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How to buy Bank of Ireland (BIRG) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Bank of Ireland shares.

Bank of Ireland Group plc is a banks-regional business based in Ireland. Bank of Ireland shares (BIRG) are listed on the IR and all prices are listed in Euros. Bank of Ireland employs 9,211 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around EUR€2.6 billion.

How to buy shares in Bank of Ireland

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – BIRG – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
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How has Coronavirus impacted Bank of Ireland's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Bank of Ireland's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was €5.31, which is 25.24% up on its pre-crash value of €3.97 and 249.11% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as €1.521.

If you had bought €1,000 worth of Bank of Ireland stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth €367.49 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth €1,182.64.

Is it a good time to buy Bank of Ireland stock?

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Bank of Ireland shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-23.
Latest market close€5.31
52-week range€1.88 - €5.47
50-day moving average €5.06
200-day moving average €4.86
Wall St. target price€6.80
PE ratio 16.0615
Dividend yield €0.175 (3.47%)
Earnings per share (TTM) €0.33

Bank of Ireland stock price (IR: BIRG)

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

Bank of Ireland price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of €5.31 from 2021-10-25

1 week (2021-10-19) 1.45%
1 month (2021-09-24) 5.44%
3 months (2021-07-26) 21.23%
6 months (2021-04-26) 16.60%
1 year (2020-10-26) 168.45%
2 years (2019-10-25) 26.49%
3 years (2018-10-26) 6.18
5 years (2016-10-26) 2,724.47%

Is Bank of Ireland under- or over-valued?

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

Bank of Ireland's P/E ratio

Bank of Ireland's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, Bank of Ireland shares trade at around 16x recent earnings.

Bank of Ireland financials

Revenue TTM €2.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 34.64%
Gross profit TTM €1.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.25%
Return on equity TTM 3.41%
Profit margin 14.34%
Book value €9.51
Market capitalisation €5.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Bank of Ireland'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 Bank of Ireland.

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

Bank of Ireland's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 28.93

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Bank of Ireland's overall score of 28.93 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 35th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Bank of Ireland's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.04/100

Bank of Ireland's environmental score of 8.04 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Bank of Ireland is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Bank of Ireland's social score

Social score: 15.36/100

Bank of Ireland's social score of 15.36 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Bank of Ireland is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Bank of Ireland's governance score

Governance score: 17.02/100

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

Bank of Ireland's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Bank of Ireland share dividends

We're not expecting Bank of Ireland to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Bank of Ireland's shares ever split?

Bank of Ireland's shares were split on a 1:30 basis on 6 July 2017. So if you had owned 30 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Bank of Ireland shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 2900% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Bank of Ireland shares which in turn could have impacted Bank of Ireland's share price.

Bank of Ireland share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Bank of Ireland's shares have ranged in value from as little as €1.875 up to €5.472. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BIRG.IR volatility(beta: 2.06)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (IR average) beta is 1, while Bank of Ireland's is 2.0557. This would suggest that Bank of Ireland's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Bank of Ireland overview

Bank of Ireland Group plc provides various banking and financial products and services. The company operates through Retail Ireland, Wealth and Insurance, Retail UK, and Corporate and Treasury segments. Its products and services include current and savings accounts, and business deposits and accounts; personal, car, home improvement, graduate, and student loans, as well as overdrafts; business and farming loans, BREXIT loans, small medium enterprise loans, asset finance, commercial finance, hire purchase, and leasing services; and property, trade, and project finance. The company also offers account reconciliation, moving/sweeping funds, bulk payment services, direct debit originator, domestic and international payments, and FXPay services; international payments and credit cards; protection overview, mortgage protection, life cover, specified illness cover, income protection, protection for individuals, and protection for families; pensions and investments, foreign exchange, and treasury deposits and services; personal products; private banking services; leveraged acquisition finance; and funding and acquisition, cash management, transaction support and agency, and escrow agency services. In addition, it provides home, car, travel, and life insurance products. Bank of Ireland Group plc was founded in 1783 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. .

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