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How to buy Imperial Oil stock in Canada

Learn how to buy Imperial Oil stock in 5 easy steps.

Imperial Oil is an oil & gas integrated business based in Canada. Imperial Oil stocks (IMO.TO) are listed on the TO and all prices are listed in Canadian Dollars. Its last market close was C$62.68 – a decrease of 2.05% over the previous week. Imperial Oil employs 5,300 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around C$58.8 billion.

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Imperial Oil stock price (TO:IMO)

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Imperial Oil shares at a glance

Information last updated 2023-05-27.
Latest market closeC$62.68
52-week rangeC$51.76 - C$78.86
50-day moving average C$66.99
200-day moving average C$67.24
Wall St. target priceC$78.87
PE ratio 5.4137
Dividend yield C$1.56 (3.13%)
Earnings per share (TTM) C$11.82

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Is it a good time to buy Imperial Oil stock?

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Imperial Oil price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of C$62.68 from 2023-06-01

1 week (2023-05-26) -2.05%
1 month (2023-05-02) -1.00%
3 months (2023-03-02) -9.97%
6 months (2022-12-02) -16.81%
1 year (2022-06-02) -9.42%
2 years (2021-06-02) 53.14%
3 years (2020-06-02) 174.67%
5 years (2018-06-01) 47.87%

Is Imperial Oil stock undervalued or overvalued?

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

Imperial Oil financials

Revenue TTM C$58.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.94%
Gross profit TTM C$12.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 13.63%
Return on equity TTM 32.44%
Profit margin 12.61%
Book value C$40.12
Market capitalisation C$37.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Imperial Oil'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 Imperial Oil.

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

Imperial Oil's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 49.58

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Imperial Oil's overall score of 49.58 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 98th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Imperial Oil's environmental score

Environmental score: 32.6/100

Imperial Oil's environmental score of 32.6 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Imperial Oil is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Imperial Oil's social score

Social score: 16.46/100

Imperial Oil's social score of 16.46 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Imperial Oil is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Imperial Oil's governance score

Governance score: 16.02/100

Imperial Oil's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Imperial Oil is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Imperial Oil's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Imperial Oil scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Imperial Oil has managed to keep its nose clean.

Imperial Oil share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 13.15% of net profits

Recently Imperial Oil has paid out, on average, around 13.15% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.13% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Imperial Oil shareholders could enjoy a 3.13% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Imperial Oil's case, that would currently equate to about C$1.56 per share.

While Imperial Oil's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Imperial Oil is investing more in its future growth.

Imperial Oil's most recent dividend payout was on 1 July 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 1 June 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Imperial Oil's shares ever split?

Imperial Oil's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 17 May 2006. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Imperial Oil shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Imperial Oil shares which in turn could have impacted Imperial Oil's share price.

Imperial Oil share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Imperial Oil's shares have ranged in value from as little as C$51.758 up to C$78.8638. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

IMO.TO volatility(beta: 1.89)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (TO average) beta is 1, while Imperial Oil's is 1.886. This would suggest that Imperial Oil's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Imperial Oil overview

Imperial Oil Limited engages in exploration, production, and sale of crude oil and natural gas in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream and Chemical segments. The Upstream segment explores for, and produces crude oil, natural gas, synthetic crude oil, and bitumen. The Downstream segment is involved in the transportation and refining of crude oil, blending of refined products, and the distribution and marketing of refined products. It also transports crude oil production and third-party crude oil to refineries by contracted pipelines, common carrier pipelines, and rail; owns and operates refineries; maintains a distribution system to move petroleum products to market by pipeline, tanker, rail, and road transport; owns and operates fuel terminals, natural gas liquids, and products pipelines in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario; markets petroleum products under the Esso and Mobil brands; and sells petroleum products, including fuel, asphalt, and lubricants for industrial and transportation customers, independent marketers, and resellers, as well as other refiners serving the agriculture, residential heating, and commercial markets through branded fuel and lubricant resellers. The Chemical segment manufactures and markets various benzene, aromatic and aliphatic solvents, plasticizer intermediates, and polyethylene resin; and markets refinery grade propylene. The company was incorporated in 1880 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

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