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How to buy Antofagasta (ANTO) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Antofagasta shares.

Antofagasta PLC (ANTO) is a leading copper business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1427p after a previous close of 1417p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1424p to a high of 1449p. The latest price was 1442.5p (25 minute delay). Antofagasta is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 6,883 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

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How has Coronavirus impacted Antofagasta's stock price?

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

Its last market close was 1164.5p, which is 26.13% up on its pre-crash value of 860.2p and 102.52% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as 575p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Antofagasta stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth £741.02 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 £1,394.95.

Antofagasta shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close1,417.00p
Change 25.50p
Change % 1.7996%
Volume 1,401,431
Information last updated 2022-08-14.
52-week range971.20p - 1,798.19p
50-day moving average 1,157.19p
200-day moving average 1,383.57p
Wall St. target price12.51p
PE ratio 15.4662
Dividend yield 1.281p (8.95%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 0.74p

Antofagasta stock price (London Stock Exchange (LSE):ANTO)

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

Antofagasta price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of 1442.5p from 2022-08-16

1 week (2022-08-08) 21.32%
1 month (2022-07-15) 45.35%
3 months (2022-05-13) 6.97%
6 months (2022-02-17) 5.06%
1 year (2021-08-17) -4.66%
2 years (2020-08-17) 28.51%
3 years (2019-08-16) 82.32%
5 years (2017-08-17) 52.73%

Is Antofagasta under- or over-valued?

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

Antofagasta's P/E ratio

Antofagasta's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 15x. In other words, Antofagasta shares trade at around 15x recent earnings.

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

Antofagasta's EBITDA

Antofagasta's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £3.3 billion.

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

Antofagasta financials

Revenue TTM £6.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 35.32%
Gross profit TTM £4.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.45%
Return on equity TTM 14.95%
Profit margin 13.81%
Book value 7.54p
Market capitalisation £11.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Antofagasta'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 Antofagasta.

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

Antofagasta's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 36.44

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Antofagasta's overall score of 36.44 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 62nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Antofagasta's environmental score

Environmental score: 20.16/100

Antofagasta's environmental score of 20.16 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Antofagasta is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Antofagasta's social score

Social score: 17.22/100

Antofagasta's social score of 17.22 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Antofagasta is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Antofagasta's governance score

Governance score: 12.06/100

Antofagasta's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Antofagasta is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Antofagasta's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Antofagasta share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 158.86% of net profits

Recently Antofagasta has paid out, on average, around 158.86% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 8.95% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Antofagasta shareholders could enjoy a 8.95% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Antofagasta's case, that would currently equate to about 1.281p per share.

Antofagasta's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 1 September 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Antofagasta's shares ever split?

Antofagasta's shares were split on a 5:1 basis on 19 June 2006. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Antofagasta shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 80% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Antofagasta shares which in turn could have impacted Antofagasta's share price.

Antofagasta share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Antofagasta's shares have ranged in value from as little as 971.2p up to 1798.1922p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ANTO.LSE volatility(beta: 1.01)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Antofagasta's is 1.0099. This would suggest that Antofagasta's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Antofagasta overview

Antofagasta plc operates as a mining company. It operates through Los Pelambres, Centinela, Antucoya, Zaldívar, Exploration and Evaluation, and Transport Division segments. The company holds a 60% interest in the Los Pelambres mine, a 70% interest in the Centinela mine, a 70% interest in the Antucoya mine, and a 50% interest in the Zaldívar mine located in Chile. Its mines produce copper cathodes and copper concentrates, as well as molybdenum, gold, and silver by-products. The company also has exploration projects in various countries. In addition, it provides rail and road cargo services to mining customers in northern Chile. The company was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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