How to buy Ashtead Group shares

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Ashtead Group plc (AHT) is a leading rental & leasing services business based in the UK. Ashtead Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 18,270 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Ashtead Group

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: AHT in this case.
  5. Research Ashtead Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Ashtead Group shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Ashtead Group share price

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Ashtead Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range995.9486p - 3898p
50-day moving average 3491.0881p
200-day moving average 2989.993p
Wall St. target price2438.13p
PE ratio 27.8488
Dividend yield 0.41p (1.06%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 137.6p
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
N/A
Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Ashtead Group stock?

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Is Ashtead Group under- or over-valued?

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

Ashtead Group's P/E ratio

Ashtead 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 28x. In other words, Ashtead Group shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Ashtead Group's PEG ratio

Ashtead Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.1465. 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 Ashtead Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Ashtead Group's EBITDA

Ashtead Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £2.2 billion.

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

Ashtead Group financials

Revenue TTM £4.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 21.98%
Gross profit TTM £4.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.77%
Return on equity TTM 20.62%
Profit margin 12.59%
Book value 6.97p
Market capitalisation £17.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Ashtead 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 Ashtead Group.

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

Ashtead Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 25.91

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Ashtead Group's overall score of 25.91 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 25th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Ashtead Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 13.51/100

Ashtead Group's environmental score of 13.51 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ashtead Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Ashtead Group's social score

Social score: 9.07/100

Ashtead Group's social score of 9.07 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ashtead Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Ashtead Group's governance score

Governance score: 12.33/100

Ashtead Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Ashtead Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Ashtead Group's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Ashtead Group scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Ashtead Group has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Ashtead Group plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 25.91
Total ESG percentile 25.02
Environmental score 13.51
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 9.07
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 12.33
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 1

Ashtead Group share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 2688.49% of net profits

Recently Ashtead Group has paid out, on average, around 2688.49% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.06% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Ashtead Group shareholders could enjoy a 1.06% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ashtead Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.41p per share.

Ashtead 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 14 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Ashtead Group's shares ever split?

Ashtead Group's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 4 November 1997. 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 Ashtead Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Ashtead Group shares which in turn could have impacted Ashtead Group's share price.

Ashtead Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Ashtead Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 995.9486p up to 3898p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AHT.LSE volatility(beta: 1.27)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 Ashtead Group's is 1.2666. This would suggest that Ashtead Group's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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Ashtead Group overview

Ashtead Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the construction, industrial, and general equipment rental business in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It offers range of products and services, such as general tools, air compressors and accessories, compaction and earth moving, climate control services, power and HVAC, pump solutions, remediation and restoration, flooring solutions, and lighting and grip. The company also provides power generation, heating, cooling, scaffolding, traffic management, temporary flooring, trench shoring, and lifting services. It offers its products and services for facilities maintenance and municipalities, such as office complexes, apartment complexes, government, hospitals, data centers, parks and recreation departments, schools and universities, shopping centers, pavement/kerb repairs, and golf course maintenance; construction of airports, highways and bridges, office buildings, data centers, schools and universities, shopping centers, residential, and remodeling; emergency response for fire, hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, winter, storms, residential emergencies, covid-19, alternative care facilities, points of distribution, and mobile testing facilities; and entertainment and special events, including national events, concerts, sporting events, film/TV production, theme parks, festivals farmers' markets, local 5k runs, and cycle races. The company operates 873 stores in the United States, 75 stores in Canada, and 193 stores in the United Kingdom under the Sunbelt Rentals brand. Ashtead Group plc was founded in 1947 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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