How to buy Volkswagen AG (VWAPY) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in Volkswagen AG shares.
Volkswagen (VWAPY) is an international car manufacturer with headquarters in Germany. Founded in 1937, the Volkswagen group owns brands such as Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley. The company is dedicated to electrifying its engines and is expected to sell only electric cars within 10 years.
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How to buy shares in Volkswagen AG
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company that's listed outside of Australia, you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to global 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 Volkswagen AG. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: VWAPY. 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 Volkswagen AG 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$11.67, 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 Volkswagen AG, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Volkswagen AG. 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.
Volkswagen AG stock price (PINK:VWAPY)Use our graph to track the performance of VWAPY stocks over time.
Volkswagen AG shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$10.37 - US$14.297|
|50-day moving average||US$11.2944|
|200-day moving average||US$12.769|
|Dividend yield||US$8.76 (8.2%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$3.04|
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Volkswagen AG price performance over time
|1 week (2023-11-20)||-2.70%|
|1 month (2023-10-27)||10.84%|
|3 months (2023-08-25)||-4.66%|
|6 months (2023-05-26)||-9.77%|
|1 year (2022-11-25)||-18.43%|
|2 years (2021-11-26)||-37.57%|
|3 years (2020-11-27)||-33.54%|
|5 years (2018-11-27)||-30.87%|
Is Volkswagen AG under- or over-valued?
Valuing Volkswagen AG stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Volkswagen AG's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Volkswagen AG's P/E ratio
Volkswagen AG's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 4x. In other words, Volkswagen AG shares trade at around 4x recent earnings.
However, Volkswagen AG's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the auto manufacturers industry or those of similar companies.
Volkswagen AG's PEG ratio
Volkswagen AG's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.2888. 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 Volkswagen AG's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
However, it's sensible to consider Volkswagen AG's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
Volkswagen AG's EBITDA
Volkswagen AG's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$23.7 billion (£18.8 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Volkswagen AG's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put Volkswagen AG's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.
Volkswagen AG financials
|Revenue TTM||US$311.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||6.21%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$49.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.45%|
|Return on equity TTM||8.42%|
|Market capitalisation||US$63.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Volkswagen AG share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 88.6% of net profits
Recently Volkswagen AG has paid out, on average, around 88.6% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 8.2% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Volkswagen AG shareholders could enjoy a 8.2% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Volkswagen AG's case, that would currently equate to about $8.76 per share.
Volkswagen AG'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.
Volkswagen AG's most recent dividend payout was on 30 May 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 May 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
Volkswagen AG's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
- Ford Motor Company (F.US): 55.56%
- General Motors Company (GM.US): 4.23%
- Toyota Motor Corporation ADR (TM.US): 12.39%
Volkswagen AG share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Volkswagen AG's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$10.37 up to US$14.297. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (PINK average) beta is 1, while Volkswagen AG's is 1.298. This would suggest that Volkswagen AG's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
To put Volkswagen AG's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
- Ford Motor Company (F.US): 1.69
- General Motors Company (GM.US): 1.49
- Toyota Motor Corporation ADR (TM.US): 0.518
Volkswagen AG overview
Volkswagen AG manufactures and sells automobiles in Germany, Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific, and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Passenger Cars and Light Commercial Vehicles, Commercial Vehicles, Power Engineering, and Financial Services. The Passenger Cars and Light Commercial Vehicles segment engages in the development of vehicles, engines, and vehicle software; and production and sale of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, and related parts. The Commercial Vehicles segment develops, produces, and sells trucks and buses; and offers parts and related services. The Power Engineering segment offers large-bore diesel engines, turbomachinery, and propulsion components. The Financial Services segment provides dealership and customer financing, leasing, banking and insurance, fleet management, and mobility services. The company also offers motorcycles. It provides its products under the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, "KODA, SEAT/CUPRA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley, Ducati, Porsche, Scania, MAN, Volkswagen Truck & Bus, Navistar commercial vehicles, and Bugatti brand names. The company was founded in 1937 and is based in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen AG operates as a subsidiary of Porsche Automobil Holding SE.
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