEnergy's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

FirstEnergy's EBITDA

FirstEnergy's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$4.1 billion (£3 billion).

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

FirstEnergy financials

Revenue TTM US$10.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 24.57%
Gross profit TTM US$7.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.83%
Return on equity TTM 13.92%
Profit margin 10.14%
Book value 13.738
Market capitalisation US$23.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

FirstEnergy'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 FirstEnergy.

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

FirstEnergy's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 41.25

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and FirstEnergy's overall score of 41.25 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 86th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

FirstEnergy's environmental score

Environmental score: 19.37/100

FirstEnergy's environmental score of 19.37 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that FirstEnergy is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

FirstEnergy's social score

Social score: 16.32/100

FirstEnergy's social score of 16.32 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that FirstEnergy is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

FirstEnergy's governance score

Governance score: 10.56/100

FirstEnergy's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that FirstEnergy is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

FirstEnergy's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. FirstEnergy scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that FirstEnergy hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

FirstEnergy Corp was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 41.25
Total ESG percentile 85.94
Environmental score 19.37
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 16.32
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 10.56
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 3

FirstEnergy share dividends

64%

Dividend payout ratio: 63.67% of net profits

Recently FirstEnergy has paid out, on average, around 63.67% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.77% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), FirstEnergy shareholders could enjoy a 3.77% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In FirstEnergy's case, that would currently equate to about $1.56 per share.

FirstEnergy'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.

FirstEnergy's most recent dividend payout was on 28 February 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have FirstEnergy's shares ever split?

FirstEnergy's shares were split on a 1:3 basis on 3 April 2003. So if you had owned 3 shares the day before the split, the next day you would own 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your FirstEnergy shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 200% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for FirstEnergy shares which in turn could have impacted FirstEnergy's share price.

FirstEnergy share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, FirstEnergy's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$28.9553 up to US$42.03. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while FirstEnergy's is 0.3583. This would suggest that FirstEnergy's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

FirstEnergy overview

FirstEnergy Corp., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Distribution and Regulated Transmission segments. It operates 24,035 circuit miles of overhead and underground transmission lines; and electric distribution systems, including 272,531 miles of overhead pole line and underground conduit carrying primary, secondary, and street lighting circuits, as well as owns substations with a total installed transformer capacity of approximately 155,920,348 kilovolt-amperes. The company serves approximately 6 million customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. FirstEnergy Corp. was incorporated in 1996 and is headquartered in Akron, Ohio.

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