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Executive Summary

ABB Ltd manufactures and sells electrification, industrial automation, motion, and robotics and discrete automation products for customers in utilities, industry and transport, and infrastructure worldwide.

Snowflake Analysis

Average dividend payer with mediocre balance sheet.

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Share Price & News

How has ABB's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: ABBN's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




CH Electrical


CH Market

1 Year Return




CH Electrical


CH Market

Return vs Industry: ABBN exceeded the Swiss Electrical industry which returned 14.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: ABBN exceeded the Swiss Market which returned 0.6% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day6.9%6.6%0.8%
30 Day5.9%5.7%-0.5%
90 Day30.4%29.7%7.1%
1 Year21.8%16.3%19.5%14.3%4.0%0.6%
3 Year6.1%-6.0%5.2%-6.6%21.0%8.6%
5 Year40.7%14.9%40.7%15.2%31.3%9.2%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is ABB's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is ABB undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: ABBN (CHF22.27) is trading above our estimate of fair value (CHF16.4)

Significantly Below Fair Value: ABBN is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: ABBN is poor value based on its PE Ratio (53.7x) compared to the Electrical industry average (23.9x).

PE vs Market: ABBN is poor value based on its PE Ratio (53.7x) compared to the Swiss market (19.5x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: ABBN's earnings are forecast to decline next year, so we can't calculate its PEG ratio.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: ABBN is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (4.3x) compared to the CH Electrical industry average (1.6x).

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Future Growth

How is ABB forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 25 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: ABBN's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-23.5% per year).

Earnings vs Market: ABBN's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-23.5% per year).

High Growth Earnings: ABBN's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: ABBN's revenue (4.4% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the Swiss market (2.3% per year).

High Growth Revenue: ABBN's revenue (4.4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: ABBN's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (19.3%).

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Past Performance

How has ABB performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: ABBN has a large one-off loss of $763.0M impacting its March 31 2005 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: ABBN's current net profit margins (3.4%) are lower than last year (5.1%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: ABBN's earnings have declined by -19.7% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: ABBN's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: ABBN had negative earnings growth (-35.1%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Electrical industry average (-0.2%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: ABBN's Return on Equity (8.3%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is ABB's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: ABBN's short term assets ($29.0B) exceed its short term liabilities ($24.6B).

Long Term Liabilities: ABBN's short term assets ($29.0B) exceed its long term liabilities ($11.5B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: ABBN's debt to equity ratio (104.6%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: ABBN's debt to equity ratio has increased from 47.5% to 104.6% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: ABBN's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (15.9%).

Interest Coverage: ABBN earns more interest than it pays, so coverage of interest payments is not a concern.

Balance Sheet

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What is ABB current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: ABBN's dividend (3.47%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Swiss market (1.95%).

High Dividend: ABBN's dividend (3.47%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Swiss market (3.95%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: ABBN's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: ABBN's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its high payout ratio (188.1%), ABBN's dividend payments are not well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: ABBN's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (66.7% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Björn Klas Rosengren (61yo)



Mr. Björn Klas Otto Rosengren, M.Sc. (Tech.), has been Chief Executive Officer of ABB Ltd since March 1, 2020. He served as an Executive Officer at ABB Ltd since February 1, 2020 until March 1, 2020. He se ...

Leadership Team

Timo Ihamuotila
Executive VP & CFO3.25yrsUS$3.82m0.0080% $3.8m
Maria Varsellona
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary0.67yrUS$3.89mno data
Sylvia Hill
Chief Human Resources Officer1.08yrsUS$2.22m0.00011% $52.3k
Peter Terwiesch
President of Industrial Automation Division3.5yrsUS$3.02m0.0066% $3.2m
Tarak Mehta
President of Electrification Products Division1.25yrsUS$3.41m0.011% $5.1m
Sami Atiya
President of Robotics & Discrete Automation Businessno dataUS$3.23m0.0020% $950.3k
Morten Wierod
President of Motion Business1.58yrsUS$2.16m0.00053% $251.8k
Björn Klas Rosengren
Chief Executive Officer0.33yrno datano data
Bazmi Husain
Chief Technology Officer4.5yrsno datano data
Alec Joannou
Global Chief information officer1.75yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: ABBN's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.6 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

