How to buy Balfour Beatty (BBY) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Balfour Beatty shares.

Balfour Beatty plc (BBY) is a leading engineering and construction business based in the UK. It opened the day at 257.6p after a previous close of 257.6p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 256.1705p to a high of 258.8p. The latest price was 257.2p (25 minute delay). Balfour Beatty is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 25,684 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Balfour Beatty

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

How has coronavirus impacted Balfour Beatty's share price?

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

Its last market close was 260.6p, which is 6.46% down on its pre-crash value of 278.6p and 57.65% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 165.3p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Balfour Beatty shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £751.91 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 £993.15.

Balfour Beatty share price (LSE:BBY)

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Balfour Beatty shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-22.
Previous close257.6p
Change %-0.1553%
Information last updated 2022-01-15.
52-week range230.8p - 326.7453p
50-day moving average252.468p
200-day moving average284.672p
Wall St. target price363.57p
PE ratio29.5333
Dividend yield4.5p (1.68%)
Earnings per share (TTM)9p
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Fees for buying 100x Balfour Beatty shares with popular platforms

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Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £0.00
£257.20 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.79
£258.99 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£265.20 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£269.15 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£265.19 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£257.20 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£266.70 total
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Is it a good time to buy Balfour Beatty stock?

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Is Balfour Beatty 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

Balfour Beatty's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 30x. In other words, Balfour Beatty shares trade at around 30x 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.

PEG ratio

Balfour Beatty's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 9.71. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value 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 Balfour Beatty's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


Balfour Beatty's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £101 million.

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


Revenue TTM £7.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 0.97%
Gross profit TTM £241 million
Return on assets TTM 0.91%
Return on equity TTM 4.23%
Profit margin 0.85%
Book value 1.952p
Market capitalisation £1.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Balfour Beatty share dividends


Dividend yield: 1.68% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 1.68% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 16.48% of net profits

Balfour Beatty has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.68% of its share value annually.

Balfour Beatty has paid out, on average, around 16.48% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.68% 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 1.68% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Balfour Beatty's case, that would currently equate to about 4.5p per share.

While Balfour Beatty's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that the company is investing more in its future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Balfour Beatty's shares ever split?

Balfour Beatty's shares were split on a 395:344 basis on 7 October 2009. So if you had owned 344 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 395 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Balfour Beatty shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 12.9% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Balfour Beatty shares which in turn could have impacted Balfour Beatty's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Balfour Beatty's shares have ranged in value from as little as 230.8p up to 326.7453p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BBY.LSE volatility(beta: 0.94)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 Balfour Beatty's is 0.9448. This would suggest that Balfour Beatty's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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