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How to buy Verizon (VZ) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Verizon shares.

Verizon Communications Inc is a telecom services business with stocks listed in the US. Verizon shares (VZ) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$39.7 – a decrease of 0.2% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.

How to buy shares in Verizon

  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 Verizon. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: VZ. 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 Verizon 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$38.6, 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 Verizon, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Verizon. 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.

Verizon stock price (NYSE:VZ)

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

Have Verizon's shares ever split?

Verizon's shares were split on a 1000000:93 basis on 1 July 2010. So if you had owned 93 shares the day before the split, the next day you would own 1000000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Verizon shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 100% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Verizon shares which in turn could have impacted Verizon's share price.

Verizon shares at a glance

Information last updated 2024-04-17.
52-week rangeUS$29.1678 - US$42.728
50-day moving average US$40.5512
200-day moving average US$36.7523
Target priceUS$44.88
PE ratio 14.4618
Dividend yield US$2.635 (6.69%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$2.75

Verizon share growth calculator

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Verizon price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $39.7

1 week (2024-04-17) -0.20%
1 month (2024-03-22) -1.66%
3 months (2024-01-24) -3.83%
6 months (2023-10-24) 15.74%
1 year (2023-04-21) 6.38%
2 years (2022-04-22) -23.52%
3 years (2021-04-23) -30.72%
5 years (2019-04-24) -30.45%

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Is it a good time to buy Verizon stock?

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Is Verizon under- or over-valued?

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

Verizon's P/E ratio

Verizon's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 14x. In other words, Verizon shares trade at around 14x 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.

Verizon's PEG ratio

Verizon's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.093. 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 Verizon's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Verizon's EBITDA

Verizon's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$47.9 billion (£38.5 billion).

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

Verizon share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Verizon's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$29.1678 up to US$42.728. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Verizon's is 0.394. This would suggest that Verizon's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Verizon financials

Revenue TTM US$134 billion
Operating margin TTM 20.42%
Gross profit TTM US$77.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.98%
Return on equity TTM 12.99%
Profit margin 8.67%
Book value 21.985
Market capitalisation US$167.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Verizon share dividends

56%

Dividend payout ratio: 56.21% of net profits

Recently Verizon has paid out, on average, around 56.21% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.69% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Verizon shareholders could enjoy a 6.69% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Verizon's case, that would currently equate to about $2.635 per share.

Verizon'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.

Verizon's most recent dividend payout was on 30 April 2024. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 April 2024 (the "ex-dividend date").

Verizon'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 Verizon.

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

Verizon's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 17.59

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Verizon's overall score of 17.59 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 18th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Verizon's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.21/100

Verizon's environmental score of 5.21 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Verizon is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Verizon's social score

Social score: 13.2/100

Verizon's social score of 13.2 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Verizon is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Verizon's governance score

Governance score: 6.18/100

Verizon's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Verizon is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Verizon's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Verizon Communications Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 17.59
Total ESG percentile 17.88
Environmental score 5.21
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 13.2
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 6.18
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 3

Verizon overview

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of communications, technology, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental entities worldwide. It operates in two segments, Verizon Consumer Group (Consumer) and Verizon Business Group (Business). The Consumer segment provides wireless services across the wireless networks in the United States under the Verizon and TracFone brands and through wholesale and other arrangements; and fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband through its wireless networks, as well as related equipment and devices, such as smartphones, tablets, smart watches, and other wireless-enabled connected devices. The segment also offers wireline services in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States, as well as Washington D.C. through its fiber-optic network, Verizon Fios product portfolio, and a copper-based network. The Business segment provides wireless and wireline communications services and products, including FWA broadband, data, video and conferencing, corporate networking, security and managed network, local and long-distance voice, and network access services to deliver various IoT services and products to businesses, government customers, and wireless and wireline carriers in the United States and internationally. The company was formerly known as Bell Atlantic Corporation and changed its name to Verizon Communications Inc. in June 2000. Verizon Communications Inc. was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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