How to buy Jacobs Engineering Group (J) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Jacobs Engineering Group shares.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc
NYSE: J - USD
ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION
$133.96
- $0.52 ( - 0.39%)

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Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (J) is a leading engineering & construction business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$134.36 after a previous close of US$132.3. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD133.49 to a high of USD135.1. The latest price was USD134.65 (25 minute delay). Jacobs Engineering Group is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Jacobs Engineering Group

  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 Jacobs Engineering Group. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: J. 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 Jacobs Engineering Group 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$132.3, 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 Jacobs Engineering Group, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Jacobs Engineering Group. 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.

Jacobs Engineering Group stock price (NYSE:J)

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Jacobs Engineering Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
OpenUS$134.36
HighUS$135.1
LowUS$133.49
CloseUS$134.65
Previous closeUS$132.3
Change US$2.35
Change % 1.7763%
Volume 423,819
Information last updated 2021-10-16.
52-week rangeUS$91.9114 - US$145.2959
50-day moving average US$133.97
200-day moving average US$134.9361
Target priceUS$155.77
PE ratio 38.2415
Dividend yield US$0.8 (0.59%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$3.503

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Jacobs Engineering Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $134.65

1 week (2021-10-07) -0.15%
1 month (2021-09-17) 3.14%
3 months (2021-07-16) 1.98%
6 months (2021-04-16) 0.65%
1 year (2020-10-16) 35.56%
2 years (2019-10-17) 44.38%
3 years (2018-10-17) 82.33%
5 years (2016-10-17) 167.80%

Is Jacobs Engineering Group under- or over-valued?

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

Jacobs Engineering Group's P/E ratio

Jacobs Engineering Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 38x. In other words, Jacobs Engineering Group shares trade at around 38x 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.

Jacobs Engineering Group's PEG ratio

Jacobs Engineering Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.2961. 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 Jacobs Engineering Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Jacobs Engineering Group's EBITDA

Jacobs Engineering Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.2 billion (£0.0 million).

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

Jacobs Engineering Group financials

Revenue TTM US$14 billion
Operating margin TTM 6.88%
Gross profit TTM US$2.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.34%
Return on equity TTM 6.78%
Profit margin 3.68%
Book value 47.223
Market capitalisation US$17.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Jacobs Engineering Group shares

There are currently 1.6 million Jacobs Engineering Group shares held short by investors – that's known as Jacobs Engineering Group's "short interest". This figure is 2.6% up from 1.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Jacobs Engineering Group shares can be evaluated.

Jacobs Engineering Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Jacobs Engineering Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Jacobs Engineering Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Jacobs Engineering Group shares traded daily (recently around 536240). Jacobs Engineering Group's SIR currently stands at 2.9. In other words for every 100,000 Jacobs Engineering Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2900 shares are currently held short.

However Jacobs Engineering Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Jacobs Engineering Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable Jacobs Engineering Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Jacobs Engineering Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Jacobs Engineering Group shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.012% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Jacobs Engineering Group 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 Jacobs Engineering Group.

Find out more about how you can short Jacobs Engineering Group stock.

Jacobs Engineering Group'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 Jacobs Engineering Group.

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

Jacobs Engineering Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 36.47

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Jacobs Engineering Group's overall score of 36.47 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 75th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Jacobs Engineering Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.75/100

Jacobs Engineering Group's environmental score of 9.75 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Jacobs Engineering Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Jacobs Engineering Group's social score

Social score: 23.42/100

Jacobs Engineering Group's social score of 23.42 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Jacobs Engineering Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Jacobs Engineering Group's governance score

Governance score: 13.8/100

Jacobs Engineering Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Jacobs Engineering Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Jacobs Engineering Group's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 36.47
Total ESG percentile 75.42
Environmental score 9.75
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 23.42
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 13.8
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 3

Jacobs Engineering Group share dividends

13%

Dividend payout ratio: 13.25% of net profits

Recently Jacobs Engineering Group has paid out, on average, around 13.25% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.63% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Jacobs Engineering Group shareholders could enjoy a 0.63% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Jacobs Engineering Group's case, that would currently equate to about $0.8 per share.

While Jacobs Engineering Group's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Jacobs Engineering Group is investing more in its future growth.

Jacobs Engineering Group's most recent dividend payout was on 28 October 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Jacobs Engineering Group's shares ever split?

Jacobs Engineering Group's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 15 March 2007. 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 Jacobs Engineering Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Jacobs Engineering Group shares which in turn could have impacted Jacobs Engineering Group's share price.

Jacobs Engineering Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Jacobs Engineering Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$91.9114 up to US$145.2959. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

J.US volatility(beta: 0.85)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Jacobs Engineering Group's is 0.8492. This would suggest that Jacobs Engineering Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Jacobs Engineering Group overview

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. provides consulting, technical, scientific, and project delivery services for the government and private sectors in the United States, Europe, Canada, India, rest of Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Mexico, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates in two segments, Critical Mission Solutions and People & Places Solutions. The Critical Mission Solutions segment provides cybersecurity, data analytics, systems and software application integration and consulting, enterprise and mission IT, engineering and design, nuclear, enterprise level operations and maintenance, and other technical consulting solutions. The People & Places Solutions segment offers data analytics, artificial intelligence and automation, software development, digitally driven consulting, planning and architecture, program management, and other technical consulting solutions. The company is also involved in the management and execution of wind-tunnel design-build projects; and design-build for water and construction management. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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