BT Group plc (BT.A) is a leading telecom services business based in the UK. In the week up to 6 October BT Group shares plunged 9.96% to a closing position of 146.5p. However, over the last 12 months, BT Group's share price has risen by 36.90% from 100.4p. BT Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 99,700 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
How to buy shares in BT Group
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- Search the platform for stock code: BT.A in this case.
- Research BT Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your BT Group shares. It's that simple.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in BT Group?
- Has coronavirus impacted BT Group shares?
- BT Group shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is BT Group stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Is BT Group suitable for ethical investing?
- Are BT Group shares over-valued?
- How volatile are BT Group shares?
- Does BT Group pay a dividend?
- Have BT Group shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted BT Group's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, BT Group's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 140.6p, which is 10.03% down on its pre-crash value of 156.28p and 36.64% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 102.9p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of BT Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £721.07 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 £860.78.
BT Group share price (LSE:BT-A)Use our graph to track the performance of BT-A stocks over time.
BT Group shares at a glance
|52-week range||97.24p - 206.7p|
|50-day moving average||157.0301p|
|200-day moving average||170.8162p|
|Wall St. target price||191.26p|
|Dividend yield||0p (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||10.3p|
Fees for buying 100x BT Group shares with popular platforms
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Is it a good time to buy BT Group stock?
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BT Group price performance over time
|1 week (2021-10-11)||-6.18%|
|1 month (2021-09-17)||-11.98%|
|3 months (2021-07-16)||-26.40%|
|6 months (2021-04-16)||-10.95%|
|1 year (2020-10-16)||36.90%|
|2 years (2019-10-18)||-33.36%|
|3 years (2018-10-18)||-43.86%|
|5 years (2016-10-18)||-64.27%|
Is BT 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.
BT 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 14x. In other words, BT Group shares trade at around 14x 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, BT Group's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the telecom services industry or those of similar companies.
BT Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.0057. 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 BT 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 BT Group's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
BT Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £5.9 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a BT 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||£21.2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||14.17%|
|Gross profit TTM||£8.4 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||3.63%|
|Return on equity TTM||11.13%|
|Market capitalisation||£13.9 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 BT Group.
Total ESG risk score
BT Group's total ESG risk: 22.54
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and BT Group's overall score of 22.54 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 23rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like BT 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 BT Group's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
BT Group's environmental score: 6.22/100
BT Group's environmental score of 6.22 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BT Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
BT Group's social score: 12.25/100
BT Group's social score of 12.25 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BT Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
BT Group's governance score: 8.58/100
BT Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that BT Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
BT Group's controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, BT Group scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that BT Group hasn't always 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||22.54|
|Total ESG percentile||22.94|
|Environmental score percentile||5|
|Social score percentile||5|
|Governance score percentile||5|
|Level of controversy||3|
BT Group share dividends
Forward annual dividend yield: 13.48% of stock value
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 December 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").
BT Group's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
- Vodafone Group (VOD.LSE): 8.10% (6.94% forward annual dividend yield)
- TalkTalk Telecom Group (TALK.LSE): 1.55% (2.58% forward annual dividend yield)
- ITV (ITV.LSE): 0.00% (does not pay dividend)
Have BT Group's shares ever split?
BT Group's shares were split on a 12411:9622 basis on 9 November 2001. So if you had owned 9622 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 12411 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your BT Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 22.5% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for BT Group shares which in turn could have impacted BT Group's share price.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, BT Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 97.24p up to 206.7p. 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 BT Group's is 0.9657. This would suggest that BT Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
To put BT Group's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
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