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How to buy Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Fortescue Metals Group shares.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited (FMG) is a leading other industrial metals & mining business based in Australia. It opened the day at AUDA$23.65 after a previous close of AUDA$23.71. During the day the price has varied from a low of AUDA$23.535 to a high of AUDA$24.03. The latest price was AUDA$23.87 (25 minute delay). Fortescue Metals Group is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and employs 10,232 staff. All prices are listed in Australian Dollars.

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How has Coronavirus impacted Fortescue Metals Group's stock price?

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

Its last market close was A$19.92, which is 43.78% up on its pre-crash value of A$11.2 and 142.93% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as A$8.2.

If you had bought A$1,000 worth of Fortescue Metals Group stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth A$868.19 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 A$1,810.93.

Fortescue Metals Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
OpenA$23.65
HighA$24.03
LowA$23.54
CloseA$23.87
Previous closeA$23.71
Change A$0.16
Change % 0.6748%
Volume 5,893,164
Information last updated 2022-05-23.
52-week rangeA$13.26 - A$22.79
50-day moving average A$20.27
200-day moving average A$18.57
Wall St. target priceA$17.96
PE ratio 4.964
Dividend yield A$2.175 (8.54%)
Earnings per share (TTM) A$4.17

Fortescue Metals Group stock price (Australian Securities Exchange (ASX):FMG)

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

Fortescue Metals Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of A$23.87 from 2022-05-26

1 week (2022-05-20) 18.46%
1 month (2022-04-27) 18.76%
3 months (2022-02-25) 28.33%
6 months (2021-11-26) 38.86%
1 year (2021-05-27) 7.18%
2 years (2020-05-27) 82.49%
3 years (2019-05-27) 182.49%
5 years (2017-05-26) 392.16%

Is Fortescue Metals Group under- or over-valued?

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

Fortescue Metals Group's P/E ratio

Fortescue Metals 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 5x. In other words, Fortescue Metals Group shares trade at around 5x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Fortescue Metals Group's EBITDA

Fortescue Metals Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is A$14.4 billion.

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

Fortescue Metals Group financials

Revenue TTM A$21.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 62.01%
Gross profit TTM A$15.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 32.89%
Return on equity TTM 58.39%
Profit margin 42.65%
Book value A$5.13
Market capitalisation A$63.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Fortescue Metals 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 Fortescue Metals Group.

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

Fortescue Metals Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 27.89

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Fortescue Metals Group's overall score of 27.89 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 51st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Fortescue Metals Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 14.49/100

Fortescue Metals Group's environmental score of 14.49 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fortescue Metals Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Fortescue Metals Group's social score

Social score: 7.58/100

Fortescue Metals Group's social score of 7.58 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fortescue Metals Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Fortescue Metals Group's governance score

Governance score: 10.82/100

Fortescue Metals Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Fortescue Metals Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Fortescue Metals Group's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Fortescue Metals Group share dividends

99%

Dividend payout ratio: 99.33% of net profits

Recently Fortescue Metals Group has paid out, on average, around 99.33% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 8.54% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Fortescue Metals Group shareholders could enjoy a 8.54% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Fortescue Metals Group's case, that would currently equate to about A$2.175 per share.

Fortescue Metals 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 27 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Fortescue Metals Group's shares ever split?

Fortescue Metals Group's shares were split on a 10:1 basis on 18 December 2007. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Fortescue Metals Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 90% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Fortescue Metals Group shares which in turn could have impacted Fortescue Metals Group's share price.

Fortescue Metals Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Fortescue Metals Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as A$13.2573 up to A$22.7855. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FMG.AU volatility(beta: 0.75)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (AU average) beta is 1, while Fortescue Metals Group's is 0.7496. This would suggest that Fortescue Metals Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Fortescue Metals Group overview

Fortescue Metals Group Limited engages in the exploration, development, production, processing, and sale of iron ore in Australia, China, and internationally. It also explores for copper and gold deposits. The company owns and operates the Chichester Hub that includes the Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mines located in the Chichester ranges; and the Solomon Hub comprising the Firetail, Kings Valley, and Queens Valley mines located in the Hamersley ranges of Pilbara, Western Australia. It is also developing the Eliwana mine situated in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In addition, the company holds a portfolio of properties situated in Ecuador and Argentina. Further, it provides port towage services. Fortescue Metals Group Limited was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in East Perth, Australia.

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