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How to buy PayPal (PYPL) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in PayPal shares.

Paypal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) is an American company that operates an online payment system in many countries all over the world. It launched in 1998 under the name of Confinity but changed its business model in 1999 when it became PayPal. It has had several owners, including the infamous Elon Musk, and was bought out by eBay in 2002. It currently operates as an independent company.

How to buy shares in PayPal

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. 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, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for PayPal. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: PYPL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until PayPal reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying using consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$60.27, 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 PayPal, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of PayPal. 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.

PayPal stock price (NASDAQ:PYPL)

Use our graph to track the performance of PYPL stocks over time.

PayPal shares at a glance

Information last updated 2024-07-12.
52-week rangeUS$50.25 - US$76.54
50-day moving average US$62.4375
200-day moving average US$60.623
Target priceUS$76.54
PE ratio 15.1108
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$3.97

PayPal share growth calculator

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Use the fields above to explore the returns from a historical investment. Please refer to the charts further up this page to see performance over 5 years, or other periods. Past performance doesn't indicate future results. Capital is at risk.

PayPal price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $60.27

1 week (2024-07-08) 2.00%
1 month (2024-06-14) -0.60%
3 months (2024-04-15) -5.10%
6 months (2024-01-12) -1.20%
1 year (2023-07-14) -16.41%
2 years (2022-07-14) -13.34%
3 years (2021-07-15) -79.67%
5 years (2019-07-15) -50.15%

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The value of your investments can fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is no indication of future results.

Is it a good time to buy PayPal stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. However, this is not a recommendation. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

Is PayPal under- or over-valued?

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

PayPal's P/E ratio

PayPal's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 15x. In other words, PayPal shares trade at around 15x 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.

PayPal's PEG ratio

PayPal's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.5949. 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 PayPal's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

PayPal's EBITDA

PayPal's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$5.7 billion (£4.4 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a PayPal's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure stock profitability.

PayPal share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, PayPal's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$50.25 up to US$76.54. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PYPL.US volatility(beta: 1.43)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 PayPal's is 1.425. This would suggest that PayPal's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

PayPal financials

Revenue TTM US$30.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.95%
Gross profit TTM US$11.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.95%
Return on equity TTM 21.4%
Profit margin 14.26%
Book value 19.66
Market capitalisation US$62.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

PayPal share dividends

We're not expecting PayPal to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

PayPal'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 PayPal.

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

PayPal's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 16.47

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and PayPal's overall score of 16.47 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 15th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

PayPal's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.41/100

PayPal's environmental score of 2.41 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that PayPal is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

PayPal's social score

Social score: 10.65/100

PayPal's social score of 10.65 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that PayPal is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

PayPal's governance score

Governance score: 7.23/100

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

PayPal's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

PayPal Holdings Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 16.47
Total ESG percentile 14.76
Environmental score 2.41
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 10.65
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 7.23
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 2

PayPal overview

PayPal Holdings, Inc. operates a technology platform that enables digital payments on behalf of merchants and consumers worldwide. It operates a two-sided network at scale that connects merchants and consumers that enables its customers to connect, transact, and send and receive payments through online and in person, as well as transfer and withdraw funds using various funding sources, such as bank accounts, PayPal or Venmo account balance, PayPal and Venmo branded credit products comprising its installment products, credit and debit cards, and cryptocurrencies, as well as other stored value products, including gift cards and eligible rewards. The company provides payment solutions under the PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom, Zettle, Hyperwallet, Honey, and Paidy names. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Past developments

June 30: The PayPal app has launched passkeys outside beyond the US for the first time, expanding to Australia and Europe. This means users will be able to login to their apps using fingerprint or facial recognition.

PayPal in the news

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