How to buy Compass Group (CPG) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Compass Group shares.

Compass Group PLC
- p21.00 ( - 1.41%)

Compass Group PLC (CPG) is a leading restaurants business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1509p after a previous close of 1501.5p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1504p to a high of 1537p. The latest price was 1525p (25 minute delay). Compass Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 548,143 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

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

How has coronavirus impacted Compass Group's share price?

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

Its last market close was 1467.5p, which is 24.86% down on its pre-crash value of 1953p and 69.50% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 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 £777.63.

Compass Group share price (LSE:CPG)

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Compass Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close1501.5p
Change %1.5651%
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range1029p - 1657.03p
50-day moving average1489.8286p
200-day moving average1533.3672p
Wall St. target price1741.25p
Dividend yield26.9p (1.81%)
Earnings per share (TTM)-20p
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Is it a good time to buy Compass Group stock?

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Compass Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 1525p

1 week (2021-09-13) 4.60%
1 month (2021-08-20) 3.39%
3 months (2021-06-18) -3.08%
6 months (2021-03-19) 3.11%
1 year (2020-09-18) 20.74%
2 years (2019-09-20) -23.90%
3 years (2018-09-20) -5.19%
5 years (2016-09-20) -1.79%

Is Compass 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.

PEG ratio

Compass Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.7535. 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 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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £345 million.

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


Revenue TTM £15.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 0.07%
Gross profit TTM £4.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.05%
Return on equity TTM -8.6%
Profit margin -2.2%
Book value 2.57p
Market capitalisation £26.2 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 Compass Group.

Total ESG risk score

Compass Group's 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 01/01/2019) 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.).

Environmental score

Compass Group's 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.

Social score

Compass Group's 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.

Governance score

Compass Group's 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.

Controversy score

Compass Group's 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: 2019-01-01.

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 yield: 1.81% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 3.04% of stock value

Compass Group has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.81% of its share value annually.

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.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Compass Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1029p up to 1657.03p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CPG.LSE volatility(beta: 1.03)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 1.0331. This would suggest that Compass Group's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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