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How to buy BHP Group (BHP) shares

Learn how to easily invest in BHP Group shares.

BHP Group Limited
LSE: BHP - GBX
p2,346.00
- p14.00 ( - 0.59%)
OTHER INDUSTRIAL METALS & MINING

BHP Group Limited (BHP) is a leading other industrial metals & mining business based in the UK. It opened the day at 2351.5p after a previous close of 2360p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 2317p to a high of 2367p. The latest price was 2346p (25 minute delay). BHP Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 40,110 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in BHP Group

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  2. Open your brokerage account. Complete an application with your details.
  3. Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – BHP – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

How has Coronavirus impacted BHP Group's stock price?

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

Its last market close was 2360p, which is 29.59% up on its pre-crash value of 1661.6p and 151.12% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as 939.8p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of BHP Group stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth £667.79 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 £1,425.20.

BHP Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-08-17.
Open2,351.50p
High2,367.00p
Low2,317.00p
Close2,346.00p
Previous close2,360.00p
Change -14.00p
Change % -0.5932%
Volume 2,267,525
Information last updated 2022-08-14.
52-week range1,474.97p - 2,737.50p
50-day moving average 2,282.19p
200-day moving average 2,391.35p
Wall St. target price29.79p
PE ratio 8.9484
Dividend yield 3.5p (11.39%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 2.52p

BHP Group stock price (London Stock Exchange (LSE):BHP)

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

BHP Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of 2346p from 2022-08-16

1 week (2022-08-09) 5.44%
1 month (2022-07-15) 13.31%
3 months (2022-05-17) -10.71%
6 months (2022-02-17) -6.25%
1 year (2021-08-17) -0.51%
2 years (2020-08-17) 27.42%
3 years (2019-08-16) 33.66%
5 years (2017-08-17) 93.45%

Is BHP Group under- or over-valued?

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

BHP Group's P/E ratio

BHP Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 9x. In other words, BHP Group shares trade at around 9x 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.

BHP Group's EBITDA

BHP Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £40.2 billion.

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

BHP Group financials

Revenue TTM £67.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 49.61%
Gross profit TTM £54 billion
Return on assets TTM 20.14%
Return on equity TTM 33.16%
Profit margin 24.86%
Book value 10.04p
Market capitalisation £162.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

BHP Group'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 BHP Group.

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

BHP Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 33.22

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and BHP Group's overall score of 33.22 (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 BHP Group 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.).

BHP Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 17.56/100

BHP Group's environmental score of 17.56 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BHP Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

BHP Group's social score

Social score: 7.88/100

BHP Group's social score of 7.88 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BHP Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

BHP Group's governance score

Governance score: 3.78/100

BHP Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that BHP Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

BHP Group's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. BHP Group scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that BHP Group has a damaged public profile.

BHP Group share dividends

97%

Dividend payout ratio: 96.95% of net profits

Recently BHP Group has paid out, on average, around 96.95% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 11.39% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), BHP Group shareholders could enjoy a 11.39% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In BHP Group's case, that would currently equate to about 3.5p per share.

BHP Group'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 24 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have BHP Group's shares ever split?

BHP Group's shares were split on a 16:15 basis on 22 July 2002. So if you had owned 15 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 16 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your BHP Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 6.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for BHP Group shares which in turn could have impacted BHP Group's share price.

BHP Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, BHP Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1474.9725p up to 2737.5p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BHP.LSE volatility(beta: 0.76)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 BHP Group's is 0.7635. This would suggest that BHP Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

BHP Group overview

BHP Group Limited operates as a resources company in Australia, Europe, China, Japan, India, South Korea, rest of Asia, North America, South America, and internationally. It operates through Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore, and Coal segments. The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas properties; and mining of copper, silver, zinc, molybdenum, uranium, gold, iron ore, and metallurgical and energy coal. It is also involved in mining, smelting, and refining of nickel; and potash development activities. In addition, the company provides towing, freight, marketing and trading, marketing support, finance, administrative, and other services. The company was founded in 1851 and is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. .

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