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How to buy Vulcan Materials Company (VMC) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Vulcan Materials Company shares.

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Vulcan Materials Company (VMC) is a leading building materials business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$205.18 after a previous close of US$205.35. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD203.22 to a high of USD206.19. The latest price was USD204.74 (25 minute delay). Vulcan Materials Company is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Vulcan Materials Company

  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 Vulcan Materials Company. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: VMC. 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 Vulcan Materials Company 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$205.35, 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 Vulcan Materials Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Vulcan Materials Company. 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.

Vulcan Materials Company stock price (NYSE:VMC)

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Vulcan Materials Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-17.
Previous closeUS$205.35
Change US$-0.61
Change % -0.2971%
Volume 1,227,947
Information last updated 2022-06-24.
52-week rangeUS$141.18 - US$212.6534
50-day moving average US$165.1956
200-day moving average US$182.2773
Target priceUS$218.62
PE ratio 32.3326
Dividend yield US$1.51 (1.11%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$4.51

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Vulcan Materials Company share growth calculator


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Vulcan Materials Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $204.74

1 week (2022-06-24) 40.41%
1 month (2022-06-02) 21.52%
3 months (2022-04-01) 11.16%
1 year (2021-07-02) 19.74%
2 years (2020-07-02) 69.46%
3 years (2019-07-02) 49.38%
5 years (2017-06-30) 61.62%

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Is Vulcan Materials Company under- or over-valued?

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

Vulcan Materials Company's P/E ratio

Vulcan Materials Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 32x. In other words, Vulcan Materials Company shares trade at around 32x 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.

Vulcan Materials Company's PEG ratio

Vulcan Materials Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.9693. 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 Vulcan Materials Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Vulcan Materials Company's EBITDA

Vulcan Materials Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.5 billion (£1.2 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Vulcan Materials Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Vulcan Materials Company financials

Revenue TTM US$6 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.84%
Gross profit TTM US$1.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.74%
Return on equity TTM 9.52%
Profit margin 9.99%
Book value 49.476
Market capitalisation US$19.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Vulcan Materials Company'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 Vulcan Materials Company.

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

Vulcan Materials Company's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 31.75

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Vulcan Materials Company's overall score of 31.75 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 67th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Vulcan Materials Company 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.).

Vulcan Materials Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 18.54/100

Vulcan Materials Company's environmental score of 18.54 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Vulcan Materials Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Vulcan Materials Company's social score

Social score: 3.35/100

Vulcan Materials Company's social score of 3.35 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Vulcan Materials Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Vulcan Materials Company's governance score

Governance score: 6.86/100

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

Vulcan Materials Company's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Vulcan Materials Company scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Vulcan Materials Company has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Vulcan Materials Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 31.75
Total ESG percentile 66.92
Environmental score 18.54
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 3.35
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 6.86
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 2

Vulcan Materials Company share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 62.28% of net profits

Recently Vulcan Materials Company has paid out, on average, around 62.28% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.11% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Vulcan Materials Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.11% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Vulcan Materials Company's case, that would currently equate to about $1.51 per share.

Vulcan Materials Company'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.

Vulcan Materials Company's most recent dividend payout was on 10 June 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 26 May 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Vulcan Materials Company's shares ever split?

Vulcan Materials Company's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 11 March 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before the split, the next day you would own 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Vulcan Materials Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Vulcan Materials Company shares which in turn could have impacted Vulcan Materials Company's share price.

Vulcan Materials Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Vulcan Materials Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$141.18 up to US$212.6534. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VMC.US volatility(beta: 0.7)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Vulcan Materials Company's is 0.7005. This would suggest that Vulcan Materials Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Vulcan Materials Company overview

Vulcan Materials Company, together with its subsidiaries, produces and supplies construction aggregates primarily in the United States. It operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt, Concrete, and Calcium. The Aggregates segment provides crushed stones, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates; and related products and services that are applied in construction and maintenance of highways, streets, and other public works, as well as in the construction of housing and commercial, industrial, and other nonresidential facilities. The Asphalt Mix segment offers asphalt mix in Alabama, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas, as well as engages in the asphalt construction paving activity in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. The Concrete segment provides ready-mixed concrete in California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, and Washington D.C. The Calcium segment mines, produces, and sells calcium products for the animal feed, plastics, and water treatment industries. The company was formerly known as Virginia Holdco, Inc. and changed its name to Vulcan Materials Company. Vulcan Materials Company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

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