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How to buy BP (BP) shares

Learn how to easily invest in BP shares.

BP p.l.c is an oil & gas integrated business based in the UK. BP shares (BP) are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and all prices are listed in pence sterling. BP employs 63,600 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around £198.6 billion.

How to buy shares in BP

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  3. Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – BP – 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.
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How has Coronavirus impacted BP's stock price?

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

Its last market close was 363.6p, which is 19.83% down on its pre-crash value of 453.55p and 63.12% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as 222.9p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of BP stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth £567.49 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 £803.19.

Is it a good time to buy BP stock?

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BP shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-15.
Latest market close363.60p
52-week range188.37p - 365.20p
50-day moving average 319.52p
200-day moving average 309.59p
Wall St. target price3.86p
PE ratio 11.5429
Dividend yield 0.212p (5.93%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 31.50p

BP stock price (London Stock Exchange (LSE): BP)

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

BP price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of 363.6p from 2021-10-15

1 week (2021-10-08) 2.84%
1 month (2021-09-17) 19.35%
3 months (2021-07-16) 24.41%
6 months (2021-04-16) 20.02%
1 year (2020-10-16) 73.64%
2 years (2019-10-18) -25.04%
3 years (2018-10-18) 554.5
5 years (2016-10-18) 485.9

Is BP under- or over-valued?

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

BP's P/E ratio

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

BP's PEG ratio

BP's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.43. 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 BP's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


BP's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £20.2 billion.

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

BP financials

Revenue TTM £198.6 billion
Gross profit TTM £25.8 billion
Return on assets TTM -0.79%
Return on equity TTM 10.72%
Profit margin 4.38%
Book value 3.89p
Market capitalisation £72.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

BP'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 BP.

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

BP's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 39.4

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and BP's overall score of 39.4 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 82nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

BP's environmental score

Environmental score: 21.01/100

BP's environmental score of 21.01 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BP is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

BP's social score

Social score: 11.95/100

BP's social score of 11.95 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BP is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

BP's governance score

Governance score: 11.44/100

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

BP's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

BP share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 76.46% of net profits

Recently BP has paid out, on average, around 76.46% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.41% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), BP shareholders could enjoy a 4.41% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In BP's case, that would currently equate to about 0.212p per share.

BP'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 11 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have BP's shares ever split?

BP's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 3 October 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your BP shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for BP shares which in turn could have impacted BP's share price.

BP share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, BP's shares have ranged in value from as little as 188.3732p up to 365.2p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BP.LSE volatility(beta: 0.83)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 BP's is 0.8295. This would suggest that BP's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

BP overview

BP p. l. c. engages in the energy business worldwide. It operates through Gas & Low Carbon Energy, Oil Production & Operations, Customers & Products, and Rosneft segments. It produces and trades in natural gas; offers biofuels; operates onshore and offshore wind power, and solar power generating facilities; and provides de-carbonization solutions and services, such as hydrogen, and carbon capture, usage and storage. The company is also involved in the convenience and mobility business, which manages the sale of fuels to wholesale and retail customers, convenience products, aviation fuels, and Castrol lubricants; and refining, supply, and trading of oil products, as well as operation of electric vehicle charging facilities.

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