How to buy Babcock International Group shares

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Babcock International Group PLC (BAB) is a leading engineering & construction business based in the UK. Babcock International Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 32,819 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Babcock International 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: 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.

Babcock International Group share price

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Babcock International Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range196.7p - 626.4p
50-day moving average 270.9394p
200-day moving average 271.3617p
Wall St. target price779p
PE ratio 10
Dividend yield 0.3p (7.38%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 53.5p
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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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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
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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
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From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
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Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
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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
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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 Babcock International Group stock?

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Is Babcock International Group under- or over-valued?

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

Babcock International Group's P/E ratio

Babcock International 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 10x. In other words, Babcock International Group shares trade at around 10x 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, Babcock International Group's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the engineering & construction industry or those of similar companies.

Babcock International Group's 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 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 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

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 Babcock International Group's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

Babcock International Group financials

Revenue TTM £4.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 0.9%
Gross profit TTM £509 million
Return on assets TTM 0.36%
Return on equity TTM -10.33%
Profit margin -6.23%
Book value 4.72p
Market capitalisation £1.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Babcock International 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 Babcock International Group.

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

Babcock International Group's total ESG risk score

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 01/01/2019) 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.

Babcock International Group's environmental score

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.

Babcock International Group's social score

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.

Babcock International Group's governance score

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.

Babcock International Group's controversy score

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

We're not expecting Babcock International Group to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

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Have Babcock International Group's shares ever split?

Babcock International Group's shares were split on a 5:6 basis on 23 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.

Babcock International Group 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 626.4p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BAB.LSE volatility(beta: 1.49)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 1.4883. 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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Babcock International Group overview

Babcock International Group PLC, together with its subsidiaries, provides engineering services for marine, land, aviation, and nuclear sectors in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company's Marine segment offers life support services for naval ships, and infrastructure. Its Nuclear segment provides submarines and complex engineering services in support of various decommissioning programs and projects, training and operation support, new build program management, and design and installation. The company's Land segment offers large-scale critical vehicle fleet management, and equipment support and training services for military engineers. Its Aviation segment provides critical engineering services to defense and civil customers, including pilot training, equipment support, and airbase management, as well as operates aviation fleets that provide delivering emergency and offshore services. Babcock International Group PLC was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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