The price of BP shares fell in February due to its first reported annual loss in a decade, after the pandemic caused a crash in the price of oil and gas. The company is now promising a transition towards more renewable energies, which may attract more sustainably-focused investors.
How to buy shares in BP
- 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: BP in this case.
- Research BP shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your BP shares. It's that simple.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in BP?
- Has coronavirus impacted BP shares?
- BP shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is BP stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Is BP suitable for ethical investing?
- Are BP shares over-valued?
- How volatile are BP shares?
- Does BP pay a dividend?
- Have BP shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted BP's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, BP's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 357.6p, which is 21.16% down on its pre-crash value of 453.55p and 60.43% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 222.9p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of BP shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £567.49 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 £789.94.
BP share price (LSE:BP)Use our graph to track the performance of BP stocks over time.
BP shares at a glance
|52-week range||188.3732p - 366.4p|
|50-day moving average||328.4829p|
|200-day moving average||311.9017p|
|Wall St. target price||3.86p|
|Dividend yield||21.2p (5.95%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||30.9p|
Fees for buying 100x BP 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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|£9.99 per month||No minimum||£7.99
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|£36 per year||£20||£9.50
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Is it a good time to buy BP stock?
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Is BP 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.
BP's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 11x. In other words, BP shares trade at around 11x 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, BP's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the oil & gas integrated industry or those of similar companies.
BP's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.43. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued 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 BP'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 BP's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
BP's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £20.2 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a BP'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||£198.6 billion|
|Gross profit TTM||£25.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||-0.79%|
|Return on equity TTM||10.72%|
|Market capitalisation||£71 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 BP.
Total ESG risk score
BP's total ESG risk: 39.4
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and BP's overall score of 39.4 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 82nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like BP 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 BP's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
BP's environmental score: 21.01/100
BP's environmental score of 21.01 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BP is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
BP's social score: 11.95/100
BP's social score of 11.95 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BP is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
BP's governance score: 11.44/100
BP's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that BP is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
BP's controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, BP scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that BP 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||39.4|
|Total ESG percentile||81.56|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||2|
BP share dividends
Dividend yield: 5.95% of stock value
Forward annual dividend yield: 4.44% of stock value
Dividend payout ratio: 76.46% of net profits
BP has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 5.95% of its share value annually.
BP has paid out, on average, around 76.46% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.44% 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 4.44% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In BP's case, that would currently equate to about 21.2p per share.
BP'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 11 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
BP's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
- Premier Oil (PMO.LSE): 0.00% (does not pay dividend)
- Tullow Oil (TLW.LSE): 0.00% (does not pay dividend)
- Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA.LSE): 4.25% (3.08% forward annual dividend yield)
- Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM.US): 5.55% (5.55% forward annual dividend yield)
Have BP's shares ever split?
BP's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 3 October 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your BP shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for BP shares which in turn could have impacted BP's share price.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, BP's shares have ranged in value from as little as 188.3732p up to 366.4p. 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 BP's is 0.8295. This would suggest that BP's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put BP's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
- Premier Oil (PMO.LSE): 3.6998
- Tullow Oil (TLW.LSE): 2.682
- Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA.LSE): 1.0062
- Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM.US): 1.3323
BP in the news
Global gas price crisis helps BP secure $500m trading bonanza
The Gambian Ministry opens mini-licensing round for block A1
The Gambian Ministry opens mini-licensing round for block A1Granted initially to BP in 2019, Block A1 became available in August this year after the company exited the site
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