How to buy Danaher Corporation (DHR) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Danaher Corporation shares.

Danaher Corporation
+ $0.53 ( + 0.16%)

Danaher Corporation (DHR) is a leading diagnostics and research business based in the US. It opened the day at $321.32 after a previous close of $319.79. During the day the price has varied from a low of $319.45 to a high of $323.2. The latest price was $321.54 (25 minute delay). Danaher Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 67,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Danaher Corporation

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

How has coronavirus impacted Danaher Corporation's share price?

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

Its last market close was $324.53, which is 50.12% up on its pre-crash value of $161.88 and 171.35% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $119.6.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Danaher Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $753.83 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 $2,015.33.

Danaher Corporation share price (NYSE:DHR)

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Danaher Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-08-20.
Previous close$319.79
Change %0.5472%
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range$200.8698 - $333.96
50-day moving average$317.7009
200-day moving average$266.2654
Wall St. target price$334.69
PE ratio43.1728
Dividend yield$0.78 (0.24%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$7.517
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Is it a good time to buy Danaher Corporation stock?

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Danaher Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $321.54

1 week (2021-09-13) 0.03%
1 month (2021-08-20) 321.54
3 months (2021-06-18) 25.13%
6 months (2021-03-19) 45.45%
1 year (2020-09-18) 55.85%
2 years (2019-09-19) 120.61%
3 years (2018-09-19) 199.08%
5 years (2016-09-19) 318.62%

Is Danaher Corporation 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

Danaher Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 43x. In other words, Danaher Corporation shares trade at around 43x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

PEG ratio

Danaher Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.529. 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 Danaher Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


Danaher Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $9 billion (£6.6 billion).

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


Revenue TTM $26.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 26.24%
Gross profit TTM $12.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.87%
Return on equity TTM 13.98%
Profit margin 21%
Book value $55.321
Market capitalisation $231.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Danaher Corporation shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "DHR.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 5.9 million Danaher Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 7.4% down from 6.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Danaher Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

Danaher Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Danaher Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Danaher Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 1.9 million). Danaher Corporation's SIR currently stands at 3.06. In other words for every 100,000 Danaher Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3060 shares are currently held short.

However Danaher Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Danaher Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Danaher Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Danaher Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Danaher Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0092% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Danaher Corporation shares, roughly 9 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Danaher Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Danaher Corporation stock.

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 Danaher Corporation.

Total ESG risk score

Danaher Corporation's total ESG risk: 32.72

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Danaher Corporation's overall score of 32.72 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 66th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Danaher Corporation 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

Danaher Corporation's environmental score: 4.13/100

Danaher Corporation's environmental score of 4.13 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Danaher Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Danaher Corporation's social score: 17.73/100

Danaher Corporation's social score of 17.73 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Danaher Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Danaher Corporation's governance score: 7.86/100

Danaher Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Danaher Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Danaher Corporation's controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Danaher Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 32.72
Total ESG percentile 65.84
Environmental score 4.13
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 17.73
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 7.86
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 2

Danaher Corporation share dividends


Dividend yield: 0.24% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 0.26% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 9.23% of net profits

Danaher Corporation has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.24% of its share value annually.

Danaher Corporation has paid out, on average, around 9.23% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.26% 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 0.26% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Danaher Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.78 per share.

While Danaher Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that the company is investing more in its future growth.

Danaher Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 30 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Danaher Corporation's shares ever split?

Danaher Corporation's shares were split on a 1319:1000 basis on 5 July 2016. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1319 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Danaher Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 24.2% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Danaher Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Danaher Corporation's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Danaher Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $200.8698 up to $333.96. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

DHR.US volatility(beta: 0.71)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Danaher Corporation's is 0.708. This would suggest that Danaher Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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