How to buy Babcock International Group (BAB) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Babcock International Group shares.

Babcock International Group PLC
+ p3.00 ( + 0.81%)

Babcock International Group PLC (BAB) is a leading engineering and construction business based in the UK. It opened the day at 388.2p after a previous close of 372.8p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 369.5p to a high of 388.2p. The latest price was 369.5p (25 minute delay). Babcock International Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 29,137 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Babcock International Group

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

How has coronavirus impacted Babcock International Group's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Babcock International Group's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 369.1p, which is 25.82% down on its pre-crash value of 497.6p and 24.48% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 296.525p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Babcock International Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £575.34 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 £634.85.

Babcock International Group share price (LSE:BAB)

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

Babcock International Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-08-27.
Previous close372.8p
Change %-0.8852%
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range196.7p - 388.2p
50-day moving average334.1886p
200-day moving average295.3874p
Wall St. target price779p
Dividend yield0p (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)-337p
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Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£369.50 total
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£369.50 total
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£369.50 total
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£371.30 total
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£381.45 total
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£379.00 total
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Is it a good time to buy Babcock International Group stock?

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Babcock International Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 369.5p

1 month (2021-08-20) 3.91%
3 months (2021-06-22) 25.59%
6 months (2021-03-22) 57.70%
1 year (2020-09-22) 71.62%
2 years (2019-09-20) -34.02%
3 years (2018-09-21) -49.36%
5 years (2016-09-22) -66.16%

Is Babcock International Group 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.

PEG ratio

Babcock International Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.59. 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 Babcock International 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.

However, it's sensible to consider Babcock International Group's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Babcock International Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £197.2 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Babcock International Group'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 £4.2 billion
Gross profit TTM £26.1 million
Return on assets TTM -3.48%
Return on equity TTM -133.06%
Profit margin -40.69%
Book value 0.45p
Market capitalisation £1.8 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 Babcock International Group.

Total ESG risk score

Babcock International Group's total ESG risk: 22.35

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Babcock International Group's overall score of 22.35 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 22nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

To gain some more context, you can compare Babcock International Group's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Babcock International Group's environmental score: 6.92/100

Babcock International Group's environmental score of 6.92 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Babcock International Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Babcock International Group's social score: 16.62/100

Babcock International Group's social score of 16.62 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Babcock International Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Babcock International Group's governance score: 10.32/100

Babcock International Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Babcock International Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Babcock International Group's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Babcock International Group scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Babcock International Group 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

Babcock International Group PLC was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.35
Total ESG percentile 21.6
Environmental score 6.92
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 16.62
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 10.32
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 2

Babcock International Group share dividends


Forward annual dividend yield: 7.38% of stock value

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 December 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").

Babcock International Group's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Have Babcock International Group's shares ever split?

Babcock International Group's shares were split on a 5:6 basis on 22 October 2000. So if you had owned 6 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Babcock International Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 20% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Babcock International Group shares which in turn could have impacted Babcock International Group's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Babcock International Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 196.7p up to 388.2p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BAB.LSE volatility(beta: 1.66)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 Babcock International Group's is 1.6568. This would suggest that Babcock International 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).

To put Babcock International Group's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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