How to buy Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares

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Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A is a chemicals business with stocks listed in the US. Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares (SQM) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$45.74 – an increase of 5.46% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.

How to buy shares in Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  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, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: SQM. 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 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile 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 last close price of US$45.74, 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 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile. 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.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile share price

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Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-10.
52-week rangeUS$24.7398 - US$60.4079
50-day moving average US$48.9543
200-day moving average US$51.7553
Target priceUS$53.66
PE ratio 66.1657
Dividend yield US$0.255 (0.54%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$0.712

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Is it a good time to buy Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile stock?

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Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $45.74

1 week (2021-06-09) -3.85%
1 month (2021-05-14) -12.56%
3 months (2021-03-16) -17.41%
6 months (2020-12-16) -2.26%
1 year (2020-06-16) 67.85%
2 years (2019-06-14) 46.51%
3 years (2018-06-15) -8.43%
5 years (2016-06-16) 91.86%

Is Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile under- or over-valued?

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

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's P/E ratio

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 66x. In other words, Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares trade at around 66x 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.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's PEG ratio

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.5987. 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 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's EBITDA

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$593.1 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile financials

Revenue TTM US$2 billion
Operating margin TTM 20.29%
Gross profit TTM US$482.9 million
Return on assets TTM 5%
Return on equity TTM 8.96%
Profit margin 9.6%
Book value 8.161
Market capitalisation US$12.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares

There are currently 1.4 million Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares held short by investors – that's known as Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's "short interest". This figure is 26.5% down from 1.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares can be evaluated.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares traded daily (recently around 1.6 million). Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's SIR currently stands at 0.83. In other words for every 100,000 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares traded daily on the market, roughly 830 shares are currently held short.

However Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares, or, against the total number of tradable Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares, roughly 0 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile.

Find out more about how you can short Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile stock.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile'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 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 51.89

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's overall score of 51.89 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 30th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile 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.).

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's environmental score

Environmental score: 48.09/100

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's environmental score of 48.09 puts it squarely in the 27th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile is doing better than many of its peers in terms of its environmental impact, and so perhaps exposed to a slightly lower level of risk.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's social score

Social score: 59.69/100

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's social score of 59.69 puts it squarely in the 59th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile is pretty average in terms of looking after its workforce and social impact.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's governance score

Governance score: 49.05/100

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's governance score puts it squarely in the 14th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 51.89
Total ESG percentile 29.58
Environmental score 48.09
Environmental score percentile 27.32
Social score 59.69
Social score percentile 58.9
Governance score 49.05
Governance score percentile 13.54
Level of controversy 3

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile share dividends

71%

Dividend payout ratio: 71.02% of net profits

Recently Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile has paid out, on average, around 71.02% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shareholders could enjoy a 2% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's case, that would currently equate to about $0.255 per share.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile'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.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's most recent dividend payout was on 16 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's shares ever split?

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's shares were split on a 1027:1000 basis on 26 April 2016. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1027 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 2.6% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile shares which in turn could have impacted Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's share price.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$24.7398 up to US$60.4079. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SQM.US volatility(beta: 0.84)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's is 0.8397. This would suggest that Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile overview

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. produces and distributes specialty plant nutrients, iodine and its derivatives, lithium and its derivatives, potassium chloride and sulfate, industrial chemicals, and other products and services worldwide. The company offers specialty plant nutrients, including potassium nitrate, sodium nitrate, sodium potassium nitrate, specialty blends, and other specialty fertilizers for crops, such as vegetables, fruits, and industrial crops. It also provides iodine and its derivatives for use in medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and industrial applications comprising x-ray contrast media, polarizing films for LCD and LED, antiseptics, biocides and disinfectants, pharmaceutical synthesis, electronics, pigments, and dye components. In addition, the company offers lithium carbonates for various applications that include electrochemical materials for batteries, frits for the ceramic and enamel industries, heat-resistant glass, air conditioning chemicals, continuous casting powder for steel extrusion, primary aluminum smelting process, pharmaceuticals, and lithium derivatives. Further, it supplies lithium hydroxide for the lubricating greases industry, as well as cathodes for batteries. Additionally, it offers potassium chloride and potassium sulfate for various crops, including corn, rice, sugar, soybean, and wheat; industrial chemicals, including sodium nitrate, potassium nitrate, potassium chloride, and solar salts; and other fertilizers and blends. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.

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