How to buy Leidos (LDOS) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in Leidos shares.
Leidos Holdings Inc (LDOS) is a leading information technology services business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$107.13 after a previous close of US$107.32. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD106.8 to a high of USD108.95. The latest price was USD108.94 (25 minute delay). Leidos is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Leidos
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. 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, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Leidos. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: LDOS. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Leidos reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying using consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$107.32, 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 Leidos, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Leidos. 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.
What's in this guide?
- Leidos key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Leidos stock a buy or sell?
- Leidos performance over time
- Is Leidos suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Leidos shares over-valued?
- Leidos's financials
- How volatile are Leidos shares?
- Does Leidos pay a dividend?
- Have Leidos shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Leidos stock price (NYSE:LDOS)Use our graph to track the performance of LDOS stocks over time.
Have Leidos's shares ever split?
Leidos's shares were split on a 405:1000 basis on 30 September 2013. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before the split, the next day you would own 405 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Leidos shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 146.9% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Leidos shares which in turn could have impacted Leidos's share price.
Leidos shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$75.9619 - US$109.2152|
|50-day moving average||US$96.8212|
|200-day moving average||US$92.3081|
|Dividend yield||US$1.44 (1.42%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$1.06|
Leidos price performance over time
|1 week (2023-11-22)||2.46%|
|1 month (2023-11-03)||4.81%|
|3 months (2023-09-01)||10.22%|
|6 months (2023-06-02)||33.69%|
|1 year (2022-12-02)||-1.40%|
|2 years (2021-12-03)||22.96%|
|3 years (2020-12-03)||5.88%|
|5 years (2018-12-03)||74.08%|
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Is it a good time to buy Leidos stock?
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Is Leidos under- or over-valued?
Valuing Leidos stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Leidos's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Leidos's P/E ratio
Leidos's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 101x. In other words, Leidos shares trade at around 101x 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.
Leidos's PEG ratio
Leidos's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.34. 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 Leidos's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Leidos's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.6 billion (£1.2 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Leidos's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Leidos share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Leidos's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$75.9619 up to US$109.2152. 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 Leidos's is 0.763. This would suggest that Leidos's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
|Revenue TTM||US$15.2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||8.88%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$2.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||5.99%|
|Return on equity TTM||3.79%|
|Market capitalisation||US$14.7 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Leidos share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 16.76% of net profits
Recently Leidos has paid out, on average, around 16.76% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.42% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Leidos shareholders could enjoy a 1.42% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Leidos's case, that would currently equate to about $1.44 per share.
While Leidos's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Leidos is investing more in its future growth.
Leidos's most recent dividend payout was on 29 December 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 December 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
Leidos'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 Leidos.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Leidos's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 18.77
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Leidos's overall score of 18.77 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 22nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Leidos 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.).
Leidos's environmental score
Environmental score: 2.71/100
Leidos's environmental score of 2.71 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Leidos is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Leidos's social score
Social score: 11.75/100
Leidos's social score of 11.75 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Leidos is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Leidos's governance score
Governance score: 7.82/100
Leidos's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Leidos is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Leidos's controversy score
Controversy score: 1/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Leidos scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Leidos has managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||18.77|
|Total ESG percentile||21.52|
|Environmental score percentile||2|
|Social score percentile||2|
|Governance score percentile||2|
|Level of controversy||1|
Leidos Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides services and solutions in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Defense Solutions, Civil, and Health. The Defense Solutions segment offers national security solutions and systems for air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace for the U.S. Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, the space development agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, defense information systems agency, military services, and government agencies of U.S. allies abroad, as well as other federal and commercial customers in the national security industry. Its solutions include technology, large-scale systems, command and control platforms, data analytics, logistics, and cybersecurity solutions, as well as intelligence analysis and operations support services to critical missions. The Civil segment provides systems integration services to air navigation service providers, including the federal aviation administration, the En route automation modernization, advanced technology oceanic procedure, time based flow management, terminal flight data management, geo-7, and future flight services, as well as enterprise-information display systems; and security detection and automation services. It also offers information technology (IT) solutions in cloud computing, mobility, application modernization, DevOps, data center, network modernization, asset management, help desk operations, and digital workplace enablement; and environment, energy, and infrastructure services. The Health segment offers solutions to federal and commercial customers responsible for health and well-being of people, include health information management, managed health, digital modernization, and life sciences research and development services. Leidos Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.
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