How to buy Mercury NZ shares | MCY historical share price and analysis

How to buy Mercury NZ shares

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Mercury NZ Limited is an utilities-renewable business based in Australia. Mercury NZ shares (MCY) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. Mercury NZ has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $1.3 billion.

How to buy shares in Mercury NZ

  1. 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.
  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, PayPal or debit card.
  3. Search for Mercury NZ. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: MCY. 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 Mercury NZ 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 today's price, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Mercury NZ. 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.

Mercury NZ share price

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Mercury NZ shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-26.
52-week range$3.8461 - $7.087
50-day moving average $6.0103
200-day moving average $5.7242
Target priceN/A
PE ratio 42.1053
Dividend yield $0.116 (1.95%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.133

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$0 brokerage for US and global shares plus get an active trader discount of $5 commission on Australian shares.
Enjoy some of the lowest brokerage fees on the market when trading Australian shares, international shares, plus get access to 24-hour customer support.
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$0 brokerage on global shares including US, UK and Japan markets.
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Earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$3 spent on brokerage fees on certain instruments.
Access Morningstar reports, company announcements and and live pricing via ANZ’s share investing platform. Available for desktop and mobile.
Westpac Online Investing Account
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USD 63.50 per year on the global markets account
ASX shares, Global shares, Options trading, ETFs
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Is it a good time to buy Mercury NZ stock?

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Is Mercury NZ under- or over-valued?

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

Mercury NZ's P/E ratio

Mercury NZ's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 42x. In other words, Mercury NZ shares trade at around 42x 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.

Mercury NZ's PEG ratio

Mercury NZ's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 11.3722. 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 Mercury NZ's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Mercury NZ's EBITDA

Mercury NZ's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $355.9 million (£0.0 million).

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

Mercury NZ financials

Revenue TTM $1.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.43%
Gross profit TTM $494 million
Return on assets TTM 2.95%
Return on equity TTM 7.08%
Profit margin 14.24%
Book value 1.932
Market capitalisation $7.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Mercury NZ share dividends

86%

Dividend payout ratio: 85.59% of net profits

Recently Mercury NZ has paid out, on average, around 85.59% 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), Mercury NZ shareholders could enjoy a 2.52% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Mercury NZ's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.116 per share.

Mercury NZ'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 10 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Mercury NZ's shares ever split?

Mercury NZ's shares were split on a 26:25 basis on 11 May 2015. So if you had owned 25 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 26 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Mercury NZ shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 3.8% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Mercury NZ shares which in turn could have impacted Mercury NZ's share price.

Mercury NZ share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Mercury NZ's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.8461 up to $7.087. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MCY.AU volatility(beta: 0.57)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (AU average) beta is 1, while Mercury NZ's is 0.5713. This would suggest that Mercury NZ's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Mercury NZ overview

Mercury NZ Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, trading, and sale of electricity and related activities in New Zealand. The company operates through Generation/Wholesale, Retail, and Others segments. It operates nine hydro generation stations on the Waikato River; and five geothermal generation stations in the central North Island. The company sells electricity to residential, commercial, industrial, and spot market customers through the GLOBUG, Bosco, and Mercury brands. It also provides piped natural gas; and sells solar equipment. The company was formerly known as Mighty River Power Limited and changed its name to Mercury NZ Limited in July 2016. Mercury NZ Limited was founded in 1998 and is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

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