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WestRock Company (WRK) is a leading packaging & containers business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$56.71 after a previous close of US$56.15. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD56.26 to a high of USD57.53. The latest price was USD57.32 (25 minute delay). WestRock Company is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in WestRock Company
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- 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 WestRock Company. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WRK. 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 WestRock Company 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$58.97, 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 WestRock Company, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of WestRock 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.
What's in this guide?
- WestRock Company key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is WestRock Company stock a buy or sell?
- WestRock Company performance over time
- Can I short WestRock Company shares?
- Is WestRock Company suitable for ethical investing?
- Are WestRock Company shares over-valued?
- WestRock Company's financials
- How volatile are WestRock Company shares?
- Does WestRock Company pay a dividend?
- Have WestRock Company shares ever split?
- Other common questions
WestRock Company share priceUse our graph to track the performance of WRK stocks over time.
WestRock Company shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$24.9388 - US$61.7891|
|50-day moving average||US$57.7714|
|200-day moving average||US$49.6215|
|Dividend yield||US$0.8 (1.41%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$2.988|
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WestRock Company price performance over time
|1 week (2021-06-04)||-2.80%|
|1 month (2021-05-11)||-5.60%|
|3 months (2021-03-11)||11.54%|
|6 months (2020-12-11)||31.68%|
|1 year (2020-06-11)||107.38%|
|2 years (2019-06-11)||57.00%|
|3 years (2018-06-11)||-6.71%|
|5 years (2016-06-10)||46.97%|
Is WestRock Company under- or over-valued?
Valuing WestRock Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of WestRock Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
WestRock Company's PEG ratio
WestRock Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.0912. 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 WestRock 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.
WestRock Company's EBITDA
WestRock Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$2.7 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a WestRock Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
WestRock Company financials
|Revenue TTM||US$17.5 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||6.99%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$3.2 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.56%|
|Return on equity TTM||-6.27%|
|Market capitalisation||US$15 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting WestRock Company shares
There are currently 3.0 million WestRock Company shares held short by investors – that's known as WestRock Company's "short interest". This figure is 4.2% up from 2.8 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting WestRock Company shares can be evaluated.
WestRock Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
WestRock Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of WestRock Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of WestRock Company shares traded daily (recently around 1.9 million). WestRock Company's SIR currently stands at 1.54. In other words for every 100,000 WestRock Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1540 shares are currently held short.
However WestRock Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of WestRock Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable WestRock Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case WestRock Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 WestRock Company shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0143% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable WestRock Company shares, roughly 14 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 WestRock Company.
Find out more about how you can short WestRock Company stock.
WestRock 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 WestRock Company.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
WestRock Company's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 64.95
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and WestRock Company's overall score of 64.95 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 38th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like WestRock 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.).
WestRock Company's environmental score
Environmental score: 64.02/100
WestRock Company's environmental score of 64.02 puts it squarely in the 27th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WestRock Company is doing better than many of its peers in terms of its environmental impact, and so perhaps exposed to a slightly lower level of risk.
WestRock Company's social score
Social score: 67.31/100
WestRock Company's social score of 67.31 puts it squarely in the 49th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WestRock Company is pretty average in terms of looking after its workforce and social impact.
WestRock Company's governance score
Governance score: 68.35/100
WestRock Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 45th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that WestRock Company is better than many of its peers in terms of responsible leadership, and so perhaps exposed to a slightly lower level of risk.
WestRock Company's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. WestRock Company scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that WestRock Company has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||64.95|
|Total ESG percentile||37.88|
|Environmental score percentile||27.02|
|Social score percentile||48.74|
|Governance score percentile||45.04|
|Level of controversy||2|
WestRock Company share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 31.82% of net profits
Recently WestRock Company has paid out, on average, around 31.82% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.69% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), WestRock Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.69% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In WestRock Company's case, that would currently equate to about $0.8 per share.
While WestRock Company's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that WestRock Company may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
WestRock Company's most recent dividend payout was on 27 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have WestRock Company's shares ever split?
WestRock Company's shares were split on a 11099:1000 basis on 15 May 2016. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 11099 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your WestRock Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 91% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for WestRock Company shares which in turn could have impacted WestRock Company's share price.
WestRock Company share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, WestRock Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$24.9388 up to US$61.7891. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while WestRock Company's is 1.2739. This would suggest that WestRock Company's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
WestRock Company overview
WestRock Company manufactures and sells paper and packaging solutions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The company operates through Corrugated Packaging and Consumer Packaging segments. The Corrugated Packaging segment produces containerboards, corrugated sheets, corrugated packaging, and preprinted linerboards for sale to consumer and industrial products manufacturers, and corrugated box manufacturers. It also provides structural and graphic design, engineering services and custom, and automated packaging machines; offers a machinery solution that creates pouches to replace single-use plastics, including bubble mailers; distributes corrugated packaging materials and other specialty packaging products, including stretch films, void fills, carton sealing tapes, and other specialty tapes; operates recycling facilities that collect, sort, grade, and bale recovered paper; and provides lithographic laminated packaging products, as well as contract packing services. The Consumer Packaging segment manufactures and sells folding cartons that are used to package food, paper, beverages, dairy products, tobacco, confectionery, health and beauty, other household consumer, and commercial and industrial products; and express mail packages for the overnight courier industry. It also offers inserts and labels, as well as rigid packaging and other printed packaging products, such as transaction cards, brochures, product literature, marketing materials, and grower tags and plant stakes for the horticultural market; and secondary packages and paperboard packaging for over-the-counter and prescription drugs. In addition, this segment manufactures and sells solid fiber and corrugated partitions, and die-cut paperboard components principally to glass container manufacturers, producers of beer, food, wine, spirits, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, and the automotive industry. WestRock Company is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
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