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SEEK Limited is a staffing & employment services business based in Australia. SEEK shares (SEK) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. Its last market close was $21.02 – an increase of 2.74% over the previous week. SEEK has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $1.6 billion.
How to buy shares in SEEK
- 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 SEEK. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: SEK. 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 SEEK 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 $21.02, 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 SEEK. 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.
How has coronavirus impacted SEEK's share price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, SEEK's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was $21.02, which is 8.57% down on its pre-crash value of $22.99 and 87.18% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $11.23.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of SEEK shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $547.43 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 $962.93.
SEEK share priceUse our graph to track the performance of SEK stocks over time.
SEEK shares at a glance
|Latest market close||AUDA$21.02|
|52-week range||AUDA$12.4 - AUDA$24.09|
|50-day moving average||AUDA$20.2731|
|200-day moving average||AUDA$19.0574|
|Dividend yield||AUDA$0.26 (1.29%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||AUDA$0.434|
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Is it a good time to buy SEEK stock?
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SEEK price performance over time
|1 week (2020-09-12)||N/A|
|1 month (2020-08-21)||5.73%|
|3 months (2020-06-19)||-3.09%|
|6 months (2020-03-23)||75.90%|
|1 year (2019-09-20)||-2.87%|
|2 years (2018-09-21)||2.69%|
|3 years (2017-09-21)||25.42%|
|5 years (2015-09-21)||78.44%|
Is SEEK under- or over-valued?
Valuing SEEK stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of SEEK's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
SEEK's P/E ratio
SEEK's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 46x. In other words, SEEK shares trade at around 46x 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.
SEEK's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $320.6 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a SEEK's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$1.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||16.86%|
|Gross profit TTM||$707 million|
|Return on assets TTM||3.91%|
|Return on equity TTM||-5.9%|
|Market capitalisation||$7.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
SEEK share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 106.24% of net profits
Recently SEEK has paid out, on average, around 106.24% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.29% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), SEEK shareholders could enjoy a 1.29% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In SEEK's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.26 per share.
SEEK'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 24 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
SEEK share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, SEEK's shares have ranged in value from as little as $12.4 up to $24.09. 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 SEEK's is 0.9837. This would suggest that SEEK's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
SEEK Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides online employment marketplace services in Australia and internationally. It operates through SEEK Asia Pacific & Americas, and SEEK Investments segments. The company matches hirers and candidates with career opportunities and related services; and distributes and provides higher education courses. It also provides advice in relation to career related education. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.
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