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Compass Group PLC (CPG) is a leading restaurants business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1227p after a previous close of 1230p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1202p to a high of 1237p. The latest price was 1208p (25 minute delay). Compass Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 600,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Compass Group

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  5. Research Compass Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Compass Group shares. It's that simple.

How has Coronavirus impacted Compass Group's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Compass Group's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 1178.5p, which is 39.66% down on its pre-crash value of 1953p and 36.12% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 865.8p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Compass Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £530.96 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 £624.49.

Compass Group share price

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Compass Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-29.
Previous close1230p
Change -22p
Change % -1.789%
Volume 3,074,902
Information last updated 2020-10-13.
52-week range865.8p - 2084p
50-day moving average 1226.5p
200-day moving average 1201.8582p
Wall St. target price1741.25p
PE ratio 19.3297
Dividend yield 0.4p (3.04%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 64.9p
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Is it a good time to buy Compass Group stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

Compass Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 1208p

1 week (2020-10-13) -0.58%
1 month (2020-09-18) -4.35%
3 months (2020-07-20) 8.39%
6 months (2020-04-20) -8.45%
1 year (2019-10-18) -37.30%
2 years (2018-10-19) -19.12%
3 years (2017-10-20) -23.74%
5 years (2015-10-20) 12.27%

Is Compass Group under- or over-valued?

Valuing Compass Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Compass Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Compass Group's P/E ratio

Compass 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 19x. In other words, Compass Group shares trade at around 19x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71).

Compass Group's PEG ratio

Compass Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 43.9736. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Compass 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.

Compass Group's EBITDA

Compass Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £1.8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Compass Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Compass Group financials

Revenue TTM £25 billion
Operating margin TTM 5.91%
Gross profit TTM £6.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.68%
Return on equity TTM 32.38%
Profit margin 4.12%
Book value 2.225p
Market capitalisation £21.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Compass Group's 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 Compass Group.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Compass Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 22.12

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Compass Group's overall score of 22.12 (as at 10/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 20th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Compass 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.).

Compass Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.14/100

Compass Group's environmental score of 5.14 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Compass Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Compass Group's social score

Social score: 15.6/100

Compass Group's social score of 15.6 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Compass Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Compass Group's governance score

Governance score: 3.88/100

Compass Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Compass Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Compass Group's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Compass Group scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Compass Group has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Compass Group PLC was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 22.12
Total ESG percentile 19.58
Environmental score 5.14
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 15.6
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 3.88
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 2

Compass Group share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 4138.46% of net profits

Recently Compass Group has paid out, on average, around 4138.46% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.04% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Compass Group shareholders could enjoy a 3.04% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Compass Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.4p per share.

Compass Group'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 16 January 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Compass Group's shares ever split?

Compass Group's shares were split on a 25:26 basis on 27 June 2017. So if you had owned 26 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 25 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Compass Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 4% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Compass Group shares which in turn could have impacted Compass Group's share price.

Compass Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Compass Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 865.8p up to 2084p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CPG.LSE volatility(beta: 0.55)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 Compass Group's is 0.5523. This would suggest that Compass Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Compass Group overview

Compass Group PLC, through its subsidiaries, operates as a food and support services company in North America, Europe, and internationally. It serves business and industry; healthcare and senior living market; education; sports and leisure; and defense, offshore, and remote sectors. The company also offers support services, such as cleaning in hospitals; reception services at corporate headquarters; managing remote camps; grounds and facilities services at schools and universities; and others. Compass Group PLC was founded in 1941 and is based in Chertsey, the United Kingdom.

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