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How to buy OCBC (O39) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in OCBC stocks.

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited is a banks-regional business based in Singapore. OCBC shares (O39) are listed on the SG and all prices are listed in Singapore Dollar. OCBC employs 30,809 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around S$10.6 billion.


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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – O39 – 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 OCBC's stock price?

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

Its last market close was S$12.25, which is 10.04% up on its pre-crash value of S$11.02 and 57.05% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as S$7.8.

If you had bought S$1,000 worth of OCBC stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth S$729.22 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 S$1,143.78.

Is it a good time to buy OCBC stock?

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OCBC shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-11-21.
Latest market closeS$12.25
52-week rangeS$10.49 - S$12.94
50-day moving average S$12.02
200-day moving average S$11.98
Wall St. target priceS$14.29
PE ratio 8.8857
Dividend yield S$0.53 (4.46%)
Earnings per share (TTM) S$1.40

OCBC stock price (SG:O39)

Use our graph to track the performance of O39 stocks over time.

OCBC price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of S$12.25 from 2022-11-25

1 week (2022-11-21) -1.61%
1 month (2022-10-28) 2.17%
3 months (2022-08-26) 0.91%
6 months (2022-05-27) 4.70%
1 year (2021-11-26) 6.06%
2 years (2020-11-27) 20.69%
3 years (2019-11-28) 12.80%
5 years (2017-11-28) 12.3

Is OCBC under- or over-valued?

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

OCBC's P/E ratio

OCBC'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, OCBC shares trade at around 9x recent earnings.

OCBC's PEG ratio

OCBC's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.8265. 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 OCBC's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

OCBC financials

Revenue TTM S$10.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 52.85%
Gross profit TTM S$9.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.96%
Return on equity TTM 9.63%
Profit margin 50.91%
Book value S$11.75
Market capitalisation S$55.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

OCBC'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 OCBC.

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

OCBC's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 31.8

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and OCBC's overall score of 31.8 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 61st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

OCBC's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.07/100

OCBC's environmental score of 1.07 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that OCBC is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

OCBC's social score

Social score: 14.32/100

OCBC's social score of 14.32 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that OCBC is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

OCBC's governance score

Governance score: 15.4/100

OCBC's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that OCBC is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

OCBC's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

OCBC share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 47.06% of net profits

Recently OCBC has paid out, on average, around 47.06% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.46% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), OCBC shareholders could enjoy a 4.46% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In OCBC's case, that would currently equate to about S$0.53 per share.

While OCBC's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that OCBC may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have OCBC's shares ever split?

OCBC's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 2 August 2005. 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 OCBC shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for OCBC shares which in turn could have impacted OCBC's share price.

OCBC share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, OCBC's shares have ranged in value from as little as S$10.4899 up to S$12.9357. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

O39.SG volatility(beta: 0.73)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (SG average) beta is 1, while OCBC's is 0.7314. This would suggest that OCBC's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

OCBC overview

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited provides financial services in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Greater China, rest of the Asia Pacific, and internationally. The company's Global Consumer/Private Banking segment provides products and services to individual customers, including checking accounts, and savings and fixed deposits; housing and other personal loans; credit cards; wealth management products consisting of unit trusts, banc assurance products, and structured deposits; and brokerage services. This segment also offers investment advice and portfolio management, estate and trust planning, and wealth structuring services for high-net-worth individuals. Its Global Wholesale Banking segment provides project financing, short-term credit, working capital, and trade financing; customized and structured equity-linked financing products; cash management and custodian services; capital market solutions; corporate finance and advisory banking services; and treasury products. This segment serves corporates, public sector, and small and medium enterprises. The company's Global Treasury and Markets segment is involved in the foreign exchange activities, money market operations, and fixed income and derivatives trading, as well as provision of structured treasury products and financial solutions. Its Insurance segment provides fund management services, and life and general insurance products.

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