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Fletcher Building Limited is a building materials business based in Australia. Fletcher Building shares (FBU) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. and has a market cap (total outstanding shares value) of $4.6 billion.
How to buy shares in Fletcher Building
- 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.
- 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.
- Search for Fletcher Building. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: FBU. 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 Fletcher Building 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 today's price of $3.92, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Fletcher Building. 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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- Fletcher Building key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Fletcher Building stock a buy or sell?
- Fletcher Building performance over time
- Are Fletcher Building shares over-valued?
- Fletcher Building's financials
- How volatile are Fletcher Building shares?
- Does Fletcher Building pay a dividend?
- Have Fletcher Building shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Fletcher Building's share price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Fletcher Building's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was $3.92, which is 25.76% down on its pre-crash value of $5.28 and 39.01% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $2.82.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Fletcher Building shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $587.56 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 $738.21.
Fletcher Building share priceUse our graph to track the performance of FBU stocks over time.
Fletcher Building shares at a glance
|52-week range||$2.82 - $5.65|
|50-day moving average||$5.4335|
|200-day moving average||$4.0602|
|Dividend yield||$0.18 (5.67%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$-0.175|
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Is it a good time to buy Fletcher Building stock?
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Fletcher Building price performance over time
|1 week (2021-01-08)||-30.25%|
|1 month (2020-12-15)||-27.00%|
|3 months (2020-10-15)||-1.01%|
|6 months (2020-07-15)||21.74%|
|1 year (2020-01-15)||-22.53%|
|2 years (2019-01-15)||-17.12%|
|3 years (2018-01-15)||-41.45%|
|5 years (2016-01-15)||-35.37%|
Is Fletcher Building under- or over-valued?
Valuing Fletcher Building stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Fletcher Building's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Fletcher Building's P/E ratio
Fletcher Building's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, Fletcher Building shares trade at around 18x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Fletcher Building's PEG ratio
Fletcher Building's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.2589. 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 Fletcher Building's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Fletcher Building financials
|Gross profit TTM||$1.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||1.16%|
|Return on equity TTM||-4.77%|
|Market capitalisation||$4.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Fletcher Building share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 102.82% of net profits
Recently Fletcher Building has paid out, on average, around 102.82% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.67% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Fletcher Building shareholders could enjoy a 5.67% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Fletcher Building's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.18 per share.
Fletcher Building'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 19 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Fletcher Building's shares ever split?
Fletcher Building's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 13 November 2000. 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 Fletcher Building shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Fletcher Building shares which in turn could have impacted Fletcher Building's share price.
Fletcher Building share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Fletcher Building's shares have ranged in value from as little as $2.82 up to $5.65. 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 (AU average) beta is 1, while Fletcher Building's is 1.166. This would suggest that Fletcher Building'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).
Fletcher Building overview
Fletcher Building Limited, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes building products in New Zealand, Australia, North America, Asia, Europe, and internationally. It operates through Building Products, Distribution, Steel, Concrete, Residential and Development, Construction, and Australia segments. The Building Products segment manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells building products used to build homes, buildings, and infrastructure, including insulations, plasterboards, laminate surfaces, and plastic and concrete piping for the commercial and residential markets. The Distribution segment distributes building, plumbing, and pipeline products under the PlaceMakers, Mico, Forman Building Systems, and Snappy brands. The Steel segment manufactures and distributes steel products. The Concrete segment engages in the extraction of aggregates, and production of cement and concrete. The Residential and Development segment builds residential homes; and develops and sells primarily commercial sites. The Construction segment builds and maintains public and commercial buildings, transport and utilities infrastructure, and buildings and infrastructure, as well as designs, constructs, and maintains roads and civil infrastructure. The Australia segment manufactures and distributes building materials, such as insulation, plasterboard, laminate surfaces, steel roofing, and plastic and concrete piping for a range of industries across Australia. It also operates approximately 225 retail sites. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.
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