How to buy Universal Health Services (UHS) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Universal Health Services shares.

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Universal Health Services Inc (UHS) is a leading medical care facilities business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$122.08 after a previous close of US$121.62. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD121.1 to a high of USD123.746. The latest price was USD121.64 (25 minute delay). Universal Health Services is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Universal Health Services

  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 Universal Health Services. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: UHS. 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 Universal Health Services 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$121.62, 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 Universal Health Services, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Universal Health Services. 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.

Universal Health Services stock price (NYSE:UHS)

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Universal Health Services shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-03.
Previous closeUS$121.62
Change US$0.02
Change % 0.0164%
Volume 1,026,586
Information last updated 2021-12-04.
52-week rangeUS$116.23 - US$164.5167
50-day moving average US$129.9662
200-day moving average US$143.7143
Target priceUS$149.53
PE ratio 9.7915
Dividend yield US$0.6 (0.49%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$12.423

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Universal Health Services price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $121.64

1 week (2021-11-26) -2.19%
1 month (2021-11-02) -1.05%
3 months (2021-09-03) -22.14%
6 months (2021-06-02) -22.88%
1 year (2020-12-04) -10.02%
2 years (2019-12-06) -15.94%
3 years (2018-12-06) -7.60%
5 years (2016-12-06) -3.74%

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Is Universal Health Services under- or over-valued?

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

Universal Health Services's P/E ratio

Universal Health Services's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, Universal Health Services shares trade at around 10x 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.

Universal Health Services's PEG ratio

Universal Health Services's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.87. 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 Universal Health Services's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Universal Health Services's EBITDA

Universal Health Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$2 billion (£1.5 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Universal Health Services's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Universal Health Services financials

Revenue TTM US$12.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.76%
Gross profit TTM US$4.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.09%
Return on equity TTM 17.1%
Profit margin 8.52%
Book value 78.057
Market capitalisation US$9.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Universal Health Services'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 Universal Health Services.

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

Universal Health Services's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 38.87

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Universal Health Services's overall score of 38.87 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 79th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Universal Health Services 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.).

Universal Health Services's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.83/100

Universal Health Services's environmental score of 8.83 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Universal Health Services is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Universal Health Services's social score

Social score: 25.18/100

Universal Health Services's social score of 25.18 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Universal Health Services is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Universal Health Services's governance score

Governance score: 13.86/100

Universal Health Services's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Universal Health Services is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Universal Health Services's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Universal Health Services Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 38.87
Total ESG percentile 79.46
Environmental score 8.83
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 25.18
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 13.86
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 3

Universal Health Services share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 6.42% of net profits

Recently Universal Health Services has paid out, on average, around 6.42% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.66% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Universal Health Services shareholders could enjoy a 0.66% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Universal Health Services's case, that would currently equate to about $0.6 per share.

While Universal Health Services's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Universal Health Services is investing more in its future growth.

Universal Health Services's most recent dividend payout was on 14 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Universal Health Services's shares ever split?

Universal Health Services's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 15 December 2009. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Universal Health Services shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Universal Health Services shares which in turn could have impacted Universal Health Services's share price.

Universal Health Services share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Universal Health Services's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$116.23 up to US$164.5167. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UHS.US volatility(beta: 1.15)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 Universal Health Services's is 1.1501. This would suggest that Universal Health Services's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Universal Health Services overview

Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, and outpatient and behavioral health care facilities. The company operates through Acute Care Hospital Services and Behavioral Health Care Services segments. Its hospitals offer general and specialty surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency room care, radiology, oncology, diagnostic care, coronary care, pediatric services, pharmacy services, and/or behavioral health services. As of February 25, 2021, it owned and/or operated 360 inpatient facilities, and 39 outpatient and other facilities located in 38 states; Washington, D.C.; the United Kingdom; and Puerto Rico. The company also provides commercial health insurance services. Universal Health Services, Inc. founded in 1978 and is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

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