Aviva plc (AV) is a leading insurance-diversified business based in the UK. It opened the day at 399.8p after a previous close of 397.8p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 398.301p to a high of 405p. The latest price was 405p (25 minute delay). Aviva is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 28,596 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
How to buy shares in Aviva
- Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
- Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
- Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
- Search the platform for stock code: AV in this case.
- Research Aviva shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your Aviva shares. It's that simple.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Aviva?
- Has coronavirus impacted Aviva shares?
- Aviva shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Aviva stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Is Aviva suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Aviva shares over-valued?
- How volatile are Aviva shares?
- Does Aviva pay a dividend?
- Have Aviva shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Aviva's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Aviva's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was 411.2p, which is 1.73% up on its pre-crash value of 404.1p and 99.90% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 205.7p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Aviva shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £525.66 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 £1,024.42.
Aviva share price (LSE:AV)Use our graph to track the performance of AV stocks over time.
Aviva shares at a glance
|52-week range||253.6622p - 426.6p|
|50-day moving average||394.7269p|
|200-day moving average||387.8632p|
|Wall St. target price||551.33p|
|Dividend yield||21p (5.44%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||69.8p|
Fees for buying 100x Aviva shares with popular platforms
Share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.
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|£36 per year||£20||£9.50
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Is it a good time to buy Aviva stock?
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Aviva price performance over time
|1 month (2021-06-30)||-0.22%|
|3 months (2021-04-30)||1.17%|
Is Aviva 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.
Aviva's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 6x. In other words, Aviva shares trade at around 6x 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.
However, Aviva's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the insurance-diversified industry or those of similar companies.
Aviva's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.1555. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Aviva'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 Aviva's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
Aviva's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £4 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Aviva'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||£40 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||9.24%|
|Gross profit TTM||£8.6 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||0.49%|
|Return on equity TTM||10.41%|
|Market capitalisation||£15.2 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 Aviva.
Total ESG risk score
Aviva's total ESG risk: 26.64
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Aviva's overall score of 26.64 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 37th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Aviva 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 Aviva's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
Aviva's environmental score: 4.45/100
Aviva's environmental score of 4.45 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Aviva is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Aviva's social score: 14.07/100
Aviva's social score of 14.07 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Aviva is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Aviva's governance score: 13.12/100
Aviva's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Aviva is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Aviva's controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Aviva scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Aviva 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
|Total ESG score||26.64|
|Total ESG percentile||37.04|
|Environmental score percentile||5|
|Social score percentile||5|
|Governance score percentile||5|
|Level of controversy||2|
Aviva share dividends
Dividend yield: 5.44% of stock value
Forward annual dividend yield: 5.38% of stock value
Dividend payout ratio: 39.71% of net profits
Aviva has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 5.44% of its share value annually.
Aviva has paid out, on average, around 39.71% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.38% 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 5.38% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Aviva's case, that would currently equate to about 21p per share.
While Aviva'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 7 April 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Aviva's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
- Admiral Group (ADM.LSE): 3.51% (3.79% forward annual dividend yield)
- Direct Line Insurance Group (DLG.LSE): 7.39% (7.39% forward annual dividend yield)
- AA (AA.LSE): 0.00% (does not pay dividend)
- Saga (SAGA.LSE): 0.00% (does not pay dividend)
Have Aviva's shares ever split?
Aviva's shares were split on a 12:11 basis on 24 March 2009. So if you had owned 11 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 12 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Aviva shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 8.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Aviva shares which in turn could have impacted Aviva's share price.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Aviva's shares have ranged in value from as little as 253.6622p up to 426.6p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Aviva's is 1.2644. This would suggest that Aviva's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
To put Aviva's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
- Admiral Group (ADM.LSE): 0.2672
- Direct Line Insurance Group (DLG.LSE): 0.4751
- AA (AA.LSE): 2.4989
- Saga (SAGA.LSE): 2.4751
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