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Metcash Limited is a food distribution business based in Australia. Metcash shares (MTS) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. Metcash has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $13.8 billion..
How to buy shares in Metcash
- 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 Metcash. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: MTS. 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 Metcash 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 $3.1, 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 Metcash. 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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Metcash share priceUse our graph to track the performance of MTS stocks over time.
Metcash shares at a glance
|52-week range||$2.0718 - $3.5391|
|50-day moving average||$3.4206|
|200-day moving average||$3.0362|
|Dividend yield||$0.16 (4.75%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$0.227|
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Is it a good time to buy Metcash stock?
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Metcash price performance over time
|1 week (2021-01-15)||-8.01%|
|1 month (2020-12-23)||-10.14%|
|3 months (2020-10-23)||-0.64%|
|6 months (2020-07-23)||13.55%|
|1 year (2020-01-23)||16.98%|
|2 years (2019-01-23)||20.16%|
|3 years (2018-01-23)||-1.27%|
|5 years (2016-01-22)||75.64%|
Is Metcash under- or over-valued?
Valuing Metcash stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Metcash's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Metcash's P/E ratio
Metcash's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 15x. In other words, Metcash shares trade at around 15x 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.
Metcash's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $378.5 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Metcash's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$13.8 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||2.52%|
|Gross profit TTM||$1.3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||4.62%|
|Return on equity TTM||18.47%|
|Market capitalisation||$3.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Metcash share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 65.91% of net profits
Recently Metcash has paid out, on average, around 65.91% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.75% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Metcash shareholders could enjoy a 4.75% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Metcash's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.16 per share.
Metcash'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 22 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Metcash share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Metcash's shares have ranged in value from as little as $2.0718 up to $3.5391. 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 Metcash's is -0.1593. This would suggest that Metcash's shares have been inversely-correlated to the average (for this exchange) – so when the broader market trended up or down, Metcash has bucked the trend.
Metcash Limited operates as a wholesale distribution and marketing company in Australia and New Zealand. It operates through Food, Liquor, and Hardware segments. The Food segment distributes a range of products and services to independent supermarket and convenience retail outlets. The Liquor segment engages in the distribution of liquor products to independent retail outlets and hotels. The Hardware segment distributes hardware products to independent retail outlets; and operates company owned retail stores. It sells its product under the IGA, Mitre 10, Home Timber & Hardware, Cellarbrations, and the Bottle-O brand names. Metcash Limited was founded in 1920 and is based in Macquarie Park, Australia.
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