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How to buy Whitehaven Coal (WHC) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Whitehaven Coal shares.

Whitehaven Coal is a thermal coal business based in Australia. Whitehaven Coal shares (WHC) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are in Australian dollars. Whitehaven Coal has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $3.9 billion. If you're looking to buy shares, check out the steps below.

How to buy shares in Whitehaven Coal

To buy shares listed in Australia such as Whitehaven Coal, you'll need to sign up to a broker with access to the ASX. Our table can help you compare share trading platforms and choose. Then follow these steps.

  1. Open and fund your brokerage account.
    Complete an application with your personal and financial details, including your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, PayPal or debit card.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Look into dollar-cost averaging to spread out your risk, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  4. Decide on how many to buy.
    At today's price, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
  5. Check on your investment.
    Congratulations, you own a part of Whitehaven Coal. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock and 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 affect your stock.

Whitehaven Coal stock price (ASX:WHC)

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

Whitehaven Coal shares at a glance

Information last updated 2024-04-17.
52-week range$5.2295 - $8.3449
50-day moving average $7.0498
200-day moving average $7.1484
Target price$8.6
PE ratio 5.6115
Dividend yield $0.49 (6.28%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.39

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Is it a good time to buy Whitehaven Coal stock?

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Whitehaven Coal price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of A$7.8

1 week (2024-04-15) 0.52%
1 month (2024-03-22) 20.00%
3 months (2024-01-22) -1.76%
6 months (2023-10-20) 3.45%
1 year (2023-04-21) 5.69%
2 years (2022-04-22) 66.31%
3 years (2021-04-22) 482.09%
5 years (2019-04-18) 74.89%

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 6x. In other words, Whitehaven Coal shares trade at around 6x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Whitehaven Coal's EBITDA

Whitehaven Coal's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.9 billion (£0.0 million).

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

Whitehaven Coal financials

Revenue TTM $3.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 31.02%
Gross profit TTM $4.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 14.58%
Return on equity TTM 22.3%
Profit margin 29.71%
Book value 6.533
Market capitalisation $6.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Whitehaven Coal share dividends

32%

Dividend payout ratio: 32.24% of net profits

Recently Whitehaven Coal has paid out, on average, around 32.24% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.28% 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 6.28% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Whitehaven Coal's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.49 per share.

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

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 21 February 2024 (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 $5.2295 up to $8.3449. 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 (AU average) beta is 1, while Whitehaven Coal's is 0.178. 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. It operates through three segments: Open Cut Operations, Underground Operations, and Coal Trading and Blending. The company produces metallurgical and thermal coal. It operates four mines, including three open cut and one underground located in the Gunnedah Coal Basin in New South Wales. The company sells coal in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Europe, and internationally. Whitehaven Coal Limited was founded in 1999 and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Whitehaven Coal in the news

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    NormanOctober 19, 2023

    Would like to buy Whitehaven shares and require some assistance thanks

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      KylieOctober 23, 2023Finder

      Hi Norman, Whitehaven shares are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), so you’ll need to buy shares through a stockbroker or online trading platform that offers ASX shares. The list of steps in this guide should help.

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