How to buy Centrica (CNA) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Centrica shares.

Centrica plc
LSE: CNA - GBX
UTILITIES-INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS
p58.48
- p1.22 ( - 2.04%)

Centrica plc (CNA) is a leading utilities-independent power producers business based in the UK. It opened the day at 52.9p after a previous close of 52.12p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 52.16p to a high of 52.9p. The latest price was 52.38p (25 minute delay). Centrica is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 19,711 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Centrica

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

How has coronavirus impacted Centrica's share price?

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

Its last market close was 58.48p, which is 26.33% down on its pre-crash value of 79.38p and 67.04% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 35.01p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Centrica shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £456.46 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 £682.54.

Centrica share price (LSE:CNA)

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

Centrica shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Open52.9p
High52.9p
Low52.16p
Close52.38p
Previous close52.12p
Change0.26p
Change %0.4988%
Volume7,254,396
Information last updated 2021-10-16.
52-week range35.69p - 61.5p
50-day moving average54.6289p
200-day moving average53.2019p
Wall St. target price66.67p
PE ratio2.1659
Dividend yield0p (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)27p
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Fees for buying 200x Centrica shares with popular platforms

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Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£104.76 total
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£104.76 total
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£104.76 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.76
£106.52 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£116.71 total
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£112.75 total
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£114.26 total
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Is it a good time to buy Centrica stock?

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Centrica price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 52.38p

1 week (2021-10-07) -11.01%
1 month (2021-09-17) 2.55%
3 months (2021-07-16) 2.30%
6 months (2021-04-16) -7.32%
1 year (2020-10-16) 30.53%
2 years (2019-10-17) -24.89%
3 years (2018-10-17) -64.17%
5 years (2016-10-17) -75.07%

Is Centrica 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

Centrica's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 2x. In other words, Centrica shares trade at around 2x 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, Centrica's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the utilities-independent power producers industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Centrica's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.2722. 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 Centrica'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 Centrica's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

EBITDA

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

The EBITDA is a measure of a Centrica'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.

Financials

Revenue TTM £12.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.18%
Gross profit TTM £3.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.73%
Return on equity TTM 34.96%
Profit margin 12.35%
Book value 0.42p
Market capitalisation £3.4 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 Centrica.

Total ESG risk score

Centrica's total ESG risk: 22.68

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Centrica's overall score of 22.68 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 35th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Environmental score

Centrica's environmental score: 10.03/100

Centrica's environmental score of 10.03 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Centrica is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Centrica's social score: 12.01/100

Centrica's social score of 12.01 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Centrica is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Centrica's governance score: 6.64/100

Centrica's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Centrica is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Centrica's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Centrica scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Centrica 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

Centrica plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.68
Total ESG percentile 35.14
Environmental score 10.03
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 12.01
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 6.64
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 2

Centrica share dividends

31.5%

Forward annual dividend yield: 31.45% of stock value

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 May 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

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

Have Centrica's shares ever split?

Centrica's shares were split on a 9:10 basis on 25 October 2004. So if you had owned 10 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 9 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Centrica shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 11.1% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Centrica shares which in turn could have impacted Centrica's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Centrica's shares have ranged in value from as little as 35.69p up to 61.5p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CNA.LSE volatility(beta: 1.28)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 Centrica's is 1.2808. This would suggest that Centrica's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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

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