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How to buy Associated British Foods (ABF) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Associated British Foods shares.

Associated British Foods PLC (ABF) is a leading packaged foods business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1348.5p after a previous close of 1333p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1288.5p to a high of 1350.5p. The latest price was 1290p (25 minute delay). Associated British Foods is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 128,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Associated British Foods

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How has Coronavirus impacted Associated British Foods's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Associated British Foods's stock price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 1290p, which is 50.06% down on its pre-crash value of 2583p and 20.47% down on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as 1554p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Associated British Foods stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth £619.59 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 £491.10.

Associated British Foods shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-23.
Previous close1,333.00p
Change -43.00p
Change % -3.2258%
Volume 1,047,893
Information last updated 2022-09-18.
52-week range1,313.00p - 2,163.38p
50-day moving average 1,572.00p
200-day moving average 1,730.40p
Wall St. target price1,679.71p
PE ratio 13.245
Dividend yield 0.343p (2.59%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 1.00p

Associated British Foods stock price (London Stock Exchange (LSE):ABF)

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

Associated British Foods price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of 1290p from 2022-09-23

1 week (2022-09-15) N/A
1 month (2022-08-22) N/A
3 months (2022-06-24) -21.15%
6 months (2022-03-25) -24.32%
1 year (2021-09-24) -31.46%
2 years (2020-09-25) -30.02%
3 years (2019-09-26) -44.11%
5 years (2017-09-26) -59.27%

Is Associated British Foods under- or over-valued?

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

Associated British Foods's P/E ratio

Associated British Foods's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, Associated British Foods shares trade at around 13x 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.

Associated British Foods's PEG ratio

Associated British Foods's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4226. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Associated British Foods's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Associated British Foods's EBITDA

Associated British Foods's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £1.8 billion.

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

Associated British Foods financials

Revenue TTM £15.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.78%
Gross profit TTM £3.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.44%
Return on equity TTM 8.07%
Profit margin 5.13%
Book value 13.12p
Market capitalisation £10.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Associated British Foods'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 Associated British Foods.

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

Associated British Foods's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 33.12

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Associated British Foods's overall score of 33.12 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 60th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Associated British Foods's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.78/100

Associated British Foods's environmental score of 9.78 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Associated British Foods is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Associated British Foods's social score

Social score: 17.4/100

Associated British Foods's social score of 17.4 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Associated British Foods is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Associated British Foods's governance score

Governance score: 6.94/100

Associated British Foods's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Associated British Foods is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Associated British Foods's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Associated British Foods share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 0.75% of net profits

Recently Associated British Foods has paid out, on average, around 0.75% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.59% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Associated British Foods shareholders could enjoy a 2.59% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Associated British Foods's case, that would currently equate to about 0.343p per share.

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

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 June 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Associated British Foods's shares ever split?

Associated British Foods's shares were split on a 88:100 basis on 10 May 1999. So if you had owned 100 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 88 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Associated British Foods shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 13.6% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Associated British Foods shares which in turn could have impacted Associated British Foods's share price.

Associated British Foods share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Associated British Foods's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1313p up to 2163.3783p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ABF.LSE volatility(beta: 1.06)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 Associated British Foods's is 1.064. This would suggest that Associated British Foods'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).

Associated British Foods overview

Associated British Foods plc operates as a diversified food, ingredients, and retail company worldwide. It operates through five segments: Grocery, Sugar, Agriculture, Ingredients, and Retail. The Grocery segment manufactures and sells grocery products, including hot beverages, sugar and sweeteners, vegetable oils, balsamic vinegars, bread and baked goods, cereals, ethnic foods, and meat products to retail, wholesale, and foodservice businesses. The Sugar segment is involved in growing, processing, and selling sugar beet and sugar cane to industrial users. The Agriculture segment manufactures and sells animal feeds; and provides other products and services for the agriculture sector. The Ingredients segment manufactures bakers' yeast, bakery ingredients, enzymes, lipids, yeast extracts, and cereal specialties. The Retail segment is involved in buying and merchandising clothing and accessories through the Primark and Penneys retail chains, which offer womenswear, menswear, children's wear, footwear, accessories, homeware, and skincare products.

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