Whitehaven Coal Limited is a thermal coal business based in Australia. Whitehaven Coal shares (WHC) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. Whitehaven Coal has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $1.7 billion.
How to buy shares in Whitehaven Coal
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares listed in Australia, you'll need to sign up to a broker with access to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Our table below can help you choose.
- 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, PayPal or debit card.
- Search for Whitehaven Coal. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WHC. 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 Whitehaven Coal 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 today's price of $1.055, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Whitehaven Coal. 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.
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- Whitehaven Coal key stats
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- Is Whitehaven Coal stock a buy or sell?
- Whitehaven Coal performance over time
- Are Whitehaven Coal shares over-valued?
- Whitehaven Coal's financials
- How volatile are Whitehaven Coal shares?
- Does Whitehaven Coal pay a dividend?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Whitehaven Coal's share price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Whitehaven Coal's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was $1.055, which is 52.90% down on its pre-crash value of $2.24 and 30.33% down on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $1.375.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Whitehaven Coal shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $676.82 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $428.86.
Whitehaven Coal share priceUse our graph to track the performance of WHC stocks over time.
Whitehaven Coal shares at a glance
|52-week range||$0.83 - $2.6602|
|50-day moving average||$1.5706|
|200-day moving average||$1.2787|
|Dividend yield||$0.14 (9.18%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$0.03|
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Is it a good time to buy Whitehaven Coal stock?
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Whitehaven Coal price performance over time
|1 week (2021-01-11)||-35.08%|
|1 month (2020-12-18)||-35.87%|
|3 months (2020-10-16)||3.43%|
|6 months (2020-07-17)||-31.94%|
|1 year (2020-01-17)||-59.58%|
|2 years (2019-01-18)||-78.16%|
|3 years (2018-01-18)||-76.02%|
|5 years (2016-01-18)||117.53%|
Is Whitehaven Coal under- or over-valued?
Valuing Whitehaven Coal stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Whitehaven Coal's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Whitehaven Coal's P/E ratio
Whitehaven Coal's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 53x. In other words, Whitehaven Coal shares trade at around 53x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Whitehaven Coal's EBITDA
Whitehaven Coal's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $712.7 million (£0.0 million).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Whitehaven Coal's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Whitehaven Coal financials
|Revenue TTM||$1.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||4.67%|
|Gross profit TTM||$687.6 million|
|Return on assets TTM||1%|
|Return on equity TTM||0.89%|
|Market capitalisation||$1.7 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Whitehaven Coal share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 50% of net profits
Recently Whitehaven Coal has paid out, on average, around 50% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 9.18% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Whitehaven Coal shareholders could enjoy a 9.18% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Whitehaven Coal's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.14 per share.
Whitehaven Coal'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.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Whitehaven Coal share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Whitehaven Coal's shares have ranged in value from as little as $0.83 up to $2.6602. 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 (AU average) beta is 1, while Whitehaven Coal's is 0.9316. This would suggest that Whitehaven Coal's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Whitehaven Coal overview
Whitehaven Coal Limited develops and operates coal mines in New South Wales and Queensland. The company operates in two segments, Open Cut Operations and Underground Operations. The company operates four mines in North West New South Wales; three open cut mines at Maules Creek, Tarrawonga, Werris Creek, and Sunnyside; and one underground mine at Narrabri. It offers thermal and metallurgical coal. The company sells its coal primarily in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, India, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, New Caledonia, and internationally. Whitehaven Coal Limited was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.
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