How to buy Carnival (CCL) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Carnival shares.

Carnival Corporation & plc
- p20.20 ( - 1.35%)

Carnival Corporation & plc (CCL) is a leading leisure business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1540.2p after a previous close of 1537.8p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1528.2p to a high of 1576.8p. The latest price was 1555.8p (25 minute delay). Carnival is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 70,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Carnival

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

How has coronavirus impacted Carnival's share price?

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

Its last market close was 1495p, which is 50.33% down on its pre-crash value of 3010p and 146.54% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 606.4p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Carnival shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £266.86 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 £481.84.

Carnival share price (LSE:CCL)

Use our graph to track the performance of CCL stocks over time.

Carnival shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close1537.8p
Change %1.1705%
Information last updated 2021-10-16.
52-week range818.8p - 1890.2p
50-day moving average1600.5945p
200-day moving average1612.1506p
Wall St. target price18.19p
Dividend yield0p (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)-622.7p
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Is it a good time to buy Carnival stock?

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Carnival price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 1555.8p

1 week (2021-10-13) -2.54%
1 month (2021-09-20) 1.12%
3 months (2021-07-20) 16.10%
6 months (2021-04-20) 1.61%
1 year (2020-10-20) 60.39%
2 years (2019-10-18) -49.16%
3 years (2018-10-19) -64.03%
5 years (2016-10-20) -58.76%

Is Carnival 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.

PEG ratio

Carnival's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.8466. 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 Carnival'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 Carnival's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Carnival's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £2.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Carnival'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 £655 million
Gross profit TTM £834 million
Return on assets TTM -7.41%
Return on equity TTM -52.98%
Profit margin 0%
Book value 13.107p
Market capitalisation £18.8 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 Carnival.

Total ESG risk score

Carnival's total ESG risk: 25.72

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Carnival's overall score of 25.72 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 29th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Carnival 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 Carnival's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Carnival's environmental score: 11.93/100

Carnival's environmental score of 11.93 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Carnival is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Carnival's social score: 12/100

Carnival's social score of 12 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Carnival is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Carnival's governance score: 4.29/100

Carnival's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Carnival is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Carnival's controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Carnival scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Carnival 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

Carnival Corporation & plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 25.72
Total ESG percentile 29.28
Environmental score 11.93
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 12
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 4.29
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 3

Carnival share dividends


Forward annual dividend yield: 23.72% of stock value

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 20 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

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

Have Carnival's shares ever split?

Carnival's shares were split on a 1:3 basis on 22 April 2003. So if you had owned 3 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Carnival shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 200% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Carnival shares which in turn could have impacted Carnival's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Carnival's shares have ranged in value from as little as 818.8p up to 1890.2p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CCL.LSE volatility(beta: 2.23)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 Carnival's is 2.2323. This would suggest that Carnival's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

To put Carnival's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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