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Tyson Foods, Inc is a farm products business with stocks listed in the US. Tyson Foods shares (TSN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$59.71 – an increase of 2.98% over the previous week. Here's how to invest.
How to buy shares in Tyson Foods
- 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.
- 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.
- Search for Tyson Foods. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: TSN. 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 Tyson Foods 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 last close price of US$59.71, 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 Tyson Foods, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Tyson Foods. 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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What's in this guide?
- Tyson Foods key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Tyson Foods stock a buy or sell?
- Tyson Foods performance over time
- Can I short Tyson Foods shares?
- Is Tyson Foods suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Tyson Foods shares over-valued?
- Tyson Foods's financials
- How volatile are Tyson Foods shares?
- Does Tyson Foods pay a dividend?
- Have Tyson Foods shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Tyson Foods's share price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Tyson Foods's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was US$59.71, which is 23.28% down on its pre-crash value of US$77.83 and 40.26% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as US$42.57.
If you had bought US$1,000 worth of Tyson Foods shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth US$691.78 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 US$717.12.
Tyson Foods share priceUse our graph to track the performance of TSN stocks over time.
Tyson Foods shares at a glance
|Latest market close||USD$59.71|
|52-week range||USD$42.57 - USD$94.24|
|50-day moving average||USD$60.6466|
|200-day moving average||USD$61.0275|
|Dividend yield||USD$1.68 (2.88%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$4.97|
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Is it a good time to buy Tyson Foods stock?
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Tyson Foods price performance over time
|1 week (2020-11-20)||-1.70%|
|1 month (2020-10-28)||5.20%|
|3 months (2020-08-28)||-6.57%|
|6 months (2020-05-28)||-4.71%|
|1 year (2019-11-27)||-33.72%|
|2 years (2018-11-28)||4.77%|
|3 years (2017-11-28)||-26.42%|
|5 years (2015-11-27)||18.12%|
Is Tyson Foods under- or over-valued?
Valuing Tyson Foods stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Tyson Foods's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Tyson Foods's P/E ratio
Tyson Foods's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 12x. In other words, Tyson Foods shares trade at around 12x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Tyson Foods's PEG ratio
Tyson Foods's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3213. 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 Tyson Foods's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Tyson Foods's EBITDA
Tyson Foods's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$4.4 billion (£3.3 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Tyson Foods's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Tyson Foods financials
|Revenue TTM||US$42.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||7.54%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$5.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||5.89%|
|Return on equity TTM||12.54%|
|Market capitalisation||US$21.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Tyson Foods shares
There are currently 6.0 million Tyson Foods shares held short by investors – that's known as Tyson Foods's "short interest". This figure is 51.1% up from 4.0 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Tyson Foods shares can be evaluated.
Tyson Foods's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Tyson Foods's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Tyson Foods shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Tyson Foods shares traded daily (recently around 3.2 million). Tyson Foods's SIR currently stands at 1.86. In other words for every 100,000 Tyson Foods shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1860 shares are currently held short.
However Tyson Foods's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Tyson Foods shares, or, against the total number of tradable Tyson Foods shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Tyson Foods's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Tyson Foods shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.024% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Tyson Foods shares, roughly 24 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 Tyson Foods.
Find out more about how you can short Tyson Foods stock.
Tyson Foods'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 Tyson Foods.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Tyson Foods's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 47.69
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Tyson Foods's overall score of 47.69 (as at 09/30/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 97th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Tyson Foods 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.).
Tyson Foods's environmental score
Environmental score: 21.8/100
Tyson Foods's environmental score of 21.8 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Tyson Foods is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Tyson Foods's social score
Social score: 18.79/100
Tyson Foods's social score of 18.79 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Tyson Foods is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Tyson Foods's governance score
Governance score: 18.6/100
Tyson Foods's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Tyson Foods is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Tyson Foods's controversy score
Controversy score: 4/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Tyson Foods scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Tyson Foods has a damaged public profile.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||47.69|
|Total ESG percentile||96.86|
|Environmental score percentile||8|
|Social score percentile||8|
|Governance score percentile||8|
|Level of controversy||4|
Tyson Foods share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 33.33% of net profits
Recently Tyson Foods has paid out, on average, around 33.33% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.88% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Tyson Foods shareholders could enjoy a 2.88% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Tyson Foods's case, that would currently equate to about $1.68 per share.
While Tyson Foods's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Tyson Foods may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Tyson Foods's most recent dividend payout was on 14 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Tyson Foods's shares ever split?
Tyson Foods's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 17 February 1997. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Tyson Foods shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Tyson Foods shares which in turn could have impacted Tyson Foods's share price.
Tyson Foods share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Tyson Foods's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$42.57 up to US$94.24. 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 (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Tyson Foods's is 0.6475. This would suggest that Tyson Foods's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Tyson Foods overview
Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Prepared Foods. The company processes live fed cattle and live market hogs; fabricates dressed beef and pork carcasses into primal and sub-primal meat cuts, as well as case ready beef and pork, and fully-cooked meats; and raises and processes chickens into fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products. It also supplies poultry breeding stock; sells allied products, such as hides and meats; and manufactures and markets frozen and refrigerated food products, including ready-to-eat sandwiches, flame-grilled hamburgers, Philly steaks, pepperoni, bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, flour and corn tortilla products, appetizers, snacks, prepared meals, ethnic foods, side dishes, meat dishes, breadsticks, and processed meats. The company offers its products primarily under the Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp, State Fair, Gallo Salame, and Golden Island brands. It sells its products through its sales staff to grocery retailers, grocery wholesalers, meat distributors, warehouse club stores, military commissaries, industrial food processing companies, chain restaurants or their distributors, live markets, international export companies, and domestic distributors who serve restaurants and foodservice operations, such as plant and school cafeterias, convenience stores, hospitals, and other vendors, as well as through independent brokers and trading companies. The company was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas.
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