How to buy Associated British Foods (ABF) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Associated British Foods shares.

Associated British Foods plc (ABF) is a leading packaged foods business based in the UK. It opened the day at 2173p after a previous close of 2163p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 2167p to a high of 2198.0183p. The latest price was 2185p (25 minute delay). Associated British Foods is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 128,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Associated British Foods

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  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: ABF in this case.
  5. Research Associated British Foods shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Associated British Foods shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Associated British Foods's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Associated British Foods's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 2042p, which is 20.94% down on its pre-crash value of 2583p and 31.40% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 1554p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Associated British Foods shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £619.59 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 £777.39.

Associated British Foods share price (LSE:ABF)

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Associated British Foods shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close2163p
Change %1.0171%
Information last updated 2022-01-16.
52-week range1718.8137p - 2527.6591p
50-day moving average1980.33p
200-day moving average2068.2424p
Wall St. target price2437.11p
PE ratio34.9917
Dividend yield26.7p (1.26%)
Earnings per share (TTM)60.5p
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Is it a good time to buy Associated British Foods stock?

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Is Associated British Foods under- or over-valued?

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

P/E ratio

Associated British Foods's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 35x. In other words, Associated British Foods shares trade at around 35x 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.

However, Associated British Foods's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the packaged foods industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Associated British Foods's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.7779. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued given the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Associated British Foods's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider Associated British Foods's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Associated British Foods's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £1.5 billion.

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

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.


Revenue TTM £13.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 6.3%
Gross profit TTM £3.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.26%
Return on equity TTM 5.12%
Profit margin 3.44%
Book value 12.553p
Market capitalisation £16.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

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 Associated British Foods.

Total ESG risk score

Associated British Foods's total ESG risk: 33.12

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Associated British Foods's overall score of 33.12 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 60th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

To gain some more context, you can compare Associated British Foods's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Associated British Foods's environmental score: 9.78/100

Associated British Foods's environmental score of 9.78 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Associated British Foods is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Associated British Foods's social score: 17.4/100

Associated British Foods's social score of 17.4 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Associated British Foods is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Associated British Foods's governance score: 6.94/100

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

Controversy score

Associated British Foods's controversy score: 2/5

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

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Associated British Foods plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 33.12
Total ESG percentile 59.94
Environmental score 9.78
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 17.4
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 6.94
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 2

Associated British Foods share dividends


Dividend yield: 1.26% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 1.26% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 43.77% of net profits

Associated British Foods has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.26% of its share value annually.

Associated British Foods has paid out, on average, around 43.77% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.26% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 1.26% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Associated British Foods's case, that would currently equate to about 26.7p per share.

While Associated British Foods's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that it 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 16 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Associated British Foods's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Have Associated British Foods's shares ever split?

Associated British Foods's shares were split on a 88:100 basis on 10 May 1999. So if you had owned 100 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 88 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Associated British Foods shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 13.6% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Associated British Foods shares which in turn could have impacted Associated British Foods's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Associated British Foods's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1718.8137p up to 2527.6591p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ABF.LSE volatility(beta: 1.12)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 Associated British Foods's is 1.1222. This would suggest that Associated British Foods's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

To put Associated British Foods's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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