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How to buy First Derivatives shares in Ireland | 3490p

6 steps guide to buying and managing First Derivatives share in just a few minutes.

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First Derivatives plc is an information technology services business based in the UK. First Derivatives shares (FDP) are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and all prices are listed in pence sterling. First Derivatives employs 2,400 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £240.7 million.

How to buy shares in First Derivatives from Ireland

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for First Derivatives Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: FDP. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until First Derivatives reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of 3490p, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of First Derivatives, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of First Derivatives. Optimize 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 on directors and management that can affect your stock.

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How has coronavirus impacted First Derivatives's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, First Derivatives's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was £3490, which is 13.04% up on its pre-crash value of £3035 and 105.29% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as £1700.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of First Derivatives shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £660.65 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 £1,273.85.

First Derivatives share price

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

First Derivatives shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market close3490p
52-week range1700p - 3625p
50-day moving average 2895.7354p
200-day moving average 2936.972p
Wall St. target price4903.77p
PE ratio 58.8008
Dividend yield 0.28p (1.37%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 51.7p

Is it a good time to buy First Derivatives stock?

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First Derivatives price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 3490p

1 week (2021-01-14) 13.87%
1 month (2020-12-21) 14.61%
3 months (2020-10-21) 4.49%
6 months (2020-07-21) 28.78%
1 year (2020-01-21) 32.20%
2 years (2019-01-21) 63.85%
3 years (2018-01-19) -17.30%
5 years (2016-01-21) 127.36%

Is First Derivatives under- or over-valued?

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

First Derivatives's P/E ratio

First Derivatives's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 59x. In other words, First Derivatives shares trade at around 59x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

First Derivatives's EBITDA

First Derivatives's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £27.9 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a First Derivatives's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

First Derivatives financials

Revenue TTM £240.7 million
Operating margin TTM 9.66%
Gross profit TTM £101.1 million
Return on assets TTM 4.23%
Return on equity TTM 8.69%
Profit margin 5.96%
Book value 6.278p
Market capitalisation £839.9 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

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