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Verisk Analytics, Inc (VRSK) is a leading consulting services business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$172.92 after a previous close of US$172.99. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD170.04 to a high of USD173.33. The latest price was USD171.09 (25 minute delay). Verisk Analytics is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Verisk Analytics

  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 Verisk Analytics. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: VRSK. 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 Verisk Analytics 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$172.65, 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 Verisk Analytics, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Verisk Analytics. 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.

Verisk Analytics share price

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Verisk Analytics shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-18.
Previous closeUS$172.99
Change US$-1.9
Change % -1.0983%
Volume 1,243,500
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$159.2538 - US$209.9532
50-day moving average US$175.1094
200-day moving average US$183.8485
Target priceUS$191.75
PE ratio 40.1512
Dividend yield US$1.1 (0.64%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$4.3

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Is it a good time to buy Verisk Analytics stock?

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Verisk Analytics price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $171.09

1 week (2021-06-14) -1.26%
1 month (2021-05-21) -1.39%
3 months (2021-03-19) -0.45%
6 months (2020-12-18) -16.33%
1 year (2020-06-19) 4.21%
2 years (2019-06-20) 17.18%
3 years (2018-06-20) 57.48%
5 years (2016-06-20) 116.79%

Is Verisk Analytics under- or over-valued?

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

Verisk Analytics's P/E ratio

Verisk Analytics's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 40x. In other words, Verisk Analytics shares trade at around 40x 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.

Verisk Analytics's PEG ratio

Verisk Analytics's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.04. 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 Verisk Analytics's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Verisk Analytics's EBITDA

Verisk Analytics's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Verisk Analytics's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Verisk Analytics financials

Revenue TTM US$2.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 36.83%
Gross profit TTM US$1.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.81%
Return on equity TTM 29.23%
Profit margin 25.16%
Book value 16.965
Market capitalisation US$28.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Verisk Analytics shares

There are currently 2.1 million Verisk Analytics shares held short by investors – that's known as Verisk Analytics's "short interest". This figure is 21.1% down from 2.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Verisk Analytics shares can be evaluated.

Verisk Analytics's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Verisk Analytics's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Verisk Analytics shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Verisk Analytics shares traded daily (recently around 928686.89956332). Verisk Analytics's SIR currently stands at 2.29. In other words for every 100,000 Verisk Analytics shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2290 shares are currently held short.

However Verisk Analytics's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Verisk Analytics shares, or, against the total number of tradable Verisk Analytics shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Verisk Analytics's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Verisk Analytics shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0132% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Verisk Analytics shares, roughly 13 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 Verisk Analytics.

Find out more about how you can short Verisk Analytics stock.

Verisk Analytics'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 Verisk Analytics.

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

Verisk Analytics's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20.14

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Verisk Analytics's overall score of 20.14 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 25th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Verisk Analytics 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.).

Verisk Analytics's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.61/100

Verisk Analytics's environmental score of 0.61 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Verisk Analytics is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Verisk Analytics's social score

Social score: 11.58/100

Verisk Analytics's social score of 11.58 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Verisk Analytics is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Verisk Analytics's governance score

Governance score: 4.46/100

Verisk Analytics's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Verisk Analytics is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Verisk Analytics's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Verisk Analytics scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Verisk Analytics has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Verisk Analytics, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 20.14
Total ESG percentile 24.72
Environmental score 0.61
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 11.58
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 4.46
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 1

Verisk Analytics share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 21.92% of net profits

Recently Verisk Analytics has paid out, on average, around 21.92% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.67% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Verisk Analytics shareholders could enjoy a 0.67% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Verisk Analytics's case, that would currently equate to about $1.1 per share.

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

Verisk Analytics's most recent dividend payout was on 29 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Verisk Analytics share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Verisk Analytics's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$159.2538 up to US$209.9532. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VRSK.US volatility(beta: 0.78)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Verisk Analytics's is 0.7804. This would suggest that Verisk Analytics's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Verisk Analytics overview

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides data analytics solutions in the United States and internationally. It provides predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, commercial banking and finance, and various other fields. The company operates through three segments: Insurance, Energy and Specialized Markets, and Financial Services. The Insurance segment focuses on the prediction of loss, selection and pricing of risk, and compliance with their reporting requirements for property and casualty customers. It also develops machine learned and artificially intelligent models to forecast scenarios and produce standard and customized analytics that help its customers to manage their businesses, including detecting fraud before and after a loss event, and quantifying losses. The Energy and Specialized Markets segment provides data analytics for the natural resources value chain, including energy, chemicals, metals, mining, power, and renewables sectors; research and consulting services focusing on exploration strategies and screening, asset development and acquisition, commodity markets, and corporate analysis; and consultancy services in the areas of business environment, business improvement, business strategies, commercial advisory, and transaction support, as well as analysis and advice on assets, companies, governments, and markets. The Financial Services segment offers benchmarking, decisioning algorithms, business intelligence, and customized analytic services to financial institutions, payment networks and processors, alternative lenders, regulators, and merchants. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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