Frederico C. Pinheiro Curado
Independent & Non-Executive Director4.25yrsno data0.0013% $622.4k
Matti Alahuhta
Independent & Non-Executive Director6.25yrsno data0.0035% $1.7m
Jacob Wallenberg
Independent Vice Chairman5.25yrsno data0.011% $5.1m
Peter Voser
Chairman of the Board5.25yrsUS$3.93m0.014% $6.5m
Satish Pai
Independent & Non-Executive Director4.25yrsno data0.0010% $498.9k
Lars Förberg
Independent & Non-Executive Director3.25yrsno data0.0021% $983.6k
David Meline
Independent & Non-Executive Director4.25yrsno data0.0014% $665.2k
David Constable
Independent & Non-Executive Director5.25yrsno data0.0015% $698.5k
Xin-Zhe Li
Independent Director2.33yrsno data0.0015% $703.2k
Geraldine Matchett
Independent & Non-Executive Director2.33yrsno data0.00078% $370.6k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: ABBN's board of directors are considered experienced (4.3 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: ABBN insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

ABB Ltd's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: ABB Ltd
  • Ticker: ABBN
  • Exchange: SWX
  • Founded: 1883
  • Industry: Electrical Components and Equipment
  • Sector: Capital Goods
  • Market Cap: CHF47.515b
  • Shares outstanding: 2.13b
  • Website: https://www.new.abb.com

Number of Employees


  • ABB Ltd
  • Affolternstrasse 44
  • Zurich
  • Zurich
  • 8050
  • Switzerland


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
ABLZ.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesCommon StockUSUSDJun 1999
ABBNSWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesCommon StockCHCHFJun 1999
ABBOM (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm)YesCommon StockSESEKJun 1999
ABJDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJun 1999
0NX2LSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBSEKJun 1999
ABJXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesCommon StockDEEURJun 1999
ABBNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)ADR EACH REPR 1 ORD CHF1.03USUSDApr 2001
ABJADB (Deutsche Boerse AG)ADR EACH REPR 1 ORD CHF1.03DEEURApr 2001
ABB NBMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)ADR EACH REPR 1 ORD CHF1.03MXMXNApr 2001


ABB Ltd manufactures and sells electrification, industrial automation, motion, and robotics and discrete automation products for customers in utilities, industry and transport, and infrastructure worldwide. The company’s Electrification Products segment provides electric vehicle charging infrastructure, solar power solutions, modular substation packages, distribution automation products, switchboard and panel boards, switchgears, UPS solutions, circuit breakers, measuring and sensing devices, control products, wiring accessories, enclosures and cabling systems, and intelligent home and building solutions. This segment serves building, data center, rail, wind and solar, power distribution, food and beverage, marine, e-mobility, and oil and gas industries. Its Industrial Automation segment provides process and discrete control solutions, advanced process control software and manufacturing execution systems, sensing solutions, measurement and analytical instrumentation and solutions, electric ship propulsion systems, and turbochargers, as well as remote monitoring, preventive maintenance, and cybersecurity services. This segment serves companies in the oil and gas, minerals and mining, metals, pulp and paper, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, power generation, and marine industries. The company’s Motion segment offers motors, generators, drives, wind converters, mechanical power transmissions, complete electrical powertrain systems and related services and digital solutions for a wide range of applications in industry, transportation, infrastructure, and utilities. This segment serves machinery manufacturers, process industries, hybrid and batch manufacturers, transportation equipment manufacturers, discrete manufacturing companies, logistics and utility industries, and customers in the automotive industry. Its Robotics & Discrete Automation segment offers robotics, controllers, software, function packages, cells, programmable logic controllers, industrial PCs, servo motion, engineered manufacturing solutions, turn-key solutions, and collaborative robot solutions, as well as digital solutions, and field and after sales services. ABB Ltd was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/05 20:46
End of Day Share Price2020/07/03 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.