How to buy Cranswick (CWK) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Cranswick shares.

Cranswick plc (CWK) is a leading packaged foods business based in the UK. It opened the day at 4110p after a previous close of 4050p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 4110p to a high of 4110p. The latest price was 4036p (25 minute delay). Cranswick is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 12,600 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Cranswick

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

How has coronavirus impacted Cranswick's share price?

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

Its last market close was 3684p, which is 4.06% down on its pre-crash value of 3840p and 37.05% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 2688p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Cranswick shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £873.04 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 £1,031.52.

Cranswick share price (LSE:CWK)

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Cranswick shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-16.
Previous close4050p
Change %-0.3457%
Information last updated 2022-01-16.
52-week range3329.3835p - 4199.771p
50-day moving average3663.32p
200-day moving average3802.19p
Wall St. target price4395.59p
PE ratio20.0634
Dividend yield71.3p (1.88%)
Earnings per share (TTM)189.3p
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£403.60 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.81
£405.41 total
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£411.60 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£415.55 total
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£411.59 total
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£413.10 total
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Is it a good time to buy Cranswick stock?

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Is Cranswick 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

Cranswick's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Cranswick shares trade at around 20x 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).

However, Cranswick's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the packaged foods industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Cranswick's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.89. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value 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 Cranswick'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 Cranswick's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Cranswick's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £187.1 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Cranswick'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 £2 billion
Operating margin TTM 6.98%
Gross profit TTM £269.2 million
Return on assets TTM 8.24%
Return on equity TTM 14.78%
Profit margin 5.11%
Book value 13.592p
Market capitalisation £2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Cranswick share dividends


Dividend yield: 1.88% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 1.88% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 26.31% of net profits

Cranswick has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.88% of its share value annually.

Cranswick has paid out, on average, around 26.31% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.88% 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 1.88% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Cranswick's case, that would currently equate to about 71.3p per share.

While Cranswick'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 16 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

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

Have Cranswick's shares ever split?

Cranswick's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 30 July 2002. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Cranswick shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Cranswick shares which in turn could have impacted Cranswick's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Cranswick's shares have ranged in value from as little as 3329.3835p up to 4199.771p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Cranswick's is 0.3359. This would suggest that Cranswick's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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

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