How to buy BT Group (BT-A) shares

Learn how to easily invest in BT Group shares.

BT Group Plc (BT.A) is a publicly traded telecom services business based in the UK. It opened the day at 127.2p after a previous close of 126.9p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 123.3p to a high of 127.8p. The latest price was 123.8p (25 minute delay). BT Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 98,400 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

What you'll need to buy BT Group shares

In order to get started in buying BT Group shares, you'll need:
  • To be aged 18 or over
  • Your national insurance number
  • ID, such as a driving licence or passport
  • Your bank details
  • Internet connection

How to buy shares in BT 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: BT.A in this case.
  5. Research BT Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your BT Group shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

Where to buy BT Group shares

To buy BT Group shares, you'll need a share trading platform that lets you trade stocks that are listed on the LSE, as these are likely to offer BT Group shares. You can filter by stock exchange on our comparison table to find the exchanges that you want to trade. Sometimes providers will have a list of stocks available on the website that you can search through before you sign up - double check these lists for BT Group shares.

What's the cheapest place to buy shares?

Here's a guideline for how much it'll cost you to buy 100 BT Group shares with some popular platforms. Foreign exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. These fees don't include stamp duty reserve tax. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing, which may differ from our information.

Fees for buying 100x BT Group shares with popular platforms

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £0.00
£123.80 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£131.80 total
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Freetrade logo £0 £1 £0.00
£123.80 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£123.80 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£135.75 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.77
£125.57 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£131.79 total
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iWeb logo £0 £1 £0.00
£123.80 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£133.30 total
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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.

Full comparison of share dealing platforms

BT Group share price (LSE:BT-A)

Use our graph to track the performance of BT-A stocks over time.

BT Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 123.8p

1 week (2022-11-21) 0.04%
1 month (2022-10-26) -2.06%
6 months (2022-05-27) -32.81%
1 year (2021-11-26) -19.61%
2 years (2020-11-27) 2.06%
3 years (2019-11-28) -36.02%
5 years (2017-11-28) -50.28%

Is it a good time to buy BT Group stock?

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We do not make any representations or warranty on the accuracy or completeness of the information that is provided on this page.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Can you buy BT Group shares with a debit card?

Most share dealing providers in the UK will let you use your debit card to top up your account and buy shares. The main ways are with a debit card, bank transfer or with Apple/Google Pay.

What's the easiest way to buy BT Group shares?

The easiest way to get hold of some BT Group shares is to sign up for a share trading app and place a market order or basic order. This type of order tells the platform that you're interested, so it'll try to execute it as quickly as it can. It could take some time for the order to go through, especially if there's a lot of volatility in BT Group shares.

Should I buy BT Group shares?

There are some useful principles you can use to analyse stocks that can give you some insight into whether now is the best time to buy. These include moving averages, oscillators and pivots, as well as calculations like the price/earnings ratio, the PEG ratio and the EBITDA. Another way of deciding whether or not to buy shares is by looking at environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk scores. These give you insight into how closely the company's values line up with your own.

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.

P/E ratio

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 7x. In other words, BT Group shares trade at around 7x 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.

PEG ratio

BT Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.702. 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 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.

EBITDA

BT Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £6.4 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.

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 12/31/2018) 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.

Environmental score

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.

Social score

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.

Governance score

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.

Controversy score

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

BT Group Plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.54
Total ESG percentile 22.94
Environmental score 6.22
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 12.25
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 8.58
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 3

BT Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-11-28.
Open127.2p
High127.8p
Low123.3p
Close123.8p
Previous close126.9p
Change-3.1p
Change %-2.4429%
Volume16,533,995
Information last updated 2022-11-20.
52-week range113.8p - 194.6783p
50-day moving average126.553p
200-day moving average165.2118p
Wall St. target price194p
PE ratio7.2235
Dividend yield7.7p (6.41%)
Earnings per share (TTM)0.17p

BT Group share dividends

6.4%

Dividend yield: 6.41% of stock value

6.4%

Forward annual dividend yield: 6.41% of stock value

35.2%

Dividend payout ratio: 35.22% of net profits

BT Group has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 6.41% of its share value annually.

BT Group has paid out, on average, around 35.22% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.41% 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 6.41% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In BT Group's case, that would currently equate to about 7.7p per share.

While BT Group's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 28 December 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

BT Group's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, BT Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 113.8p up to 194.6783p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BT-A.LSE volatility(beta: 0.78)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 BT Group's is 0.7795. 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.

How to sell BT Group shares

It's as easy to sell BT Group as it is to buy! Here's how to sell BT Group that you already own.
  1. Open your investment app. If you've got one with desktop access, you can log in online
  2. Go to your portfolio. This should be in the main menu
  3. Find your BT-A shares. You may be able to search your portfolio
  4. Choose how many you'd like to sell. You'll be able to review the price and see how much you'll receive
  5. Sell your BT Group shares. Your investment platform will let you know when your shares are sold

Frequently asked questions

All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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