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James Hardie Industries plc is a building materials business based in Australia. James Hardie Industries shares (JHX) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. James Hardie Industries has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $2.7 billion.
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- James Hardie Industries key stats
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- Is James Hardie Industries stock a buy or sell?
- James Hardie Industries performance over time
- Is James Hardie Industries suitable for ethical investing?
- Are James Hardie Industries shares over-valued?
- James Hardie Industries's financials
- How volatile are James Hardie Industries shares?
- Does James Hardie Industries pay a dividend?
- Have James Hardie Industries shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted James Hardie Industries's share price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, James Hardie Industries's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $36.52, which is 17.00% up on its pre-crash value of $30.31 and 191.23% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $12.54.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of James Hardie Industries shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $526.64 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 $1,148.92.
James Hardie Industries share priceUse our graph to track the performance of JHX stocks over time.
James Hardie Industries shares at a glance
|52-week range||$12.54 - $40.625|
|50-day moving average||$38.0903|
|200-day moving average||$33.5558|
|Dividend yield||$0.52 (2.52%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$0.33|
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Is it a good time to buy James Hardie Industries stock?
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James Hardie Industries price performance over time
|1 week (2021-01-07)||-0.08%|
|1 month (2020-12-17)||-6.53%|
|3 months (2020-10-16)||1.00%|
|6 months (2020-07-17)||28.10%|
|1 year (2020-01-16)||20.73%|
|2 years (2019-01-16)||145.60%|
|3 years (2018-01-16)||68.45%|
|5 years (2016-01-15)||136.53%|
Is James Hardie Industries under- or over-valued?
Valuing James Hardie Industries stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of James Hardie Industries's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
James Hardie Industries's P/E ratio
James Hardie Industries's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 110x. In other words, James Hardie Industries shares trade at around 110x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
James Hardie Industries's PEG ratio
James Hardie Industries's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.21. 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 James Hardie Industries's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
James Hardie Industries's EBITDA
James Hardie Industries's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $648.5 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a James Hardie Industries's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
James Hardie Industries financials
|Revenue TTM||$2.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||19.51%|
|Gross profit TTM||$936.5 million|
|Return on assets TTM||7.79%|
|Return on equity TTM||13.35%|
|Market capitalisation||$16.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
James Hardie Industries'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 James Hardie Industries.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
James Hardie Industries's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 31.75
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and James Hardie Industries's overall score of 31.75 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 63rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like James Hardie Industries 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.).
James Hardie Industries's environmental score
Environmental score: 21.21/100
James Hardie Industries's environmental score of 21.21 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that James Hardie Industries is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
James Hardie Industries's social score
Social score: 5.6/100
James Hardie Industries's social score of 5.6 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that James Hardie Industries is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
James Hardie Industries's governance score
Governance score: 7.94/100
James Hardie Industries's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that James Hardie Industries is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
James Hardie Industries's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. James Hardie Industries scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that James Hardie Industries has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||31.75|
|Total ESG percentile||62.7|
|Environmental score percentile||3|
|Social score percentile||3|
|Governance score percentile||3|
|Level of controversy||2|
James Hardie Industries share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 30.06% of net profits
Recently James Hardie Industries has paid out, on average, around 30.06% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.52% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), James Hardie Industries shareholders could enjoy a 2.52% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In James Hardie Industries's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.52 per share.
While James Hardie Industries's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that James Hardie Industries may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 15 November 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have James Hardie Industries's shares ever split?
James Hardie Industries's shares were split on 8 January 1990.
James Hardie Industries share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, James Hardie Industries's shares have ranged in value from as little as $12.54 up to $40.625. 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 James Hardie Industries's is 0.976. This would suggest that James Hardie Industries's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
James Hardie Industries overview
James Hardie Industries plc, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells fiber cement siding and backer board products primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Europe. It operates through North America Fiber Cement, Asia Pacific Fiber Cement, Europe Building Products, and Research and Development segments. The company offers fiber cement interior linings, exterior siding products, and related accessories; and fiber cement building materials for a range of applications, including external siding, internal walls, floors, ceilings, soffits, trim, fencing, and decking. It also provides planks, which are used for external siding; flat panels that are used for internal and external wall linings; floor underlayments; fiber gypsum and cement-bonded boards for interior applications, such as dry lining walls, walls in timber frame buildings, and flooring solutions; and cement-bonded boards for use in exterior and industrial applications, and fire protection. The company's products are use in various markets comprising new residential construction, manufactured housing, repair and remodeling, and commercial and industrial applications. It markets its fiber cement products and systems under various brands that include HardiePlank, HardiePanel, HardieTrim, and HardieBacker boards; and Hardieflex, HardieEdge, HardieFire, HardieBreak, and HardieSmart Boundary, as well as other brands, which comprise Aspyre Collection by James Hardie, Artisan, and Reveal; and Stria, Axon, ExoTec, Scyon, Ritek, Fermacell, and AESTUVER. The company was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
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