How to buy Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Walgreens Boots Alliance shares.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA) is a leading pharmaceutical retailers business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$49.61 after a previous close of US$49.17. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD49.0937 to a high of USD49.94. The latest price was USD49.5 (25 minute delay). Walgreens Boots Alliance is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Walgreens Boots Alliance

  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 Walgreens Boots Alliance. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WBA. 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 Walgreens Boots Alliance 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$49.17, 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 Walgreens Boots Alliance, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Walgreens Boots Alliance. 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.

Walgreens Boots Alliance stock price (NASDAQ:WBA)

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Walgreens Boots Alliance shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-10.
OpenUS$49.61
HighUS$49.94
LowUS$49.0937
CloseUS$49.5
Previous closeUS$49.17
Change US$0.33
Change % 0.6711%
Volume 4,121,610
Information last updated 2022-01-22.
52-week rangeUS$43.62 - US$55.4662
50-day moving average US$49.9322
200-day moving average US$50.248
Target priceUS$53.38
PE ratio 7.0783
Dividend yield US$1.89 (3.59%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$7.417

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Is it a good time to buy Walgreens Boots Alliance stock?

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Walgreens Boots Alliance share growth calculator

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Walgreens Boots Alliance price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $49.5

1 month (2021-12-27) -2.42%
3 months (2021-10-26) 2.46%
6 months (2021-07-27) 5.72%
1 year (2021-01-27) -3.28%
2 years (2020-01-27) -5.23%
3 years (2019-01-25) -31.14%
5 years (2017-01-27) -39.26%

Is Walgreens Boots Alliance under- or over-valued?

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

Walgreens Boots Alliance's P/E ratio

Walgreens Boots Alliance's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 7x. In other words, Walgreens Boots Alliance shares trade at around 7x 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.

Walgreens Boots Alliance's PEG ratio

Walgreens Boots Alliance's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 12.0008. 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 Walgreens Boots Alliance's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Walgreens Boots Alliance's EBITDA

Walgreens Boots Alliance's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$5.6 billion (£4.2 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Walgreens Boots Alliance's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Walgreens Boots Alliance financials

Revenue TTM US$135 billion
Operating margin TTM 2.92%
Gross profit TTM US$28.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.65%
Return on equity TTM 21.71%
Profit margin 4.76%
Book value 30.403
Market capitalisation US$45.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Walgreens Boots Alliance'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 Walgreens Boots Alliance.

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

Walgreens Boots Alliance's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 17.83

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Walgreens Boots Alliance's overall score of 17.83 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 13rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Walgreens Boots Alliance 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.).

Walgreens Boots Alliance's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.25/100

Walgreens Boots Alliance's environmental score of 1.25 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Walgreens Boots Alliance is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Walgreens Boots Alliance's social score

Social score: 11.92/100

Walgreens Boots Alliance's social score of 11.92 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Walgreens Boots Alliance is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Walgreens Boots Alliance's governance score

Governance score: 4.15/100

Walgreens Boots Alliance's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Walgreens Boots Alliance is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Walgreens Boots Alliance's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 17.83
Total ESG percentile 12.86
Environmental score 1.25
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 11.92
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 4.15
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 3

Walgreens Boots Alliance share dividends

34%

Dividend payout ratio: 34.43% of net profits

Recently Walgreens Boots Alliance has paid out, on average, around 34.43% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.59% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Walgreens Boots Alliance shareholders could enjoy a 3.59% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Walgreens Boots Alliance's case, that would currently equate to about $1.89 per share.

While Walgreens Boots Alliance's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Walgreens Boots Alliance may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Walgreens Boots Alliance's most recent dividend payout was on 9 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Walgreens Boots Alliance's shares ever split?

Walgreens Boots Alliance's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 15 February 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before the split, the next day you would own 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Walgreens Boots Alliance shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Walgreens Boots Alliance shares which in turn could have impacted Walgreens Boots Alliance's share price.

Walgreens Boots Alliance share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Walgreens Boots Alliance's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$43.62 up to US$55.4662. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WBA.US volatility(beta: 0.55)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Walgreens Boots Alliance's is 0.5489. This would suggest that Walgreens Boots Alliance's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Walgreens Boots Alliance overview

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. operates as a pharmacy-led health and beauty retail company. It operates through two segments, the United States and International. The United States segment sells prescription drugs and an assortment of retail products, including health, wellness, beauty, personal care, consumable, and general merchandise products through its retail drugstores. It also provides central specialty pharmacy services and mail services. As of August 31, 2021, this segment operated 8,965 retail stores under the Walgreens and Duane Reade brands in the United States; and five specialty pharmacies. The International segment sells prescription drugs; and health and wellness, beauty, personal care, and other consumer products through its pharmacy-led health and beauty retail stores and optical practices, as well as through boots.com and an integrated mobile application. It also engages in pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution business in Germany. As of August 31, 2021, this segment operated 4,031 retail stores under the Boots, Benavides, and Ahumada in the United Kingdom, Thailand, Norway, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Chile; and 548 optical practices, including 160 on a franchise basis. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. was founded in 1901 and is based in Deerfield, Illinois.

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