BHP Group (BHP) is a leading other industrial metals and mining business based in the UK. It opened the day at 2177.5p after a previous close of 2168p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 2174.5p to a high of 2266.5p. The latest price was 2262p (25 minute delay). BHP Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 40,110 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in BHP Group?
- Has coronavirus impacted BHP Group shares?
- BHP Group shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is BHP Group stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Is BHP Group suitable for ethical investing?
- Are BHP Group shares over-valued?
- How volatile are BHP Group shares?
- Does BHP Group pay a dividend?
- Have BHP Group shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted BHP Group's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, BHP Group's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was 1989.2p, which is 16.47% up on its pre-crash value of 1661.6p and 111.66% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 939.8p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of BHP Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £667.79 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 £1,201.28.
BHP Group share price (LSE:BHP)Use our graph to track the performance of BHP stocks over time.
BHP Group shares at a glance
|52-week range||1448.0786p - 2416.332p|
|50-day moving average||1987.3223p|
|200-day moving average||2147.4937p|
|Wall St. target price||32.96p|
|Dividend yield||301p (0.15%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||163.2p|
Fees for buying 20x BHP Group shares with popular platforms
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Is it a good time to buy BHP Group stock?
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BHP Group price performance over time
|1 week (2021-10-07)||19.02%|
|1 month (2021-09-17)||20.72%|
|3 months (2021-07-16)||1.98%|
|6 months (2021-04-16)||1.00%|
|1 year (2020-10-16)||38.23%|
|2 years (2019-10-17)||40.85%|
|3 years (2018-10-17)||43.84%|
|5 years (2016-10-17)||89.53%|
Is BHP 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.
BHP 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 12x. In other words, BHP Group shares trade at around 12x 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, BHP Group's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the other industrial metals & mining industry or those of similar companies.
BHP Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £36 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a BHP 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||£61.2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||48.77%|
|Gross profit TTM||£54 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||17.39%|
|Return on equity TTM||24.96%|
|Market capitalisation||£100.6 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 BHP Group.
Total ESG risk score
BHP Group's total ESG risk: 33.22
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and BHP Group's overall score of 33.22 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 62nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like BHP 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 BHP Group's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
- Rio Tinto Group (RIO.LSE): 32.79
- Glencore (GLEN.LSE): 40.53
- Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM.US): 38.16
BHP Group's environmental score: 17.56/100
BHP Group's environmental score of 17.56 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BHP Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
BHP Group's social score: 7.88/100
BHP Group's social score of 7.88 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BHP Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
BHP Group's governance score: 3.78/100
BHP Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that BHP Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
BHP Group's controversy score: 4/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, BHP Group scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that BHP Group has a damaged public profile.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||33.22|
|Total ESG percentile||61.88|
|Environmental score percentile||3|
|Social score percentile||3|
|Governance score percentile||3|
|Level of controversy||4|
BHP Group share dividends
Dividend yield: 0.15% of stock value
Forward annual dividend yield: 10.93% of stock value
Dividend payout ratio: 70.78% of net profits
BHP Group has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.15% of its share value annually.
BHP Group has paid out, on average, around 70.78% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 10.93% 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 10.93% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In BHP Group's case, that would currently equate to about 301p per share.
BHP Group's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
BHP Group's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
- Rio Tinto Group (RIO.LSE): 0.14% (9.98% forward annual dividend yield)
- Glencore (GLEN.LSE): 3.35% (2.45% forward annual dividend yield)
- Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM.US): 2.28% (2.31% forward annual dividend yield)
Have BHP Group's shares ever split?
BHP Group's shares were split on a 16:15 basis on 22 July 2002. So if you had owned 15 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 16 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your BHP Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 6.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for BHP Group shares which in turn could have impacted BHP Group's share price.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, BHP Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1448.0786p up to 2416.332p. 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 BHP Group's is 0.8852. This would suggest that BHP Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put BHP Group's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
- Rio Tinto Group (RIO.LSE): 0.6151
- Glencore (GLEN.LSE): 1.5718
- Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM.US): 0.8503
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